History and Destiny of the Jews

The History and Destiny of the Jews:
A Biblical View

By Ann Miller


Many have asked, “Where did the Jews come from?” and “Why should I care?” This information is vital for anyone desiring to understand all parts of the Bible.


The first part of this document will consider the first question: “Where did the Jews come from?”


Beginning with Noah

Genesis 9:18 And the sons of Noah, that went forth of the ark, were Shem, and Ham, and Japheth: and Ham is the father of Canaan. 19These are the three sons of Noah: and of them was the whole earth overspread.

Genesis 11:10 These are the generations of Shem. Shem was a hundred years old, and begat Arphaxad two years after the flood:11 And Shem lived after he begat Arphaxad five hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.12 And Arphaxad lived five and thirty years, and begat Salah:13 And Arphaxad lived after he begat Salah four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.14 And Salah lived thirty years, and begat Eber:15 And Salah lived after he begat Eber four hundred and three years, and begat sons and daughters.16 And Eber lived four and thirty years, and begat Peleg:17 And Eber lived after he begat Peleg four hundred and thirty years, and begat sons and daughters.18 And Peleg lived thirty years, and begat Reu:19 And Peleg lived after he begat Reu two hundred and nine years, and begat sons and daughters.20 And Reu lived two and thirty years, and begat Serug:21 And Reu lived after he begat Serug two hundred and seven years, and begat sons and daughters.22 And Serug lived thirty years, and begat Nahor:23 And Serug lived after he begat Nahor two hundred years, and begat sons and daughters.24 And Nahor lived nine and twenty years, and begat Terah:25 And Nahor lived after he begat Terah an hundred and nineteen years, and begat sons and daughters.26 And Terah lived seventy years, and begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran.27 Now these are the generations of Terah: Terah begat Abram, Nahor, and Haran; and Haran begat Lot.


The above text gives a listing of the generations from Noah to Abram (Avram). Avram’s name was later changed to Avraham. Avraham’s son was Isaac, and Isaac’s son was Jacob whose name was later changed to Israel.


The Importance of Eber

The Name Eber is where Hebrew derives. The verb behind it means to cross over. The Jews/Israelis are called Eevreem in Israel from the Hebrew word Ever (‘Ever’ being the way ‘Eber’ is pronounced in the Hebrew language). Thus, all of Eber’s offspring were later called Hebrews. References in the Bible are only considering the offspring of Jacob, however, when they use the term Hebrew.


The Israelis crossed over the Red Sea, and are identified with various crossings in the Bible. A not-so-subtle theme in the Bible is crossing over. Anyone who uses a concordance to see how often some form of the verb or noun cross is used will be quite surprised. This theme is no different between the testaments.


Eber is the great, great, great, great grandfather of Avram.


Yehovah Chose Avram to be the Patriarch of the Israelis

Genesis 12:1 And Yehovah said unto Abram, “Get thee out of thy country and from thy kindred and from thy father’s house unto a land that I will show thee.2 And I will make a great nation of thee. And I will bless thee. And I will make thy name great. And thou shalt be a blessing. 3And I will bless them that bless thee. And curse him that lightly esteems thee. And shall all families of the earth be blessed in thee.” 4So Abram departed as Yehovah had spoken unto him. And Lot went with him. And Abram is seventy and five years old when he departed out of Haran. 5And Abram took Sarai his wife and Lot his brother’s son and all their substance that they had gathered, and the souls that they had gotten in Haran. And they went forth to go into the land of Canaan. And they came into the land of Canaan. 6And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem unto the plain of Moreh. And the Canaanite is then in the land. 7And Yehovah appeared unto Abram. And He said, “I will give this land unto thy seed.” And he built an altar there unto Yehovah Who appeared unto him.


A casual reader will miss what is being communicated by this text. When Yehovah spoke of Avram’s seed, He wasn’t referring to all Avram’s progeny, but instead to one person: Messiah.

Galatians 3:16 Now, the promises were made to Abraham and his seed. He doesn’t say, “and to seeds” as of many, but “and to thy seed” as of one, Who is Messiah.


All Israelis who live during the Millennium will have that land, but it is only promised for ownership to certain individuals (listed below).

Amos 3:7 Surely the Lord Yehovah will do nothing, but He reveals His secret unto His servants the prophets.


Avraham is a prophet:


Genesis 20:7 “Now therefore restore the man his wife; for he is a prophet.”


Yehovah told Avraham what he was going to do:

Genesis 15:13 And he said to Abram, “Know assuredly that thy seed will be a sojourner in a land that is not theirs. And they shall serve them. And they shall afflict them four hundred years. 14And also that race which they shall serve I will judge. And afterwards they shall come out with great property. 15 And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace. Thou shalt be buried in a good old age. 16 And in the fourth generation they shall return here”.


Careful readers will see Yehovah’s plans in detail in the Bible if they take texts literally. (They will see a mirror of their own opinions if they spiritualize texts.)


Everlasting Covenant with Avraham

Genesis 17:7 “And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant to be a God unto thee and to thy seed after thee.”


The word translated everlasting has a different meaning that indicates duration (and other things). This earth is not everlasting in the true sense, and the covenant is only valid while this earth lasts. This covenant will last as long as the earth exists. Once the Millennium (thousand-year reign of Messiah) has ended and all non-Saints have been judged, this planet will be annihilated with fire and the New Earth will be the new location of the Saints and the angels that did not rebel.


Jacob to Israel

Genesis 32:28 And he said, Thy name shall not henceforth be called Jacob, but Israel; for thou hast wrestled with God, and with men, and hast prevailed.


Yehovah changed Jacob’s name to Israel. It is important for readers to understand that when talking about the race Jacob, the Bible refers to Jacob’s son, his grandsons, his great grandsons and all those in his blood line. When it refers to Israel it includes all those in Jacob’s blood line and those who have joined themselves to Israel. Rahab and Ruth are examples.


Israel Goes to Egypt

Genesis 46:1 And Israel took his journey with all that he had, and came to Beersheba, and offered sacrifices unto the God of his father Isaac. 2And God spake unto Israel in the visions of the night. And He said, “Jacob! Jacob!” And he said, Here am I. 3And He said, I am God, the God of thy father. Fear not to go down into Egypt, for I will make of thee a great nation there. 4I will go down with thee into Egypt. And I will also surely bring thee up. And Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.” 5And Jacob rose up from Beersheba. And the sons of Israel carried Jacob their father and their little ones and their wives in the wagons that Pharaoh had sent to carry him. 6And they took their cattle and their goods that they had gotten in the land of Canaan. And they came into Egypt—Jacob and all his seed with him. 7And he brought all his seed with him into Egypt: his sons and his sons’ sons with him, his daughters and his sons’ daughters…


Yehovah told Jacob that He will make him a great nation. The Land of Egypt became the perfect environment for the rapid and large propagation of the Israelis. Their rate of increase would have been much smaller had they stayed in the relatively dry and dangerous region of Israel. Yehovah used the Egyptians and their society to increase the Israelis. This is one reason why Yehovah commanded the Israelis to view the Egyptians in a good light, and not as enemies. Joseph’s enslavement seems to be the beginning of Yehovah’s plan to temporarily move Israel to Egypt. The race commenced in Egypt (much to the distress of Egyptian leadership!).


From a Family to a Race

Exodus 1:5 And all the souls that came out of the loins of Jacob were seventy souls, for Joseph was in Egypt. 6And Joseph died, and all his brethren, and all that generation. 7And the children of Israel were fruitful. And they increased abundantly and multiplied and waxed exceeding mighty. And the land was filled with them. 8Now there arose up a new king over Egypt who knew not Joseph. 9And he said unto his people, “Behold, the people of the children of Israel are more and mightier than we! 10Come on! We shall deal wisely with them lest they multiply, and it come to pass that they join also unto our enemies when there falleth out any war, and they fight against us and get them up out of the land!” 11Therefore they did set taskmasters over them to afflict them with their burdens. And they built treasure cities for Pharaoh: Pithom and Raamses. 12But the more they afflicted them, the more they multiplied and grew. And they were grieved because of the children of Israel. 13And the Egyptians made the children of Israel to serve with rigour. 14And they made their lives bitter with hard bondage in mortar and in brick and in all manner of service in the field. All their service wherein they made them serve is with rigour.


They multiplied from seventy to a large number. Even most of the seventy were not from Jacob! There were 600,000 men that left Egypt not counting the women and children.

Exodus 12:37And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, besides children.


An entire people (though small) were integrated into the family of Jacob through violence done by two sons of Jacob.


From a Race to a Kingdom of Priests

When he brought them out of Egypt in a great and mighty way, Yehovah told them that they will be a kingdom of priests.

Exodus 19:3 And Moses went up unto God. And Yehovah called unto him out of the mountain, saying, “Thou shalt say thus to the house of Jacob. And thou shalt tell the children of Israel, 4 ‘Ye have seen what I did unto the Egyptians. And I bare you on eagles’ wings and brought you unto myself. 5Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed and keep my covenant, then ye shall be my own possession out of all the people of all the earth. For all the earth is mine. 6And ye shall be a kingdom of priests unto me and a holy nation.’ These are the words that thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.”


The Israelis have not yet become a kingdom of priest, since they have not decided which gods they will follow. This text will be fulfilled toward the end of the Tribulation (a seven-year period during which Yehovah shows His wrath to Israel first, after which Israel turns, and then to the rest of the races). When they are a kingdom of priests, all males, females and children will be in the position of being priests for non-Jewish folks who desire to understand and communicate with Yehovah. (They can communicate directly, but some folks will desire a priest: a person who is an intermediary between a god—in this case, Yehovah, and man.)


Thus, a person who desires to understand Yehovah/Yeshua will go to any Jewish person, adults or children, to ask questions. Even a Jewish child will give infallibly correct answers, and will pray on behalf of the person if the person desires that. Adults and children will have Yehovah’s wisdom because the Torah will be written on the hearts of all Israelis.


This text states “I bare you on eagles wings”, this did not occur during the exodus from Egypt with Moses. This indicates there will be a future time when Israelis are in Egypt and will literally be brought out on wings of eagles.


Why Yehovah Used a Strong Arm to Remove Israelis from Egypt

Deuteronomy 4:34 Or hath God assayed to go take Him a nation from the midst of a nation by temptations, by signs and by wonders, and by war and by a mighty hand, and by a stretched out arm and by great terrors according to all that Yehovah your God did for you in Egypt before your eyes? 35It was showed unto thee that thou mightest know that Yehovah he is God; none else is beside Him. 36He made thee to hear his voice out of the heavens so that He might instruct thee. And he showed thee his great fire upon earth. And thou heard His words out of the midst of the fire. 37And because he loved thy fathers, he therefore chose their seed after them. And He brought thee out in His sight with His mighty power out of Egypt 38to drive out greater and mightier nations than thou from before thee, to bring thee in, to give thee their land an inheritance, as this day. 39Know therefore this day and consider in thine heart that Yehovah—He is God in the heavens above and upon the earth beneath! None else is!


Do not miss that Yehovah chose Israel because of his love for the fathers, Avraham, Issac and Jacob.


Yehovah did these mighty works to show Israel and the surrounding races that He is God. His works terrified the races in Canaan and the surrounding races. Notice how Rahab described this terror.

Joshua 2:9 and Rahab said to the men, I know that Jehovah has given you the land, and that the dread of you has fallen on us, and that all the inhabitants of the land faint because of you.10For we have heard that Yehovah dried up the waters of the Red sea before you when ye came out of Egypt; and what ye did to the two kings of the Amorites that were beyond the Jordan, to Sihon and to Og, whom ye utterly destroyed. 11We heard of it, and our heart melted, and there remained no more spirit in any man because of you; for Yehovah your God, he is God in the heavens above and on the earth beneath.


One race even feigned a lengthy trip to the Israelis to deceive them into forming a covenant so that they would not be exterminated. This deceit worked! (Yehovah was not pleased, but Israel had to honour that covenant made with that Canaanite race.)


In the book of Joshua we see Yehovah giving the land to the Israelis and the tribal allotments. Judges reports the decline of Israel and the cycle of the Israelis going after false gods, which leads to their enemies being victorious over them, and their crying out to Yehovah and his rescues, only to repeat the cycle. Much more information could be included in this paper. However this paper would become to large, unread and not beneficial.


Ten Tribes are Given to Jeroboam

1 Kings 11:31 And he said to Jeroboam, “Take thee ten pieces. For thus saith Yehovah the God of Israel, ‘Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and will give ten tribes to thee. 32But he shall have one tribe for my servant David’s sake and for Jerusalem’s sake, the city that I chose out of all the tribes of Israel. 33For they have forsaken me and have worshipped Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, Chemosh the god of the Moabites, and Milcom the god of the children of Ammon, and have not walked in my ways to do right in mine eyes, and my statutes and my judgments, as David his father. 34And I will not take the whole kingdom out of his hand, but I will make him prince all the days of his life for David my servant’s sake whom I chose. For he kept my commandments and my statutes. 35And I will take the kingdom out of his son’s hand and will give it unto thee: ten tribes. 36And I will give one tribe unto his son so that David my servant will always have a light before me in Jerusalem, the city that I have chosen me to put my name there. 37And I will take thee. And thou shalt reign according to all that thy soul desires. And thou shalt be king over Israel.’”

1 Kings 15:30 …because of the sins of Jeroboam that he sinned and that he made Israel sin by his provocation wherewith he provoked Yehovah God of Israel to anger…


The Israelis still didn’t believe the warnings and the events of Yehovah’s hand. Yehovah therefore took the next step:

2 Kings 23:27 And Yehovah said, “I will remove Judah also out of my sight as I have removed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem that I have chosen and the House of which I said, ‘My name shall be there’!”


