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America, Civil war and Armageddon

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In recent Top News stories, I have been posting articles concerning the possibility of a civil war coming to America. We have had actually two civil wars in our past. We had one with England, which resulted in the formation of the United States, and of course; we had the war between the states, which pitted the northern states against the southern states. However, the history of civil wars for our people is an ancient one. Most simply do not know who we are in history. Ironically the Chinese knows their history, so do the Arab nations and the Jews, but for America, we simply do not know anything about the identity of our nation in history. This may sound unbelievable but our citizens, educators, newspaper editors, newscasters, and leaders do not understand the real meaning of the world news they report, analyze and discuss. Heads of government are utterly unaware of the true importance of the world-shaking events with which they deal and will be dealing with soon. They have no conception of where these events are leading because they do not truly believe that the Bible's prophecies are real! If we claim to believe in God, and if we believe that God is the author of the Holy Bible, then we must accept His word and His predictions! One-third of the Bible is prophecy that HAS NOT YET occurred! If we claim to believe what God says, then we must believe God's prophecies! Winston Churchill declared before the United States Congress: “He must indeed have a blind soul which cannot see that some great purpose and design is being worked out here below of which we have the honor to be the faithful servants.” Are you going to be blind to this great purpose being worked out? 

 We were put on this Earth for a purpose! Yes, God Almighty has a purpose for you and every other member of creation. However, the human race has rejected the revelation and the guidance and has preferred to ignore what our God has told us. Believe it or not, the Bible is as current and relevant today as the day when it was first written. The fact is that it is even more relevant today because much of what was predicted by the prophets was meant for today and beyond and not for the time these men were living! The hard-to-pronounce nations mentioned in the pages of prophecy written so ,long ago still exist, and you can prove it to yourself! God has given us tools to understand His predictions for our world and has had uncanny accuracy that nobody could ever duplicate without divine influence.

God has rightly predicted:

 

 -the fall of Babylon 

-The fall of Assyria 

-The fall of Alexander 

-The fall of Rome 7 times (it has now fallen five or six times depending on what expert you believe!) 

-The Pope 

-Radiation poisoning 

-Chernobyl by name!!! 

-Global man-made pollution -The Muslim religion and their fight with Europe known as Crusades and the final yet to come conflict between these two powerful regions 

-The rise of England and the USA to be two most powerful nations ever to exist on this planet! 

-That England would have a monarchy, and that monarchy would claim to be David's descendants, and that they would sit on his literal throne over the same rock that David himself was crowned over. 

-The #13 would be important to the United States of America and that our form of government would be by election and not by a divine monarchy from the line of David. 

-The increase in knowledge all within the span of one generation. Has there ever been an increase of knowledge since the foundation of the world to equal 1930-2050 (taking the Biblical 120 years as the generation of a man) 

-Worldwide famine and diseases unlike ever to have occurred in the history of the world 

- A great false Christianity that would rule the world when at the time predicted, the name of Christ was known but by few people on earth and that knowledge could actually get you killed! 

- That Jerusalem would always be the center of world conflict... Name any other city in the world that always been in the center of world conflict? Name any city? This prophecy concerning Jerusalem was made over 2500 years ago! -That mankind would never live longer than 120 years old. Has modern science been able to change this fact told to us by God 4,000 years ago? 

-African slavery, and also a blessing to black people! 

-Communism as a "new" form of government that would fool and sweep throughout the world, except Muslim nations. 

These are the predictions that God has made and most have already come true and the fact of their accuracy cannot be honestly intelligently disputed. So what about the future? What does the Bible and God have to say about what is still yet to happen? To understand, we must be able to identity the nations of the Bible and who those people are today and where they live. You will see that the major nations of today are indeed the same nations called by different names in the pages of God's word.  



AMERICA in BIBLE PROPHECY:

USA in prophecyIt is well known that the number “13”is the symbol of the United States of America. We began as 13 colonies. The original US flag had 13 stars, representing the initial 13 states. It contained 13 stripes, 7 red and 6 white. The American seal bears witness to the number 13 in its composition.    Over the bust of the eagle on the United States seal is a shield; the shield of FAITH. It has thirteen stripes or bars, red and white, signifying the number 13; In the eagle's beak, there is a scroll, representing the proclamation of liberty and freedom, and justice for all: the Constitution of the United States, based on the laws of God and the Torah which God gave to ancient Israel.   The motto "E Pluribus Unum" means "One from Many," or "Out of many, One." It represents UNITY; the FIFTY united States of America! This One nation combines the peoples and ethnic groups of many different nations and peoples from around the world: out of many, ONE. And if we remained faithful to the laws of God, this national UNITY would be preserved forever. However, if we BREAK God's laws, then the very unity we possess will become disunity and division - the "unity" will become a memory, a distant dream, forgotten in onrushing calamity and cataclysm.  

Here comes the shock. All Jews are Israelite, but not Israelites are Jews!   Moses was not a Jew.  Joseph, Samson and Joshua were not Jews.    A Jew came from the tribe of Judah (this would later include Benjamin and Levi to make up the modern Jewish race). Israelites were originally ten distinct tribes or nations, ten of which became missing! The Bible actually tells us where all ten of these tribes are today.

Abraham was given two blessings from God. Blessing No.1 was that his seed (RACE) would be the greatest nations to ever exist. Blessing No. 2 was the promise that through him would come the Messiah. IN RED is the promise of RACE (greatest nation) and in PURPLE is the promise of the Messiah. "And 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 him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed" (Genesis 12:1-3). Promise No. 1: Great nations and wealth.   Promise No. 2: the Messiah.   We read in Genesis how both blessings were given to Isaac and later, Jacob (even though through deception).

