Born in 1926, Dave enjoyed the advantages of a godly upbringing, and placed his trust in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and Lord in his early teens.
He received a degree in mathematics from U.C.L.A. Marriage to his wife, Ruth, was followed by the birth of four children, a career as CPA/management consultant and, later, the management of several corporations. Along with church-related activities, Dave initiated and became involved in numerous campus ministries and meetings in his home, with a special outreach to Jewish young people and foreign students.
Since 1973 Dave’s desire for fulltime ministry has found fulfillment through authorship of books dealing with the incursion, into Western culture and the church itself, of Eastern, psychological and selfist philosophies, ecumenism, and other unbiblical teachings. Concern over Islamic politics and religion are reflected in current articles, lectures and interviews.
At least 4 million copies of his books have been sold and have been translated into more than 50 languages. They include: The Cult Explosion, The God Makers, The New Spirituality, The Seduction of Christianity, Global Peace and the Rise of Antichrist, Occult Invasion, A Cup of Trembling, In Defense of the Faith, An Urgent Call to a Serious Faith, What Love Is This?, Countdown to the Second Coming, Seeking and Finding God, Honest Doubts, Judgment Day! Islam, Israel, and the Nations,Yoga and the Body of Christ, and his latest book, Cosmos, Creator and Human Destiny.
Dave’s impeccable research and recognized scholarship are based on in depth studies of original documents and publications, interviews with key experts from around the world, and extensive travel—including to South America, Australia, Europe and throughout the Middle East.
Friday, April 5, 2013, Dave Hunt drew his final breath and entered into the presence of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. His beloved wife Ruth was at his side.
The major topic of the Bible, like it or not (some people don’t like it—they’re anti-Semites), but the major topic of the Bible—if you wanted to count the pages of the Bible that talk about Israel, there’s far more in this book about Israel than about anyone or anything else.
Now, look at Genesis:12:1: “Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country and from thy kindred, from thy father’s house, unto the land that I will show thee, and I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee and make thy name great. And thou shalt be a blessing, and I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee, and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.”
Abram is the father of the Jewish race. Abram the Hebrew, he was called. And he had a son, Isaac, and then Isaac had a son, Jacob. And you know that the God of the Bible, even in the New Testament, is called the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. This is His name for all eternity.
Go to Genesis 15—it’s a very interesting passage in Scripture, and here God makes a covenant, verse 18: “In the same day, the Lord made a covenant with Abram, saying, Unto thy seed have I given this land from the river of Egypt [that’s not the Nile, that’s the river called the river of Egypt in the Sinai] unto the great river, the river Euphrates.” It names the nations that dwell in this territory. That takes in Lebanon, it takes in much of Syria and much of Jordan. Did Israel ever possess such land? Yes! Read 2 Samuel 8. It says, “David recovered his borders to the river Euphrates, and he had garrisons in Damascus.”
Well, this is an everlasting covenant. God has given this land to Israel. But we learn something very interesting here: Go back to verse 13: “And he said unto Abram [that is, God is speaking unto Abram], Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them, and they shall afflict them 400 years.” Well, that was the Egyptian captivity, as we all know. “And also, that nation whom they shall serve will I judge, and afterward they shall come out with great substance. And thou shalt go to thy fathers in peace. Thou shalt be buried at a good old age. But in the fourth generation, they shall come hither again, for the iniquity of the Amorites is not yet full.”
If you want to understand the New Testament, you need to know the Old Testament, and we learned some very important information here. Number one, we learned that God didn’t just throw the Canaanites out of their land because He wanted to favor Israel. He put them out of their land because of their wickedness, and He’s saying to Abraham, “It will be 400 years before the iniquity of the Amorites is so full, the iniquity of the Canaanites, these people living in this land, it will be so bad that a holy God can no longer allow them to even exist on this earth, and I will have to wipe them out, and I’m going to use your seed to do that, and I will give you their land.”
And then we learn something else that’s very interesting—we learn that the Israelites would be the slaves in a foreign land, that’s Egypt, for 400 years! Now, I’ve heard it from the best pulpits, and I’ve said it myself before I studied the Bible out to see that it was not right—you remember when Ishmael was born first to Abraham and his maid Hagar, and that was a lack of faith on Abram’s part. And then Isaac was born, and, you remember, Ishmael was older, and he teased him and so forth, and Abram sent him and his mother away. And you hear from some of the best pulpits, “Well, the ancient battle between Ishmael and Isaac is still going on today.”
Not so! The Arabs are not the descendants of Ishmael. Now, Islam teaches that it wasn’t Isaac who was sacrificed on the altar; it was Ishmael who was sacrificed on the altar. Isaac is not the son of promise, Ishmael is the son of promise.
But even if that were true, they could not benefit from that idea because the Arabs are not the descendants of Ishmael. They are a mixed race, a nomadic race, and if you want to go back—and we don’t have time to turn to the scriptures, but you check it out for yourself—in Genesis and the other passages in the Old Testament, you will find that after Sarah died, Abraham married Keturah. They had six sons. Each one became a great nation. One of the sons was Midian. There was such an intermarriage between the Ishmaelites and the Midianites that sometimes the Ishmaelites are called Midianites, sometimes the Midianites are called Ishmaelites. Just check it out for yourself. There was intermarriage between Ishmael’s descendants and the descendants of Esau. There was a great mixture. They were not a pure race, and even the Islamic encyclopedia will acknowledge that today.
But what about the Jews? They were captives in Egypt for 400 years in the land of Goshen. They did not intermarry with anyone. They became an identifiable ethnic group of people, and they were led as a body of people en masse into the Promised Land, and we know who they are today! Now, that’s very important, because there are people today who claim to be the Jews, who claim to be Israel, and they are not. Unless they are those people, they are not Israel at all.
