This incredible symbol featuring 'The Pillar of Cloud' and the 'Pillar of Fire' with the Tetragrammaton at the center of the Star of David may be seen at Winchester Cathedral, which has stood at the center of the city of Winchester for nearly a thousand years. Winchester Cathedral once was the Royal Cathedral of the Anglo-Saxon Kingdom of Wessex.
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What does it mean to be a Chosen Nation?
Whereas it is an undoubted privilege - it is also a big burden to carry.
Israel’s formative years
In the closing days of the patriarchal age and whilst Jacob was still alive, at the urging of Joseph the twelve families of Israel moved to Egypt to settle in the land of Goshen in the fertile Nile Delta. In those ideal conditions the Israelites grew into a multitude of millions, so much so, that a later Pharaoh became concerned about their numbers’ becoming a possible threat to the stability of the Egyptian empire. His ‘final solution’ was to order that all male Hebrew children should be drowned at birth. Thus this Pharaoh of Egypt was the first despot to come up with the ultimate in ethnic cleansing. At the same time he enslaved the entire Hebrew population. In their dire straights the people of Israel cried out to God for deliverance and God responded by sending them Moses, a man whom He had specially prepared for the task. This same Moses, inspired by God, called down nine terrible plagues, which utterly devastated the economy and agriculture of Egypt. When Pharaoh still stubbornly refused to let the people go, Moses called for the tenth plague to take effect. God sent his Death Angel to destroy all the firstborn of Egypt from Pharaoh down to the most humble servant. Even the firstborn of all the cattle of Egypt were struck down that night. It was an awesome judgement upon Pharaoh and the Egyptian Empire. In some respects it could be said that God’s judgement was an act of poetic justice, as Pharaoh had ordered that all male Hebrew children should be drowned in the Nile River, and now the God of the Hebrews was returning the compliment. Just as the Hebrew children were drowned by the tens of thousands in the waters of the Nile on Pharaoh’s orders, so also the whole Egyptian army was drowned in the Red Sea, as they pursued Moses and the Israelites. This Bible story of Israel’s enslavement and miraculous escape from Egypt is not just a story – it is actual history!
The moment Pharaoh gave the order that all male Hebrew children were to be drowned at birth; he in effect sounded the death knell of the nation. How long can any nation or tribe survive under a regime like that? The Hebrew descendants of Abraham were doomed for the scrap-heap of history. Pharaoh had spoken, he had issued his orders and that was that! At the most they might have lasted for maybe one generation, and the people of Israel would have vanished from the face of the earth. They would have disappeared without a trace and the world would never have known anything about their existence. The plain fact is that history itself would not have recorded them. After all they had not left their mark upon history then, unlike the Egyptians. The world still stands in awe of Egypt’s stupendous monuments, but that collection of simple Hebrew farming tribes in the Nile Delta had no monuments to bequeath to the world. Had they vanished off the map without leaving a trace, they certainly would not have been the only ones. Many tribes and nations have disappeared in the same way. The truth is that those Hebrew people were a tribe of captive slaves in bondage to their Egyptian masters. In the eyes of the then world they were nobodies. In effect, as slaves they were the lowest of the low, just a desert tribe of slaves. They had no culture, no real identity, and no country of their own. They had lost much of their language, possessed no literature of their own, had no military tradition, and they were utterly defenseless.
`Measured against the awesome might, culture and sophistication of Egypt they were a bunch of ‘no hopers’ without any future whatsoever. If their God had not previously made a covenant with their ancestral father Abraham they would not have survived their Egyptian experience. If their God had not ‘chosen’ them as a people for Himself, and if He had not pulled them out of there when He did, they would not have survived and the world would have been none the wiser. This is the proper context in which to see Israel’s calling as God’s ‘chosen’ people. They were a lost cause and they had nothing to be proud of. The reality is that it was no credit to them that they were ‘chosen’ by God. Moses makes this very point when he addresses the children of Israel in the book of Deuteronomy:
“The Lord did not set His love on you because you were more in number than any other people,
for YOU WERE THE LEAST OF ALL PEOPLES!”
The prophet Ezekiel gives a further graphic illustration of the utter hopelessness of the fledgling nation:
“As for your nativity, on the day you were born your navel cord was not cut, nor were you washed in water to cleanse you; you were not rubbed with salt nor wrapped in swaddling cloths. No eye pitied you, to do any of these things for you, to have compassion on you; but you were thrown out into the open field, when you yourself were loathed on the day you were born. And when I passed by you were struggling in your own blood, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ Yes, I said to you in your blood, ‘Live!’ ”
It is clear from these words that God through His intervention saved the nation from certain annihilation. It is clear then that to be ‘chosen’ by God does not in any way imply any honour or special status of which one can be proud. On the contrary, when we understand that God chose ‘the least of all peoples,’ a people who were finished and who had no hope, there is really nothing to be proud of at all. In the second part of his passage Moses goes on to describe the other reason why God chose to rescue them from certain oblivion in Egypt:
“But because the Lord loves you, and because He would keep the oath which He swore to your fathers, the Lord has brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you from the house of bondage, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.”
