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Introduction

It is God that created the nation of Israel. He is the same God that divided the Red Sea, parted the Jordan River, smashed the walls of Jericho, and plagued the mightiest nation on the face of the earth—the Egyptians—because Pharaoh would not give freedom to God’s people: the children of Israel. How is it, then, that the apple of God’s eye—a nation that He both established and resurrected in 1948 according to the prophetic Scriptures—can seek to establish its own peace and security in these troubled times without returning to these same Holy writings to determine whether God has provided the security needed for Israel 2,500 years before she has experienced the threats of today to the land?

 This book is written entirely from Old Testament Scriptures, which have been validated as being accurate by the Dead Sea Scrolls[1]. The book simply traces the promises that God made to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, Joseph, Sarah, Rebekah and Hagar. It then establishes from the writings of numerous Hebrew prophets which prophecies have been fulfilled, where their fulfillment can be found in the world today, and what is yet to be fulfilled—for the sole purpose of making a determination of where the Israel of today is on God’s prophetic clock as is revealed in the Bible, itself.

 Established on the pages to follow, totally from the writings of Moses and the other Hebrew[2] prophets, is that God has promised Israel a season of great material prosperity and peace for the days in which we now live, if she only meets one condition. But, in order to reach this season of abundance, the Jews of the tribe of Judah must come to the realization—however reluctantly—that all of the promises that God has made to Israel He will honor and faithfully execute; are promises that He has given to a Hebrew nation, and not to one that is exclusively Jewish.

Abraham is Hebrew And Not Jewish

 One of the critical points of this book is that Abraham was Hebrew[3], and not Jewish; and all of the seed of Abraham through Isaac are Hebrews. Every Hebrew alive on the earth today is a full heir to all of the provisions and promises of the Abrahamic Covenant, including the right to possess the land of Canaan. But, only a relatively few of the Hebrew natural seed of Abraham, through Isaac, are the Jewish heirs of these promises: who presently and therefore rightfully occupy the land of Israel.

 The first Bible reference to a “Hebrew” is used of Abram in Genesis 14:13…”Abram the Hebrew”. God changes Abram’s name to Abraham (Genesis 17:5). His covenants of promise are to flow through Abraham’s son of promise, Isaac; and Isaac’s son, Jacob: whose name God also changes to Israel (Genesis 32:28). Israel had 12 sons. The 12 sons of Israel unquestionably became the 12 tribes of the nation of Israel.

 One of Israel’s sons, Joseph, is described as being a Hebrew (Genesis 39:14, 17 and 41:19). Joseph refers to himself as a Hebrew from the "land of the Hebrews" (Genesis 40:15). His brothers are referred to as Hebrews (Genesis 43:32). The midwives of the house of Jacob[4] (or children of Israel[5]) while in Egyptian bondage are called Hebrews (Exodus 1:15 and 17). The Israelite women giving birth also described as Hebrews by Moses’ sister, Miriam (Exodus 1:19). She calls these new mothers “Hebrews”, even though Moses was of the tribe of Levi (Genesis 2:1-7).

 When Moses was grown, he became grieved to the point of murder when he saw an Egyptian attacking one of his Hebrew brethren (Exodus 2:11 and 12). Moses gave repeated testimony of his relationship to the Lord God of the Hebrews (Exodus 3:18; 5:3; 7:16; 9:1 and 10:3). Forty years later, after God had delivered the children of Israel from Egyptian bondage, Moses gave the people commandments from God concerning the purchase of a Hebrew slave (Exodus 21:2); which Moses reiterated after 40 years in the wilderness (Deuteronomy 15:12). Jeremiah confirmed this commandment during the times of a divided kingdom, after the 10 tribes had been carried into  Assyrian captivity (Jeremiah 34:9 and 14). Jonah also referred to himself as a Hebrew (Jonah 1:9).

 The point of all of this is that the covenant and promises that God gave Abraham must be fulfilled in a Hebrew nation, and not one that is solely Jewish. I give deference and honor to the Jews of the world for their struggles and sufferings over the centuries in many lands, as well as to the nation of Israel. I lift up to God the destinies of each. No one, however, can fairly and honestly trace the Abrahamic Covenant to its natural seed, without realizing that—all Jews are Hebrews, but not all Hebrews are Jews.

 This book is not anti-Israel or anti-Jewish. On the contrary, its sole purpose is to remind Israel and Jews of the world that Israel's present deliverance is already written in the Hebrew Scriptures. As a Christian, one thing that I have learned about Jehovah, and about His Jewish Son who is my God, Jesus (Yeshua ben Yosef / Yeshua ben David), is that no person or nation can receive anything that is not first given by God. A man can receive nothing except it be given him from heaven[7]. An individual or nation that seeks to secure by human means what God has not promised will add multiplied grief and sorrows to any self-generated "blessing".

 Israel’s PROMISED Season Of Great Prosperity And Peace

 There is a season of great material prosperity and peace that is now within grasp of Israel and its people that is hidden in the words of Ezekiel 38.