We learn that Israel was given a land—go to chapter 26, and we find that God reconfirms that promise to Isaac. Go to chapter 28—he reconfirms it to Jacob. Notice verse 13: “The land whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it and to thy seed.” And again, it’s a reconfirmation of the promise to Abraham that we read in Genesis 12. The end of verse 14: “And in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed.” How does that come about? It comes about through the Messiah. No other way.
And if you want to understand anti-Semitism, it’s satanic! It’s demonic! You can’t explain it any other way. Satan wants to wipe these people out, because the Messiah comes through Israel, and if he could wipe Israel out—no Messiah. Even after Christ defeated Satan upon the cross, if Hitler could have wiped them out, the PLO—you know, they still have in their charter the extermination of Israel. That isn’t going to change. Muhammad said, “The last day will not come until the Muslims confront the Jews and the Muslims destroy them.” Islam requires the extermination of the Jews, not just in Israel but everywhere on the face of this earth.
And by the way, your extermination too. And I know you have a lot of Muslims who are gaining power here in South Africa. They claim to stand for peace. How was Islam spread? By the sword, everywhere! You either became a Muslim or you were killed. Or there was another alternative: you could be a slave, pay high taxes, and so forth.
So, they must exterminate them. This is the problem over there.
Well, go over to Leviticus:25:23: “The land shall not be sold forever, for the land is mine.” This is what God said.
Go back to chapter 20:24: “I have said unto you, Ye shall inherit their land, and I will give it unto you to possess it, the land that flows with milk and honey. I am the Lord your God which hath separated you from other people.”
Verse 26: “Ye shall be holy unto me, for I the Lord am holy and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.”
We could give you a lot of other scriptures, but I think you’re familiar with them. It is very, very clear that these Israelites, the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, were God’s chosen people. They were separated from all other people on the face of this earth. They were given a land. We have the borders of that land, and it was an everlasting inheritance. That land was never to be sold. Today they’re trading it for peace, so-called peace, with an enemy that has sworn to exterminate them. It doesn’t make sense, but they don’t believe.
In fact, I wasn’t going to take time, but I keep a marker in my Bible at Leviticus:25:23. It’s a picture of Shimon Shetreet, who at that time was the religious affairs minister of Israel. I took this out of The Jerusalem Post. He’s drinking a toast with a Catholic Cardinal, Mitchell [Saba?], who has said some horrible things about Israel and against the Jews, and demands that they not have any control over Israel.
Well, in 1947, when the United Nations partitioned Israel—well, they called it Palestine, but it’s the land of Israel—the Vatican immediately said, “The Jews are not to have control over Jerusalem. It is to be an international city.”
Anyway, they’re drinking a toast to this, and Shimon Shetreet, the religious affairs minister—certain rabbis, had signed a document that was published in an Israeli newspaper saying that this land is not allowed for them to trade it to anyone! And Shimon Shetreet, the religious affairs minister of Israel, said, “I will make those rabbis take their name off of that statement, or else we will stop their salary.” They don’t believe that that land belongs to them.
But there’s a lot of opposition. It was June—I think it was June 22, 1943 (and this just came to light! They just discovered this letter within the last few months as they went through the archives over there, the American archives of the CIA and the OSS and so forth). They found a letter written by Pope Pius XII to President Roosevelt, and in that letter he said, “There is no precedent for a people that have been out of their land for centuries to be put back into their land, and it would not be right to allow the Jews to go back to Palestine [he called it], and that would cause great problems for the world.” This is the pope opposing the Bible! God promised that land to His people, and He said though they would be scattered, He would bring them back to that land.
So, go to Deuteronomy 28. You know, think of these things as we’re reading them: there are people who claim to be Jews, they claim to be Israel today. Well, did they ever have that land?
Deuteronomy 28—look at the end of verse 63. God is warning Israel, as you know this chapter, if…He’s about to bring them into their land. He says, “If you disobey me, I will cast you out.” Not just next door—well, end of verse 63: “Ye shall be plucked from off the land whither thou goest to possess it.” Verse 64: “The Lord shall scatter thee among all people from one end of the earth even unto the other.”
Did it happen? It happened! We call them “the wandering Jew.” You will find them everywhere.
I like the way a friend of mine, who’s a Jewish believer in Jesus, puts it. He says, “Why do I have a Brooklyn accent and love bagels and lox? Because my forefathers sinned, and God scattered them everywhere.” So, you find Jews speaking with every accent that you can imagine.
Go back to verse 37: “Thou shalt become an astonishment, a proverb, a byword among all nations whither the Lord shall lead thee.”
This is anti-Semitism, and it’s foretold in the clearest terms. I could give you many other verses, but again, we have to move on.
But God said to His people, “If you disobey me, you follow the ways of the heathen around you, idolatry and immorality and so forth, I’ll cast you out of this land. I’ll scatter you to every nation on the face of this earth, and you will be hated and persecuted and killed like no other people.” And it happened, and we know that it happened.
I was mentioning in Joburg to the audience there, and we talked a bit about this—those skeletal survivors of Auschwitz, can you believe it, who are released and who went back to reclaim the homes from which the Gestapo had taken them to exterminate them, the Poles in possession of the homes, many of them would not allow them to have them and killed them all over Poland! There were survivors of the Holocaust who were being killed! This is the holocaust after the Holocaust. You can’t even imagine what anti-Semitism really is.
