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Por: J.N.Robles Olarte
Reuniting the Tribes of Israel
One of the Mysteries of the Ages
by Charles Voss and Sandra Zawada (PARTE 1)
There have been many articles written on the subject of the Lost Ten Tribes. Most of the articles have informed us how the tribes came to be “lost.” Some were written to prove the existence of the Ten Tribes and where they might be located today. Other articles were written to attempt to show how all thirteen Tribes might be reunited. Some Jews as well as others are doing just that–trying to find a way to reunite all the tribes.1 Therefore, I feel compelled to write about what our CREATOR has to say about the reuniting of all of the 13 Tribes of Israel. Isn’t what the SOVEREIGN says what really matters? Let’s open our hearts and ears to hear what Scripture has to say.
If we look in the pages of the Hebrew Scriptures, we find that the main theme is about the children of Israel, their disobedience, and how they provoked ETERNAL by their idolatry, wickedness, and haughtiness. In addition, we see how most of the children of Israel (the Lost Ten Tribes) were so rebellious and wicked that ETERNAL divorced them and dispersed them among the nations.
ETERNAL scattered Israel, the Lost Ten tribes, among the Gentile countries so that most of them do not even realize who they are. The stories of their dispersion were not passed down through their families. There are numerous books on the subject, but most people do not even know enough to ask questions concerning this very important topic. The Lost Ten Tribes were dispersed among the nations approximately 2,700 years ago and Scripture states that all 13 Tribes of Israel will be reunited2 and returned to the Promised Land.
Most people think that the Jews3 are all that there is of ETERNAL’s chosen people. If you are wondering who the Lost Ten Tribes are, well, depending on what your family heritage4 is you may be part of the Lost Ten Tribes.
This is a very important topic, please get your Scriptures and do a thorough search yourself concerning the regathering and reuniting of the tribes back to the Promised Land. Moreover, you probably thought that “Bible” times were over. Not so. We who are now living in these latter days, are as much a part of Scripture as those living in the time of Moses, Samuel, and King David. The CREATOR has a lot to say on this topic. An estimation of 1/3 of Scripture is prophecy and most of that if for the latter days.
Israel Provoked Their SOVEREIGN UpToIndex
The entire House of Israel rebelled against their SOVEREIGN, polluted His Sabbaths, and did not live by His statues and judgements. Then ETERNAL said that He would pour out His fury on them in the wilderness, but instead He listened to Moses and put off the time of His fury until the latter days. However, ETERNAL made an oath there in the wilderness that He would scatter Israel and disperse them among the nations and later send fury.
Ezekiel 20:21-235 Notwithstanding, the children rebelled against Me; they did not walk in My statues, and were not careful to observe My judgments, which, if a man does, he shall live by them; but they profaned My Sabbaths. Then I said I would pour out My fury on them and fulfill My anger against them in the wilderness. Nevertheless I withdrew My hand and acted for My Name’s sake, that it should not be profaned in the sight of the Gentiles, in whose sight I brought them out. Also, I lifted My hand in an oath to those in the wilderness, that I would scatter them among the Gentiles and disperse them throughout the countries.
It is interesting that the ETERNAL CREATOR SOVEREIGN of the entire cosmos would heed the council of Moses, a mere mortal man (Exodus 32:7-14).
The “Lost Ten Tribes” are not lost, ETERNAL knows where they are. In addition, He knows of their sin and knows that He alone will bring them back. Yes, that is correct.ETERNAL Himself will cause the return of the Tribes–all thirteen. Scripture makes that very clear. Let’s find out why the Tribes were dispersed, how they were dispersed, and where they were dispersed. Then we can approach the subject of how they will be returned back to the Promised Land.
Israel Separated from David’s Throne
After King David’s death, his son Solomon succeeded to the throne. Solomon taxed the people excessively. He married Gentile wives, sacrificed to their idols, and committed other sins. The ETERNAL CREATOR spoke to Solomon saying…
1 Kings 11:11,13. “…you have done this, and have not kept My Covenant and My statutes, which I have commanded you, I will surely tear the kingdom away from you …However, I will not tear away the whole kingdom; I will give one tribe to your son for the sake of My servant David…”
Although the Kingdom will be torn away, a part (two tribes) would remain because of the CREATOR’s Covenant with David. Right here is expressed the great reason “why” there has to be a reuniting. The Tribes were “torn away” because of Solomon’s sin. All of the Tribes will have to be regathered and reunited into one Kingdom and then united to the CREATOR in a New Covenant.