This will occur a number of times in the future for the same reasons! We have been able to enjoy Israel being a state in our lifetimes, but that will not continue. The Israelis will alternately be in the land and thrust out of the land until the return of Messiah.


Captivity: Ten Tribes

2 Kings 15:29 In the days of Pekah king of Israel, Tiglath-Pileser king of Assyria came and took Ijon and Abel-Beth-Maachah and Janoah and Kedesh and Hazor and Gilead and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali. And he carried them captive to Assyria.


The following text explains how Shalmaneser dealt with the king of the Israeli ten tribes.

2 Kings 17:1 In the twelfth year of Ahaz king of Judah, Hoshea the son of Elah began to reign in Samaria over Israel for nine years. 2And he did evil in the sight of Yehovah, but not as the kings of Israel that had been before him. 3 Shalmaneser king of Assyria came up against him. And Hoshea became his servant, and tendered him presents. 4But the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea, for he had sent messengers to So king of Egypt. And he sent up no present to the king of Assyria as he had done from year to year. And the king of Assyria shut him up and bound him in prison. 5And the king of Assyria overran the whole land. And he went up against Samaria and besieged it three years. 6In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria took Samaria. And he carried Israel away into Assyria and placed them in Halah and by the Habor, the river of Gozan and in the cities of the Medes.


Yehovah became furious with Israel because they served other gods. The Israelis became no different than the people they were commanded to annihilate. Yehovah will not allow this to continue on his land for very long.

7And so it was, because the children of Israel had sinned against Yehovah their God Who had brought them up out of the land of Egypt from under the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt, and had feared other gods. 8And they walked in the statutes of the nations that Yehovah had dispossessed from before the children of Israel and of the kings of Israel that they had made. 9And the children of Israel secretly did things that were not right against Yehovah their God. And they built them high places in all their cities from the watchmen’s tower to the fortified city. 10And they set them up columns and Asherahs on every high hill and under every green tree. 11And there they burned incense on all the high places as the nations did that Yehovah had carried away from before them. And they wrought wicked things to provoke Yehovah to anger. 12And they served idols, as to which Yehovah had said to them, “Ye shall not do this thing.”


Yehovah will not allow the Israelis to live on the land of Israel while serving other gods. He sent prophets to warn them.

13And Yehovah testified against Israel and against Judah by all the prophets, all the seers, saying, “Turn from your evil ways, and keep my commandments, my statutes, according to all the law that I commanded your fathers and that I sent to you through my servants the prophets. 14But they would not hear. And they hardened their necks like to the neck of their fathers who did not believe in Yehovah their God.


The Israelis did not hearken to the prophets, they chose to continue with their perversions, discarding the Torah, therefore Yehovah threw removed them from the land.

15And they rejected his statutes, and his covenant that he had made with their fathers, and his testimonies that he had testified unto them. And they followed vanity and became vain, and went after the nations that were round about them concerning whom Yehovah had charged them that they should not do like them. 16And they forsook all the commandments of Yehovah their God. And they made them molten images: two calves, and made an Asherah, and worshipped all the host of the heavens, and served Baal. 17And they caused their sons and their daughters to pass through the fire. And they used divination and enchantments. And they sold themselves to do evil in the sight of Yehovah, to provoke him to anger. 18Therefore Yehovah was very angry with Israel. And He removed them out of his sight. There remained but the tribe of Judah only.


When the ten Northern tribes were dispersed, two tribes and parts of the other tribes remained. The main tribes were Judah and Levi. Folks who remained part of this group were called Judeans (later shortened to Jew). Thus, the term Jew was given to those Israelis who remained in that part of Israel.


From Where Did the Name Jew Come?

Jew comes from the Hebrew Yehudah meaning He confessed Yah (an abbreviation of He confessed Yehovah).


The name Jew was initially seen in the book of Esther, but the people had existed for centuries. Any large group will be identified by its principle component. Europeans historically called citizens of the United States Yankees.


Folks will refer to large groups by the name given to one principle group out of that large group. We speak of the Russians without distinctions that the Russians themselves make among themselves. The use of Jew fits this pattern.


Judah’s Captivity

Judah did evil causing them also to be removed from the land of Israel and carried into captivity in Babylon.

2 Kings 24:10 At that time the servants of Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came up against Jerusalem, and the city was besieged. 11And Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came against the city. And his servants besieged it. 12And Jehoiachin the king of Judah went out to the king of Babylon—he and his mother and his servants and his princes and his officers. And the king of Babylon took him in the eighth year of his reign. 13And he carried out thence all the treasures of the house of Yehovah and the treasures of the king’s house. And he cut all the vessels of gold that Solomon king of Israel had made in the temple of Yehovah in pieces, as Yehovah had said. 14And he carried away all Jerusalem and all the princes and all the mighty men of valour, ten thousand captives, and all the craftsmen and smiths. None remained save the poorest sort of the people of the land. 15And he carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon, and the king’s mother and the king’s wives and his officers and the mighty of the land—he carried into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon.


The two sections of Judah and Israel both did wrong, but the ‘Israel’ section was far more ‘liberal’ in evildoing. Thus, Yehovah took that section first. When Judah became as evil, Yehovah made sure they also went into captivity. Thus, both groups ended up in the same place at the same time: unified in captivity!

Daniel 1:1 In the third year of the reign of Jehoiakim king of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon came unto Jerusalem and besieged it. 2And the Lord gave Jehoiakim king of Judah into his hand, and a part of the vessels of the House of God. And he carried them into the land of Shinar to the house of his god. And he brought the vessels into the treasure-house of his god.



Israel’s Return to Jerusalem

Ezra 1:1 And in the first year of Cyrus king of Persia, Yehovah stirred up the spirit of Cyrus king of Persia that the word of Yehovah by the mouth of Jeremiah might be accomplished. And he made a proclamation throughout his kingdom, and also in writing, saying, 2 “Thus says Cyrus king of Persia: Yehovah the God of the heavens has given to me all the kingdoms of the earth. And He has charged me to build him a house at Jerusalem that is in Judah. 3Who in you are from all His people? His God shall be with him! And he shall go up to Jerusalem that is in Judah and build the House of Yehovah the God of Israel. He is God Who is at Jerusalem!”


Cyrus (his name being Coresh in Hebrew) was very unusual among leaders. He knew that Yehovah is God, and he knew that Yehovah had assigned him to send the Israelis to Jerusalem to build a House for Him!

Ezra 2:1 And these are the children of the province that went up out of the captivity of those who had been carried away, whom Nebuchadnezzar the king of Babylon had carried away to Babylon, and who came again to Jerusalem and to Judah, every one to his city…


Some believe that the Jews/Israelis lost their identity in the Babylonian captivity. The above text indicates that they went everyone to his city. If they lost their identity in 70 years, how would they know to which city to return? Jews don’t forget anything in seventy years!

Ezra 2:64 The whole congregation together was forty-two thousand three hundred and sixty 65besides their servants and their maids of whom there were seven thousand three hundred and thirty-seven; and they had two hundred singing men and singing women.


This text gives the number of returners. The fraction of all Israel is quite small. The number continued to increase up to Messiah’s time. These Israelis were the first to return to Israel to prepare for the times of Messiah when Israel would be quite thickly populated. Tribal identities continued. Even Paul knew of which tribe he was.


Exactly How Much Land is in Israel?

Numbers 34:1 And Yehovah spake unto Moses, saying, 2 “Command the children of Israel. And say unto them, ‘When ye come into the land of Canaan—this is the land that shall fall unto you for an inheritance—the land of Canaan with the coasts thereof, 3then your south quarter shall be from the wilderness of Zin along by the coast of Edom, and your south border shall be the outmost coast of the salt sea eastward. 4And your border shall turn from the south to the ascent of Akrabbim, and pass on to Zin. And the going forth thereof shall be from the south to Kadeshbarnea, and shall go on to Hazaraddar, and pass on to Azmon. 5And the border shall fetch a compass from Azmon unto the river of Egypt. And the goings out of it shall be at the sea. 6And the western border: ye shall even have the great sea for a border. This shall be your west border. 7And this shall be your north border: ye shall point out for you mount Hor from the great sea. 8Ye shall point out from mount Hor unto the entrance of Hamath. And the goings forth of the border shall be to Zedad. 9And the border shall go on to Ziphron. And the goings out of it shall be at Hazarenan. This shall be your north border. 10And ye shall point out your east border from Hazarenan to Shepham. 11And the coast shall go down from Shepham to Riblah on the east side of Ain. And the border shall descend and shall reach unto the side of the sea of Chinnereth eastward. 12And the border shall go down to Jordan. And the goings out of it shall be at the salt sea. This shall be your land with the coasts thereof round about.’”


If you take the time to map this using a good set of maps, you will see exactly what the borders will be. Keep in mind that the Bible describes land area changes during the Tribulation so that the Land of Israel will be larger, but with the very same borders.


Separating the People of Israel from the Land of Israel is not reasonable, though Yehovah will throw the Israelis off that land a number of times before they permanently possess it. Some have attempted to set up alternate ‘promised lands’ for Israel. These always fail.


Who Owns the Land?

Yehovah promised the land described above to Avraham. He later confirmed it to Isaac and then to Jacob.

Genesis 15:18 Yehovah made a covenant with Abram in the same day, saying, “I have given this land unto thy seed from the river of Egypt unto the great river, the river Euphrates—19The Kenites and the Kenizzites and the Kadmonites 20and the Hittites and the Perizzites and the Rephaims 21and the Amorites and the Canaanites and the Girgashites and the Jebusites.”


Avraham only had claim to the cave of Machpelah and its field during his lifetime, a small portion he bought from the sons of Heth to bury his wife.


The promise of his owning the entire land has not yet been fulfilled; therefore it is a future event.

Isaiah 14:1 For Yehovah will have mercy on Jacob and will yet choose Israel. And He will set them in their own land. And the strangers shall be joined with them.


The land is

  • Avraham’s land
  • Isaac’s land
  • Jacob’s land (the same as Israel’s land)
  • Messiah’s land
  • Yehovah’s land

The Israelis will be the permanent occupants of the land once they have become entirely and permanently righteous as the following text declares. Yehovah will gather them from all the countries and bring them to Israel.

Jeremiah 23:3 And I will gather the remnant of my flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase. 4And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith Yehovah. 5Behold, the days come, saith Yehovah, that I will raise unto David a righteous Branch. And a king shall reign and prosper, and shall execute justice and righteousness in the land. 6Judah shall be saved in his days, and Israel shall dwell safely. And this is his name whereby he shall be called, YEHOVAH OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS. 7Therefore, behold, the days come, saith Yehovah, that they shall no more say, “Yehovah lives Who brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt,” 8but “Yehovah lives Who brought up and Who led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country and from all countries” whither I had driven them. And they shall dwell in their own land.



Israel Permanently Gets the Land

Jeremiah 7:1 The word that came to Jeremiah from Yehovah, saying, 2 “Stand in the gate of Yehovah’s House and proclaim this word there. And say, ‘Hear the word of Yehovah, all Judah that enter in at these gates to worship Yehovah! 3Thus saith Yehovah of hosts the God of Israel, “Amend your ways and your doings, and I will cause you to dwell in this place. 4Trust ye not in lying words, saying, ‘The temple of Yehovah! The temple of Yehovah! The temple of Yehovah are these!’ 5For if ye thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, if ye thoroughly execute judgment between a man and his neighbour, 6oppress not the stranger, the fatherless and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, and don’t walk after other gods to your hurt, 7then I will cause you to dwell in this place in the land that I gave to your fathers forever and ever.”’”


The conditions for permanently dwelling in the land should be obvious. If the Israelis are sinning while on the Land of Israel, they can only look forward to being evicted by violence.

Isaiah 60:18 (literally rendered) “Violence will not be further heard in thy land, devastation and breaking in thy borders. And thou shalt call Salvation [fem.] thy walls and thy gates, Psalm.19The sun will not further be to thee for a daily light. And the moon will not lighten to thee for her shining. And Yehovah will be to thee for light of Hider, and thy Gods for thy brightness. 20Thy sun shall not further come [go down], and thy moon will not be gathered! For Yehovah will be for the light of Hider to thee, and the days of thy mourning shall be avenged [from peace]! 21And thy people—all of them are righteous to Hider! They shall inherit Land forever! His planting is the doing of my hands to-brighten-Self! 22The little-[one] will be to a thousand. And the young-[one] to a powerful race. I, Yehovah, I will rush her in her time!”


Israelis will have far more benefits than being free from eviction! Yehovah will be the very light of that place. This text is describing the Millennium, though it may seem to be describing the New Earth. A reader could tell this because of verse 20 in which avenging is being described, and the word okug, olam being used that signifies Hider, a timing that does not go beyond this planet, and a potential description of Yehovah who Hides at the present time, but won’t hide on the New Earth. No avenging will be possible on the New Earth since all are Saints.


Israel Must be Righteous

Ezekiel 37:21 And say unto them, “Thus saith the Lord Yehovah, ‘Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the races whither they are gone. And I will gather them on every side. And I will bring them into their own land. 22And 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 no more be two nations, neither shall they any more at all be divided into two kingdoms. 23And they shall not any more defile themselves with their idols nor with their detestable things nor with any of their transgressions. And I will save them out of all their dwelling places in which they have sinned. And I will cleanse them. So shall they be my people, and I will be their God. 24And David my servant is king over them! And they all shall have one shepherd. And they shall walk in my judgments and observe my statutes, and do them. 25And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, in which your fathers dwelt. And they shall dwell therein—they and their children and their children’s children forever. And my servant David is their prince forever. 26And I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will place them and multiply them. And I will set my sanctuary in the midst of them forevermore. 27And my Tabernacle shall be with them. Indeed I will be their God and they shall be my people. 28And the races shall know that I Yehovah do sanctify Israel when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them forevermore.”


