THE REMNANT OF JUDAH REVEALED IN GERMANY (part two)
Pastor Alan Campbell
IN part one of this two-part study we traced the history of Germany and the history of the people of Judah, the different sections of Judah as they migrated through Spain into Ireland and Scotland. Others came across into northern Germany Then we looked at the Royal Line, and we saw that many people say that the British Monarchy is German, but we demonstrated that it was, in point of fact, descended from Judah. We traced the Royal Line. We saw the connection between the Royal Line and between the German people and the British people.
Quoting again, Amos chapter 9:
"For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth." - (Amos 9:9).
We are not claiming that Germany was an Israel nation, neither are we saying that all of Germany is Judah, but we are saying that present within Germany is a Judahite section. We found that there is also present an Assyrian group who trace their ancestry to Asshur, and there is a Gomer group. All three are present within Germany.
We believe that one of the proofs of Identity may be found in heraldry.The heraldry of the nations identifies them either as Israel nations or whether they be of another origin. When we come to look at the heraldry of those parts of Germany in which we believe that Israel travelled and settled for a time, and had a strong influence, we find the royal heraldry to be the same or similar to our own, and the royal heraldry of Judah is prominently displayed.
In the Royal Standard of the arms of Hanover we find the same heraldry as in our British coat-of-arms. The heraldry has the Scottish Red Lion rampant on the gold background, with the three passant lions red on the golden background of England, and also the harp of Ireland, on the blue ground.
Then in the centre is the blue lion: two more passant lions and a white horse and crown. If one did not know that this was the heraldry of Hanover, it would perhaps be presumed to be from somewhere in Britain. or of South Africa, Canada, or Australia.
The Lion and The Unicorn support the arms of Hanover as on our own Royal Standard. The heraldry is clearly displayed. The British coat-of-arms, the crown of David, Ireland’s harp. the Red Lion of Scotland, the Golden Lions of England and the White Horse of Hanover, are all important.
In Mr W. H. Bennett’s book. "The Symbols of Cur Celto-Saxon Heritage", he tells us that the horse is a secondary emblem of the tribe of Dan. There is a horse in the heraldry of Hanover and that horse was also the emblem of Brutus and the Trojans. We know those Trojans were of Israelite extraction. If you have an earlier edition of “The Covenant Voice” of a few months ago, it traced the origins of the Trojans and showed that the white horse was their emblem.
Similarly, it was mentioned in part one, that when the Saxons left Saxony in Germany and came across into the British Isles, the emblem of the first two Saxon chieftains to land in Britain and be given a settlement here, were called Hengist and Horsa (their names meaning “horse"). Their emblem was the white horse, and that white horse is also in the heraldry of the county of Kent.
If you go to the book of Revelation 19:11
"And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eves were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God."
The white horse is identified with our coming Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, crowned with many crowns, returning soon to planet Earth to establish His literal Kingdom here as He promised.
In Genesis 49:8,9 in Jacob's blessing upon Judah, it says:
"Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?"
The lion is a symbol of Judah. the white horse is identified with the tribe of Dan and, in symbolism, with the coming Christ. It is all over the arms of Saxony and Hanover. There is the heraldry which proclaims the remnant of Judah revealed in Germany.
Those heraldic emblems are all over the city of Hanover. In spite of its being heavily bombed and badly destroyed in World War II, when I was on a trip there, they look me on a heritage trail; all over the towm on arches and on buildings and on gates, the heraldry of the lion and the unicorn and all the heraldry of our Royal coat-of-arms is apparent. Even Hitler never erased that, and even today the parliament building for Lower Saxony, the provincial parliament in Hanover has that royal coat-of-arms.
To continue: if Judah is the lion symbol in heraldry, why do the Germans have the double-headed eagle as their symbol? That was on the Kaiser’s banner, the House of Hohenzollern. and it was associated with the Third Reich.
Just as Judah’s symbol is the lion, so the Assyrian symbol is the double-headed eagle, syrnbolising the division of the Germans. Double-headed eagles are associated with the Assyrian originated peoples, and yet there are also the lions symbolizing the Judah peoples.
In Baden orWurttemburg the coat of arms displays three black lions on a gold ground on the main shield and then there are six smaller shields for the six component parts of that province. Wurttemburg itself has another golden lion rampant of the House of Judah upon a black ground.