Jacob, however, split this blessing. Notice carefully. To Judah was given the blessing of Grace, or the Messiah: "The Scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people" (Genesis 49:10). Scepter denotes kingship. Remember, the Messiah is the King of Kings. To his son, Joseph, Jacob gave the promise of Race, or the promise of being the greatest nation in the world! "The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren" (Genesis 49:26)

Earlier, we saw that the northern tribes called "Israel" was taken away and became "lost" to history. Their identity was lost and believe it or not, the Bible tells us why and this will surely shock you when you find out. Ultimately, the southern House of Judah was conquered by Nebuchadnezzar, the king of Babylon, more than a century after its cousins from the northern ten-tribe nation of Israel had gone into captivity. Now, the "Jews" of Judah were to endure seventy years of captivity, but unlike the ten-tribe nation of Israel, the Jews were able to maintain their identity and return as prophesied to  to the land of Palestine. They did so, following the decree of Cyrus, under Ezra, Nehemiah and Zerubbabel.

 

The Bible tells us why Israel lost their identity and the Jews did not! The plain simple fact is that God said that if His people were to keep the Sabbath holy, they would remain known to God and the world as His people. It was the "sign" commandment mandated on all the people, kept by the Jews, but rejected by Israel. Exodus 31:13-"Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my Sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD that doth sanctify you."  This verse also shows once again that the Sabbath points to "who the LORD is", that "He is the one who sanctifies" (separates or makes holy) His people who obey His commandments. It also tells us that the Seventh-day Sabbath IS A SIGN of who His true followers really are! Israel was told to keep the Sabbath because it was a "sign" to them from God so that they might "know that I am the Lord who sanctifies you." Anybody who keeps the Sabbath and walks uprightly before God is sanctified by the LORD.

In Isaiah 56:2 -"Blessed is the man that does this, and the son of man that layeth hold on it; that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and keeps his hand from doing any evil. 3 Neither let the son of the stranger, that hath joined himself to the LORD, speak, saying, The LORD hath utterly separated me from his people: neither let the eunuch say, Behold, I am a dry tree. 4 For thus saith the LORD unto the eunuchs that keep my Sabbaths, and choose the things that please me, and take hold of my covenant; 5 Even unto them will I give in mine house and within my walls a place and a name better than of sons and of daughters: I will give them an everlasting name, that shall not be cut off. 6 Also the sons of the stranger, that join themselves to the LORD, to serve him, and to love the name of the LORD, to be his servants, every one that keepeth the Sabbath from polluting it, and taketh hold of my covenant; 7 Even them will I bring to my holy mountain, and make them joyful in my house of prayer: their burnt offerings and their sacrifices shall be accepted upon mine altar; for mine house shall be called an house of prayer for all people. 8 The Lord GOD which gathereth the outcasts of Israel saith, Yet will I gather others to him, beside those that are gathered unto him."

Nothing can be clearer that Israel became lost because they did not keep their Sabbath day, but changed it to the Assyrian holy day of the week, which was Sunday.

The Jews have never been more than one nation. They are not, and never have been, many nations, as God declares that Israel would be. “By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD (who is Jesus), for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies[or, as correctly translated in the Revised Standard Version, “And your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies.” The Fenton translation renders it: “And your race shall possess the gates of its enemies”—so far the material, national promises of race]; And in thy seed [Christ] shall all the nations of the earth be blessed [this promise is spiritual, of grace]; because thou hast obeyed my voice” (Genesis 22:16-18).

This promise by God was and is unconditional! God has sworn so! God does not promise these things that He does not fulfill! His promises then to Abraham could not be broken or annulled. If they could be, then no promise in the Bible is sure!

Notice an additional detail of the promise—the nations who are Abraham’s racial descendants are to possess the gates of their enemies. A gate is a narrow passage of entrance or exit. When speaking nationally, a “gate” would be such a pass as the Panama Canal, the Suez Canal, the Strait of Gibraltar. The Golden GATE Bridge is the gateway to the Pacific Ocean. It is simple to understand.

Abraham’s descendants would possess vital geographic passageways of their enemies—“those which hate them.” This has never been fulfilled in the Jews, nor could it be fulfilled after Jesus Christ returns to rule the nations and establish world peace. This promise could only be fulfilled in the present world or else we must deny the Bible as God’s revealed Word. We must look for a people forming more than one nation—yet all one people, children of Abraham—either now or in history who possess the sea gateways of the world, or we must deny the Word of God. It is a test of the inspiration of the Bible and of God’s power to rule this world!



THE “American” Civil War in Ancient Israel

Tribes2I am sure practically nobody knows that in ancient Israel, twelve tribes (which became 13) were twelve nations, and only under the reigns of King Saul, King David and King Solomon were all thirteen united! After the death of Solomon, a GREAT CIVIL WAR occurred in Israel, and the NORTH (The northern ten tribes names Israel) went to war against the SOUTH (the Kingdom of Judah, or the Jews) and became two new nations! The northern tribes never reunited with the Jews. They were taken into captivity by Assyria (modern-day day Germans) and led away into captivity. The Assyrians were themselves forced to flee from the Middle East by the Persians and traveled through the Caucus Mountains (hence the name Caucasian comes from) and ended up in Europe. Today's European nations are either the descendants of Assyria or Israel!

Now here is an interesting point... The northern nation of Israel became very similar to modern America because its leaders were no longer the offspring of David, but were "elected" by the elite. They are called "kings" but they are more like "presidents for life." Our Civil War between the North and the South was a symbolic repeat of the one after Solomon! In the later case, we stayed united, whereas in Ancient Israel, we did not. In the Book of Ezekiel, one little known prophecy informs us that the nation of Israel will reunite with Judah (the Jews) AFTER the return of Christ!