 Ezekiel 38:8-14[8] After many days thou shalt be visited: in the latter years thou shalt come into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people, against the mountains of Israel, which have been always waste: but it is brought forth out of the nations, and they shall dwell safely all of them. the land of unwalled villages … that dwell safelydwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates … the desolate places that are now inhabited, and upon the people that are gathered out of the, which have gotten cattle and goods, that dwell in the midst of the land silver and gold cattle and goods … a great spoil ... Thus saith the Lord God; In that day when my people of Israel dwelleth safely. shalt thou not know it?

 But, this prosperity and peace, as well as the solution to the Palestinian issues that have plagued Israel since 1948, is not dependant upon the recognition of Israel as an “all-Jewish state”—by the Arabs or the world—for Jehovah has nowhere promised an all-Jewish state to the tribe of Judah.

 Israel’s PATHWAY TO Great Prosperity And Peace

Prophetically, then, by the authority of the Hebrew Bible, the prerequisite for entering this season of abundance is for Israel and its Jewish people to return to the destiny that God has foreordained for this time—which is that the “stick of Joseph which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows” to be joined with the “stick of Judah”, as “one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel” (Ezekiel 37:15-22).

 Ezekiel 37:15  The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,  16  Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions [a remnant of all the children of Israel that are mingled with the Jews of Israel]: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions [Ephraim is in the presence of the house of Israel, which is the 10 tribes carried into Assyrian captivity]:  17  And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand. 18  And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?  19  Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim [and has become a multitude of nations in the middle of the earth], and the tribes of Israel his fellows [Ephraim has been joined with the 10 tribes of Israel—in the middle of the earth], and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah [the Jews of Israel], and make them one stick [one nation], and they shall be one in mine hand. 20 And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes. 21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel [Ephraim and the 10 tribes] from among the heathen [Ephraim is in the nations with a lost identity], whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land: 22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king [prime minister for now; Messiah later] shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.

 These promises of God are immutable. Joseph and Ephraim were not, are not, and will never be Jewish in their ethnicity. They are the son and grandson of Jacob, the Hebrew; and are full-blooded heirs to the Covenant that God made with Abraham. Joseph, over the years, has become a company of nations in the middle of the earthwhose people are as the dust of the earth, stars of heaven, and sand of the sea.

Established By The Counsels Of Heaven

       What we will find in the pages that follow, taken entirely from Hebrew Old Testament Scriptures, is both a revelation and an understanding that Moses and the other Hebrew prophets have clearly revealed that:

n  Abraham was Hebrew and not Jewish, So were Isaac, Jacob (who God named Israel), Joseph and Moses.

n  God changed Jacob's name to Israel. The 12 sons of Israel became the 12 tribes of Israel.

n  Israel always has been and always will be a Hebrew nation.

n  All of the descendants of the twelve tribes of Israel are Hebrews. They are all heirs according to each of the promises that God gave to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.

n  All Jews are Hebrews; but not all Hebrews are Jews—and all Hebrews are of the nation of Israel.

n  Rebekah has become the mother of billions of Hebrews: the vast multitude of which are hidden somewhere on the earth. These unseen Hebrews are not Jewish, Arab or Christian.

n  The natural descendants of Abraham through Isaac have been given a perpetual right to possess the land of Canaan. This right of possession proceeds from Adonai-Jehovah, the God of Israel. The Lord God of Israel swore by Himself, while standing in blood, His Covenant to Abraham to give him and his offspring the land of Canaan / Palestine / Israel forever.

n  These promises of God concerning the land of Israel are given to Abraham and flow through Isaac and Jacob, and not Ishmael, Esau nor the sons of Abraham and Keturah.

n  All of the descendants of each of the 12 tribes of Israel have the same right to possess the land of Israel, no matter where they are to be found in the world today, and irrespective of whether, at this writing, they have the knowledge that they are Hebrew.

n  The natural descendants of Abraham through Isaac has already blessed all of the families of the earth.

n  Both the birthright and the blessing of Abraham were given by Jehovah to Joseph, and not Judah.

n  Ephraim,  the youngest son of Joseph, is the firstborn.

n  The greater manifestation of Joseph’s birthright and blessing is to be found in the descendants of Ephraim, and secondly in those of Manasseh.

n  Ephraim and Manasseh are to be called by the name of Israel.

n  Ephraim and Manasseh—unto this day—are also to be known as sons of Abraham and Isaac. They are full-blood heirs to the Abrahamic Covenant.

n  Ephraim, through his descendants, has become a strong company of nations in the middle of the earth. The are a numberless multitude of people who are as the dust of the earth, stars of heaven, and sand of the sea.

n  Manasseh has become a great people, whose descendants are also in the middle of the earth.

n  Ephraim has expanded ("pushed the people") to the ends of the earth the Hebrew children of Israel, carrying the blessing of Joseph that is upon them. His descendants have done so without knowing his true identity as a Hebrew people.