Although Solomon himself deserved to have the Kingdom torn away from him–ETERNAL will leave one tribe, not because of leniency toward Solomon, but again “for David’s sake.” David’s dynasty, through Solomon, cannot be broken. The Mighty One will not break His Covenant!
When Solomon died, his son Rehoboam succeeded to David’s throne. At once, the people demanded a reduction in the heavy taxes imposed by Solomon. Their spokesman, Jeroboam (Solomon’s servant), pleaded with Rehoboam in verse 4, below, and Rehoboam answered in verse 5.
1 Kings 12:4. “Your father made our yoke heavy; now therefore, lighten the burdensome service of your father, and his heavy yoke which he put on us, and we will serve you.”
…12:11. “And now, whereas my father put a heavy yoke on you, I will add to your yoke; my father chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scourges!”
…12:16. Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered …”We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse. To your tents, O Israel! Now, see to your own house, O David!” So, Israel departed to their tents.”
…12:19-20. So, Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day. Now it came to pass when all Israel heard that Jeroboam had come back, they sent for him and called him to the congregation, and made him king over all Israel. There was none that followed the House of David, but the tribe of Judah only.
…12:21. Then Rehoboam …assembled all the House of Judah with the tribe of Benjamin …to fight against the House of Israel, that he might restore the kingdom…
…12:24. Then ETERNAL said, “You shall not go up nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel. …for this thing is from Me.”
Israel Divided into Two Nations and Separated UpToIndex
Notice carefully! The House of Judah, which includes the tribe of Benjamin and part of Levi, under King Rehoboam of David’s dynasty, was about to fight against the other ten tribes, headed by Ephraim and Manasseh. What that means is that Judah and Israel became different and separate nations.6
The term “Jew” is merely a nickname for the people of the House of Judah. It applies to the one nation or House of Judah only–never to the House of Israel.7 The Jews are Judah and not the House of Israel. Wherever Israel is today, remember that Israel, as a national name, does not mean Jew. Whoever the lost Ten Tribes of Israel are today, they are not Jews. Furthermore, it is wrong to call the Jews of today “Israel.”8
Immediately on becoming king over the House of Israel, Jeroboam (tribe of Ephraim) set up two golden calves, introducing idol worship in the kingdom (I Kings 12:28-33). Thus they were worshiping the Queen of Heaven.
This idolatry combined with Sabbath-breaking (Ezekiel 20:10-24) was the great national sin which became such a curse to Israel. Generation after generation the Mighty One pleaded with the House of Israel to turn from tradition–from their fathers’ ways–and to return to keeping the CREATOR’s Commandments. Yet, through nine different dynasties under 19 kings, Israel continued these national sins–sins so great in the CREATOR’s sight that finally He caused them to become a conquered, captive nation.
Israel Never Returned
2 Kings 17:18. Therefore ETERNAL was very angry with Israel, and removed them from His sight; there was none left but the tribe of Judah alone.
In the years 721-718 BCE the House of Israel was conquered and its people were soon driven out of their own land–out of their homes and cities–and were carried away as captives to Assyria on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea. Then they moved west and became lost from view. They have not changed; they still have the same worship they had when Jeroboam sat up the golden calves and they still worship the Queen of Heaven.
In worshiping the Queen of Heaven on Sunday, the House of Israel lost the identifying sign–the Sabbath that identified them as Israel. They utterly lost their identity! They even lost knowledge of their national name and they came to be considered Gentiles just as Moses said they would.
Over time Israel migrated northward and westward through the Caucasus Mountains on into Western Europe, England, and throughout the Commonwealth. Over time the Tribal nations became major nations in the world. These nations are described and identified in Scripture. Beside them thinking they are Gentile, they observe the Ancient Mystery religions described above.9
The 49th chapter of Isaiah speaking of Israel begins the first verse with this: “Listen, O Isles, unto Me.” Israel is called “O Isles” and in the third verse they are addressed as “O Israel.” This term “isles” or “islands” is sometimes translated “coast lands.” In addition, the next three verses add some interesting information.
