1. Robert Brenner: QUOTING PROVERBS
2. Timothy F. Murray: Thoughts on Ephraim
3. Proverbs 1:10-16
4. Joseph and Judah Need Each Other
5. The Cimmerians and the Later Celts
1. Robert Brenner: QUOTING PROVERBS
Thanks for your comments on Proverbs. Several years ago, when my daughter was trying to raise her own child (our granddaughter), she was telling my wife and I that she had decided not to spank her children. (She and her husband had one and another on the way.)
I handed her a copy of a study guide on Proverbs. In it, I had highlighted all the places where God tells us to apply discipline where and when needed (included sometimes a spank). She read it and the next week she was applying discipline on the rear end of her child to correct her behavior. Then she'd hug the child and tell her how much she was loved, but the behavior was unacceptable. The child is growing up to be a fine, responsible, and considerate asset to society.
2. Timothy F. Murray: Thoughts on Ephraim
From: "Timothy F. Murray"
Subject: Re: "Biblical Truth"
I just completed Biblical Truth, and I hereby thank you warmly for an excellent piece of work. I found the latter third or quarter of the book of greatest value. Here are a few specifics:
1. I loved your quotation from Rabbi Dynovisz, pp. 200-201 regarding the limitations of a merely pragmatic outlook, as opposed to the vision that sees things beyond the natural. The NT Book of Hebrews agrees 100% with this, calling such vision that which originates "by faith." "By faith, Moses endured as seeing Him who is invisible." I think your application of this to the present status of the Tribes, especially those of Joseph, is right on target. Once more, I very much appreciate your forthright, no-nonsense approach to the interpretation of these Scriptures.
2. Your identification of Ephraim/England and Manasseh/America is also good. I realize this has been the subject of much debate among your readers, but I believe you have it just right. My "take" on it is very simple: Ephraim was to be "a company of nations" and Manasseh a "great nation." America, of course, has certainly become a "great nation," which is so obvious it needs no elaboration. But the former British Empire and its modern "descendant," the Commonwealth, fulfill the "company of nations" to the letter, as well. This is too often overlooked by those who look back at the Empire with distaste and view the modern Commonwealth out of ignorance. Personally, I continue to be in awe of the former and impressed by the latter.
The function and significance of the Commonwealth is possibly least understood by Americans. From my study, I see no other grouping of modern nations--certainly none associated with the Ten Tribes--that even comes close to it, in size, number, mutual respect, and cooperation. I continue to be strongly impressed by its significance as a "company of nations." It's not a mere figment of imagination, or an historical anomaly. It's a viable, interconnected, functioning "company." In sheer physical size it cannot be ignored. In numbers of peoples (both Israelitish and otherwise indigenous) it continues to be vast. The presence of a "governor general," (with certain constitutional powers and appointed by the Queen herself) in many of the former colonies is further evidence of their ongoing ties in companionship with Ephraim's homeland.
I would suggest that this modern evidential aspect might deserve more emphasis. Of course as a former Australian, you would be well aware of these things, and you may have your own reasons for not emphasizing it. I understand there's still some political sensitivity among former colonies.
Again, thank you for this fine study. You're doing an immense service in behalf of "All Israel Restored," and I pray God's continuing blessing on you and your work.
3. Proverbs 1:10-16
[Proverbs 1:10] MY SON, IF SINNERS ENTICE THEE, CONSENT THOU NOT.
Bad company is probably the worst corrupter. We should not give in to the enticements or bad example of others.
[Proverbs 1:11] IF THEY SAY, COME WITH US, LET US LAY WAIT FOR BLOOD, LET US LURK PRIVILY FOR THE INNOCENT WITHOUT CAUSE.
This includes cheating people, or selling harmful substances, or inducing others to do things they would not normally really want to do.
[Proverbs 1:12] LET US SWALLOW THEM UP ALIVE AS THE GRAVE; AND WHOLE, AS THOSE THAT GO DOWN INTO THE PIT:
A person should be responsible and not cause others to harm or demean or cheapen themselves.
