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I need to thank my friend Chris Tolworthy because I could used some pictures from his web page and even his search on the Jaredites

This is an intriguing topic because the House of Israel is the House of the Lord itself and has many important meanings. I will try to analyze its history, its symbolism, its meaning in many different ways. Clearly being this topic so huge it will take study, time and patience and surely it will not be over in this generation. We need to keep in mind that as always happened with the other prophecies we can have the full understanding only when the prophecy is literally fulfilled, in fact before that all   we can do is just presume, speculate and hope, for example the Bible prophesied that Kings and queens would have been the helper of Israel but until ONU passed the resolution in the 1947 to give them a homeland in Palestine, no one had a clear idea when and how the prophecy would have been fulfilled, so we will go to analyze the prophecy concerning this topic with great humility  trying to only understand what the Lord said in the scriptures. Before to go ahead I'd like to point out the prerequisites to prophecy.

1) the absolute foreknowledge of God. We can be sure that prophecy is even better than history in fact history is written form the man point of view, prophecy is the truth about the event. History is written after the event happened, prophecy is written before it happens and like I wrote is perfect and reliable, a lot more than history. D&C 130:7
7 But they reside in the presence of God, on a globe like a sea of glass and fire, where all things for their glory are manifest, past, present, and future, and are continually before the Lord.

2) Revelation to worth people (prophets) for by the Spirit are all things made known unto the prophets, which shall come upon the children of men according to the flesh. 1 Nephi 22:2

3) No private interpretation of men 2 Peter 1:20
20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation.

2 Peter 1:21
21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake [as they were] moved by the Holy Ghost.

4) the Law of witnesses

The House of Israel

We  often think about this topic in terms of the twelve tribes descending from Jacob or Israel, is this totally correct? Can we exclude Isaac? Abraham? Eber? or even better Sem? No we cant' but we talk about the House of Israel because the scriptures refer to it as a whole for the believers. The house of Israel represents the chosen children of God. There is  a chosen people, there is a royal lineage that exists here upon earth and it is the priesthood! Abraham was paying his tithe to Melchisedec because he represent that royal lineage, in fact Jesus was a priest after Melchisedec and the purpose of God, BEFORE TO GIVE the law was to.....  read this.....

Exodus 19:5
5 Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth [is] mine:

Exodus 19:6
6 And ye shall be unto me a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.

This was and it is the purpose of God to make his chosen people, a kingdom of priests, and an holy nation.

Unfortunately they made the golden calf and God gave the priesthood just to Levites, but when the law was over and the Gospel introduced

1 Peter 2:5
5 Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:9
9 But ye [are] a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:
Revelation 1:6
6 And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him [be] glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.

But this it will be a topic for another talk now I would like to focus my attention on the chosen people of God by the scriptures.

Deuteronomy 32:7
7 ¶ Remember the days of old, consider the years of many generations: ask thy father, and he will shew thee; thy elders, and they will tell thee.

The way in which Moses spoke indicated that what he said was common knowledge among the children of Israel at that time. Continuing he said,

Deuteronomy 32:8
8 When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel.

Moses says that even in the preexistence, these valiant spirits were called "Israel" a name that has rich significance, Israel means "soldier of God" or ""one who prevails with God" Jacob or Israel?

This is  a very important scripture to remember. From it we learn that the very boundaries of every nation that has ever existed in this world is determined as to its length of time, as to its inhabitants and its opportunity to receive the Gospel, by the NUMBER of the Children of noble lineage that are born unto mortal probation in that particular nation. This is why THE BLOOD OF ISRAEL IS SPRINKLED throughout all the earth, the purpose of which is to serve the great plane of life and salvation, in providing every nation, kindred, tongue, and people the right to hear the message of salvation.

In the Bible the dispersion of Israel is prophesied many times and maybe sometimes this could give a generic idea, but if we assemble them and analyze them we will have a better picture.

The first important clue regarding the scattering of Israel is also in its ancestor's name "Eber" in Hebrew "Ha-Ivri." Abraham had this nick name from his ancestor. In Hebrew this word is connected to the root "avar" which means "to cross"  and give the idea of wandering from a place to another so   Hebrew is a wanderer or one who is crossing from a place to another.  It is fascinating how Abraham was fulfilling this peculiar prerogative, he left Chaldea and went Palestine, after that,  Egypt and again Canaan. Considering at this time practically he wandered foFather Lehi"r at least to thoroughout the all world known at his time. The same was with Israel or Jacob,  but the fulfillment of this peculiarity is clearly shown from the twelve tribes of Israel, they are said from the Lord Himself, that they would have been scattered in any place on the face of earth.

The book of Mormon which, it is defined as a book which use to be very simple, has the clearest prophecies regarding the scattering of Israel in Jacob when   talking about the olive tree. This prophecy is very important because it seems that even Paul knew it. Romans 11:16-24

Judges 9:8

8 The trees went forth [on a time] to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us.

Judges 9:9

9 But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?

This is an interesting passage because the scriptures often compare men to trees and here the trees went forth [on a time] to anoint a king over them after they went to

Judges 9:10
10 And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou, [and] reign over us.

Judges 9:11
11 But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees?

we know that the Olive tree represent the House of Israel and the fig tree the priesthood.

Judges 9:12
12 Then said the trees unto the vine, Come thou, [and] reign over us.

Judges 9:13
13 And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?

the wine usually represent the works of the saints as Jesus explained  in

John 15:1
1 ¶ I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.

John 15:2
2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every [branch] that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.

John 15:3
3 Now ye are clean through the word which I have spoken unto you.

John 15:4
4 Abide in me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in me.

John 15:5
5 I am the vine, ye [are] the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.

The communion between Jesus and the disciples is the key and for this reason vine is present in the symbol of the last supper, it represents his blood and also the communion between him and the disciples.

In this context,  this parable teaches that the house of Israel and His priesthood are in the service of the Lord and they don't rule men but simply lead them in the service according to the Lord's guidance.  This scripture is interesting because we have four classes of trees representing the 4 classes of men; Olive tree the chosen people, fig tree, the chosen people with the priesthood, vine the chosen people with the priesthood keeping the commandments and producing good vine and the last one:

Judges 9:14
14 Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, [and] reign over us.

The bramble are Thorns it is wild and represents all the Gentiles that they need to be converted.

Zechariah 4:11
11 ¶ Then answered I, and said unto him, What [are] these two olive trees upon the right [side] of the candlestick and upon the left [side] thereof?

Zechariah 4:12
12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What [be these] two olive branches which through the two golden pipes empty the golden [oil] out of themselves?

Zechariah 4:13
13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these [be]? And I said, No, my lord.

Zechariah 4:14
14 Then said he, These [are] the two anointed ones, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.

The eleventh chapter of Isaiah talks about the mighty trees (or  leaders) of Assyria would be hewn down (or humbled). Isaiah begin his prophecy in chapter eleven speaking of new trees ( or leaders) that would  come forth out of Israel to rule and bless the earth. This verse appears to be an example of synonymous parallelism. Apparently in this reference to two separate individuals (rod = branch; stem= root) he is saying the same thing twice, but in slightly different words.

The door of the temple was made from the wood of the olive tree because Israel was the door to the house of the Lord

1 Kings 6:31

31 And for the entering of the oracle he made doors [of] olive tree: the lintel [and] side posts [were] a fifth part [of the wall].

1 Kings 6:32

32 The two doors also [were of] olive tree; and he carved upon them carvings of cherubims and palm trees and open flowers, and overlaid [them] with gold, and spread gold upon the cherubims, and upon the palm trees.

1 Kings 6:33

33 So also made he for the door of the temple posts [of] olive tree, a fourth part [of the wall].

The proof that the olive tree represents the house of Israel is given also by

Jeremiah 11:16
16 The LORD called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, [and] of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken.

1 Nephi 10:12

12 Yea, even my father spake much concerning the Gentiles, and also concerning the house of Israel, that they should be compared like unto an olive-tree, whose branches should be broken off and should be scattered upon all the face of the earth.

1 Nephi 10:14

14 And after the house of Israel should be scattered they should be gathered together again; or, in fine, after the Gentiles had received the fullness of the Gospel, the natural branches of the olive-tree, or the remnants of the house of Israel, should be grafted in, or come to the knowledge of the true Messiah, their Lord and their Redeemer.

1 Nephi 15:7

7 And they said: Behold, we cannot understand the words which our father hath spoken concerning the natural branches of the olive-tree, and also concerning the Gentiles.

I quoted these scriptures to help the reader understand that many prophecies are sometimes in symbols especially regarding the house of Israel.

Before analyzing in detail the word of Zenos,  I would like to analyze the biblical prophecies concerning the scattering of the House of Israel, not to prove the scattering but to simply see if we can gain some clues to better understand where these branches could have been planted or hidden and also what kind of characteristics they could have.

From information contained in the standard works, especially the Book of Mormon and the Bible, it is clear that ancient Israel of the Northern Kingdom had certain peculiar characteristics. We found four specific groups of evidences which not only existed during Israel's time in the reign of David, but survived to appear in the tribes while they were dispersed among the heathens. These groups had to do with their social environment, religious habit, physical characteristics, and especially their environment while dispersed among the gentiles, this last clue is found in the scriptures.Zenos, the writer of the parable of the olive tree, describes the main branches of Israel which were cut off and planted elsewhere in the world, as being in number of four, not including Judah which is in reality the root of the tree. Nephi said that Jesus would "surely visit all branches of Israel." and we have the proof in third Nephi when the Lord visited one branch and said that he would have visited even the others.

One very important thing to consider is that the period of 400 years in Egypt had an important reason. First of all it gave to the Hebrew people a sample of  how to live in the midst of other people and maintain their individuality. They never mixed with the Egyptians and they never lost their identity. During the dispersion they had the same attitude. The four hundred years in Egypt was a way to strengthen their characteristics like people, their genes always remained between themselves and their racial identity was stronger and stronger. This is a clue to identifying the dispersed Israel in the four corners of earth.