Jeremiah 31:9-10. …I am a Father to Israel, and Ephraim is My firstborn. Hear the word of the SOVEREIGN O nations [Ephraim, Manasseh], and declare it in the isles afar off…
Isaiah 41:1,8. Keep silence before Me, O coastlands …But you, Israel, are My servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the descendants of Abraham My friend.
Jeremiah 31:7. …Sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations; proclaim, give praise, and say, ‘O ETERNAL, save Your people, the remnant of Israel!’
Hence, Israel of today is the same as the Israel of Jeremiah’s day, specifically they are northwest of Jerusalem, and in the sea! Let us locate this land more specifically. It is in the isles, which are in the sea, the chief of the nations, northwest of Jerusalem. Thus Israel is scattered in the far flung continents away from the Middle East. They are coast dwelling and therefore a sea dominant people.
Certainly, there can be no mistaking that identity. Take a map of Europe. Lay a line due NORTHWEST of Jerusalem, across the continent of Europe, until you come to the sea, and then to the islands in the sea. This line takes you directly to the British Isles.
There is much proof that our Anglo-Saxon, English-speaking peoples of today–Britain and America–are actually and truly the Birthright tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh of the “lost” House of Israel. There is just so much space we have here and refer to a small portion of that proof in this article.
Many authors have researched this topic, a few of them are Yair Davidi, Stephen Collins, E. Raymond Capt, Colonel J. C. Gawler, and Walter Baucum–see our article “Tracing Dan.” Of course, I must not fail to mention J. H. Allen the author that Herbert Armstrong used almost exclusively.
One of the major proofs of who the Birthright nations are as shown in Scripture are the nations who controlled all of the gates of their enemies (until the gates have begun to be lost). So who controlled the gates such as the Suez Canal, Panama Canal, Straight of Gibraltar, Falkland Islands, Hong Kong, Khyber Pass, Malta, Singapore, and many, many other areas? In other words, who fulfilled the prophecies of Genesis 22:17; 26:3-4 and controlled these important areas? There are no nations who has ever controlled these gates other than the United States and Briton.
Another proof we will cover briefly is that of languages. A most interesting fact is the Hebrew meaning of the names of the British people. The House of Israel is the Covenant People. The English word “covenant” comes from the Hebrew word “beriyth” (Strong’s #H1285 pronounced ber-eeth’). The English word “man” is sometimes translated from the Hebrew word “`iysh” (Strong’s #H376). Pronouncing the two Hebrew words together would give us “ber-eeth´-eesh” and transliterating the sound into English, gives us “British.” Putting the meanings of the two Hebrew words together we have “covenant-man” showing that the English word “British” actually means “covenant-man.”
Thus, the meaning for “covenant-man,” or “covenant-people,” is simply “British.” So, is it mere coincidence that the true “Covenant People” today are called the “British”? In addition, they reside in the “British Isles!” To review a promise made to Abraham that we covered earlier:
Genesis 21:12. But the CREATOR said to Abraham, “…for in Isaac your seed shall be called.”
Even though Sarah was barren and in her old age, the Great CREATOR intervened and she gave birth to a son and Abraham named him Isaac, (Genesis 21:2-3). Isaac had two sons Esau and Jacob. The Birthright of Isaac passed to Jacob (Genesis 25:24-33). Jacob’s name was changed to Israel, (Genesis 35:10). Thus all the sons that Israel (Jacob) had became known as the “sons of Israel,” and the resulting nation became the nation of Israel. Yet, the overriding name would still be the “sons of Isaac” with Isaac being Jacob’s father.
In the late 1800’s, some Assyrian cuneiform clay tablets were discovered and they were later translated in the 1930’s. These tablets were Assyrian records of the 8th century BCE Israelite deportation. There were records of four deportations that proved the ten tribes of the northern Nation of Israel were assembled into Assyrian culture and became identifiable as the Cimmerians, the Scythians, and the Goths. Our records of ancient history show that over several hundred years, and through different paths, the Scythians, Cimmerians, and the Goths migrated essentially to Northwest Europe and became known as the Anglo-Saxon Celtic people.
Genesis 48:16. The Angel which redeemed me [Jacob] from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac.
