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WHAT IT MEANS TO BE ACHOSEN NATION

 

Whereas it is an undoubted privilege- it is also a big burden to carry

 

What is so special about the Jews?

 

The Jewish claim to be part of G-d’s ‘chosen’ people Israel has historically caused the Jews enormous trouble in the world. Their claim to have been singled out for special treatment by the very G-d of Creation, presents the rest of mankind with somewhat of a problem. ‘Who do they think they are!’ goes the common refrain! People say; “What is so special about them?”  Nevertheless, any objective person examining the history of Israel and the Jewish people without prejudice, can only conclude that among all the people on the earth the Jews are truly set apart by G-d.

 

Mark Twain, the famous 19th century American author’s comments about the Jews are especially germane, as he ponders the remarkable record of Jewish history, he admits he cannot fathom the secret of their immortality:

 

"If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the Milky Way. Properly the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of his bulk. His contributions to the world's list of great names in literature, science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvellous fight in the world, in all the ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. He could be vain of himself, and be excused for it. The Egyptian, the Babylonian, and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed, and made a vast noise, and they are gone; other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished. The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his immortality?"              Mark Twain

 

The rest of humanity is equally baffled, as they too cannot fathom the secret of the Jews immortality. Yet, any Jew worth his salt would answer Mark Twains’ question by saying that the secret lies in the fact that we are God’s ‘chosen’ covenant people. Thus the question is; “What does it mean to be chosen by G-d?” Clearly, it is great privilege to be chosen, but going by the evidence of history, it has also been a heavy burden for the Jewish people to bear. Whereas, Mark Twain has listed many of the positive advantages, one could equally look at the downside by examining all the horrors of persecutions, genocides, crusades, pogroms, and holocausts the Jews have been subject to throughout the ages. It is probably fair to say that the Jews were not chosen because they are special, but rather that they have become special because they were chosen!

 

Israel’s formative years

 

In the closing days of the patriarchal age and whilst Jacob was still alive, at the urging of his son Joseph, the remaining families of Israel moved to Egypt to settle in the land of Goshen in the fertile Nile Delta. In those ideal conditions the twelve tribes of Israel grew into a multitude of millions, so much so, that a later Pharaoh became concerned about their numbers’ becoming a possible threat to the stability of the Egyptian empire. His ‘final solution’ was to order that all male Hebrew children should be drowned at birth. At the same time he enslaved the entire Hebrew population. In their dire straights the people of Israel cried out to G-d for deliverance and G-d responded by sending them Moses, a man whom He had specially prepared for the task of rescuing His chosen people. This same Moses, inspired and directly instructed by G-d, called down nine terrible plagues which utterly devastated the economy and agriculture of Egypt. When Pharaoh still stubbornly refused to let the people go, Moses called for the tenth plague to take effect. G-d sent his Death Angel to destroy all the firstborn of Egypt from Pharaoh to the most humble servant. Even the firstborn of all the cattle of Egypt were struck down that night. It was an awesome judgement upon Pharaoh and Egypt. In some respects it could be said that G-d’s judgement was an act of poetic justice, as Pharaoh had ordered that all male Hebrew children should be drowned in the Nile River, and now the G-d of the Hebrews was returning the compliment. Just as the Hebrew children were drowned by the thousands in the waters of the Nile on Pharaoh’s orders, so also the whole Egyptian army was drowned in the Red Sea, as they pursued Moses and the Israelites. This Biblical account of Israel’s enslavement and miraculous escape from Egypt is not just a story – it is actual history!  So, why did G-d choose this Hebrew nation of slaves? What were His reasons for doing so? Is there a way we can know the answer to this question?

 

Israel – the ‘LEAST’ of all peoples!

