The Wandering Jew
Zionism and the British Mandate.
“The Goodness and Severity of God”
Ho, land shadowed with wings,
That is beyond the rivers of
That is sending by sea ambassadors,
Even with implements of reed on the face of the waters,
-Go, ye light messengers,
Unto a nation drawn out and peeled,
Unto a people fearful from its beginning and onwards,
Whose land floods have spoiled.
For thus said Jehovah unto me, I rest, and I look on My settled place, As a clear heat on an herb.
At that time brought is a present to Jehovah of Hosts,
A nation drawn out and peeled.
Even of a people fearful from the beginning hitherto,
A nation meting out by line, and treading down,
Whose land floods have spoiled,
Unto the place of the name of Jehovah of Hosts- Mount Zion!
-Isa. 18. Dr. Young’s Translation,
As birds flying, so
will the Lord of hosts defend
passing over he will preserve it- Isa. 31:5.
THE oppressor hath cruelly persecuted; the scoffer hath scorned their
claim; the nations have used for their own advantage when it hath pleased them,
and abused when it seemed good to them, a people who once “wept by Babel’s
stream,” because their shrines were desolate,” and “whose land a dream.” This
people “of the wandering foot, and weary breast” knew not how, or where, to
“flee away, and be at rest.” No place was found where “to lave her bleeding
feet;” and songs of
WHO ARE THESE JEWS? Who, this people to be found in every land, in every clime- a people who for so many generations have “dwelt alone, and not found themselves reckoned with the nations”? These questions are answered well and truly in the following quotation from Milman’s History of the Jews.
“The Jews, without
reference to their religious belief, are among the most remarkable people in
the annals of mankind. Sprung from one stock, they pass the infancy of their
nation in a state of servitude in a foreign country, where, nevertheless, they
increase so rapidly, as to appear on a sudden the fierce and irresistible
conquerors of their native valleys in
From Evidence of the Truth of the Christian Religions, based upon the literal fulfillment of prophecy, by Alexander Keith, D.D., we have the following comment.
“While Moses, as a divine legislator, promised to the Israelites that their prosperity and happiness and peace would all keep pace with their obedience, he threatened them with gradation of punishments, rising in proportion to their impenitence and iniquity; and neither in blessings nor in chastisements hath the Ruler among the nations dealt in like manner with any people. Moses professed to look through the glass of ages; the revolution of many centuries has brought the object immediately before us; we may scrutinize the features of futurity, as they then appeared to his prophetic gaze: and we may determine between the probabilities whether they were conjectures of a mortal who ‘knows not what a day may bring forth,’ or the revelation of that Being ‘in whose sight a thousand years are but as yesterday.’
About forty-five years
ago the chief Rabbi in
“The Wandering Jew is a very real character in the great drama of history. From Ur of the Chaldees to Palestine and Egypt; then back again to the Holy Land, and then to Assyria and Babylon and Egypt and the furthermost cities of the far-flung Roman Empire, he has traveled as nomad and settler, as fugitive and conqueror, as exile and colonist, as merchant and scholar, as mendicant and pilgrim, as collector and as ambassador.” -Dr. Adler.
No more pathetic and heart-burning picture ever fell from the tongue of man than that descriptive Oration delivered by Dr. Max Nordau, before the Zionist Congress, in which he depicted the plight of the Romanian exiles. These he likened to a flight of northern birds. He described the rigors and terrors of their wandering. Hustled and jostled out of the cities they came to other towns and villages, seeking rest for the soles of their feet, but to find none. And when they asked, Where shall we go? All they received was a shrug of the shoulders, and an imperious wave of the hand, telling them to go! Away, away, into the unknown! But away!
THE HISTORY OF THE JEWS is so closely associated with the Land, which was divinely appointed for their national home, that in speaking of “The Wandering Jew” we must frequently refer to The Land; for whilst the Jews were to be “scattered and peeled” amongst the nations (as part of their punishment for failing to keep the covenant God had made with them) their Land was to be trodden down and spoiled by the desolator. No more vivid description is needed than that presented by Jeremiah.
“How doth the city sit solitary, that was full of people! how
is she become a widow! she that was great among the
nations, and princess among the provinces, how is she become tributary! She weepeth sore in the night, and her tears are on her cheeks:
all her friends have dealt treacherously with her, they are become her enemies.
“How hath the Lord
covered the daughter of
A brief outline of The
History of Israel has already been presented (Lecture No. 3). Our present
purpose is to look upon The Wandering Jew, as he is today; and to view
THE DESTRUCTION OF JERUSALEM, in the last days of
No mere scathing condemnation could be penned than we have in the words of Jesus spoke against “The scribes and the Pharisees,” who sat “in Moses’ seat.” (Matt. 23: 2). In that position ‘twas theirs to unfold to the people such things as were written in THE LAW, and to exemplify the teaching of their scriptures by acts of righteousness. But this they had failed to do. Jesus therefore said, “Whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works; for they say, and do not.” To these men- who loved to be “called of men, Rabbi!” who made “broad their phylacteries” to be seen and admired of men; and who did “bind heavy burdens, on men’s shoulders,” yet would not themselves “move them with one of their fingers”- Jesus openly denounced their hypocrisy. “Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites!” “Ye blind guides;” “fools and blind;” “which strain at a gnat, and swallow a camel.” “Ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.” Ye who say, “If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them, which killed the prophets.” Jesus called upon them to fill up the measure of their fathers, and, addressing them as “serpents,” He asked, “Ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” Jesus then declared what was immediately ahead of them, saying, “All these things shall come upon this generation.”
