PROMISES TO THE
HOUSE OF ISRAEL
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THE BOOK OF ISRAEL
In my daily reading I came to Isaiah 53 and 54. These are well known chapters of the Bible. Mostly Isaiah 53 because it’s about Jesus and his death. It’s commonly called the Messianic Chapter or the Suffering Servant Chapter.
I’ve done a few small studies on these two chapters and they are well know to me. So, as I read I was ticking off the study points and supplying the more proper translations out of the Hebrew. But then at the end of chapter 54 in the passage that’s listing all the good things that God was promising the House of Israel, the text came forward in time and said, in effect, “These are your promises.”
You know, we all need encouragement from time to time. We need at least something that we know we can depend on for help. A physical anchor, if you will. That’s why I’ve talked so much about God’s reality over the years. I must have taught on 15 or 20 different subjects that all get back down to God and His faithfulness to do what He said He would.
Of course, the place we find out what God has said is the Bible. But now we’ve got that hurdle to get over. It was hard enough surrendering ourselves to an Invisible Mute. Believing the Bible is true is going to take some doing. And, of course, this is what we must do. We can’t sustain a belief in God without taking on what it says in the Bible. So we have to prove God and prove the Bible. Man! “I just want to sit here, where it’s nice.”
Well, I want to try a little of both today centered around that passage in chapter 54. But we’re going to take the very long way around. I want to read both chapters to you. I’ll try to make it as hearable as I can and I’ll maybe throw in a translation note along the way.
Before I read, I need to give you some background for Isaiah. You see, a lot of people will know the book of Isaiah from chapter 53 and know little else about the book. They may have even read the whole thing, but found nothing worth digging into.
The book of Isaiah is a chronicle of the relationship of Christ and the House of Israel. That would be the northern ten tribe kingdom of Israel, not the southern kingdom of Judah. I call the book, the book of Israel.
So we have a lot of information about the Lost Tribes to consider when reading Isaiah. We also have to take in the books of Jeremiah and Hosea. Much of what Isaiah writes is confirmed by those books. On the Christ side of the coin, we’ll also have to include other Old Testament references to the Messiah.
And all that study comes after going word by word through the chapters, finding out what the original language said, looking up all the important words and substituting the proper meaning into a sort of trans-substituted version of the chapters.
People who haven’t done the above are those we hear talking a lot about God, but obviously acting in a hypocritical manner. They haven’t proved God and the Bible. They are founding their spirituality on what they’ve read or heard or been told by a pastor. And those three things always fail in a crisis.
You’ve heard me say before that if you can’t explain in a reasonable manner why you believe what you believe, you don’t really have that belief. You have to be able to take your belief apart down to the bare details and know that it’s based on Truth and fact.
If we believe the Bible, then we have a treasure trove of Help. It’s better than google. The Bible is full of things that God said. And a lot of those statements were aimed at human beings, mostly the families that came out of Abraham, the Israelites, all twelve tribes.
You may have heard me talk a lot about the names of God being a total Refuge. Any care you can have will be covered by one of 8 or 9 names. And a few of these names were given to the Israelites by God Himself. He says in Exodus 15:25, “I am the Lord that healeth thee.,” The name is Jehovah Rapha.
Paul makes the most, well almost the most, astonishing statement in 2Co 1:20. The most important statement by Paul is that when we act in trust of something God has said, that God will put a bit of His own Spirit into our bodies. When we are in that condition, we look to God like Christ, just like God. Justified (just like) is one term that’s used beside salvation.
The second most astonishing statement? “For all the promises of God are in him yea, and in him amen, unto the glory of God by us.” That’s what we’ll be using after we get some background on the book of Israel, Isaiah. I have a page on this on my website. It’s in the Lost Tribes section.
OK, here’s the reading of 53 and 54. (Readers, get your Bible and follow along.)
Ok, there’s overview. Now let’s go back and pick it apart.