 

The moment Pharaoh gave the order that all male Hebrew children were to be drowned at birth; he in effect sounded the death knell of the nation. How long can any nation or tribe survive under a regime like that? The Hebrew descendants of Abraham were doomed for the scrap-heap of history. Pharaoh had spoken, he had issued his orders and, as he had absolute power over life and death in Egypt, which clearly meant the death warrant of the Hebrew nation! At the most they might have lasted for maybe one generation, and the people of Israel would have vanished from the face of the earth. They would have disappeared without a trace and the world would never have known anything about their existence. The plain fact is that history itself would not have recorded them. After all they had not left their mark upon history then, unlike the Egyptians. The world still stands in awe of Egypt’s stupendous monuments, but that collection of simple Hebrew farming tribes in the Nile Delta had no monuments to bequeath to the world. Had they vanished off the map without leaving a trace, they certainly would not have been the only ones. Many tribes and nations have disappeared in the same way. The truth is that those Hebrew people were a tribe of captive slaves in bondage to their Egyptian masters. In the eyes of the then world they were nobodies. In effect, as slaves they were the lowest of the low, just a desert tribe of slaves. They had no culture, no real identity, and no country of their own. They had lost much of their language, possessed no literature of their own, had no military tradition, and they were utterly defenceless. Measured against the awesome might, culture and sophistication of Egypt they were a bunch of ‘no hopers’ without any future whatsoever. If their G-d had not previously made a covenant with their ancestral father Abraham they would not have survived their Egyptian experience. If their G-d had not ‘chosen’ them as a people for Himself, and if He had not pulled them out of there when He did, they would not have survived, and the world would have been none the wiser. This is the proper context in which to see Israel’s calling as G-d’s ‘chosen’ people. They were a lost cause and they therefore had nothing to be proud of. The reality is that it was no credit to them that they were ‘chosen’ by G-d. Moses makes this very point when he addresses the children of Israel in the book of Deuteronomy:

 

 “The Lord did not set His love on you because you were more in number than any other people, for YOU WERE THE LEAST OF ALL PEOPLES!” (Deuteronomy 7:7)

 

The prophet Ezekiel gives a further graphic illustration of the utter hopelessness of the fledgling nation:

 

“As for your nativity, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed in water to cleanse you; you were not rubbed with salt nor wrapped in swaddling cloths. No eye pitied you, to do any of these things for you, to have compassion on you; but you were thrown out into the open field, when you yourself were loathed on the day you were born. And when I passed by you were struggling in your own blood, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ Yes, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’”  (Ezekiel16:4-6)

 

It is clear from these words that G-d through His intervention saved the nation from certain annihilation. It is clear then that to be ‘chosen’ by God does not in any way imply any honour or special status of which one can be proud. On the contrary, when we understand that G-d chose the least of all peoples’, a people who were finished and who had no hope, there is really nothing to be proud of at all. In the second part of his passage Moses goes on to describe the other reason why G-d chose to rescue them from certain oblivion in Egypt:

 

“But because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt”

(Deuteronomy 7:6 & 8).

 

Thus the calling of Israel by G-D was for two reasons. First because of the covenant He had made with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Second because they were the least of all peoples with no chance of survival but for His Divine intervention.

 

The Twelve Tribes of Israel ratify their Covenant with God

 

The Hebrew descendants of Abraham escaped through the Red Sea into the land of Midian (Arabia – Genesis15:4,22 & Galatians 4:25). The entire Egyptian army in hot pursuit had been drowned before their very eyes. It was the experience of Israel’s Exodus from Egypt that left an indelible mark upon the Israelites. After all, their G-d, the G-d of their forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, had ‘personally’ intervened with ‘signs’ and ‘wonders’ and ‘mighty miracles’ to aid their escape from the iron grip of their Egyptian overlords. Moses, on G-d’s instruction, reminds them of this fact as he outlines the unique covenant relationship they are in. The monumental words are written in the book of Exodus 19:4-6, as follows:

 

“You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation”.

 

The people immediately gave their answer to the divine proposal by saying:

 

“All that the Lord has spoken we will do!” (Exodus 19:8).