The modern coat-of-arms of Bavaria (which is not a predominantly Israelite part of Germany) incorporates the two golden lions for the Palatinate into its heraldry because Bavaria includes the territory once called the Palatine or Palatinate. This was the territory of the husband of the "Winter Queen", Elizabeth Stuart, whose story we learned in part one.
The city arms for Bremen are two golden lions and the State Coat-of-Arms for Bremen have a lion with a helmet and he is holding a key in his hand. Could it be that it is, as Revelation says, the Key of David, the Philadelphia church era?
The old Grand Duchy of Hesse has the symbol of a blue lion; he is crowned and carrying or drawing forth a sword. Out of the mouth of the lion of Judah, the conquering King Jesus comes forth with what? A two edged sword, which is the Word of God. The heraldry is all there.
In Hamburg. the heraldry depicts two golden lions upholding a castle upon a white shield. In Westphalia, the emblem is the white horse and in Mecklenburg it is the bull’s head, the bull being the symbol of the Angles just as much as the white horse was that of the Saxons.
In all these people the evidence of heraldry indicates their Israelite identity and it shows that even though the Israel/Judah element is depleted and greatly reduced in number in Germany yet there is a remnant revealed even yet in that nation at this time.
We will now look at some spiritual links. A question that many Kingdom believers tend to avoid, because it is contentious, is the teaching that all Germans are Assyria.
Who could possibly deny the presence of Judah in Germany when we know Germany to have been the land of the Protestant Reformation? Who among our Israel people, preachers and writers, would have the audacity to stand up and to say that Martin Luther or Melanchthon or any of the other great reformers that came out of Germany are Assyrians? These Lutherans who broke the chains of Rome, who would dare to say that they were Assyrians? God reveals His truth to Israel; these people were of true Israelite extraction.
We are well aware of our own John Wycliff, we know how he translated the Bible into English and shook the power of Rome towards the end of the 1300’s and that is why, ahead of time, he was called the Morning Star of the Reformation. We are well aware of the pre-reformation witnesses, like the Waldensians in Italy the Israel of the Alps, or again, of John Huss and Jerome of Prague.
When the witnesses of Bible prophecy stood upon their feet in the person of Martin Luther in 1517 and he nailed the Thesis to the church door in Wittenberg, where did it happen? It happened in Germany. Why did it happen in Germany? How did those witnesses die and stand on their feet? Go to Revelation chapter 11:7-11:
"And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit (and we know that is Popery) shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them. And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. And they of the people and kindreds and tongues and nations shall see their dead bodies three days and an half, and shall not suffer their dead bodies to be put in graves. And they that dwell upon the earth (that is the Roman earth or Europe) shall rejoice over them, and make merry, and shall send gifts one to another; because these two prophets tormented them that dwelt on the earth. And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them."
The witnesses of course were God’s true Israel, and God’s true Church. In May 1514, the Pope of Rome sent a letter all over Rome, Europe, and what they called Christendom. He said that if anybody had a controversy with Rome, or did not agree with what the Holy Roman Catholic Church taught, let them come to the church of St. John Lateran in Rome, let them stand up and present their case.
Nobody in their right mind would have gone, because the Pope had given a safe conduct previouslv to Jerome of Prague and others and then burned them. So nobody went, no Hussites, no Waldenses, no Albigenses, nobody turned up. And the Pope of Rome had a great celebration. They said — The Witnesses are dead! No one opposes us, it is on record that no one opposes us anymore. For three and a half years (that is three and a half days in prophecy) Rome ruled supreme.
Then, three and a half years to the day in Wittenberg in Germany, a little Saxon monk called Martin Luther nailed a parchment to the church door on 31st October, Reformation Day, and the Protestant Reformation had begun!
Even the Pope said that the ancient witnesses, Huss and Jerome, had come alive again in the person of Martin Luther. Where did the work of reformation begin? It began in Germany. How can we label all those people Assyrians? God would have put the Assyrians in the outer court. But no, God sent the awakening there.
Somebody once asked me, "Why did He begin it in Germany?" I will tell you why; in Zechariah’s prophecy 12:7, it says this: "For the Lord shall save (or bring salvation) to the tents of Judah first”, and it was Martin Luther who first proclaimed, in Saxony in Germany the great Truth of Justification by Faith alone. The two foundation beliefs of the Reformation are the doctrine of Justification by Faith and the prophetic identity of the Popes of Rome as Antichrist. Germany was the first place in which Luther would publicly burn the Papal Bull, the letter of excommunication.
