|BIBLE STUDY SERIES #416, 417 and 418|
7 November, 1999
By Douglas C. Nesbit, B.A.
Our regular sequence of on-going Bible Studies, starting a number of years ago with The Call by The Almighty God to Abram in Genesis 12 has followed his progeny down to the Tribes of Israel who are presently on the border of the Promised Land. Having passed out of Egyptian bondage through The Exodus, the children of those Israelites who failed forty years before to make good God's Word regarding His intent to give them the Promised Land as their inheritance, are being readied to claim it now, under the directives of The Almighty Whose Covenant it was to fulfil the matter.
Before actually entering The Promised Land, Moses was to review God's teaching for the people of Israel in matters such as national obligations under God's Law. We saw, in Numbers 30, that The Almighty requires of His people, that a vow, freely entered with a full understanding of consequences, once made, must be performed, even to the detriment of the one who makes the agreement. We saw that the establishment of a total commitment to God's Laws regarding covenant and truth, when broken, leads to grave dangers for the whole people, for the corruption which follows permits cheating and strife to afflict the whole body of that nation. In Israel's case, the nation had undertaken a Covenant, to be the national "wife" of God. In truth, God is the "husband" of the nation of Israel, and if we be Israel's descendants, as is the understanding of our British-Israel-World Federation, then certain obligations for ourselves follow directly upon such a commitment.
On our last study, we had been examining Numbers 31, a Chapter in which a war against the Midianites is ordered by God, in retribution for the disastrous results of their planned subversion of Israel to their false gods, and for the consequent deadly punishment upon Israel by Israel's God, for succumbing to the sexual temptations and religious treason attending the seductions offered by those Midianites.
The war ended with a victory for God's National Wife, the new nation of Israel. It resulted in quite a vicious extirpation of the majority of those in the enemy camp of Midianites. Only the young females who had not "known any man" were permitted to remain alive. Keil and Delitzsch give some further comments upon this matter of the sentence of death to be executed upon those who had been taken captive. Under the heading "Vers. 13-18. Treatment of the Prisoners", they state "When Moses went out to the front of the camp with Eleazar and the princes of the congregation to meet the returning warriors, he was angry with the commanders, because they had left all the women alive, since it was they who had been the cause, at Balaam's instigation, of the falling away of the Israelites from Jehovah to worship Peor; and he commanded all the male children to be slain, and every woman who had lain with a man, and only the young girls who had hitherto had no connection with a man to be left alive." The Hebrew wording for those army leaders is then examined in the commentary, noting that the term literally means "the appointed persons, i.e. the officers of the army, who were then divided into princes (captains) over thousands and hundreds." They continue, "- 'Which came from the battle,' i.e. who had returned. The question in ver. 15, 'Have ye left all the women alive?' is an expression of dissatisfaction, and reproof for their having done this." The Hebrew term is explained thus: "they have become to the Israelites to work unfaithfulness towards Jehovah," i.e. they have induced them to commit an act of unfaithfulness towards Jehovah. They explain that the object of the command to put all the male children to death, was to exterminate the whole nation, as it could not be perpetuated in the women. Of the female sex, all were to be put to death who had known the lying with a man, and therefore might possibly have been engaged in the licentious worship of Peor (chap xxv. 2), to preserve the congregation from all contamination from that abominable idolatry.
In light of all the above points of comment, I would not find it difficult to imagine the orders which might be given with regard to our own social system in many of the lands occupied by the descendants of those tribesmen of ancient Israel today. Certainly, I believe, there are quite sufficient Scriptural indications to support the belief that a similar ruling would be immediately forthcoming!
All the booty of the enemy had been taken by the twelve thousand soldiers of the army of Israel, and brought before Moses. We will take up our reading of today's portion of Scripture at Numbers 31:25, where the dispositions of the spoils of the war were to be divided.
25. And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
26. Take the sum of the prey that was taken, both of man and of beast, thou, and Eleazar the priest, and the chief fathers of the congregation:
27. And divide the prey into two parts; between them that took the war upon them, who went out to battle, and between all the congregation:
28. And levy a tribute unto the LORD of the men of war which went out to battle: one soul of five hundred, both of the persons, and of the beeves, and of the asses, and of the sheep:
The Companion Bible explains, of the word "beeves" that it is an Old English expression, from the French, for oxen.
