|BIBLE STUDY SERIES #311, 312 and 313|
9 November, 1997
By Douglas C. Nesbit, B.A.
This programme is designed to come on the air during the week closest to November 11th, and hence, for many families who live in the Anglo-Celto-Saxon lands of the world, especially, this day will probably be marked in some fashion by parades or other observances relating to the commemoration of the multiplied sacrifices of many lives in valiant effort, in wars fought to preserve the heritages of the nations concerned. Such Remembrance Days form a tradition which relies increasingly upon the aging memories of the elderly; of many people now infirm and no longer able to participate forcefully in public debate, and upon the deep love of relatives for those buried in cemeteries in many lands, and those who have no known grave. It is, indeed, a service conducted as a sort of royal duty by the noble souls within the populace whose own lives are themselves frequently marked by self-sacrifice and patriotism of a high order; a motivation which is deeply felt, perhaps more intensely now than at any other time of the year.
However, there is, embedded in such attempts to recognise and to review these national attainments of such patriotic military episodes of our history a newer struggle, for the very recognition of such patriotic endeavours is given a pat on the back, and then a push out the door by those intent upon creating a one-world government which pretends the objective to give status to everyone but which, in fact, by such egalitarian propaganda, would impart no status to anyone except the elitist strata which aspires to total power to control. This desire is cloaked by sweet words, demanding, "in the name of all humanity" that we all give up liberty in exchange for ease, all the while obscuring the fact that without liberty, one cannot control the sources of that ease, which will consequently swiftly evaporate when the elitist tires of the charade and demands Caesar's seat and prerogatives.
This development has been at work throughout every nation for more than a generation. Led by elitists among mega-bankers and inter-national organizations, and supported by many in universities and education in general, propagandised through the kept mass media and supported by politicians of every stripe with an eye towards re-election to the public trough, and judiciary rulings which bend to the winds of the "politically correct", this new vision is not a friend of true Biblical beliefs and faith, for it serves an alien god.
There is a natural sense of justice in Remembrance Day observances which mark the valour of the former generations, but this is pitted against a newer, frivolous and quite foreign sentiment among the demoralised and rootless youth which answers to the herd instinct in dress, demeanour and selfish transient amoral behaviour of every kind. Remembrance is family and neighbourhood giving due recognition to the gift of life and limb by the best the country had to offer. It pits the memories of the aged against the media inculcated false conscience of a world view which casts a jaundiced eye upon any observance which cannot be shared by everybody on the face of the planet.
The great plan of The Almighty God for all humanity is ultimately the only workable option within the constraints of Creation and human participation, and the organizational pattern of this plan is termed "The Kingdom of God." It addresses, with the widest and most detailed wisdom of the Creator Himself, the whole of human need and satisfaction. It has been an age-long agenda which The Almighty initiated from the first design of His own will. It involved the selection of a proven person, of proven lineage, to gender a people of service, to serve as kings and priests upon the earth. It is a design which involves a Divine King, a Law code designed with the greatest love, a people of conscience and a will to reflect His divine nature, and space upon the earth within which to promote and to demonstrate the perfection of God's love through His perfect laws. The whole is to emerge as a system of delight and glory. The temporary interference by those who lack the vision of this enterprise will eventually yield with the energizing of His presence. That is the promise, and He Who has made promises is the Ever Faithful One Who demonstrated His Own Love through a voluntary acceptance of a terrible death, vindicated through Resurrection and Ascension to Glory.
The Patriarchs were Abraham and Sarah, Isaac and Rebekah, Jacob and his wives and family, the Tribes of Israel who were to be the people of The Kingdom. The Royal lineage stemming from the God of Sinai, Who there delivered the loving wisdom of His Royal Law, onward, down through the sceptre of Judah's line to His human surrogate, King David, and his royal descendants among whom was Jesus the Christ. There can be only one correct solution to human ills, and that design is here being implemented. All else is destructive and tawdry show of ignorance and arrogance
Surely, those remembered on such an occasion as Remembrance Day have, however inadequately, sought in the main to reflect The Almighty's High Purposes through the desperate struggles of war, its sweat and wounds, and their own early graves. Such people are surely of the family of The King, and it is well to remember their gift to their families, their neighbourhoods, indeed their nations, of our own and later generations.
We of the British-Israel-World Federation continually assert, with what we consider ample evidence, that the vast majority of those who descend from the ancient Tribes of Israel of the Biblical record are today found chiefly in those of Anglo-Celto-Saxon and kindred peoples. They form the modern expression of the root and core of that Holy Nation which is the developing establishment of nationhood under Divine control, for the benefit of all humanity.