A little note we need to remember is that the book of Mormon speaks about three different migrations, even though only two should be considered regarding the house of Israel, Lehi and Mulek. We need to ask ourselves why the Book of Mormon also mention the Jaredites?

simple because they were of the same race as Abraham. They were descendent of Sem and in the Bible we have

Genesis 10:21-32

Eber (father of the Hebrews) who was the principle son of Shem (father of the "Shem"itic or "Semitic" races). The Hebrews split into two main branches — the Peleg side and the Joktan side. The Bible follows the Peleg side. But what happened to the Joktan side? It ends with Joktan's children, including Jerah and Ophir.

The Book of Mormon records what happened at about this time, and calls the people the Jaredites.

and what about the Mulekites?

2 Kings 24-25 (and elsewhere) - What happened to God's promises regarding Israel when most of the tribes were lost to Bible history? What happened to the lost tribes - who were all heirs to the promises, and not just those who returned to the Holy Land after the exile? The Bible contains clues. 2 Kings 25, for example, records the finality of God's judgement on the city at that time: all the host of Babylon fought against the city (verse 1), all the men of war fled (verse 4), all the houses were burnt with fire (verse 9), all the army of the Chaldees brake down the walls (verse 10) and so on. Yet when it came to Zedekiah's sons being killed, the word "all" is not used. Could it be that one escaped? The Book of Mormon ties up loose ends like this.

PS More recent research indicates that the word translated "son" can have several meanings. See FARMS <http://farms.byu.edu> for details.

For example, the Lachish Letters, a library of documents from the time of the fall of Jerusalem, casts new light on the possibility that one of Zedekiah's sons escaped, as recorded in the Book of Mormon. There are many other examples like this. If you want to follow this up in more detail, FARMS <http://farms.byu.edu> is a good place to start.

The promised land was to be an inheritance unto the descendants of Abraham when they were listening to the Lord, inferring that any time they would have ceased to listen to Him they would have been driven out.

Since God is able to change evil in good the dispersion was something to bless the gentiles.

Isaiah 11:12

12 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.

Revelation 7:1

1 ¶ AND after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.

The square outer garment, or Tallith, was the one that carried "the customary fringes of four long white threads with one of hyacinth knotted together on each of the four corners." As we are aware, "the quaternion of soldiers who crucified Christ made division of the riches of His poverty, taking each one part of His dress, while for the fifth, which, if divided, would have been rent to pieces, they cast lots." (Edersheim 1:624-25.)

John the Revelator not only saw an "angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth" (Rev. 14:6) in the last days, but he also "saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree." (Rev. 7:1.) The mission of these four angels is not as apparent as is the mission of the angelic ministrant who is named as bringing the gospel to all men. That our understanding of the restoration of the gospel might be perfected, however, the Prophet Joseph Smith, writing by the spirit of revelation, said of them: "We are to understand that they are four angels sent forth from God, to whom is given power over the four parts of the earth, to save life and to destroy; these are they who have the everlasting gospel to commit to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people; having power to shut up the heavens, to seal up unto life, or to cast down to the regions of darkness." (D&C 77:8.) Thus there is more than one angel involved in the restoration of the gospel in the last days.

In the scriptures  the four corners of earth are often mentioned, take a look at the map and see where England, Ireland, Iceland are and you will see they are Isles. Where Polynesia is, are Isles and the two Americas  are Isles of the old continent. Now you will have the four corners of earth. Keep on mind also that  the scriptures also mentioned often that the Nord or Northern part would been and important place for the scattered abroad.

The descendants of Judah are the people that more than any other tribe maintained their religious identity notwistanding persecution and they are the people that in these last days are gathering again in Palestine fulfilling the promises that they received of old.

We know that Abraham made a covenant with god and he was promised that his posterity would have been huge as the stars of heaven. This promise was received through the lineage of Joseph until Epharim

Joseph also is a very important person in the House of Israel. His name in Hebrew (Asaph) means a gatherer and a restorer and scriptures are clear that Joseph would gather the others tribes in the last days and that he would restored everything as prophesied in Acts 3:19

Don't forget to keep in mind that Joseph Smith being a literal descendant of him had the name and the power to do it.

If we go to analyze the prophecies given to Jacob to his children we can easily see that he was prophesying for the last days.

But I'd like to stop here for a moment to ponder this blessing. Taking a closer look at the blessing we can read about Joseph and Ephraim and Manasse. At the beginning of the blessing Jacob said when he saw the two children of Joseph:"Who are them?" It seems he didn't know about them. In the Zohar (Breishit, Vayechi, 88m, Sulam edition) we find an interesting comment to these words that are compared to the words in

Isaiah 49:21
21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these,

Zohar consider the Hebrew word "eyleh" or "These" as pronunciated under divine inspiration how if he was foreseeing the words of Isaiah when he foresaw   the future gathering of the dispersed tribes guided by Ephraim

saiah 11:11
11 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.

In Genesis 48 Seems that Jacob was making a mistake regarding the firstborn in fact he is giving the blessings of the firstborn to the second one. These blessings in the old Israel were a bigger part of earth, and this was happening also when in Palestine the tribes divided the country, but also these blessings were the responsibilities to lead spiritually the house of Israel.

In Genesis 48:19  Jacob says that Ephraim would have become a "Multitude of nations" that in Hebrew it says "melo ha goyim" this phrase can be translated even as "fullness of gentiles" and in this context means that when the fullness of the gentiles of which is spoken by Paul and also by Moronih will come, times designated for the restoration of all things, the blessing of Ephraim would have been fulfilled.. What also is interesting here is the fact that from one person Ephraim should come out Nations not just one as the Israelites from Jacob, because Ephraim was going to be mixed in every place between the Gentiles nations. Then after the dispersion there would be a need for a gatherer and then we have

Joseph:
The key prophecies of the gathering of Israel in the last days sometimes refer to "Yaw-saph," which means "to add, join, or increase." But is is also the meaning of the name Joseph (see Genesis 30:24). So...

  • When we read in Isaiah 11:11 that in the last days the Lord will set his hand "again" to gather his people, it literally says "he will set his hand Yaw-saph to gather his people.
  • When we read in Isaiah 29:14 that "I will proceed to do a marvelous work" in the last days, it literally says "Yaw-saph will do a marvelous work" in the last days.

Counter Arguments:

Just an ordinary word?
But the same word is used in ordinary ways in other places? Of course, just as the words "anointed" or "redeemer" have ordinary uses when not referring to Jesus. I am simply pointing out that, even if these verses are not specific pointers, Joseph was the only name possible for the someone doing the Lord's work of adding, joining, or increasing.

Not identical with 'Joseph'?
Yaw-saph is not exactly the same as the word for Joseph, but Joseph means Yaw-saph, as explained in Genesis 30:24. So, the Bible refers to Joseph (the joiner or increaser) and also to another "joiner or increaser" in the last days.

A verb and not a noun?
I am not a Hebrew scholar, so perhaps I have missed some crucial inflection or word ending. But according to my Hebrew lexicon, 'Joseph' is just the future tense of Yaw-saph. As for subtle meanings in ancient Hebrew, I gather that the grammar was not as subtle as modern English. Otherwise, how could scholars get such widely varying meanings from the same verse?

Still not enough evidence?
If you don't find this item convincing, that's OK, it is only circumstantial evidence, and does not amount to proof. I only include it to show how the original legends of Joseph son of Joseph may not have been lost beyond trace.

Let's go to analyze Genesis

Genesis 49:22
22 ¶ Joseph [is] a fruitful bough, [even] a fruitful bough by a well; [whose] branches run over the wall:

Genesis 49:23

23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot [at him], and hated him:

Genesis 49:24

24 But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty [God] of Jacob; (from thence [is] the shepherd, the stone of Israel:)

Genesis 49:25

25 [Even] by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:

Genesis 49:26

26 The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.

Joseph [is] a fruitful bough,  with this similitude Jacob was saying that   Joseph posterity would have been huge and would have been a fruitful bough by a well; [whose] branches run over the wall:
meaning close to a sea and the two Americas are clearly surrounded by a big well and the branches running over the wall indicate a physical barrier as the sea itself. we know that when Ephraim and Manasse received their inheritance in Palestine they didn't see any fulfillment of the blessing in their patriarchal blessing.

[whose] branches run over the wall: over the wall in Hebrew "ali ayin"   further than to overcome a physical barrier can also mean  "beyond" "above"  eye "ayin" or to be able to see beyond what we see.

Joseph was blessed with the ability or capacity to see beyond what our human eye could see and therefore the gift of discernment.

Rabbi Haim Dynovisz in his study "Lev P'tit Hebdo. Thora et info." Num 56/28 gave certain explanations regarding the spies who were sent in the land of Canaan. They made an accurate account of what they saw, Numbers 13:28 and they discouraged whole Israel to get in Canaan. For this reason to this episode was given the commandment   regarding the use  of  tassels or tufts to put to the corners of their clothing.. These should help to remind them don't focus their attention to what their eyes saw but to just to keep the Law of God. The vision of Joshua, of the tribe of Ephraim, was going instead "beyond the wall which was visible and he was the one to lead Israel in Canaan. One more time the fact that it was an Ephraimite to lead the tribes in the promise land gives us a prototype of who will be to lead the gathering of Israel in the last days.

The punishment to have hesitated was for Israel the dispersion between the seventy nations ( seventy were the children of Noah mentioned in genesis 10) and seventy is the value of the letter "ayin" which means eye, in this context, the fact to be not able beyond what our sight is receiving. The gathering of Israel and the reunion of the house of Judah with the house of Israel (Ephraim) will be necessary to give back to the whole Israel the spiritual leadership necessary to obtain the promised blessings. Until Israel will be divided it will be always oppressed from the nations and it will be only by Ephraim that could come the deliverance. Even the reunion in Egypt manifested fully the blessing pertaining to Joseph, in the same way only in the complete reunion of all the house of Israel we will see the completeness of God's plan.