[Proverbs 1:13] WE SHALL FIND ALL PRECIOUS SUBSTANCE, WE SHALL FILL OUR HOUSES WITH SPOIL:
Young people are sometimes enticed by the idea of a "quick kill", of doing something illegal or unethical in order to make a lot of money fast.
[Proverbs 1:14] CAST IN THY LOT AMONG US; LET US ALL HAVE ONE PURSE:
In some cases you should not be overduly generous nor allow others control of your livelihood or means of subsistence. If you do not have to rely on others why put yourself in a position where you have to do so? You could even stretch the above verse and say that Solomon was preaching against the ideas of socialism, not because they are necessarily bad in themselves but rather they are against human nature and result in gangster type control by those in charge.
[Proverbs 1:15] MY SON, WALK NOT THOU IN THE WAY WITH THEM; REFRAIN THY FOOT FROM THEIR PATH:
Do not be taken in. Do not be an easy victim. Do not encourage evil by acquiescence.
[Proverbs 1:16] FOR THEIR FEET RUN TO EVIL, AND MAKE HASTE TO SHED BLOOD.
Most important: do not lose control of your own actions and find yourself doing things against your better knowledge.
[Proverbs 1:17] SURELY IN VAIN THE NET IS SPREAD IN THE SIGHT OF ANY BIRD.
When you try to cheat or deceive others they are often aware of it to some degree. Even when the victim goes along with the trickery and appears to be taken in somewhere in his subconscious he knows something is wrong. He feels it instinctively and eventually this instinct will be realized consciously. A person is often more exposed than he realizes. The message of Solomon is that God sees everything and if we are aware of this we shall keep clean before Him and thus automatically also stay clean in the view of others. This can be easier said than done but honesty really is the best policy. A broken vessel can frequently be repaired but it is much better not to break it in the first place.
4. Joseph and Judah Need Each Other
[Genesis 49:22] JOSEPH IS A FRUITFUL BOUGH, EVEN A FRUITFUL BOUGH BY A WELL; WHOSE BRANCHES RUN OVER THE WALL:
"BY A WELL": In Hebrew: "ali ayin" which can also mean "above the eye". Rabbi Haim Dynovisz gave certain insights that we have paraphrased and adapted as follows:
When the spies (Numbers 13) went into the land of Israel they went after their eyes and reported what their eyes saw:
"AND THERE WE SAW THE GIANTS, THE SONS OF ANAK, WHICH COME OF THE GIANTS: AND WE WERE IN OUR OWN SIGHT AS GRASSHOPPERS, AND SO WE WERE IN THEIR SIGHT> [Numbers 13:33].
"NEVERTHELESS THE PEOPLE BE STRONG THAT DWELL IN THE LAND, AND THE CITIES ARE WALLED, AND VERY GREAT: AND MOREOVER WE SAW THE CHILDREN OF ANAK THERE> [Numbers 13:28]. They were confounded by what they saw and spread dismay to the rest of Israel. For this reason the incident of the Spies is followed by the commandment concerning tassels whose purpose is to teach us to guard our eyes:
"AND IT SHALL BE UNTO YOU FOR A FRINGE, THAT YE MAY LOOK UPON IT, AND REMEMBER ALL THE COMMANDMENTS OF THE LORD, AND DO THEM; AND THAT YE SEEK NOT AFTER YOUR OWN HEART AND YOUR OWN EYES, AFTER WHICH YE USE TO GO A WHORING.> [Numbers 15:39].
It was because the spies went after their eyes that the People of Israel were unable to immediately conquer the Land but had to wander in the Wilderness for forty years. When they finally did go in to conquer the Land, they were led by Joshua. Joshua was of the Tribe of Ephraim and descended from Joseph. Joseph had received the blessing to be "ali ayin" i.e. "above [or "beyond the power of"] the eye". This quality enabled him not to be impressed by what he saw, but to transcend historical logic.