Why We Lost our identify:

The following explanation by Herbert W. Armstrong in his classic work “The United States and Britain in Prophecy sums up the reason for this best:

It is not generally known or recognized that the Eternal made with His people, while still at Mt. Sinai, a separate, special, eternally binding covenant, providing for a sign of identity.

At this juncture, it must be pointed out that these people Israel were the only people on Earth with whom God then dealt personally as His people.

Remember, Adam and Eve had rejected the symbolic tree that represented God’s Holy Spirit, and a Father-and-son relationship with Him. Their descendants, cut off from God, strayed so far from His ways that by the time of Noah the Earth was filled with corruption and violence.

After the Flood, within two generations the world as a whole was following the apostate ways of Nimrod (Genesis 10:8-12; 11:1-9), and his mother-wife founded the apostate pagan religion that has engulfed and deceived the world ever since. This apostate religious system, started by Semiramis, flowed into all nations. In its perversions of truth, it evolved into different varieties and appeared under different national names in different nations. But it was the same basic system of apostasy. It cut the world off from God! And it grips a deceived world today—in its various forms, called by the names of various religions.

God selected these children of Israel because of the obedience of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. While they were in servitude and slavery He called them as His people, to whom His truth—His true religion and way of life and intended destiny for mankind—should be revealed.

God’s truth and God’s way revealed to these Israelites is simply God’s truth and His way for all peoples in all times and ages! Israel, had they followed God’s ways, was intended to be a living example to all nations.

Jesus came, not to do away with God’s truth or God’s way, not to bring a new religion, but to reveal additional truth about the coming Kingdom of God and how we may be born into it.

True, Old Testament Israel was given certain sacrificial rites and rituals which served merely as a reminder of sin (Hebrews 10:1-4; 9:10), only as a temporary substitute for Christ—until He should come. When the reality came, the substitute was dropped. But God’s truth and way remain eternally! Therefore God was revealing to Israel what His way is for all people of all time—including today!

This special identifying covenant, then, ordained forever, applies to all Christians today—to all who are reconciled to God as His people!

This special eternally binding covenant is found in Exodus 31:12-17. It has to do with one of those two test commandments, which, we saw in the last chapter, Israel was driven out and deprived of the birthright for violating.

The Identifying Sign

“And the Lord spake unto Moses, saying, Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying, Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep…” (Exodus 31:12-13).

Notice which day is “the Lord’s day.” The Eternal calls the Sabbaths my sabbaths.” The Sabbaths are His—they did not belong to Israel—they are not our days, but the Lord’s. They are not “the Jewish Sabbaths” or “the Gentile Sabbaths.” The Sabbath is a space of time. That time, whenever it arrives, is not ours, but God’s.

And it applies the same to us today as to our forefathers then. If we appropriate it for ourselves—for our own use, whether work, pleasure, or whatever—we are stealing that time from God!

Notice again! He said: “My sabbaths ye shall keep. In Exodus 20:8 He commanded us to “keep it [the Sabbath] holy”—God made it holy time and commanded us to keep it holy—not to profane what is holy to God.

Now study this special covenant a little further: “…for it is a sign between Me and you throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the LORD (who is Jesus) that doth sanctify you” (Exodus 31:13). What tremendous meaning is packed in that portion of this sentence! Yet most people read right past it, failing to get the vital truth it contains!

Notice! Here is the purpose of the Sabbath: “…for itis a sign….” What is a sign?

You walk down a main street in the business section of a city. Everywhere you see signs identifying stores, offices, factories. If you want to know what a sign is, just turn to the word in the Yellow Pages (the classified business listings of your telephone directory). You will find such names as “Jones Neon Sign Company” or “Smith Brothers Signs.” If you call one of them on the telephone and ask, “What do you make or sell?” he will tell you that they make signs for business firms, institutions, or professional individuals to hang in front of their places of business. The sign identifies whose establishment, institution or office is inside.

A sign is a badge, symbol, or token of identity. You see the sign, “A.B. Brown, Furniture and Furnishings.” The sign identifies the owner. It tells you what kind of business he owns. Webster’s dictionary defines a sign thus: “A publicly displayed notice on a building, office, etc. to advertise the business there transacted, or the name of the person or firm conducting it. Something indicating the existence of a thing; a token.” And, of course, there are the special technical meanings in mathematics, medicine, astronomy.

The word which Moses wrote in the Hebrew language which is translated “sign” is ‘ôwth, and the Hebrew-English dictionary defines it as “signal, as a flag, beacon, monument, evidence, etc.—mark, miracle, sign, token.” A flag identifies a nation. A beacon is a signal to announce the existence of something warned about. A token is a visible sign; something that serves as an identifying signal to make something known, as a white flag is a token of surrender.

God commanded His people to keep His Sabbath as a sign. It is a sign between God’s people and God: “…a sign between me and you,” the commandment says. It is a badge or token of identity. It advertises, or announces, or proclaims certain identifying knowledge. But what knowledge? God answers: “…that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you.”

Who Is God?

Note those words carefully! It is the sign that identifies to them who is their God! It is the sign by which we may know that He is the Lord! It identifies God!

But doesn’t everybody know who God is? Absolutely not! This whole world is deceived—so says your Bible.

This world has a god—a false god—Satan the devil! He pretends to be “an angel of light” (2 Corinthians 11:14). He has his religious organizations—his churches. Not all are Buddhist, Shintoist, Taoist, Confucianist. Many have appropriated the very name “Christian,” but their ministers, says your Bible, actually are Satan’s ministers: “And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness…” (2 Corinthians 11:14-15).