Remember that immediately on becoming king over the House of Israel, Jeroboam (tribe of Ephraim) set up two golden calves, introducing idol worship in the kingdom (I Kings 12:28-33) Thus, they were worshiping the Queen of Heaven in total idolatry combined with Sabbath breaking (Ezekiel 20:10-24). This is the great national sin which has been such a curse to Israel; it is as if a great millstone were tied around Israel’s neck.
Down through the generations, the Mighty One of Israel plead with the House of Israel to turn from tradition–from their fathers’ ways–and to return to keeping the CREATOR’s Commandments. Yet, through different dynasties of kings, Israel continued these national sins that are great in the CREATOR’s sight. Israel did not change while in captivity and turn from tradition to the SOVEREIGN and has not changed until this very day in the twenty-first century. Therefore, the Lost Ten Tribes are still in apostasy and subject to ETERNAL’s wrath.
The House of Judah
When the House of Israel was taken into Assyrian captivity in the eighth century BCE, the Kingdom of Judah had not yet rejected the government and belief in their SOVEREIGN. Before Judah’s apostasy, ETERNAL had said:
Hosea 4:15. “Though you, Israel, play the harlot, let not Judah offend…”
Then later He said about Judah:
Jeremiah 3:8,11. “…yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also.” …Then ETERNAL said to me, “Backsliding Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah.”
Thus, more than 130 years after Israel’s captivity, the time came when ETERNAL drove out the Jews, also, into national captivity and slavery. He sent them as slaves to Babylon–not to Assyria, where Israel had been taken. Judah refused to carefully observe ETERNAL’s Covenant and therefore, ETERNAL instructed Jeremiah that he was not to even to pray for Judah.
Jeremiah 7:14-16. …therefore I will do to the house which is called by My Name, in which you trust, and to this place which I gave to you and your fathers, as I have done to Shiloh. And I will cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brethren; the whole posterity of Ephraim. Therefore do not pray for this people, nor lift up a cry or prayer for them, nor make intercession to Me; for I will not hear you.
The same thing that was stated about King Solomon’s sins can be repeated here for the House of Judah. Although Judah deserved to have the scepter torn10 away–ETERNAL will leave the House of Judah, not because of leniency toward Judah, but “for David’s sake”! David’s dynasty, through Solomon, cannot be broken. The Mighty One will not break His Covenant!
Memory Note: The House of Israel did not return to Palestine with the Jews in the days of Ezra and Nehemiah, as some erroneously believe. Only those of the House of Judah returned to rebuild the Temple and restore worship in Jerusalem at that time, 70 years after Judah’s captivity where Nebuchadnezzar had carried them to Babylon.
The Jews still have not, until this very day in the twenty-first century repented and returned to the true worship as the Fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob observed. Therefore, the House of Judah is still in apostasy and subject to ETERNAL’s wrath.
Why Will Britain and America be Punished?
The reason is plain, but you will not like the answer, as it has to do with wooden images with a figurine on them. To begin with, the SOVEREIGN, the ETERNAL CREATOR is a single Being, One not three. Therefore, He demands that we worship Him in a monotheistic manner not the polytheistic manner such as a trinity or twinity–made of godhead of two or more beings.
Deuteronomy 6:4. Hear, O Israel: the SOVEREIGN our SOVEREIGN, ETERNAL is One! [How many? One! ] and you shall love ETERNAL your SOVEREIGN with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your strength.”
Folks we just do not do that. We worship a savior on a wooden cross! We worship idols symbolized by steeples, churches, and books other than the Hebrew SCRIPTURES. However, the Mighty One states that He is our only Savior and there is no other. The book of Isaiah is said to contain the most references to the Mashiach (Messiah), so we will give two and the footnote 11 gives others.
Isaiah 43:3. “For I am ETERNAL your SOVEREIGN the Holy One of Israel, your Savior; I gave Egypt for your ransom, Ethiopia and Seba in your place.”
…43:11. I, even I, am ETERNAL, and besides Me there is no Savior.11
Reuniting the Tribes of Israel
One of the Mysteries of the Ages
by Charles Voss and Sandra Zawada (PARTE 2)
Why Will the Jewish People be Punished?
What I have to say are hard words, they are not smooth to the ear, but please read on. For the Jewish people to have peace with their neighbors they must, as a whole, repent bitterly as their ancestor, King David did in Psalm 51. However, you might ask, “what do the Jews have to repent of?”