And then Jesus (to whom the multitudes cried, saying, “Hosanna to the son of David: Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord; Hosanna in the highest” Matt. 21: 9) contemplating the city which is truly “beautiful for situation,” continued His speech; “O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathereth her chickens under her wings, and ye would not! Be-hold, your house is left unto you desolate. For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord.” (Matt. 23).
Those were truly “days of vengeance” in the execution of Divine judgments upon the people of God for their sins, “that all things which are written may be fulfilled.” (Luke 21:22). The world into which Jesus came, although composed of the people of God, was “a world of darkness” (John ); so far had this people departed from the way of the Lord. To them Jesus declared, “While ye have the light, believe in the light, that ye may be the children of light. These things spake Jesus, and departed, and did hide himself from them. But though he had done so many miracles before them, yet they believed not on him: That the saying of Esaias the prophet might be fulfilled, which he spake, Lord, who hath believed our report? Therefore they could not believe, because that Esaias said again, He hath blinded their eyes, and hardened their heart; that they should not see with their eyes, nor understand with their heart, and be converted, and I should heal them.” (John 12: 36-40).
Whilst this was the general character of the people to whom Jesus spake, there were some who could not resist the force of the evidence before their eyes. To the extent of acknowledging the power manifested, “among the chief rulers many believed on him; but because of the Pharisees they did not confess, lest they should be put out of the synagogue: For they loved the praise of men more than the praise of God.” (verses 42, 43).
Jesus doubtless saw all this, and made a further appeal unto them, saying, “He that believeth on me, believeth not on me, but on him that sent me.” His appeal, therefore, was that they should believe in God; for “he that seeth me seeth him that sent me.” This appeal was on the same principle as expressed in John 10:38. “Though ye believe not me, believe the works.” At the same time Jesus hoped, for their sakes, that they would discern more, for He added; “that ye may know, and believe, that the Father is in me, and I in him.” “And if any man hear my words, and believe not, I judge him not: for I came not to judge the world, but to save the world.” (). Continuing His appeal, in His work and endeavor “to save the world,” Jesus declared “He that rejecteth me, and receiveth not my words, hath one that judgeth him: the word that I have spoken, the same shall judge him in the last day.” (John 12: 48).
The last days of
scriptures “speak of things which are not as though they were.” This spirit of prophecy, being of God,
portrays events, destined to come to pass before they do so in language as
definite as though the event had already taken place. We therefore find Paul
referring to the out pouring of this judgment upon the Jews, as follows; “Who
both killed the Lord Jesus, and their own prophets, and have persecuted us; and
they please not God, and are contrary to all men: Forbidding us to speak to
the Gentiles that they might be saved, to fill up their sins always: for the
wrath is come upon them to the uttermost” (1 Thess.
2: 15,16). This same thought was in the mind of
John the Baptist when he said to “many of the Pharisees and Sadducees who had
come to his baptism”- “the axe is laid unto the root of the trees.” The context
(in which this remark is found) is extremely interesting. John was preaching in
the wilderness of
For immersion to become “baptism into the death of Christ” more is needed. John therefore demanded of the Pharisees and Sadducees “Who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” He then placed before them the only plan for acceptance before God. “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance;” or, “answerable to amendment of life.” He took from them their natural boast; “Think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our Father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.” Their natural decent from Abraham, without true repentance shown by good works, was of little value. Consequently, “the axe is laid unto the root of the trees; therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.” (Matt. 3: 1-10).
Jesus also confronted this “generation of vipers.” Did the Savior urge them to accept the gospel that they might escape the wrath to come? Nay, verily, He told them “Fill ye up then the measure of your Fathers.” Why? Because when their cup of iniquity was full, the due punishment would fall upon their guilty heads. “That upon you may come all the righteous blood shed upon the earth, from the blood of righteous Abel unto the blood of Zacharias son of Barachias, whom ye slew between the temple and the altar. Verily I say unto you, All these things shall come upon this generation.”
WHAT SAITH THE SCRIPTURES?
THE scriptures clearly and positively set forth, as a fundamental principle
of the Gospel of the
“FOR thou art an holy people unto the Lord thy God: the Lord thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth. The Lord did not set his love upon you, nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people: But because the Lord loved you, and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, that the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.” (Deut. 7: 6).
the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto himself, and
Being chosen of God did not, however, guarantee continuance in His favor.
“Now, therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live and go in and possess the land which the Lord God of your fathers giveth you.”
“Only take heed to thyself, and keep thy soul diligently, lest thou forget the things which thine eyes have seen, and lest they depart from thy heart all the days of thy life. Take ye therefore good heed unto yourselves. Take heed unto yourselves, lest ye forget the covenant of the Lord your God. For the Lord thy God is a consuming fire, even a jealous God.” (Deut. 4: 1-24).
Such was the counsel and warning given to this chosen people. What if they disregarded the heaven-given message? Would they still possess the land?
“When ye shall have remained long in the land, and shall do evil in the sight of the Lord thy God, to provoke him to anger: I call heaven and earth to witness against you this day, that ye shall soon utterly perish from off the land whereunto ye go over Jordan to possess it; ye shall not prolong your days upon it, but shall utterly be destroyed. And the Lord shall scatter you among the nations, and ye shall be left few in number among the heathen, whither the Lord shall lead you.” (Deut 4: 25-27).