23 The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot [at him], and hated him:

Genesis 49:24

24 But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty [God] of Jacob; (from thence [is] the shepherd, the stone of Israel:)

The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot [at him], and hated him:
Ephraim's enemies sought to keep him separated and hidden from the others tribes, but notwistanding of it he will be able to fulfill his mission because he will be supported by God.

24 But his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty [God] of Jacob; (from thence [is] the shepherd, the stone of Israel:)

Bow is the favorite weapon for a hunter

Jeremiah 16:16
16 Behold, I will send for many fishers, saith the LORD, and they shall fish them; and after will I send for many hunters, and they shall hunt them from every mountain, and from every hill, and out of the holes of the rocks.

Ephraimites were  Psalms 78:9
9 ¶ The children of Ephraim, [being] armed, [and] carrying bows, turned back in the day of battle.

only the English people could compare to their ability with the bow and this is not just by change.

Osea is clear in the role of Ephraim

Hosea 10:11
11 And Ephraim [is as] an heifer [that is] taught, [and] loveth to tread out [the corn]; but I passed over upon her fair neck: I will make Ephraim to ride; Judah shall plow, [and] Jacob shall break his clods.

Judah will prepare the ground to gather the dispersed

Genesis 49:26
26 The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills:

The blessing of Abraham was the holy land, Joseph should receive more than that, his land should have characteristic  like everlasting hills. In Genesis 48:17-19 we learnt that Efraim received the blessing like firstborn from Israel. Deuteronomy 33:13-17 says the same identical things but adds more clues, it explains that the promised land of Joseph should be the best in the world, it seems to see the Garden of Eden in this description(and it was).Also it repeats that this land will have everlasting Hills, but what it could this means ? If you take a map of this continent you can easily see  that from the beginning in Alaska, to the end in Argentina, Rocky Mountains and the Andes are really everywhere they are everlasting.

they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren.

with these words is clear the role of Joseph in the house of Israel.

Let's go to analyze in detail the blessings which Moses gave to the tribes before dying. We can easily say that in these blessings it is described the future of each tribe

Deuteronomy 33:13
13 And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD [be] his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath,

Deuteronomy 33:14

14 And for the precious fruits [brought forth] by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon,

Here it  clearly described the  richest land on earth

Deuteronomy 33:15
15 And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills,

Again the everlasting hills and in Israel there are not ancient mountains

Deuteronomy 33:16
16 And for the precious things of the earth and fullness thereof, and [for] the good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let [the blessing] come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him [that was] separated from his brethren.

spiritual leadership again.

Deuteronomy 33:17
17 His glory [is like] the firstling of his bullock, and his horns [are like] the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they [are] the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they [are] the thousands of Manasseh.

we have these concepts

1) Ephraim is the firstborn in Israel

2) they were going to receive the richest land on earth

3) they would have possessed the gates of their enemies Genesis 22:1

40 they would be disperse in the isles of the sea Isaiah 11:1

5) they would be strong in war Genesis 16:19 Deut 33:17

6 They would be strong economically genesis 49:25-26

Obviously the posterity of Joseph was scattered even in other nations Amos 9:8-9.

To better study the role of Ephraim let's go to the Isaiah's prophecies because according to the Lord his prophecies are very important 3 Nephi 23:1-2 and according to Nephi

2 Nephi 6:5
5 And now, the words which I shall read are they which Isaiah spake concerning all the house of Israel; wherefore, they may be likened unto you, for ye are of the house of Israel. And there are many things which have been spoken by Isaiah which may be likened unto you, because ye are of the house of Israel.

The very first thing that Isaiah declares by the words of Nehi is

2 Nephi 6:6
6 And now, these are the words: Thus saith the Lord God: Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people; and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders.

They would be His standard for the people and so on.

The Isaiah's minister covers  20 years period of the Kingdom of North or Ephraim and 24 years for the kingdom of Judah. Isaiah admonished both of them to repent otherwise they should have been scattered abroad and it was so.

We have here some good signs to help us to identify the blood of Israel among the nations.

1) there is not anti Semitism Israel or warrior of God clearly is the most favorite enemy of Satan who push the people against them.

Judah and Joseph (tribes) were bitter enemies and they did fight each other  in the past (1 king 15:2 2 King 16) but Isaiah 11:13 says that I the last days they would be friends. As consequence the nations descendants from them are their best defenders in this case think about America and England toward Israel, think about Russia and China especially the first one against Israel.

2) they are promoters of social justice.

The descendants of Joseph are called to hate evil and love good and to balance justice (Amos 6:15) Joseph in Egypt clearly set this example not only maintaining his chastity and faithfulness but also in the seven years of famine he did in a way that even the poor could have food in that bad time. Abraham, the Hebrew was very sensitive to the need of poor. He, according to the Midrashim, was going out in nighttime to find poor people and gave them a place to stay and to rest. "establish justice" according to the Hebrew tradition means by  acts of charity to redistribute equally the earthly wealth received by God. It means also establish fair courts with fair laws and supported democratically. Only in those nations in which is possible to find democracy and which protect the right of mankind we can find the blood of Israel.

The same Law of Moses, was and it is a lighthouse of spiritual light which shined in the darkness in the old times in which the life of a person didn't' have any value. When the house of Israel came in the promise land, Joshua started a community of twelve different houses, the first one in history leaded from 12 princes. There was a Judge and 12 princes united in the same path, religious and political, as the USA is today.

3) they should have a strong army

To Abraham was told that he could fulfill his mission, his posterity would become a great nation and they would have had the gates of their enemies  Genesis 22:16-19   Michea prophesied

Micah 5:7
7 ¶ And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.

Micah 5:8

8 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.

and always Micah talking about the future describe the scattered sheep as

Micah 4:6
6 In that day, saith the LORD, will I assemble her that halteth, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted;

Micah 4:7

7 And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the LORD shall reign over them in mount Zion from henceforth, even for ever.

Today we can say we have Russia a strong nation but Russia has not the characteristics numbered above, China is another strong nation but even China cannot qualify Europe can be considered a strong nation but has many divided nations and remember Hitler and Mussolini were antisemitics and they killed 8.000.000 people (Hebrew) the only powerful nation   is USA. She can be easily considered to be in the uttermost part of earth for Isaiah, it could be considered an Isle because it is clearly isolated and surrounded by the oceans  and has all the other characteristics numbered above. England also could be numbered with USA because it is in the North and it was by England in 1947 that Palestine was given to the descendants of Abraham again. Further according to the words of Moses this country would have been the most rich and blessed on earth and clearly the USA is easily identified in this description it possesses everything ,even gas, not only food, remember that USA in many instances was sending wheat even to Russia.

Israel or God's warrior in many instances was a very good warrior when he lost it,it was because he was unfaithful, but when is faithful he  is invincible.

Genesis 49:9
9 Judah [is] a lion's whelp: from the prey, my son, thou art gone up: he stooped down, he couched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up?

Micah 5:8
8 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.

4) a smart and intelligent people


Deuteronomy 4:6
6 Keep therefore and do [them]; for this [is] your wisdom and your understanding in the sight of the nations, which shall hear all these statutes, and say, Surely this great nation [is] a wise and understanding people.

Now we can go to try to identify the nations that during the centuries had the Hebrew blood in them.

We don't know much about Ephraim and Manasse, Rashi maintains that Ephraim was often in the presence of Jacob to learn the Torah, while Manasse was working as official translator in the palace of the king (Rashi 42:43)

the spiritual superiority of Ephraim it is easily shown from two of them descendants or Joshua and Gedeon, they are like replicants of them. According to a way to interpret the scriptures in facts the patriarchs were set as an example to see them even in their posterity.

According to this Netziv (rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehudah Berlin) says that Gedeon, of the tribe of Manasse, was a warrior who excelled in earthly things; we can mention the conquer of Jerico, while Joshua, from the tribe of Ephraim, was a spiritual leader, it is interesting to note that Joshua was selected by Moses to lead the people in the promised land and was him who received the Law from Moses. While the face of Moses was shining as the sun the face of Joshua was shining as the moon (Baba Basra, n75 a) meaning that Joshua was radiating the spiritual light of Moses as the moon radiates the solar light.

Great Britain and USA- Ephraim and Manasse.

The tribe of Joseph and the American continent.

When the descendants of Joseph were going to receive their inheritance in Palestine they said to Joshua

"the children of Joseph spake unto Joshua, saying, Why hast thou given me but one lot and one portion to inherit, seeing I am a great people, forasmuch as the Lord hath blessed me thitherto? They didn't see the fulfillment of the blessing received from Jacob and Moses in Palestine.

We don't have much about Ephraim and Manasse but Rashi maintains that Ephraim was often in the presence of Jacob to learn the Torah, while Manasse was serving as official translator in the Palace of Joseph  (rashi 1 and Rashi 42:43)

The spiritual superiority of Ephraim it is easy to be noted even in two descendants of them: Joshua and Gedeon, they seems to be their replicants about their attitude. In many instances the scriptures give us  a way to see that Patriarchs would have been a sample of what their posterity would be.

According to this point of view Netziv (Rabbi Naftali Zvi Yehudah Berlin) noticed that Gedeon, of the tribe of Manasse, was a warrior who excelled in earthly problems; we can remember the conquer of Jerico, while Joshua, from Ephraim, was a spiritual leader. It is interesting to note that Joshua was chosen by  Moses to lead the people in the chosen land and to receive the Law. While the face of Moses was shining as the sun, the face of Joshua was shining as the moon (Baba Basra n75 a) meaning that Joshua was reflecting the spiritual light of Moses as the moon is reflecting the sun's light.

Great Britain and America

When the Phoenicians went to America and named it  the Land of the great North. This is interesting because the word Tzafon meaning Nord means also "hidden". Historically America is the hidden country but not only for history but even for the scriptures. Take a look at this.

wings

"And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle,that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman,( do you remember Peleg?) and the earth opened her mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:13-17).

