Ah, fishing and hunting, two very popular sports diversions to help the working man or woman escape the stresses of everyday life. They are also good survival skills too. Fishing is the easiest, but hunting sometimes can be a little more difficult. We can also see this difficulty in relation to the captivity of Israel, which of course, precipitated the dispersion of Israel and Judah throughout Asia and Europe.
In my previous series of sermons, we traced much history about the migrations of Israel. The armies of Tiglath-Pileser III, Shalmaneser V, Sargon II, Esarhaddon, Sennacherib, and Nebuchadnezzar, found that their attack upon Israel was sometimes easy, much as a fishing net would easily capture large amounts of fish. On the other hand, there were times when the invader, as a hunter after his prey, would have to seek out those people who had hidden from him in the mountains and caves or other places.
In the Scripture reading, Israel is in foreign and desolate lands, yet Yahweh is leading her and using mountain valleys as highways as they continue to migrate to the west and into Europe. “They shall feed in the ways, and their pastures shall be in all high places. They shall not hunger nor thirst; neither shall the heat nor sun smite them: for he that hath mercy on them shall lead them, even by the springs of water shall he guide them” (v. 9-10). God said He would not forget Israel – He provided for them a large enough place to live. “Give ear to the word of the Lord, O you nations, and give news of it in the sea-lands far away, and say, He who has sent Israel wandering will get him together and will keep him as a keeper does his flock” (Jer. 31:10, BBE).
Looking back, we have covered the early migrations of Israelites, then migrations after the divided kingdom: first Israel, then the final blow to Judah – the destruction and captivity of Jerusalem. This is the last lesson of the series tracing further significant migrations of Israel (now not known by that name) throughout Europe and Asia Minor (500-64 B.C.).
What a picture Isaiah gives in these last two verses of our reading! “O nation full of sin: a people weighted down with crime; a generation of evil-doers; children that deal corruptly; have forsaken Yahweh, and give no thought to God.” [my paraphrase]
Isaiah was one of the prophets to the southern kingdom of Judah. In chapter two, he further elaborates on the sinful condition of God’s people (the topic of the first five chapters):
“O family of Jacob, come, and let us go in the light of the Lord [The prophet calls them to repentance – A return to Yahweh]. For you, O Lord, have given up your people, the family of Jacob, because they are full of the evil ways of the east, and make use of secret arts like the Philistines, and are friends with the children of strange countries. And their land is full of silver andgold, and there is no end to their stores; their land is full of horses, and there is no end to their carriages. Their land is full of images; they give worship to the work of their hands, even to that which their fingers have made.” – Isaiah 2:5-8, BBE
Perhaps we should take note of these things listed, many of which sounds exactly like America or any other modern country:
Most of the judeo-Christian world has heard very little about the captivities of ancient Israel. Most of their pastors are aware of the split of the kingdom of Israel resulting in the northern kingdom of Israel and the southern kingdom of Judah. They are also aware of the captivity of each of these kingdoms. However, since little is known, much is left to speculation and assumption. Few of them, and likewise their followers, are aware of the magnitude of the captivities and migrations of Israel and Judah. They assume [My response in brackets]:
The population of Israel was relatively small, maybe in the thousands. [Actually, Israel was in the millions. According to I Chronicles 21:5, King David (about 1010 B.C.) could field over a million and a half men! This number did not include women, children, elderly or the maimed. We can only imagine how massive the total population was at the time.]
Since Israel and Judah were in “captivity”, the impression is that they were penned up somewhere as if in a jail. [Actually, they were “captive” i.e., “in bondage to” another king.]
Since they were “captive”, certainly they could not have gone anywhere unless set free. [There is no concept of a migration.]
That most of the Israelites simply died off. [A violation of God’s promise to Abraham.“They shall fear thee as long as the sun and moon endure, throughout all generations.” – Ps. 72:5, etc.]
“Now these are the generations of the sons of Noah, Shem, Ham, and Japheth: and unto them were sons born after the flood. The sons of Japheth; Gomer, and Magog, and Madai, and Javan, and Tubal, and Meshech, and Tiras. And the sons of Gomer; Ashkenaz, and Riphath, and Togarmah. And the sons of Javan; Elishah, and Tarshish, Kittim, and Dodanim. By these [men] were the isles of the Gentiles [nations] divided in their lands; every one after his tongue, after their families, in their nations.”
Currently, the adult Sunday School class of the Fellowship of God’s Covenant People is studying from Dr. Lawrence Blanchard’s “Bible Mastery Boot Camp”. This video training program is based upon his Covenant Heritage Series of books, one of which is Book Two, Identifying Biblical Israel Today.
This lesson will be the first of a series of sermons that will glean some of the information that Dr. Blanchard has provided in Book Two, Section One: “Tracing the Migrations of the Israelites.” In this way, many who follow us on the web site can receive some of the benefits of the “Bible Mastery Boot Camp”, at least in the form of a summary or abbreviated version of it. We certainly endorse brother Blanchard’s work; and recommend that as many as are able to take full advantage of the “Bible Mastery Boot Camp”.