For starters, not only failing to nationally keep the Sabbath as the Hebrew Scriptures proclaim, but they must turn from the words of men and their tradition, Seek out the Word of the SOVEREIGN in the Scriptures (Exodus 24:7), and nationally put their faith in Him. How does one do that? Obey only ETERNAL’S words from the Tanakh, especially the Torah and obey it exactly. The Tanakh is not way off somewhere (Deuteronomy 30:11-16; Isaiah 45:19; 48:16) or mysterious that they cannot keep it. It is plainly written and does not need interpretation or explanation–so even the average person can read it and understand it. Note: what it says is what it says and in addition, what it says is exactly what it means.
DO NOT obey the words of extra books or writings such as the Talmud, Mishnah, Koran, and the New Testament that conflict with the Hebrew Scriptures (OT). DO NOT obey the “oral traditions” or any words of men such as rabbis, sages, or popes that conflict with Torah (Tanakh). In addition, do not engage in the mysticism of Kabbala.
The Jews might say that they have to follow “their heritage or traditions.” To see where their heritage and tradition is taking Jerusalem, check out the prophecies of Ezekiel 4 & 5 and Isaiah about Judah. Their heritage is taking them, along with all of Israel, to utter destruction and desolation.
One last thing, DO NOT try to reinstate sacrifices (Leviticus 17:2-9; Deuteronomy 12:13-14, 16:5-6; Joshua 22:19) or try to build the third Temple as these are things the Mashiach12 will do after his Advent (Zechariah 6:12-13).
The Handwriting is on the Wall!
You need to open your eyes to the fact that Britain’s sun has already set. You need to wake up to the fact that the United States, even while still possessing unmatched power, is afraid and filled with fear. The Mighty One said: “I will break the pride of your power” and that is exactly what is happening.
The United States has stopped winning wars; America was unable, with all its vast power, to conquer little North Vietnam. In addition, in Somalia we tucked our tail and ran for cover because some local yokel “warlord” did not like us and before that it was the Bay of Pigs fiasco. Yes, we slammed insignificant Panama and Grenada. Then with the world’s help the US slammed Iraq in Gulf War 1 (GW1)–but quit before finishing the job!
Now, with the world’s help, and with their consent, we are now slamming Afghanistan and Iraq (at present) in GW2. President Bush had asked NATO to protect us and to this date, they have sent Airborne Warning and Control System (AWACS), electronic monitoring planes. An AP story, dateline Brussels:
AP— 7 Oct 01 At Washington’s request, NATO will soon deploy surveillance aircraft for anti-terrorist operations in the United States in response to the attacks on New York and Washington; NATO officials said Sunday, an unprecedented use of foreign military forces to defend the U.S. homeland.
The United States is fast riding to the greatest fall to befall any nation!
You need to understand the remainder of this prophecy of Leviticus 26, Deuteronomy 28, and the many prophecies relating to them and events soon to violently affect your life!
You need to look at the prophecies describing how much more intense the calamities will be when our CREATOR lays heavy punishment on the British and American people. For many prophecies warn us of this certainty that it will be trouble such as never has happened to any nation or people before!
Now that you know the Scriptural identity of the Israelite peoples you need to become aware of what is said about them in Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Joel, Hosea, Amos, and the other prophecies as well as in the prophecies written by Moses.
In addition, you need to know why our just and loving CREATOR is going to punish His chosen people that He chose for a glorious purpose–a purpose we have refused to perform.
The very fact of punishment implies correction. We need to understand that correction is applied to correct wrong ways that are harmful to us–to turn us around into right ways that will cause desired blessings. Understand! ETERNAL punishes every son He loves (Proverbs 13:24).
In addition, understand human nature. Human nature wants to consider itself good, while at the same time it wants only to do evil (Jeremiah 17:9). It wants the good result; nevertheless, it wants to receive the good while it sows the evil. It somehow fails to grasp the truth that, “as we sow, so also shall we reap!” It is all a matter of cause and effect.
CREATOR’s punishment of us only reflects His love–turning us from causing evil results to the way that brings happy results. The Mighty One is now about to stop us from bringing colossal evils on ourselves. ETERNAL is not angry because we are harming HIM. He is angry because we are harming ourselves–those whom He loves!
