Monday, April 24, 2023

Israel: The True Identity Of The Christian Church - Christians for Truth

[Originally published 9/27/20 — because of its popularity, we are republishing it with a few additions in response to some of the original comments we received.]

In this sermon, Sheldon Emry reveals the true identity of the Christian church today based on the fulfillment of prophecy and the direct words and acts of Paul whom Christ chose to help regather those Israelites who had lost their identity after the captivities and dispersion into the new body of Christ, the “ekklesia” or Christian church.

We should add the caveat that some non-Israelite peoples — from the original Genesis 10 nations — such as many of the Greeks and Romans — are the “wild olive branch” — or the “fullness of the nations” that would also be brought into the new covenant with Christ.

The Israelites are never referred to as “the nations” in Scripture — and the “nation of Israel” is mentioned only once in the apocryphal book of Esdras.  And so the lost ten northern tribes of Israel to which Emry refers cannot be conflated as “the nations” — a term used exclusively for non-Israelite, original descendants of the Genesis 10 nations.

There can be no doubt, however, that prior to the Israelite migrations into Europe, there were earlier Adamic peoples already settled there — most notably the Japhethites. Note the prophecy of Genesis 9:27, “The Lord shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem.” In Europe, these two bloodlines were brought together and became indistinguishable from each other.

Besides Japhethites, we know that the early Phoenicians also settled much of the European coastlines.  While some have claimed that the Phoenicians were Israelites, their homeland was the coastline of Canaan, settled and named after the original descendants of Noah’s grandson — which would make them Adamic, but not Israelite.  Whether Israelite or not, the Phoenicians, like the Japhethites, most certainly were white Adamic peoples whose ancient fingerprints can be found everywhere from the coast of Spain — Tarshish — to Ireland — and all the way to the New World.

It should also be noted that Paul’s use of the word “adoption” below in Romans 9 comes from the Greek word “huiothesia” (Strong’s 5206), which means “son-placing” and does NOT mean the taking in of an unrelated son or daughter into one’s family as universalists are wont to claim today.  In order to be “placed,” one must first be a “son” by ancestry.

And to quote Thayer’s Greek Lexicon, concerning the meaning of huiothesia:

In the New Testament it is used to denote that relationship which God was pleased to establish between himself and the Israelites in preference to all other nations.

Emry begins:

Some always question my insistence that the Bible has the answers for America because, they say, the Bible was written to Israel, and America is not Israel.  I agree with their statement that the Bible was written to Israelites — however, I disagree with their argument that we are not Israel.

For over 20 years, I have taught that you Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Scandinavian, Germanic, and kindred peoples of Europe are descendant from the Israelites [ten northern tribes] who were dispersed out of ancient Palestine seven centuries before Christ came.

In the letter to the Romans, Paul refers to his “kinsmen according to the flesh” in verse 3 of Chapter 9, and then he says in verse 4, who are Israelites:

4 Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises.

This verse seems to be a rather complete statement that the entire message of the Bible is directed to the Israelites.  Let’s take each phrase and analyze it briefly:

“To whom pertaineth the adoption…”

This refers to the process by which men become the true sons of God.  Men of different races and nations today are claiming they have been “born again” — that being “born again” they are the “spiritual” sons of God.  But if you will read all of the references in the New Testament to this process of men becoming the sons of God, you will find they all refer, in some way, to Israelites — and to no other people.

Turn to Galatians 4 where verse 5 says in part that we might receive the adoption of sons.  However, to understand who the “we” are in that phrase, we must remember that the writer, Paul, was an Israelite:

4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons.

Only Israelites — of all the world’s people — were ever under God’s law.  In fact, only Israelites are promised redemption in the Bible.

In Ephesians, we come across the phrase “the adoption” in verse 5 of the first chapter:

3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: 5 Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will.

Again, Paul uses the collective term “us” — obviously meaning “us Israelites.”  And if you read the entire chapter, it is obvious that it is Israelites who were predestinated to be the child or “sons of God.”  This [verse] — and scores of prophecies in the Old Testament — testify that it would be Israelites who would be the followers of God in the last age.

And yet for the last 1,900 years of the many millions who have claimed son-ship to Jesus Christ, the God of the Bible, 99% of them have been of the White race of Europe whom modern ministers claim are not Israelites.

Is the Bible in error?

Did God make a mistake?

Or are the ministers in error in not knowing these Europeans are descendants of ancient Israel?