At Worms in Germany, Luther declared, "My conscience is captive to the Word of God, here I stand; I can do no other”. At Wartburg Castle he would produce his copy of the Bible in German. It would be to Germany that Tyndale our own great reformer, who gave us the English Bible, the little book of the prophecy of Revelation 10, would flee from England persecuted by the Roman Church. He had to seek refuge in Germany to get his little book printed. It was from Germany that the Bibles were smuggled back into Britain in bales of cloth. The church of Rome was mocked, because they paid a huge amount of money to buy up a whole lot of the Bibles in order to burn them. With all the money received, the Reformers printed even more Bibles, of better condition and better quality - this was all happening in Germany.
In 1529 in Germany at the diet of Spiers the word Protestant first came into being, and the famous Augsburg Confession of the Lutheran Church was framed and put into writing. So how dare we deny the existence of the Remnant of Judah revealed in Germany?
As well as the Lutherans, there were the Calvinistic groups also flourishing. Some of you will have heard of a group called the Moravians, and the Moravian church was in a part of old Bohemia, now Czechoslovakia, on the German frontier. They were really persecuted in the Thirty Years’ War mentioned in part one. They fled and took refuge in Germany proper, in 1628. Then the Moravian church came under the protection and inspiration of the great German Christian, Count Ludwig von Zinzendorf, who developed the Moravian Church. The Moravians migrated out of Germany (in fact we have two Moravian churches in Belfast). The Moravian people also went to America, as missionaries to the West Indies and mostly to Georgia. It was in Georgia that John Wesley, who was still seeking the assurance of Salvation, came under the influence of the Moravians, and that was really his starting point to finding assurance of faith. The Moravians in America went on, in 1740, to develop a large settlement in a place called Bethlehem in Pennsylvania. So the Moravian Church originated in the remnant of Judah found in Germany.
There were also others of what we would call pietistic movements, such as Philip Jacob, Spener and August Francke and they were responsible for founding the great university at Halle.
The Christians and the Protestants in Germany experienced great persecution. In Revelation 12:13-17 we read:
"And when the dragon saw that hei was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ."
There are many applications of this text, but this is a picture of what happened during the terrible wars of religion. Germany was drenched in blood, right from Reformation days to 1648, when the peace treaty ended the Thirty Years’ War. Tens of thousands of God’s dear people were slaughtered by the rampaging armies of the Roman Catholic nations of Europe.
The Dragon was wroth with the woman Israel, the remnant of Israel’s seed in Germany, just as the remnant in France, the Huguenots, suffered terribly by the wars of religion and the persecuting powers of Rome. And what was the result of that? The woman (Israel) was given the wings of an eagle to flee to a place of safety. The French Huguenots, a remnant of Reuben, fled to South Africa, where there is a memorial depicting that fact. The remnant of Judah in Germany began to move westward towards the United States of America from the 17th century onwards. So many of them migrated, in point of fact, that there are as many Americans today who can claim German descent as there are who can claim English descent. They were not Assyrians!
As that Judah/Israel element migrated out of Germany, the Assyrian/Gomer element did not, and so over the centuries they have come to predominate, whilst the Israelite element have become a minority or a remnant. When the United States was actually established it was only by a narrow majority vote of one in the Continental Congress, that the Americans chose English rather than German to be their national language. That is something that is not well known.
There was constant migration to the United States. The Church of the Brethren of the Baptists fled first from Westphalia to Holland because of persecution, and then they went from Holland and settled the area, around Germantown in Pennsylvania. Then a group of Lutherans moved into Georgia, and in 1839, under the leadership of a minister called Walther, they went to Missouri. Persecuted Lutherans, who were known as the Salzbergers, were driven into Prussia and from Prussia they fled to America.
Large numbers then sailed from Saxony and they arrived in New Orleans in 1839. They journeyed up the Mississippi to St Louis and there Walther built Trinity Church and began the first Lutheran magazine. Another group went into Michigan, and eventually they were grouped together under what is called today the Lutheran Church, Missouri Synod. To this day they still adhere to the confession that the Pope of Rome is the Antichrist of prophecy.