Genesis chapter ten lists how the nations were divided by the descendants of Noah. Noah had three sons: Japheth, Ham, and Shem. We read in our Scripture the list of Japheth. Verse 6 begins the list from Ham, and verse 21 begins the list from Shem. After each of these lists, the Scripture repeats, “…after their tongues, in their lands, after their nations” (or a close variation). Our reading of verse 5 was no different, except for the mention of the “isles”; or, as some translations say, “coastlands”, “sea-lands”, or “coastal peoples”, which is also appropriate. In this lesson, I want to talk about some of these isles.
An example of the importance of one’s identity is found in a Will or Trust. This is exactly the point of the Holy Scriptures! The Bible is divided into two sections, the Old Testament and the New Testament. A Testament is a Will that names certain beneficiaries. This point is never brought up in Bible colleges, yet this should be the context of any serious Bible lesson. No one seems to take seriously the proper nouns and pronouns used in the Scriptures, nor the names of the beneficiaries. Is this not crazy? This should be the first question to ask when interpreting Scripture – what is the context and to whom is the Bible written? The Bible is a Testament or Covenant so we should see it as a Last Will and Testament from God to His covenant people.
Our Scripture reading contains much we could talk about...
Our Scripture reading is a summation of God’s love story: Yahweh God is the Husband and Israel is the bride. There is a lot of Scripture in this lesson; but I felt it necessary, for the judeo-Christian world does not seem to be aware that such verses exist; and if they do, they are ignored.
If you were to ask the typical judeo-Christian to complete the phrase, “God is a God of ________,” nine times out of ten they would complete it with the word “love.” In this story, Yahweh is cast as the God of love. God’s love has been so often talked about in Christian circles that they really have a lopsided view of God’s character; and they do not know the love of God as well as they think they do. The purpose of this story is to reveal the true, one and only, object of God’s love. Only then, can one truly appreciate the love of God and how it is shown in your life.
This sermon will not be a study of the Book of Revelation. There is much symbolism and controversy regarding the meaning of the book. Of course, it depicts the great struggle between good and evil. The chasm between the good and the evil continues to grow larger. America needs a racial revelation to dissuade us from the current trend.
There are the various views of interpreting the book: Preterism, Historicism, Futurism, Idealism; and there are various combinations and mixtures of these systems of thought. Because there is controversy surrounding the book does not mean we should not read it. In fact, it is the only book in the Bible that grants a blessing to those who read, hears, and keeps the things written in it. That alone gives us more reason to take notice of this book.
The book of Hebrews was written during the last half of the first century. We do not know for sure who wrote this Epistle. The mention of Timothy (Heb. 13:23) has led some to think that Paul or one of his associates wrote it. Our friend, Bill Fink, an Internet C. I. teacher at Christogenea.com, believes Paul did write it.
The church of Alexandria appears to have been the first to consider that Hebrews was written by Paul or reflected his thought. Clement of Alexandria (c. A.D. 150-215) named Paul as the author and that he wrote it in Hebrew, but argued that Luke translated it into Greek. Origen (c. A.D. 185-253) concluded that the thoughts were of Paul but that the phraseology and composition were those of someone who was recalling the apostle’s teaching (e.g., Clement of Rome, Luke, or Priscilla). Most say it was written during the last half of the first century.
The Jamison, Fausset, Brown Commentary also believes Paul wrote it:
“The writer, though not inscribing his name, was well known to those addressed (Heb 13:19). For proofs of Paul being the author, see my Introduction. In the Pauline method, the statement of subject and the division are put before the discussion; and at the close, the practical follows the doctrinal portion. The ardor of Spirit in this Epistle, as in First John, bursting forth at once into the subject (without prefatory inscription of name and greeting), the more effectively strikes the hearers. The date must have been while the temple was yet standing, before its destruction, A.D. 70; some time before the martyrdom of Peter, who mentions this Epistle of Paul (2Pe 3:15, 3:16); at a time when many of the first hearers of the Lord were dead.” –JFB
As to who the Book of Hebrews was written to, there is plenty of confusion in judeo-Christianity.
This is the last of the series related to Paul as a Christian Identity Apostle. The Epistles to the Ephesians, Philippians, Colossians and Philemon are known as the “letters of Paul’s imprisonment” (at Caesarea and Rome). Today we will cover three of these letters: Ephesians, Philippians, and Colossians. There is a lot of Scripture in this lesson. It will not be a complete theological exposition of each book, but rather, areas of these letters as they relate to the racial issue. The purpose of this series is to explain C. I. basics to the judeo-Christian, because their churches will not touch the race issue with a ten-foot pole.
After church last week, we went out for lunch, which we often do as a time of fellowship (or communion) with our racial brethren. One of the waitresses noticed the service dog with our group and so a discussion of dog breeds developed. I thought to myself, that people naturally will discuss breeding among animals; but if one were to discuss the subject within the human realm, it would usually be rejected as ‘not relevant’ or not the same. But of course, it is the same because it is about life and genetics and that is common to all living organisms. And so, we continue in this series to examine Paul’s statements that relate to race.