In every age, the devil, "that old serpent" has always persecuted the church which tries to bring forth the gospel to mankind. But the church was given "two wings" like that of a great eagle. What does that mean? Isaiah talked about "the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia" (Isaiah 18:1). As discussed earlier, this was the continent of North and South America. Truly this continent look like the wings of a great eagle. Furthermore, it was a wilderness.

Psalms 61:2
2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock [that] is higher than I.

Psalms 61:3

3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, [and] a strong tower from the enemy.

Psalms 61:4

4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

Psalms 61:5

5 ¶ For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given [me] the heritage of those that fear thy name.


Zephaniah 3:10
10 From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, [even] the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.

Another interesting thing is that America took her name from Amerigo Vespucci. The name Amerigo came from the name "Aimerico, which is the Latin name of the Hebrew name HA-MACHIRI, it follows then that the name America could even mean "Land of Machir" and this was a son of MANASSE and another possible explanation it is that this country would have been peopled where this tribe has found a place of refuge as the book of Mormon maintains.

Manasse in Hebrew means "nashani" which root means to forget (rashi 32:33) or also ( to move or take off) a responsible delegation (civil revolution) or a person or a group of people having the authority to represent somebody else, which is a main purpose in the USA government. USA came alive when the first people declared to Great Britain "No taxation without representation)and from there the war begun. Machir in Hebrew means also "to sell" one of the main purpose of capitalism and free enterprise which are the basis of the American economy.

The name Ephraim comes from "hifrani" Genesis 41:51 which means fruitful. as a fruit is a replica of the other fruits so the spiritual greatness and the leadership requires faithfulness to the right example or sample of truth which we received from the faithful generation before of us. Ephraim and his descendants are conservative . Giving his blessing first to Ephraim instead of Manasse Jacob not only show the preeminence of Ephraim above Manasse but also the necessity to adhere to the tradition giving chances only when it would be strictly necessary.

Let's go now to see  some other interesting things
When the colonies declared "No taxation without representation" they didn't accept taxes from King George III without representation and from there the war started in 1775 in Lexington. Where Ephraim is there is always a big fight for freedom. Modern scholars maintain as Yair Davidy, that in England were settled Judah and Eprhaim, while in America Manasse in the first place and after Ephraim (the first European colonist)

After the independence war,  13 colonies were formed (as the 13 tribes of Israel, in fact Levi is not counted) It was proposed to adopt the Hebrew as national language and as Constitutional Law The Law of Moses. The image of the Israelis passing through the Red sea was proposed to be  a national symbol.

Paul Gutjar in "an American Bible: A history of the good book in the USA 1777-1880 wrote that"George Washington, at the ceremony when he was proclaimed first President of the United States, he kissed the Bible and precisely the chapters 49 and 50 of the Genesis, where Joseph before to die remind that God promised to the Israelites a new land.


Isaiah 55:5 and 56:6-8 - (The following is a direct quotation from Joseph Smith - Was He a Prophet of God? An Investigation and Testimony (pamphlet) by J. M. Sjodahl, 1891, p.397-398)

"Speaking of this last event, the final gathering of the Jews-an event which is about to be fulfilled in our own time-the prophet (Isaiah chapter 55:5) says that there should be a people or a nation, previously unknown to the Jews, who should be willing to join the Jews in their worship of God Almighty. 'Behold, thou shalt call a people which thou didst not know; and a people which did not know thee shall run to thee for the sake of Jehovah, thy God, and for the sake of the Holy One in Israel, for he hath glorified thee.'

"Could language more clearly convey that at the time of the final restoration of the Jews there should exist another people, too, who would share with the Jews the glory in store for them? In the next chapter (56, 6-8) this other people is more clearly described: 'And the sons of the stranger who follow Jehovah in order to serve Him, and to love Jehovah's name * * * those I will bring to My holy mountain, and they shall rejoice in My house.' These predictions are very clear, and it is a literal fulfillment thereof that the Saints are called out of all nations of the earth so that they may form that one nation here spoken of, and the latter part of Isaiah's predictions are as literally verified as that part which relates to former events."

Confirmation From Jeremiah [Sjodahl, p 399]

"Jeremiah 3: 15-18. Here the prophet in words that cannot be mistaken says that the house of Judah shall go to the house of Israel, and 'they shall come together from the land of the north to the land which I have given your fathers.' That this prediction does not relate to the deliverance from Babylon is evident from the fact that the prophet says: 'the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel.' The house of Israel must then already be gathered, or else the house of Judah could not go with them. At the return from Babylon Judah took the lead, and the Israelites who returned had to come to Judah. Judah took the lead. Here is a deliverance and return predicted in which Israel takes the lead. Israel must consequently be gathered as well as Judah and previous to Judah. Compare this with the message delivered through Joseph the Prophet, and the evidence is both strong and conclusive."


This is the coat of arms of England and we can see that the Lion of the tribe of Judah is represented on the right side has a crown and the unicorn the symbol for Ephraim it is equal in stature David's harp just in the middle represent the ally between them. Britain comes from Hebrew Brit-Am which means" People of the covenant" and Brit-ish instead "Man of the covenant" The unicorn in the beginning was the symbol for Scotland, when Scotland was united  with England the unicorn became even a symbol for England.

The Unicorn of Joseph


The place of the Unicorn in the British emblem has seldom been considered with seriousness. It is even more illogical that the Lion at first glance. The animal is supposed never to have existed in its present form, making it a figment of the imagination. To ancient Israel, however, it was the symbol of the tribe of Joseph, and was   undoubtedly the figure of a large ox. At the present time it is represented as a white horse with either one or two horns protruding from the forehead. The unicorn was the symbol of the seed of Jacob when we first heard of it. Balaam, a noted prophet on two occasions referred to Jacob as being like unto the unicorn.

Numbers 23:22
22 God brought them out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn.

Numbers 24:8
8 God brought him forth out of Egypt; he hath as it were the strength of an unicorn: he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce [them] through with his arrows.

Psalms 92:10
10 But my horn shalt thou exalt like [the horn of] an unicorn: I shall be anointed with fresh oil.

There are other references in the Old Testament connected with the symbol as it related to Jacob of his offspring. Just before the border of the Promised Land was crossed by Israel, Moses called the people togheter and gave them his last blessing formerly given to the tribes by Jacob, but in addition he said to the tribe of Joseph.

Deuteronomy 33:17
17 His glory [is like] the firstling of his bullock, and his horns [are like] the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they [are] the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they [are] the thousands of Manasseh.

The blessing of Moses undoubtedly refers to Joseph as the unicorn and the hors thereof as Ephraim and Manasseh who were to become instruments in the hands of the Lord for pushing the tribes  of the earth to their places of abode in the last days. This is being fulfilled in part at the present time. The statement of Moses that Joseph was like the "firstlings of his bullocks" gives rise to the thought that the unicorn of ancient times was not the same type of creature as at present portrayed, but was considered to be an animal worthy to be used as a sacrifice. (Joseph and Hyrum) Although its species is not determinable from the little information available, William Smith, compiler of Smith's Bible dictionary seems to favor the genus Bos Primogenius or Aurochs which is now extinct. This animal is described by Caesar, a witness to its devastating power.

"These uri are scarcely less than elephants in size, but in their nature, color, and form are bulls. Great is their strength and great their speed; they spare neither man nor beast when once they have caught sight of them." (Bell. Gall. VI 20 Smith's Bible dictionary: Unicorn)

This seems to fit in Moses' description. The term unicorn appears seven times in the Old Testament as the Hebrew word "reem" and is descriptive of some large animal. Later, however, it was changed by the Roman and Persian translators when the animal became extinct, to allude more to a horse than to a bull.

The next appearance of the unicorn was with the Anglo- Saxons who came into Britain from the North. The same symbol was used by the Goths who were closely related to the Anglo-Saxons, describing themselves as the "descendents of God" of the "children of God". They, like the Angles and Saxons, were pushed towards the land's end" on the north of Eurasia and went up near the frozen sea by the river Neneska, or Enesie, which falls into the "frozen sea". There the Goths became redoubtable pirates and used the unicorn as a symbol of their power. The figure of the white horse is significant. It has been a symbol of the children of God in two dispensations. The most interesting allusion comes from the vision of John.

Revelation 6:2
2 And I saw, and behold a white horse: and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him: and he went forth conquering, and to conquer.

The gates of their enemies.

One of the great blessing bestowed by the Patriarchs upon their posterity in the later days is that pertaining to the control of the gates of their enemies. A careful examination of the map of the world reveals some very interesting facts pertaining to the part of Jacob's blessing referring to his seed controlling the gates or waterways of his enemies. On the map of Eurasia can be found four important gateways leading to the interior of the Continent 1 The Skagerrak and cattegat leading from the Atlantic ocean into the interior of Central Europe. 2 The western gateway to the Mediterranean Sea called in ancient times "Pillars of Hercules" through whose portals all of the ancient and recent trade has to pass westward into the Atlantic. 3 The Suez canal which separates the Continent of Asia and Africa leading from the Mediterranean Sea to the Red sea. 4 The Dardanelles which controls all interior shipping from Russia into Mediterranean from the Black Sea. The map further reveals numerous other less important gates of control held by Britain and her colonies when England was an empire  In The western hemisphere two important points are noted, the Panama canal, which controls all water traffic from east to west and Cape Horn at the Southern tip of South Africa. Both of these were and in some way are controlled by the descendants of Joseph on the American continents of in Africa.

ununicorno backgroundcursings in blessings.

In Hebrew veal is "Aegel" which is the root of the word England

Each one of us has received a calling in the preexistence and so was for Ephraim and Manasse too, what was their mission on earth? To be dispersed on earth in many key places to bless the people who were in contact, to spread out the blood of Israel and consequently bless the whole earth. We know that at the beginning the dispersion was a punishment but we know also that God like to reverse  cursings in blessings.

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Joseph ruled in Egypt during the fourth dynasty of AWAN. In the books of that time we have some names which have some resemblance with Joseph, Ephraim and Manasse.