“But it shall come to pass, if thou wilt not hearken unto the voice of the Lord thy God . . . that all these curses shall come upon thee, and over-take thee. The Lord shall send upon thee cursing, vexation, and rebuke, in all that thou settest thine hand unto for to do, until thou be destroyed, and until thou perish quickly. The Lord shall cause thee to be smitten before thine enemies: and thou shalt be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth. Because thou servedst not the Lord thy God with joyfulness, and with gladness of heart; Therefore shalt thou serve thine enemies: and he shall put a yoke of iron upon thy neck, until he have destroyed thee. The Lord shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, swift as the eagle flieth: And he shall besiege thee in all thy gates, until the high and fenced walls come down. And ye shall be left few in number, whereas ye were as the stars of heaven for multitude; And the Lord shall scatter thee among all people, from one end of the earth even unto the other; And among these nations shalt thou find no ease; and thy life shall hang in doubt before thee; thou shalt fear day and night and thou shalt have none assurance of thy life.” (Deut. 28).
This prophecy, given
by Moses to
impressed was He with the facts about to be unfolded that the Savior gave very
definite instructions to those who had “ears to hear,” that they might escape
the “things which are written;” which were about to be fulfilled, and to be
spoken of for two thousand years to come. “For these be
the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child and to them that give
suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress
in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the
sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and
THE JEWS TO BE SCATTERED
THAT the Jews, or children of
“I will scatter you among the heathen.” (Lev. 26: 33)
“The Lord shall scatter you among the nations.” (Deut. 4: 27)
“The Lord shall scatter thee among all people.” (Deut. 28: 64)
“Whither the Lord thy God hath scattered thee.” (Deut. 30: 3)
“I said, I would scatter them into corners.” (Deut. 32: 26)
“The Lord shall smite
the river.” (I Kings )
“If ye transgress, I will scatter you abroad.” (Neh. 1: 8)
“Thou hast scattered us among the heathen.” (Psa. 44: 11)
“Who gave Jacob for a spoil,
did not the Lord?” (Isa. 42: 24)
“I will scatter them also among the heathen.” (Jer. 9: 16)
“Therefore will I scatter them as the stubble.” (Jer. 13: 24)
“I will scatter them as with an east wind.” (Jer. 18: 17)
away.” (Jer: 50: 17)
“The whole remnant of thee will I scatter.” (Ezek. 5: 10)
“I will scatter toward every wind, and they shall know that I am the Lord, when I shall scatter them, and disperse them in the countries.” (Ezek. 12: 14,15)
“I would scatter them among the heathen, and disperse
them.” (Ezek. 20: 23)
“I poured out my fury, and scattered and dispersed
them.” (Ezek. 36: 18,19)
“Smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall he scattered.”
(Zech. 13: 7)
None can deny the
reality of “the scattering,” and the fulfillment of the voice of prophecy in
regard to the dispersion of
ON SECTION 3 OF THE CHART we have a quotation from Isa. 18: “A nation scattered and peeled.” This was given as the introduction to the present address. It is peculiarly arresting. Its associations, as given in the prophecy, make it even more so. It is a decree from the Most High, commanding one people to go to another people. Instead of “Woe,” as given in the A. V., the opening word is preferably Ho! A challenge; a decree; a commission. In Lesser’s translation we have the phrase “from their beginning and forward.” Can there be any doubt as to which people “were scattered and peeled,” and which land has been “spoiled” by national “floods”? And what nation could be “presented” to Jehovah of Hosts other than His own people, whom He testified, “You only have I known of the families of the earth: therefore I will punish you for all your iniquities.” (Amos 3: 2).
It may he asked, Would God so punish the Jews, and yet restore them?
We ask also, Will the “veil of darkness” forever “hide their eyes from glorious
light”? What makes the Jew, through all his wanderings, cling to the hope of
his ancient progenitors? What makes him today turn his eyes from all lands to
the land of his fathers? For what does he fight the elements, and scheme
against “the powers that be” with a grim determination to enter
Note now another text
on the chart. “Blindness in part is happened to
Trite and true is the
warning given to the Gentile believers. “Boast not against the branches. But if
thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root
thee. Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken
off, that I might be grafted in.” How natural! How demonstrative of the human
mind, not only then- but now. Not only “the believers in
After giving some
thoughts concerning “the olive tree wild by nature, and the good olive tree,”
the matter is summed up by Paul in these words “For 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 fullness
of the Gentiles be come in.” What, Paul, will happen then? He
answers, “All Israel shall be saved.” Then there must be a future for
“AND it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand
again the second time to recover the remnant of His people And he shall set up
an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and
gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. And
there shall be an highway for the remnant of his
people, which shall be left, from
“For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, and will yet choose Israel, and set them in their own land, and it shall come to pass in the day that the Lord shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage where in thou wast made to serve.” (Isa. 14: 1, 3).
“And it shall come to
pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and
they shall come which were ready to perish in the
“Upon the land of my people shall come up thorns and briers; yea, upon all the houses of joy in the joyous city; until the Spirit be poured upon us from on high, and my people shall dwell in a peaceable habitation, and in sure dwellings, and in quiet resting places.” (Isa. 32: 13, 18).
the ransomed of the Lord shall return, and come to
“For I am the Lord thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Saviour: Fear not: for I am with thee: I will bring thy seed from the east, and gather thee from the west; I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth.” (Isa. 43: 3, 6).