I don't know how much you've read on this site, but it's all geared in one direction. Faithing. Acting in Trust of God's word. All the subjects I get into here are to show off God, so someone might have the courage to trust something that He'd said, and act out that trust with real movement.
Talk about a track record. If we only used the book of Isaiah, some history books, and the New Testament we'd overflow in evidence of God's reality and His leaning down to us.
It's clear that Jesus' coming, crucifixion and resurrection had many effects on the world and history. But what was his Mission? When he prayed to God in the garden that night and stated that he's accomplished God's directive, this was before his crucifixion. So we can throw out all his redemptive work. That hadn't happened yet. Well, what was Jesus' mission? If he didn't come to save us from our sins by dying, and he told God he'd done what he was sent to do, we should be able to find out what he did. It should be something big enough to include the whole world. We'll have to search Jesus' activities during that three and half years before he died. What did he come to do? Surely his activities will include acts that pertain to that Mission, even though there will be many other notable activities; like getting money out of a fish's mouth. What was Jesus mission?
Was it to cleanse the Temple? Hardly will this have worldwide ramifications.
Was it to feed the hungry? Lots of folks are still hungry.
Was it to heal? Then why didn't he heal more? And what about our sickness and infirmity?
Was it to cast out devils? For the Lucky few. (Did you know that the word Luck comes out of Lucifer?)
Was it to show God's reality by doing miracles? Only God could raise the dead. Too many people are dead for this to be Jesus' Mission. Besides, proving God's reality wasn't necessary back then.
These last five activities of Christ, while of value, don't fit with his statement of the Mission. Was the cleansing, feeding, healing, raising, and casting done for "lost sheep of the House of Israel?"
Was it to go preaching the Kingdom of God; clearly one of his main occupations? Now this, finally, can expand into the world frame. God's Kingdom will be the Earth, not one Nation. And though there is ample scripture to show that Jesus went preaching the Kingdom of God, what happened to that message after his death?
Was it to train up a small band of disciples? Was the Mission to give them certain wisdom to begin disseminating to the rest of the world?
Was it to send these disciples to humanity with a message of worldwide significance? It must have been so. But what was that message? It wasn't the message of salvation. He hadn't been crucified yet, remember? The message had to be that of the coming Kingdom.
Was it to pass the Wand of Dissemination of God's Message from the Jews to Britain? Britain? How did we get from God's coming Kingdom to Britain? Via those Apostles. They had no choice but to take that message to the "lost sheep of the House of Israel." Those were Jesus' explicit instructions. You'll find for the most part that the Apostles, and especially God's number One Apostle, Paul, went to the places where the Lost Tribes of Israel had settled. But the great bulk of the Lost Tribes people would come to live in the British Isles and northwest Europe, before spreading out to become the British Empire.
And even though the Message of God's Kingdom has been relegated in Christianity to a position inferior to salvation, it is still God's number One priority. Setting up His earthly Kingdom is the original plan that God began with the first creation. That was when He created the Angels and the original Universe, the whole of which was marred by Lucifer's Fall. It's the place in Jeremiah that has cities but no man. (4:23-26) With the help of His angels, God was in the process of filling out and decorating the original Universe. The angels messed up and God gave the job to Adam. We know what happened to him.
Ever since, God has been coaxing humanity along a path to accomplish that same objective, enhancing creation. He's taking seven thousand years to do it. At the end of the Millennium, when the job of training folks to accomplish that work will be finished, God will start over with a new earth and universe for His helpers to work on.
It's obvious to me that God has been using Britain, northwest Europe and the USA to let the rest of the world know about His coming Kingdom. If Christ's Mission was to start the ball rolling in the House of Israel, then Britain, et al must be the House of Israel. But just stating the fact isn't quite satisfactory. It leaves out too much detail that will give us unflinching certainty that Christ was sent for those Lost Sheep.
I want to bring a lot of scripture to bear on Jesus' connection to the Lost Tribes. We'll be doing that by taking a very close look at the Book of Israel. No, wait, not Israel, Isaiah. Most Christians have heard about Isaiah being the Messianic book. Handel sure made a lot of use of Isaiah.