But do they actually call themselves the ministers of Christ? Read the verse just before the two just quoted—verse 13: “For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ.” Yes, Satan is the great counterfeiter. He palms himself off as God. He is called, in your Bible, the god of this world (2 Corinthians 4:4). He palms off his ministers as the ministers of Christ—and they accuse the true ministers of Christ of being “false apostles” to divert suspicion from themselves!

Does this world’s “Christianity” really know the true God? It is deceived into believing it does, and a deceived world may be sincere in that false belief. One’s god is the one, or the thing, whom he serves and obeys. But the true God is the one whom we should obey.

This world is not taught to obey God! Its false “Christianity” teaches that God’s law is “done away.” It actually puts human conscience, actuated by Satan’s false teaching, in place of God’s law! It does not teach, as did Christ, that we must actually live by every word of God—all of the Bible! It obeys Satan by sinning! Satan, therefore, is this world’s god!

The Purpose of the Sabbath

Sabbath1God gave man His Sabbath for the purpose of keeping mankind in the true knowledge and true worship of the true God. But how does the Sabbath identify God—how does it point to the true God, rather than the false? Does not Sunday do just as well? Positively not!

Notice verse 17 of this special Sabbath covenant: “It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed” (Exodus 31:17).

It was on the seventh day of that creation week that He rested from the work of creation. Not Sunday, the first day of the week. Only the seventh day of the week points back to creation.

How does that identify who God is?

If you believe anyone else or anything else is God, I will prove that my God is the true God, because whatever else you may think is God was made or created by the true God. He who created and made everything else is greater than whatever He made—superior to anything else that could be called god.

Creation is the proof of God—of His existence. It—the act of creating—identifies Him!

So God took the most enduring, lasting, imperishable thing man can know—a recurring space of time—the only day that is a memorial of the act of creating. He took the only day which points, constantly, every seventh day of the week, to God’s resting on the seventh day of creation week from creating; which points to the existence of the almighty, all-powerful, all-ruling God—the Creator!

And God set that particular day apart from others as His day—God made that particular day sacred and holy to Him—designating it as the very day on which He commands His people to assemble for worship—the day man is commanded to rest from his own work and physical pleasure—and to be refreshed by assembling with other obedient worshippers in spiritual fellowship!

No other day is a memorial and reminder of creation. True, Satan has deceived a deluded world into supposing Christ’s resurrection occurred on Sunday morning at sunrise—the very time which has always been the time of pagan sun worship. But this supposition is not true!

The resurrection of Christ actually occurred on the Sabbath, not on Sunday! And, further, nowhere in the Bible does God tell us to celebrate the day of Christ’s resurrection! That is a pagan custom of men, on apostate man’s authority alone—contrary to the commands of God!

Identifies People of God

So here we find a great purpose in the Sabbath. It identifies God! The very day which God set aside for assembly and worship points as a memorial to whom we are to worship—the Creator-Ruler of all that is!

But that is not all! The Sabbath also was given as a sign which identifies who are the people of God and who are not! Notice! Not only does this special covenant say, “…that ye may know that I am the Lord…” but read the remainder of that sentence: “…that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you” (Exodus 31:13).

Notice the tremendous meaning of that!

What does the word “sanctify” mean? It means “to set apart for holy use or purpose.” On the seventh day of the very creation week, the Eternal sanctified—that is, He set apart for holy use—the Sabbath day. But now we see that God says it is a sign that He, the Eternal, also sanctifies—sets apart from other people as His, for His holy purpose—those who are His people.

In Old Testament times His people were the people of Israel. In New Testament times, His people are those of God’s own Church—the truly converted, Spirit-begotten Christians!

But how does the Sabbath set them apart—separate them—from those who are not God’s own true people?

Well, if you have begun to keep God’s Sabbath holy, as He commands, you have found the answer already, by actual experience. If you haven’t, just start keeping God’s Sabbath holy as He commands you—and you’ll soon learn that you are automatically set apart from all other people! The world, people you know—some of your family and relatives, business associates, or contacts—they will set you apart!

The Sabbath is God’s sign, which identifies not only God as Creator-Ruler, but it also identifies those who are truly His people!

The Real Test Commandment

BlessingHow significant! The Sabbath command is the only one of the 10 which is a sign identifying who are the real and true Christians today! It is the real test command!

A man may be honest and upright in his dealings with others—he may have a reputation of not lying or stealing. But that does not identify him—set him apart—especially as a Christian!

Many non-Christians honor their parents—at least so far as other people know. Many are regarded by others as truthful, true to husband or wife; many do not swear or use profanity; and most are not murderers—in the eyes of others.

But their supposed conformity to these commandments does not stamp them as different—as being God’s people! Actually, few keep even these commandments in the spirit, but that is not obvious to the world. But it is very obvious to the world when one keeps God’s Sabbath!

That’s why few do! People don’t want to be identified as being apart from the world—as belonging to God, apart from the world! People want to be identified, in the eyes of others, as belonging to the world—but feel ashamed to be identified, in the eyes of friends, business contacts, relatives, as belonging to God.

The people of the world are willing to acknowledge the other nine commandments—but the Sabbath command is the one they positively rebel against! It is the one that is the crucial test of obedience! It identifies those who have surrendered their wills to God—who obey God, regardless of persecution or cost!

Oh, it sets you apart, all right! What a sign!

It identifies the true God on the very day He set apart for assembly and worship. It identifies the real people of God! It identifies those who keep the Sabbath as being God’s people—to the world, that is! Actually, few Jews really keep the Sabbath holy! It may not identify them to God as His people, spiritually! But they do at least acknowledge that particular day! And even though in God’s sight they profane it, it identifies them to the world!