Nobody’s going to tell me that those were Assyrians - they had to be the Israelite remnant.
The constant migration out of Germany into America, the move westward depleted the Israelite gene pool in Germany and let the Assyrian/Gomer element predominate.
Not only is the Dragon depicted as waging physical war on the Israelites in Germany but under the symbol of the Serpent, we are told that he would cast a flood of filthy water out of his mouth. We know that that flood of water can be applied in the racial dilution of the Israel peoples at this time, but that is not the thrust of it here. It has a double meaning. If the Word of God is the pure water of life, then the filthy water from the serpent’s mouth is false doctrine.
Jesuits infiltrated the universities and the theological colleges of Germany, and they spewed forth filthy water They denied the infallibility of the Scriptures, they mutilated the Word of God. From Germany came the highly educated so-called theologians, the pioneers of Higher Criticism. Bible-denying Modernism is that flood of filthy water from the serpent’s mouth and it is held up as the epitome of scholarship. Unfortunately clergy throughout the English speaking world mimicked it and adopted its false teaching. Furthermore at the same time, in Bavaria, Adam Weisshaupt, born a Jew, adopted Catholicism and became a Jesuit professor of theology. He is the man who founded the one world organization called the Illuminati in 1776.
There is a constant flood of filthy water coming from the serpent’s mouth.
What does the Bible say? It says, the earth absorbed the flood of filthy water What does that mean? It means that the nations of Continental Europe (for the most part) gave themselves over to infidelity, modernism and Higher Criticism, atheism, gnosticism etc. We find there is a secular godlessness in France, Holland and Germany today as a result of the European/Roman earth’s absorbing the filthy water out of the serpent's mouth, that was meant to destroy the woman Israel.
At the beginning of the twentieth century we know that God moved in great part to restore the Pentecostal Blessing. We know that in America, in Topeka Bible College; and in Ireland, Monaghan, George Jeffries, in Kilsyth in Scotland, the Welsh Apostolics, in Sweden and Norway those places with Louise Pethrus and pastor Barratt and others. We know that God had poured out the latter rain of His Spirit, the restored Apostolic Gospel of Saviour/Healer/Baptiser and King. That also was poured out in Germany.
There was a different reaction, however, and this is most important. The established confessional church, the Lutherans, the Calvinists etc. in Germany en masse with their religious leaders; the Lutheran church under the Kaiser, reacted nationally and denounced the Pentecostal outpouring as being of the devil. In the Berlin Declaration of 1909 Pentecostals were persecuted and hounded because of their faith.
I believe that fatal mistake paved the way for Germany’s defeat and cruel humiliation in World War One and the subsequent Treaty of Versailles. That, with the flood of filthy water from the Serpent’s mouth, laid the basis for the rise of Naziism and the devastation arid destruction of World War Two that came upon Germany.
A nation or a people that reject God’s revelation will be given over to their own ways That is what happened to Germany.
Today, there are those that believe the Truth in Germany but they are a very small minority.
It is interesting to note that the name Judah means praise. Judahites were a praising people, so it is not surprising, therefore, to find that the remnant of Israel Found in Germany would also be a musical people. Out of the Reformation and Martin Luther’s work not only came the Word of God, but many beautiful hymns. We all should be acquainted with the great Reformation hymn that Luther wrote, “A Mighty Fortress is our God. the bulwark never failing”, based on Psalm 46. If any of you are musically inclined, especially if you like Classical Music, think of Johann Sebastian Bach, a German, Beethoven, born in Bonn, a German, Brahms born in Hamburg, Handel, (Handel’s “Messiah”!) - Handel came from Saxony, Schumann, from Saxony. Wagner from Leipzig and so on.
Composer after composer proved to be of the German people, mostly during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Judah means “praise”, therefore they are a praising, musical people.