“Sing, O heavens; and be joyful, O earth; and break forth into singing, O mountains: for the Lord hath comforted his people, and will have mercy upon his afflicted.” (Isa. 49: 13).
“For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment, but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the Lord thy Redeemer.” (Isa. 54: 7, 8).
“Surely the isles shall wait for me, and the ships of Tarshish first, to bring thy sons from far, their silver and their gold with them, unto the name of the Lord thy God, and to the Holy One of Israel, because he hath glorified thee: for in my wrath I smote thee, but in my favour have I had mercy on thee. Thy sun shall no more go down, and the days of thy mourning shall be ended.” (Isa. 60).
“Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be said, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt; but, the Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.” (Jer. 16: 14).
“Behold, the days come,
saith the Lord, that I will raise unto David a
righteous Branch, and a King shall reign and prosper, and shall execute
judgment and justice in the earth. In
lo, the days come, saith the Lord, that I will bring
again the captivity of my people
the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and
say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd his
flock. For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him
that was stronger than he. Therefore they shall come and sing in the height of
“Behold, I will gather them out of all countries, whither I have driven them in mine anger; and I will bring them again into this place; Yea, I will rejoice over them to do them good. For thus saith the Lord; Like as I have brought all this great evil upon this people, so will I bring upon them all the good that I have promised them.” (Jer. 32: 37, 42.
saith the Lord God; I will even gather you from the
people, and assemble you out of the countries where ye have been scattered,
and I will give you the
“For in mine holy
mountain, in the mountain of the height of
“So will I seek out my
sheep, and will deliver them out of all places where they have been
scattered in the cloudy and dark day. And I will bring them out from the
people, and gather them from the countries, and will bring them to their own
land, and feed them upon the mountains of
“I do not this
for your sakes, O house of
I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be
gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:
And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and
one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations,
neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all. And the
heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify
the children of
will bring again the captivity of my people of
“Behold, at that time I will undo all that afflict thee: and I will save her that halteth, and gather her that was driven out; and I will get them praise and fame in every land where they have been put to shame.” (Zeph. 3: 19).
THE LAND ALSO TO BE FREED FROM THE OPPRESSOR
“THE Lord of Hosts shall reign in
“In this mountain shall the Lord of hosts make unto all people a feast of fat things, a feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined. And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the vail that is spread over all nations.” (Isa. 25: 6, 7).
the Lord shall comfort
“Awake, awake; put on
thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy
city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and
the unclean. Shake thyself from the dust. Break forth into joy, sing
together, ye waste places of
will make the place of my feet glorious. The
ye glad and rejoice for ever in that which I create: for, behold, I create
“In those days
“And they shall say, This land that was desolate is become like the garden of Eden; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited. The heathen shall know that I the Lord build the ruined places, and plant that that was desolate: I the Lord have spoken, and I will do it.” (Ezek. 36: 35, 36).
Lord also shall roar out of
“In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old.” (Amos 9: 11).
THEN SHALL THE GLORY OF GOD BE REVEALED
IN anticipation of this day, when “upon
ye, comfort ye my people, saith your God. Speak ye comfortably to
A WANDERER- “UNTIL"
NOW although The Wandering Jew was sentenced
To roam this scorning world around,
Disown’d by God, by man opprest,
there was a time limit to the scattering and down-treading,
at the conclusion of which the exile would cease his wandering. That time limit
was given by the Savior, when He said, “
UNTIL! That is not the
only scripture which gives this little, yet important, word. We read in Psalm
110: “The Lord said unto my Lord, Sit thou at my right hand, until I
make thine enemies thy footstool.” Showing
the superiority of Jesus, in Hebrews 1: 13, we read, “But to which of the
angels said he at any time, Sit on my right hand, until I make thine enemies thy footstool?” Whilst in Matthew , this same quotation is applied direct to
Christ, when Jesus asked the Pharisees, “What think ye of Christ? Whose son
is he?” And to that generation Jesus said. “Ye shall not see me
henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he
that cometh in the name of the Lord.” Peter, when preaching the gospel, said,
“He shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: Whom the
heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which
God hath spoken.” (Acts , 21). “Blindness
in part is happened to
In each case the
period is limited by “until.” When “the fullness of the Gentiles be come in,” the blindness of
THIS IS MY REST FOREVER
ANOTHER feature to be noted, from the trail of The
Wandering Jew, is the quotation from the Psalm: “The Lord loveth the gates of
And these watchmen
(anticipating the day when their “feet shall stand within thy gates O
Jerusalem”) “Pray for the peace of
gate of a city was frequently a considerable structure, near which was a public place of assembly; the exchange, courthouse,
and council-chamber of modern times. Hence the ‘gate of a city’ was so
identified with the life of the community as to be synonymous with the city
itself.” And yet “a gate” also suggests a means of entrance into the city. We
may therefore perceive an underlying thought of the city of
To the Hebrews-
who had passed from the shadow of The Law to the substance in Christ- the
apostle wrote: “But ye are come unto mount Zion, and unto the city of the
living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to
the general assembly and church of the firstborn in heaven enrolled, and to God
the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect.” (Heb. 12: 22,
23). Now the “heavenly Jerusalem” will be composed of the “church of the
first-born”; and these are men and women “called out” by the gospel of
salvation, and who, having been obedient thereto, are accordingly “enrolled for
the new heavens, wherein dwelleth righteousness.” For
John “saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven,
prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” (Rev. 21: 2). Into this
“holy city” none can enter but by, and through, “Jesus the mediator of the new
covenant.” Jesus is therefore “the gate,” even as He said, “I am the door.”