Cheope; Book Khu-F-Wi-KFW if you read from the right side Wi-Khu-F WKF comes up JOSEPH   (the four characters of Joseph YVSP, YV-seope, with YV, YhVh which is a substitute of the classic RA which comes up in the names.

The son Chefren book Kha-F-Ra KFR Ephraim, who in the Bible is preferred to the firstborn Manasse

The nephew Micerinos book Men-Kau-Ra, MKR Machir (MKYR) son of Manasse (firstborn of Joseph) the place in which Joseph was living was Goshen (GsN, which is as Giza where the Pyramids are.

Often in the Bible the leaders or Princes of a tribe can earn merits or discredits. Further sometimes it seems that they are able in some way to transfer genetically not only their physical characteristics but even their nature or character. Then the Patriarchs are becoming the labels to identify their descendants.

Isaiah 24:16
16 ¶ From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, [even] glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.

Isaia 11:10-12

Isaiah 11:10
10 ¶ And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

Isaiah 11:11

11 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.

Isaiah 11:12

12 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 Book of Mormon is this ensign which proclaim what Jeremiah wrote, "The Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and things wherein there is no profit" (Jeremiah 16:19). and Isaiah declared

Isaiah 43:9,19,21-22

"Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: Who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? Let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, it is true..... Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers, in the desert. This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise. But thou hast not called upon me,O Jacob, but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel."

Isaiah 41:1
1 ¶ KEEP silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew [their] strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.

Isaiah 41:5
5 The isles saw [it], and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came.

Isaiah 41:9
9 [Thou] whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou [art] my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.

The significant impression is that in all the blessings their fulfillment is to happen while Israel is associated among other people. This is then important because it is a key by which we can try to identify their location in the last days.

There was a reason why God sent the Israel's family in Egypt, usually God cats away his children from the chosen land when they are unfaithful but in the case of Jacob the matter was very different.

Genesis 46:4
4 I will go down with thee into Egypt; and I will also surely bring thee up [again]: and Joseph shall put his hand upon thine eyes.

For Jacob the 400 years were necessary to show them the negativity of an heaten culture and what happened without a divine law and also 400 years in bondage made them more humble and made them genetically stronger because they didn't mix with the Egyptians but always between themselves. When they were ready God gave them a Deliverer and the Law by which they should rule themselves. When there was the incident of the golden calf they instead to receive the Gospel receive a lower law and they had to await 40 years more. When they were obedient they prospered when they were disobedient they were in trouble when they went in total apostasy they lost their promised land. The Lord required to them to kill all the heathen in the promised land just to prepare it at the best, but they didn't obey totally to this

Judges 1:19
19 And the LORD was with Judah; and he drave out [the inhabitants of] the mountain; but could not drive out the inhabitants of the valley, because they had chariots of iron.

Judges 1:27
27 Neither did Manasseh drive out [the inhabitants of] Bethshean and her towns, nor Taanach and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Dor and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Ibleam and her towns, nor the inhabitants of Megiddo and her towns: but the Canaanites would dwell in that land.

Judges 2:1
1 ¶ AND an angel of the LORD came up from Gilgal to Bochim, and said, I made you to go up out of Egypt, and have brought you unto the land which I sware unto your fathers; and I said, I will never break my covenant with you.

Judges 2:2

2 And ye shall make no league with the inhabitants of this land; ye shall throw down their altars: but ye have not obeyed my voice: why have ye done this?

Judges 2:3

3 Wherefore I also said, I will not drive them out from before you; but they shall be [as thorns] in your sides, and their gods shall be a snare unto you.

The coming of David to the throne of Israel brought to fulfill one of the blessings given by Jacob to his son Judah: Genesis 49:10 and see Jesus the Messhia came to better understand what means UNTIL SHILOH COME..

David was the greatest king of Israel but he made some mistakes too and even though he repented the Lord told him:"the sword never departed from his household." His daughter was outraged, Ammon his youngest son was murdered by Absalom his brother and later this own son, whom he had chosen to follow him as king, rebelled against him and sought to dethrone him. Solomon was another great king but at the end of his life made many mistakes and always God was ready to take advantage of this mistakes. It appears that God had other plans for His chosen people. I Israel remained isolated in their land they would not have had the power nor the opportunity for completing the mission set up in Heaven and also like Moses prophesied there would not have been any dispersion. The destiny of Israel is not in his political and national strength but they are supposed to bless the whole earth according to the promises given to Abraham.

After the death of Solomon the kingdom was divided 1 King 11:29-37

2 Chronicles 10:15

We have to consider that this division with two different kings made the kings just political leaders. henceforth, Israel must return to the direction of the prophets if their inheritance in the promises made to Abraham was to endure, (when the tribes were divided the tribe of Levi went with the Northern Kingdom, but when Jeroboam refused to permit them to officiate in the ordinances of the sacrifice, they came back to the south and therefore the levitical priesthood was in Judah not in Israel).

The Northern kingdom was in trouble no priesthood, no leadership so the Lord sent to them many prophets and they were prophesying destruction if they didn't go back to the true worship. 1 Kings 14:14-16 Amos 9:8-9

Micah 3:6-12

Somebody could say but if they were so unfaithful and the Lord had to drive them out from the chosen land, how they could possibly be faithful after that.

Well the Bible gives us some very good explanations.

Even when the people were driven out in Babylon, it was for the same reason but between them there were people like Daniel, Shadrack, Meshack and Abednego and they had revelations and guidance from the Lord.

Esdras, describes a vision, in the course of which the ten tribes are noticed in this way: "Those are the tribes which were carried away captives out of their own land in the time of Oseas [Hosea] the king, whom Shalmanezer, the king of the Assyrians, took captive, and crossed them beyond the river; so were they brought into another land. But they took counsel to themselves, that they would leave the multitude of the heathen, and go forth into a further country where never man dwelt, that they there might keep their statutes, which they never kept in their own land. And they entered in at the narrow passage of the river Euphrates. For the Most High then showed them signs, and stayed the springs of the flood till they were passed over. For through the country there was a great journey, even of a year and a half, and the same region is called Arsareth (or Ararah). Then dwelt they there until the latter time, and when they come forth again, the Most High shall hold still the springs of the river again, that they may go through." -- 2 Esdras 13.

so they " took counsel to themselves, that they would leave the multitude of the heathen, and go forth into a further country where never man dwelt, that they there might keep their statutes, which they never kept in their own land. "

this book is an apocrypha but still it gives us a reason to think that if it was possible in Babylon to have some good people like Daniel and other it would have been possible to have some others in that group, especially if their intention were good.

Then the plan became not only a punishment for the corrupted tribes and a forewarning to the generations to come, same problem in the two Americas when they were faithful they possessed the land otherwise.., but also a great blessing to the mankind.

Let's go to analyze the word of Zenos in Jacob 5

Jacob 5:3

3 For behold, thus saith the Lord, I will liken thee, O house of Israel, like unto a tame olive-tree, which a man took and nourished in his vineyard; and it grew, and waxed old, and began to decay.

this is in agreement with the Paul's words

Romans 11:16

16 For if the firstfruit [be] holy, the lump [is] also [holy]: and if the root [be] holy, so [are] the branches.

Romans 11:17

17 And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;

Romans 11:18

18 Boast not against the branches. But if thou boast, thou bearest not the root, but the root thee.

Romans 11:19

19 Thou wilt say then, The branches were broken off, that I might be graffed in.

Romans 11:20

20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:

Romans 11:21

21 For if God spared not the natural branches, [take heed] lest he also spare not thee.

Romans 11:22

22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in [his] goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.

Romans 11:23

23 And they also, if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again.

Romans 11:24

24 For if thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural [branches], be graffed into their own olive tree?

Romans 11:25

25 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.

Explaining that the branches of Israel had become corrupted the Lord decided to cut them off of the main tree and put them elsewhere in His vineyard.

Jacob 5:13

13 And these will I place in the nethermost part of my vineyard, whithersoever I will, it mattereth not unto thee; and I do it that I may preserve unto myself the natural branches of the tree; and also, that I may lay up fruit thereof against the season, unto myself; for it grieveth me that I should lose this tree and the fruit thereof.

there were four different locations declared in Jacob

Jacob 5:21

21 And it came to pass that the servant said unto his master: How comest thou hither to plant this tree, or this branch of the tree? For behold, it was the poorest spot in all the land of thy vineyard.

Jacob 5:22

22 And the Lord of the vineyard said unto him: Counsel me not; I knew that it was a poor spot of ground; wherefore, I said unto thee, I have nourished it this long time, and thou beholdest that it hath brought forth much fruit.

Jacob 5:23

23 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto his servant: Look hither; behold I have planted another branch of the tree also; and thou knowest that this spot of ground was poorer than the first. But, behold the tree. I have nourished it this long time, and it hath brought forth much fruit; therefore, gather it, and lay it up against the season, that I may preserve it unto mine own self.

Jacob 5:24

24 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said again unto his servant: Look hither, and behold another branch also, which I have planted; behold that I have nourished it also, and it hath brought forth fruit.

Jacob 5:25

25 And he said unto the servant: Look hither and behold the last. Behold, this have I planted in a good spot of ground; and I have nourished it this long time, and only a part of the tree hath brought forth tame fruit, and the other part of the tree hath brought forth wild fruit; behold, I have nourished this tree like unto the others.

they represents the four corners of the earth always the number four represent the earth.

try to better understand where those places could be on earth let's go in the scriptures

Genesis 18:18

and all the nations shall be blessed in him.