The prophecies do not stop with revealing the unprecedented, multiplied intensity, of punishment already descending upon America and Britain. The prophecies also record the result of that intensified punishment. The result will be a corrected people. The result will be an eye-opening realization of what we have done to ourselves.
The supreme punishment will teach us, at last, our lesson! The punishment will break our spirit of rebellion! It will lift us up from the cesspool of rottenness and evil we have sunk into. It will teach us the way to unlimited peace, prosperity, and abundant well-being. Correction means a change of course. It means repentance–and repentance means turning around and going the other way, going toward our SOVEREIGN and not away from Him!
In Summary to this Point:
1. ETERNAL decided while all of the children of Israel were still in the wilderness to separate Israel and Judah into separate parts.
2. Immediately upon separation the House of Israel turned to idol worship.13
3. Soon after that, the House of Judah also turned to idol worship even worse than that of the House of Israel. Thus, more than 130 years after Israel’s captivity, the time came when ETERNAL drove out the Jews as well into national captivity and slavery. He sent them as slaves to Babylon–not to Assyria where Israel had been taken.
4. Only a few individuals of the House of Jacob, the House of Israel or the House of Judah, have returned to the Abrahamic Hebrew Faith and worshiped our SOVEREIGN as did the fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. A few individuals have and they will become the Righteous Remnant as described in Scripture in the end times.
5. All of the thirteen tribes are still in apostasy and subject to ETERNAL’s wrath.
The Time of Jacob’s Trouble Overview
Since both Houses of Jacob are in abject idol worship,14] from their time in the wilderness unto the Time of Jacob’s Trouble in the latter days (the 21st century), what did our loving SOVEREIGN say about that condition?
In Leviticus 26:1-12 ETERNAL lists the conditions of His promise. In verse 13 He reminds us who He is, “For I am the SOVEREIGN your SOVEREIGN.” He also tell us thatHe gave us freedom, “I have broken your chains so that you can walk with dignity;” then He states…
Leviticus 26:14-16. (NIV). “…But if you will not listen to Me or obey Me, but reject My Laws, this is what I will do to you…”
Then ETERNAL lists six stages of punishments to fall on Israel for disobedience.
First (Vs 16-17). He states: “…I will bring upon you sudden terror” that certainly happened on September 11, 2001. “…I will bring wasting diseases and fever that will destroy your sight and drain away your life” the only thing the news media seems to be reporting is the Anthrax and other biological, chemical things such as various types of flu coming upon our nation. “You will plant seed in vain, because your enemies will eat it.”
Second (Vs 18-20). “If after all this you will not listen to Me, I will punish you for your sins seven times over”–meaning an increase in intensity sevenfold. “I will break down your stubborn pride…” For “stubborn pride” the King James states He will break the “pride of your power.” ETERNAL could not speak about breaking the pride of our national power until after that Birthright promised had been bestowed. We had great pride in that national power–in our national prestige prior to W.W.II. However, today even little nations dare to insult, trample on, or burn the United States flag–and the United States, still having power, does no more than issue a weak protest. What has happened to the pride of our power? We have already lost it! True we bomb small powerless countries, but we shall see where that leads us.
Continuing “…and make the sky above you like iron and the ground beneath you like bronze. Your strength will be spent in vain, because your soil will not yield its crops, nor will the trees of the land yield their fruit.” Other prophecies reveal we are to have such drought and famine that disease epidemics will follow, taking millions of lives. Drought and famine do not necessarily have to come from lack of rain. A terrorist biological attack combined with shutting off electricity to pump water and process food would have that same effect. But, will America and Britain heed? They never have. Then what–after all that, then what?
Third (Vs 21-22). Again there will be a sevenfold increase in intensity, then ETERNAL states “…I will send wild animals against you, and they will rob you of your children, destroy your cattle and make you so few in number that your roads will be deserted.”
Therefore, if twenty-first century Ephraim and Manasseh–Britain and America–refuse to turn to their SOVEREIGN CREATOR in obedience and refuse to live the way that causes, retains, and increases blessings, the Mighty One will punish them in a manner far more intense. He will entirely strip away this colossal, unprecedented national blessing and return them to captivity and slavery–as continuing verses of this prophecy show.