They who desire to enter by Him will say, “Open to me the gates of
righteousness: I will go into them, and I will praise the Lord: This gate of
the Lord, into which the righteous shall enter.” (Psa.
118: 19). “The gates of
And, in the now
far-distant past, we saw the patriarch “lay down in that place to sleep,”
having taken of the stones thereof for a pillow. In his dream he saw a ladder,
from the earth to the heaven: he beheld the angels of God ascending and
descending, and seeing the Lord above it- he heard the promise, “the land
whereon thou liest, to thee will I give it, and to
thy seed.” Awakening out of his sleep, vividly impressed by what he had seen
and heard, Jacob sensed and confessed the Truth, “Surely the Lord is in this
place; and I knew it not.” “Afraid” in the realization of the presence of the
Lord, he said, “How dreadful is this place!” Contemplating the things revealed
in the promises, which constitute the basic principle “of the
A VALLEY FULL OF BONES
LOOKING at the chart again we see how “the trail” leads from “the wailing wall” for nearly two thousand years until it reaches a valley, the characteristic feature of which is depicted by dry bones, and the accompanying question:
CAN THESE BONES LIVE?
The long lane of
Then why do you ask,
should we believe that the Jews- who were cast away because of wickedness- will
be restored to favor and given the occupancy of the land from which they were
ejected? This question has already been answered; a further testimony will
emphasize that a change must, of necessity, take place in the mind and heart
of the people before Heaven’s mercy and blessings may be extended to them
so that they may become “the head, and not the tail.” (Deut. 28: 13). In
looking forward to this great accomplishment we must not think of the Jew, as
he is and has been for so long, but, as he will be when God deals with the nation,
as He has promised to do. First we must recognize why God will do this.
“I do not this for your sakes, O house of
To repeat: Passing down the long lane, which represents the Israel trail, we come to a Valley of Dry Bones, and are faced with the question, “Can these bones live?” The picture is not a fancy; the bones are not a fiction. The illustration is based upon the sure word of prophecy. The bones surely depict the plight, and the end of many- who have trod, faltered and fallen by the wayside- as they staggered down the trail of The Wandering Jew.
Tribes of the wandering foot and weary breast,
How shall ye flee away and be at rest?
The wild dove hath her nest, the fox his cave,
So it appeared to the poet; but that is
not the answer to the question now before us. The hand of the Lord being upon
the prophet, he was in spirit carried forth, and “set down in the midst of the
valley which was full of bones.” The prophet saw that “they were very dry.”
Gazing in wonder upon them he was asked, “Son of man, can these bones live?” Of
this he would not presume to speak, so answered: “O Lord God, thou knowest.” And from God only could reliable information he
obtained. What then said the Lord to those bones? “Behold, I will cause breath
to enter into you, and ye shall live: And I will lay sinews upon you, and will
bring up flesh upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye
shall live; and ye shall know that I am the Lord.” Being so commanded, Ezekiel
says. “As I prophesied, there was a noise, and behold a shaking, and the bones
came together, bone to his bone.” And then “lo, the sinews
and the flesh, and the skin” to cover them- but no breath.* He, however, who made man, and then
“blew into his nostrils the breath of life,” can also breathe upon the dry
call to mind what happened to the
The whole house of
Israel embraces the whole of the
family of Abraham, through Isaac and Jacob. All were scattered because of
disobedience, and all continue together in the dry-bone state. All need to be
saved from their backslidings, and the Holy One of Israel alone can, and will,
bring about redemption in
So the message
continues, “Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith
the Lord God. Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to
come up out of your graves, and bring you into the
To illustrate further
that “the dry-bone whole house of
Of this “righteous servant,” see the prophecy concerning Jesus in Isaiah 53 of whom we sing,
Behold my Servant, see Him rise
Exalted in My might:
Him have I chosen, and in Him
I place supreme delight
When David’s greater
Son sits upon the throne of His father David, and the people “dwell in the
land,” and “the beloved” is a “Prince for ever,” there is another promise of
peace for them, “Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall
be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them,
and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.” And then, “the
heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify
Such is the remarkable testimony given in Ezekiel 37. Is there any
EVIDENCE OF ITS FULFILMENT?
MANY students of the Bible, alive fifty years ago*,
were thrilled to see, and hear, the shaking of the dry bones of
To the Congress, in his presidential address, Dr. Herzl said:
“Our common history has suffered a long break, and only in our own times has an understanding and a union between the separated sections of our people become possible. And in our own times still, which are otherwise so great, we see and feel ourselves surrounded by the old hatred . . . Zionism is the return home of Judaism even before the return to the land of the Jews. The Congress will, therefore, have to occupy itself with the means for ensuring and protecting the Jewish national existence. Must not a presentiment of great events come over us, if we think that at this moment the hopes and expectations of many hundreds of thousands of our people rest on our assembly.”