Genesis 22:17

Genesis 22:17

17 That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which [is] upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;

this is the key here"thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies;" A sign of of power and control

When Isaac received the blessing from Abraham he received the same promises Genesis 24:60

To Jacob same promise Genesis 28:14

but a very interesting clue is in genesis 35:11

Genesis 35:11

11 And God said unto him, I [am] God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins;

another important clue"and kings shall come out of thy loins;"

reading the blessing given from Jacob to his sons we can easily see that Rueben would not excel, Simeon and Levi would have been scattered in Israel. Levi later received another blessing from Moses regarding the Urim and Thummim and the priestly order just because the people has refused to obey the Gospel they received a lower law to be a schoolteacher. Zebulon would be "an haven for ships" Issacar " a strong ass couching down between two burdens" four others received little promises but very insignificant if compared with those given to the remaining four.

Gad should be overcome, but would at last prevail; Asher would yield royal dainties, Naphtali would give forth "goodly words" and Benjamin would prey upon the people. The promises given to Judah, Dan, Levi and Joseph are those in which the plan of God was to be manifested. Judah was given the scepter of Israel, Dan the judgement of the tribes, Joseph the Promise and Levi the priesthood, later and for the reasons I just explained. 4 like the four corners.

In the book "The House of Israel by E. L. Whitehead pag 80 to 92

Levi and Judah become associated in the southern Kingdom of Judah; while the other two, Joseph and Dan, went with the Northern kingdom of Israel. Yet in spite of the importance of the blessing given to Judah, levi and Dan, we do not find the fulfillment of the divine plan of God within them, at least so far as the last days is concerned, for the promise, that choice and desiderable blessing given to the divinely appointed heir, went to Joseph and it is to him that we must look for the fulfillment of the purposes of God in the last days.

Genesis 49:22,26

This blessing cannot be interpreted as having been filled completely in the migrations of the families of Lehi and Ishmael in 600 B.C., for they perished or "withered in the furrows of their plantation" and ceased to survive in the flood of the gentiles unto whom the land was given as an inheritance. Those gentiles, according to Nephi, came from the east, and were the brethren of the Nephites white an fair like his own people. The Lord's gift of the land of America to these gentiles can mean but one thing, they were of the lineage of Joseph in most part, for the land belonged to his posterity forever.

The key to be found in the blessing given to Joseph lies in the implications made by Nephi that the Gentiles which he saw come from the east were of Joseph. Whence they came must have constituted the place of Israel's or at least of the seed of Joseph dispersion following the release of the tribes from the Assyrian captivity.

The significance to be applied to Dan's blessing is far- reaching but unfulfilled at the present time. the tribe was not to become dissolved as were the tribes of Simeon and Levi but was to be a judge of the tribes as a tribe, inferring a strong tribal unity in the last days.

There seems to be a contradiction in the blessings of Judah and Joseph given to these two important tribes by the hands of Jacob and Moses, for both appear to have the same responsibility of gathering togheter the tribes of Israel. To the tribe of Judah Jacob said:"Unto him shal the gathering of the people be", while Moses said to the tribe of Joseph"...his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth," When the facts are understood there is no contradiction in them, however, for the man unto whom the responsibility was given in this day, and the nation from whence he received his ancestry, were the partakers of the blood of both Judah and Joseph.

It will be very helpful at this point to summarize this first group of blessings given to the patriarchs, for they are perhaps more important than any others recorded later:

1 Abraham was to become many nations ruled by kings through which the world would be blessed. These nations would control the gates of their enemies.

2 Isaac received a repetition of Abraham's blessings and in addition was told that his posterity would be numbered in the thousand of millions. In him would the posterity of Abraham be numbered, and not in Ishmael or the sons of Keturah.

3 Jacob received all that had been given to Isaac and was told that they would spread in all directions, indicating a world wide dispersion of the twelve tribes of Israel.

4 Joseph was promised the land of America. For his posterity which included not only the descendents of Lehi but also the Gentiles that followed Columbus to this land. His posterity through Ephraim and Manasseh would push the other tribes together in cooperation with the tribe of Judah into whose hands the Lord had put the keys of gathering the people. This blessing predicts a union of the two tribes at some future date in the responsibility of gathering Israel out of the world.

THE LOCATIONS OF THE DISPERSED.

The promise given to the patriarchs was given to their seed forever. Very little had been fulfilled up to the eight century B.C. when the first and second periods of Israel's history in Egypt and Canaan ended. To that time their lives had been marked by aggression, captivity, and bondage. None of these experiences embraced the fulfillment of the promise to them, so that we must look to their history after the captivity for fulfillment.

The prophets of the Old testament were given the knowledge of Israel's eventual destination.

They knew that Israel would be scattered throughout the world to bless the nations, but to some it was given in more completeness. One of the most enlightened of the prophets was Ezekiel. This prophet foresaw two divisions of the Northern Kingdom which he identified as the "height of Israel " and the "seed of the land".

The first he saw established as a "city of merchants" and a "land of traffic" which would eventually become a protector of the people of the world. The second he describes thus.

Ezekiel 17:5

5 He took also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful field; he placed [it] by great waters, [and] set it [as] a willow tree.

Ezekiel 17:6

6 And it grew, and became a spreading vine of low stature, whose branches turned toward him, and the roots thereof were under him: so it became a vine, and brought forth branches, and shot forth sprigs.

There are numerous places in the Old Testament where the word "vine" is used to denote Israel. David described them as the "vine which came out of Egypt" while Jeremiah refers to them as a "noble vine wholly a right seed" which had turned into a "degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me."

The statement of Ezekiel that the tribes "the seed of the land" were to be placed beside great waters like a willow tree, dependent upon the water industries for their livelihood is most significant. He speaks of the vine (nation) growing into a spreading vine of low stature (small and strong) which would send forth branches and sprigs (colonies) and would become a goodly vine, or an acceptable nation or nations. That this passage refers to the Northern Israelites and not the Jews is shown in the following reference.

Ezekiel 17:24

24 And all the trees of the field shall know that I the LORD have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish: I the LORD have spoken and have done [it].

At the time of the captivity of Israel, Judah was the "green tree" or the "high tree," for in her rested the Crown, the priestly authority and she possessed the Ark of the covenant which was a memorial of His favor. The low and dry tree was the Northern Kingdom. It is significant to note here that the high and green tree was dried up and brought down, and the low and dried tree exalted and made green again so that it flourished, thus indicating the rise of Israel and the fall of Judah at some future date. There is so much more to be said about this remarkable chapter of Ezekiel later, as we trace the handiwork of God throughout the centuries that followed. The location of the land by the side of great waters was in the North according to the following scriptures. Jeremiah, another prophet who knew of Israel's destination said.:

Jeremiah 3:12

12 ¶ Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, thou backsliding Israel, saith the LORD; [and] I will not cause mine anger to fall upon you: for I [am] merciful, saith the LORD, [and] I will not keep [anger] for ever.

Jeremiah was a prophet of the sixth and seventh centuries B.C. and conducted most of his remarkable work long after Israel had been taken into captivity, so that his reference to the "north" infers that Israel would go in that direction following the captivity. Again he declares:'

Jeremiah 23:7

7 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that they shall no more say, The LORD liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;

Jeremiah 23:8

8 But, The LORD liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.

Still again he writes:'

Jeremiah 3:18

18 In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.

From these three extracts taken from the works of Jeremiah we gain the definite knowledge that Israel was taken into the north where she would mingle with the House of Judah at some future date and would be brought out of the north simultaneous with the return of the Jews to their land of inheritance. In addition to the above evidence we have the testimony of the prophet Joseph Smith who was inspired to write:

"And they who are in the north countries shall come in remembrance before the Lord." D&C 133:26

And they entered into Euphrates by the narrow passage of the river. For the most High then shewed signs for them, and held still the flood, till they were passed over. For through that country there was a great way to go, namely, of a year and a half: and the same region is called Arsareth. Then dwelt they there until the latter times; and now when they shall begin to come, The Highest shall stay the stream again, that they may go through." (Apocrypha, 2 Esdras 13:40-47)

The river with the narrow passage was the Euphrates across which Israel was to be scattered according to other prophets who declared:"and He shall scatter them beyond the river." This indicates also the course of travel for the Euphrates was north of both Canaan and the lands of Habor where Israel was in captivity. This and other statements quoted should put at rest any thought that the lost tribes went in any other direction than towards the north, or that when they return as a body they shall come from some other direction for they were to dwell there until "the latter times".

Not only was their future home to be in the North beside great waters, but it was also to be of poor quality at first, incapable of sustaining great population a fact which was divinely planned so that the posterity of the tribes would be forced from time to time to emigrate to other parts of the world and establish branches and colonies throughout all the world.

The prophet Zenos in his parable in the Book of Mormon describes the four branches of the tame olive tree, Israel, which the Lord planted in various parts of the world. The first two described were apparently the first two branches to leave the main body of Israel. They were put in a "poor" geographical area. When the Lord visited these two branches according to the parable the servant said to him:

Jacob 5:21

21 And it came to pass that the servant said unto his master: How comest thou hither to plant this tree, or this branch of the tree? For behold, it was the poorest spot in all the land of thy vineyard.

Whereupon the Lord replied

Jacob 5:22

22 And the Lord of the vineyard said unto him: Counsel me not; I knew that it was a poor spot of ground; wherefore, I said unto thee, I have nourished it this long time, and thou beholdest that it hath brought forth much fruit.

Jacob 5:23

23 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto his servant: Look hither; behold I have planted another branch of the tree also; and thou knowest that this spot of ground was poorer than the first. But, behold the tree. I have nourished it this long time, and it hath brought forth much fruit; therefore, gather it, and lay it up against the season, that I may preserve it unto mine own self.

The Lord also declared to his servant that these things were "wisdom in me" and that he "knew that it was a poor spot of ground" indicating divine wisdom in the placement of the tribes in these two locations.

There is considerable harmony behind the sequence in which these four branches are identified and visited by the Lord and His servant as we shall see later in the discussion. The significant fact to be remembered at this point is that which has to do with the poorness of the lands where the two branches of Israel were placed by divine plan.