If we can find out about the Messiah in Isaiah, I bet we can find out a lot about his mission there, too. After all, Jesus' own words confirm his focus and his mission. Jesus makes two mutually confirming statements in Matthew. In chapter 15 he says, "I am not sent but for the lost sheep of the House of Israel (sheep who were never out of the fold [the Jews] can't get lost)). Then in chapter 10 Jesus tells his disciples to go "not to the Samaritans or the Gentiles, but rather to go to the lost sheep of the House of Israel." That's a clearly stated objective, even if broad and needing specificity.
So, we should be able to find a lot of Old Testament prophecy on the subject. All we have to do is nail down who are the people of that House of Israel. That should point us to much detail regarding that mission of Jesus.
Well, if there's any scripture that is Messianic, it's the Book of Isaiah. So we should be able to find that House of Israel in Isaiah, along with details about the Messiah and His relationship to the House of Israel.
And there's no disappointment in the volume of information about the interaction of the Messiah and that House of Israel in the Book of Israel, uh Isaiah. Also some little nuggets, like the USA.
The book of Isaiah could easily be called the Book of Israel or the Book of Messiah.
Now let's go through the book of Israel and see if Jesus told the truth about being "not sent but for the lost sheep of the House of Israel." I'll only list about twenty-five of the references that connect Israel and Britain with the Messiah. But for clarification, I've included one passage from Jeremiah. We need this to keep us aware that God divorced the House of Israel, so that Isaiah 50 and 54 will make proper sense.
God was not a bigamist. He talks a lot about Israel and Judah being His wives. That was their choice, not His. He was married to the whole 12 tribe nation of Israel, but they couldn’t get along and split into the kingdom of Judah in the south and the kingdom of Israel in the north. Two tribes in the south and ten tribes in the north. God was willing to let the split stand, if only both kingdoms would go on serving Him. In fact, through the prophet Abijah, He told Jeroboam, the northern king that he’d turn out just like David, if he did right. There’s more on this below.
Amazingly, in the early chapters we'll be confronted with the United States! Stay tuned.
We'll start out with Jeremiah 3:6-12. After clearly stating that there are two groups of people being talked about, "backsliding Israel" and "her treacherous sister Judah," the eighth verse says…"Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce." If you want to see the terms of this divorce, read the first chapter of Hosea.
HISTORY IN BRIEF:
Israel sins big time. Assyria conquers them, re-locates them below the Black and Caspian seas. (Ho 1:4) They trek across Europe to the northwest and the British Isles (Ho 1:4 & 6), the last "official" arrival being the Normans in 1066 AD. (Ho 1:9) Joseph of Arimathea brings Christianity to Britain in 37 AD. This word is spread to the other Israelite nations occupying that northern and western region. They become the Christian nations of the world. (Ho 1:10) They bring the word of God's coming kingdom to the rest of the earth. Jesus comes a second time to re-marry and gather the Israelites back to the holy land to help him rule the earth for the thousand year Millennium. (Ho 1:11) Now Isaiah.
Isaiah 7 and 8 begin Israel's story. Isaiah is sent with his first and second sons to prophesy the destruction of the House of Israel as a nation. And please notice the enhancement of this prophecy encoded in Isaiah's son's names. Isaiah tells Ahaz that Israel will fall in 65 years. His son Shear-Jashub was with him. The name means "the remnant shall return", and signifies Israel's eventual return from their temporary home. Even though Ahaz won't be around to see it, God makes first mention of the birth of Christ in verse 14. In chapter eight Maher-shal'al-hash'-baz, whose name means "hasten the booty", accompanies Isaiah to confirm the prophesied destruction and spoiling of the northern kingdom of the House of Israel.