Yehovah will raise King David from the dead and place him as King over Israel even while Messiah is King of all Kings of the earth. Israel will be righteous. The consequences of being unrighteous with a totally righteous King who is also God would be deadly.


Did the Law Save the Israelis?



The above link is currently to a document that discusses the Torah (Teaching) and its goals. The Law (better rendered Teaching) cannot save anyone, and it did not save the Israelis. If anything could have saved the Israelis, Messiah’s sacrifice would have been in vain, a waste of innocent blood.


Was the Law Done Away With at the Cross?



The above link discusses this question in detail. If the Law consists of at least the first five books of the Bible (five books of Moses) and if it has been abolished, the Bible has been also abolished since the rest of the Bible depends on the continuance of the Truth of the first five books.


You say, “All this is well and good, but what does it have to do with me?”

While many preach that the kingdom is at hand today, they overlook or ignore many texts that give information about events that must take place before Messiah will set up his kingdom on earth.


That is not to say the rapture of Saints can not take place at any time. I see no text that must be fulfilled before this can take place. However texts give us information about many events that will take place before Messiah’s kingdom is on earth. These events will take many centuries. Israel and the Jews are always the central focus of these events.

Matthew 23:37 “Jerusalem! Jerusalem that kills the prophets and stones them who are sent unto thee! How often would I have gathered thy children together even as a hen gathereth her chickens under wings, and ye would not! 38Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, ye shall not see me henceforth till ye shall say, ‘Blessed is He Who comes with the name Yehovah!’”


The Israelis who inhabit Jerusalem are the only ones who can call for Messiah’s return: “ye shall not see me henceforth till ye shall say, ‘Blessed is He Who comes with the name Yehovah!’” This must take place in its time. Many texts would be skipped, and thus violated if this were it to take place before its time. Yehovah has given us the information about these events in the Bible in order for us to know what will happen. By reading the text careful the timing of these events can be seen. No event described in the Bible will be skipped.

Luke 13:34 “Jerusalem! Jerusalem that kills the prophets and stones them who are sent unto thee! How often would I have gathered thy children together as a hen her brood under wings, and ye would not! 35Behold, your house is left unto you desolate. And verily I say unto you, Ye shall not see me until the time come when ye shall say, ‘Blessed is He Who comes with the name Yehovah!’”


There will be no second coming of Messiah until the Jews in Jerusalem call Him. There can be no resurrection, no setting up the kingdom and no Emmanuel on earth until the Jews of Jerusalem call Him back declaring Him to be the one with the Name Yehovah!


What does this have to do with you?


If you or anyone has a legitimate claim of faith in the Bible and its God and Messiah, you will recognize that the plan of God is anchored concretely in the Jews. Messiah setting up his kingdom, is contingent upon the Jews and only in the Jews of Jerusalem being born of God and recognizing that Messiah has the Name Yehovah.


Doing away with the Jews does away with the Hope, the resurrection, the return of Messiah and everlasting life on the New Earth.

Revelation 20:5 But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6Blessed and holy is he who hath part in the first resurrection. The second death hath no power on such, but they shall be priests of God and of Messiah, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.


There can be no first resurrection of Saints (apart from Messiah’s resurrection) without Messiah’s return. Messiah’s return is hinged on the Jerusalem Jews calling Him as quoted above. The above text indicates that the resurrection of the dead Saints (first resurrection) occurs prior to the thousand-year reign of Messiah (the Millennium). Many are confused on this point and all other points of timing because they are sloppy readers of the Bible, or worse, because they desire to replace the Jews as central to the plan of the Biblical God.


Great and Terrible Day of Yehovah

Yehovah will set the Tribulation upon the Israelis because of Israel’s refusal to hearken to the Torah. That is how important the Torah will continue to be to the end of this planet. A theology that does away with the Torah does away with the plan of God, and therefore does away with Yehovah.

1 Peter 4:17 For the time is that judgment must begin at the House of God. And if first at us, what is the end of them who don’t obey the gospel of God? 18And if the righteous scarcely are saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?


The Tribulation will then be placed upon the whole planet. All the races will see and experience that Tribulation of Yehovah because they will set themselves against Israel because of the Tribulation!


They will think that being rid of Yehovah and His followers is the only way to unify man and have peace on earth. Some from the races will be exceptions and will be or become friends of the Jews.


The following text demonstrates how the Tribulation will lead the nations of the world to one particular slaughter. The first part describes changes in the sun and moon:

Joel 2:31 The sun shall be changed to darkness and the moon to blood before the great and terrible day of Yehovah comes.


This next part describes that Salvation and deliverance will still be open and possible:

32And it shall be that whosoever shall call upon the name of Yehovah shall be saved, for deliverance shall be in mount Zion and in Jerusalem as Yehovah hath said, and for the residue whom Yehovah shall call.


Next comes the gathering of all nations for judgment, and why:

3:1For behold, in those days and in that time when I shall turn again the captivity of Judah and Jerusalem, 2I will also gather all the nations. And I will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat. And I will enter into judgment with them there on account of my people and mine inheritance Israel whom they have scattered among the nations. And they have parted my land! 3And they have cast lots for my people! And they have given a boy for a harlot and sold a girl for wine, and have drunk it.


Yehovah then focuses on Tyre, Zidon and Phillistia (referring to the Palestinian territories) two cities of Lebanon and one in the area of Israel:

4Yea also, what have ye to do with me, Tyre and Zidon and all the districts of Philistia? Will ye render me a recompense? But if ye recompense me, I will swiftly and speedily bring your recompense upon your own head 5because ye have taken my silver and my gold, and have carried into your temples my beautiful pleasant things, 6and ye have sold the children of Judah and the children of Jerusalem unto the children of the Greeks that ye might remove them far from their border. 7Behold, I will raise them up out of the place whither ye have sold them, and will bring your recompense upon your own head! 8And I will sell your sons and your daughters into the hand of the children of Judah. And they shall sell them to the Sabeans, to a nation far off. For Yehovah hath spoken.


Yehovah prods the races (nations) to come to war against Him (so that He can slaughter them):

9Proclaim this among the nations! Prepare war! Arouse the mighty men! All the men of war shall draw near! They shall come up! 10Beat your ploughshares into swords, and your pruning-knives into spears! The weak shall say, ‘I am strong!’ 11Haste ye and come, all ye nations round about, and gather yourselves together! Cause thy mighty ones to come down there, Yehovah! 12The nations shall rouse themselves and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat! For there will I sit to judge all the nations round about!


Yehovah then converses with an unnamed entity to ‘harvest’ (slaughter) these arrogant folks who came against Yehovah in His land:

13Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe! Come! Get you down, for the press is full, the vats overflow! For their wickedness is great. 14Multitudes! Multitudes are in the valley of decision! For the day of Yehovah is at hand in the valley of decision.


He again speaks of the changes in the sun and moon, and now the stars. The removal of light from the stars will give astrologers a bad day.

15The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.


The next part explains the location from which Yehovah will speak, and what will result:

16And Yehovah will roar from Zion and utter his voice from Jerusalem! And the heavens and the earth shall shake!


Yet Yehovah will be a shelter and refuge for a particular group:

And Yehovah will be a shelter for his people and the refuge of the children of Israel! 17And ye shall know that I, Yehovah, am your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain!


The next text explains the radical change in Jerusalem’s ownership:

And Jerusalem shall be holy!


Never again will foreigners with war intentions come through Jerusalem:

And no strangers shall pass through her any more.


These events will bring a change in crop productivity:

18And in that day it shall come to pass that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the water-courses of Judah shall flow with waters. And a fountain shall come forth from the house of Yehovah, and shall water the valley of Shittim.


Egypt, on the other hand, will be a mess, and Edom will be empty:

19Egypt shall be a desolation. And Edom shall be a desolate wilderness for the violence against the children of Judah in that they have shed innocent blood in their land.


Judah and Jerusalem will last:

20But Judah shall abide forever, and Jerusalem from generation to generation.


Yehovah will prepare the Israelis so that He can dwell among them in Zion without harm to them.

21And I will purge them from the blood from which I had not purged them! For Yehovah dwells in Zion!



When will All Israel be Righteous

This text shows that Israel will recognize Who Messiah is at one point during the tribulation.

Zechariah 12: 9 And it shall come to pass in that day, I will seek to destroy all the nations that come against Jerusalem.10And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn.


All Israelis will become righteous at some point between the midpoint of the Tribulation and its end. All Israel will turn in faith to Messiah, and no Israeli will sin from that point to the end of the world.

Romans 11:26 And so all Israel shall be saved as it is written, “There shall come the Deliverer out of Zion. And He shall turn ungodliness away from Jacob.”


Since the teachings of Yehovah will be written in their minds, all Israelis will refuse to sin from that point onward. The tribulation will continue until the seven years are complete. After the Israelis recognize Messiah and turn to him they will be tested. At this time in the tribulation, Yehovah will turn his wrath toward the nations.

Isaiah 45:17 And Israel shall be saved in Yehovah with an everlasting salvation. Ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end (literally, unto hiders of onward)!


Yehovah has promised a new Covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah (both being mentioned because of the split in Israel that openly occurred after King Solomon’s reign).

Jeremiah 31:31 “Behold, the days come,” saith Yehovah, and I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—32not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, which my covenant they broke although I was an husband unto them,” saith Yehovah. 33 “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” saith Yehovah. “I will put my law in their inward parts and write it in their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34And they shall no more teach every man his neighbour and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know Yehovah!’ For they shall all know me from the least of them unto the greatest of them,” saith Yehovah. “For I will forgive their iniquity. And I will no more remember their sin.” 35Thus saith Yehovah Who gives the sun for a light by day, the statutes of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, Who divides the sea when the waves thereof roar—Yehovah of hosts is His Name—36 “If those statutes depart from before me,” saith Yehovah, “the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me forever!” 37Thus saith Yehovah, “If heaven above can be measured and the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done!” saith Yehovah.


Yehovah guarantees that all Israel will be righteous by writing His Teachings on their heart (mind). This writing will occur during the last part of the Tribulation. It will be permanent, and will also occur on every Jewish baby born during the Millennium. No Israeli will have to learn the Torah (Teaching of Yehovah) since it will be ‘built in’ from birth from that time!

Isaiah 60:21 “Thy people also shall all be righteous! They, the branch of my planting, the work of my hands, shall inherit the land forever that I may be glorified!”


An entirely righteous people will be a very good thing! Since this is spoken of the people of Israel, non-Jews who are part of this people are fully included. (Some churches of today call Jews to join their congregations. How arrogant! Members of those churches should join themselves to the God of Israel! But that would ruin things…)


Millennial Reign of Messiah in Jerusalem

Messiah will return to Jerusalem with the saints to rule over all the earth. Those who were born of God who have died will return with Messiah in their immortal bodies. Those who survive the Tribulation will remain in their mortal bodies on earth during the thousand year reign. They include both Israelis and those who helped the Israelis during the Tribulation. All others will be killed at the end of the Tribulation before the kingdom is restored to Israel. (I have seen no text that speaks of non-Jewish Saints who have nothing to do with Israel during the Tribulation.) Saints in mortal bodies will receive their immortal bodies after the Millennium, before they are transferred to the new earth, (unless they are murdered during the Millennium, in which case their murderer will be terribly disappointed when they immediately obtain an immortal body.


The following text briefly describes Messiah’s takeover of the planet. He will intentionally make it a very bloody takeover:

Revelation 19:11 And I saw heaven opened. And behold a white horse. And he that sat upon him is called Faithful and True. And he doth judge and make war in righteousness. 12His eyes as a flame of fire. And many crowns are on his head. And he had a name written that no man knew but he himself. 13And he is clothed with a vesture dipped in blood. And his name is called The Word of God. 14And the armies in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in white and clean fine linen. 15And a sharp sword goes out of his mouth so that he should smite the nations with it. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron. And he treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God! 16And he hath on the vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.



Work During Millennial Reign

During the millennial reign of Messiah, King David will rule Jerusalem, and Messiah will rule the whole earth as King of Kings. Avraham will then own the land of Israel.


As they were called to be, the Israelis will at this time be a kingdom of priests. They will “go into all the world and preach the gospel” at that time, fulfilling their calling.

Mark 16:15 And he said unto them, “Go ye into all the world! And preach the gospel to every creature.”

Romans 11:29 For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance.



Satan is Arrested

Satan will be bound during the millennial reign. He will be loosed at the end of the 1000-year reign for a time.

Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon—that old serpent who is the Devil and Satan. And He bound him a thousand years 3and cast him into the bottomless pit and shut him up and set a seal upon him so that he won’t deceive the nations any more until the thousand years shall be fulfilled. And he must be loosed a little season after that.


His arrest will prove that humans don’t need demons to sin. No one can say the devil made me do it. The Millennium will be a time of complete peace, but not a time of complete joy for sinners. They will have to ‘tow the line’ because any sin they commit will immediately be brought to light; they will immediately face that sin’s consequence. Thus, the large population of the planet, years into the Millennium will consist of avid feigners who can feign righteousness and joy while despising Messiah and His terrible totalitarian rule of righteousness!

Psalms 18:44 As soon as they hear of me, they shall obey me. The strangers shall submit (literally, feign) themselves unto me.