At my last count, the United Nations has condemned Israel 374 times, I think it is now. How many times have they condemned the Arabs for Katyusha rocket attacks, for terrorism, for starting wars, and so forth? Zero! Not once! That’s rather lopsided, isn’t it?
We were in Warsaw and visiting the monument there, marking the remains of the Warsaw ghetto, and nearby is the Jewish opera house, and someone had spray-painted in large black letters, “JEWS TO THE OVENS.” You know, a lot of people have a lot of problems. You’ve got a lot of problems here in South Africa. We have problems in America. There are problems in Kosovo and so forth. But I don’t know who’s up against an enemy that must exterminate them. They must exterminate the Jews, and that is required by their religion.
Well, so God gave them the land. He brought them into the land. When they sinned, He scattered them everywhere. They were hated and persecuted and killed.
Now let’s go to Jeremiah:30:7. This is prophecy. There is a day that’s coming up: “Alas, for that day is great, so that none is like it. It is even a time of Jacob’s trouble. But he shall be saved out of it.”
Jesus warned in Matthew 24, remember, that there was a great—“Then shall be great tribulation such as never was, no, nor ever shall be.”
In the next verse, I think it’s verse 23, He said, “Except those days be shortened, no flesh would survive.” So, there’s a horrible time, the worst time yet, that awaits Israel and the whole world.
But notice what He says—verse 10: “Therefore, fear thou not, O my servant Jacob, sayeth the Lord, neither be dismayed, O Israel.”
By the way, and we’re going to go back and look at this, because one of the lies—well, maybe we should be kinder than that and say one of the great mistakes or false ideas is that there were 10 tribes that were lost. The 10 tribes were not lost, and we will prove it to you from Scripture. But here, this is long after the 10 tribes were supposedly lost. To whom is he speaking? He’s speaking to Jacob, He’s speaking to Israel, and He says, “And I will bring my seed from the land of their captivity; Jacob shall return,” and Jacob’s name is Israel, “and shall be in rest and quiet…” This is in the future! “For I am with thee, sayeth the Lord, to save thee. Though I make a full end of all the nations whither I have scattered thee, yet will I not make a full end of thee.”
So, go over to chapter 31 and notice verse 7: “For thus sayeth the Lord, Sing with gladness for Jacob [not Judah—Jacob], and shout among the chief of the nations. Publish ye, praise ye, and say, O Lord, save thy people, the remnant of Israel. Behold, I will bring them from the north country.” We are seeing that today. If you would visit Israel today, you would see the jumbo jets bringing them in by the tens of thousands. This is from the Soviet Union, the former Soviet Union, where they wouldn’t let them go. And God says, “I will say to the north, Give them up.” And the north is giving them up.
“And I will gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind, the lame,” and so forth. “They shall come with weeping, with supplications, will I lead them.”
Verse 10: “Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off and say, He that scattered Judah…” Is that what it says? “He that scattered Israel will gather him and keep him as a shepherd doth his flock.”
Then go down to verse 35: “Thus sayeth the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar, the Lord of hosts is his name. If those ordinances depart from before me, sayeth the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me forever.”
You get the picture? If Israel ceases from being a nation, this people that God chose, that He isolated in the land of Egypt for 400 years, who became an identifiable ethnic group of people, he brought them en masse into the land. He gave them the land. He warned them if they sinned, He would scatter them. He scattered them. He warned them they would be hated and persecuted and killed, but He said, “I will bring you back into your land in the last days.” And if that didn’t happen, if Israel ceased to be a nation, there’s no sun in the sky, there’s no stars up there. The tides are not working, the whole universe is finished! That’s what He says. That’s how important it is that Israel continue to exist as a nation.
Now, how can somebody else come along and say they are this nation? Well, there are people who try to say that, and we’ll get to that in a moment.
Now, we want to—we said that what we’re talking about this evening, we’ve been asked to talk about, Israel, biblical Israel, and the false Israel. And there are a number of false concepts, or heresies, surrounding Israel, and I want to just give you four of them.
Number one, and this is one of the oldest, and we mentioned it: the idea that the ten tribes—there are ten lost tribes. Go to 1 Kings. We said the Bible is our authority. We want to just go see what the Bible says. Go to 1 Kings 11. If you’re not—probably most of you would be familiar with this. We’re not telling you anything new. And look at verse 26: “Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon’s servant, whose mother’s name was Zeruah, a widow woman, even he lifted up his hand against the king. And this was the cause [v. 27] that he lifted up his hand against the king... Jeroboam was a mighty man of valor…[v. 30] Ahijah [the prophet] caught the new garment that was on him and rent it in twelve pieces. He said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the Lord, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee. (But he shall have one tribe…).” Well, Judah and also Benjamin. Verse 33: “Because they have forsaken me, and have worshiped Ashtoreth the goddess,” and so forth.
Okay, end of verse 43: “Solomon slept with his fathers, and was buried in the city of David, and Rehoboam his son reigned in his stead.”
And you know the situation. The next chapter tells us how Jeroboam comes, a lot of Israel gathered together with him—in fact, the congregation of Israel—and they speak to Rehoboam, the son of Solomon. And verse 4: “Thy father made our yoke grievous. Now therefore make thou the grievous service of thy father and his heavy yoke which he put upon us lighter, and we will serve thee.” And he says, “Depart yet for three days, and then come again.” And the people departed.
So King Rehoboam, he consults the wise old guys that are bald and white-haired like me, and I guess like the pastor too, and they say, “You’d better ease up! You’d better ease up, or you’re going to lose this people.” And then he consults the “young bucks,” as we would call them in America, these young macho guys, and they say, “No! Lay it on him heavier!” And so, when the three days are up, they come—the people come back, verse 11, and this is what he says: “And now, whereas my father did lade you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke. My father hath chastised you with whips, but I will chastise you with scorpions.”