Do you think so great a fall could not come to such great powers as Britain and America? Do you say or think, “It cannot happen here?” Do you think the Great CREATOR who was able to give us such unprecedented world leadership and power and wealth is not able to take it away from us and throw us, like our ancient forefathers, back into slavery?
Sevenfold More Plagues
Now notice again what is written in Leviticus 26, continuing with the six stages of punishments to fall on Israel for disobedience:
Fourth (Vs 23-26). Again there will be a sevenfold increase in intensity, then ETERNAL states if we “…do not accept My correction but continue to be hostile toward Me, I myself will be hostile toward you… In addition, I will bring the sword upon you to avenge the breaking of the Covenant. When you withdraw into your cities, I will send a plague among you, and you will be given into enemy hands. When I cut off your supply of bread …they will dole out the bread by weight. You will eat, but you will not be satisfied.” What people do not seem to realize is that sin does bring upon the sinner the consequences of sin–the plagues of suffering. The Scripture defines sin as the breaking of CREATOR’s Law (Amos 2:4). Our sins will bring punishment.
Fifth (Vs 27-31). Again there will be a sevenfold increase in intensity if we continue to be hostile to ETERNAL’s ways. This time He adds “…in My anger I will be hostile toward you, and I Myself will punish you” and “…you will eat the flesh of your sons and the flesh of your daughters.” That is total starvation, like the Donner Party stranded in the Sierra Nevada mountains; that ate each other to survive the winter. After that, He states He will tear down the false churches and destroy the idols. Then He “…will turn your cities into ruins and lay waste your sanctuaries…” That cherished fellow citizens, is total destruction of all the material things that we the people hold dear. Up to this point, however, we still have not been taken into captivity!
Sixth (Vs 32-39). Abraham was told in Genesis 15:13 that his descendants would serve 400 years in Egyptian slavery. Thus, the awesome Birthright promises will end as they began, in slavery. Notice this sad fact: “I will lay waste the land …I will scatter you among the nations [captivity] and will draw out My sword and pursue you. Your land will be laid waste, and your cities will lie in ruins. Then the land will enjoy its Sabbath years all the time that it lies desolate and you are in the country of your enemies…” We have spurned the Sabbath, therefore, “…All the time that it [the land] lies desolate, the land will have the rest it did not have during the Sabbaths you lived in it.
As for those of you who are left [alive], I will make their hearts so fearful in the lands of their enemies [captivity and slavery]. …You will perish among the nations; the land of your enemies will devour you. Those of you who are left will waste away in the lands of their enemies because of their sins; also because of their fathers’ sins they will waste away.”
Do you get the real meaning of this? This is punishment we have brought on ourselves! We have brought the consequences of sin on ourselves–now the Mighty One, Himself will bring on us punishment that is correction!
Our CREATOR is going to keep multiplying chastening until our peoples turn to the ways that cause peace, happiness, prosperity, and all the material blessings!
The Coming Time of Great Affliction
On the day that Moses died on Mount Nebo, ETERNAL gave him a brief overall picture of history from then until the latter days, the Time of Jacob’s Trouble. This brief history is short and to the point. There are no wasted words, so read it slowly analyzing what you read.
Deuteronomy 31:16. Behold, you [Moses] will rest with your fathers; and this people [children of Israel15] will rise and play the harlot with the g-ds of the foreigners of the land, where they go to be among them, and they will forsake Me and break My Covenant which I have made with them.
That is brief history and based on that ETERNAL gives looks ahead to the latter days.
…31:17-18. “Then My anger shall be aroused against them in that day, and I will forsake them, and I will hide My face from them, and they shall be devoured. And many evils and troubles shall befall them, so that they will say in that day,16 ‘Have not these evils come upon us because our SOVEREIGN is not among us?’ And I will surely hide My face in that day because of all the evil which they have done, in that they have turned to other g-ds …”
Summary points: Moses will die and Israel will worship the Queen of Heaven17 In doing so, Israel will forsake their SOVEREIGN, break His Covenant, and arouse His anger against them. Then our SOVEREIGN will forsake the House of Jacob, hide His face from them, allow them to be devoured killed and taken back into captivity a second time for worshipping the Queen of Heaven.