Dr. Max Nordau, one of the most brilliant orators of his day, speaking to the Congress of “the present condition of the Jews among the various nations of the earth,” said:
“This picture can, on the whole, be painted only in one color. Jewish misery prevails. It is not the ordinary misery, which is probably the unalterable fate of mankind. It is a peculiar misery, which the Jews do not suffer as human beings, but as Jews, and from which they would be free were they not Jews”,
After speaking of the distressing conditions of the Jews in many countries, and the uprise of anti-Semitism, Dr. Nordau concluded:
“This is the history
Do you, O reader, doubt that the Jew has been persecuted throughout his wanderings? Then, perhaps, this treatise will be more complete if a few statistics are given. In Milman’s History of the Jews, based upon the record of Josephus, we have a synopsis of the Persecutions of the Jews, with numbers of the killed and wounded; also of later persecutions. A brief summary is here presented, of numbers killed and taken.
That was the beginning. The city fell, and those who survived were “led away captive,” but their terrors did not cease. Whither they went the persecutor was there to receive them, as the following facts reveal.
AD. 2nd Century.
132-134. Insurrection in
7th Century. Mohammed’s war against the Jews.
700 Jews dragged in chains to
1097: The Germans and French rose up against them. “Let us
be revenged for our Messiah upon the Jews that are among us.” In
Century. Laws were passed in
persecutions. Jews sold to Richard of Cornwall. Old men, and babes
plucked from their mother’s breasts, were pitilessly slaughtered- Expulsion of
14th Century. Jews expelled from
Century. Jews expelled from
Century. Jews persecuted in
Passing over the horrors of fifty years ago, when the daily newspapers carried, as front-page headlines, with vivid accounts, the persecutions of the Jews in DARKEST RUSSIA, we pause for a moment to recall some of the diabolical happenings of recent date. “The Jews have only one unity,” says a recent article, “that of the target.” And how the arrows have pierced that target from the Hitlerized shot-bows. A Major of the Red Army, before dying of his wounds in a hospital, said, “The Hitlerites should be annihilated, by dozens, by thousands, like rats; for the sake of the future we must cleanse the world of this black plague.”
The fiat of the Almighty is, “He who curseth thee will I curse;” and it will surely be carried out in His time.
The Germans certainly
did not relieve the situation, when they gave “a larger pile of Jewish corpses”
than hitherto had disgraced the world! How many, or few, of the 3,000,000 Jews
who once lived in Poland, or the 900,000 in Rumania, or the same number in
Germany, or 750,000 in Hungary, and others in France, Holland, Belgium and
Czechoslovakia are left to tell the tale*?
Two hundred were hanged in the
You may say this is a
long way round to answer the question, Is there any
evidence of the fulfillment of the prophecies to which attention has been
directed? Yet these by-paths help us to see and realize more fully the strength
of testimonies. What people other than the Jews could have survived more than
2,000 years of persecution; retained their identity without a national home,
and amidst it all persevered in hope and determination to at last, have a
resting place in the land of their forefathers? “
IS THERE then any indication that the “warfare” is nearing its end? Did the “Jewish distress” which cried “for help” find any response? And did the Congress find the help that Dr. Nordau called for; has any progress been made toward the freedom of the Land and the People?
This is not the place
for an extended treatise on the aims and development of Zionism. For more than
two hundred years before Dr. Herzl, efforts had been
made to find relief for Jewry. In 1840 Moses Montefiore
submitted to the Governor of Syria his plan of Jewish immigration into the
1827- Not more than 500 Jews in the whole of
In 1856- The Hadrian Edict annulled, and the Jews invited to return.
In 1875-"The Jewish Colonization Fund" founded.
In 1896-Dr. Theodor Herzl startled the whole of Jewry with his idea of a “Jewish State.”
In 1915-One hundred
thousand Jews settled in
The first article of
“The scandal of
Dreyfus convinced Theodor Herzl
that there was no refuge for the soul of Jewry, either from martyrdom or
assimilation into nothing, save an individual land, state and name. What other
land than Eretz Yisroel-
the Land of
After 1897 other
Congresses were held; Jewry was awakening, and some progress was made in the
colonies, which were established in the Land. Then came the War of 1914- 18
with its setback; yet out of that War came great development. Two very
remarkable events occurred in 1917- The British Mandate of November 2nd;
and The Liberation of
Government view with favour the establishment in
Palestine of the national home for the Jewish people, and will use their best endeavours to facilitate the achievement of this object,
it being clearly understood that nothing shall be done which may prejudice the
civil and religious rights of existing non-Jewish communities in Palestine, or
the rights and political status enjoyed by Jews in any other country.” -Foreign
With the liberation of
“Jews had never renounced their rights to Palestine; they were brother Semites, not so much coming as returning to the country; there was room for both to work side by side; let his hearers beware of treacherous insinuations that Zionists were seeking political power- rather let both progress together until they were ready for a joint autonomy. Zionists were following with the deepest sympathy the struggles of Arabs and Armenians for that freedom which all three could mutually assist each other to regain.”
In 1921, Sir Herbert Samuel said, “The Jews, a people who are scattered throughout the world, but whose hearts always turned to Palestine, should be enabled to found here, their home, and that some among them, within the limits that are fixed by the numbers and interests of the present population, should come to Palestine in order to help by their resources and efforts to develop the country, to the advantage of all its inhabitants.”
“THE RESTORATION” STILL AHEAD
AS WE ALL know, conditions in
In 1941 Maurice Pearlman wrote,
In the laboratories of
the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, scientists are daily working on
experiments. . . literally hundreds
of noted Jewish chemists and engineers (cast out of their own countries) have
here enriched the war potential of
All this is extremely interesting and encouraging. It shows that The Land is not forsaken, and that the former things are had in remembrance. There is, however, a danger that even the believers in the Hope of Israel may misapply these developments. All that is being accomplished is done according to the will of man, both Jew and Gentile. Politically speaking they are looking after their own interests, and although we may look with favor and satisfaction upon the great work, which has been done, we are not justified in concluding that this is “The Restoration.” Dr. Thomas wrote, in 1852.