So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam—this is what he’s going to tell them on the third day, and this is what the young men advised—and this is what he tells them in verse 16: “So when all Israel saw that the king hearkened not unto them, the people answered the king, saying, What portion have we in David? Neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse. To your tents, O Israel! Now see to thine own house, David. So, Israel departed unto their tents.” And you know the story.
Well, Rehoboam was going to come against them, and he was advised by the prophets not to and he did not. But now, verse 25, Jeroboam built Shechem in Mount Ephraim and dwelt there, and then verse 27, he says, “This people—the problem is they’re going to go up to Jerusalem for the Passover! They’re going to go up to Jerusalem to the Temple. They’re going to go up to Jerusalem for the religious feasts, and I’m going to lose them!” So, he says, “What I’ve got to do is have my own altar, my own gods, here.” And so, you get that.
Verse 28: "Whereupon the king took counsel and made two calves of gold and said unto them, It is too much for you to go up to Jerusalem. Behold thy gods, O Israel, which brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.” He set one in Bethel, the other in Dan. Verse 31: “He made an house of high places, made priests of the lowest of the people which were not of the sons of Levi, and Jeroboam ordained a feast,” and so forth. And you know the evil that Israel was led into, and it began with Jeroboam.
So that was when the ten tribes were separated in the land of Israel from the two tribes.
Well, go to 2 Kings 15, and go to verse 29: “In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglathpileser, king of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Janoah, and Kedesk,” and so forth, “ and all the land of Naphtali [Galilee, Naphtali], and carried them captive to Assyria.”
Go over to chapter 17:4: “And the king of Assyria found conspiracy in Hoshea [that’s another king of Israel now]: for he had sent messengers to So, king of Egypt, and brought no present to the king of Assyria, as he had done year by year: therefore the king of Assyria shut him up, and bound him in prison. Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years. In the ninth year, Hoshea the king of Assyria took Samaria, and carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them…” you know, in these cities and so forth.
Now go to verse 23—it says, “Until the Lord removed Israel….” It’s talking about the evil of these ten tribes. They are called Israel; the other two tribes are called Judah. “…until the Lord removed Israel out of his sight, as he had said by all his servants the prophets. So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day.”
Now, that doesn’t mean unto this day in which we live. It doesn’t mean forever. It means unto the day when this was written.
Now go to chapter 18:11: “And the king of Assyria did carry away Israel [that’s the 10 tribes] unto Assyria, and put them in Halah and Habor [and so forth]: because they obeyed not the voice of the Lord their God, but transgressed his covenant,” and so forth.
So this was the carrying away of the 10 tribes into captivity. But they weren’t lost!
Go to 2 Chronicles 30, and “Hezekiah sent…,” (now this is many years after. This was after the writing of 2 Kings. )“Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah.” So, you have a distinction. These 10 tribes, at least many of them, must have come back and inhabited Israel once again. And he called upon them to “keep the Passover unto the Lord of Israel.”
Go down to verse 6: “So the posts [that is, the mailmen going out with the notice] went with the letters from the king and his princes throughout all Israel and Judah…” (so there’s a distinction made, and Israel exists “…throughout all Israel and Judah according to the commandment of the king, saying, Ye children of Israel, turn again unto the Lord God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and he will return to the remnant of you that are escaped out of the hand of the kings of Assyria.” So, it’s very clear that all of Israel was not taken captive, nor did all of Israel remain in Assyria, nor were these 10 tribes lost at all.
Go on to chapter 31:1: “Now when all this was finished, all Israel that were present went out to the cities of Judah.” It’s very clear! They’re not living in the cities of Judah; they’re living in the cities of Israel. And it says, “All Israel went out to the cities of Judah, and they broke the images,” and so forth. This is a revival in Israel.
Go to chapter 33:7. Now we’re talking about Manasseh. He’s ruling in Jerusalem, sadly enough. “He set a carved image, the idol which he made, in the house of God, of which God had said to David and to Solomon his son, In this house, and in Jerusalem, which I have chosen before all the tribes of Israel, will I put my name forever.”
So, Jerusalem was to be the place of worship for Israel forever. Go to chapter 34:1. Now we come to Josiah. “He did that which was right in the sight of the Lord. He brought Israel, [yes, Israel], Judah and Israel, back to God.
Verse 6: “So did he in the cities of Manasseh, and Ephraim, and Simeon, even unto Naphtali.” There’s four of the ten so-called lost tribes, and they’re living in their cities.
I’m probably belaboring this too much, but go to verse 33: “Josiah took away all the abominations out of all the countries that pertained to the children of Israel and made all that were present in Israel to serve, even to serve the Lord their God.”
You go to chapter 35, and you have the great keeping of the Passover. Go down to verse 17: “And the children of Israel that were present kept the Passover at that time.”
Verse 18: “There was no Passover like it kept in Israel from the days of Samuel the prophet” and so forth. And notice the end of the verse: “And all Judah and Israel that were present, and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.”
I think it’s pretty clear that 10 tribes were not lost. But let’s go on. Let’s just clinch the argument thoroughly so that we absolutely—it’s very important that you understand that there are not 10 lost tribes, because that becomes the basis for British Israelism! For some people, “Oh, those 10 lost tribes, they got out into Europe and into England and even America, and that’s who we are.”
