OPEN: Hey, good morning and welcome to STAG, I'm Jack. You may have heard me talk about Jesus' mission. Today I want to confirm that he came for the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel. We'll be looking at the Book of Israel. But first....
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The Messianic Mission: The Book Of Israel
I don't know if you've read anything on my web 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's 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'd 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 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 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 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 in 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.
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 thought 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, not just he Jews that lived around 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 divorced and hidden Israel Immanuel.
Isaiah 9:8-9 follows up the prophecy of the Messiah in verse 6, telling that God sends Jesus, the Light, and he's known by Israel, the ten tribes. Israel returns to God, converts to Christianity.
Isaiah 11:10-14 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 42:1à 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)
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 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:à 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:à 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 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."
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 still was 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.
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