It will be of considerable surprise to some to know that the Lord did not intend to isolate His chosen vine in a part of the world where they would grow up completely isolated from the other nations, or of the rest of the House of Israel. This is the fallacy of belief behind the North pole theory which has existed for a century within the Church. We find that the land which Israel was to occupy was to be inhabited by tribes described as "enemies" of Israel. There are a number of scriptural references, both ancient and modern which are used to prove this fact.

To Abraham, Rebekah, and Jacob the promise was given that their seed should possess the gate of their enemy. Later the prophet Nathan prophesied to David concerning Israel following their dispersion in the world saying:"

2 Samuel 7:10

10 Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime,

When the Lord revealed Israel's place in this dispensation following their return from their sojourn in the north countries He said:"

D&C 133:28

28 Their enemies shall become a prey unto them,

Thus, in spite of the statement that the tribes determined to go to a land where "never man dwelt" such was not their destiny, for from their first movement across the mountains they were into contact and associate, in more or less degree, with other tribes of people.

One of the specific tribes with whom they were to associate was the Jews, who later in the dispersion was to mingle with Israel in the land of the north and would return with them when they were being gathered out of the "land of the north" Jeremiah 3:18

THE CONDITION OF THE TRIBES IN DISPERSION.

There are a number of scriptural comments made by the prophets concerning the conditions under which the tribes of Israel were to live during their dispersion. There are too many specific conditions, however, to give attention to all of them in this chapter, so only the most important of them will be commented upon briefly.

1 Israel was to lose her identity among the nations according to the words of David.

"they have said, come, and let us cut them (Israel) off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance." Psalms 83:4

There is no doubt but what the Lord decided to make them as "corn which is siftef in a sieve" among the people with whom they were to mingle. " Not the least grain shall fall upon the ground." was His promise indicating that the tribes would not be permanent in their residence but would shift from one place to another during their future history. This constant movement brought them into contact with many peoples all of whom they blessed by their intelligence and Promise. It also mixed the blood of not only the tribes, but also the Gentiles with whom they mingled, giving to all the strength of Jacob. If we are to find the tribes in the earth today we must look for them in the presence and association of gentiles and not as a separate host of Israel carrying the name of Israel.

2 They would serve strange gods among the people with whom they would mingle:

"and there ye shall serve gods, the work of men's hands, wood and stone, which neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell." Deut 4:28

The religion of Israel was considerably changed from that given them by the hand of Jehovah before they crossed the borders of Assyria. In the place of the ordinances contained in the Law they substituted the worship and doctrines of Baal, Astartes, and others of the Canaanite gods. These were the gods of wood and stone which the Lord declared they would serve. Certainly there was nothing in the idolatrous Assyrian religion that would be conducive to their reform or return to the worship of Jehovah. They had lost their prophets, and the voice of the Lord was still according to the words of Micah.

Micah 3:6

6 Therefore night [shall be] unto you, that ye shall not have a vision; and it shall be dark unto you, that ye shall not divine; and the sun shall go down over the prophets, and the day shall be dark over them.

Micah 3:7

7 Then shall the seers be ashamed, and the diviners confounded: yea, they shall all cover their lips; for [there is] no answer of God.

3 They would be few in number compared with the heathen with whom they were to mingle at the time of their dispersion.

Deuteronomy 4:27

27 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.

We have very good reason for believing that the host of Israel that left Assyria in the sixth century B.C. was not large, perhaps not exceeding a hundred thousand people, for estimates place their number when they went into that land at about 30.000 souls. This number would be small compared to the heathen tribes of the west and north into whose lands they were to go. Also it is to be remembered that a large caravan would have experienced a most terrible experience while crossing the high and rugged Caucasus mountains which barred the way of the emigrants from the plains of Europe. Although in time this small number was to become an innumerable host in the earth they were most certainly few in number among the Celtic and other Gentiles tribes with whom they mingled in the North, and in the lands of the Gentiles where they later migrated. The prophecies concerning this dispensation tell us that the Lord would "take one of a city and two of a family and bring them to Zion" indicating the great mixing that would take place between the Gentiles and Israel in the latter days.

4 They would eventually grow in numbers and power until they would become a multitude of nations, would rule over many nations, yet they would be subject to none:

Deuteronomy 15:6

6 For the LORD thy God blesseth thee, as he promised thee: and thou shalt lend unto many nations, but thou shalt not borrow; and thou shalt reign over many nations, but they shall not reign over thee.

This seems to be a part of the destiny and promise of Israel during their dispersion among the Gentiles. Through the light and intelligence given them they would eventually rise to prominence in their social environment until some would become the kings of the nations in which they lived. These two scriptures describe the division of the tribes into a number of national groups over which their own kings would rule, yet none of these nations would be ruled or dominated by the nations of the Gentiles. We shall see how completely this was fulfilled during the centuries that followed.

5 There was to be no peace among them during their later history when Judah should become mixed with them.

Isaiah 9:19

19 Through the wrath of the LORD of hosts is the land darkened, and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire: no man shall spare his brother.

Isaiah 9:20

20 And he shall snatch on the right hand, and be hungry; and he shall eat on the left hand, and they shall not be satisfied: they shall eat every man the flesh of his own arm:

Isaiah 9:21

21 Manasseh, Ephraim; and Ephraim, Manasseh: [and] they together [shall be] against Judah. For all this his anger is not turned away, but his hand [is] stretched out still.

The bitterness that followed the disintegration of the kingdom in 975 B.C. continued to increase between Israel and Judah until Israel was taken captive into Assyria. It is a known fact that Judah's assistance aided Assyria to finally defeat Israel. When Judah mingled with Israel once more in the central valleys of Europe during the years which followed the dispersion of the Southern Kingdom, strained relations once more appeared to mar the harmony of their association. It is rather remarkable that the only place in the world where the Jews settled where persecution was encountered to any great extent was among the Teutonic nations of Europe, and here peace was rarely to be found from the second century A.D. to the present writing (1947)

6 They would associate with Judah, and at their return to their lands of inheritance should come simultaneously (together) with Judah out of the land of the North where they had mingled together.

Jeremiah 3:18

18 In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.

At some future time following the captivity the two nations were to become associated again in some manner in the lands to the north. When the time came for their return to their several places of inheritance they would move simultaneously, or "together". In other words the gathering to Zion and the gathering to Jerusalem was to be a unified movement out of the land of the north where had lived together.

7 They would be merchants in many lands, and their ships would be in many waters.

Numbers 24:7

7 He shall pour the water out of his buckets, and his seed [shall be] in many waters, and his king shall be higher than Agag, and his kingdom shall be exalted.

This prophecy of Balaam concerning Israel is part of the parable in which he spoke of Israel's future greatness. It has a definite similarity to the parable of Ezekiel who saw the "height of Israel" as a city of merchants and a land of traffic, dwelling by the side of great waters as a willow tree, depending upon the products of the sea and its commerce for livelihood.

(note the Hebrew Bible renders the passage in Ezekiel to read :"The topmost of its young twigs did he crop off, and carry it into the trader's land; and he set it in a city of merchants)

8 They would eventually awake and begin to turn toward the Lord:

The reader should read carefully the 37 chapter of Ezekiel which tells of Israel's dry and scattered condition, described as a "valley which was full of bones". Ezekiel is commanded to prophecy unto the bones, whereupon they come together, the muscles and sinews and finally the skin come upon them, and Israel stands defined and real once more. This was to constitute the awakening of Israel which is described further by Jeremiah.

Jeremiah 31:31

31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

Jeremiah 31:33

33 But this [shall be] the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel; After those days, saith the LORD, I will put my law in their inward parts, and write it in their hearts; and will be their God, and they shall be my people.

These two quotations predict a time in Israel's history when they would once more take upon themselves a national spirit and awaken from the slumber of the ages to become the liking representative of the Lord in the earth again. When the "breath of life" inspired them once more they would stand up a mighty host of living, recovenanted people to possess the lands and the inheritance given to the fathers.

9 They would be a light unto the gentiles among whom they would associate in all parts of the world.

Isaiah 42:6

6 I the LORD have called thee in righteousness, and will hold thine hand, and will keep thee, and give thee for a covenant of the people, for a light of the Gentiles;

This seems to be the heritage and responsibility of the Chosen seed of Israel. Their office is one of blessing to the other tribes. In order to accomplish this they had to be dispersed among them. The priesthood which was the greatest blessing of Abraham, was the primary power by which it would be accomplished Book of Abraham 2:9

Not only the blessing come through the priesthood but also thorough the leadership of the kings and rulers which Israel should establish in the earth. But "In the days of these kings shall the God of Heaven set up a kingdom which shall never be destroyed, nor given to another people Daniel 2:2

CHRIST TO VISIT ALL THE BRANCHES.

Perhaps the greatest event to be recorded concerning the House of Israel is that which has to do with the visit of the Lord following the three days of His burial. Zenos, prophet of the old testament, quoted even by Paul, says that following the three days of darkness" which should be a sign given of His death, unto those who should inhabit the isles of the sea; more especially given unto those who are of the house of Israel..

1 Nephi 19:10

10 And the God of our fathers, who were led out of Egypt, out of bondage, and also were preserved in the wilderness by him, yea, the God of Abraham, and of Isaac, and the God of Jacob, yieldeth himself, according to the words of the angel, as a man, into the hands of wicked men, to be lifted up, according to the words of Zenock, and to be crucified, according to the words of Neum, and to be buried in a sepulchre, according to the words of Zenos, which he spake concerning the three days of darkness, which should be a sign given of his death unto those who should inhabit the isles of the sea, more especially given unto those who are of the house of Israel.

1 Nephi 19:11

11 For thus spake the prophet: The Lord God surely shall visit all the house of Israel at that day, some with his voice, because of their righteousness, unto their great joy and salvation, and others with the thunderings and the lightnings of his power, by tempest, by fire, and by smoke, and vapor of darkness, and by the opening of the earth, and by mountains which shall be carried up.

1 Nephi 19:12

12 And all these things must surely come, saith the prophet Zenos. And the rocks of the earth must rend; and because of the groanings of the earth, many of the kings of the isles of the sea shall be wrought upon by the Spirit of God, to exclaim: The God of nature suffers.

