|BIBLE STUDY SERIES #260, 261 and 262|
10 November, 1996
By Douglas C. Nesbit, B.A.
With the turning of the year, and the discarding of the calendar pages of the months as they pass, it periodically becomes appropriate on this programme, to pause in the sequence of lessons which we are regularly following, long enough to insert some special thoughts when we have arrived at some notable turning point, or time of review and remembrance. There are special reasons, therefore, to use the time of our programme on this particular week for a few moments of genuine reflection on those things which come to mind with the arrival of November 11th, Remembrance Day, a national occasion which is once again upon us.
This particular time of year in the Northern hemisphere, with its sun-splashed golden leaves of the Fall Season and the blustery winds reminding one of the winter ahead, is especially hallowed by the thoughts of some of the older generation of our populace who cannot do otherwise than to review the bygone years of conflict in the time of their shattered youth. Some are still active, though most have long since, for many years, eased into the pains and memories of lengthy retirement or hospital routines.
It may seem almost unbelievable to the current generation to hear that one tenth of the entire population of Canada donned a military uniform of one service or another to serve their country in that time of challenge, some fifty years ago! Many others worked almost unceasingly in the war effort on one or another of the hastily assembled production lines to supply the total effort which was required. We should not let our matured second thoughts on the wisdom or even corruption of the powerful in maneuvering the clash of conflict rob us of the sincere appreciation we owe those who served, for the genuine love which caused them to risk their all for a distant vision of victory, and which caused many lives to be laid beneath soft turf or frothing seas in order to save their relatives, their friends and their neighbourhoods from the perceived threat of alien domination.
Those years of conflict which aroused the youthful lions of our nations are now past history for the majority of our listeners, for not only were they accomplished before our latest generation was born, but in many cases even the parents of those now enjoying the vigour of youth were not alive to see, to experience, to feel, the ardour of the times of that former generation. It may, indeed, seem strange to the remaining members of our senior generation to acknowledge that fact.
The years of strife which are fast melting into the dusk of memory with the passing of the ranks of that former generation produced, let us acknowledge the fact, some of the finest qualities of patriotism and genuine character ever to have blessed our people in any generation. That they themselves could look back at the First World War as unfinished business, would further unite the national effort. We who can remember the facts from our own disrupted youthful years, can recall the excitement engendered by the first surge of popular unity in the nation and the personal effort which followed on all sides as news spread. Then as more sobering reports began to emerge, the subsequent realisation began to take hold, that there was danger and death in the wind, and we either knew the pain of loss ourselves or commiserated at the news of such loss of loved ones by others in our community, and many overseas saw the chill of death, both violent and unexpected.
To that generation symbols were vitally important. Military music, and the sight of the national flag was heartening and at once united the minds of many. We later learned of the captured soldier in the prisoner-of-war camp who, risking his all, preserved his national flag by secretly wrapping it about his body beneath his dusty uniform. The Monarchy was central and avowedly Christian in its appeal for national days of prayer in crisis, and its force was impregnable amid the storm.
Since that war, those in control of events through manipulation of high finance, and those secretly motivated by avarice or selfish business motives have, through government regulation and international agreements, through academic humanism in the universities and school curricula, through the mass media, and even in the pulpits of the churches, concertedly contrived to rob the present and all future generations of that patriotic appreciation of their fathers and mothers, the former generations of their own people, and the heritage of history and religion which upheld them in the desperate years of war and which gave every promise of a sensible and secure peace and prosperity.