God’s sign is one you accept voluntarily—of your own volition, or not at all. But the “beast” (symbol of the coming resurrected, so-called Holy Roman Empire in Europe) has a mark, which is soon going to be branded on, by physical force! And it has something to do with “buying or selling”—trading, business, earning a living, having a job (Revelation 13:16-17; Revelation 13 and 17). Yes, this is the test command—the one on which your very salvation and eternity depend!

I have said that God made the Sabbath a separate, eternal, and perpetual covenant entirely separate and apart from what we term “the Old Covenant” made at Mt. Sinai. How, then, is it a covenant?

But Is It a Covenant?

ArkLet’s define the word “covenant.” Webster defines a covenant as: “An agreement between persons or parties. A solemn compact.” A covenant is a contract, or agreement, by which one party promises certain rewards or payments in return for certain stipulated performance by the other party.

The Old Covenant between God and the children of

Israel made at Mt. Sinai imposed upon the people certain

terms and conditions to be performed: obedience to the Ten Commandments. It promised the reward of making Israel a nation “above all people.” The promises were purely national and material, for this world. The New Covenant is founded on better promises (Hebrews 8:6), which consist of an “eternal inheritance” (Hebrews 9:15).

Once a covenant is signed, sealed, or ratified—confirmed—it cannot be added to (Galatians 3:15). Anything appearing beneath the signature is not legally any part of

the covenant. You read of the actual making of the Old Covenant and sealing it with blood in Exodus 24:6-8. And notice (verse 8), it concludes with the words “the covenant, which the Lord hath made with you.” It was then already made—completed.

We do not come to the making of this special eternal Sabbath covenant until seven chapters later. It is, therefore, no part of the Old Covenant!

But, again, is it a covenant?

The wording in your Bible says it is! Notice Exodus 31:16: “Wherefore the children of Israel shall keep the sabbath, to observe the sabbath throughout their generations, for a perpetual covenant.”

“Perpetual” means continuous and unbroken. But was it to last forever? Read the following verse: “It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever.”

Now what is the condition to be performed? The keeping holy of the Sabbath! “It is holy unto you,” says God (verse 14). And what is the reward promised upon performance of the condition? It is not only a sign, but also a compact or covenant “between me and you,” says God, “that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth sanctify you” (verse 13).

There it is! God promises to sanctify them—He will set them apart as holy—as His holy people! Can you ask for a bigger promise?

Yes, it is a covenant! It is a separate, totally different covenant. Even if one tries to argue that the Old Covenant is “abolished” and that therefore the Ten Commandments are abolished, he cannot argue that this covenant was to last only until the cross. The covenant is binding “throughout your generations” (verse 13); “a perpetual covenant” (verse 16) and “for ever” (verse 17).

Sign for Israel Only?

Israel“Yes,” says the rebellious one who would argue his way out of obedience, “but it is between God and the children of Israel. It is throughout Israel’s generations; it is between God and the Israelites forever.”

Oh—then you admit it is binding forever on Israelites—and throughout their generations? There are two answers to that argument that will condemn you, if you so argue, to the lake of fire!

1) No one can deny that this absolutely binds the people of Israel to keep the Sabbath forever, and throughout their generations perpetually. Their generations are still going on. Therefore it is binding on them today.

Also you have to admit that salvation and Christianity are open to Jews and all Israelites. The gospel “is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek” (Romans 1:16).

So then the Jew can be a converted Christian! Indeed, the Church at the beginning was nearly altogether Jewish! So the Jew, even though a Christian in God’s Church, is bound to keep God’s Sabbath as a perpetual covenant, throughout his generations, forever!

Now, does God have two kinds of Christians? Is it sin for a Jewish Christian to break the Sabbath, and sin for all others to keep it? Must Jewish Christians assemble on the Sabbath, and those of other nationalities on Sunday? Didn’t Jesus say a house divided against itself would fall?

Are there two kinds of Christians? Read Galatians 3:28-29: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. And if ye [Gentiles] be Christ’s, then are ye Abraham’s seed, and heirs according to the promise.”

So, since the Sabbath is binding today on the Jewish part of God’s Church, and there is no difference—we are all one in Christ—it is also binding on Gentiles!

We Are Israel

2) But there is another answer to this argument: The peoples of the United States, the British Commonwealth nations, and the nations of northwestern Europe are, in fact, the peoples of the ten tribes of the house of Israel. The Jewish people are the house of Judah.

But if the Sabbath is God’s sign to identify His people Israel, then why don’t our nations keep it today?

The answer to that question is the answer to another: Why are the 10 tribes of the house of Israel called “the lost 10 tribes”? And why do our nations think they are Gentiles? Why don’t they know their true identity?

Ah, now we have a staggering, startling, surprising truth to reveal! Here’s a dumbfounding truth, far stranger than fiction!

Here are facts, hidden for centuries, more intriguing than a mystery novel! Why is the Sabbath called, disrespectfully, sneeringly, “the Jewish Sabbath”? Why does the world think all Israelites are Jews, and that the Jews are all of the Israelites?

Here’s an astonishing surprise to those who have believed that! The Jews are only a small minority of the Israelites.

Israel Lost Sign

Nowhere in all the Bible are any of the 10-tribed nation of Israel called Jews. That name—Jews—applies only to the kingdom of Judah. Jews are Israelites, truly—but only part of the Israelites are Jews!

Almost immediately on being made a king, Jeroboam became afraid that, when his people journeyed to Jerusalem to attend the annual festivals, they would see and desire Rehoboam again for their king. He took swift action to protect his own position.

