Who are the people living in the country of Israel today?
Although the answer is in the Bible, most people don’t know what they are looking for and so they miss it. When you understand the foundation of “who are the people in the country of Israel today” you will understand why things are written the way they are, who the Bible is really talking about and how it relates to present day.
Let’s start with the present day current events:
In May 2011, our President suggested Israel should move its borders to reflect what they were in 1967. This proclamation challenged the sovereignty of the State of Israel and sent an underlying message to that small strip of land that its main supporter, America, may not be quite so supportive. Of course this means the country of Israel would be left vulnerable to enemy attack. This has many Christians in America up in arms. But just who exactly is occupying the land called Israel? Who are the Jews?
First, let me say that usually when anyone speaks the truth with regards to the true genealogy of the Jews that he or she most likely will be labeled as anti-Semite due to pre-conditioned responses deeply ingrained within us. This effectively stops the conversation and we never get to the truth of just who is occupying the land of Israel and who are the Jews?
What is an Anti-Semite?
From www.dictionary.com –
An Anti-Semite: a person who discriminates against or is prejudiced or hostile toward Jews.
What is a Semite?
From www.dictionary.com - Semite (n) –
1. a member of any of various ancient and modern peoples originating in southwestern Asia, including the Akkadians, Canaanites, Phoenicians, Hebrews, and Arabs.
2. a Jew.
3. a member of any of the peoples descended from Shem, the eldest son of Noah.
According to history this answer as to the definition of Semite is absolutely incorrect.
Webster’s Dictionary of 1953 does not mention either definition 1 or 2. The 1953 edition only states definition 3. The definition at dictionary.com enhances the description to include previously mentioned explanations 1 and 2. This embellishment serves to enhance a deception that has been forced upon the world.
A Semite is a descendent from the line of Shem – period. Anyone who is not a descendant of Shem cannot be a Semite.
Shem was the eldest son of Noah. Noah had two other sons, Ham and Japath. Abram (later Abraham) was born into Shem’s linage. (Gen 11:10-32 to see the genealogy). Abraham married Sarah and much later, believing Sarah to be barren, Abraham had relations with Hagar (Sarah’s servant). Hagar conceived Ishmael. Ishmael is the patriarch of the Arabic peoples – mostly nomads until recent years. These peoples are all Semites since they descend from the line of Shem.
Abraham and Sarah finally conceived Isaac. Isaac and Rebekah had twin sons, Esau and Jacob. Esau gave up his birthright to Jacob. Esau’s descendants became known as the Edomites. These also are Semites from the line of Shem. They intermarried with Canaanites (not Semites) and Ishmaelite (Semites). The descendents of Esau became enemies of God and will be destroyed by Him at His return. The book of Malachi speaks of how these descendents have risen up against GOD and how they will be destroyed.
Jacob’s name was changed to Israel by GOD. Jacob had 12 sons (the Twelve Tribes – the Nations of Israel). Drought caused Jacob’s family of 70+ people to migrate to Egypt and they eventually became enslaved under Pharaoh. These Twelve Tribes, these Nations of Israel, are God’s Chosen People. Anywhere that the Bible speaks of the Chosen People, Israel, Jacob, Judah or Ephraim it is speaking of these Twelve Tribes or one of those Tribes. It speaks of no other people as Israel.
Think of this as an upside down evergreen tree with divisions and offshoots as time and generations continue. The one thing that remains true are “The Twelve Tribes - The Nations”. These are God’s chosen, set-apart people. Once God told Jacob that his name was changed to Israel, they remained Israel. So everything in the Bible is written specifically to Israel and only Israel.
So who are the Jews? We find the first mention of some of them in II Kings 17. It gets more specific in verses 23 on…. The King of Assyria filled Samaria with surrounding people that were not Israel. Groups were transported from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath, and Sepharvaim into the places that Israel once occupied. Further in chapter 17, these peoples were taught the ways of God by exiled Israel priests. Some Jews today are known as Sephardic Jews.
In 701 B.C. the king of Assyria defeated the northern kingdom of Israel and he took all of the Israelites into captivity into Assyria. He needed to fill that now empty land with people who would be loyal to him so he brought in all of these other people groups, the ones listed above in the Bible text. Many of these, including the Sepharvaim, were Edomites. These people became the rulers and peoples of the land in Palestine. About 200 years later King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon did the same thing to the southern kingdom of Judah.
The Edomites brought the Babylon religion back to Jerusalem and combined it with the teachings of Moses to create the Babylonian Talmud, the book that the Jews use today as their main source of doctrine. The writing of the Babylonian Talmud was begun in 500 B.C. at the time of the Babylonian Captivity and was completed in approximately 500 A.D. (BTW – this is the same mystery Babylon religion started at the time of Nimrod and that the Bible speaks of saying, “come out of her, Mystery Babylon”.).
After many generations, Jesus was born into the line of Shem, into the Twelve Tribes, of the Tribe of Judah (one of the sons of Jacob). When you read the Gospels (Matthew, Mark, Luke and John) and the Epistles, things become clear as to “who the Jews really are”. John Chapter 8 - Focusing mainly on verse 33, “They (the Pharisee’s) answered him, “We are Abraham’s descendants and have never been slaves of anyone. How can you say that we shall be set free?” Jesus knew that the Jewish leaders were Edomites. They were from the line of Abraham (through Esau) but neither Esau nor his descendants had ever been in captivity. On the other hand the true Israelites had been in captivity. Not only in Egypt under Pharaoh but under Assyria and Babylon as well. The Jewish leaders (Pharisee’s and Sadducee’s) knew that Jesus knew that they were usurpers and should not be in the power or position that they did. They were not truly His chosen people.