n  Ephraim (and possibly Manasseh) shall possess, or have possessed, the gate [gateway] of his [or their] enemies.

n  There is gargantuan blessing in the area of land that is the “top of the head” or crown[9] of the parcel of land given by Joshua to the tribe of Ephraim. This parcel of grown lies in an area of the West Bank designated as a proposed Palestinian state. 

n  Although Ephraim has lost his identity as Hebrew, in the latter years he will come alive to his lineage and claim his inheritance in Israel.

n  It is time on God’s prophetic calendar for the Jews of Israel to allow their Creator to re-join the "stick of Joseph" with the "stick of Judah", in order to combine these two branches of the house of Jacob back into one nation upon the mountains of Israel, in fulfillment of the prophecy of Ezekiel 37:15-22.

n  The stick [heirs] of Joseph is to be found in the hand [descendants] of Ephraim.

n  God has never promised an "all Jewish nation" to the tribe of Judah, or to the nation of Israel.

n  In order to align Israel with the center of God’s revealed will, it is the prophetic season and time for the Jewish leadership and people of Israel, and Jews across the world, to recognize that as a Hebrew nation God is requiring that all of the descendants of the 12 tribes of Jacob be encouraged to return to the land of Israel, in fulfillment of Ezekiel 37.

n  Such an invitation to return requires both the leadership and people of Israel, as well as Jews around the world, to invest the time, energy, and resources to locate Ephraim (and Manasseh)—who vastly outnumber the entire population of Israel as well as all of the Arab nations put together—and invite their brethren back into the land, as is repeatedly prophesied in the Holy Scriptures written by God's Hebrew prophets.

n  To return the nation to the revealed will of God by the pen of these Hebrew prophets is no threat to the viability of Israel as a Hebrew nation, for the scepter—the right to rule—was not given to Joseph or to his descendants, but is to remain with Judah until Shiloh ( the Messiah) comes; and finally that

n  The fulfillment of Ezekiel 37—that Joseph and Ephraim will be joined again with Judah back into one nation—appears to be the last prerequisite to the building of the third temple. I submit, God will not allow Herod’s temple of a Jewish nation to be reconstructed, but only Solomon’s temple of a unified Hebrew nation of 12 tribes will be resurrected on the Temple Mount. There Abraham offered Isaac; and there David purchased the land from Araunah the Jebusite[10] in order to " ... build and alter unto the Lord ...".

 

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[1] All of the books of the Old Testament have been found and validated as almost identical to the Hebrew texts we have today, except for the Book of Ester which is yet to be discovered.

[2] We do not know the tribes of all of the prophets. Moses, Ezra, Nathan, Jeremiah, Ezekiel and maybe Zechariah were priests of the tribe of Levi. David and Solomon were of the tribe of Judah. Joshua and Samuel were of Ephraim. Hosea is reported to be from either Ruben or Issachar; and Nahum came from the area that is now Iraq.

[3] Hebrew, from eber, meaning across or from the opposite side. Every reference to a Hebrew in the Bible is a reference to a nation whose roots are from the other side of the Euphrates River.

[4] The “house of Jacob” in the Bible is always a reference to the 12 tribes of Jacob, who God named “Israel”.

[5] The term “children of Israel” is: (1) sometimes a reference to the 12 tribes of Jacob (the whole house of Israel); (2) sometimes to the 10 tribes of the northern kingdom of Israel after the reign of David and Solomon; and (3) sometimes represents the “house of Judah” (the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, together with a representative sample of the other 10 tribes who stayed with Judah after the kingdom was divided)—and even after the relatively small number of Israelites (mainly Jews) returned to the land after 70 years of Babylonian captivity, under the rebuilding programs of Ezra and Nehemiah.

The best method that I have found to determine which group is referenced by the terms “children of Israel”, or “all Israel” is to gain an understanding of the passage under consideration—at the time it was given, and to its primary initial recipient(s)—and to read it as if the same statement was uttered by a television news broadcaster over the nightly news on the same day … as most of us believe everything we hear on the evening news in localized media talk.

[6] In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul describes himself as a “Jew born in Tarsus” (Acts 22:3); and “of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews” (Philippians 3:5). He also describes himself as a “Hebrew … Israelite … the seed of Abraham” in 2 Corinthians 11:22.

[7] John 3:27.

[8] Ezekiel 38 and 39 also describe further attacks against the nation of Israel, but which result in devastating losses for its aggressors. What is generally glossed over by the readers of these chapters, however, is the prosperity and wealth that these invaders are coming to plunder that provoke these attacks. Israel is doing very good economically these days, but not like what is described by a more careful reading of Ezekiel 38.

[9] The area of the crown is adjacent to the city of Nābulus [biblical Shechem] and Mount Ebal.

[10] Genesis 10:16; and 2 Samuel 24:18-25. 

© 2011 Walter James Taylor

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