Go to Isaiah:10:20: “And it shall come to pass in that day…” (Now, understand, this is future! This is a vision of the Jewish remnant in the Great Tribulation, having been brought back to their land) “…shall come to pass in that day, that the remnant of Israel, and such as are escaped of the house of Jacob, shall no more again stay upon him that smote them; but shall stay upon the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, in truth.”
This in fact is going to happen only at Armageddon, when Christ appears to them and rescues them from the armies of the world that are attacking them.
Go to 43:1: “But now, thus saith the Lord, that created thee, O Jacob, and He that formed thee, O Israel, fear not…. You will have…” (we have to move along, but you will find over and over—Let’s go to Jeremiah. You’ll find over and over that God is referring to Israel.) Let’s go to Jeremiah:3:12: “Go, and proclaim these words toward the North. [Now, this is a future prophecy—well, we’re seeing a partial fulfillment in our day.] Return, say, return thou backsliding Israel, saith the Lord. I will not cause my anger to fall upon you, for I am merciful, saith the Lord of Hosts.”
Go over to verses 17 and 18, “At that time, they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the Lord.” This is in the future. This is the Millennium. “And all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the Lord, to Jerusalem. Neither shall they walk anymore after the imagination of their evil heart. In those days, the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel.” Did you hear that? The house of Judah will walk with the house of Israel, so the house of Israel has not been lost! And they are back in their land.
“The house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the North to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.”
Go to chapter 10:1: (I hope I’m not boring you, but I think it’s important that we understand what the Bible says.) “Hear ye the Word which the Lord speaketh unto you, 0 house of Israel.” Well, we were in Jeremiah 30, let’s go back there for a moment and look at it from a little different standpoint now. Jeremiah:30:3: “For, lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring again [this is a prophecy!] I will bring again the captivity of my people Israel, and Judah, saith the Lord. And I will cause them to return to the land that I gave to their fathers, and they shall possess it.”
I’m sorry, I get a little impatient. My father was English, and so I guess I’m part British Israel? I get a little impatient with people. The people of Israel—well, we made it clear. The Bible makes it clear. They were brought into a land. They were scattered from that land. God promised He would bring them back. Now, if these people are Israelites, if they’re the ten lost tribes, which we’ve seen from the scriptures are not even lost, then why aren’t they going back to the land of Israel? God said He would bring them back. As a matter of fact, the British Israelites, they’re in America—they’re everywhere. They wouldn’t have room for them in the land of Israel, there are so many of them. It just doesn’t make sense.
Chapter 31:7 (we read from verse 8 before): “Thus saith the Lord, sing with gladness for Jacob and shout among the chief of the nations! Publish ye, praise ye, and sing, O Lord, save Thy people, the remnant of Israel.”
Go down to verse 10. We read it, let’s read it again…in the middle of it: “He that scattered Israel will gather him and keep him as a shepherd doth his flock.” So, if you are Israel, you were scattered, and you will be brought back into the land. There just isn’t any question about it.
Read verse 27: “Behold, the days come,” saith the Lord, “that I will sow the house of Israel, and the house of Judah [so there’s a distinction] with the seed of man, etc.” And verse 31: “Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah.” You know, I probably shouldn’t read many more verses, but, my gracious! He’s talking about making a covenant with Israel! This is supposedly the ten lost tribes! And He’s distinguishing them from Judah.
But now, something else is going to happen. Go as quickly as we can to Ezekiel:37:19: “Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God, Yahweh Elohim, behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick.”
How about that? You can’t escape it! Verse 21: “Thus says the Lord God, behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side and bring them into their own land, and I will make them one nation in the mountains of Israel, and one king shall be king to them all, and they shall be no more two nations [that is, Judah and Israel]. They shall no more be two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.”
Go over to chapter 38:14, “In that day, when My people of Israel dwelleth safely… [He’s talking about Israel], verse 16: “…and thou shalt come up against my people of Israel….” [You see, now, He’s joining them. He’s not talking about Judah and Israel any more. He’s joined them together, and from now on, we’re talking about Israel, we’re talking about the land of Israel.
Go on to chapter 39:7: “So will I make My holy Name known in the midst of My people Israel, and I will not let them pollute My holy name any more.”
Now, this hasn’t happened yet. “They shall dwell [v. 9) in the cities of Israel….” We give you a whole lot more scriptures, but let’s just skip on into the New Testament. Let’s go to Matthew:2:20: “Arise, and take the young child and His mother, and go into the land of Israel.” From now on, it’s called the land of Israel!
How about Luke 2, and we’ll be done with this proving that the ten tribes weren’t lost. Luke:2:25: “And behold, there was a man in Jerusalem, whose name was Simeon; the same man was just and devout, waiting for the consolation of Israel.” They don’t talk about Judah and Israel anymore. Go to verse 36: “And there was one Anna, a prophetess, the daughter of Phanuel of the tribe of Asher [so here we have one of the so-called lost tribes, and so forth].”
So, one of the delusions surrounding Israel is that ten tribes were lost. The second one (and I’m trying to finish now, as quick as I can), the second one, British Israelism. But look! There are prophecies concerning Israel—scattered, brought back to the land. They have to be an identifiable ethnic group of people. Otherwise, you couldn’t prove that God had fulfilled His prophecy.
In Isaiah:43:10, we didn’t have time to turn to it, but God said to Israel, “You are my witnesses to yourself and to the world that I am God.” God said, “I’m going to prove to the whole world that I am God. I have chosen you, and now, I’m going to tell you what’s going to happen to you. And when it happens, the whole world will have to acknowledge that I am God.” You’ll find that in Isaiah:46:9-10. God says, “I’m the true God. And I’m going to tell you what’s going to happen before it happens, so that when it does, you’ll have to acknowledge that I am God.”
