THE JEWS ARE NOT ALL ISRAEL
THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, which we are considering, is not the same as the House of Judah, of which the Jews were a small remnant only.
The distinction we wish to emphasise is that, while some Jews are Israelites, all Israelites are not necessarily Jews. The House of Judah and some of the Jews are of Israel, that is descended, from Jacob. When the general blessings were at Jacob's death apportioned, the 'One Seed' Christ, the Messiah, was promised with the sovereignty to Judah; but the "multitude of nations," most of the spiritual gifts and all the temporal grandeur of the "birthright" were given to the House of Joseph or Ephraim exclusively. The House of Israel was to obtain these in the "latter days" or the Christian era - our days and when developed into a "company of Nations," cf. Imperial Conference of 1926.
The division of Israel took place under the rule of Rehoboam over Judah, Jeroboam over Israel, in 975 B.C. The House of Israel sinned through idolatry and were cast out of the land in 721 B.C. and did not return. The House of Judah also sinned and were punished and banished to Babylon for seventy years, and a remnant of them under Ezra and Nehemiah returned as "the Jews" in 536 B.C. The term "Jews" is never in the Bible applied to the Twelve Tribes or to the Ten-tribed House of Israel. These were to be divorced from the Mosaic law and lost to human history and knowledge, but known to God, re-covenanted in Christ, and to enjoy the Hebrew birthright in the isles of the seas, to be His national evangelists to the world, and the inheritors of the Kingdom of God taken away from the Jews and given to a Nation. It will be shown that the British enjoy all the unconditional promises given to the seed of Abraham in the Christian era and that therefore no other Nation can now replace them as Israel.
It was in 741 B.C. that Isaiah prophesied that "within three score and five years shall Ephraim be broken in pieces, that it be not a people." The final siege of Samaria and the deportation of Israel took place in 721 B.C. Subsequently in 676 B.C. Esar-Haddon completed the work begun and from this date the history of the house of Israel ceases in the Scriptures, and the tale is taken up by Prophecy.
Judah was carried captive to Babylon by Nebuchadnezzar in 603 B.C. and the Temple finally destroyed in 586 B.C. The word "Jew" is found for the first time in the Bible in II Kings 16:6, but the Second Book of Kings was not written till the return of Judah and Benjamin after the end of the Babylonian captivity.
CONTRAST BETWEEN ISRAEL AND JEWS
ISRAEL were to have a change of name (Isa. 65:15). The Jews were to be known by a change in physiognomy (Isa. 3:9).
ISRAEL were to be called by a new name (Isa. 62:2). The Jews have retained their old name unchanged.
ISRAEL were tobe named after Isaac, i.e. called Saxon (Gen. 21:12) The Jews' name was to be a curse to them (Isa. 65:15).
ISRAEL were to be blind to their identity (Rom. 11:25). The Jews still claim to be the chosen people.
ISRAEL were to be a multitudinous people (Hos. 1:10). The Jews were to be bereft of children (Jer. 15:7).
ISRAEL were to become known as the righteous Nation that keepeth the truth (Isa. 26:2). The Jews were to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse (Jer. 24:9).
ISRAEL were to become a Nation and a Company of Nations (Gen. 35:11). The Jews were to be scattered in all the "kingdoms of the earth for their hurt" (Jer. 24:9).
ISRAEL were to make a new home in the Appointed Place - the Isles of the Sea (II Sam. 7:10 ; Isa. 24:15; Isa. 49:1; Jer. 31: 10, etc.). The Jews have been strangers in all lands (Jer. 15:4).
ISRAEL were to be a Nation for ever (Jer. 31:36). The Jewish nation was broken beyond repair in A.D. 70 (Dan. 9:24; Jer. 1 9: 11).
ISRAEL were to have a perpetual monarchy (Jer. 33:17). The Jews have no king on earth.
ISRAEL were to come under a new covenant (Jer. 31:33). The Jews have remained under the old law.
ISRAEL were to be called the sons of God, i.e. accept Christianity (Hos. 1:10). The Jews do not accept Jesus Christ as the Messiah.
ISRAEL were taken captive into Assyria, circa 721 B.C.. (II Kings 18:11, etc.). The Jews were taken captive to Babylon circa 603 B.C. (II Kings 24:1-14, etc., and 25:20, etc.).
ISRAEL were to be immune from defeat in war (Isa. 54:17, Lev. 26:6-8). The Jews have suffered endless persecution.
ISRAEL had nothing to do with the crucifixion, being at that time away beyond the Euphrates, beginning their migrations through Europe. The Jews cried, "Crucify him! crucify him!"
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