29. Take it of their half, and give it unto Eleazar the priest, for an heave offering of the LORD.
30. And of the children of Israel's half, thou shalt take one portion of fifty, of the persons, of the beeves, of the asses, and of the flocks, of all manner of beasts, and give them unto the Levites, which keep the charge of the tabernacle of the LORD.
31. And Moses and Eleazar the priest did as the LORD commanded Moses.
32. And the booty, being the rest of the prey which the men of war had caught, was six hundred thousand and seventy thousand and five thousand sheep,
33. And threescore and twelve thousand beeves,
34. And threescore and one thousand asses,
35. And thirty and two thousand persons in all, of women that had not known man by lying with him.
36. And the half, which was the portion of them that went out to war, was in number three hundred thousand and seven and thirty thousand and five hundred sheep:
37. And the LORD'S tribute of the sheep was six hundred and threescore and fifteen.
38. And the beeves were thirty and six thousand; of which the LORD'S tribute was threescore and twelve.
39. And the asses were thirty thousand and five hundred; of which the LORD'S tribute was threescore and one.
40. And the persons were sixteen thousand; of which the LORD'S tribute was thirty and two persons.
41. And Moses gave the tribute, which was the LORD'S heave offering, unto Eleazar the priest, as the LORD commanded Moses.
42. And of the children of Israel's half, which Moses divided from the men that warred,
43. (Now the half that pertained unto the congregation was three hundred thousand and thirty thousand and seven thousand and five hundred sheep,
44. And thirty and six thousand beeves,
45. And thirty thousand asses and five hundred,
46. And sixteen thousand persons;)
47. Even of the children of Israel's half, Moses took one portion of fifty, both of man and of beast, and gave them unto the Levites, which kept the charge of the tabernacle of the LORD; as the LORD commanded Moses.
The New Bible Commentary continues its notes with the words: "After the distribution had been made, the men who had taken part in the expedition, happy at finding that not one of them had perished in the attack on Midian, came to Moses and offered a further oblation, in addition to the portion of the spoil that had already been designated as belonging to God (48-54)." The Scripture states:
48. And the officers which were over thousands of the host, the captains of thousands, and captains of hundreds, came near unto Moses:
49. And they said unto Moses, Thy servants have taken the sum of the men of war which are under our charge, and there lacketh not one man of us.
50. We have therefore brought an oblation for the LORD, what every man hath gotten, of jewels of gold, chains, and bracelets, rings, earrings, and tablets, to make an atonement for our souls before the LORD.
51. And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of them, even all wrought jewels.
52. And all the gold of the offering that they offered up to the LORD, of the captains of thousands, and of the captains of hundreds, was sixteen thousand seven hundred and fifty shekels.
53. (For the men of war had taken spoil, every man for himself.)
54. And Moses and Eleazar the priest took the gold of the captains of thousands and of hundreds, and brought it into the tabernacle of the congregation, for a memorial for the children of Israel before the LORD.
We are nearing the conclusion of Numbers 31; a chapter which teaches us of the divine wrath against both the enemies of God's National Wife who would invite the members of that nation to enjoy the forbidden sexual practices of Baal-Peor in modern form, and also that wrath which He will apply to the tribesmen of His Kingdom who are inclined to participate in practices which He would most certainly condemn in similar fashion at any point in time and place where they occur. We shall take up our study of the Book of Numbers again on a future broadcast.
14 November, 1999
By Douglas C. Nesbit, B.A.
In honour of Remembrance Day, we are repeating a sequence of three broadcasts which focus upon the subject from our 1996 broadcast sequence. The first of these follows herewith, under the heading "Remembering."
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.
21 November, 1996
By Douglas C. Nesbit, B.A.
In honour of Remembrance Day, we are repeating a sequence of three broadcasts which focus upon the subject from our 1996 broadcast sequence. The second of these follows herewith, under the heading "The National Importance of Remembering."
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 an