God gave all twelve tribes to Jesus. He calls them the "children thou hast given me." (John 5:36)
Isaiah 8:13-18 Jesus, the "rock of offense" (v14) will "wait upon the LORD (God)." (v17) Jesus and the "hidden" House of Israel will be signs from God. In other words, God is going to send Immanuel to divorced and hidden Israel .
Isaiah 9:8-9 This passage follows up the prophecy of the Messiah, telling that God sends Jesus, the Light, and he's known by Israel, the ten tribes. Israel returns to God, converts to Christianity.
Isaiah 11:10-16 After the Messiah comes, (v10) Israel and Judah, in peace, are gathered back to Palestine to rule all their old enemies, under Christ. This passage again points up the fact of two distinct groups of people, the Israelites and the Jews/Judahites.
Isaiah 14:1-3 This section tells what will happen to the House of Israel in their home away from Home.
Israel will get:
3. Their own land
4. Strangers will serve them in that land
5. They will take captive their captors
6. They will rule their oppressors
7. And have rest from sorrow, fear, and bondage.
We must ask, "Do all these promises fit the Jews of history?"
2. No-they were never un-chosen
3. No-not 'till 1948
4. No-not 'till after 1948
5. No-only in modern Israel
6. No-only in modern Israel
7. No-the Jews have been on the edge of their seats since they became a nation in 1948
Isaiah 18:1-7 This is the section that tells of the USA so we'll have to go slow here. We have five attributes listed:
1. Land of the eagle.
2. Sends ambassadors by ships of bulrushes
3. Scattered and peeled
4. Terrible form their beginning
5. Meted out and trodden down
6. The rivers have spoiled.
7. The world sees it's ensign
8. The world hears it's trumpet
1. Britain, the Center of the House of Israel has an Ox or a Unicorn, not an eagle. The US has an Eagle as its emblem.
2. Bulrushes suck up water. What kind of ship uses "water" power? A steamship.
3. The marginal reading for scattered and peeled is "out-spread and polished." The US is a large, beautiful land.
4. The US began as a country by the use of terrible force. That's not the way England came into existence. Technically speaking, Britain has been several different countries over the centuries.
5. Two meanings have been given to "meted out and trodden down." Surveyed and apportioned, and stalwart and strong. Strong's Concordance will help you sort this one out.
6. The word spoiled is the same liturgical word used for quartering the sacrifice. The US is virtually quartered by its rivers. The Mississippi, Platt/Colorado and Ohio come pretty close.
7. When the US has raised its banner, the world has always taken notice.
8. Likewise, when the US blows its trumpet of war, the world pays attention.
What other Israelite nation would you nominate? Britain only fits some of these characteristics, and it's the only other Israelite nation that comes close. Certainly Holland or Denmark aren't large, terrible in war or have an eagle as their emblem. As hard as it is to imagine, Isaiah prophesies about a major portion of the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel, the United States of America. Lastly, does this description fit Judah, the Jews? The bell tolls "Nay."
Isaiah 37:31 Here God sneaks in another reference to Judah, telling how the kingly lines of Zarah and Pharez will join in the development of the House of Israel. "A remnant of Judah shall take root down, and bear fruit up." This refers to Jeremiah's mission to Ireland to plant the Pharez-Judah daughter of Zedekiah, in marriage, with the Zarah-Judah-Milesian Eochaide. This is followed up in chapter 41.
Isaiah 41:1-9 The Isles, in their new land, will "renew their strength." Then verse two begins an enigmatic passage, which has been mistakenly ascribed to Cyrus, who accomplished the release of the House of Judah from their captivity in Babylon. This section describes Jeremiah and his trip to Ireland. Cyrus may have been God's chosen instrument for the release of the Jews, but he isn't given the name "righteous." Jeremiah was to tell kings what to do, in Israel and in Ireland. And finally, Jeremiah had to get to his destination by ship, not foot. Cyrus didn't have to sail over to Babylon to conquer it. The passage ends with the repeated promise of God to bring Israel home in the end and not cast them away completely.