“The colonization of
Restoration is not
simply a return of the race, but the setting up again of institutions that once existed there- the
restitution or restoration of the kingdom again to the Twelve Tribes; this is
the re-institution, or restitution spoken of by all the prophets from Moses to
the revealer of the Apocalypse to John. No Gentile powers can accomplish this,
though aided by all the Jews on earth: for the
THE TIME OF JACOB’S
TROUBLE IS NOT ENDED; “to take a spoil and to take a prey” is still the work of
the latter-day Assyrian, when he comes into the land, as testified by the
prophet. It will be a “land brought back
from the sword,” once “desolate places” but “now inhabited,” which arrests the
interest of the Northern Power, and who, seeing the prosperity of a people
“gathered out of the nations,” goes down upon them “to carry away silver and
gold, cattle and goods, and great spoil.” (Ezek. 38). Having dealt with this phase of the
subject in the Lecture “The Image and the Stone,” we here pass over the
details. The “spoil” will not be carried away by the invader; it is for his own destruction that he is brought into the land. Man proposes, but God disposes! The prophet asks, and gives the answer, “Who
gave Jacob for a spoil, and
IT IS GOD WHO SAYS, “I
will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people
and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and
parted my land.” (Joel 3:2). “The Lord also shall roar out of
The long, hard and
bitter trail of THE WANDERING JEW must come to an end, for he hath received of the Lord’s hand “double for
all his sins.” Now, therefore, let it be known, “Behold, the Lord hath
proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say ye to the daughter of
THE “NEW COVENANT,” on the chart, is introduced under the pleasing
setting of “the vine and fig tree”; anticipating the condition of things to be
established, when, “In the last days it shall come to pass, that the mountain
of the house of the Lord shall be established in the top of the mountains, and
it shall be exalted above the hills; and people shall flow unto it.” Very
different will be the ways of men when they desire to know “the way of the God
of Jacob, and to walk in his paths.” Confidence will then be placed in “the law
which shall go forth of
When “the dry bones”
are “revived,” and the children of
In the same chapter,
verse 7, we have this statement: “For if that first (covenant) had been
faultless, then should no place have been sought for
the second.” To show the necessity for “the second,” reference is made to the
prophecy of Jeremiah. There we read, “at the same
time, saith the Lord, will I be the God of the
IF NOT ACCORDING TO
THE OLD, what kind of a covenant will meet the needs of the people brought
back, after having been plucked up, and thrown down? Hear now the answer. “But
this shall be the covenant that I will make with the house of
The “new covenant” calls for a regenerated heart, as well as a restored people. The terms of this new covenant call for
God’s law in their inward parts.
Written in their hearts.
God will be their God.
They shall all know the Lord.
Iniquity forgiven, and sin remembered no more.
THE BLESSINGS PROMISED
to the house of Israel, under the terms of the New Covenant, are a direct
contrast to the conditions which have for so long prevailed; and will far excel
the benefits which were conferred upon His people, arising from the covenant
which God made, when He took them by the hand and brought them out of Egypt. “A
new heart, also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you.” God
will truly save His people and cleanse them from all their iniquities. He will
cleanse them with “clean water,” that they may be able to receive the “new
spirit.” Given a heart of flesh, in place of their stony heart, they will do
that in time past they failed to do. They will walk in God’s statutes, and keep
His judgments. Thus, in the land given to their fathers, they will be
acknowledged as His people, and He will be their God. Repeating a scripture already quoted, God
says, “Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an
everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and
will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.” This peace and plenty
will be accomplished in behalf of
The New Covenant of Jer. 31, and the “covenant of peace” and
“everlasting covenant” of Ezek. 37 are one and the same covenant. “In
those days, and in that time, saith the Lord, the
await “those days” and “that time.” They are surely coming. In them all that is
involved in the new covenant will be fully accomplished, and
IN this drama of
Gentiles, who would be saved, do well to ponder the advice given: “Be not highminded, but fear.” The gospel was “to the Jew, first.” Then, “through their fall, to the Gentiles.” Paul and Barnabas testified: “It was necessary that the word of God should first have been spoken to you (Jews): but seeing ye put it from you, and judge yourselves unworthy of everlasting life, lo, we turn to the Gentiles.” (Acts ). “And they will hear it.” (Acts 28: 28). Whether, then, we think of Jew or Gentile, we must accept the fact, as stated by the “Saviour of the world,” that "Salvation is of the Jew.” ( John 4: 22).
FROM many Scriptures already quoted, and expounded, the reader must observe
that “Salvation” is not the saving of “an immortal soul from the damnation of
the burning hell” (doctrines which are not to be found in the Bible). Salvation
is for men and nations- both individual and national. In all cases it is
governed by the principles of righteousness, and conditions laid
down by God-from whom alone salvation can be obtained. Hence, before “all
Whether we look at Salvation from the national, or individual, viewpoint there is one feature we must perceive and acknowledge; Salvation is from God, and to us Jesus is the Savior. Even though He was “the Stone set at nought of you builders,” He, nevertheless, became “the head of the corner.” “Neither is there salvation in any other, for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.” (Acts , 12).