 

Thus the people, the whole Hebrew nation, that is to say, every single one of the twelve tribes of Israel expressed their formal agreement to the divine covenant G-d had made with them, and thus the covenant was ratified. Those Israelites did not speak only for themselves, but in agreeing to this eternal covenant they bound all their descendants to it as well.

 

Were the Jews the only ones to be chosen?

 

It is very important to bear in mind that the whole nation comprised of twelve distinctive tribes agreed to accept the terms of the Sinai covenant. Notice, that Judah , alias the Jews, was merely one of twelve indivisual tribes standing there in solemn assembly before Mount Sinai . It was not just Judah alone who entered into that marriage covenant with the G-d of Israel . It has become a common misunderstanding, which assumes that the Jews constitute the whole nation of Israel. The reason for this is that, unlike the other tribes of Israel, the Jews are the only ones who have preserved their Israelite identity. Thus the Jews remained highly visible to the world, whereas the other Israel tribes after their captivity by the Assyrian Empire in 721BCE vanished into obscurity. Nevertheless, their descendants are alive and well today. They far outnumber their Jewish brothers by a factor of at least forty times, with their populations running into the hundreds of millions. These modern day descendants of the Lost House of Israel are to be found in the richest, most powerful ruling nations of the world. Remember, the covenant G-D made with Abraham? It contained the most astounding promises, and these promises were made unconditional and absolute for all of Abraham’s descendants through his son Isaac. This took place after Abraham had passed the ultimate test, having shown himself willing to sacrifice his only begotten son, and it is recorded for all time in the 1st Book of the Torah - Genesis 22:16-17-18:-

 

“By Myself have I sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son – blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. In your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.”

 

Notice, this eternal covenant promises that Abraham’s Israelite descendants will become an innumerable host of people, “as many as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore!” For those of us who have made a long and serious study of this subject, opinions as to the actual present day number of Israelite descendants of Abraham vary between 600 to a 1,000 million people. This surely is a vast company of people, which ties in perfectly with the Word of G-D in His infallible Torah. Judah entered into this divine covenant whilst standing shoulder to shoulder with all of his fellow Hebrew tribal brothers descended from the twelve sons of Jacob. All of their descendants today, irrespective of whether they recognise the fact or not, are part of G-d’s ‘chosen’ people.

 

Moses, as G-D’s chosen spokesman, then gives the Torah at Mount Sinai, which has since become commonly known as the Ten Words or Ten Commandments.

 

Ironically, the journey from Egypt to their Promised Land need only have taken them just eleven days. It is because the people rebelled against G-d and his servant Moses, through a lack of trust in G-d’s promises that they were to take forty years to achieve the same end. Thus the children of Israel ended up wandering through the desert for forty long and hard years, and it was during this time that the different tribes under the wise leadership of Moses became a cohesive national entity. Then under the subsequent leadership of Joshua they were able utterly to defeat the seven nations inhabiting the land promised to them by G-d through his special covenant with Abraham. Thus they conquered the land of Canaan, comprising the territory on both sides of the river Jordan, starting with the city of Jericho. These historical events took place approximately three and a half thousand years ago. After their successful conquest of the Promised Land, the twelve tribes each were allotted their own tribal territories in the new nation. For the next four centuries the nation is a theocracy ruled by a series of Judges appointed by the G-d of Israel.