The tribe of Levi composed the priesthood. They were the leaders—the best educated. The Levites, living off the tithes, had enjoyed incomes two or three times larger than the other tribes. With one swift stroke, Jeroboam demoted the Levites, set the lowest and most ignorant of people to be the priests. He could control them! Thus he would control the religion, like Gentile kings had always done. Thereupon many, if not most, of the Levites went back into the kingdom of Judah—and became known as Jews.

So immediately Jeroboam set up two great idols for his people to worship. He ordered the fall festivals to be observed in the eighth month, at a place of his choosing north of Palestine—instead of in the seventh month, and at Jerusalem as God ordered (1 Kings 12:28-32). Also Jeroboam changed the Sabbath day from the seventh to the eighth—that is, to the day following the seventh day, which, of course, was actually the first day of the week. Thus he set the day for worship to coincide with the pagan day of the sun, now called Sunday!

Through the rule of 19 kings and seven successive dynasties, the 10-tribed house of Israel continued in the basic twin sins of Jeroboam: idolatry and Sabbath-breaking. Several of the kings added other evil and sinful practices.

But in 721-718 b.c., God caused the house of Israel to be invaded and conquered by the kingdom of Assyria. These Israelites were removed from their farms and their cities and taken to Assyria on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea as slaves. But the house of Judah—the Jews, a separate and different nation—were not invaded until 604 b.c.

Two or three generations after the captivity of Israel, however, the Chaldeans rose to world power, forming the first world-ruling empire. Under Nebuchadnezzar the Chaldeans (Babylon) invaded Judah (604-585 b.c.).

The Assyrians—before 604 b.c.—left their land north of Babylon and migrated northwest—through the lands that are now Georgia, Ukraine, Poland, and into the land that is called Germany today. Today the descendants of those Assyrians are known to us as the German people.

The people of 10-tribed Israel also migrated northwest. Though the Assyrians had taken Israel into captivity, the Israelites did not remain as slaves of the Assyrians in Europe. They continued on a little further—into Western Europe, the Scandinavian peninsula, and the British Isles!

Now why did they come to be known as the “lost 10 tribes”? They had lost their national identifying sign!

King Jeroboam had changed their day of worship from the seventh to the first day of the week—the day of the sun—Sunday! All succeeding kings followed this practice, as well as idolatry!

As long as they remained in the land of Israel and called themselves “the kingdom of Israel” their identity was known. But in Assyria they were no longer a nation with their own government and their own king. They were mere slaves. They took up the language of the Assyrians as succeeding generations grew up. They lost the Hebrew language as biblical prophecy said they would. They lost all national identity.

After several generations, the tribe of Joseph, divided into the two tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, came to call themselves British. They retained a few Hebrew earmarks. Berith or b’rith in Hebrew means “covenant,” and ish means “man.” Thus, in Hebrew, British means “covenant man,” which, truly, they are.

The tribe of Reuben settled in the country that is France today. They had lost their national identity. But the French have the very characteristics of their ancestor, Reuben.

The ten tribes, known as the house of Israel, lost their identifying tag—God’s Sabbath.

That is why they lost their national identity!

Why Jews Are Recognized

But Judah kept the Sabbath! They did not continue long to keep it holy, or to keep it God’s way—but they did recognize it, as they do today, as the day of rest they acknowledge and observe. Result? All the world looks on them as the chosen people of God! The world thinks they are Israel—not merely Judah!

The Jews’ identity has not been lost! And since their identity as racial descendants from ancient Israel is known—and that of the far more numerous “lost 10 tribes” is not known—the world supposes that the Jews are Israel, instead of Judah. The Jewish people believe it themselves! And so, here again, the whole world is deceived, even as to the true identity of who really are the chosen birthright people of God!

Yes, the Sabbath, God’s day—the true Lord’s day—is, after all, the day for our people doubly: first, because it is for all people of God, even Gentile-born people who are now Christ’s; secondly, because racially, even by fleshly birth, it is God’s day which He gave our own forefathers and commanded to keep holy forever!

Why Israel Made Slaves

Do you know why the kingdom of Israel was invaded by Assyria, conquered, removed from their land as slaves in 721-718 b.c.? Do you know why the Jews (kingdom of Judah) were later taken captive and scattered over the world? Both houses of Israel were sent into national punishment and banishment from Palestine because they broke God’s Sabbath!

Does it make any difference? It certainly made a lot of difference to God! And He says He has not changed—He is the same yesterday, today, and forever! (Hebrews 13:8).

First, see why the Jews were invaded, conquered by Nebuchadnezzar and taken into Babylonian captivity during the years 604-585 b.c.

Seventy years after that captivity, according to Jeremiah’s prophecy (Jeremiah 29:10), many of the Jews returned to Palestine to rebuild the temple and restore the worship there. The Prophet Nehemiah tells why they had been driven into captive slavery 70 years before: “In those days saw I in Judah some treading wine presses on the sabbath, and bringing in sheaves, and lading asses; as also wine, grapes, and figs, and all manner of burdens, which they brought into Jerusalem on the sabbath day: and I testified against them in the day wherein they sold victuals.… Then I contended with the nobles of Judah, and said unto them, What evil thing is this that ye do, and profane the sabbath day? Did not your fathers thus, and did not our God bring all this evil upon us, and upon this city? yet ye bring more wrath upon Israel by profaning the sabbath” (Nehemiah 13:15-18).