A post-war "politically correct" agenda now threw the net of an anti-Christian claim across the world, in the form called the "United Nations" and this was to occupy centre stage on the world scene much as Nebuchadnezzar demanded, on pain of a swift fiery death for non-compliance, that the Babylonian Empire should bow before his image of gold on the plain of Dura. The plan envisioned the destruction of every tie which would bind the children to their parents and all truly significant aspects of the past history of their country. All such connections were to be severed. Appreciation of historic national flags and symbols was to be undermined, following which these were to be torn from the youth and discarded, to be replaced by rags having no abiding historic significance which might conceivably connect our youth to their past. If great music honoured Christ it was to be supplanted by a variety of "pop" music dangerous to the eardrum and the mind, and likewise of no abiding consequence. The diversion of the drug culture was to be secretly implemented or facilitated. Our heritage, displayed in masterpieces of the grandest portraiture was to receive the demeaning designation of "mere illustrator art" while fragmented or slimy garbage was to replace it, honoured by the high appraisal of sycophants and given the name of excellence, accompanied by the bestowal of ludicrous amounts of money by high financial sources, governments, and big corporations which were likewise bent on the common objective; the removal of the youth from their inheritance. High postal authorities co-operate, by avoiding stamp issues which would truly honour the Christian and Monarchal aspects of our national heritage. Those who would not bow were to be embroiled in the pain and death of little wars or consigned to financial ruin. The manipulators have in great part thus succeeded in diverting and cutting off our youth from their heritage.
When we view the display of colourful flags snapping in the wind, the sometimes stooped yet ever proud veterans of yesteryear, and hear again the sound of the trumpet call upon Remembrance Day, those who know that heritage may wipe a moist cheek as they contemplate the damage done by an enemy they were not prepared to face, for the attack was by a secret agenda which can now no longer be hidden for it approaches success on every hand. So persuasive is that advance among the present younger generation that even Christian youth may, to the surprise of their elders, express distaste for flags and patriotic display which is in any way even remotely exclusive in its nature. The whole world is thrust upon us, and tactfully we have not objected. Thus we are robbed, and have not uttered protest.
In Numbers 10, we read these words:
1. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
2. Make thee two trumpets of silver; of a whole piece shalt thou make them: that thou mayest use them for the calling of the assembly, and for the journeying of the camps.
3. And when they shall blow with them, all the assembly shall assemble themselves to thee at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation.
Thus our ancestors were instructed by The Lord God Almighty that they were to have at the centre of their national focus two trumpets made of silver, to announce to the tribes of Israel the spiritual and national direction of the congregation. We, of the British-Israel-World Federation hold, as a central theme of our organization the Biblical exposition which connects the present day Anglo-Celto-Saxon and kindred peoples of the world to their forefathers of ancient Israel. The Tribes of Israel which were deported by the Assyrians, and soon broke free to trek westward across the continent to its north-west fringe gave rise to these peoples, and it is primarily to them that we now speak.
The hour is late, but not too late. Malachi prophesied of the spirit and power of Elijah which would, just prior to the Second Advent, speak to remove the blindness, to draw the youth to their heritage and the fathers to their children. It is a religious and patriotic urge wherein deep crieth unto deep and we know our own. Return to your heritage, ye children of Israel, for that is the designation of your inheritance! No longer disparage the work of the older generations. The generally Anglo-Celto-Saxon and kindred world which stood to the call of duty in the generation now fast departing must awake to their destiny as those who honour their past. This is a call which is impelled by the timeless spirit of God's Kingdom. May those who have ears to hear do so, honouring The Lord and the history of the realm He is to govern. We wish all nations well, but we must respond to the Word of God in this vital matter. It is our destiny so to do.
17 November, 1996
By Douglas C. Nesbit, B.A.
Last week, I felt moved to take a break from our usual sequence of ongoing Bible Studies, in order to make some comments which would be appropriate to the time of the year when, as a national family, we turn our thoughts once more towards Remembrance Day, and to the importance which ought to be attached thereto. There are certain times when we find it so important to remember what has gone on in the past that we must leave other matters behind us temporarily, and, as a family, to draw aside from other duties for that purpose of remembering, and of reminding ourselves of whom we truly are, and to whom we, as a nation, are, or ought to be, nationally committed.