In our Scripture reading of Galatians, we saw that, “God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, that he might redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons” (Gal. 4:4-5). Jesus, the Son of God, was born of a woman of our race, which makes Him an exclusive kinsman Redeemer. He did not redeem all races. Thayer defines ‘adoption’ as: “that relationship which God was pleased to establish between himself and the Israelites in preference to all other nations.”
Then our Scripture further says, “…and if a son, then an heir through God” (Gal. 4:7). What a wonderful thought, that we are literally sons and daughters; and therefore heirs through our God. This is a racial relationship.
In our last lesson, we saw a brief sketch of history surrounding Paul; and quite a few quotes from prominent church fathers and historians proving that the Apostle Paul traveled into Europe, including the Britannic Isles. Picking up where we left off, I want to continue some of this history with a quote from Sheldon Emry’s book, Paul and Joseph of Arimathea.
Rome Declares War on Christianity
A quote from Chapter 10 of The Drama of the Lost Disciples shows how rapidly Christianity was accepted in northern Europe. On page 89: "The Holy Crusade had spread so rapidly from Avalon to beyond the seas that Rome was so disturbed it could no longer ignore the challenge to its own pagan policies and imperial security. In the year A.D. 42 Claudius, Emperor of the Romans, issued the fateful decree to destroy Christian Britain, man, woman, and child, and its great institutions and burn its libraries. To this purpose Claudius equipped the largest and most efficient army ever sent by Rome to conquer a foe and led by its most able generals."
PAUL, CHRISTIAN IDENTITY APOSTLE: History Surrounding Paul
by James N. Jester
April 14, 2019
Scripture Reading: Acts 26:1-7, Paul’s Defense Before Agrippa
In the previous lesson (part 4) on Paul the Christian Identity apostle, we ended with the apostle in jail at Caesarea. Paul was still in the process of shaking off his jewish indoctrination as a Pharisee.
Our scripture reading is the beginning of Paul’s defense before king Agrippa during his two-year stay at Caesarea. He has finally shed his judeo brainwashing. No longer does he call himself a “Jew” (Pharisee), but now proclaims “our twelve tribes.” He now understands the Jewish problem just as Jesus and John understood it. Jews are not Israelites and Israelites are not jews. Yet most of the church world thinks they are the same, and they think the children of the devil (as Jesus called them) are the “chosen of God.” What absurdity and embarrassment this is from anyone who claims the name of “Christian”.
PAUL, CHRISTIAN IDENTITY APOSTLE: Shaking off Judaism
by James N. Jester
April 7, 2019
Scripture Reading: Acts 9:1-15 ISV
Someone has said, “The greatest weapon in the world is the truth.” This is why the Fellowship of God’s Covenant People does what it does. We administer the truth. Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth and the life.”
Winston Churchill said, “The truth is often guarded by a wall of lies.” In his case, he should know for he told many lies to support what he called ‘the truth.’ But the statement, I believe, is certainly true when it comes to the theology of present day Christendom under the curse of judeo-Christianity. So we want to further clarify the scriptural teachings concerning race from the New Testament perspective.
In our last lesson “Getting to First Base,” we found that race was the foundational context of the Bible via the authority of the words of our Lord, Jesus Christ. In this lesson, we will see that the racial foundation of Scripture continues with the ministry of the Apostle Paul, the first Christian Identity Apostle. The text of our last lesson, “…salvation is of the jews,” (Jn. 4:22), St. Paul knew well, for he was steeped in Judaism and often referred to himself as a “Jew.” It appears he had quite a struggle in deprogramming himself out of Judaism to become a great leader of Christian doctrine. Most of us too have had a similar struggle.
In the last sermon (lesson 2 of the series) we looked at the major scriptural identifying marks of Israel. In so doing, we also discovered that the ethnic group known as the “Jews” does not in any manner coincide with their claim that they are the “chosen of God.”
In this sermon, we want to prove from the New Testament that the Bible is a racial book. The reason for looking to the N. T. is because most judeo-Christians will not accept the Old Testament, especially if it pertains to racial statements – they simply want to brush off such statements with responses like, “that’s O. T. and Jesus changed all that; we don’t need it anymore.”
In our opening text, “salvation is of the Jews” (Jn. 4:22), Jesus is speaking to the Samaritan woman about the proper way to worship God. She had mentioned “this mountain,” which was the Mt. Gerizim temple. This is where the mixed race Samaritan’s worshipped ‘Baal’ for over 400 years, and at this time was in ruins. There were two locations (Dan and Bethel) in the former northern kingdom of Israel. When Jesus appeared at this time in history, Judea was becoming a “melting pot.” This temple was the forerunner of universalism and Roman Catholicism. The pure race Judeans worshipped at the temple in Jerusalem. What is the lesson?