There it is in plain language! Sabbath-breaking was a prime cause of Judah’s captivity! It was so important to God that He punished His own chosen people with this most severe national punishment—defeat in war, being taken from their land and made slaves in a foreign land! Sin is defined by God as the transgression of His law (1 John 3:4). His law says: “Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.… [T]he seventh day is the sabbath of the Lord thy God….” To work on the Sabbath, to defile it by your own pleasure seeking, doing business, etc. is a major sin, punishable by eternal death!

Jews Were Warned

The Jews were without excuse. They had been warned by the prophets. Notice the warning through Jeremiah: “Thus saith the [Eternal]; Take heed to yourselves, and bear no burden on the sabbath dayneither do ye any work, but hallow ye the sabbath day, as I commanded your fathers.… But if ye will not hearken unto me to hallow the sabbath day, and not to bear a burden, even entering in at the gates of Jerusalem on the sabbath day; then will I kindle a fire in the gates thereof, and it shall devour the palaces of Jerusalem, and it shall not be quenched” (Jeremiah 17:21-22, 27).

That was the warning. The Jews did not heed it. Now see what happened!

“Now in the fifth month, in the tenth day of the month, which was the nineteenth year of Nebuchadrezzar king of Babylon, came Nebuzar-adan, captain of the guard [today we would call him general of the armies, or field marshal], which served the king of Babylon, into Jerusalem, And burned the house of the [Eternal], and the king’s house; and all the houses of Jerusalem, and all the houses of the great men, burned he with fire” (Jeremiah 52:12-13).

When God warns, the punishment is sure!

Why Israel Defeated

Now see what happened to the other nation of Israelites, the kingdom of Israel, 117 years before Judah’s captivity.

God had laid down the choice to these people in the days of Moses, long before they were divided into two nations. This was fully covered in the previous chapter, regarding Leviticus 26. Now see what God said about it through the Prophet Ezekiel.

Ezekiel was given a message from God to the house of Israel (not Judah—the Jews). Ezekiel was among the Jewish captives after their captivity, which occurred more than a hundred years after Israel’s captivity. By that time the Assyrians had long since left their land on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea and migrated northwest, finally settling in the land today called Germany.

The people of the house of Israel also migrated northwest across Europe. But they did not stop in Germany. They continued on farther west and north—into Western Europe—France, Belgium, Holland, the Scandinavian countries, and the British Isles—where they are to this day, except for the tribe of Manasseh, which much later migrated to North America and became the United States.

The Prophet Ezekiel was commissioned to go from where he was, among the Jews, to the house of Israel. “[G]o speak unto the house of Israel,” said God (Ezekiel 3:1), and again: “[G]o, get thee unto the house of Israel” (verse 4).

But Ezekiel never took that message to the lost house of Israel. He couldn’t. He was a slave among the Jews.

Yet he is taking it to them, today, by means of having written it in his book in the Bible—and by the fact that it is being taken to those very people today by the Plain Truth and the World Tomorrow broadcast!

It is a prophecy! It is a message for our peoples today! You are reading it now! God help you to heed!

Prophecy to Us, Today

Speaking first of ancient Israel, God says, in Ezekiel 20: “Wherefore I caused them to go forth out of the land of Egypt, and brought them into the wilderness. And I gave them my statutes, and shewed them my judgments, which if a man do, he shall even live in them. Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify them” (verses 10-12).

Notice, this passage repeats the exact wording of the forever-binding Sabbath covenant of Exodus 31:12-17! Now continue: “But the house of Israel rebelled against me in the wilderness: they walked not in my statutes, and they despised my judgmentsand my sabbaths they greatly polluted…” (verse 13).

Then God pleaded with their children, a generation later: “But I said unto their children in the wilderness, Walk ye not in the statutes of your fathers, neither observe their judgments, nor defile yourselves with their idols: I am the [Eternal] your God; walk in my statutes, and keep my judgments, and do them; And hallow my sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the [Eternal] your God” (verses 18-20).

The entire emphasis here is differentiating between God’s statutes, judgments and sabbaths on the one hand, and their fathers’ different sabbaths, statutes and judgments. They were observing a different day from God’s Sabbath! They had already turned to the pagans’ day, today called sunday—the day of the sun and sun worship!

“Notwithstanding the children rebelled against me,” continued God, through the Prophet Ezekiel. “[T]hey polluted my sabbaths…” (verse 21).

So what did God finally do—generations later?

He scattered them, in national captivity and slavery (verse 23). But why?

“Because they had not executed my judgments, but had despised my statutes, and had polluted my sabbaths, and their eyes were after their fathers’ idols” (verse 24). That’s why! Did it make any difference?

But now continue on in this amazing prophecy! Notice the prophecy for us, today!

Speaking of a time, sometime soon, in our time, God says to our peoples: “As I live, saith the Lord [Eternal], surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out, will I rule over you” (verse 33).

The expression “fury poured out” refers to the seven last plagues, at the very time of the Second Coming of Christ (compare Revelation 16:1). The time when Christ will rule over us is at and after His Second Coming. So this, then, is a prophecy for our time!

Every prophecy in the Bible showing where our people (Israel) will be, at the Second Coming of Christ and the coming great exodus back to Palestine, pictures them in captivity and slavery once again.

Continue the prophecy: “And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scatteredwith fury poured out. And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people [coming exodus—Jeremiah 23:7-8], and there will I plead with you face to face” (verses 34-35).

Notice it! This is the Word speaking—Christ! He will then be on Earth again in person! And then He is going to plead with our people face to face.

It’s time to awake to the imminency and the stark seriousness of this!

Perhaps only one lone voice is warning you! But God used one lone voice to warn the world in Noah’s day; one lone voice in Elijah’s day; one lone voice in the day of John the Baptist; and after John the Baptist was put in prison, one voice in the person of Christ Himself! If you rely on the majority of sinning people, you will suffer their penalties with them!