(Deuteronomy 7:6 & 8)
The Twelve Tribes of Israel ratify their Covenant with God
The Hebrew descendants of Abraham escaped through the Red Sea into the land of Midian (Arabia). The entire Egyptian army in hot pursuit had been drowned before their very eyes. It was the experience of Israel’s Exodus from Egypt that left an indelible mark upon the Israelites. After all, their God, the God of their forefathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, had ‘personally’ intervened with ‘signs’ and ‘wonders’ and ‘mighty miracles’ to aid their escape from the iron grip of their Egyptian overlords. Moses, on God’s instruction, reminds them of this fact as he outlines the unique covenant relationship they are in. The monumental words are written in the book of Exodus 19:4-6, as follows:
“You have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles’ wings and brought you to Myself. Now therefore if you will indeed obey My voice and keep My covenant, then you shall be a special treasure to Me above all people; for all the earth is Mine. And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”
The people immediately give their answer to the divine proposal by saying:
“All that the Lord has spoken we will do!”
Thus the people, that is to say, all the people from every single one of the twelve tribes of Israel expressed their formal agreement to the divine covenant God had made with them, and thus the covenant was ratified. It is very important to bear in mind that the whole nation, that is to say, each of the twelve tribes of Israel agreed to accept the terms of this covenant. It was not just Judah, alias the Jews who did so, as they stood shoulder to shoulder with all of their fellow tribal compatriots descended from Jacob.
Moses, as God’s chosen spokesman, then gives the Law/Torah at Mount Horeb, which has since become commonly known as the Ten Words or Ten Commandments.
Ironically, the journey from Egypt to their Promised Land need only have taken them just eleven days. It is because the people rebelled against God and his servant Moses, through a lack of trust in God’s promises that they were to take forty years to achieve the same end. Thus the children of Israel ended up wandering through the desert for forty long and hard years, and it was during this time that the different tribes under the wise leadership of Moses became a cohesive national entity. Then under the subsequent leadership of Joshua they were able utterly to defeat the seven nations inhabiting the land promised to them by God through his special covenant with Abraham. Thus they conquered the land of Canaan, comprising the territory on both sides of the river Jordan, starting with the city of Jericho. These historical events occurred three and a half thousand years ago.
What it means to be ‘Chosen’ by God
The Bible as Israel’s unique history book relates that after the nation had become one United Kingdom under the respective reigns of King Saul, King David and King Solomon, the nation tragically split into two separate kingdoms. Ten Tribes under the leadership of Jeroboam, a Prince of the Tribe of Ephraim rebel against the Royal House of David to set up their own kingdom to the north of Jerusalem. This new nation retains the name Israel and eventually establishes its permanent capital in Samaria. This leaves the Kingdom of Judah in the south with Jerusalem as its capital. The northern Kingdom of Israel then turned away from true faith in the Holy and Invisible God of Israel, and went back to the worship of golden calves. From there they departed into wholesale paganism, witchcraft and the occult with terrible consequences, as the nation was invaded by the mighty Assyrian Empire, which took the entire nation into captivity. After three successive invasions by Assyria the Kingdom of Israel ceased to exist, as its people had either fled to other parts of the world, or were led as slaves to Assyria, where they were settled on the southern shores of both the Caspian and Black Seas. God had sent them numerous prophets to call them to repentance, and warn them of their fate should they fail to do so. Countless warnings were ignored, and in the end the prophesies inevitably came to pass, and to all accounts and purposes the nation of Israel was no more. Yet, whilst the kingdom of Israel had ceased to exist, the people, literally millions of Israelites were still very much around. Over time, as the centuries passed by, those same Israelites became acclimatised and assimilated and lost their identity. They have since been referred to as the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel, nevertheless God at all times knew where they were, and He has never lost sight of them. It was His purpose that they become lost in the first place, so that they would spread to the four corners of the world, to enable them to become a blessing to all the nations in the last days, just as He had promised Abraham, their ancestral father. It was His purpose also that they forget their Israelite ancestry and remain hidden as His chosen people until today. Now however the day and the time has dawned when the veil which He has placed over the face of His people Israel must be removed.
Jews have borne the brunt of suffering for being the ‘chosen’ people
In reality, it is because of the ‘spiritual’ commission the Jews have been given by God, and the fact that they alone (unlike their Israelite brethren of the Lost House of Israel) have born the mantle of being God’s ‘chosen’ people, that they have suffered so much persecution. Throughout the history of the world the Jews have been the most abused and kicked-around race of people on the earth. The ultimate reason is that the world hates the ‘Spiritual Realm of God,’ and it is for this reason also that the world hates the Jews. The world cannot stand the concept that the Jews are the ‘chosen’ people of God, and they are simply jealous of the fact. We have already seen that part of the reason they were chosen was because they were the ‘least’ of all people. Thus they were not chosen because they were special; instead they have become special because they were chosen. That God should make a covenant to with ‘one’ people in itself is an affront to man. A popular Jewish saying goes: “So, who asked to be chosen?” It is true they did not ask to be chosen, yet the Jewish people simply know from their four thousand years of experience that they are God’s ‘chosen’ people. The Jewish cynic will say: “I wish God had chosen somebody else because it has brought us nothing but pain.” Whereas it cannot be denied that it has brought them a lot of grief, but it has also given them many blessings, and it is an awesome privilege and exceptional honour to be ‘chosen’ of God. A most important point to remember here is that the Jews were not the only ones who were ‘chosen’ by God by a special covenant. We must not forget that the ten tribes of Israel – those missing sons of Abraham – were also ‘chosen’ of God. In conclusion if the Jews are not the Israel of the ‘Birthright’ promises, the question is: Where is Israel today? Where are these missing tribes of Israel? Surely, with all our sophistication and knowledge, we ought to be able to find them?
