by the late Pastor Sheldon Emry
Most Americans have in their homes a book of 66 books bound in one volume, called simply, "The Bible." This book is the religious book of 95% of all the churches in the English-speaking nations such as our own.
Is the Bible a closed book to you? Or do you understand portions of it, while the rest remains a mystery? You do want to increase your understanding of the Bible, do you not? In the next few minutes, I am going to give you a key that will unlock the mysteries of the Bible. The Bible story begins in Genesis 1:1.-"In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth." In the rest of chapter 1 we are told of the creation of the animals and "all living creatures on the earth and under the sea."
Chapter 2 is of the forming of Adam, placing him in the garden of Eden, of Eve, their disobedience, and removal from the Garden. In a few more pages we read of the flood, the saving of Noah and his household, and the spreading of their descendants across the land.
On page 9 of my Bible, we learn of the building of the
In only 9 pages. God covers many centuries, including awesome and terrifying calamities. Then on page 10 God speaks to one man, a man named Abraham, and from this page on, for over a thousand pages, the Bible is about Abraham and his descendants.
On page 10, in Genesis 12, God says to this man:
I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee and make thy name great, and thou shalt be a blessing, And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curseth thee; and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Then follows a number of meetings between God and Abraham. God later meets with Abraham's son, Isaac, and later with Jacob, the son of Isaac, and repeats the promises (or covenants) made with Abraham. All of these promises and covenants have to do with the future of Jacob's children.
The rest of the Bible deals almost exclusively with these heirs of the covenants and the promises, called in the Bible, "The children of
The Law, the doctrines, the warnings, and admonishments, are addressed to
Paul said in Romans 9:4 that the promises and the covenants pertained to
Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises.
Abraham, though dead 2,000 years by the time of Christ, is mentioned 69 times in the New Testament. When Jesus was born, Zacharias said in Luke 1 that Jesus had come to remember God's covenant and oath which God had sworn to Father Abraham. And his father Zacharias was filled with the Holy Ghost, and prophesied, saying,
"Blessed be the Lord God of
In Acts 3:13, Peter said the Father of Jesus was "the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and of Jacob, the God of our fathers.''
Stephen, the first Christian martyr, began his sermon in Acts 7: "The God of glory appeared unto our father, Abraham..."; and then he preached of God and
Paul wrote in Romans 15:4, "whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning..."
So let us consider just that today-that the Bible is the Book of God and of Abraham's children-of one man's family, if you please-and that the things written of them aforetime were written for our learning. And let us turn to the covenants that God made with Abraham, with Isaac, with Jacob, and with the children of
And He brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven and tell the stars if thou be able to number them; And He said unto him, So shall thy seed be. And he believed in the Lord, and He counted it to him for righteousness. (Genesis. 15:5, 6).
This promise of great numbers of descendants is repeated several times.
And Abram fell on his face, and God talked with him, saying,
And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her; yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her (Genesis. 17:15, 16).
Now Abraham already had a son, Ishmael, by Sarai's Egyptian handmaid, Hagar, but this great covenant was not to be made with Ishmael, but with Isaac. This is made plain in verses 19 thru 21:
And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac; and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.
Isaac, the son of Promise, was born according to God's Word. Isaac later married Rebekah, and she was given a blessing in Genesis 24:60:
And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, ''Thou. art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those ' which hate them."
To Isaac and Rebekah were born twin sons, Esau and Jacob. Esau, although the elder, sold his birthright to Jacob, who then became the rightful inheritor of these covenants. God appeared to Jacob to confirm these covenants in Genesis 28, including verse 14:
And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west and to the east, and to the north, and to the south; and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.
These and other verses make it plain that all the covenants pertaining to Abraham's blessings were passed to Jacob, whose name later was changed to
And God said unto him, Thy name is Jacob; thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but
Again we see this same thing repeated over and over again, that. these descendants of the patriarches of
While Jacob was yet alive, Joseph was sold into bondage in
. . . Let my name be named on them, and the name of my father Abraham and Isaac; and let them Brow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.
In verse 19, Jacob prophesied that Ephraim would become greater than Manasseh and that his seed would become a fullness of nations.
After Joseph's death,
And it came to pass in the process of time, that the king of
God then sent Moses and brought the now 2 million or more Israelites out of
Now therefore if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine.
God had said to Abraham, "I will be a God to you and to your seed after you." That covenant was formalized with Abraham's seed in what we recognize as a marriage ceremony, with the bridegroom saying, "Will you obey?" and the bride answering, "I will."
For thy Maker is thine husband; the Lord of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called.
I am the Lord thy God, which have brought thee out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage; Thou shalt have no other gods before Me.
And of Joseph he said, "Blessed of the Lord be his land. For the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath,
This blessing can only mean that the descendants of Joseph were to have a land blessed with great agricultural harvests, wealth from the seas, and ores and minerals from the earth. The greatest portion of the
After 40 years in the wilderness, Moses died, and Joshua brought
And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding
God said to the northern kingdom in verse 2 of the second chapter of Hosea:
Plead with your mother, plead; for she is not my wife, neither am I her husband.