Now we begin more intensely to see the relationship of Christ to the House of Israel. From here to the end of the Book we see the interaction between the Messiah and Israel.
Isaiah 42:1--> The first four verses talk clearly of Christ. After four and three quarters verses, it says that, "the isles shall wait for his law." The British Isles will renew their strength while they wait for the first advent of Jesus. The isles will sing. (v10) The islands will declare God's praise. (v12) Verse sixteen describes the migrations of the Lost Tribes.
Isaiah 44:1-6 God pours out His Spirit on Israel. Don't be confused by all the different names given to Israel. For confirmation, see Joel 2:28-29, which Luke quotes in Acts 2:17-18 and Jeremiah alludes to in 31:33 when he tells of the "new covenant" that God will make with Israel.
Isaiah 49:1-6 The chapter starts out talking to "the isles," and clearly names them in verse three, "Israel." Then He talks about what Israel will accomplish. (v6)
1. Raise up the tribes
2. Restore the preserved of Israel
3. Be a light to the Gentiles
4. Be God's salvation to the end of the earth.
Isaiah 49:7-12 Christ is given to Israel and they come back form "the north and west." (v12) This is right where the British Isles are located.
Isaiah 49:19-20 This passage reiterates how Israel's former enemies will be far away, but includes another interesting bit of future-telling. Israel is promised to be a "company of nations." This turns out to be the British Empire. But we know that this mightiest and most extensive Empire of history eventually began to break up. It all started with that nation "terrible from its beginning." After the US revolted, other members of the Empire sued for their independence also. That's what Isaiah foretells in verse 20. "the children (nations) which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, 'The place is too strait for me; give place to me that I may dwell." Neat, huh?
Isaiah 50:1 “Where is the bill of your mother’s divorcement, whom I have put away?” Can there be any doubt that this is the same Israel that was divorced by God in Jeremiah?
Isaiah 51:1-6 In the midst of informing all His people, God singles out the isles again to say that they will wait upon His law, which has previously been shown to be Christ. This law is to be a "light of the people."
Isaiah 52:--> God spends much time announcing a lot of good stuff for Zion and Jerusalem. Then He names His "servant" who will accomplish this. (v13) Yes Jesus will come to Jerusalem and will initiate all those good things, but what will happen to him?
Isaiah 53:--> We are given a very detailed account of what happens to the Messiah. So detailed that this chapter can't be mistaken. This is the famous Suffering Servant chapter, the one Handel used in his Messiah. Now God can sidestep His bill of divorce that He gave Israel; His own law states that a divorced person cannot remarry until the death of the other spouse. When Jesus, as God, died, the door to divorced Israel was opened. Now God can remarry Israel. That's why the 54th chapter starts out "Sing oh ye barren."
Isaiah 54:1-3 the Barren, divorced wife Israel has actually had a multitude of children. Many more than Judah, who remained married to God.
Isaiah 54:5-6 Israel's Maker is now her Husband; a wife of youth that was forsaken.
Isaiah 54:13-17 Here we have yet another list by which to judge the real Israel.
1. Israel's kids be will taught of God.
2. They will be at peace.
3. Shall be righteous.
4. Shall be far from oppression.
5. Shall not fear.
6. Their enemies shall fall.
7. Never be totally conquered "no weapon formed…shall prevail." (Cf Jer 51:20)
8. Shall condemn those who judge her.
I especially like the "no weapon" part. Who put down world tyranny from the time of Christ to the present? Who was responsible for the fall of Rome, Napoleon, the Kaiser, Hitler, Tojo? Britain, the US and their allies. Israel has been "God's battle axe." (Jer 51:20) [
Isaiah 62:2-5 Verse four tells who this passage is talking about. It's about the "Forsaken." (v4) Israel shall be called by a new name (not Israel anymore). One name will be Hephzibah, which means "My delight is in her." Also Israel shall be called Beulah, Married. The House of Israel is the only divorced wife, and can be the only one to get married. Lastly, in verse five, we have the term often associated with Christ, "the bridegroom."