Romans 9, verse 4 where the phrase “to whom pertaineth the adoption”:

Who are Israelites; to whom pertaineth the adoption, and the glory, and the covenants, and the giving of the law, and the service of God, and the promises.

And the second phrase, “and the glory” also pertains to Israel.  The words glory, glorify, glorified, and glorious are used several hundred times in the Bible, and scores of them make it plain that in Israel that God will be glorified. Isaiah 44:

23 Sing, O ye heavens; for the LORD hath done it: shout, ye lower parts of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein: for the LORD hath redeemed Jacob, and glorified himself in Israel.

Isaiah 46:13

13 I bring near my righteousness; it shall not be far off, and my salvation shall not tarry: and I will place salvation in Zion for Israel my glory.

There Israel is called directly “the glory of God”. In Isaiah 48, God is rebuking for her wickedness, then He says this in verse 9:

9 For my name’s sake will I defer mine anger, and for my praise will I refrain for thee, that I cut thee not off.

Israel had sinned enough to deserve destruction, but God is saying for his own or God’s sake He will not destroy Israel.

10 Behold, I have refined thee, but not with silver; I have chosen thee in the furnace of affliction. 11 For mine own sake, even for mine own sake, will I do it: for how should my name be polluted? and I will not give my glory unto another.

God says, in effect, “Israel, I could destroy you for your sin, but I will not do so because I have chosen to give my glory to you, and for my own namesake, for my reputation, as it were, I will not go back on my word, and I will not transfer my glory to another people.”

That promise that God would not forsake Israel for another people is why Paul would write seven centuries later in Romans 11:1

1 I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. 2 God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew.

Paul knew — as we should — that whatever promises and covenant God had made with the Israelites would be kept — and whatever prophecies were made about them would most certainly come to pass. One of these prophecies was that God would not give His glory to any other people but Israel.

Here are a few more verses about that glory. Isaiah 49:3:

3 And said unto me, Thou art my servant, O Israel, in whom I will be glorified.

And in verse 6:

6 And he said, It is a light thing that thou shouldest be my servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the preserved of Israel: I will also give thee for a light to the Gentiles, that thou mayest be my salvation unto the end of the earth.

Israel would be the carriers of the good news of Jesus Christ — the salvation of the world to the ends of the earth.  In what race — and in what people — has that been fulfilled?

Most ministers will admit that it has been this White Anglo-Saxon race which has done this, but they call them “Gentiles” and insist they are non-Israelites.  I say no.  That prophecy has been — and is being — fulfilled in Israelites — Anglo-Saxon Israel, the true race of Israel.

Isaiah 59:20

And the Redeemer shall come to Zion, and unto them that turn from transgression in Jacob, saith the LORD. 21 As for me, this is my covenant with them, saith the LORD; My spirit that is upon thee, and my words which I have put in thy mouth, shall not depart out of thy mouth, nor out of the mouth of thy seed, nor out of the mouth of thy seed’s seed, saith the LORD, from henceforth and for ever.

God is saying that Israelites would have God’s word then and forever.

If we believe God, we would be able to find Israel in the world today by looking for the people who have His word.  And who are they?  Any fool can find them — they stick out like a sore thumb among the nations. They are the White, Anglo-Saxon and kindred peoples of Europe, North America, South Africa, and Australia.

They alone — of all the races of the earth — print, distribute, profess, claim and hold on to the Bible, the word of God.  You can travel from America to Europe — to the sub-continent of Asia — to the jungles of Africa — and to the isles of the sea — and wherever you come across any group of this race — and I am not including the Jews — wherever you find this race, you will find that if they practice any religion at all — or profess to believe in any God — it will always and forever be the religion of the Israelite Bible, and the God of the Bible — Jesus Christ.

Is that all coincidence?  That we seem to be a people of one religion, the true religion of the Bible — Israelites — or is it another of the hundreds of proofs that we must really be the Israel people?

Isaiah 60, verse 1:

Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee. 2 For, behold, the darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people: but the LORD shall arise upon thee, and his glory shall be seen upon thee.

When all of the world would lie in the darkness of false religion and idol worship, where would God glory be seen?  Upon Israel.  In spite of our own sin and ignorance — in spite of blindness in part of our own identity as Israel.  The whole heathen world can see the light of God’s glory only upon our nations and the other nations occupied by the White European race, the race of Israel.

Oft-quoted Romans 8, verse 28:

And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God…

And they usually stop there — however, the rest of that verse and the following verses identify the people for whom all things work together for good:

“…to them who are the called according to his purpose.”