The northern house of
God sent Assayer to conquer the northern
In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assayer took
Therefore the Lord was very angry with
This was bad enough, but the Israelites in the Judah kingdom were also following the corrupted ways of the Edomites and Canaanites, so 7 years later, we read in 2 Kings 18:13-
Now in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah did Sennacherib king of Assayer come up against all the fenced cities of
This would have left only a small remnant of Israelites in the fortified city of
According to both the Bible and ancient historic accounts, these pagan empires used forcible evacuation as a means of preventing rebellion at a later date. They moved non-Israelites into the vacated land of the northern kingdom, according to 2 Kings 17:24
And the king of Assayer brought men from
So the two conquests of Assyria would have removed the vast majority of the Israelites into Assyria and out of the
The prophet Jeremiah continued to prophesy to the tiny remnant in
Therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my name, wherein ye trust, and unto the place which I gave to you and to your fathers, as I have done to
Shiloh was the place of the Ark of the Covenant, which God had turned over into the hands of the Philistines, because of the sin of
In Kings and Chronicles we have another 100 years of the history of the
God sent Jeremiah to tell
And the Chaldeans shall come again, and fight against this city, and take it, and burn it with fire.
And it came to pass.
In the first year of his reign I, Daniel, understood by books the number of the years, whereof the word of the Lord came to Jeremiah the prophet, that he would accomplish seventy years in the desolations of Jerusalem (Daniel 9:2).
All seems lost. What has happened to the covenants? What has become of the great promises of God?
70 years later, Ezra did bring back from
The whole congregation together was forty and two thousand three hundred and threescore,
Beside their servants and their maids, of whom there were seven thousand three hundred thirty and seven: and there were among them two hundred singing men and singing women (Ezra 2:64-65).
This remnant of Judah and Benjamin provided the small Israelite community that existed in
But what happened to the other tens of millions of Israelites who never returned to
We must now ask the same question Paul asked 500 years later in Romans 11: "Hath God cast away his people?" Paul answered,
God forbid; for I also am an Israelite of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away His people which He foreknew.
So the question boils down to this: What did happen to the millions, yes millions, of Israelites who were driven out of Palestine 700 years before Christ, and where were they, if they existed at all, at the time Paul uttered his statement of confidence in God's keeping His promises to Israel?
Can we find out what happened to them, so that their descendants can be identified in the world today?
For an answer to that question, we are going to call upon E. Raymond Capt, a Bible student and Biblical archaeologist from
An Interview with
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The tablets were Assyrian frontier post reports, dated about 707 B.C.. They describe the activities of the people called "Gamira," who lived in the land of "Gamir." The descriptions of Gamir described the area in which the Israelites had been placed just a few years earlier.
One tablet stated that when the king of Urartu came into the
In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria took
The first archaeological evidence to establish a chronological link in the contacts between Assyria and
"This is Jehu (Iaua), the son of Khumri (Omri)."
Omri in Hebrew begins with the consonant, "Agin," formerly called "Gayin" which was pronounced with a guttural "H," that is "Gh" or "Kh." The Israelites would have naturally pronounced Omri as "Ghomri" which became "Khumri" in Assyrian.
As this inscription was executed nearly a century before the captivity of
We find in another and later Assyrian tablet that in the second year of the reign of this same king, which would be about 679 B.C., the Gimira, under a leader named "Teuspa," sought freedom by moving north; but the Assyrain army pursued and defeated them in the upper
About 600 B.C. the Lydians drove the Gamira, or Cimmerians, out of Asia Minor, where they settled in the Carpathian regions west of the
We now also know what happened to the larger body of Gamira or Israelites, that did not escape the Assyrians. They formed an alliance with Esarhaddon, the king, when he came under attack of the Medes and the Persians.
This treaty allowed the Israelites to establish colonies in Sacasene in the north and
Now those that had settled in Sacasene moved north through the
The Israelites that had settled in
Archeology has solved two of the greatest archeological problems: First, what happened to the hundreds of thousands of Israelites who disappeared south of the Caucasus; and second, what was the origin of the Cimmerians and the mysterious nomadic tribes, known as Scythians, who suddenly appeared north of the
"For lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth" (Amos 9:9).
Our history books pick up the story at this point, recording the westward migrations of the Scythians, as they came into collision with the Cimmerians, who had earlier settled west of the
Later, the Sarmatians, these were a mixed, non- Israelitish people of Iranian origin. They in turn drove the Scythians northwest to the shores of the
During this time the Celts were expanding in all directions from central
Some of the Celts moved into
Your history books also record the Germanic tribes breaking up into many divisions - the Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Danes, and Vikings, to name just a few. Other Germanic tribes later poured into the lands vacated by the Celts and established the Gothic nations of the Vandals, Lombards, Franks, Burgundians, and others.
The so-called "lost tribes of
(End of interview with Capt)
Pastor Emry: And there you have it, my friends. Mr. Capt has given us an answer to our question: "What happened to the millions of Israelites who were dispersed out of old Canaanland 7 centuries before Christ, and who never returned?
They migrated onto the continent of
Mr. Capt has revealed to us why it was these people of
God bestowed upon that one race almost every invention and discovery that has improved man's condition and lot upon the earth. Certainly. God made these offspring of Abraham a blessing to all the families of the earth.