"Israel is always confronted with problems that, according to "human vision", have no real solution. It is only the "Joshuas" who are capable of seeing that which the eye cannot see, and that permit us to attain the "impossible". The scouts ("spies") failed because they were guided by their eye. They were pragmatic. It was because of this fault that we have been exiled amongst the seventy nations. [Seventy sons of Noah are mentioned in Genesis 10 and it is from these 70 that all nations of the earth descend]. There are seventy nations because they too, are under the domination of the "eye" [i.e. of practical considerations according to apparent reality]. Seventy is the numerical value in Hebrew of the letter "ayin" and the name "ayin" also means "eye" in Hebrew". [The English word "eye" is derived from the Hebrew "ayin" meaning "eye"].
"Ever since Israel [i.e. the Jews of Judah in this context] lost the power of Joseph who was above the "eye" [and above the seventy nations] they have been in Exile."
The above observations are derived (as we mentioned) from the thoughts of Rabbi Haim Dynovisz. It is doubtful if the Rabbi had the Lost Ten Tribes in mind when he put these thoughts down. Nevertheless, the point holds. Ever since Joseph departed from Judah, and the Judah-aspect of Israel lost the power of Joseph, the Jews have been oppressed by non-Israelite nations. The establishment of the State of Israel and its stabilization began the process of "normalizing" the Jewish status. The State of Israel enables the Jews to work towards national self-expression in their own land. This process was made possible and supported by the forces of Joseph, at first through Britain and then the USA. Judah is in need of Joseph whether he likes it or not, BUT it works both ways. Joseph also needs Judah to realize himself. Joseph in Egypt was the de-facto ruler of the country, but that was all. Only when he was reconciled to his brothers was Joseph enabled to express his complete personality.
"A FRUITFUL BOUGH BY A WELL; WHOSE BRANCHES RUN OVER THE WALL": This hints at overseas expansion. cf. [Numbers 24:7].
Extracted from "Biblical Truth" chapter twelve.
5. The Cimmerians and the Later Celts
1. ARCHAEOLOGICAL REMAINS CONNECT THE FOUNDERS OF WESTERN CELTIC CIVILISATION WITH A HORSE-RIDING & CHARIOT DRIVING GROUP FROM THE IRANIAN-ASSYRIAN AREA USUALLY IDENTIFIED WITH THE CIMMERIANS.
2. Roman historians equated the early Celts with the Cimmerians.
3. Homer and other early Greek writers spoke of Cimmerians in Britain and the west.
4. The Welsh refer to their ancestors as CYMRY (i.e. as Cimmerians) who came from Defrobane in Asia Minor opposite Byzantium which area was associated with the Cimmerians.
5. Himmerland in Scandinavia means "Land of the Cimmerians" and other names in the area indicate a Cimmerian presence. The Cimbri of Jutland (Denmark) have a name that equates an alternate Greek pronunciation of Cimmerian.
6. The Presence of Druids, Megalithic (dolmens etc) monuments, and Celts in the same area would appear to indicate a Cimmerian presence amongst the Celts. Celts and Druids were also to be found at one stage in Scandinavia.
7. The pathway of Megalithic (dolmens etc) monuments splits in two: One path describes passage by sea from the area of Israel via Sardinia and Spain to Britain and Ireland. The other path shows that via the Caucasus another group went to the north and to Scandinavia and Holland converging in Gaul and Britain with the first path. This second path is that of the Cimmerians westward. The Cimmerians also appear to overlap with the Galatae in the west. The term "Celt" means "hidden" but it may have evolved originally from a pronunciation of "Galatae" which in itself is another form of "Gileadi" from Gilead of Israel.
These Megalithic Pathways were predicted by Jermiah:
[Jeremiah 31:21] SET THEE UP WAYMARKS, MAKE THEE HIGH HEAPS: SET THINE HEART TOWARD THE HIGHWAY, EVEN THE WAY WHICH THOU WENTEST: TURN AGAIN, O VIRGIN OF ISRAEL, TURN AGAIN TO THESE THY CITIES.