Psalms 66:3 Say unto God, “How terrible art thou in thy works! Thine enemies shall submit (literally, feign) themselves unto thee through the greatness of thy power!”


Not one of those fakers will be Jewish.


The First and Second Resurrections

Revelation 20:4 And I saw thrones. And they sat upon them. And judgment was given unto them and the souls of them who were beheaded for the witness of Jesus and for the word of God, and who had not worshipped the beast or his image, nor had they received the mark upon their foreheads or in their hands. And they lived and reigned with Messiah a thousand years.


The folks above obviously suffered during the Tribulation.


All the dead non-saints from the time of Adam to the end of the Millennium will participate in the following resurrection. (The first resurrection is of Saints; it is first in type, not in numerical order. The second resurrection is to everlasting damnation.)

5But the rest of the dead didn’t live again until the thousand years were finished. This is the first resurrection. 6Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection! The second death hath no power on such. And they shall be priests of God and of Messiah, and shall reign with him a thousand years.



Satan’s Last Stand

Revelation 20:7 And Satan shall be loosed out of his prison when the thousand years are expired. 8And he shall go out to deceive the nations that are in the four quarters of the earth—Gog and Magog to gather them together to battle, the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.


Obviously, a number of folks born during this thousand year period will not like Messiah’s reign.

9And they went up on the breadth of the earth. And they compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city. And fire came down from God out of heaven, and devoured them.


Obviously, Yehovah didn’t appreciate a number of folks. There is no final battle between Yehovah and Satan, only the final effort by Satan.


His efforts will not stand a chance against Yehovah. Yehovah will take swift action against him and any followers.

10And the devil who deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night forever and ever.


Though the Lake of Fire and Sulfur was made for the Devil and his angels, some humans managed to get in before them!


Some religious groups deny an everlasting and burning Lake of Fire and Sulfur. Either they can’t read, they don’t read, or they just don’t believe what they read.


They will believe it means what is says when they feel the heat of their everlasting damnation.


Satan’s Final Abode

Satan, the archenemy of the Jews, will be loosed for a short time at the end of the Millennial reign. He will be thrown alive into the lake of fire that Yehovah prepared for the devil and his angels after losing one more attempt (shown in the text above). Those not born of God will accompany him into that Lake of Fire (shown below).


The Antichrist who is depicted by one of the two beasts of Revelation and the False Prophet depicted by the other beast will be first into the Lake of Fire and Sulfur. Their attempts to annihilate the Jews and the God of the Jews will bring this ‘reward’.

Revelation 19:20 And the beast was taken, and with him the false prophet that wrought miracles before him, with which he deceived them that had received the mark of the beast, and them who worshipped his image. These both were cast alive into a lake of fire burning with brimstone.


Two fallen angels, Death and Sheol/Hades will also be cast into that damnation. Israel and all Saints will see death swallowed up in victory.

Revelation 20:14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. 15And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.



New Heavens and New Earth

Revelation 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. 2And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.


See the role that Jerusalem continues to play even after this planet is annihilated!

3And 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, their God!


Yehovah has always determined to dwell with humans.

4 “And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes. And there shall be no more death or sorrow or crying. Nor shall there be any more pain. For the former things are passed away.” 5And he Who sat upon the throne said, “Behold, I make all things new!” And He said unto me, “Write! For these words are true and faithful.”


John the writer is Jewish. He was given an advanced tour of the Tribulation, and his tour guide is a Jewish prophet. (See if you can detect how we discovered this using the text in Revelation.)


John’s reaction to the Tribulation is not like Daniel’s reaction, and for good reason. Daniel was sickened at the violence and bloodshed that Israel would sustain. The vengeance of Yehovah against Israel’s enemies that John saw made him glad. The Book of Revelation describes that vengeance.

6And he said unto me, “It is done! I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end!


(I suspect that He spoke Hebrew, and said, “I am Alef and Tof, the beginning and the end!”)

I will freely give unto him that is athirst of the fountain of the waters of life. 7He who overcomes shall inherit all things. And I will be his God, and he shall be my son.


That water is literal and wet. Folks will freely drink the water.


Holy Jerusalem

The following text describes the future Jerusalem in some detail. It is unlike anything that has been on this planet.

Revelation 21:10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain. And he showed me that great city—the holy Jerusalem descending out of heaven from God 11having the glory of God. And her light is like unto a most precious stone—even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal. 12And she had a great and high wall. She had twelve gates and twelve angels at the gates. And names written thereon are of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel. 13On the east are three gates, on the north three gates, on the south three gates and on the west three gates.


Yehovah will not permit a diminishing of the centrality of His People Israel from His plan and construction even on the New Earth.

14And the wall of the city had twelve foundations. And the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb are in them.


Which twelve?

15And he who talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city and her gates and her wall. 16And the city lies foursquare. And the length is as large as the breadth. And he measured the city with the reed: twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal.


A furlong is 1/8 of a mile. 12,000 furlongs is 1500 miles. This city is a cube with 1500-mile sides.

17And he measured her wall, a hundred forty-four cubits, the measure of a man—that is, of the angel. 18And the building of the wall of it was jasper. And the city is pure gold like unto clear glass.


This text indicates that truly pure gold is clear like crystal.

19And the foundations of the wall of the city are garnished with all manner of precious stones. The first foundation is jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; 20the fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh, chrysolite; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst.


You will have difficulty if you attempt to positively identify the precious stones above. They seem to elude definite identification at this time. (Future discoveries may clarify this.)

21And the twelve gates are twelve pearls. Every several gate was of one pearl.


Those are twelve big pearls.


And the street of the city is pure gold as it were transparent glass. 22And I saw no temple therein, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are her Temple. 23And the city had no need of the sun or of the moon to shine in it, for the glory of God did lighten it.


Do not assume the lack of a sun and moon. The text only stated that there was no need because of the light from the glory of God in Jerusalem.

And the Lamb is her light. 24And the nations of them who are saved shall walk in the light of it.


Those who think there will be no races haven’t believed this text. A nation is a race in the Bible.


And the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it.


Kings besides Messiah will reign on the New earth and will live in their own lands outside of Jerusalem.

25And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day, for there shall be no night there.


Jerusalem will be a 24-hour lively city.

26And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 27And there shall in no wise enter into it anything that defiles or works abomination or is a lie, but they who are written in the Lamb’s book of life. 22:1And he showed me a pure river of waters of life, clear as crystal, proceeding out of the throne of God and of the Lamb. 2In the midst of the street of it and on either side of the river is the tree of life that bare twelve fruits, yielded her fruit every month.


That is one big tree! It’s trunk straddles the river! It has twelve different kinds of fruit and it bears that fruit year round. Even the leaves will be beneficial and will be used.


One can find a description that sounds very similar to this in Ezekiel 47:12:

Ezekiel 47:12 And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary: and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.


This describes various fruit trees, however, and not the Tree of the Lives.


And the leaves of the tree are for the servicing of the nations. 3And there shall be no more curse. But the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it. And his servants shall serve him.


The New Earth will be a place to work. Yehovah designed humans and all His creation to work. (That does not eliminate rest.)

4And they shall see his face. And his name is in their foreheads. 5And there shall be no night there. And they need no candle, neither light of the sun. For the Lord God gives them light.


This ‘light’ issue is very important, shown by the amount of mention it receives.


And they shall reign forever and ever.


Eating of the Tree of Life

Revelation 22:10 And he saith unto me, “Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book. For the time is at hand. 11He who is unjust, he shall be unjust still. And he who is filthy, he shall be filthy still. And he who is righteous, he shall be righteous still. And he who is holy, he shall be holy still.


Just before Messiah returns, each person will remain in his or her own immorality or righteousness. Turning at the very last moment will not occur.

12And behold, I come quickly!


Messiah’s return to the Jews in Jerusalem on Mount Zion and to all Saints who will be gathered there will be at a very rapid speed.


And my reward is with me to give every man according as his work shall be.


Rewards will be in the form of work assignments! That is confirmed in at least one of the parables.

13I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 14Blessed are they who do His commandments so that they may have right to the tree of life and may enter in through the gates into the city.


Those who do His commandments (even if they didn’t know Him) will have the right to the tree of life and will enter into that New Jerusalem. The ‘Sheep-Goat Judgment’ articulates this.



While many know something about the Jews—usually how they messed up, not many know that Messiah will again offer the kingdom to the Israelis foreknowing that they will accept it and will be fully prepared for it. They will fulfill all that Yehovah called them to be: a righteous, holy nation, a royal priesthood. They will be Yehovah’s obedient people forever.

Exodus 19:6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. These are the words that thou shalt speak unto the children of Israel.

Isaiah 61:9 And their seed shall be known among the nations, and their offspring among the peoples: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are a seed that Jehovah hath blessed.


There will be no doubt by anyone that Yehovah has blessed the Jews. When they fulfill their calling they will do great works and will amaze everyone with their knowledge and skills.

1 Peter 2:4 …to whom coming, a living stone disallowed indeed of men but chosen of God, precious. 5Ye also, as living stones, are built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God by Jesus Christ. 6Wherefore also it is contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay a chief, elect, precious corner stone in Zion. And he who believes on Him shall not be confounded”—7precious unto you who believe, therefore, but unto them who are disobedient: the stone that the builders disallowed, the same is made the head of the corner 8and a stone of stumbling and a rock of offence who stumble at the word, being disobedient (whereunto also they were appointed). 9But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a segregated people so that ye shall show forth the praises of Him Who hath called you out of darkness into His marvellous light 10who are not a people in past times, but are now the people of God, who had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.

What is a Jew? …Why I am a Jew.

By Arthur Glass
[1946 from the magazine Star of Hope]


“And Leah… bare a son, and she said, Now will I praise the LORD (Jehovah): Therefore she called his name Yehudah—(lit.) the LORD (Jehovah) be praised.” (Gen. 29:35).


Needless to say, there is much abysmal and inexcusable ignorance floating around this subject as to ‘what is a Jew?’ The sadly embarrassing thing, as well as the deep tragedy, is that the larger share of this ignorance is painfully prevalent with my people, the Jews themselves. Some say “The Jews are a race;” whereas others say “The Jews are a religion.” God’s word says both are wrong. The Jews are a people belonging to the Semitic race, whose religion should be, but most unfortunately now is not, that which was given by God through Moses, the Prophets and was finally confirmed in the New Testament according to Jeremiah 31:31-34.


To get the proper and correct understanding of the term Jew we must first go into the history of the Jews. The Jews are the only people in the world whose origin is divine, whose special mission is declared, and whose future is definite, assured and glorious. All other nations had their origin at the Tower of Babel as a result of sin (Gen. 11:1-9); but my people – the Jews – had a holy birth, a divine beginning (Gen. 12:13). For this reason they are indestructible, indigestible and unassimilatable. Pharaoh tried to drown the Jews and was drowned himself (Ex. 14:27, 28); Chaldeans tried to burn the Jews and were carbonized (Daniel 3:22). A few jealous Babylonian polititians tried to feed Daniel to hungry lions and were instead devoured by the same lions (Daniel 6:24). Haman tried to hang Mordecai the Jew and was himself hanged on the very gallows he had built for Mordecai (Esther 7:9,10). When Germany tried to destroy the Jews they found their own country destroyed and devastated and suffered the most disastrous defeat of any nation in the history of the world. The Jew has proven to be cork in the water, asbestos in the fire, marble in the lions’ teeth, and rubber at the end of a hangman’s noose. He has always lived to stand at the grave of his persecutors and has always been a witnessing signator to their death warrants. Truly, the Scripture is most true which says that “No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper” (Isa. 54:17).


Now the term Jew is not the proper term for my people, as that represents only the tribe of Judah and Benjamin who stuck by the House of David when the other 10 tribes seceded and formed the Northern Kingdom (I Kings 12:20,21). “Hebrew” or “Israelite” is really the correct form; but since Judah and their confederates were the most prominent and most influential, all Israel now goes by the term Jews. Every Jew is a Hebrew or an Israelite, but not every Hebrew or Israelite is a Jew. But all three terms – Hebrew, Israelite, Jew – are spiritual terms with holy and remarkably deep significances.


The first historical name given to my people is Hebrews, because they are the descendants of Abraham the Hebrew. This name is first mentioned in Gen. 14:13 and applied to Abraham. He is there called HA-IVRI – the Hebrew. HA-IVRI means The–Crosser–Over, because our father Abraham crossed the river Euphrates at the call of God, and that river acted as a separation between him and the world of sin idolatry and spiritual ignorant. God called Abraham to leave his country, his kindred, and his father’s house to go into an unknown land through unmapped arid uncharted paths. Abraham forsook the Chaldean capital of Ur and said good bye to the world of godless civilization and glamour, riches and worldly possession and reputation. He left its commerce, ambitions and allurements, and went after God, crossing the river and burning his bridges behind him. When he went into an unknown land and faced an unknown future, he trusted God for everything, “And he believed in the LORD, and He counted it to him for righteousness” (Gen. 15:6). Thus Abraham became the friend of God (2 Chron. 20:7, Isa. 41:8). Abraham also built altars, “and called upon the name of the LORD” (Gen. 12:8) and let every one know that he was a real Hebrew, a Crosser–over. Now, my Jewish friend, are you a real Hebrew, a real Crosser–over? Have you left the world of sin behind you like Abraham whom you claim as your father? or are you shackled by the chains of worldly desires and ambitions? Do you make the God of Abraham known and loved as Abraham the Hebrew did? If you are not what Abraham was, then you have no right to call yourself a Jew. You are just a presumptuous pretender without any justifiable claim to this very exalted title of Jew.