There are many more verses that can fill in this story of Jesus and his mission to the House of Israel. To me, the above is conclusive evidence of the truth of Jesus' statement about his mission to the earth.
He said, "I am not sent but for the lost sheep of the House of Israel." (Matt 15:24) He told his disciples, "But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel." Why was that?
God was still accomplishing His plan for setting up a kingdom here on earth. He still needed to get that information out to the rest of the world. The Jews were clearly not taking that message forward, so it was up to the House of Israel.
Jesus went preaching, not salvation, but the kingdom of God. Check all the references to Jesus' preaching. His main job was to get the ball rolling so that this message could get out to the rest of the world. God had tucked away the House of Israel for just that task. Looking through the back door, we find that the two groups of people in all of history that disseminated the news of God and His coming kingdom were the British and the Americans. The House of Israel.
The Book Of Isaiah is indeed the Book of Israel.
Now here’s the reason for this study. Remember back about needing something to depend on? The promises of God. And remember Paul telling us that ANY promise of God, that means no matter who it may have been given to in the bible, ANY promise of God is for us, too. “All the promises of God are in him yea…”
Israel, as a group of nations and as Britain and the US, have received and continue to receive the promises made to them in 54:11-17. But, through Paul, we can bring each of those promises down to our own small level and know that God will honor His word to us the way he honored His word to the Israelites as a whole. But there’s a catch. Perhaps you heard it go by when I read the chapters. It was at the very end of 54:17.
We might not have kids taught of God. That’s their decision. But we can have peace. We can be seen by God as righteous. We can be free of fear and far from oppression. Our enemies haven’t got a chance and will fall before we do. We’ll even be in a position to condemn those who judge us.
Well, you know, that covers just about my whole life, with the exception of healing. Peace of mind. Good standing with God. Protected in adversity. I like that. I can say, “Hey, God? You promised in Isaiah 54 that you’d help me get through this jam.” But then I have to address the catch. Remember? There’s a catch.
The very last sentence of 54 says, “This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, saith the LORD.“ Uh, oh.” We only get to claim this stuff if we are “servants.” That word servant isn’t so tame as it sounds in English. The Hebrew word is eh’-bed and is defined as a servant, but is translated bondage, bondman. It comes from a Hebrew root called aw’-bad. That word tells the story. To work, till, enslave are the defining words. The translated words are keep in bondage, bond-service, compel.
See, you can’t just come to God and tell Him to keep these promises if you aren’t already His “slave,” His servant. No, that means doing what God directs. Not just trying to be good and “love your neighbor.” Work actively in God’s ministry. What’s that? I said at the beginning, get the word of God’s coming kingdom out to the rest of the world. That means giving heavy support to those who are on the front lines. The world class teachers, even some local person who can help you understand God and the bible. Now, support doesn’t mean, ‘Hey, good job.” Up to 25% of what comes in is supposed to go to your teacher(s). then add on to that a bunch of your time getting that world out yourself. If you’re not serving God, you have no right to claim any of these promises.
And part of serving is faithing. Faithing shows that you recognize God and his word that he will take care of you as you move in Trust of what He says. Faithing is doing it God’s way, not your own, which will always be influenced by your comfort and survival. “I just want to sit here, where it’s nice.”
WRAP: 1-I don’t know what’s going on in your life today, but I do know that God has promised that He’d be there to help those who faithe.
2-And as said, faithing is an act of the will, based in obedience to something God has said.
3-If you want to talk about this subject, or any other, STAG is a comfortable place to do that. We’re at 88 Briceland Rd in Redway. The number there is 707 923 ALLY (2559). On the web it’s stag.ws and the email if firstname.lastname@example.org.
4-I’ll be back here on June 3. I trust you’ll be here too.
5-There’s only one way that all the prophecies of the book of Isaiah could be fulfilled, as they were in Christ. Remember? God is real, and keeps His word.
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