Now go to Matthew 27:25-32:
Mat 27:25 Then answered all the people, and said, His blood be on us, and on our children.
Mat 27:26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.
Mat 27:27 Then the soldiers of the governor took Jesus into the common hall, and gathered unto him the whole band of soldiers.
Mat 27:28 And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe.
Mat 27:29 And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews!
Mat 27:30 And they spit upon him, and took the reed, and smote him on the head.
Mat 27:31 And after that they had mocked him, they took the robe off from him, and put his own raiment on him, and led him away to crucify him.
Mat 27:32 And as they came out, they found a man of Cyrene, Simon by name: him they compelled to bear his cross.
The notice “King of the Jews” was written by Pilate who viewed everyone of this group as Jews by geography. (This is like calling everyone in America “Americans”). But, the chief priests and teachers (Pharisees and Sadducees) knew exactly who Jesus was and instead called Him the “King of Israel”…for Jesus was not their king. (John 19:19-22).
When reading the Bible with this basic information in mind, the truth becomes quite plain. For example in Acts 12:1-5, the Jewish leaders were pleased that James (brother of John) was killed. The Jewish leaders would never be happy that one of their own was killed. Remember that the Jewish leaders were really descendents of Esau (Edomites) and were not Israelites from the Twelve Nations or Tribes. They were simply living in the land that was once occupied by the Twelve Tribes of Israel because it had been vacated by the Twelve Tribes when they were dispersed by Assyria and Babylon.
The Apostles also all knew that Israel had been dispersed out of the land of Palestine. James, the brother of Jesus, opens his letter in James 1:1 (Here are several versions).
King James Bible
American King James Version
So where is true Israel today? Where are those Twelve Tribes? Scattered abroad….Europe and then into America, Australia and New Zealand, and South Africa.
This fulfills the prophecy given to King David in II Samuel 7:10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime.
(This prophecy was given to King David by the prophet Nathan during a time of peace in Israel. David was king over the entire Twelve Tribes and they were at peace with each other and the surrounding peoples. Why would God tell David that they would in the future dwell in a place of their own if they were already in that place?)
We are told in Holy Scripture that our name would be changed and we would be called the sons of Isaac. Anglo-Saxon is a derivative of Isaac’s sons. So where you see Anglo-Saxon people groups today is where God has planted His people. As He told Abraham long ago that his, Abraham’s, descendants would be uncountable. So are the Anglo-Saxons. The Jews are not.
There is one more twist to this whole story. The Edomite and Sephardic (more Edomite) Jews only make up a portion of today’s Jewish population. Over the centuries many other peoples have been assimilated into the Jewish religion though conquest and adoption. The majority of these are what is called Ashkenazi Jews. These Jews may not even from the line of Shem (son of Noah) but from the line of Japeth (another son of Noah), although through intermarriage many of them have married Edomite Jews so they are partial Edomites as well. They are Turkish/Mongolian lineage and may be Edomite as well. They are most assuredly not Israelite.
Most American Jews are Ashkenazi Jews as are most of the leaders in the Israeli state including Netanyahu. There is an excellent free online book by a Jewish author named Arthur Koestler which shows the history of the Ashkenazi Jews and who they are today. http://www.biblebelievers.org.au/13trindx.htm
That brings us back to the present day Israeli state in Palestine. Most people today, including most Christians, believe that the Jews are God’s chosen people and that the land of Palestine where the Israeli state is will be supernaturally protected by God when they are attacked.
We believe that if the Israeli state in Palestine is attacked, it is fulfilling the scriptures in (NIV) Malachi 1:1-4 An oracle: The word of the Lord to Israel through Malachi. Jacob Loved, Esau Hated “I have loved you,” says the Lord. “But you ask, ‘How have you loved us?’ “Was not Esau Jacob’s brother?” the Lord says. “Yet I have loved Jacob, but Esau I have hated, and I have turned his mountains into a wasteland and left his inheritance to the desert jackals.” Edom may say, “Though we have been crushed, we will rebuild the ruins.” But this is what the Lord Almighty says: “They may build, but I will demolish. They will be called the Wicked Land, a people always under the wrath of the Lord. You will see it with your own eyes and say, ‘Great is the Lord—even beyond the borders of Israel!’
Today Edomite and Ashkenazi Jews occupy the Israeli state in Palestine, not the descendents of Israel, the Twelve Tribes. When Israel is attacked it is fulfilling scripture. God said that He will destroy them and He will.
Unfortunately, those who believe beyond doubt that the Jews of present day Israeli state of Palestine are the chosen people under the divine protection against such attacks will be shocked when events unfold and lead to the ultimate destruction of that land; for this belief is the underpinning of Christian faith and end times belief systems. The destruction of the state will challenge and disappoint that belief system and to them, quite possibly, the message of salvation will be compromised. After all, if God did not save “Israel” as these followers were led to believe, how can they trust in their own salvation? Subsequent attacks on America and Canada, where a majority of true Israel lives (Gog/Magog of Ezekiel 38 & 39) will find those who have bought into common belief largely unprepared for what the Bible says is coming.
There is quite a lot more on this subject if you are interested. My website has some resources for more in-depth study of this information.