Now Joseph claimed to be “of the land of the Hebrews” (Gen. 40:15), and the word Hebrew next appears in Ex. 1:15,16,19; and God calls Himself “The LORD God of the Hebrews” in Ex. 7:16; and that same term is used even in I Sam. 4:6; 9; 29:3. It is also used in Jer. 34:9, 14; and the last time the word Hebrew appears in the Old Testament is in Jonah 1:9. In the New Testament it is still used to denote Jews as can be seen from Acts 6:1, 2 Cor. 11:12, Phil. 3:5, while the language of the Jews is in the New Testament called “Hebrew” (Luke 28:38; John 5:2; 19:13,17,20; Acts 21:40; 22:2; 26:14; Rev. 9:11; 16:16).


The next term is Israel. This was given to our father Jacob by God in Gen. 32:28, and it means The-Prince-of-God. What a wonderful name! What a glorious significance! And this name came only after repentance, after Jacob had confessed to God and said, “I am not worthy of the least of all the mercies, and of all the truth which thou hast showed unto thy servant.” (Gen. 32:10). So again, my so-called Jewish friend, we ask you: “Are you a real Israelite? Have you repented before God and become a real child of Israel? Do you have ‘power with God and with men?’” (Gen. 32:27). If not, you are no more a Jew than is the heathen Hottentot. You are just a cheap imitation, with no part in Israel at all.


The descendants of Abraham through Jacob are called the children of Israel and Israel times without number throughout the Old and New Testaments, so we cannot refer to any special references, since their number “is legion.”


The last and glorious name is Jew from the Hebrew word Yehudi, which means the Praiser-of-Jehovah. This word is derived from the word Judah or the Hebrew Yehudah, which we have already explained and given its historical origin. This is supposed to mainly refer to the descendants of Judah. The word Jews is first mentioned in II Kings 16:6, whereas the words Jew and Jews are used freely in the Books of Esther, Ezra and Nehemiah. Jeremiah also uses that term, and we also find it in Daniel. But in the New Testament times the term Jews was used to designate any descendant of Abraham regardless of tribal origin. Now all Israel is known as Jews and very significantly so: God wants the Jew to be reminded that as a-crosser-over and Prince-of-God, he should be a real Yehudi – A-Praiser-of-God.


So finally we ask you who call yourselves Jews, are you Praisers-of-God? Do men praise God for you and because of you when they see you? Do the Gentiles who know you fall in love with God and turn to Him because of you as God meant it to be?” If not, then you are a liability to the cause of Judaism and a reproach to the name of the God in whom you claim to believe but whom you so woefully deny by not being a real Jew according to God’s standard; so how do you dare call yourself a Jew?


This brings us to ask, “What mission of the Jews?” Well we needn’t go to Edmond Flegg the French Jew to find that out; we go to the Holy Word of a Holy God. In Gen. 22:18 (and Jews read this daily) God says to Abraham, “in thee shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.” So you as a Jew are to be a blessing to every nation where you may happen to be. Is that you? Are you a blessing? If not, you are no Jew according to God.


In Exodus 19:5 and 6 God says to us: “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then shall ye be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people, for all the earth is mine; and ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.” Do you obey God’s voice? Do you keep His covenant? Are you God’s priest? And what is really a priest? – not a man with an inverted collar, but a person who stands between God and man, one who represents God to men and presents men to God. Is this you? Are you God’s priest? Are you a holy person dedicated to the service of your God? If not, then don’t insult God or human intelligence by calling yourself what you are not – a Jew.


In Psalm 105 (and our people read this daily too) God says, “O give thanks unto the LORD; call upon His name make known His deeds among the people.” How do you show your gratitude to God? Do you call upon His name? Do you make known God’s deeds among the Gentile people? If not, then how on earth do you have the gall and the brazenness to call yourself a Jew?


In Isa. 43:10 God says to my people, “Ye are my witnesses.” Are you? Do you witness for God? If you don’t, then what makes you think you’re a Jew? God further says in verse 21 of the same chapter, “This people have I formed for myself, they shall show forth my praise.” Do you show forth God’s praise? And if not, why not? And if not, your claim to being a Jew is worse than criminal, because it is blasphemous mockery. Being a Jew, according to what we now see, has degenerated to nothing more than social functions and race pride and race worship.


We have shown from the Word of God and from rational reason, sound logic and common sense that a Jew is not one so by race as by grace; not he who has a Jewish nose is a Jew, but he who has a Jewish heart—a heart for God (Deut. 5:29; Ezek.. 36:26, 27); and not one who has a name such as Goldberg or Cohen, but one whose name is written and recorded in God’s Book of Life in heaven (Daniel 12:1).


Now we come to the second part of our theme: Why I am a Jew?


1. I AM A JEW because by God’s sovereign grace and divine choice I was born one, and I am glad of it, because I am kin to the greatest persons that ever walked this poor earth. Among my relatives I count such as Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Samuel, David and the Prophets, the Apostles, the first Martyrs, all of the writers of the Holy Bible, and, best of all, the Messiah and Redeemer of Israel and Savior of the world Himself, Who “…took not on him the nature of angels, but He took on Him the seed of Abraham.” (Heb. 2:16).


2. I AM A JEW because I believe with all my heart in the God of my fathers, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the Creator, Ruler and Sustainer of heaven and earth.


3. I AM A JEW because I believe the WORD of GOD and base my belief not on what a French Jew has to say in a secular book, but on what Thus Saith the LORD God of Israel, and I “Seek . . . out of the Book of the LORD, and read” (Isa. 34:16). I fully subscribe to the article in the 13 Articles of the Jewish Confessional of Faith: “I believe with a perfect faith that all the words of the Prophets are true.”


4. I AM A JEW because I have accepted the Messiah of Israel of Whom Moses in the Torah (the Law) and the Prophets did write, the One Who came to be God’s final and Supreme sacrifice for sin and substitute for us all (Isa. 53:5, 6, 8), the One Who came to be Israel’s Redeemer and Saviour of the world (Isa. 59:29; 49:6).


5. I AM A JEW because I do not trust in my race, religion nor righteousness to save me from my sin and take me to heaven, but in the grace of God through our Messiah Yeshua Ha-Moshiach (Jesus Christ) Who died on Golgotha as God’s appointed Lamb for the sin of Israel as well as for the sin of the whole world, as it is written: “for the transgression of my people was he stricken,” and, “The LORD hath laid on Him the iniquity of us all” (Isa. 53:8, 6).


6. I AM A JEW because I believe in the bodily resurrection of the Messiah as well as of all the dead according to the hope of my forefathers and according to the Word of God as is revealed in His Book: “For thou wilt not leave my soul in Sheol; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One (the Messiah) to see corruption…. And many of them who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt” (Psalm 16 :10; Daniel 12:2 ).


7. I AM A JEW because I try by God’s grace and help to live according to His commandments and to make His will, His way and His word known to others – “to the Jew first and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).


8. Furthermore I AM A JEW because I not only believe in the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob and of Moses and the Prophets, but also because I believe in the soon and Second Coming of our Messiah to redeem Israel and give them back their (entire) land promised by God to our fathers, as it is written by the Prophets: “And the Redeemer shall come to Zion. and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD . . . 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. In His days Judah shall be saved, and Israel shall dwell safely; and this is His name whereby He shall be called: YEHOVAHTZIDKENU — THE LORD (JEHOVAH) OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS” (Isa. 59:20; Jeremiah 23:5, 6).


9. Then I AM A JEW because I believe that in this life only is it given to man to prepare for eternity; and if one leaves this life unprepared it will be forever too late to do anything for himself nor will anyone ever be able to do anything for the one who left this world unprepared, as it is written: “Prepare to meet thy God, O Israel….” “It is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment” (Amos 4:14; Heb. 9:27).


10. And lastly I AM A JEW because I believe that there is a judgment to come when God is going to judge all, and all will have to give account of themselves before Him, as it is written in Psalm 96:13: “Before the LORD, for HE cometh, for HE cometh to judge the earth. He shall judge the world with righteousness (and the Messiah is called Jehovah our righteousness), and the people with His Truth (and the Messiah said of Himself, ‘I am the way, the Truth, and the life’).” And the Word of God also says: “Because He (God) hath appointed a day, in which He will judge the world in righteousness by that Man (the Messiah) Whom He hath ordained; where He hath given assurance unto all men, in that He hath raised Him from the dead” (Acts 17:31).


Originally printed in the June 1946 Star of Hope magazine.
The edition appearing here from the book
His Name Shall Be Called Wonderful.
Copyright©1997-2009 SSC Hot Springs

Plagues of Egypt

Plagues of Egypt Versus Egypt’s Gods

Document by Ann Miller 





First Plague: Water into Blood

Exodus 7:17 Thus saith Yehovah, “In this shalt thou know that I am Yehovah. Behold, I will smite upon the water that is in the river with the staff that is in my hand. And it shall be turned into blood. 18And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink. And the Egyptians shall loathe to drink the water out of the river.” 19And Yehovah said to Moses, “Say unto Aaron, ‘Take thy staff. And stretch out thy hand upon the waters of the Egyptians upon their streams, upon their rivers and upon their ponds, and upon all their reservoirs of water that they may become blood. And there shall be blood throughout the land of Egypt in both vessels of wood and in vessels of stone.’ ”

The Egyptians worshipped the Nile River under various names and symbols. It was called the father of life and the father of the gods. Thus, the first public miracle was a blow to a god of Egypt. The Egyptians abhorred blood. Their horror must have been extreme when they saw their sacred river and all other water in their country turned to blood.

  • Another source [What source?] says:
  • Anuket
  • Other Names: Anket, Anqet, Anukis.
  • Patron of the Nile and its inundation.
  • Appearance: a woman wearing a crown of reeds and ostrich feathers, often accompanied by a gazelle.

  • Description: Anuket was most likely an imported goddess from Nubia, and was worshipped as the ‘nourisher of the fields’, referring to the annual inundation of the Nile that deposited a layer of rich silt on the agricultural areas. She formed a triad with Khenmu and Satis, and in later times was identified with Nephthys. Her name means embrace, and may refer to the banks of the Nile that yearly would embrace the fields to bring fertility to the land.


Second Plague: Frogs

Exodus 8:5 And Yehovah said to Moses, “Say unto Aaron, “Stretch out thy hand with thy staff over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up on the land of Egypt.’ ” 6And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt. And the frogs came up and covered the land of Egypt.

Heqet (Heket) was a goddess of childbirth, creation and grain germination. She was depicted as a frog or a woman with the head of a frog, betraying her connection with water.

As a water goddess, she was also a goddess of fertility where she was particularly associated with the later stages of labour. In this way, the title of Servants of Heqet may have been a title applied to her priestesses who were trained as midwives.


Third Plague: Lice

Exodus 8:16 And Yehovah said to Moses, “Say unto Aaron, ‘Stretch out thy staff and smite the dust of the earth. And it shall become lice throughout the land of Egypt.’ ” 17And they did so. And Aaron stretched out his hand with his staff. And he smote the dust of the earth. And there arose lice on man and on beast. All the dust of the land became lice throughout the land of Egypt.

Geb (another god) was thought to represent the earth. He is pictured as reclining beneath the sky-goddess Nut. Geb, ‘the Great Cackler’, was represented as a goose. He was said to have laid the egg from which the sun was hatched.

Instead of the sky and the earth laying an egg representing the sun, the dust of the earth brought forth lice, which would in turn lay louse eggs on the Egyptians. They were big on being clean. Body lice don’t go along with being clean. They certainly don’t render priests clean.


Fourth Plague: The Swarm

Exodus 8:20 And Yehovah said to Moses, “Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh. Behold, he will go out to the water. And say to him, ‘Thus saith Yehovah, “Send my people! And they have served me! 21For if thou will not send my people, behold I will send a swarm upon thee and upon thy slaves and upon thy people and into thy houses! And the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of the swarm, and also the ground on which they are! 22And I will distinguish the land of Goshen in which my people dwell in that day. And no swarm shall be there. And thou shalt know that I, Yehovah am in the midst of the land. 23And I will segregate between my people and thy people! This sign shall be tomorrow!” ’ ” 24And Yehovah did so. And the swarm came in a multitude into the house of Pharaoh and into the houses of his slaves and throughout the land of Egypt. The land was corrupted by the swarm.

The swarm corrupted the land. This attack was against every god that made the land (soil) profitable and productive.


5th Plague: Dead Cows

Exodus 9:4 And Yehovah will distinguish between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt; and there shall nothing die of all that the children of Israel have. 5And Yehovah appointed a set time, saying, To-morrow will Yehovah do this thing in the land. 6And Yehovah did this thing on the following day, and all the cattle of Egypt died; but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one.

This is also directed against the gods of Egypt who were supposed to be manifest in the various forms, all of which were considered sacred. Egyptians held every animal sacred. They worshipped almost every form of nature, sun, moon, stars, and rivers. Jupiter was adored in the form of a ram, Apollo a crow, Bacchus a goat, Juno a heifer, Diana a cat, Venus a fish, Mercury an ibis.

This attack was especially against Hathor, the cow goddess.


Sixth Plague: Boils

Exodus 9:8 And Yehovah said to Moses and to Aaron, “Take to yourselves handfuls of ash of the furnace. And Moshe shall scatter it toward the heavens before the eyes of Pharaoh. 9And it shall become fine dust over all the land of Egypt, and shall become boils on man and on cattle breaking out with blisters throughout the land of Egypt.” 10And they took ashes of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh. And Moses sprinkled it toward the heavens. And it became boils with blisters breaking out on man and on cattle. 11And the scribes could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boils were on the scribes, and on all the Egyptians.

Ash from a furnace makes lye; lye is used in making soap. Soap cleans. Boils picture the opposite of a clean body.