…31:19-21 (TLB). Now write down the words of this song, and teach it to the people of Israel as My warning to them. “When I have brought them into the land I promised their ancestors–a land ‘flowing with milk and honey’–and when they have become fat and prosperous, and worship other g-ds and despise Me and break My Contract, and great disasters come upon them, then this song will remind them of the reason for their woes.” (For this song will live from generation to generation.) I know now, even before they enter the land, what these people are like.
The House of Jacob (all 13 tribes) is to be scattered a second time because they refuse to carefully observe ETERNAL’s Covenant and He states that they are not to even be prayed for18.
Jacob’s Trouble Begins with the House of Judah
Ezekiel was told to shave off all his hair and divide it into three parts and the following scenario will be what happens to Judah before the rest of the nations of Israel. In addition, Ezekiel is told to inscribe a map of Jerusalem on a flat stone because it would show what would befall Judah in the latter Days. Ezekiel Chapters 4 and 5 state statistics concerning the House of Judah in the time of Trouble: 1/3 will die in war, 1/3 will die of famine and pestilence, and 1/3 will be taken into captivity.
Ezekiel 5:2. You shall burn with fire one-third in the midst of the [map of the] city, when the days of the siege are finished. Then you shall take one-third and strike around it with the sword, and one-third you shall scatter in the wind: I will draw out a sword after them.
… 5:12. One-third of you shall die of the pestilence, and be consumed with famine in your midst; and one-third shall fall by the sword all around you; and I will scatter another third to all the winds, and I will draw out a sword after them.
To see this described in Zechariah for Judah of the house of David: 2/3’s will die in famine and war and 1/3 will live through it, but be refined.
Zechariah 13:1. In that day, a fountain shall be opened for the house of David and for the inhabitants of Jerusalem, for sin and for uncleanness.
…13:8-9. “And it shall come to pass in all the land,” Says ETERNAL, “That two-thirds in it shall be cut off and die, but one-third shall be left in it. I will bring the one-third through the fire, will refine them as silver is refined, and test them as gold is tested. They will call on My Name, and I will answer them. I will say, ‘This is My people’; and each one will say, ‘ETERNAL is my SOVEREIGN.’”
Part of this last one-third will live to fight another day, as we will see below in the Day of the Wrath of our SOVEREIGN. Returning in to Deuteronomy 28 we see a breakdown on this.
Deuteronomy 28:15 (TLB). If you won’t listen to ETERNAL your SOVEREIGN and won’t obey these laws I am giving you today, then all of these curses shall come upon you.
Following are curses that will happen to the House of Judah…
Deuteronomy 28:16-24. [the 1/3 who die of famine and pestilence]. Curses in the city and fields, shortages of (bread, fruit, and crops due to blight and mold), barren wombs, non-productive herds, much confusion and failure, diseases (tuberculosis, fever, infections, plague,), too much rain (mildew and mold), drought (dust storms), and scorching fires.
…28:25-26 [the 1/3 who die in the war]. ETERNAL will cause you to be defeated by your enemies. You will march out to battle gloriously, but flee before your enemies in utter confusion; and you will be tossed to and from among all the nations of the earth. Your dead bodies will be food to the birds and wild animals, and no one will be there to chase them away.
…28:27-31. [those still alive]. He will send plagues for which there is no cure, madness, blindness, fear, and panic upon you. You shall not prosper in anything, you will be oppressed, continually robbed, and nothing will save you. Someone else will marry your fiancée, live in your house, eat your food, your possessions dispersed, and there will be no one to protect you. Your sons and daughters are taken away as slaves. Your heart will break with longing for them, but you will not be able to help them.
Sudden Destruction if no Repentance
Memory Note: all thirteen tribes of the Commonwealth of Greater Israel have turned their back on our loving SOVEREIGN and are not seeking Him with all their hearts and minds. Therefore, the time of Jacob’s Trouble will fall upon us all.
Ezekiel was told that what happened to Judah (see 4:3) “will be a sign to the House of Israel” (also 12:6). Notice in the following punishment on the House of Israel that no percentages are given. Please note that the House of Israel can prevent a lot of the scheduled punishment by turning to the CREATOR in repentance.
2 Chronicles 7:13-14 (TLB). If I [ETERNAL] shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust swarms to eat up all of your crops, or if I send an epidemic among you, then if My people will humble themselves and pray, and [ Quest ] for Me, and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear them from heaven and forgive their sins and heal their land.