There is, in the Old Testament, a Scripture recorded by the Prophet Malachi, which is quite well known, at least in part. It is Malachi 4, and it forms the last few words in the entire Old Testament. I would like to read this scripture to you now. It states:
1. For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.
2. But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up as calves of the stall.
3. And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the LORD of hosts.
4. Remember ye the law of Moses my servant, which I commanded unto him in Horeb for all Israel, with the statutes and judgments.
5. Behold, I will send you Elijah the prophet before the coming of the great and dreadful day of the LORD:
6. And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.
The significant thing which I would like to draw to your attention in that quotation is the fact that there would come a day when it would be necessary for some prophetic work to be done, in order to "turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers" for the threat otherwise is "lest I come and smite the earth with a curse." Surely this involves the fathers' heartfelt urging, and taking the time and effort to re-establish contact with the younger generation. It would not be a just act on God's part to impose a curse if God's Law was at that point being respected and being obeyed, so quite obviously, at this stage, the youthful generation will not have much of a clue as to the requirement to observe the Law of The LORD, let alone a heart to undertake observance of the same.
This turning must involve these youth in a search for their roots, and that means both a genealogical revelation as to their descent from Israel of old time, and their legal obligations inherent within that relationship, to obey that Law of God, as well as a spiritual re-establishment with the verities which their fathers down the generations through history have upheld, and which it has been left to the present generation to forget!
Let us reaffirm our commitment as a people and as the nations of modern-day children of Israel to carry out that proclamation of the requirements so that when the Second Advent occurs, the earth will not suffer that curse, the threat of which forms the final words of that Old Testament which Jesus called "The Scriptures" in Luke 24:25-27. On the road to Emmaus, Jesus called those who did not pay attention to the details of those Scriptures regarding Himself "fools and slow of heart to believe." With that in hand, in our Bibles, we had better not act in a manner which might incur such a condemnation at His return.
16 November, 1997
By Douglas C. Nesbit, B.A.
Our ongoing series of Bible Studies, which began several years ago with the Call of The Almighty God to Abram, in Genesis 12, has been continuing the examination of the succeeding scriptural passages in succession, down to our recent focus in Numbers, Chapter 2.
However, on the last study, we digressed in order to make a special presentation with a focus upon Remembrance Day. In that special presentation, I sought to explain that during the last fifty years or so, a contest has developed between two groups for the hearts and minds of members of the more recent generations. One group in our society patriotically continues to value the efforts of those who, in the past, have laid down life and limb in seeking to defend the social and religious foundation of the British and generally Anglo-Celto-Saxon system. That group fosters remembrance of our racial, religious and social roots, in a foundation which basically looks for inspiration to the coming Kingdom of God upon the earth.
The opposing group is formed of those who, having lost any real sense of identification with those roots, desire instead a system of humanist-planned world government, and on that account wish to downgrade the roots of patriotism in order to foster a one world authority development having as its basic assumption an essentially humanistic atheism or anti-Christian pantheism. To foster their anti-Christian vision, they seek to extinguish any serious Christian content in the land. This latter group have gained access to the minds of multitudes of those born in more recent generations by working through the government, the academic world, the mass-media and the U.N.. The movement has many sophisticated adherents, and many who ought to know better have been swept along by the message which they press upon us.
The Biblical roots of our British and kindred systems are deep, and it is to foster the knowledge of those Biblical roots that we of the British-Israel-World Federation expend our efforts, through such efforts as this series of broadcasts, and the printed word. [* To which we have now added this Internet Web Page. - Editor]
We have of late been examining the dispositions of the tribal encampments of Israel, as the nation, under the protection of Yahweh (Jehovah), The Almighty God, and through the leadership of Moses, was drawn up into a great square defenced perimeter at each encampment along the journey towards The Promised Land with the Tabernacle at its heart. We have examined the main points of description of the tribal distribution along the other three sides of that great square pattern, and today, we plan to be moving along to see the dispositions which The Almighty God assigned to the defence of the northern side of the great square encampment of Israel in the wilderness.
We had read to Numbers 2:26. However let us read the Scriptural account starting at verse 25, in order to review the sense of the description of the north perimeter.
25 The standard of the camp of Dan shall be on the north side by their armies: and the captain of the children of Dan shall be Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai.
26. And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were threescore and two thousand and seven hundred.
27. And those that encamp by him shall be the tribe of Asher: and the captain of the children of Asher shall be Pagiel the son of Ocran.