The goddess Qadshu (alternately spelled Qudshu, Qodesh, Qadesh, Qadashu, Qadesha, Qetesh, Qedeshet, Kedesh) was a latter Egyptian goddess of sexuality. (The Hebrew word kedesh means holy-one, and also refers to temple whores in this form of the word.) They were considered clean ones. They would have been unable to do their sexual functions with boils in the worst places.


Seventh Plague: Hail

Exodus 9:22 And Yehovah said to Moses, “Stretch out thy hand toward the heavens that there may be hail throughout the land of Egypt upon men and upon cattle and upon every herb of the field in the land of Egypt.” 23And Moses stretched out his staff toward the heavens. And Yehovah gave voices and hail. And the fire ran along the ground; and Yehovah rained hail on the land of Egypt. 24And there was very grievous hail and fire mingled with the hail such as there had been none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. 25And the hail smote all that was in the field, both men and cattle throughout the land of Egypt. And the hail smote every herb of the field, and broke every tree of the field. 26There was no hail only in the land of Goshen where the children of Israel were.

The Egyptians had at least one god that controlled weather, and another god that dealt with chaos. Hail gave the Egyptians a taste of their gods as they had never seen. Yehovah controlled both the weather and the chaotic attacks.


Eighth Plague: The Locust

Exodus 10:4 “If thou refuse to send my people, behold, I will bring locusts into thy borders tomorrow. 5And they shall cover the face of the land so that ye will not be able to see the land. And they shall eat the residue of what escaped that ye have remaining from the hail, and shall eat every tree that ye have growing in the field. 6And they shall fill thy houses and the houses of all thy slaves and the houses of all the Egyptians, which neither thy fathers nor thy fathers’ fathers have seen since the day that they were upon the earth unto this day!” And he turned and went out from Pharaoh.

This plague was directed against the god Serapis who was supposed to protect the land from locusts and from Shu, god of the air. The creatures came at the command of Yehovah and went when He commanded them to go, proving He was the God of gods, and that the gods of Egypt were false and powerless.


Ninth Plague: Darkness

Exodus 10:21 And Yehovah said to Moses, “Stretch out thy hand toward the heavens, that there may be darkness in the land of Egypt so that one may feel darkness. 22And Moses stretched out his hand toward the heavens. And there was a thick darkness throughout the land of Egypt three days. 23They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days. But all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.

This plague was directed against Re the sun god who was supposed to protect from any curse of the sun and bring natural blessings of light, warmth, and fruitfulness and Thoth and Chons the moon gods. It pitted these gods against Set, the god of chaos and Bes guarding against evil spirits and misfortune.

One plague attacked multiple gods by showing their impotence or by making them stink.

Re (Ra) was the Egyptian sun god who was also often referred to as Re-Horakhty, meaning Re (is) Horus of the Horizon, referring to the god’s character. The early Egyptians believed that he created the world. The rising sun was the symbol of creation. The daily cycle of sunrise and sunset was obliterated during those days of felt darkness.


Tenth Plague: Slaughter of the Firstborn

Exodus 11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die from the firstborn of Pharaoh who sits on his throne even unto the firstborn of the slavewoman who is behind the mill, and all the firstborn of cattle.

The death of the first born was a blow against all the gods of Egypt since they were worshipped as different animals. Slaying the firstborn of beasts as well as men was literally bringing judgment on the gods. When any idolatrous nation was destroyed, folks placed the blame on the gods who abandoned that nation or who were overcome by stronger gods.

Several gods of Egypt were supposedly protectors of the lives of men and beasts. The Pharaoh was considered a god, and his son the next god. No god of Egypt had the power to stand against the God of the Hebrews.

The Egyptian occult leaders spoke of the strength of the Gods of the Hebrews when they declared during the lice plague, “This is the finger of the Gods” (Exodus 8:19). If the finger of the Gods of Israel could do this, what could the hand of the Gods do? What could the arm of the Gods do? What could Yehovah the Gods of the Israelis do?

Thus, Yehovah used only ten smitings to undermine every Egyptian god and goddess. He even undermined the gods and goddesses of the dead whose services included transporting and protecting the dead to their resting places awaiting the next life. So many deaths and so much chaos didn’t permit ritual offerings and preparations to occur in their prescribed manners. Pharaoh himself was drowned in the sea before a slave population that didn’t touch him; the sea god killed the Pharaoh god. What shame would have been brought on the greatest power in the region! Not a single weapon was used against the Egyptians; yet their army was totally defeated by their gods — or was it by the Gods of Israel?

Why Yehovah Chose Israel

Why Yehovah Chose Israel

Edited by S. Spencer

Why did Yehovah choose the race of the Israelis, especially considering that other saints came before them? What is the need to have a group to give the picture when there were already individuals who gave the picture?


1. Principalities and Authorities

Ephesians 3:8 This grace was given to me, the less than the least of all the saints, to announce the beneficial proclamation among the races—the unsearchable riches of the Messiah—9and to enlighten all what the fellowship of the mystery is that has been hidden from the ages—in God Who created all things by Messiah Yeshua 10that the multifarious wisdom of God will be now known to the principalities and the authorities in the heavenlies through the assembly 11according to purpose of the ages that He did in Messiah Yeshua our Lord.


Yehovah determined to demonstrate his “multifarious wisdom” to the angels (principalities and authorities in the heavenlies). He determined to use the assembly (the church, the Body of Messiah), purposing this throughout the ages.


A significant portion of the angels rebelled, having a view that Yehovah did not use wisdom in His plan. All angels (including demons) have a purpose given in the following text:


Hebrews 1:13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, “Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool”? 14Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?


Job himself had the head demon as a guardian angel:


Job 2:3 And Yehovah said unto Satan, “Hast thou considered my servant Job—that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one who fears God, and eschews evil? And he still holds fast his perfection although thou move me against him to destroy him without cause!” 4And Satan answered Yehovah and said, “Skin for skin! Indeed, all that a man hath he will give for his life. 5But put forth thine hand now and touch his bone and his flesh, and he will curse thee to thy face!” 6And Yehovah said unto Satan, “Behold, he is in thine hand. But save his life!”


Satan had to guard this man even while he painfully and severely pushed him to deny Yehovah (Job never did).


Job is a prophet. How can one know this? Consider Yehovah’s words:


Job 42:7 And it was, that after Yehovah had spoken these words unto Job, Yehovah said to Eliphaz the Temanite, “My wrath is kindled against thee and against thy two friends because ye have not spoken of me right as my servant Job. 8Therefore take unto you now seven bullocks and seven rams. And go to my servant Job. And offer up for yourselves a burnt offering. And my servant Job shall pray for you—for I will accept him—lest I deal with you after your folly in that ye have not spoken of me right like my servant Job.


How could he have spoken right throughout all these chapters, since he covered many topics? He spoke things about Yehovah he could have not known. For example,


Job 19:6 Know now that God hath overthrown me, and hath compassed me with his net.


How could Job have known this without prophesying? Job also stated,


Job 19:22 Why do ye persecute me as God, and are not satisfied with my flesh?


Consider both texts. Are they true in Job’s case? If Job is prophesying, however, he is speaking absolute Truth for another. Psalms written by David, for example, do not speak of David’s experiences, but do show the voice of others (of Israel in the Tribulation, for example). Job did the same thing.


His prophecies regarding Israel are vital to a full understanding of Israel’s future. Israel will experience what he experienced.


Satan learned that Job’s faithfulness to Yehovah was not because he was ‘paid’, since Satan removed all that he had (except for his wife, and she was necessary to keep him alive), and Job remained faithful. Satan and all the angels will learn the same thing about all the Saints, and about the Assembly, the Church.


I already noted the following Hebrews text:


Hebrews 1:13 But to which of the angels said he at any time, “Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool”? 14Are they not all ministering spirits sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of salvation?


Since all angels are ministering spirits sent forth to minister for them who shall be heirs of Salvation, and since Israel’s assignment has always been to be ministering beings sent forth to minister to the world about the Salvation of Yehovah, it is only appropriate that the entire group of messengers (the Israelis) be used to prove a point to the angels by perfectly demonstrating that ministry for a thousand years! That will show the manifold Wisdom of God!


2. The Church

The Church consists of all Saints added to Israel (the core of the Church). How can one know this? A major clue is found in the following text:


Acts 7:37 This is that Moses who said unto the children of Israel, “Yehovah your God shall raise up unto you a prophet of your brethren like unto me. Ye shall hear Him.” 38This is He Who was in the Church in the wilderness with the angel who spoke to Him in Mount Sinai, and with our fathers who received the lively oracles to give unto us.


Church is Congregation.


Exodus 16:1 And they took their journey from Elim, and all the Congregation of the children of Israel came unto the wilderness of Sin, which is between Elim and Sinai, on the fifteenth day of the second month after their departing out of the land of Egypt.


Thus, a Biblical reader must think of Israel when considering the Church, just like one must think of Israel when considering the olive tree in Romans 11. And just like the Romans 11 olive tree, when anyone comes to faith, Jewish or non-Jewish, that person is grafted into that Tree, and is made part of that Church.


Where can one find that the Church doesn’t exist without Israel? The Ephesians 5:25 text below will demonstrate that Messiah died for the Church. He loved her. He didn’t die for a congregation that had not yet existed, but for one that already existed, for Messiah stipulated,


Matthew 15:24 “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”


Thus, the Church was already established. Another text also expresses that the Church was already established:


Matthew 18:15 Moreover if thy brother shall trespass against thee, go and tell him his fault between thee and him alone. If he shall hear thee, thou hast gained thy brother. 16But if he will not hear, take with thee one or two more, that in the mouth of two or three witnesses every word may be established. 17And if he shall neglect to hear them, tell unto the church. But if he neglect to hear the church, let him be unto thee as a gentile man and a publican.


This text assumes that a gentile and a publican are not considered in this group called the church, but are instead outside.


Saints (Jewish and non-Jewish) are added to the church:


Acts 2:47 And the Lord added to the church daily such as should be saved. Future paragraphs will explain how the Church can consist of Israel not in faith, yet have Jewish and non-Jewish Saints both added to that Church.


Israel is in unbelief at the present time (that status not being altered by the few individual Israelis who believe), and thus the core of the Church is in unbelief:


Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your own wives even as also the Messiah loved the Assembly and gave-up Himself for her 26so that He will sanctify, having cleansed by the washing of water in the Word, 27so that He will present her to Himself the glorious Assembly, not having spot or wrinkle or any of such things, but rather that she will be holy and blameless.


She is presently unsanctified and unclean, anything but blameless, but she won’t be in the future. She is in this condition since just after her beginnings (after the time of Jacob). All Saints have been added to her as part of her as described in Romans 11:


Romans 11:16 For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy. And if the root is holy, so are the branches. 17And if some of the branches are broken off, and thou being a wild olive were grafted in among them and partake of the root and fatness of the olive tree with them, 18boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee! 19Thou wilt say then, “The branches were broken off so that I will be grafted in!” 20Fine! They were broken off because of unbelief, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear! 21For if God spared not the natural branches—lest he also not spare thee! 22Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God—severity on them who fell, but goodness toward thee if thou continue in His goodness. Otherwise, thou also shalt be cut off! 23And they also shall be grafted in if they abide not still in unbelief, for God is able to graft them in again. 24For if thou were cut out of the olive that is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a good olive tree, how much more shall these be grafted into their own olive tree who are the natural branches?


Israel is the core of the Church regardless of Israel’s coming late into the Biblical scene. The same is true of Messiah’s being the Salvation of the world. His coming and sacrifice long after the world was created does not diminish its effectiveness toward those who lived and died in faith before that coming and sacrifice.


The Church, then, has been assigned the position of showing the Wisdom of God to angels.


3. The Church as a Group Versus the Individual Saint

If individual Saints demonstrated their characters from the beginning, why did Yehovah also have to have a group give a picture?


I will not claim to give Yehovah’s mind and His many reasons for doing what He did; I can propose a few reasons.


A group of angels rebelled. A group of angels did not see Yehovah’s multifaceted wisdom. Angels are not tempted in the same ways man may be tempted; man can be tempted in far more ways. If a group of humans with far more possibilities for temptations and reasons to compromise (under great duress) can stand firm with the Truth and righteousness, the excuses the rebellious angels might supply will be futile. If this group additionally stands firm not seeing Yehovah (as the angels see Him), but having to live by faith, they will remove even more challenges to Yehovah’s wisdom. Then again, if this group may be freely tempted by angels who desire its fall (as a group and as individuals) and this group stands firm, the wisdom of Yehovah will be even more apparent.


4. Why Yehovah Chose Israel

Deuteronomy 7:6 For thou art an holy people unto Yehovah thy God. Yehovah thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto Himself above all people that are upon the face of the earth. 7Yehovah did not set his love upon you or choose you because ye were more in number than any people, for ye were the fewest of all peoples. 8But Yehovah hath brought you out with a mighty hand and redeemed you out of the house of slaves—from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt because Yehovah loved you and because He would keep the oath that He had sworn unto your fathers.


Deuteronomy 10:12 And now, Israel, what doth Yehovah thy God require of thee but to fear Yehovah thy God, to walk in all His ways and to love Him, and to serve Yehovah thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul, 13to keep the commandments of Yehovah and His statutes that I command thee this day for thy good! 14Behold, the heaven and the heaven of heavens is to Yehovah thy God—the earth also with all that is in her. 15Only Yehovah had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them—you above all people, as it is this day!


Yehovah chose Israel because of his oath to and delight in the fathers (Avraham, Isaac and Jacob). In order to ‘unchoose’ Israel, He would have to change His mind about the fathers. Once He chose their seed, that choice was fixed by the faithfulness of Yehovah.


