Not a New Doctrine

by Bertrand L. Comparet   

  To many of you, the idea that the Anglo-Saxon-Germanic-Scandinavian nations are the Israel of the Bible is startling, because you have not heard it until recently; and you wonder, why haven't I heard this from the beginning?

   But deep students of the Bible have known it a long time. During the centuries when other empires were dominant, general knowledge of the Israel identity would have been premature, for it would have aroused the jealousy and hatred of these other empires before we were strong enough to deal with them; but since we have come to national maturity, the knowledge has been available to those who cared to learn the truth.

   There have been a number of books on this subject, such as "The Lost Ten Tribes", by Rev. Dr. Joseph Wild, published in 1883, "The Fullness of Nations" by Aldersmith, of London, published in 1889; "Lost Israel Found" by Edward Hine, published in England in the 1870s; and the many brilliant books written by Professor Totten of Yale University, published in the 1880s and 1890s. But I want to tell you of a lecture given before the United States Congress.  It  was by Rev. F. E. Pitts, of Nashville, Tennessee, in which he identified the United States as the land of regathered Israel, and the scene of much of the final War, the so called Battle of Armageddon, as pictured in Ezekiel 38 and 39. Since 1855, Rev. Pitts had been lecturing on this subject across the nation, resulting in this invitation to speak before Congress.

  Rev. Pitts pointed out that the land of restored Israel was to be located between two seas: "the east sea" was to be its east side, while "the great sea" would be the west side. (Ezekiel 47:18-20)

   This could not be Palestine, because there Is no sea marking Its east border: but not only do we have seas on East and West, but the Great Sea is on the west. Also, Israel would be in a land "which has been always waste" (unused, uncultivated) --- never true of Palestine, but true of our land until we settled and began to cultivate it. (Ezekiel 38:8).

  The land of Israel to be attacked by Russia was to be inhabited by a population "gathered out of many people" and "brought forth out of the nations" (Ezekiel 38:8) Isaiah says I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: and bring My sons from far and My daughters from the ends of the earth." (Isaiah 43:5-6) Also, Immigrants of non Israel people would furnish our labor forces: "Strangers shall stand and feed your flocks, and the sons of the alien shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers * * the sons of strangers shall build up thy walls." Isaiah 61:5 60:10) These Immigrants would be allowed to own and Inherit land (Ezekiel 22-23) This is a picture of the United States, but never of Palestine.

  It was to be "a land of unwalled villages them that are at rest, that dwell safely, all of them dwelling without walls, and having neither bars nor gates." (Ezekiel 38:11) The prophet Ezekiel had never seen a city without walls and a barred gate; but our cities here have never had walls or gates. (And today, most of the Jewish towns have belts of barbed wire and explosive mines around them).

  This land of Israel in the last days was to be one which had greatly expanded in size. The 49th. chapter of Isaiah tells us: "Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together and come to thee. * * For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the Inhabitants; and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away. The children which thou shalt have, after thou last lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too narrow for me: give place to me that I may dwell."  

   That is, we were outgrowing the old, Palestinian land, even in Isaiah's day; but in the day to which he looked forward, we should be in another land, and "they that swallowed us up shall be far away"---that is, we would be far away from the Assyrian Empire which swallowed us up In Isaiah's day. But after we had lost our old land, the children we should have after that should say of the new land, "It Is too narrow for us: give us more room, as a place to dwell." 

   In Rev. Pitts' time, we had already expanded from our original 13 colonies: we had added Texas and the great Mississippi Valley area of the Louisiana Purchase, we had annexed the great southwest area from Mexico, we had gained California and the Pacific Coast. Nothing like this could be said of Palestine- --either in 1857 or now.

  Again, Rev. Pitts saw that the Bible said we would be in a land remarkable for the number of its majestic rivers: "There the glorious Lord will be unto us a place of broad rivers and streams, wherein shall be no galley with oars: (Isaiah 33:21) Even the Jordan is but a tiny river; and nothing else In Palestine Is more than a rivulet; but here, there are thousands of miles of great, majestic rivers. And the Hebrew word translated "Galley" actually means a government revenue clipper, sent out by a superior kingdom to collect tariffs and taxes from a tributary people: there would be none of these here. In fact, our Boston Tea Party made sure of that.

  Again, our home in these days would be occupied by a peaceful people, and all of one language. Rev. Pitts quotes Isaiah 33:19---"Thou shalt not see a fierce people, a people of a deeper speech than thou canst perceive; of a stammering tongue that thou canst not understand." Even though we received great numbers of immigrants from Germany, Italy, France, as well as Scandinavia and the British Empire, one language prevailed over all the country.

  Also, the Bible prophesied that in our beginning, we should be a nation of 13 colonies. Ezekiel 47:13 says that " * * Ye shall inherit the land according to the twelve Tribes of Israel: Joseph shall have TWO PORTIONS." Starting with 12 Tribes, but giving one of them 2 portions, makes 13 portions Into which the land would be divided.

   Likewise, Rev. Pitts noted that the Bible pointed out that, in  "these latter days, we, the people of Israel, would be a Republic. We will choose for ourselves a President, for Hosea 1:11 says: "Then shall the Children of Judah and the Children of Israel be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head." 

   We should not be like the monarchies of Europe, where the hereditary noble class intermarried, and by marriage Princes, Dukes and Barons could govern other lands than their own: Here, only from among our own people could, the Governors, Senators and Congressmen be chosen. Jeremiah 30:21 points out: "Their nobles shall be of themselves, and their Governor shall proceed from the midst of them" And Isaiah 1:26 says, "I will restore thy Judges as at the first, and thy counselors as at the beginning." When Israel was governed by her Judges, she had no King but God; so God promised to restore this condition---and we find this to be true.

  So, If you have thought that the recognition of I the Anglo-Saxon nations, and especially the United States, as being God's People Israel, is just some sudden, new idea, you are mistaken. The proof has been there in the Bible, all the time. Of course, even 200 years ago it would have been very hard to see, for we had not yet grown into the condition the prophets described. But, as you see, good Bible students could see this truth over a century ago, and once again prove that God's word is always true.

 

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