This verse (as we explained in the Brit-Am Commentary] may be paraphrased from the Hebrew (in line with Traditional Commentaries] as saying:
"Set yourself up stone monuments [menhirs, dolmens] and high heaps of stones [cairns] [i.e. "Megalithic" monuments!]. Set your heart [Examine the evidence]
towards the prepared way: The way in which you went. Turn back o virgin of Israel, return unto these cities of yours.
Subject: Beware of False Reports!
Beware of False Reports!
People have been sending me reports that suggest a foreign invasion (or its equivalent, i.e. some form of take-over)
of Israel taking place now.
It could conceivably happen
BUT IT HAS NOT!
At least not as far as I or anyone else around me knows of.
In the First World War the Germans committed atrocities in Belgium and elsewhere.
The Allied Propaganda Machine reported these atrocities and exaggerated them as well
as inventing new ones. It was said that the "Huns" were killing babies and making soap out of
human body fat. The War was won and the lies were revealed for what they were.
Along came WW11 and reports began to reach the West that the Germans were once again not acting nicely.
The reports sounded sometimes quite horrendous.
Many assumed that the horror news and rumors were exaggerations
and a more sophisticated development of the Propaganda falsehoods of WW1.
It took some time, often until the end of WW11 and later, before it was widely understood
that this time not only were the initial horror stories not exaggerated but grossly understated.
KEEP THEE FAR FROM A FALSE MATTER [Exodus 23:7]
"FALSE MATTER": Hebrew "Davar Sheker" translatable as "Lying Word".
"I HATE EVERY FALSE WAY" [Psalms 119:128] .
[Proverbs 12:22] LYING LIPS ARE ABOMINATION TO THE LORD: BUT THEY THAT DEAL TRULY ARE HIS DELIGHT.
[Zechariah 8:16] THESE ARE THE THINGS THAT YE SHALL DO; SPEAK YE EVERY MAN THE TRUTH TO HIS NEIGHBOUR; EXECUTE THE JUDGMENT OF TRUTH AND PEACE IN YOUR GATES:
It sometimes seems to happen that by people saying something that is not so
they almost make it so. This sounds superstitious and maybe it is
but we all need to keep calm and seek the truth.
This applies everywhere.
We ourselves when trying to convince others of the truth of Brit-Am are sometimes tempted
to present matters that are no more than reasonable probabilities as proven facts. If however we
ever give in to such pulls they are liable to prove counter-productive.
People instinctively recognize (at least at some subconscious level) the truth or the lack of it.
[Amos 5:15] HATE THE EVIL, AND LOVE THE GOOD, AND ESTABLISH JUDGMENT IN THE GATE:
IT MAY BE THAT THE LORD GOD OF HOSTS WILL BE GRACIOUS UNTO THE REMNANT OF JOSEPH.
Extracts from the False Report:
"Word From Y'erushalaim
".....There is a convoy of American jeeps and military equipment that is miles long. Coming into Israel." What is going on?
....US government are bringing in troops that will in-fact enforce its implementation.
This second such entry of foreign troops into Israel is quite frightening, especially since the Israeli public have not been told about this invasion of our land by foreign troops....
RED ALERT! AMERICAN COMBAT TROOPS IN NOW IN ISRAEL
".....Then at closer scrutiny I noticed that the soldiers wore the new "nazi" helmet of the American combat soldier. I then noticed good ol' American boys: blacks, whites, Puerto Ricans, sitting in the humvees....
"In other words this convoy was trying to hide its real identity
"We have even heard rumors that German policemen with war-horses (what a horrific irony if this is true) would be employed to help remove the Jew from their homes.
In other words keep away from a false matter.
It is true however that some left-wing free-thinkers in Israel at times
have openly invited foreign interference. Senior officials of the EU
have also been caught "thinking aloud" about using force against
Israel and I would not put it past some US politicians and Administration people.
This does not mean however that it will happen or even that it is likely to do so.
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