Someone here is being identified as “the called”.  Who are they?  Read on.  We will find they are Israelites.

29 For whom he did foreknow…

Whom did God foreknow?  We have already seen it is Israelites.

…he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son…

So here is answered the question, “What people in this age were to become the Christians — the sons of God for whom all things would work out according to their good?

The people God foreknew — the Israelites.

…that he might be the firstborn among many brethren.

Here it is plain that those who would become Christians would be brethren and would probably be brethren of the ancestry of Jesus Christ.  In other words, the people of Israel which we are.

30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called…

The people who would be called to Christ would be those who were predestined to become the sons of God.  We’ve seen from Ephesians that was the Israelites — and from Romans 9:4 we have already seen it was Israelites to whom pertaineth the adoption, or the adoption as sons, or the act of becoming Christians.

…and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.

So here we’ve come around to that word again — glory or glorified — and always and forever it is used in relation to only to God and to the Israelites.  In verse 33 of Romans 8 these “called ones” are called God’s “elect”.  In Isaiah 45:4, God calls the descendants of Jacob “Israel mine elect”.

Ephesians, Chapter 3

20 Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.

This is a certain reference to God Almighty, of course — and then follows the conclusion of that sentence:

21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.

Where would the glory of God be manifested in all ages?  Here it says in the church.  And we’ve been reading it would be in Israel.  Let’s see if we can reconcile those two words: church and Israel.

The word church here comes from the Greek word “ekklesia” — it means literally “the called ones”.  That is exactly the term used for Israel in the Old Testament.  In Isaiah 48, immediately following God’s statement that he would give his glory only to Israel, and would not give it to another, we read this:

12 Hearken unto me, O Jacob and Israel, my called…

The disciples and writers of the New Testament knew that Israelites were the “called” ones, so it was just natural they would call these Israelite Christians “ekklesia” or “the called ones”.

Today, we use the English word “church” for an assembly of called ones — not knowing it is the exact equivalent of the Greek and Hebrew words by which the Bible designates Israel.

Acts 7, here Stephen — the first Christian martyr — is preaching the sermon that so angered the Jews that they stoned him to death. In speaking of Israel after they left Egypt, he calls that whole body of the Israel people the “ekklesia in the wilderness”.  It is translated here “the church in the wilderness.”  So Israel was the church of God at Sinai just as Israelites made up the New Testament church after Jesus — and Israelites constitute 99% of the professing church of God today.

Ministers who refer today to the body of believers as — quote — “the gentile church” — will tell their listeners they call it that because most Christians today are not Israelites.  Nothing could be more further from the truth.  No non-Israelitish church was ever prophecied in the Bible — nor has any such church come to pass.  The church of today is exactly what it was prophecied to be — an Israelite church.

Another English word for church is “congregation.”  In the Old Testament, Israel is called “the congregation” over 250 times, many times the phrase being “the congregation of the Lord.”  Any investigation of Bible terms will prove that all of the words used in the Old and the New Testaments which mean “church” or “called ones” or which relate to the church pertain to Israelites.

The next phrase in Romans 9, in verse 4, says “and the covenants” — by which Paul meant the covenants of the Bible also pertain to Israel.  This is not arguable — and is easily understood by any person with an acquaintance of our Bible.

See the film, “The Heirs of the Promise” — our documentary study of just what God promised and covenanted to Abraham and to Issac, then to Jacob and the Israel people.  Our movie examines the Bible history of Israel, then the break up the Israel kingdom after David and Solomon, the Assyrian and Babylonia captivities, and the dispersion of the Israel people out of old Palestine several hundred years before Christ.  Using archeology, history, and Bible prophecy the movie demonstrates to the audience the truth that vast numbers of Israelites migrated onto the continent of Europe in the centuries before Christ.

Because they had broken their covenant they had made with God on Mount Sinai, they lost the name of Israel, which means “ruling with God” — and are recorded in history by the names given to them by Persian, Greek and Roman historians.

We know them as:












…and a dozen other names of European history.

Those of us who have studied the “disappearance” of Israel at the same time and in the same place where this Caucasian race suddenly appeared at the same time now know this people were Israelites.

All the old conditional covenants on Mount Sinai were broken by Israel, but the unconditional covenants that God made with Abraham can never be broken.  And it is because of those covenants that God has fulfilled in our people those promises of great increase in numbers, great blessings, and that He would be our God, and we would be His people.