So, if someone is a Jew, they’ve got to be identifiable! They’ve got to be able to trace themselves back to this people that God gave this land, and then scattered them.
I mean…British Israelism. You know, I said my father was British, my grandmother was Norwegian. I’ve got a lot of Viking blood in me as well. And you know, the Vikings went down and raided the coasts and so forth. And my mother was from Canada. She was Scottish and Irish. My wife is 100 percent Dutch, and now it’s ruined everything since she married me, because now our children are a mixture. Now they’re half-Dutch and part-British and Scottish, and Irish, and French—and I don’t know what all is in there.
And you’re going to say that we’re descended from the children of Israel? I mean it’s not possible! It doesn’t make sense, folks! I hope nobody here believes that. But you see, it’s a problem, because this is a form of Antisemitism. This… “we’re going to do away with those people that are in the land of Israel, and we’re going to tell them that they’re not the real Jews, they’re not the real Israel. We’re the real Israel!”
So, if British is true, number one, they’ve got to be identifiable. We’ve got to be able to identify them. Who are they? They’re not a pure race, they’re a mixed race—mixed with all kinds of people. So, the prophecies couldn’t be fulfilled, so they pulled the rug out from under the most amazing prophecies in scripture that pertain to Israel.
They’ve got to return to their land—to the land of Israel! But there’s not room enough. I mean, how do we find out who all these people are?
Furthermore, the gospel puts all Jews and Gentiles who come to Christ—they’re in the church! That kind of loses the significance of being a Jew! Paul says there’s no more Jew nor Gentile, but one new man in Christ. Well, then, why am I going around boasting that I’m British Israelite? Now, what’s the point? It’s a denial of scriptures.
Now there are Jews who will be alive on this earth when Christ returns, and they will go into the kingdom, and they will see Him. Zechariah:12:10: “They will look on me, whom they have pierced,” and they will believe in Him, and they will continue on into the land.
But Jews that come to Christ before then, what does the scripture say? Well, you know what Ephesians 2 says: There were Jew and Gentile, but now we’ve been made one new man in Christ? So then, why would I want to go around boasting that I’m British Israel, even if I were, which I’m not, and you couldn’t possibly be. That is a denial of what the Scripture says, and it’s a denial of the significance of the oneness in Christ for those who have faith in Him through His finished work.
Well, number 3: (I said I would give you four heresies surrounding Israel.) Well, I don’t know if I should go so strong as to say it’s a heresy, but it’s very popular in the church today to take the promises that God gave to Israel and try to apply them to the church. It doesn’t work, folks!
Now, the Scripture tells us, 1 Corinthians 10 tells us “what things were written aforetime were written for our learning,” so we can learn much from the Old Testament. But I cannot apply to myself the promises that were given to Israel. So one of the popular verses we like to take is 2 Chronicles:7:14: “If my people, who are called by My name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked way, then will I hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin, and I will heal their land.”
Well, who are “My people who are called by mM name”? To whom was God speaking? He was speaking to Solomon at the dedication of the Temple. That’s the Jews! That’s Israel! “And I will heal their land.” That’s the land of Israel. Now, you cannot take promises that were specifically for Israel and apply them to the church.
We have, in the United States, this is a very popular and growing idea among the Kingdom-Now people. They think that we’re going to establish the Kingdom, and they had a large conference, I think about 16,000 people gathered in Phoenix, Arizona, and the title of the conference was “Take It by Force!” And the founder (I don’t know if you see TBN here, but in the United States we’re plagued with this. My wife says she can’t watch Christian television, it destroys her faith. I guess not all of it, but a lot of it.) And it was founded by…the sponsor of the conference was an organization called Forceful Men, and their logo, right there in the ad, it’s a 5-page ad in Charisma magazine., their logo is a powerful arm with a sword. It’s like the Crusaders going around killing people in the name of Jesus. And their theme, a scripture, came out of Joshua, and it was “Go in and possess the land.” That was what God said to Joshua! But He didn’t tell Joshua to possess South Africa, did He? He didn’t tell Joshua to possess Germany, or the United States! We read it in Genesis 15: “The land God gave to the seed of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, the land of Israel.” And that was the land that Joshua was to go in and possess.
So, you can’t take that verse and then use it, and say, “Now the church is going to go in and possess America. We’re going to take over America!” Well, we have Paul Crouch, I don’t know if you’ve seen him, Trinity Broadcasting Network, and I’ve watched him on television. He says, “We’re going to take over! We’re going to take the schools, we’re going to take the media, we’re going to take the government, we’re going to get our people voted in, and we’re going to do it by force if we have to!”
That’s not Bible, folks. And that gives the atheists good cause for saying, “Look, these Christians want to take over! They need to be suppressed!”
So, now we’ve got another problem in this Kingdom Now teaching. If the real Christ—because most of them deny the Rapture. They’re building a kingdom on this earth! Now just think about this very seriously. If the real Jesus Christ is going to catch us up, we meet Him in the air, He takes us to heaven, and you’re looking forward to meeting a Christ who, when you meet Him, your feet are planted on planet Earth, and He hasn’t come to take you to heaven; he’s come to rule over the kingdom you’ve established in his name, you’ve been working for Antichrist!
Antichrist establishes a kingdom before the Second Coming. And that’s not the Rapture, by the way—and I think we’re supposed to talk about that Sunday morning, or I don’t remember when—some time, anyway.
One of the purposes of the Second Coming is to destroy Antichrist and his kingdom. Christ comes to take His Bride to heaven! Some of these people say, “Well, you know, you’re telling people that the Rapture’s going to come before the Antichrist and the Great Tribulation, well, what are you going to do if you face the Antichrist, and suddenly, you’ve got people facing the Antichrist, and you’ve deceived them, and they’re not prepared for this. They could be deceived!”