28. And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were forty and one thousand and five hundred.
In Genesis 49:20, we read the words of Jacob (Israel) concerning the Tribe of Asher: "Out of Asher his bread shall be fat, and he shall yield royal dainties."
Of the Tribe of Asher, Moses gave these words in Deuteronomy: "And of Asher he said, Let Asher be blessed with children; let him be acceptable to his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil. Thy shoes shall be iron and brass; and as thy days, so shall thy strength be." The banner of Asher is given as a covered goblet, and that symbol appears in some later segments of the descendants of this tribe. We again pick up the Numbers passage at verse 29:
29. Then the tribe of Naphtali: and the captain of the children of Naphtali shall be Ahira the son of Enan.
30. And his host, and those that were numbered of them, were fifty and three thousand and four hundred.
Jacob had these words to impart to the Tribe of Naphtali back in Genesis 49: "Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words." Later, after Jacob died, the non-Biblical Book of Jasher states that when Joseph was about to bury his father Jacob, Esau and his forces contested ownership of the burying ground so Joseph sent Naphtali back to Egypt to bring the records both sealed and open, of the transaction by which Esau had sold the ground to Jacob. Jasher Chapter LVI:59 records that Naphtali was lighter on foot than any of the stags that were upon the wilderness, for he would go upon ears of corn without crushing them!" If Naphtali had this ability of a marathon runner, one may conjecture this to be the source of the symbol designated for his banner.
Of the Tribe of Naphtali, Moses makes this statement in Deuteronomy 33:23: "And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favour, and full with the blessing of the LORD: possess thou the west and the south." From these passages it is not difficult to perceive that the banner of the Tribe of Naphtali would contain a picture of a leaping hind. In later development this might well have matured into a stag or deer, and we have the hint that at least some members of the Tribe of Naphtali, in later centuries after the Assyrian deportations of the Northern House of Israel brought these towards the area of the Caucasus, may have traversed the steppes of Asia as far as China A frozen burial, possibly of one member of that tribe which was found in the highlands of Russia near the border with China, appears to indicate this development. The National Geographic issue of October, 1994 contains a well-illustrated article entitled "A Mummy Unearthed From The Pastures Of Heaven", and it is quite startling to find that the preserved remains of this lady, accompanied in the burial as it was by the remains of several horses in splendid regalia, bore a tattoo somewhat resembling a deer on her shoulder, and symbolic flourishes of a deer on her wrist which are stated to be of a style similar to the artistic devices of the Scythians. This relatively tall lady is stated to be of the Pazyryk people, but the tattoos evidence Scythian contact or kinship, and these Scythians were a group of powerful peoples from the Black Sea region which we believe numbered prominently among them descendants of the deported Tribes of Israel who later became known as Saxons as they migrated westward. Certainly the dates given for these Pazyryk horsemen, living "in these steppes and mountains of the Altay, in the sixth through the second centuries B.C." supports the hypothesis of kinship to Naphtali. Numbers 2 continues with verse 31:
31. All they that were numbered in the camp of Dan were an hundred thousand and fifty and seven thousand and six hundred. They shall go hindmost with their standards.
Here we might remember that the tribes were, when on the move, assigned position in one or the other of four ranks, with the tabernacle carried in the midst of this procession by the tribe of Levi. These ranks had consisted of Judah, Issachar and Zebulun, which were to lead in the first rank. The second rank was to consist of Reuben, Simeon and Gad. Levi was to follow, in the midst, and following that tribe were to come Ephraim, Manasseh and Benjamin. Now we read that Dan, Asher and Naphtali were to act as the rear-guard to protect the camp from those who might design to attack it from the rear. This was a most important position to defend, apparently, for in Deuteronomy 25:17-19 we read Moses' words reminding Israel of what had happened along the way.
17. Remember what Amalek did unto thee by the way, when ye were come forth out of Egypt;
18. How he met thee by the way, and smote the hindmost of thee, even all that were feeble behind thee, when thou wast faint and weary; and he feared not God.
19. Therefore it shall be, when the LORD thy God hath given thee rest from all thine enemies round about, in the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance to possess it, that thou shalt blot out the remembrance of Amalek from under heaven; thou shalt not forget it.
The passage in Numbers 2 continues thus:
32. These are those which were numbered of the children of Israel by the house of their fathers: all those that were numbered of the camps throughout their hosts were six hundred thousand and three thousand and five hundred and fifty.
33. But the Levites were not numbered among the children of Israel; as the LORD commanded Moses.
34. And the children of Israel did according to all that the LORD commanded Moses: so they pitched by their standards, and so they set forward, every one after their families, according to the house of their fathers.