5. All Israel Will Be Saved

The entire group of Israelis will be saved with a permanent Salvation:


Romans 11:26 And so shall all Israel be saved as it is written, There shall come out of Zion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. 27For this is my covenant unto them when I shall take away their sins.


Isaiah 45:17 Israel shall be saved in Yehovah with an everlasting salvation. Ye shall not be ashamed nor confounded world without end.


Jeremiah 31:31 “Behold, the days come,” saith Yehovah, “that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah—32not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to bring them out of the land of Egypt, which my covenant they broke although I was a husband unto them,” saith Yehovah. 33 “But this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days,” saith Yehovah: “I will put my law in their inward parts and write it in their hearts. And I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 34And they shall no more teach every man his neighbour and every man his brother saying, ‘Know Yehovah!’ For they shall all know me from the least of them unto the greatest of them!” saith Yehovah. “For I will forgive their iniquity! And I will remember their sin no more!”


Jeremiah 32:37 Behold, I will gather them out of all countries whither I have driven them in mine anger and in my fury and in great wrath. And I will bring them again unto this place. And I will cause them to dwell safely. 38And they shall be my people, and I will be their God. 39And I will give them one heart and one way that they may fear me forever for the good of them and of their children after them. 40And I will make an everlasting covenant with them that I will not turn away from them to do them good. And I will give my fear in their hearts so that they shall not depart from me. 41Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good! And I will plant them in this land assuredly with my whole heart and with my whole soul.


Ezekiel 37:24 And David my servant shall be king over them. And they all shall have one shepherd. They shall also walk in my judgments and observe my statutes, and do them. 25And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt. And they shall dwell in her—even they and their children and their children’s children forever. And my servant David shall be their prince forever. 26And I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will place them and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. 27My tabernacle shall also be with them. I will indeed be their God, and they shall be my people. 28And the races shall know that I Yehovah do sanctify Israel when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.


Ezekiel 39:25  Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name;


Ezekiel 39:26 (Literally) “…and they shall carry their calamity and all their trespass that they trespassed via me in their dwelling securely upon their soil, and there is no fear-causer, 27in my returning them again from the peoples. And I will gather them from their enemies’ lands. And I will be sanctified via them to the eyes of many races. 28And they shall know that I am Yehovah their Gods via my exiling them unto the races. And I will collect them upon their soil. And I have left none from them any more there. 29And I will not hide my faces again from them, that I poured out my spirit upon the house of Israel,” saith my Lords Yehovah.”


Zephaniah 3:13 The remnant of Israel—they shall not do evil and they shall not speak lies. And a tongue of deceit shall not be found in their mouth. For they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them afraid.


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.


I propose that these texts demonstrate both the range of the Salvation (all Israel) and the endurance of the Salvation (that is, every Israeli will be born of God from that time to the end of the planet’s existence). This especially makes sense since a number of these texts deal with the Israelis as a group, not only as individuals. (Literal renderings of these texts demonstrate this even stronger.)


No such possibility exists for the angels that rebelled. The following text that only pertains to humans nevertheless explains this justice:


Hebrews 6:4 For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift and were made partakers of the Holy Spirit 5and have tasted the good word of God and the powers of the world to come, 6if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance, seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh and put Him to an open shame.


Jude 1:6 And he hath reserved the angels that kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day.


The angels that rebelled knew exactly what they were doing and what the consequences would be. Yehovah made no redemption/salvation for them; they are creatures of sight, not of faith. Yet, Yehovah determined that all His creatures would know His wisdom and justice in their judgments and/or rewards. The angels who rebelled cannot clearly see His justice until they see a group that turns to do righteousness by faith (and not by sight), turning from sin, and continually walking righteously before Yehovah in spite of the worst conditions all creatures have ever seen. Once Yehovah has demonstrated this point, all rebellious angels will be locked up for 1,000 years:


Revelation 20:7 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison. 8And he shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together to battle, the number of whom is as the sand of the sea.


Isaiah 5:14 Therefore, Sheol widened her being and opened her mouth without statute! And her majesty descended, and her crowd and her noise and her triumph into her!


 Yet, Yehovah’s plan is not finished. He will release these angels for one more opportunity to gather as many human rebels as possible in their attempt to overthrow Messiah at the end of the Millennium. He will thus use these demons to show who is and who isn’t an enemy of Messiah. This is the last service these demons will do (as far as I know). Israel (the group and the individuals) will be the center of the action also at this point.


Is there a time after the millennium when some Jews will again sin? No. Will the rebellious ones be unbelieving ones of other races? Yes. Once the Israelis have the Torah written on their heart, they will do what is right, just as the children born to them will do right. Those children will be born in sin, but will refuse to sin.


6. Frequent Attempts to Annihilate the Jews

How strange it seems that the Jews (as individuals and as a group) are repeatedly targeted for annihilation throughout history. One of the first attempts was when a particular Egyptian Pharaoh commanded the Jewish midwives to drown all Jewish males just after they were born, a command the midwives refused to obey:


Exodus 1:15 And the king of Egypt spoke to the Hebrew midwives of which the name of the one was Shiphrah and the name of the other Puah. 16And he said, “When ye do the office of a midwife to the Hebrew women and see them upon the stools, if it be a son, then ye shall kill him. But if it be a daughter, then she shall live.” 17And the midwives feared God and did not as the king of Egypt commanded them, but saved the men children alive.


Jewish tradition holds that Laban was the first one to attempt annihilation of the Jews (a tradition to which I also ascribe, because it has some merit). Try finding a reason for the many attempts (including Hitler’s ‘Final Solution’); it defies reason. If one includes the demons and their desire to remain free, and to never be placed into the Lake of Fire and Sulfur, the reason is apparent. The ‘hope’ of the unsaved world is in Israel’s destruction, since Messiah cannot return if Israel is destroyed:


Matthew 23:37  “Jerusalem! Jerusalem—thou that kills the prophets and stones them who are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together even as a hen gathereth her chickens under wings, and ye would not! 38Behold, your house is left unto you desolate! 39For I say unto you, ye shall not see me henceforth till ye shall say, ‘Blessed is He Who comes with the Name Yehovah!’”


If Jerusalem’s citizens do not make this declaration, Messiah cannot come. If the Jews are annihilated, Jerusalem’s citizens will be gone. Yehovah’s plans are not ‘thwartable’, however. He has invested His entire plan (including the resurrection of the dead) in the existence and Salvation of the Jews! (Read on if you want to see what I’m talking about. I know that this contrasts to modern Christianity’s views. I am not going to leave folks of a race other than Israel, who hold the faith of the God of the Bible, hanging without support.)


John 4:22 “Ye worship ye know not what! we know what we worship. For Salvation is of the Jews.”


Though Yeshua was speaking to a Samaritan woman about the Samaritans, He could have been speaking to the vast majority of members of ‘Christianity’ today and throughout the centuries. Most claiming Christianity have no investment in the continuance (let alone Salvation) of the Jews, and thus have no investment in the Biblically described and defined resurrection of the dead. Every attempt against Jews/Israelis is an attempt against Yehovah and His Messiah.


A reader might point out that the Jews are not innocent, and that the majority of Jews are in unbelief. Paul knew this, and his ministry was always for the benefit of the Jews no matter where he went or to whom he wrote. Of course they are not innocent, and they have been diligent workers against their own Salvation! But Yehovah’s plans are still invested in them and will always be until His plans are fulfilled. Anyone who has the Biblical Hope will also have an investment in the aid and Salvation of the Jews (both as individuals and as a group), for their very resurrection will depend on the Salvation of the Jews! Messiah Yeshua will not return until all Israel has been saved, and no resurrection of the dead will occur until Yeshua returns! Anyone truly born of God will intuitively realize his connection to the Jews in many ways, and will have the strongest investment in the Salvation of the Jews. Those who neglect and/or reject the Jews as central to the Biblical theme neglect/reject their own Salvation! If faith comes by hearing/hearkening, and hearing/hearkening comes by the Word of God, anyone claiming faith who has not hearkened to the Word of God (whether through ignorance or neglect) is a liar. The Bible explains this relationship to Israel from its beginning, and it never swerves from this thrust. Only a damned fool (meant in the most literal sense, not as an insult) will claim Salvation and will ignore or stand against the Jews.


7. So, Why did Yehovah Choose the Jews?

He chose the Jews because of Wisdom, because of His oath to the fathers and because of His love for the fathers.


What is your stand regarding the Jews? Will you be as the ‘righteous’ in (Matthew 25:31 and following) who are willing to risk everything (including the lives of their own families) to help Yeshua’s brethren (the Jews) during the Tribulation, or will you be as the other group (the folks in the ‘goat’ group) who do not, and who are summarily damned in spite of their claims of faith?




Various Forms and Reasons for Fasting

Fasting from Distress and Inquiry

Judges 20:26 And all the children of Israel and all the people ascended. And they came unto the House of God. And they wept and sat there before Yehovah. And they fasted that day until evening, and offered ascensions and ‘peaces’ before Yehovah. 27And the children of Israel enquired of Yehovah—for the ark of the covenant of God was there in those days; 28and Phinehas the son of Eleazar the son of Aaron stood before it in those days—to say, “Shall I yet again go out to battle against the children of Benjamin my brother, or shall I cease?” And Yehovah said, “Ascend. For I will deliver them into thine hand tomorrow.”

The Israelis were in a fix. They had attacked one of the Israeli tribes for a moral issue, and both sides of the attack took great losses. The Israelis now needed to know whether they should continue the attack or stop. The tribe of Benjamin was being brought to extinction; yet the rest of the tribes could not ignore the moral issue.

A fast of this nature will occur because of the loss of appetite. How could they eat when they were in the process of exterminating a brother? Yet, how could they stop when that brother was not addressing the gross immorality?

2 Chronicles 20:1 It came to pass after this also, the children of Moab and the children of Ammon and with them besides the Ammonites came against Jehoshaphat to battle. 2And there came some that told Jehoshaphat, saying, “There cometh a great multitude against thee from beyond the sea on this side Syria! And behold, they are in Hazazontamar (that is Engedi)!” 3And Jehoshaphat feared. And he set himself to seek Yehovah. And he proclaimed a fast throughout all Judah. 4And Judah gathered themselves together, to ask help of Yehovah. They even came to seek Yehovah out of all the cities of Judah.

Ezra 8:21  And I proclaimed a fast there at the river of Ahava that we might humble ourselves before our God to seek from Him a right way for us and for our little ones and for all our substance. 22For I was ashamed to require a band of soldiers and horsemen from the king to help us against the enemy in the way. For we had spoken unto the king, saying, “The hand of our God is upon all them for good that seek Him, and His power and His wrath is against all them that forsake Him.” 23So we fasted and besought our God for this. And He was entreated by us.

Nehemiah 1:1 The words of Nehemiah the son of Hachaliah. And it came to pass in the month Chislev in the twentieth year as I was in Shushan the palace 2that Hanani, one of my brethren, came—he and certain men of Judah. And I asked them concerning the Jews who had escaped who were left from the captivity, and concerning Jerusalem. 3And they said unto me, “The remnant that are left of the captivity there in the province are in great affliction and reproach! The wall of Jerusalem also is broken down and the gates thereof are burned with fire.” 4And it came to pass when I heard these words. And I sat down and wept, and mourned certain days, and fasted, and prayed before the God of the heavens. 5And I said, “I beseech thee, Yehovah God of the heavens, the great and terrible God Who keeps covenant and Grace for them who love Him and observe His commandments, 6Thine ear shall now be attentive and thine eyes open, and Thou shalt hear the prayer of thy servant that I pray before Thee now day and night for the children of Israel thy servants. And I am self-confessing the sins of the children of Israel that we have sinned against Thee. Both I and my father’s house have sinned. 7We have dealt very corruptly against Thee and have not kept the commandments nor the statutes nor the justices that Thou commanded Thy servant Moses. 8Remember, na, the word that Thou commanded Thy servant Moses, saying, ‘If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad among the races! 9But if ye turn unto me and keep my commandments and do them; though there were cast out from you unto the uttermost part of the heaven, yet will I gather them from thence! And I will bring them unto the place that I have chosen to set my name there!’ 10Now these are Thy servants and Thy people whom Thou hast redeemed by Thy great power and by Thy strong hand. 11My Lords, na, Thine ear shall now be attentive to the prayer of Thy servant and to the prayer of Thy servants who desire to fear Thy Name. And prosper, na, Thy servant this day. And grant him mercy in the sight of this man!” For I was the king’s cupbearer.



Mourning Fast

1 Chronicles 10:8 And it came to pass on the morrow, when the Philistines came to strip the slain, that they found Saul and his sons fallen in mount Gilboa. 9And when they had stripped him, they took his head and his armour, and sent into the land of the Palestinians round about to carry tidings unto their idols and to the people. 10And they put his armour in the house of their gods. And they fastened his head in the temple of Dagon. 11And when all Jabeshgilead heard all that the Palestinians had done to Saul, 12they arose—all the valiant men—and took away the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons. And they brought them to Jabesh. And they buried their bones under the oak in Jabesh. And they fasted seven days. 13And Saul died for his transgression that he committed against Yehovah, even against the word of Yehovah that he didn’t keep, and also for asking counsel of one who had a familiar spirit to enquire of it. 14And he didn’t enquire of Yehovah. Therefore He slew him and turned the kingdom unto David the son of Jesse.