What about Germany today? At the end of World War Two Germany was divided under the Peace Treaties and from 1945 to 1989, Germany was divided into West Germany which was part of the free World, and East Germany was a Soviet puppet state. In microcosm of the nation, the city of Berlin was divided into regions or zones. East Berlin was controlled by the Communists and the West was divided under the jurisdiction of Britain, France and America. We all know the horror of the Berlin Wall, and the people trying to escape over it. Then one night, on the TV, we saw the people tearing down the wall, brick by brick and stone by stone. Not much later, the Russians pulled back, the Communist Regime disintegrated, and that was the start. Like a row of dominoes the Warsaw Pact nations lost the Soviet control, the old system was gone. The Word of God had told us that this would be! We were seeing prophecy fulfilled before our eyes, as in Ezekiel 38:2-4:
"Son of man, set thy face against Gog, (that means huge or gigantic) the land of Magog, (Russia) the chief prince of Meshech (old name for Moscow) and Tubal, (Tobolsk) and prophesy against him (Russia), And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I am against thee, 0 Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back."
When did He turn them back? He turned them back when the Berlin Wall came down in 1989. Prophecy was fulfilled before our eyes!
There is a powerful Roman Catholic influence at work in Germany today. That influence was at work on the Kaiser and it was powerfully at work within Naziism. Hitler had been raised in the Roman Catholic Church and also many of his close associates; in fact, it is said he adopted the swastika symbol because it had been over the monastery where he had attended church and school.
We do know that it was only by the vote of the Catholic Centre Party that Hitler came to power in 1933, when he was given emergency powers.The Roman church put him there. Some of you rnay have read the book “Hitler’s Pope", in which it states that Hitler had a Concordat with the Vatican. The Vatican was working hand in glove with Hitler because they believed that he would destroy Communism and fulfil the lying visions of Fatima.
When Hitler was defeated, Rome jumped ship (as she always does) and in no time at all she launched a new party, the Christian Democrat Party. Dr Adenauer became the Chancellor of West Germany and he was one of the architects of the European Common Market, now known as the European Union. That is why Rome is going to canonize him, not because he was a churchman but because he was a politician who pursued Rome’s goals for a united Europe.
Germany, over a period of time has become the backbone of the European Union, the driving force behind it. Together with the Vatican, Germany recognised independent Croatia early in 1990, and became the agency for the destruction of Yugoslavia. That was the first time German troops were operating outside Germany since the War, and through the European Union, Germany now has a powerful influence in the Balkans once again. They are rebuilding their military might and we have seen only recently their hostility to Britain and America over the whole issue of Iraq.
That, of course, is not surprising when you think that Turkey and others of the Moslem World were with the Central Powers, with the Kaiser in the First World War. Again, in World War Two, many Arabs and many Moslems were sympathetic to Germany for instance,. the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem who travelled to Berlin. Even in Iraq there was the pro-German govemrnent and in Iran at that time. There has always been that link, and again they have manifested this at this present time. They are in close alliance with the Vatican, they have their own goals and their own aims regarding the Middle East and this so-called European Reaction Force is the first stage in the creation of a united European Army. It is the first stage towards the ending of NATO and the whole attempt to build up a United States of Europe as a counter force to the United States of America.
That is the modern position prophetically regarding Germany. But in spite of all that and in spite of how Germany has been used as an agency of war and destruction down the years because of a militant Assyrian element that is present, God has not left Himself without a people in Germany.
In Germany today there is a certain amount taken from taxes, and people have to register whether they are Lutheran, Calvinist, or Roman Catholic. A tithe is taken out of the pay packets to subsidise the main churches. Those who don’t worship or claim membership in those churches, even groups like the Baptists or even larger Pentecostal or mainline Pentecostal groups, are looked on with great disfavour and great suspicion in Germany, even to this day; and are in danger of being labelled as cults. They are seen as being something not quite German, something outside the mainstream of religion.
God has not left Himself without a witness. Not only is there a remnant of Israel/Judah people in Germany but even within that remnant, God now has a remnant or an election, and has had for some years. There are those who believe the self-same message that we do, the Israel Identity Truth and the Acts 2:38 message of full salvation.
God has Israelites in Germany, in Holland where Zebulon is, a remnant of Reuben in France, and all the Scandinavian Nations, the Swedes and the Finns are Issachar, Benjamin is in Iceland, and so on.
The primary Israel grouping is in Britain and America (Ephraim and Manasseh) but there is that element found within those other nations and we need to have fellowship with them. We need to react with them, because we are all linked together in the racial Family of God - but even more importantly, in the Spiritual Family of God - Israelites by Race and Israelites by Grace. Israelites twice over!
So there you are, the Remnant of Israel found in Germany. I hope you will think about that and that you will be willing to accept what you have read. It will help you to understand more as you study and see things happening in the World.
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