Our national family has, in the more recent times of this, our own, and the immediate former, generations, been turned into a huge national reception committee which has become so swamped by newcomers having their own problems, needs, cultural baggage and interests that, like the members of one household who have new neighbours descending upon them with requests for immediate assistance, we have seen our own family interests left in abeyance while our energies and exertions have been extended, indeed overly extended, and our own cultural interests set aside, in order to show a Christian attitude of assistance, and of tactful forbearance at this intrusion into our normal patterns of existence. Such a reaction might seem appropriate when an immediate emergency is threatening someone's life, and we can do something, as a Christian family, to alleviate their situation. It may have seemed an emergency in the past. It is now becoming painfully clear as year follows year and decade follows decade, that the "emergency" aspect of the situation is being promoted and stimulated for ulterior purposes.
As we have shown the characteristics of Christian love by way of helping hands in the past, we now see that Christian love demands of ourselves a harder task; that of the setting to rights of a mistaken attitude of mind among the newer arrivals before the situation gets completely out of hand. We are now discovering that reports of disloyalty in our midst are true. The aliens among us have been telling the newcomers that our own land, homes, cultural possessions and religious commitments are theirs for the taking or the destroying, and that they have every right to appropriate or change whatever they wish to suit themselves in their new surroundings!
Most naturally, in consequence, they have deemed themselves not strangers, obligated in return to observe our ways and sensibilities, but overlords in our midst, commanding change to suit themselves. This is not their fault. It is evidently their nature so to do. Our plight is due to the treachery of some of our own who, having lost their sense of commitment to The Almighty God of our, and frequently their, fathers, have designed to use the stranger in this way, in order to effect a revolt, an usurpation, against our past marriage commitments to Our God, The God of Holy Writ, and of our own past devotion as a Christian community.
We, of the British-Israel viewpoint, have sustained, over the past one hundred and twenty years of continuous publication of literature, the expounding of the truths of the national message contained in The Holy Bible. We have faithfully persevered in our task as the hunters, prophesied in Jeremiah 16:11-18, a passage which explains how Israel forsook the LORD and He cast them out of the land but how He would in a later time send forth such hunters to find them. That passage reads:
11. Then shalt thou say unto them, Because your fathers have forsaken me, saith the LORD, and have walked after other gods, and have served them, and have worshipped them, and have forsaken me, and have not kept my law;
12. And ye have done worse than your fathers; for, behold, ye walk every one after the imagination of his evil heart, that they may not hearken unto me:
13. Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that ye know not, neither ye nor your fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; where I will not shew you favour.
14. Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that it shall no more be said, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;
15. But, The LORD liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.
16. Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.
17. For mine eyes are upon all their ways: they are not hid from my face, neither is their iniquity hid from mine eyes.
18. And first I will recompense their iniquity and their sin double; because they have defiled my land, they have filled mine inheritance with the carcases of their detestable and abominable things.
That task, we have undertaken to explain to our kinsfolk who are the generally Anglo-Celto-Saxon and kindred peoples of our own time, that they are the descendants of the vast bulk of the ancient tribes of Israel who were never Jews, and moreover that they are the fulfilment of the promised nation and company of nations and the great people whom The Almighty God promised on covenant oath to the succession of Patriarchs, Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Joseph, that their literal seed would become. Moreover, their monarchies in North-West Europe are the related strands of royalty descended from King David of the Biblical record, as promised to that King in II Samuel 7:10-29. Let us read that passage now, in order to gain some grasp of the scope of its ramifications for all time.
10. Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime,
11. And as since the time that I commanded judges to be over my people Israel, and have caused thee to rest from all thine enemies. Also the LORD telleth thee that he will make thee an house.
12. And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.
13. He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.
14. I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:
15. But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took it from Saul, whom I put away before thee.
16. And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.
17. According to all these words, and according to all this vision, so did Nathan speak unto David.
18. Then went king David in, and sat before the LORD, and he said, Who am I, O Lord GOD? and what is my house, that thou hast brought me hitherto?