Notice how He will plead!

“Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord [Eternal].… And I will purge out from among you the rebels, and them that transgress against meand ye shall know that I am the Lord” (verses 36-38).

How did He plead with them? He pleaded: “Hallow my sabbaths, instead of your fathers’, so that you may know that I am the Lord.” And those of us who do go into Palestine shall know He is the Lord.

How shall we know?

By His Sabbath sign!

Read verses 42-44 in your own Bible! He says our people, when they are no longer rebellious and who will then be keeping His Sabbath, shall remember their ways in which they were defiled and shall loathe themselves for their Sabbath-breaking! This is pretty strong teaching! It is the Word of God speaking to you!”



AMERICA’S COMING DESTRUCTION:

If you believe the Bible, then you must believe the warnings and the predictions that is made concerning Israel. You must also understand that the Jews never fulfilled the requirements promised to Abraham of the nation of Israel, and that it would be the greatest nation on Earth! Only the United States and Great Britain fulfill this. Now the terrible news. The Bible also predicts the defeat of America and our coming captivity just before the coming of the final Antichrist. 

 

In Micah 5:7-15, we read the fate of modern Israel. “And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people [nations] as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men. And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off.” 

Another prophecy shows that at the very time we were receiving God’s blessings, we are thumbing our noses to God by rejecting His Laws! “For thus saith the LORD; We have heard a voice of trembling, of fear, and not of peace. Ask ye now, and see whether a man doth travail with child? wherefore do I see every man with his hands on his loins, as a woman in travail, and all faces are turned into paleness? Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s (Jacob was renamed Israel and he put his name of our people) trouble…” (Jeremiah 30:5-7).   The apostles had asked Jesus privately when His Second Coming would occur—and the end of this world and the beginning of the happy World Tomorrow. Jesus said the sign by which we might know when this is very near would be that His original gospel of the Kingdom of God would be preached in all the world as a witness to all nations (Matthew 24:14). But what else—just before His coming?

Jesus continued: “For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved [alive]: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened” (Matthew 24:21-22).

Here is described the greatest time of trouble—tribulation—in all history, or ever to be. Jeremiah described it as “Jacob’s trouble,” so great “that none is like it.”

Now back to Isaiah 47. God says I was angry with my people and desecrated my inheritance; I gave them into your hand,  and you showed them no mercy. Even on the aged you laid a very heavy yoke.You said, ‘I am forever — the eternal queen!’ But you did not consider these thingsor reflect on what might happen.

“Now then, listen, you lover of pleasure, lounging in your security and saying to yourself,‘I am, and there is none besides me. I will never be a widow  or suffer the loss of children.’Both of these will overtake you in a moment, on a single day: loss of children and widowhood. They will come upon you in full measure,in spite of your many sorceries and all your potent spells. 10 You have trusted in your wickedness and have said, ‘No one sees me.’ Your wisdom and knowledge mislead youwhen you say to yourself,‘I am, and there is none besides me.’11 Disaster will come upon you, and you will not know how to conjure it away.A calamity will fall upon youthat you cannot ward off with a ransom;a catastrophe you cannot foreseewill suddenly come upon you.

12 “Keep on, then, with your magic spellsand with your many sorceries,     which you have labored at since childhood.Perhaps you will succeed,    perhaps you will cause terror.13 All the counsel you have received has only worn you out!  Let your astrologers come forward,those stargazers who make predictions month by month, let them save you from what is coming upon you.14 Surely they are like stubble;  the fire will burn them up.

That yoke of slavery without mercy is to be laid on the U.S. and Britain by the coming united nations of the new Europe! It has started already, through the economic EU that will give rise to a new political union called in the Bible the King of the North. So far they have been unable to bring about full political union. This will be made possible by the “good offices” of the Vatican, who alone can be the symbol of unity to which they can look. Two popes already have offered their “good offices” toward such union.

The prophecy does not literally say so, but in all probability, by present indications, the head of this new world power will be in Central Europe. And it will precipitate World War III. And this time it will be allowed to succeed!

What will be the eventual fall of America and Great Britain? The rejection of God, will lead to our slavery. The loss of freedom will occur, as we are seeing in Washington today. The Tea Party may help our generation live a little longer. This coming election will be vital to our nation, and if civil war is coming, which will break our nation into factions and ultimately destroy us and render us helpless to the world's tirants. We can stop this from happening if we wake up and take back our nation and put it under God, for our time. We cannot stop it forever, as we know the ultimately the Bible will prove to be right, and we will fall as the greatest nation to have ever existed - a gift from our God! An undeserving one at that!  

The middle class of this nation will not allow their freedoms to disappear without a fight. We are becoming mad at our leaders, and those who want to continually rob what we have earned from us and give it to others that refuse to work. We are sick and tired of the laws, and regulations meant to punish us and imprison our freedom. We are sick of the alien living among us that have more rights than we do. We are tired of minorities stealing from us, and a government helping them do so. We are fed up with both parties in Washington, but essentially the Democrats who want to take every foundation of liberty away from us, and give our future over to those who hate us and want us dead. We are furious at a president who is only the president for queers, blacks and liberals. We are even more furious at the Republicans, who do not fight this all the way to victory. We want to rid ourselves of the liars and cheats which for too long have set burdens upon us that we cannot bear. In short- we want to take our country back so that the majority rules again - yet protect the rights of everyone! We want the nation that our founders envisioned and OUR GOD GAVE US!  If we do not accomplish this, then a war is coming. I do not want it, nor should any of us want it, but we are willing to fight it, if it comes. The end of this will either give us more time to continue living in God’s blessing, or bring about the end of this age….

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