ANGLO-ISRAELISM—True or False?
Third in a Series of Revealing Articles by Louis T. Talbot, D.D.
S OME of the misinterpretations of the Word of God by the Anglo- Israelites are more serious than those already given, bordering on blas phemy. For instance, the glorious Mes sianic prophecy in Daniel 2 concerning “ the stone” which “ was cut out of the mountain without hands,” and which smote the image of Nebuchadnezzar, clearly representing the Messiah and His glorious rule, is made by them to mean the British people and Britain’s king. Britain, which is one of the Gentile world kingdoms, and one which the Bible clearly teaches will be a part of the ten confederate kingdoms of the Antichrist, is made out to be identical with the throne of God, and the British people are said to be “ the saints of the Most High” to whom all the kingdoms of the world will be given. It has even been declared by some Anglo-Israelites that the smoke which ascends from the blaz ing furnaces and the steam engines of London is identical with the Shekinah glory. From Heresies Exposed, by Wm. C. Irvine, we find that one of the great Messianic prophecies—Romans 11:25,26 — is said by Anglo-Israelites to be ful filled in one o f their men, Edward Hine. The prophecy reads: I would not, brethren, that ye should be ignorant of this mystery, lest ye should be wise in your• own conceits; that blindness in part is happened 'to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob. An Anglo-Israelite, writing in the magazine Life from the Dead applies this great prophecy to Edward Hine, de claring it fulfilled in him. These are his words: “ Are the British people identical with the lost ten tribes of Israel? And is the nation, by the identity, being led to glory? If these things are so, then where is the Deliverer? He must already have come out o f Zion. He must be do ing his great work. He must be amongst us. It is our impression that, by the glory of the work o f the identity, we have come to the time of Israel’s nation al salvation by the Deliverance out of Zion, and that Deliverer and Edward Hine are identical.” When Hine could publish in the paper, o f which he was editor, a statement of this kind, it reveals his readiness to be lieve almost anything. It would require too much space to explain how Anglo-Israel advocates wrest the Scriptures to make Old Testa- NT> V E M B E R , I 9 4 8
crime, then the system o f Anglo-Israel- ism completely disintegrates. What Saith the Scriptures? We want first to show that hundreds of years before Christ, shortly after the division of Israel into the Northern and Southern Kingdoms, large numbers of the people of the Northern Kingdom migrated into the Southern Kingdom, until thousands of representatives o f the ten Northern tribes were to be found in the Southern Kingdom. Let us see how this came to pass. After the death of Solomon, civil war divided the house of Israel into two kingdoms, Jeroboam and Rehoboam be coming the rulers of these separate king doms. The kingdom of the North re tained the name, Israel, while Judah was the name of the Southern Kingdom. The Kingdom of Judah had the advan tage over the Northern Kingdom be cause the city of Jerusalem was located there, and God had stated clearly that sacrifices were to be offered there and there only. This command had been given in the days o f Moses: But unto the place which the Lord your God shall choose out of all your tribes to put his name there, even unto his habitation shall ye seek, and thither thou shalt come: And thither ye shall bring your burnt- offerings, and your sacrifices, and your tithes, and heave-offerings o f your hand, and your vows, and your freewill-offer ings, and the firstlings o f your herds and of your flocks: And there ye shall eat before the Lord your God, and ye shall rejoice in,all that ye put your hand unto, ye and your households, wherein the Lord thy God hath blessed thee (Deut. lZ :5-7). Jerusalem was where God had placed His name (John 4:20-22). The only place where the. passover could be observed was Jerusalem, as Deuteronomy 16:2, 5, 6 plainly states: Thou shalt therefore sacrifice the pass- over unto the Lord thy God, of the flock and the herd, in the place which the Lord shall choose to place his name there . . . Thou mayest not sacrifice the passover within any of thy gates, which the Lord thy God giveth thee : But at the place which the Lord thy God shall choose to place his name in, there thou shalt sacrifice the passover. If any question arises with regard to Jerusalem’s being that place, Isaiah 18:7 clarifies that matter: The place o f the iiame of the Lord of hosts, the ■mount Zion. (Continued on Next Page) Page Nine
ment prophecies, which have to do with the millennial reign of our Lord, fit in with their amazingly idiotic schemes. The Deciding Question Were the twelve tribes of Israel in the land of Palestine during the earthly min istry of the Lord Jesus Christ, or were
We cannot speak our gratitude For all that Thou hast done; For every good and perfect gift Provided through Thy Son. For peace with Thee, for peace with men, For work, for food, for sleep; For sweetened sorrow, and for love, For joy secure and deep. We cannot praise Thee as we would, In our poor, earthly way; But with sincere and humble hearts — W e keep Thanksgiving Day. — Betty Bruechert. only Jews, members o f the tribe of Judah, present at that time? Upon the answer to this question the complete theory of Anglo-Israelism stands or falls. I f we can show from Scripture that the twelve tribes or representatives of the twelve tribes were in Palestine during the earthly ministry of our Lord, and that not Judah only, but the whole house of Israel, were gathered together at the crucifixion of the Messiah, that Ephraim, Manasseh, Naphtali, Asher, Dan, and all the rest were equally guilty of that
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