The sole ‘Sign’ that identifies the ‘chosen’ people
Sadly, the Israelite nations are not aware of their true ancestry as the Lost House of Israel. They do not know who they are. They have forgotten their origins and they think of themselves as Gentiles when in truth they are Israelites. They are ignorant of the fact and so is the rest of the world. The reason they have lost the knowledge of their ancient roots is because they departed from the God of Israel and, especially, because THEY LOST THE ONE “SIGN” THAT WOULD HAVE IDENTIFIED THEM! This sign is mentioned in the Book of Exodus 31:12-13 & 17. . . .
“And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, ‘Speak also to the children of Israel, saying: Surely My Sabbaths you shall keep, for it is a SIGN between Me and you throughout your generations, that you may know that I am the LORD who sanctifies you . . . . It is a SIGN between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day he rested and was refreshed.’ ”
Here we have the reason that the Israelite nations have lost the knowledge of who they are. They failed to keep God’s seventh day Sabbaths, which was the One and Only Sign that would have identified them as God’s chosen covenant people. At the same time the reason the Jewish people have never lost their identity as God’s chosen people is because, ever since they came out of their Babylonian captivity, they have been faithful to God’s Sabbaths. Their Sabbath has become known in the world at large as ‘the Jewish Sabbath.’ It is God’s seventh day Sabbath that has more than anything else identified the Jews as ‘God’s chosen people’ and as ‘the people of the Covenant.’ Being identified to the whole world by the sign of the Sabbath has come at a terrible price for the Jews. We can fairly say that the House of Israel has had it easy when compared to their brothers of the House of Judah, who being identified as God’s chosen people have had it very hard indeed. The other tribes of Israel should have great respect for Judah, as despite continual persecution, rejection and hardship, they have held to their Torah, that is to say the ‘teaching and instruction’ of their God, regardless of all the suffering it has brought them. Always remember, that the Jews preserved the precious truths of the Bible.
So, again the question is: Where are those other tribes of Israel? Where are these missing sons of Abraham who have so mysteriously vanished in the mists of time and history? Surely, there must be a way whereby this mystery can be unveiled?
An exciting quest for ancient secrets
Our premise is that the English-speaking peoples are indeed the offspring of Israel. For the researcher who is prepared in principle to accept the premise that the origin of the British and the American peoples maybe Israelite, all the long hidden secrets of history will progressively unlock themselves. For the open-minded student, the evidence of the Anglo-Saxon and Celtic nations’ Israelite origins will soon become overwhelming. The whole exercise has the potential of becoming the most exciting quest full of wonderful discovery, as the most inspiring and rewarding secrets of our past history are unveiled before your very eyes.
The truth is that the hidden story behind the history of both Great Britain, America and the whole English speaking world is much “greater” than anyone could possibly think of or imagine! The key to a successful search is to start from the right place. That place is the acceptance that it could just be true that our Anglo-Saxon and Celtic peoples have indeed descended from the ancient tribes of Israel. Let’s face it, if you reject the idea out of hand, you will never discover the truth anyway.
Once you have accepted the possibility and start your research, you will find the signs and the proofs tend to multiply, until they become an avalanche of historical and Scriptural evidence that leaves you utterly convinced. The realization of this knowledge will be a life changing experience, as nothing will ever be the same again. Why is this so? Simply, because, for the first time in your life you will finally understand your true Hebrew origins! Then the realization will hit you, like a ton of bricks, that you are one of God’s ‘chosen’ people. It really does make a big difference, as it will give you a completely new perspective of who you really are. Suddenly you become aware of your destiny. Be prepared for great and unexpected changes from within. To start with you will want to learn how to live in a way that is pleasing to Him.
The very thought that your ancestors some 3,500 years ago stood at the foot of Mount Sinai, when Moses came down from the mountain with the Torah (meaning; the Instructions/teaching) from the Creator of the Universe, is truly mind blowing. Even more so, when you consider your ancestors response, when they said in unison with all of Israel:
“All that the LORD has spoken we will do!”
The point is that the binding Covenant Promise your ancestors made with YHVH, the God of Israel, applied not only to them in their day. No, not at all! The Covenant applied to all their descendants also, and this means it applies every bit as much to you today! Awesome thought eh?
For further reading go to: “WHO ARE YOU AMERICA? – Time to Lift Your Prophetic Vail and A GAMECHANGING REVELATION – The Hidden Ancestry of America & Great Britain.”