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Book Excerpt - The Blind Man's Elephant

The Genesis Birthright 2, The Blind Man’s Elephant

[Editor’s Note: We’ve all heard the expression that history repeats itself. And for both the House of Israel, the Christian nations, and the House of Judah, those Jews descended from Judah, and not from Edom, our modern day Zionists, our record of note is the Biblical record. As Paul pointed out to Timothy, “And that from a child you have known the holy scriptures, which are able to make you wise unto salvation through faith, which is in Christ Jesus.” [2 Tim. 3:15]. The scriptures, the Biblical record is there for us to make us wise unto salvation. When unheeded, however, we are made foolish unto damnation. The prophecies of Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Daniel, Micah as well as those of the apostles including the book of Revelation all provide us with pertinent knowledge regarding our current day situation. A look back at our history can help us decipher the path we are choosing: salvation or damnation.]

During the 200 years after the Solomon’s death, the House of Israel went from good to bad. Real bad. In 732 BC, the House of Israel, all ten nations were taken captive by the Assyrian king Tiglath-pileser as part of his emerging Assyrian Empire that was the precursor to the Babylonian empire. “In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglath-pileser king of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abel-beth-maachah, and Janoah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali [where Christ began his ministry], and carried them captive to Assyria.”

The important fact is that the House of Israel was divorced from God and ceased to be an heir according to the Genesis Birthright given to Israel. They were disinherited. And their national identity was gone.

The ten divorced nations were scattered among the strangers of the Assyrian Empire. They no longer had any claim to the birthright Isaac passed to Israel. We come to another quantum point. The Genesis Birthright, the blessings passed down by Isaac therefore remained solely with the House of Judah. Edom made a prophetic vow to slay his brother Israel and get back the birthright. Edom’s task was now made much easier. With the ten nations of the House of Israel out of the way, written out of the will as it were, only the House of Judah, the Jews, stood between Edom and his prophetic desire. [We find ourselves in nearly an identical situation today. However, it’s mainly the Arab nations that stand in the way of Edom].

Were it not for the promises given by God to Israel and David, Edom could have walked right back into the birthright. For the House of Judah was just as idolatrous, if not more so, as her sister, the House of Israel. Let’s take a moment to read about what the House of Judah was doing. God told the prophet Jeremiah [Jer. 7] to go stand in the gate of the LORD’s house, to tell all the people of Judah that have come there to worship:

“Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, amend your ways and your doings and I will cause you to dwell in this place. Trust you not in lying words ... for if you thoroughly amend your ways and your doings, if you thoroughly execute judgement between a man and his neighbor; if you oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood in this place, neither walk after other gods to your hurt: then I will cause you to dwell in this place, in the land that I gave to your fathers, for ever and ever.

"Behold, you trust in lying words, that cannot profit. Will you steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, [sounds like today’s headlines] and burn incense to Baal, and walk after other gods whom you know not; and come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, saying ‘We are delivered to do all these abominations? Is this house ... become a den of robbers ...?

“And now because you have done all these works ... but you heard not; and I called you, but you answered not; therefore will I do unto this house, which is called by my name, wherein you trust, and unto the place I gave to you and your fathers, as I have done in Shiloh. And I will cast you out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brothers, even the whole seed of Ephraim.” Ephraim was a son of Joseph, whose descendants, Jeroboam initially, were made king over the House of Israel. [Think Joseph And The Technicolor Dreamcoat].

God tells Jeremiah, “Therefore, don’t pray for these people, neither lift up, cry nor pray for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear you. Don’t you see what they do in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem? The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead the dough, to make cakes to the queen of heaven [Ishtar, Easter today], and to pour out drink offerings to other gods that they may provoke me to anger. Do they provoke me to anger says the LORD: do they not provoke themselves to the confusion of their own faces?”

“For I spoke not to your fathers, nor commanded them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings or sacrifices: but this thing I commanded them saying, ‘Obey my voice, and I will be your God, and you shall be my people: and walk you in all the ways that I have commanded you that it may be well to you. But they listened not, nor inclined their ear, but walked in the counsels and in the imagination of their evil heart and went backward and not forward. This is a nation that obeys not the voice of the LORD their God, nor receives correction: truth is perished and is cut off from their mouth.”

“For the children of Judah have done evil in my sight says the LORD: they have set their abominations in the house which is called by my name to pollute it. They have built the high places of Tophet, which is in the son of the valley of Hinnom, to burn their sons and daughters in the fire. And the carcasses of this people shall be meat for the fowls of the heaven, and for beasts of the earth. Then I will cease to cause from the cities of Judah and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom and the voice of
the bride: for this land shall become desolate.”

“Why then is this people of Jerusalem slid back by a perpetual backsliding? They hold fast deceit, they refuse to return. I listened and heard, but they spoke not right: no man repented of his wickedness saying, ‘What have I done?’”

Interesting that Judah would ignorantly almost in innocence ask, “What!? What did I do?” When we get off the narrow path and the straight way, we lose sight of where we need to be. While a little matter at first seems so insignificant, it leads to the broad way of destruction as the House of Israel experienced and as we’ve just read with the House of Judah as well. When we practice deceit in the little matters, we are deceived in the larger matters. In this case, Judah was making human sacrifices of their children to a pagan god. But when confronted with it, they were so blind at this point that they couldn’t even comprehend it, hence their asking, “What did I do?” While we like to think we are more sophisticated than our ancestors, we would never do anything like that. Then why are we so far off on the answers to those five simple questions in the Prologue?

Reality is that both the House of Israel, the Christian nations, and the House of Judah’s descendants, the Jews, today are far off the path that leads to life.

In part, the sixth empire, Babylon the Great with its capital in Jerusalem, will exist to punish all Israel, both Israel and Judah, again. We have gone backwards. Will we listen and change or will we refuse to hear? And when the time comes, will we be so stupid and foolish as to ask, “What did I do?”

According to the Biblical record, unless we thoroughly amend our ways, if we thoroughly execute judgement between a man and his neighbor, if we oppress not the stranger, the fatherless, and the widow, and shed not innocent blood, neither walk after other gods to our hurt: we, too, shall suffer a terrible fate as described in the pages of Revelation. The question before us is, can we learn from the example of our fathers? The most likely answer is, no. The history of Israel and Judah is they have to learn the hard way. We do have foreheads of brass.

Please see the Feature articles, And Now, A Word From Our Sponsor, Damascus A Heap Of Ruins, and Obadiah And The Prophetic Parable Of The Tares for related information].

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