19. And this was yet a small thing in thy sight, O Lord GOD; but thou hast spoken also of thy servant's house for a great while to come. And is this the manner of man, O Lord GOD?
20 And what can David say more unto thee? for thou, Lord GOD, knowest thy servant.
21. For thy word's sake, and according to thine own heart, hast thou done all these great things, to make thy servant know them.
22. Wherefore thou art great, O LORD God: for there is none like thee, neither is there any God beside thee, according to all that we have heard with our ears.
23. And what one nation in the earth is like thy people, even like Israel, whom God went to redeem for a people to himself, and to make him a name, and to do for you great things and terrible, for thy land, before thy people, which thou redeemedst to thee from Egypt, from the nations and their gods?
24. For thou hast confirmed to thyself thy people Israel to be a people unto thee for ever: and thou, LORD, art become their God.
25. And now, O LORD God, the word that thou hast spoken concerning thy servant, and concerning his house, establish it for ever, and do as thou hast said.
26. And let thy name be magnified for ever, saying, The LORD of hosts is the God over Israel: and let the house of thy servant David be established before thee.
27. For thou, O LORD of hosts, God of Israel, hast revealed to thy servant, saying, I will build thee an house: therefore hath thy servant found in his heart to pray this prayer unto thee.
28. And now, O Lord GOD, thou art that God, and thy words be true, and thou hast promised this goodness unto thy servant:
29. Therefore now let it please thee to bless the house of thy servant, that it may continue for ever before thee: for thou, O Lord GOD, hast spoken it: and with thy blessing let the house of thy servant be blessed for ever.
We were told how, as God's nation, we were to extend the justice of our system even to the strangers who would dwell among us, granting to them as to ourselves certain rights upon their agreement to forsake their former religion and instead to undertake the appropriate response to our God and His Commandments. Exodus 12:47-49 gives the example in regard to the keeping of the Passover.
47. All the congregation of Israel shall keep it.
48. And when a stranger shall sojourn with thee, and will keep the passover to the LORD, let all his males be circumcised, and then let him come near and keep it; and he shall be as one that is born in the land: for no uncircumcised person shall eat thereof.
49. One law shall be to him that is homeborn, and unto the stranger that sojourneth among you.
The same applies in regard to the keeping of the Sabbath, as we find in Exodus 20:10: "But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates." To enter those gates into Israel indicated this agreement of the stranger to participate in the religious observance which would accord with the worship to which Israel had herself given commitment.
The stranger who thus sought to comply with Israel's religious commitments, and to abide with the cultural norms of the nation was to be treated with civility and granted the rights and privileges of the Law which God had given to His people.
Next week, I want to conclude this three-part digression into these vital matters. May Our LORD defend His own at this late hour in our national history, as He has done when our folk were in peril on former occasions of distress. Prayer for such intervention is required. Let it not be wanting on the part of ourselves and others who know a heritage which is kindred to our own.
24 November, 1996
By Douglas C. Nesbit, B.A.
For the last two programmes, I have been digressing from our regular series of Bible Studies in order to place some thoughts before the regular listeners of this programme for their prayerful consideration. We saw how, over the last fifty years especially, our youth have been disinherited from their heritage. This has happened not by chance, but by the design of a world-planning elitist element. One component in this design has been the infusion of alien peoples with cultural baggage which works contrary to the heritage of our own past. We of the British-Israel-World Federation see the generally Anglo-Celto-Saxon and kindred peoples of our world as the vast majority of the present-day descendants of the anciently deported tribes of the Israel of Bible times. As such, we ought to observe the commands of Our God in respect of such alien infusions.
Now in ancient times, the stranger who sought to comply with Israel's religious commitments, and to abide with the cultural norms of the nation was to be treated with civility and granted the rights and privileges of the Law which God had given to His people.