 

What it means to be ‘Chosen’ by God

 

The Bible, which is Israel ’s unique history book, relates that after Samuel, the nation becomes the “United Kingdom of Israel under the respective reigns of King Saul, King David and King Solomon. It then records how the nation tragically splits into two separate kingdoms. Ten Tribes under the leadership of Jeroboam, a Prince of the Tribe of Ephraim, rebel against the Royal House of David to set up their own kingdom to the north of Jerusalem. This new nation retains the name Israel and eventually establishes its permanent capital in Samaria. This leaves the Kingdom of Judah in the south with Jerusalem as its capital. The northern Kingdom of Israel then turned away from true faith in the Holy and Invisible G-d of Israel, and went back to the worship of golden calves. From there they departed into wholesale paganism, witchcraft and the occult with terrible consequences, as the nation was invaded by the mighty Assyrian Empire, which took the entire nation into captivity. After three successive invasions by Assyria the Kingdom of Israel ceased to exist, as many of its people had either fled to other parts of the world, or were led as slaves to Assyria, where they were settled on the southern shores of both the Caspian and Black Seas.

 

G-d had sent them numerous prophets to remind them of their sacred covenant with Him, and to call them to repentance by warning them of what fate would befall them if they failed to do so. Countless warnings were ignored, and in the end the prophesies inevitably came to pass, and to all accounts and purposes the nation of Israel was no more. Yet, whilst the kingdom of Israel had ceased to exist, the people, literally millions of Israelites were still very much around. Over time, as the centuries passed by, those same Israelites became acclimatised and assimilated and eventually lost their identity. They have since been referred to as the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel, nevertheless G-d knew at all times where they were, and He has never lost sight of them. It was His purpose that they become lost in the first place, so that they would spread to the four corners of the world, to enable them to become a blessing to all the nations in the last days, just as He had promised Abraham, their ancestral father. It was His purpose also that they forget their Israelite ancestry and remain hidden as His chosen people until today. Now however the day and the time have arrived when the veil which Hashem, the King of the Universe, has placed over the face of His people Israel must be removed.

 

The point about being chosen by G-d is that His people are expected to live by His standards. The Sovereign Ruler and King of Creation clearly laid out His standards in His Torah. This is the very covenantal agreement Israel entered into at Mount Sinai. The rules are very simple; obedience to the covenant brings abundant blessings, whereas, disobedience brings a dire absence of blessings. This is what it means to be chosen.

 

Jews have borne the brunt of suffering for being the ‘chosen’ people

 

In reality, it is because of the ‘spiritual’ commission the Jews have been given by G-d, and the fact that they alone (unlike their Israelite brethren of the Lost House of Israel) have born the mantle of being G-d’s ‘chosen’ people, that they have suffered so much persecution. Throughout the history of the world the Jews have been the most abused and kicked-around race of people on the earth. The ultimate reason is that the world hates the ‘Spiritual Realm of G-d’, and it is for this reason also that the world hates the Jews. The world cannot stand the concept that the Jews are the ‘chosen’ people of G-d, and they are simply jealous of the fact. We have already seen that part of the reason they were chosen was because they were the ‘least’ of all people. Thus they were not chosen because they were special; instead they have become special because they were chosen. That G-d should make a covenant with ‘one’ people in itself is considered an affront to man. It is just not politically correct to say so! It is considered by the liberal, aggressively secular, political elites of this world tantamount to racism, and an insult to the rest of mankind. For instance, can you imagine what the United Nations would have to say about it? A popular Jewish saying goes: “So, who asked to be chosen?” It is true they did not ask to be chosen, yet the Jewish people simply know from their four thousand years of experience that they are G-d’s ‘chosen’ people. The Jewish cynic will say: “I wish G-d had chosen somebody else because it has brought us nothing but pain”. Whereas it cannot be denied that it has brought them a lot of grief, but it has also given them many blessings, and it is an awesome privilege and exceptional honour to be ‘chosen’ of G-d.

 

A most important point to remember here is that the Jews were not the only ones who were ‘chosen’ by G-d into a special covenant. As we have already stated, we must not forget that the ten tribes of Israel – those missing sons of Abraham - were also ‘chosen’ of G-d. The question is: Where are the people of that lost Kingdom of Israel today? Where are these missing tribes of Israel? What has become of them? Surely, with all our sophistication and knowledge today, we ought to be able to find them?