Let us remember that symbols are significant in the sight of The LORD, and He has given the order, in Numbers 2:2 that His people shall use those which will indicate their roots, and impart unity to the tribes. We shall continue with the study of the Book of Numbers next week.
23 November, 1997
By Douglas C. Nesbit, B.A.
Our ongoing series of Bible Studies, which began several years ago with the Call of The Almighty God to Abram, in Genesis 12, has been continuing the examination of the succeeding scriptural passages in succession, down to our recent focus in Numbers, Chapter 2. That chapter dealt with the square perimeter of the defenced tribal encampments of the Children of Israel as they camped between movements about the Wilderness of Sinai after The Exodus from Egypt. Each tribe bore a banner marking their positions and facilitating their organization during the order of march, and their dispositions about the central Tabernacle. The Levites in the centre of the camp about the tabernacle were not numbered among the children of Israel.
Verse 34 states that the Israelites observed the prescribed order in camp and on the march. The New Bible Commentary notes that God desires His people to do things in orderly fashion. It refers to I Corinthians. 12:4-28 stating "Each has his own task, which he should do as well as possible, without envying the task or the talent given another."
I Corinthians 12 speaks about the distribution of talents. It begins "Now there are diversities of gifts, but the same Spirit."
We now come to Numbers 3. After we read this portion, I want to place some thoughts before you in connection with the Crucifixion. Numbers 3 states:
1. These also are the generations of Aaron and Moses in the day that the LORD spake with Moses in mount Sinai.
2. And these are the names of the sons of Aaron; Nadab the firstborn, and Abihu, Eleazar, and Ithamar.
3. These are the names of the sons of Aaron, the priests which were anointed, whom he consecrated to minister in the priest's office.
4. And Nadab and Abihu died before the LORD, when they offered strange fire before the LORD, in the wilderness of Sinai, and they had no children: and Eleazar and Ithamar ministered in the priest's office in the sight of Aaron their father.
5. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
6. Bring the tribe of Levi near, and present them before Aaron the priest, that they may minister unto him.
7. And they shall keep his charge, and the charge of the whole congregation before the tabernacle of the congregation, to do the service of the tabernacle.
8. And they shall keep all the instruments of the tabernacle of the congregation, and the charge of the children of Israel, to do the service of the tabernacle.
9. And thou shalt give the Levites unto Aaron and to his sons: they are wholly given unto him out of the children of Israel.
I will break into this passage to draw attention particularly to the next verse. This is an important law from the word of The LORD. I will make reference to this after we finish the reading.
10. And thou shalt appoint Aaron and his sons, and they shall wait on their priest's office: and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.
11. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
12. And I, behold, I have taken the Levites from among the children of Israel instead of all the firstborn that openeth the matrix among the children of Israel: therefore the Levites shall be mine;
13. Because all the firstborn are mine; for on the day that I smote all the firstborn in the land of Egypt I hallowed unto me all the firstborn in Israel, both man and beast: mine shall they be: I am the LORD.
14. And the LORD spake unto Moses in the wilderness of Sinai, saying,
15. Number the children of Levi after the house of their fathers, by their families: every male from a month old and upward shalt thou number them.
16. And Moses numbered them according to the word of the LORD, as he was commanded.
17. And these were the sons of Levi by their names; Gershon, and Kohath, and Merari.
18. And these are the names of the sons of Gershon by their families; Libni, and Shimei.
19. And the sons of Kohath by their families; Amram, and Izehar, Hebron, and Uzziel.
20. And the sons of Merari by their families; Mahli, and Mushi. These are the families of the Levites according to the house of their fathers.
21. Of Gershon was the family of the Libnites, and the family of the Shimites: these are the families of the Gershonites.
22. Those that were numbered of them, according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, even those that were numbered of them were seven thousand and five hundred.
23. The families of the Gershonites shall pitch behind the tabernacle westward.
24. And the chief of the house of the father of the Gershonites shall be Eliasaph the son of Lael.
25. And the charge of the sons of Gershon in the tabernacle of the congregation shall be the tabernacle, and the tent, the covering thereof, and the hanging for the door of the tabernacle of the congregation,
26. And the hangings of the court, and the curtain for the door of the court, which is by the tabernacle, and by the altar round about, and the cords of it for all the service thereof.
27. And of Kohath was the family of the Amramites, and the family of the Izeharites, and the family of the Hebronites, and the family of the Uzzielites: these are the families of the Kohathites.
28. In the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, were eight thousand and six hundred, keeping the charge of the sanctuary.