This is shown in Exodus 22:21, where we read "Thou shalt neither vex a stranger, (the Hebrew word here is "ger") nor oppress him: for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt." Leviticus 19.34 states the same theme in these words: "But the stranger that dwelleth with you shall be unto you as one born among you, and thou shalt love him as thyself; for ye were strangers in the land of Egypt: I am the LORD your God." Deuteronomy 24.17 places the same injunction before us in these words: "Thou shalt not pervert the judgment of the stranger, nor of the fatherless; nor take a widow's raiment to pledge."
However, there were some commandments given to Israel which would exclude the stranger from attaining a position of authority or dominance over any who are descendants of Israel by racial descent from Jacob (whose name had been changed to "Israel" which means "ruling with, or under God"; the name given to God's national "wife"). Deuteronomy 17:15 states plainly to those of Israel's racial stock: "Thou shalt in any wise set him king over thee, whom the LORD thy God shall choose: one from among thy brethren shalt thou set king over thee: thou mayest not set a stranger over thee, which is not thy brother." The egalitarian liberal mindset of the sophisticated, which is not committed to the LORD God of Israel tends to balk and to object at that, but there are very good reasons for this stricture being observed by true Israelites. Disobedience to it on the part of Israelites leads to tension, strife, and eventual servitude to a foreign god. It was exactly this spiritual whoredom of an egalitarian mindset which eventually locked Israel into the bondage of captivity and exile under the Assyrians.
Refusal to accept God's assigned station in the hierarchy of government in church and state was a great sin. Did not our fathers in old time receive a warning against this very development? Numbers 16 contains the account of the refusal by certain of the Tribe of Levi led by Korah, Dathan and Abiram, to accept their God-assigned rank and station in the hierarchy of office. Those Israelites of the tribe of Levi, had been assigned the honourable position of the service of the tabernacle, but presumptuously against God's leaders, Moses and Aaron, they aspired to the priesthood also. Their end was to be consumed by fire from the LORD, and the leaders to be engulfed by a fissure in an earthquake. Numbers 16:40 applies the lesson in the words "To be a memorial unto the children of Israel, that no stranger, which is not of the seed of Aaron, come near to offer incense before the LORD; that he be not as Korah, and as his company: as the LORD said to him by the hand of Moses." If even Israelites are warned not to presume to occupy a station in the nation which has not been granted them by God, certainly a person who is not born of Israel may not aspire to approach presumptuously an office within Israel to which they have not been called by Israel's God.
Allowance of such transgression by Israelites brings an inevitable curse upon us all. Deuteronomy 28:43 says: "The stranger that is within thee shall get up above thee very high; and thou shalt come down very low." Isaiah 1:7 states: "Your country is desolate, your cities are burned with fire: your land, strangers devour it in your presence, and it is desolate, as overthrown by strangers."
Eventually, as we see ourselves robbed, and pushed aside in our own cultural dwelling, our own patience has begun to wear thin. As we are aroused, we are now discovering on coming to ourselves, that our most cherished private possessions of national relationship to our God are being overturned as strangers pillage our cultural and spiritual sanctuaries to please themselves, change the nameplate on our gate and the symbolic insignia of the dwellingplace, and announce themselves the new owners and proprietors of the national family home. That situation has consequences down the road which none would wish to project or even to contemplate, and it is better that the situation be addressed now, before some more exasperated form of reaction sets a pattern for the future.