Mr. Capt has answered another question which is often asked of ministers, but seldom answered:
"Why, of all the people of the earth, has it been only this white Caucasian race, these so-called 'Gentiles,' who have claimed Jesus Christ as their God, and who have taken the Bible as the foundation of their religion?"
the truth which is avoided and even denied by the clergy is simple. These people are the Israelites, the children of Abraham, God's chosen people. And that explains why every true gospel preacher and missionary for Jesus Christ for over 1,900 years has been of this one race. They are dispersed
Biblical promises have become historical facts. In the Old Testament God had promised to regather divorced
My sheep wandered through all the mountains, and upon every high hill: yea, my flock was scattered upon all the face of the earth, and none did search or seek after them. For thus saith the Lord God; Behold I, even I, will both search my sheep, and seek them out (Ezekiel 34:6,11).
Jesus made it plain He was the instrument of
For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost (Luke 19:10).
But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of
The word "lost" appears 13 times in the New Testament in relation to
In Luke 1, Zacharias the priest, who was John the Baptist's father, said that Jesus came to redeem His people and . . . To perform the mercy promised to our [Israel] fathers, and to remember his holy covenant; The oath which he sware to our father Abraham (Luke 1:72, 73).
Paul, an Israelite, wrote to Israelites in the dispersion in
When the fullness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, to redeem them that were under the law... (Galatians 4:4, 5).
Only the Israelites had been under the law. Romans 15 and verse 8 says:
"...Jesus Christ was a minister for the circumcision for the truth of God, to confirm the promises made unto the fathers." (Romans 15:8).
These promises, as we have seen, were of great national development, a great increase in numbers, blessings of the earth and of the sea, that God would be their God, and they would be His people.
After the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ, His disciples carried the good news to dispersed
Then God began to give them inventions, one of which was the printing press, which made the Bible available to all of the people, bringing with it the Age of Enlightenment, the Reformation, and the Age of Discovery.
A new continent to the west, a
2,5OO years before that, while
"Moreover I will appoint a place for my people
The prophet Isaiah and others who had written of
"And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of
Verses one through ten identify that Ensign as Jesus Christ, and verse 14 indicates their regathering would be toward the west.
"But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west".
Psalm 72 and Zechariah 9 describe that land of Israel's regathering as a land between two seas, and one that would run to the ends of the earth.
In Hosea 2:14, God had prophesied to cast-off
"Behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortably unto her".
Our pilgrim fathers, who were Christian Israelites from
Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to
He gave them Christian pastors who fed them with knowledge and understanding. In the early histories, they called themselves, "this wandering race of Jacobites, "a vine out of
A little one shall become a thousand, and a small one a strong nation: I the Lord will hasten it in his time (Isaiah 60:22).
It is here that is fulfilled the promise to Joseph, "blessed of the Lord be his land . . ." (Deuteronomy 33:13). It is in
The heathen look at
You who are descendants of the people we have traced in the Bible and in history are Israelites, heirs according to the promise, and the Bible is about you and your race. Do not take what you have read lightly. True to His promise to our fathers, Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the God of Israel has redeemed us with His own blood. He has kept His Word to our fathers. He will most certainly keep His promise with us. their children, of the
I believe the time has come when God is casting down all lies, exposing the false prophets, and revealing the Truth to His Israel people. The key to understanding the Bible is the truth that we are Israelites, redeemed by Jesus Christ, heirs of the promise. Abraham's children.
Today the great
But God Almighty has decreed the destruction of those who hate Jesus Christ and His true lsrael People. In a last battle they shall be defeated, we shall be delivered, and the earth will be prepared for the return of Jesus Christ and the great Kingdom Age. Even so, come, Lord Jesus. Amen.
God's children are like stars that shine brightest in the dark skies; lke the chamomile, which, the more it is trodden down, the faster it spreads and grows.
"The glories of Christianity in England are to be traced in the sufferings of confessors and martyrs in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries; and it was under the influence of Christian principles, imbibed at this very period, that the Mayflower brought over the band of Pilgrims to Plymouth...We should never forget that the prison, the scaffold, and the stake were stages in the march of civil and religious liberty which our forefathers had to travel, in order that we might attain our present liberty...
"Before our children remove their religious connections...before they leave the old paths of God's Word...before they barter their birthright for a mess of pottage - let us place in their hands this chronicle of the glorious days of the suffering Churches, and let them know that they are the sons of the men 'of whom the world was not worthy', and whose sufferings for conscience' sake are here monumentally recorded."
- John Overton Choules, August 12, 1843
Preface to the 1844 reprint of Neal's "History of the Puritans", 1731
The historic moment so dramatically illustrated above was the beginning of the fullfillment of the Lord's promise, "I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to
Between 1620 and 1870 over 45 million Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian, Germanic, and other Israelites emigrated to
TO THE READER
What you have just read is a brief summary of the Bible and the history of
The movie, of course, has more evidence of the truth of our Israelitish origin and much more visual impact upon its viewers than does the text alone which you have just read.
The movie, Heirs of the Promise: Abraham's Children,