29. The families of the sons of Kohath shall pitch on the side of the tabernacle southward.
30. And the chief of the house of the father of the families of the Kohathites shall be Elizaphan the son of Uzziel.
31. And their charge shall be the ark, and the table, and the candlestick, and the altars, and the vessels of the sanctuary wherewith they minister, and the hanging, and all the service thereof.
32. And Eleazar the son of Aaron the priest shall be chief over the chief of the Levites, and have the oversight of them that keep the charge of the sanctuary.
33. Of Merari was the family of the Mahlites, and the family of the Mushites: these are the families of Merari.
34. And those that were numbered of them, according to the number of all the males, from a month old and upward, were six thousand and two hundred.
35. And the chief of the house of the father of the families of Merari was Zuriel the son of Abihail: these shall pitch on the side of the tabernacle northward.
36. And under the custody and charge of the sons of Merari shall be the boards of the tabernacle, and the bars thereof, and the pillars thereof, and the sockets thereof, and all the vessels thereof, and all that serveth thereto,
37. And the pillars of the court round about, and their sockets, and their pins, and their cords.
38. But those that encamp before the tabernacle toward the east, even before the tabernacle of the congregation eastward, shall be Moses, and Aaron and his sons, keeping the charge of the sanctuary for the charge of the children of Israel; and the stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death.
Note again the repetition of this Law. "The stranger that cometh nigh shall be put to death."
39. All that were numbered of the Levites, which Moses and Aaron numbered at the commandment of the LORD, throughout their families, all the males from a month old and upward, were twenty and two thousand.
Now I wish to note something about Christ's Crucifixion. In the Law given to Israel, several means of execution of a person existed, such as stoning, thrust through with a dart, or use of the sword. Christ was accused of blasphemy, but did not suffer any of these deaths. Animal sacrifices, however, died by being bled to death; this quite possibly being facilitated by being hung from a rack of some type, in order to allow the blood to drain at the foot of the altar. The sacrificial animal was to be spotlessly perfect, inspected, then killed. Christians understand that all the Old Testament sacrifices were an ordinance, in a sense a teaching aid and a foreview, a temporary display of the pattern looking and pointing forward to Christ's death on the Cross, which was the only true and sufficient sacrifice. Christ provided the means of covering the sins of the people by accepting the punishment for their sins Himself. It is in this sense that the sacrificial ordinances were "nailed to the Cross." Every aspect of the Crucifixion was prophesied centuries before, in such Scriptures as Isaiah 53 and Psalm 22. There is such a wealth of evidence to show God's hand in the entire event that Christians have tended to overlook the fact that God, who planned the whole proceeding from the first [i.e. The Lamb slain from the foundation of the world (Revelation 13:8)] has not met one (particular) pre-condition of His own Law, unless British Israelites are correct in their interpretation of Scripture! Consider again the Law which stated that only Levites were permitted to function in the Tabernacle and Temple service. Any stranger, (Hebrew "Zar") who approached would pollute the sacrifice, and must be put to death before completing an approach to it. We have just now read this law twice. Even Herod himself, though he provided for the re-building of the Temple complex in the days of Christ's first Advent, being half Idumaean (Edomite), and half Samaritan, was not permitted to enter the inner precincts of The Temple!
How, then, in the culminating final sacrifice, the anti-type to which these Old Testament sacrifices formed a type, did God allow Roman soldiers to inflict the wounds which bled Christ, from the thorn crown and the scourge to the nails in hands and feet, and the spear into the heart? We have to be consistent. Either God planned everything to conform to His Own Law, or He failed in the central act of history! We have previously hinted at an answer which creates total consistency, namely, that these Roman soldiers must have been descendants of Levites among one of the Northern Israelite tribes taken away from Palestine in the Assyrian captivities and which later migrated into Northern Italy! This is entirely possible, as north Italians are kinsfolk to the generally Anglo-Celto-Saxon Israelites of Europe. Consider the evidence which cites the birthplace of Gad, the son born to Jacob of Zilpah. Where were Gad and Asher, the sons of Zilpah, born? It is stated in Genesis 35:26. It is Padan-aram. What is the name which the seven regions in the north of Italy today desire to use for a regional entity covering themselves? Padania! Rome took people from such areas into the army, and it must have been of such that the troop which crucified The Lord was drawn. There can be no other obvious explanation for the otherwise quite inexplicable oversight which allowed the God Who plans with perfection in every detail to permit these apparent "strangers" to perform the Levitical task!
As our time has expired for today's study, we shall have to leave the matter for your meditations during the coming week.
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