IN THE LAST DAYS
FROM many remarkable testimonies concerning “Him who was born to be
king,” and “who should save his people from their sins” (Matt. ), we recall one from the first of The
Books: “Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that
I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. The sceptre shall
not depart from
The Revised Version
gives various alternative
renderings. Dr. Young’s literal
translation is as follows: “The sceptre turneth not aside from Judah, and a lawgiver from between
his feet, till his seed come; And his is the obedience
of peoples.” There has been much difficulty, amongst commentators, regarding
“The passage is easy
enough, and teaches that the reason why the staff or sceptre
shall not depart from
“Jacob’s prophecy belongs to the ‘uttermost part of the days,’ termed in Daniel, ‘the Time of the End,’ or ‘the Latter Days’; not ‘the last days’ or end of the Mosaic Aion.”
“The sceptre had departed from
“There was no lawgiver
“The symbols of royalty were not to be restored to Judah, ‘until he shall come whose right it is’ to reign over all Israel; the right belongs to Jesus, who is the Shiloh; but when he appeared, he did not reign, positively refusing to accept authority, because his Kingdom did not belong to that world; but to another, when Judah, ‘the fierce lioness,’ shall go through the nations as through a flock of sheep (Mic. 5: 8) as Jacob’s prophecy intimates.”
its etymology, anyone not judicially blinded by unbelief, may see from the text
itself that it (
HOPE FOR THINE END
THE PSALMIST wrote concerning his people: “By the waters of
The prophecy of this
voice of lamentation in Ramah found its initiatory accomplishment when
the overthrow of the twelve tribes was consummated by Nebuchadnezzar, the Chaldean head of
The foregoing expositions, by Dr. Thomas, were re-published in The Christadelphian, 1875, which, together with another on THE LAST WORDS OF DAVID, we urge the reader to peruse, and consider well, if a copy thereof is within reach. Here I can but give the Doctor’s new translation of David’s Oracle, which is found in the opening verses of 2 Sam 23.
“Now these words of David, the last, are an oracle of David, son of Jesse, even an oracle of the mighty man concerning an anointed one of the gods of Jacob, and the pleasantest theme of Israel’s songs.
The Spirit of Jehovah spake through me, and His word was upon my tongue; gods of
There shall be a just man ruling over mankind, ruling in the righteous precepts of the gods. And as the brightness of morning He shall arise, the sun of an unclouded dawn shining forth after rain upon tender grass out of the earth.
Though my house is not perfect with THE MIGHTY ONE, yet he hath ordained for me the covenant of the age, ordered in everything and sure; truly this is all my salvation and all my delight, though he cause it not to spring forth.
But the wicked shall be all of them as a thorn bush to be thrust away yet without hand shall they be taken; nevertheless a man shall smite upon them; he shall be filled with iron and the shaft of a spear, but with fire to burn up while standing they shall be consumed.”
JESUS, A PLANT OF RENOWN
THIS translation was the subject of criticism, and so six years later Dr. Thomas published another article upon the “Last Words,” in defense, and explanatory, of his translation. He gave a revised translation, in which he changed some of the words, but not the principle of his translation. Instead of “gods of Jacob,” he wrote “Concerning an anointed one of the Mighty Ones of Jacob,”- the “anointed one” being Messiah, and the “Mighty Ones” the Elohim, or “gods”- the Saints. Instead of “The Spirit of Jehovah” he made use of the term’s significance, HE WHO SHALL BE SPIRIT. Again, in verse 3, we have Mighty Ones as representative of the Hebrew, for which in the former translation we have “gods.” THE MIGHTY ONE of verse 5 being AIL, the invisible Deity.
That Jesus Christ is the central feature of all these testimonies and prophecies is obvious to all who understand the Truth concerning Him, as the manifestation of the Father. Jesus was born to be a King, yet He did not reign as King. He was to be the perfect sacrifice, yet before being so declared He must live a life of perfect obedience. In other words He, Jesus, must be “a body prepared.” Though Son of God from His birth Jesus was not, in that beginning, the same as He was at the end of His probation. He was then, as the result of all that He had experienced and endured, “a tried stone, a sure foundation.” ( Isa. 28: 16). In like manner the prophet again speaks concerning Jesus, “He shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of a dry ground.” (Isa. 53: 2). Of this, one has written: “With this beautiful figure, we associate the idea of parent earth and Spirit sun in combination. The plant derives nourishment from both, though of a different kind and different nature, yet the substance of the plant remains the same. The ‘Tender Plant,’ to which we refer, receiving nourishment from its mother earth- color, size and mature growth from the rays of its father sun, grew and developed to a ‘Plant of Renown.’ ‘The child grew and waxed strong in Spirit, filled with wisdom, and the grace of God was upon him.’ Although this plant was to be laid low for a time, it was not doomed to decay, because the Father’s Spirit preserved it from decomposition, raised it up again, transplanted it into a heavenly atmosphere, where it fully expands into the ‘Tree of Life’: retaining life, and giving life to as many as shall be engrafted upon it in the appointed way.”
“plant of renown” is associated with the restoration of the
* Even though we now see
the existence of
** This has reference to
the false idea that the British are the “lost ten tribes” of
* The writer is referring back to the momentous events of 1897.
* The total estimated number of Jews who died at the hands of Nazi Germany stands at over 6,000,000 men, women, and children.
* Over the past
half-century the population of