Heretofore, our National Family was, generally speaking, of one accord in matters of religious commitment to the One Who was, and indeed still is, the ultimate Head, even the God of our fathers. As a family, we adhered without any question to that Almighty God, of Whom the Holy Bible speaks. Therein, we read the record of our National Commitment of marriage to Himself. Even as a single National Family whose custom is to attend a weekly and indeed daily, observance of our own attachment to our God and to the demands of His Law, we now find ourselves, nationally, in the uncomfortable position of having to tell the newcomers that, while we have shown them every Christian courtesy in order not to offend their sensibilities, and in order to find some accommodation which will give them time to learn the ways of The God of our National Family and of the national setting and land into which they have presumed to insert themselves and wherein they have been received, they do not own our house. We now find that the expectations of the new arrivals are not towards reception of our ways, but to the imposition of their own old cultural ways upon, and indeed over, our own cultural interests which are being put to stress by the continuing demands which their presence has placed upon us.
Why, we might ask, is this the case? Why do the newer arrivals among us not do as did those of earlier years, finding that common ground which permitted a true assimilation into our midst? We now discover, to our total dismay, that some members of our family who ought to have continued loyal to our God have, instead, been preaching to the newcomers even before their arrival, and while they settled among us, that they should retain their own attachments to the gods of diverse sorts that created the foreign conditions from which they presently desire to flee. They have been shown the fruits of a national Christian commitment without having the cultivation and preservation of the tree of Christian commitment explained to them. In their ignorance they are naturally led, to use another metaphor, to slay the goose that lays the golden eggs, so to speak. We, and they, will be the poorer for their efforts to clear the ground of the cultural and spiritual tree which bears that delicious fruit they so desired from afar.
As I stated on the former programmes, some fifty-odd years ago many joined Canada's armed forces, and many others worked almost unceasingly in the war effort on assembly and production lines to supply the total effort which was required of the nation at that time, and we owe a sincere appreciation to those who served, for the genuine love which caused them to risk their all for a distant vision of victory, and which caused many lives to be lost in order to save their relatives, their friends and their neighbourhoods from the perceived threat of alien domination.
What was then won has since been lost by subtle means. Those years of national conflict are now past history for the majority of our listeners. Some of the finest qualities of patriotism and genuine character ever to have blessed our people in any generation emerged during that challenge. Can it happen again? To that generation symbols were vitally important. Many of them have since been removed lest they offend the stranger who comes among us. The Monarchy was central and avowedly Christian in its appeal for national days of prayer in crisis. Is not another crisis of Israelitish identity now upon the national scene? As I stated last week, "Since that war, those in control of events through manipulation of high finance, and those secretly motivated by avarice or selfish business motives have, through government regulation and international agreements, through academic humanism in the universities and school curricula, through the mass media, and even in the pulpits of the churches, concertedly contrived to rob the present and all future generations of that patriotic appreciation of their fathers and mothers, the former generations of their own people, and the heritage of history and religion which upheld them in the desperate years of war and which gave every promise of a sensible and secure peace and prosperity."
A post-war "politically correct" anti-Christian "United Nations" agenda now supplants our own family loyalties. The plan envisioned the destruction of every tie which would bind the children to their parents and all truly significant aspects of the past history of their country. All such connections were to be severed. Appreciation of historic national flags and symbols was to be undermined, following which these were to be removed lest they connect our youth to their past heritage.
As I stated before, "The whole world is thrust upon us, and tactfully we have not objected. Thus we are robbed, and have not uttered protest." "We, of the British-Israel-World Federation hold, as a central theme of our organization the Biblical exposition which connects the present day Anglo-Celto-Saxon and kindred peoples of the world to their forefathers of ancient Israel. The Tribes of Israel which were deported by the Assyrians, and soon broke free to trek westward across the continent to its north-west fringe gave rise to these peoples, and it is primarily to them that we now speak."
The hour is late. We must seek to remove the blindness, to draw our youth to their heritage and the fathers to their children. It is a religious and patriotic duty so to do. Return to your heritage, ye children of Israel, for that is the designation of your inheritance! This is a call which is impelled by the timeless spirit of God's Kingdom. May those who have ears to hear do so, honouring The Lord and the history of the realm He is to govern. I repeat what was stated before: "We wish all nations well, but we must respond to the Word of God in this vital matter. It is our destiny so to do."
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