 

The sole ‘Sign’ that identifies the ‘chosen’ people

 

Sadly, the Israelite nations are not aware of their true ancestry, as the Lost House of Israel. They do not know who they are. They have forgotten their origins and they think of themselves as Gentiles when in truth they are Israelites. They are ignorant of their Israelite roots, and so is the rest of the world. The reason they have lost the knowledge of their ancient origins is because they departed from the G-d of Israel and, especially, because THEY LOST THE ONE “SIGN” THAT WOULD HAVE IDENTIFIED THEM! This sign is mentioned in the Book of Exodus 31:12-13 & 17. . . .

 

“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: ‘Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a SIGN between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you . . . . It is a SIGN between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.’ ”

 

Notice that G-D is here speaking to all the children of Israel. He is not just addressing the tribe of Judah, absolutely not, as He is commanding the whole Hebrew nation to observe His Sabbaths. This is the reason the Israelite nations have lost the knowledge of who they are. They failed to keep G-d’s seventh day Sabbaths, which was the One and Only Sign that would have identified them as G-d’s own covenant people. At the same time the reason the Jewish people have never lost their identity as G-d’s chosen people is because, ever since they came out of their Babylonian captivity, they have been faithful to G-d’s Sabbaths. Their Sabbath has become known in the world at large as ‘the Jewish Sabbath’. It is G-d’s seventh day Sabbath that has more than anything else identified the Jews as ‘G-d’s chosen people’ and as ‘the people of the Covenant’. Being identified to the whole world by the sign of the Sabbath has come at a terrible price for the Jews. We can fairly say that the House of Israel has had it easy when compared to their brothers of the House of Judah, who being identified as G-d’s chosen people have had it very hard indeed. The other tribes of Israel should have great respect for Judah, as despite continual persecution, rejection and hardship, they have held to their Torah, that is to say the ‘teaching and instruction’ of their G-d, regardless of all the suffering it has brought them.

 

So, again the question is: Where are those other tribes of Israel? Where are these missing sons of Abraham, who have so mysteriously vanished in the mists of time and history? Surely, there must be a way whereby this mystery can be unveiled?

 

An exciting quest for ancient secrets

Our premise is that the English-speaking peoples are indeed the offspring of Israel . For the researcher who is prepared in principle to accept the premise that the origin of the British and the American peoples maybe Israelite, all the long hidden secrets of history will progressively unlock themselves. For the open-minded student, the evidence of the Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, and the coastal areas of North-western Europe ’s nations’ Israelite origins will soon become overwhelming. The whole exercise has the potential of becoming the most exciting quest full of wonderful discovery, as the most inspiring and rewarding secrets of our past history are unveiled before your very eyes.

 

The truth is that the history of Great Britain and America, and the other nations of Israelite origin are so much “greater” than anyone could possibly think of or imagine! The key to a successful search is to start from the right place. That place is the acceptance that it could just be true that the Anglo-Saxon and Celtic peoples have indeed descended from the ancient tribes of Israel. Let’s face it, if you reject the idea out of hand, you will never discover the truth anyway. Once you have accepted the possibility and start your research, you will find the signs and the proofs tend to multiply, until they become an avalanche of biblical and historical evidence that leaves you utterly convinced. The realisation of this knowledge will be a life changing experience, as nothing will ever be the same again. Why is this so?  Simply, because, for the first time in your life – you will finally understand your true origins! It really does make a big difference, as it will give you a completely new perspective of what and who you really are. Just think – you might be an Israelite!

 

P.S. If you do indeed discover your Israelite origins, as a son of Abraham you will need to revisit Mount Sinai, where your forefathers entered into that covenant, and speaking on your behalf, said: “All that the Lord has spoken we will do!” In plain English this means that you will have to divest yourself of your religious traditions, and embrace the Torah with your whole heart by living by G-d’s own standards.  (Exodus 19:8).

 

 

Stephen J Spykerman

Mount Ephraim Publishing  

 

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