Really? Nobody’s going to deceive me into thinking that he’s Christ unless he takes me to heaven! If the Antichrist can do that, let him give it a try. But he can’t do it!
So, the Christ that I’m looking for has the marks of Calvary, and He’s going to catch me up and take me to heaven. But the Christ these people are looking for has got to rule over the kingdom that they’ve established for him. So they say, “We’re going to take over the world. We are Israel!”
And that’s the fourth heresy that surrounds this church. “The Church is Israel.” The church is not Israel. There is a distinction between the church and Israel, and if you mix the church up with Israel, you will not understand prophecy at all.
So, let’s just turn quickly to Acts 1, and let’s deal with this final—this is not the final one, but it’s the fourth one that we’re dealing with this evening. Acts:1:6: “When they therefore were come together [that is, the disciples; this is after the resurrection], they asked of Him saying, (asking Jesus) ‘Lord, is it time for us to restore the kingdom to the church?’” Is that what your Bible says?
No, “Lord, wilt thou at this time, restore the kingdom to Israel?” These people say that Israel is finished. “Those people over there, they don’t deserve to be there; it’s just a coincidence that they happen to be there. But God is finished with Israel. He’s excommunicated Israel. And the Church is Israel.”
Well, that would have been the time…they said, “Lord, will thou at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” And that would have been the time for Jesus to say, “Can’t you guys get it through your thick heads? Israel is finished! It’s the church now!”
No, but Jesus didn’t say that. He said, “It’s not for you to know the times and the seasons that the Father has put into His own hands.”
Go to chapter 3: Peter is preaching his second sermon. Verse 19: “Repent, ye, therefore, and be converted that your sins may be blotted out, when the times of refreshing shall come from the presence of the Lord. And He shall send Jesus Christ, which before [he’s talking about the Second Coming now], which before was preached unto you, whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began….”
Verse 24: “All the prophets from Samuel and those that fall after, as many have spoken of him, likewise foretold these days. Ye are the children of the prophets, and so forth….”
I don’t know if any of you have read The Seduction of Christianity—I think it was about the tenth book I wrote, and it made me infamous. An awful lot of people didn’t like it. On the other hand, we’ve gotten hundreds and hundreds of letters from people who were delivered from the Word-Faith movement—people who said something like this: “I was in this church with the Positive Confession, and I claimed my Cadillac, I claimed my healing, I claimed my blessing, and I claimed it and claimed it and claimed it, and it didn’t work. And I turned my back on God! I left the church. And thank God, somebody loaned me a copy of your book, and I read it, and it brought me back to the Lord.”
But there’s been about ten books, at my last count—can you believe it? Ten books written to refute Seduction of Christianity. One of them is written by a man named Earl Paulk. He had a large church, about 12,000 members, near Atlanta, Georgia. And he titled his book Held in the Heavens Until. And he took the book from this passage of Scripture. And He said, “Look what it says: it says Jesus is held in the heavens until all things have been restored. And then He’s going to return.”
Wait a minute! That’s not what it says. Notice verse 21: “Whom the heaven must receive until everything has been restored?” Is that what it says? No! “…until the times of restitution of all things.” When it is time to restore the kingdom to Israel, then He who alone can do it, will return to do it.
“Lord, will thou at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?”
“It’s not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.” When the time of restitution has come, then He, who is now held in the heavens will return, and He will destroy Antichrist, and He will restore the Kingdom to Israel, and He will rule over His chosen people.
Turn to Romans 2: He will rule over His chosen people on His Father David’s throne in Jerusalem, and rule the world. Verse 28 (this causes a little confusion): “For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh; But he is a Jew, which is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit, and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of God.”
So, people take that scripture, and they say, “You see, we’re spiritual Israel. Those people that are physical Jews, they’re not really Jews. But we are, because in our hearts, we believe and so we’re spiritual Israel.”
But that’s not what it’s saying. Look, even a Jew, a physical Jew, he can’t possess the land unless he walks in obedience to God. We saw it in the Old Testament. For their sin, their wickedness, their idolatry, and so forth, they’re cast out! You have to have the same relationship with God that Abraham had to be a Jew, a real Jew, possessing that land.
Let’s take a look at it a little further. Go to chapter 9 (these are familiar scriptures): Verse 1: (It gives you an insight into the heart of Paul.) “I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Ghost., that I have great heaviness and continual sorrow in my heart. For I could wish that myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh: who are Israelites….” There are Israelites according to the flesh: “…to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises; whose are the fathers, and of whom as concerning the flesh Christ came….” It says He came unto His own. Who was that? The whole world? No! The Jews. He came unto His own, His own received Him not.
Paul says, “The Jews are my kinsman in the flesh. I’m a Hebrew of the Hebrews,” he says. But they must believe in Jesus Christ, or they’re not saved. To be in the church is through faith in Christ, whether you are a Jew or a Gentile.
Now, notice what He says, but there’s still…Israel exists. When a Jew becomes a Christian and is part of the church, [he is] a new man in Christ. Israel doesn’t cease to exist. Israel still exists. When a Gentile becomes a Christian, and is no longer a Gentile, no longer a Jew, they’re one new man in Christ, it doesn’t mean that Gentiles cease to exist.
Go to chapter 10: This is called the Identity Movement, so if the church is Israel, let’s put the word “church” in for Israel, okay? Israel ceased, now the church is Israel: “Brethren, my heart’s desire and prayer to God for the church is that they might be saved.” That doesn’t quite make sense, does it? You’ve got to be saved to be in the church.
