This essay is written in response to a question submitted to me by Preterist Voice. It is also submitted to Don K. Preston for refutation in our upcoming debate in November 2016.
Question: Are those claiming to be Jews descendants of Israel?
I can’t speak of anyone’s personal motives or ethnic status. However, I will say with assurity that the Bible speaks of ethnic Israel returning to the land YHWH gave to Israel’s patriarchs Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob:
Ezekial 20:34 And I will bring you out from the people, and will gather you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury poured out.
This doesn’t fit Israel’s return to his land after the 70 year Babylonian captivity, because the Babylonian captivity did not involve Israel being dispersed to many nations.
When Israel was dispersed in AD70, he was dispersed to many, many different nations.
When I read books and listen to lectures on the history of Isreal, I am moved to tears, because Israel went through hell, but they were brought back to their land.
I doubt if those who speak of ethnic Israel not being authentic Israelites have ever read a book on the history of Israel.
I often hear people say, “How do you know the genealogy or the tribal ancestry of those who call themselves Jews today.? My answer is two fold:
1. Do we question the genealogy of Yeshua in Matthew chapter one or Luke chapter 3? Of course not. Now if YHWH can record genealogy for 4,000 years and have it recorded in the Bible, I certain that He can do it for the last 2,000 years.
2. The identity of individual tribes really isn’t necessary today, because the land of Israel is no longer dicided by tribal possession. However, in the Tribulation 144,000 Jewish men will be identified by tribe:
Revelation 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.
Let’s examine more Scripture:
Isaiah 11:11-13 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, which shall be left, from Assyria,
and from Egypt, and from Pathros,
and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. 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. The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.
This text says definitely THE SECOND TIME. This speaks of a worldwide regathering of Israel twice. I submit to you that the first worldwide regathering was the rebirth of Israel, after nearly 2,000 years, in 1948.
Israel is gain control of his land in 1948 and gained control over the city of Jerusalem in 1967.
The second regathering will occur at the Second Coming of Yeshua HaMashiach.
Zephaniah 3:19-20 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. At that time will I bring you again, even in the time that I gather you: for I will make you a name and a praise among all people of the earth, when I turn back your captivity before your eyes, saith the Lord.
YHWH knows what He has prophesied and what He is doing. YHWH does have future plans for ethnic Israel and it spelled out in the Bible.