1 Samuel 31:11 And when the inhabitants of Jabeshgilead heard of what the Palestinians had done to Saul, 12all the valiant men arose and went all night. And they took the body of Saul and the bodies of his sons from the wall of Bethshan. And they came to Jabesh. And they burned them there. 13And they took their bones, and buried them under a tree at Jabesh. And they fasted seven days.

The viciousness of enemies against King Saul and his sons, along with their deaths, took away the appetites of those fighting men. Israel had also suffered a defeat. Those men didn’t desire to eat. They mourned. That mourning is further described:

2 Samuel 1:12 And they mourned and wept and fasted until evening for Saul and for Jonathan his son, and for the people of Yehovah and for the House of Israel because they were fallen by the sword.

Another type of mourning occurred before a death; it was a mourning over a great slaughter about to take place. The king had just agreed to permit a slaughter of the Jews and taking all their belongings. The following shows their response:

Esther 4:3 And in every province, whithersoever the king’s commandment and his decree came, there was great mourning among the Jews, and fasting, and weeping, and wailing; and many lay in sackcloth and ashes.

The Jewish queen also responded:

Esther 4:16 “Go! Gather together all the Jews that are present in Shushan, and fast ye for me, and do not eat nor drink three days, night or day. I also and my maidens will fast likewise. And so will I go in unto the king, which is not according to the law. And if I perish, I perish.”

The following text gives yet another example of a mourning fast:

Psalm 69:8 For I carried reproach concerning Thee! Calamity covered my faces! 9I was alienated to my brothers and a foreigner to children of my mother. 10For the zeal of Thy House ate me. And reproaches of Thy reproachers fell upon me! 11And I wept in the shutting of my being. And she was for reproaches to me. 12And I gave my garment sack[cloth]. And I was to them for a proverb. 13Sitters of the gate will meditate via me, and guitar-songs drinkers of strong-drink. 14And I— My prayer is to Thee, Yehovah, the time of desirability, Elohim. Via the multiplicity of Thy Grace, answer/humble me in the Truth of Thy Salvation [masculine]! 15Rescue me from mire! And I will not sink. I will be rescued from my haters and from great-depths of waters!

I rendered the word fast literally in this text.


Fasting for Request

2 Samuel 12:13 And David said unto Nathan, “I sinned against Yehovah.” And Nathan said unto David, “Yehovah also put away thy sin. Thou shalt not die. 14Nevertheless thou hast given great occasion to the enemies of Yehovah to blaspheme by this deed. The child also that is born unto thee, dying shall die!” 15And Nathan departed unto his house. And Yehovah struck the child that Uriah’s woman bare unto David. And it was very sick. 16David therefore besought God for the child. And David fasted, and went in, and lay all night upon the earth. 17And the elders of his house arose. And they went to him to raise him up from the earth. But he would not. And he didn’t eat bread with them. 18And it came to pass that the child died on the seventh day. And the servants of David feared to tell him that the child was dead. For they said, “Behold, while the child was yet alive, we spoke unto him, and he would not hearken unto our voice. How will he then vex himself if we tell him that the child is dead?” 19But when David saw that his servants whispered, David perceived that the child was dead. And David said unto his servants, “Is the child dead?” And they said, “He is dead.” 20And David arose from the earth, and washed, and anointed himself, and changed his apparel, and came into the house of Yehovah, and worshipped. And he came to his own house. And when he required, they set bread before him, and he did eat. 21And his servants said unto him, “What thing is this that thou hast done? Thou didst fast and weep for the child while it was alive. And when the child was dead, thou didst rise and eat bread!” 22And he said, “While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept. For I said, ‘Who can tell whether Yehovah will be gracious to me, and the child will live?’ 23But now he is dead. Why should I fast? Can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me!”

This event shows the basics of fasting. David did not, indeed could not eat while this crisis was ongoing. His appetite was gone. His concern was at its highest level. He wasn’t on some sort of religious cleansing mission. A life was at stake. He wasn’t playing games; he was deadly serious. He was fasting for request, because his appetite shut down until he obtained an answer.

Another example of fasting for request is in the following text:

Psalm 35:13 But as for me, when they were sick, my clothing was sackcloth. I humbled my being with fasting. And my prayer returned into mine own bosom.

The speaker had verbally violent enemies. When those enemies became sick, the speaker put on sackcloth, and humbled his own being via fasting for the sake of those enemies.



Fasting for Violence (Then for Fear)

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1 Kings 21:1 And it came to pass after these things, that Naboth the Jezreelite had a vineyard, which was in Jezreel, hard by the palace of Ahab king of Samaria. 2And Ahab spoke unto Naboth, saying, “Give me thy vineyard, that I may have it for a garden of herbs, because it is near unto my house. And I will give thee for it a better vineyard than it; or, if it seem good to thee, I will give thee the worth of it in money.” 3And Naboth said to Ahab, “Yehovah forbid it me, that I should give the inheritance of my fathers unto thee.” 4And Ahab came into his house heavy and displeased because of the word that Naboth the Jezreelite had spoken to him. For he had said, “I will not give thee the inheritance of my fathers.” And he laid him down upon his bed and turned away his face, and would eat no bread. 5And Jezebel his wife came to him. And she said unto him, “Why is thy spirit so sad, that thou eatest no bread?” 6And he said unto her, “Because I spake unto Naboth the Jezreelite. And I said unto him, ‘Give me thy vineyard for money—or else if it please thee, I will give thee another vineyard for it.’ And he answered, ‘I will not give thee my vineyard.’” 7And Jezebel his wife said unto him, “Dost thou now govern the kingdom of Israel? Arise and eat bread, and thine heart shall be merry! I will give thee the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite!” 8So she wrote letters in Ahab’s name. And she sealed them with his seal. And she sent the letters unto the elders and to the nobles that were in his city dwelling with Naboth. 9And she wrote in the letters, saying, “Proclaim a fast! And set Naboth on high among the people! 10And set two men—sons without a yoke—before him to bear witness against him, saying, ‘Thou didst blaspheme God and the king!’ And then carry him out and stone him! And he shall die!” 11And the men of his city, even the elders and the nobles who were the inhabitants in his city, did as Jezebel had sent unto them, and as it was written in the letters that she had sent unto them. 12They proclaimed a fast and set Naboth on high among the people. 13And there came in two men, sons without a yoke. And they sat before him. And the men without a yoke witnessed against him—even against Naboth—in the presence of the people, saying, “Naboth blasphemed God and the king!” And they carried him forth out of the city and stoned him with stones. And he died. 14And they sent to Jezebel, saying, “Naboth is stoned and is dead.” 15And it came to pass, when Jezebel heard that Naboth was stoned and was dead, that Jezebel said to Ahab, “Arise! Take possession of the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite that he refused to give thee for money! For Naboth is not alive, but dead!” 16And it came to pass, when Ahab heard that Naboth was dead, that Ahab rose up to go down to the vineyard of Naboth the Jezreelite, to take possession of it. 17And the word of Yehovah came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 18 “Arise! Ascend to meet Ahab king of Israel who is in Samaria! Behold, he is in the vineyard of Naboth where he ascended to possess it. 19And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, ‘So says Yehovah, “Hast thou killed? And hast thou also taken possession?”’ And thou shalt speak unto him, saying, ‘So says Yehovah, “In the place where dogs licked the blood of Naboth, dogs shall lick thy blood—even thine!”’” 20And Ahab said to Elijah, “Hast thou found me, my enemy?” And he answered, “I have found thee! For thou hast sold thyself to work bad in the sight of Yehovah! 21Behold, I will bring bad upon thee! And I will take away thy posterity! And I will cut off him who pisses against the wall from Ahab, and him who is shut up and left in Israel! 22And I will make thine house like the house of Jeroboam the son of Nebat and like the house of Baasha the son of Ahijah for the provocation with which thou hast provoked me to anger and made Israel to sin!” 23And Yehovah also spoke of Jezebel saying, “The dogs shall eat Jezebel by the wall of Jezreel! 24 The dogs shall eat him who dies from Ahab in the city. And the fowls of the air shall eat him who dies in the field!” 25And there was none like unto Ahab who sold himself to work wickedness in the sight of Yehovah, whom Jezebel his wife stirred up. 26And he did very abominably in following idols according to all things as did the Amorites whom Yehovah cast out before the children of Israel. 27And it came to pass, when Ahab heard those words, that he tore his clothes and put sackcloth upon his flesh. And he fasted and lay in sackcloth, and went softly. 28And the word of Yehovah came to Elijah the Tishbite, saying, 29 “See thou how Ahab humbles himself before me? Because he humbles himself before me, I will not bring the bad in his days. But I will bring the evil upon his house in his son’s days!”

Religious ‘swine’ can proclaim fasts in order to sucker folks into cooperation with self-seeking plans. I personally have no doubt that most fasts that are called by religious folks will be of this nature. These fasts can harm folks (either the participants or those who are targeted by the religious leaders) and can be used to obtain support to kill the innocent.

Ahab humbled himself before Yehovah after his wife’s plot was opened to him. Ahab knew the wrath of Yehovah, and he knew he was in trouble. He feared Yehovah. That fear wasn’t to Salvation, but it was a real fear. The man quit eating. He didn’t play fasting games (like removing just certain foods, and living on other foods). Yehovah noted this.


Fasting for Shame to Turn to Righteousness

Nehemiah 9:1 And in the twenty and fourth day to this month the children of Israel were assembled via fasting and with sackclothes. And soil is upon them. 2And they separated the seed of Israel from all children of a foreigner. And they stood. And they confessed concerning their sins and iniquities of their fathers. 3And they stood upon their standing. And they called via a scroll of the Teaching of Yehovah their Gods a fourth of the day. And a fourth they are confessing and prostrating to Yehovah their Gods.

These Israelis knew that they had much reason for shame before Yehovah. They desired to learn the Torah (Teaching) in order to do right.


Fastings in Remembrances

Esther 9:29 And Esther the queen, the daughter of Abihail, and Mordecai the Jew wrote with all authority to confirm this second letter of Purim. 30And he sent the letters unto all the Jews, to the hundred twenty and seven provinces of the kingdom of Ahasuerus, with words of peace and truth 31to confirm these days of Purim in their times appointed according as Mordecai the Jew and Esther the queen had enjoined them, and as they had decreed for themselves and for their seed, the matters of the fastings and their cry. 32And the decree of Esther confirmed these matters of Purim. And it was written in the book.

The fastings continued after the event, and became part of Jewish traditions. I know of no such fastings over this event today.

Diluting Jewishness by Racial Mixing

Diluting Jewishness by Racial Mixing


Can Jewishness be diluted by intermarrying with other races? Can a person be 1/16th Jewish? Adolph Hitler thought so, and he employed educated genetics experts to ‘solve’ the ‘Jewish Question’.

Neither Hitler nor his scientists knew the Bible. They assumed that the gene that determines race could be diluted. The Bible teaches otherwise, telling of 144,000 Israelis from 11 tribes (one tribe has double the amount, another is not listed):

Revelation 7:4 And I heard the number of them who were sealed. And there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

This event will occur after many centuries of intermarriages. How can they be preserved without interbreeding that makes for terrible genetic consequences?

Consider also the following text:

Genesis 10:5 By these were the isles of the races divided in their lands—every one after his tongue after their families in their races.

The races are established. If they could be diluted, races would not now exist. For example, if a person could be 1/16 Hungarian, 1/16 French, 1/16 Welch, 1/16 German, 1/16 Scandinavian, 1/16 Scottish, etc. until 16 races were specified, this person would not be of any race, each race being too small a portion of his makeup.

Consider the alternative. Every human (normally) has two sets of genes. One set is obtained from the person’s mother, the other from the person’s father. Now, suppose a Jewish man of the tribe of Dan marries a Canaanite woman (I do not recommend this). Suppose a Jewish woman also from the tribe of Dan marries a Canaanite man. They have children, one being a son, the other a daughter. Suppose those children marry and have children. The following shows all the possible genetic racial offspring (according to what I am proposing), where ‘C’ represents the Canaanite gene and ‘D’ represents the Tribe of Dan gene:


The Canaanite/Dan woman who has a child with a Canaanite/Dan man can produce a child who is ‘CC’ (pure Canaanite), ‘CD’ (another Canaanite/Dan combination), ‘DC’ (another Canaanite/Dan combination) and ‘DD’ (pure tribe of Dan).

If you followed that, suppose that the darker (yellow) combination is the result: ‘CD’ (which is Canaanite/Dan). This grows up and has a child with a pure-blood German. The following shows the potential combinations (where ‘G’ is for the German gene:


This can result in a ‘CG’ (Canaanite/German) offspring or a ‘DG’ (Tribe of Dan/German) offspring.

Now, suppose the result is a Tribe-of-Dan/German offspring (shaded in yellow), and suppose this person grows and has a child with an Ethiopian/Lebanese person. The following combinations can result:


The offspring could be Tribe-of-Dan/Ethiopian, Tribe-of-Dan/Lebanese, German/Ethiopian or German/Lebanese. Suppose it is the Tribe-of-Dan/Lebanese combination (shaded in yellow). Suppose this person grows and has a child with a person who is a combination of Russian and Tribe of Dan (from another very distant lineage). Any of the following offspring could come:


The offspring could be Tribe-of-Dan/Russian, Tribe-of-Dan/Tribe-of-Dan (thus, pure Tribe of Dan), Lebanese/Russian or Lebanese/Tribe-of-Dan. If the offspring is purely Tribe of Dan, these combinations (that could be extended over thirty centuries) would preserve the Tribe of Dan in a pure way, while making sure that inbreeding does not harm the offspring. The person might have blue eyes, blond, curly hair, Egyptian features, a Russian height, etc., yet still be racially purely from the Tribe of Dan.