So, there are those who are his “kinsmen after the flesh,” who are physical Jews. And he wants them to be saved. You can’t say Israel is finished.
Well, just to kind of sum it up, we quoted Isaiah:43:10: You are my witnesses. [These are the chosen people, and they are proof that God is God, the Bible is His Word—because what God said would happen to them has happened. He gave them a land; they’re scattered, hated, persecuted. But He preserved them an identifiable ethnic group of people. He is bringing them back into their land now, and He will gather the scattered of Israel, and the Messiah will return to rule over them. And those are a specific people, and if you can’t identify those people as they…you know, this is one of the interesting things about Jews: they don’t believe, but try to marry into a Jewish family! Oh, some… There are some who’ve intermarried, but they have an amazing sense of identity. You go to Israel today, thirty percent of them claim to be atheists. The rest are New Agers, or who knows what they may claim to be. But I can tell you the latest statistics: At the last Passover, 99.9 percent of those in Jerusalem kept the Passover. Isn’t that something?
And I think 94 percent in Tel Aviv kept the Passover. There’s an amazing prophecy in Exodus:12:14: When God gives them the Passover, He says, “You will keep this in all your generations.” And I like to contrast that with the prophecies of the goddess Vesta in Rome, for example. “The sacred fires of the goddess Vesta, tended by the vestal virgins, their prophet said they would never, ever go out.” They went out!
The prophets of the Zoroastrians, they said “Those sacred Zoroastrian fires in Persia would never, ever go out.” They went out. They were extinguished by the Muslims.
But God said, “You will keep the Passover forever,” and they still keep the Passover, even though they don’t believe.” Tradition, you know, they still do it.
So the Jews are an identifiable people, and they are proof. Somebody says, “Why do you believe in God?” The Jew! That’s one good reason for believing in God. And if British Israelism is true, then you pull the rug out from under.
Well, the greatest proof of all would be destroyed. Just turn finally to Matthew:24:29:
Verse 29, Matthew:24:29: “Immediately after the tribulation of those days, shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, the powers of the heavens shall be shaken. And then shall appear the sign of the Son of Man in heaven, and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of Man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory, and He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”
His elect is Israel. This is not a post-trib Rapture. This is not the Rapture. At the Rapture, the Lord Himself descends from heaven. He catches us up to meet Him in the clouds, and He takes us to heaven to be with Him.
Here, the whole world is seeing Him. He’s coming in power and glory, and He’s sending His angels to gather the Jewish remnant from all over. That’s Israel, the twelve tribes, from all over this world back to the promised land. Those that are not there will be brought back there, and there He will reign over them.
So this is what the Scripture teaches. An identifiable people, given a land, cast out of the land, hated and persecuted, preserved as an identifiable people to be brought back into their land in the last days, and there the Messiah will return to rule over them. And if that isn’t true, if you can’t identify these people, then God’s Word is not true. I can’t prove prophecy. One of the greatest evidences of the existence of God and of the authority, the validity, of His Word, is Israel.
What God said would happen to them has happened to them. And now, for the church to say, “We’re Israel, and they’re excommunicated,” that’s Antisemitism of another kind. “I don’t have to put them in the ovens; I just tell them they don’t exist! I just tell them, ‘God is finished with you. You are nothing anymore. You Jews, you are finished.” That’s Anti-Semitism maybe even worse than Hitler’s, I don’t know, because it does away with all of them. And I don’t even have to put them in the ovens to do that.
Or to say “British Israel.” Why, somehow, these ten lost tribes, they got up into Israel, and so forth, and we are the real Israel now, and so forth. I mean, it just isn’t true; it doesn’t make sense, and it certainly is not biblical, and it undermines the prophetic Word of God.
As we said, the Bible is our authority. I’ve given you the scriptures from the Word of God. The Bible is our authority. We’re going to stand on the Word of God. We want to accept what it says. We’re not going to follow men, we’re not going to follow their persuasive arguments that are extrabiblical. We’re going to come back to the Word of God and see what God the Lord has said.
Father, thank you for your Word. Thank you, Lord, how clear it is, and, Father, we talked about a particular topic this evening that we know is dear to your heart. You said, “He that touches Israel touches the apple of my eye.” These are your chosen people, and even though they’ve rebelled against you—there was never such a rebellious people!—but Father, how that reveals your grace and your mercy and your patience to us. And you have shown much grace and mercy and patience to each of us. Thank you for your word. Thank you for what it says about Israel, and, Lord, you said that the gospel is to the Jew first and then to the Gentile. And some of us have forgotten that. We pray for your people, Israel, Lord, and help us, equip us, to win them to their Messiah. And, Lord, we pray for the peace of Jerusalem. You have asked us to do that. You have told us to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, you have promised a blessing, even, upon those who would pray for the peace of Jerusalem. We cry out to you for your ancient people returning to their land, Lord, returning in unbelief, even denying you. They’ve rejected their Savior. They don’t even believe that you gave them that land, and now they’re surrounded by enemies who are determined to destroy them. We know Antichrist is coming, and he will through peace destroy many. It will be a false peace, and we see Israel being set up to accept this false peace on terms that are absolutely untenable, that are suicidal. They are being pressured by the nations of the world. Lord, we see prophecy being fulfilled before our eyes, and we cry out to you for your people Israel that they might know their Messiah, that they might be saved, and that they might leave in the Rapture, and they might…we know that many of them will not. We know that most of them will not. But, Lord, use us to rescue as many as possible, we pray, in Jesus’s name. Amen