In the same parable which is also quoted by Jacob we are given to understand that there were four branches of Israel plus the main root of the tree that were visited by the Lord, one in a poor location, another in the poorest spot in the vineyard and a third not designated as to quality, and a fourth in the "choicest" spot in the vineyard.

These verses not only infer that the Lord still remembered the branches that he severed from the main root in Jerusalem, but they provide the most elaborate key by which the four branches of Israel might be located, for it is presumed that if the legends of the countries which still survive carry the story of the visit of Christ, then they must be accepted as being in most part of Israelitish origin, for Zenos said it would be unto Israel in most part that he would be appear. This evidence in itself would not suffice as a positive identification of the tribes but when the other details herein described are added to it, it should constitute sufficient reason for the establishment of the location of the lost and dispersed host of Jacob.

Genesis 49:22

22 ¶ Joseph [is] a fruitful bough, [even] a fruitful bough by a well; [whose] branches run over the wall:

Jacob was referring to the branches of the tame olive tree of the parable of Zenos in Jacob.

Jeremiah 11:16

16 The LORD called thy name, A green olive tree, fair, [and] of goodly fruit: with the noise of a great tumult he hath kindled fire upon it, and the branches of it are broken.

George Reynolds wrote:

They ( the ten tribes) determined to go to a country where man never dwelt, that they might be free from all contaminating influences. That country could only be found in the north, Southern Asia was already the seat of a comparatively ancient civilization. Egypt flourished in Northern Africa, and southern Europe was rapidly filling with the future rulers of the world. They had, therefore, no choice but to turn their faces northward. The first portion of their journey was not however north; according to the account of Esdras, they appear to have at first moved in the direction of their old homes, and it is possible that they originally started with the intention of returning thereto, or probably in order to deceive the Assyrians they started as if to return to Canaan, and when they had crossed the Euphrates, and were out of danger from the hosts of the Medes and Persians, then they turned their journeying feet toward the polar star. Esdras states that they entered in at the narrow passages of the river Euphrates, the Lord staying the springs of the flood until they were passed over. The point on the river Euphrates at which they crossed would necessarily be in its upper portion, as lower down would be too far south for their purpose.

The upper course of the Euphrates, lies among lofty mountains and near the village of Pastash, it plunges through a gorge formed by precipes more than a thousand feet in height and so narrow that it is bridged at the top; it shortly afterward enters the plains of Mesopotamia. How accurately this portion of the river answers the description of Esdras of the narrows, where the Israelites crossed.

From the Euphrates the wandering host could take but one course in their journey northward, and that was along the back or eastern shore of the Black Sea. All other roads were impassable to them, as the Caucasian range of mountains with only two or three passes throughout its whole extent, ran as a lofty barrier from the Black to the Caspian Sea.. To go east would take them back to Media, and a westward journey would carry them through Asia Minor to the coasts of the Mediterranean sea. Skirting along the Black sea, they would pass the Caucasian range, cross the Kuban river, be prevented by the sea of Azot from turning westward and would soon reach the present home of the Don Cossaks ( in southwestern  Russia).

In the book "The Lost tribes" by R. Clayton Brough pag 30

"After the ten tribes had "entered in at the narrow passage of the river Euphrates" 2 Esdras 13:43 and possibly traveled around the westward side of the Caucasus Mountain range in southwestern Russia they then proceeded in a more or less northerly direction through an unknown region of "Arsareth" ( in Hebrew the term "Arsareth" means "another land"). Whether this "region" of "arsareth" is or is not identical to, part of, or encompassed in the geographical area referred to by the prophets Jeremiah, Zechariah  as "the land of the north" and or " the north country (ies)" (which the scriptures indicate is the location that the ten tribes "shall come" from in the last days) has not yet been revealed. (Jeremiah 23:7-8  31:8-9  Zechariah 2:6. It is interesting to note that Jeremiah uses both terms :"Country" and "countries" in prophesying of the return of the House of Israel in the last days:" But the Lord liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the North country, and from all countries whiter I had driven them, and they shall dwell in their own land. Jeremiah 23:8). Nevertheless, the term "arsareth" has been used to identify the region that the ten tribes traveled "through" for approximately " a year and half" during their journey northward. As the possible "Tens of thousand" of Israelites of the ten tribes traveled northward, they undoubtedly passed through lands having few if any inhabitants. Because of this and their expressed desire to" go forth into a further country, where never mankind dwelt" the Lord has since withheld the knowledge of their exact location from the rest of mankind. For as the scriptures indicate, though the Ten tribes have never been lost to the Lord, they have become "lost from the Knowledge" of the rest of mankind.

The problem was that going in a place were no else dwelt before, they started a new life where no one was aware of them and their history.

Anyway not all the Israelites who traveled northward remained with the ten tribes.

This was another way to spread the blood of Israel between the nations and bless the gentiles.

B.H. Roberts stated:

" in his book Defense of the faith & the saint  Deseret News, salt lake city Utah 1912 vol. 2:478-480

Elder Ivins only stated that he believed "the great majority" of " the Anglo Saxon people of Europe are people descended from the ten tribes, not that the ten tribes could be totally accounted for among the present day Eurasian people. In fact, after making the preceding remark, Elder Ivins added:" I have not at any time said that there might not be representative of the ten tribes hidden away of whose existence we have no knowledge."

Parley P. Pratt said" The Jews are called dispersed because they are scattered among the nations; but the ten tribes are called outcasts because they are cast out from the knowledge of the nations into a land by themselves.

In response to this matter Elder George Reynolds, whose following statement has often been quoted by other general Authority as an appropriate answer, has stated that as the ten tribes traveled northward and eventually became "lost" to mankind, that some of (the) backsliding "Israelites" rebelled, turned aside from the main body....and by and by mingled with the Gentiles and became the leaven with the promised seed all the nations of the earth.

Is it altogheter improbable that in that journey of one a half years, as Esdras states it from Media the land of their captivity to the frozen North, some of the backsliding Israel, rebelled, turned aside from the main body, forgot their God, by and by mingled with the Gentiles and became the leaven to leaven with the promised seed all the nations of the earth?

no that is natural also because it was the will of God when promised to Abraham that his seed would be blessed all mankind.

The Book of Mormon is clear on this 1 Nephi 22:3-5 and 2 Nephi 10:20-22

Josephus write in the first century:"Wherefore there are but two tribes in Asia and Europe subject to the Romans, while the ten tribes are beyond Euphrates till now, and are an immense multitude, and not to be estimated by numbers"

Turning back to the Zenos' parable we have to remark that there were four branches cut off and relocated elsewhere in the vineyard of the Lord, leaving aside the root.

We cannot consider the Jaredites in this context because they were not Hebrew so we have to consider the Hebrew and we have the first dispersion with the ten tribes going north, the second the Lehi's family going like a branch  over the wall and reaching an island, in fact the two Americas are just a big island. We know from the book of Mormon history that from there there was a group of people who left the Americas and went in Polynesia, islands of the sea. So two  in America : Lehi and the Mulekites  an island, one in Polynesia, many islands and one wandering in Europe, but since the prophecy is clear that

Isaiah 11:11
11 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.

Isaiah 41:1
1 ¶ KEEP silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew [their] strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.

Isaiah 42:12

12 Let them give glory unto the LORD, and declare his praise in the islands.

Isaiah 24:14
14 They shall lift up their voice, they shall sing for the majesty of the LORD, they shall cry aloud from the sea.

Isaiah 24:15

15 Wherefore glorify ye the LORD in the fires, [even] the name of the LORD God of Israel in the isles of the sea.

16 ¶ From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, [even] glory to the righteous. But I said, My leanness, my leanness, woe unto me! the treacherous dealers have dealt treacherously; yea, the treacherous dealers have dealt very treacherously.

We have to consider here what it could be the uttermost part of earth for Isaiah or better for Palestine, surely not Europe or Asia or Africa, surely Oceania and America fit perfectly.

Since the prophecy of Zenos mention the choicest place for one of them and clearly this is the American continent. what about the poorest place for another one and another poor place for another one?

We know for sure that the water route to Ireland was not knew to the Israelites, for the Danite ships of the time of King Solomon had made the journey many times carrying a considerable trade both to and from the Islands of Britain. Tin for the brasswork of the Temple was obtained in Cornwall three  hundred years before  this migration through the "gates that separate the world of land from the world of water." Gibraltar. So the ten tribes knew already the Islands Ireland and Britain, so for them could have been a destination well known even though not by sea but by earth.  Many Hebrew inscriptions and other marks of identification were found among the Scythians. We do not know how long the Scythians dwelt in the land of Armenia but is a fairly well established tradition that they dwelt there until the pressure of population forced some of them to be driven to the frozen sea to be known later as the Angles and Saxon.

E.L. Withehead in his book "the house of Israel" pag 108 remarks:

" Ephraim was a very turbulent tribe. their conduct in Israel always astonished the king of Judah, and especially Solomon and rehoboam. During the days of their residence in Arsareth they undoubtedly manifested the same characteristic of leadership and turbulence, even as their descendants the Anglo-Saxons, do today, and the Vikings, also their descendants during the centuries following the birth of Christ. They are described as being a rebellious , unruly, ungovernable tribe. their unwillingness to be dominated by other tribes is shown in their desires to move ahead of the others into the frozen north. Surely at that point the aerea of the Baltic sea was a place in which no one was settled down or at least very few people. The land in which they finally settled was a very poor land or " the poorest place in the vineyard" according to the words of Zenos" Probably the Lord desired for them just a temporary place for them, then to force them to emigrate among other nations when their numbers would have increased beyond the ability of the land to support them.

Ezekiel is the prophet that has prophesied more than anybody else regarding the dispersion see "Father Lehi"

From the Book "The House of Israel"

It was to him that the knowledge was given of the first great Asiatic separations of Israel and their movement out of the Land of Promise into three separates and well defined areas of the world.

From the tenor of his prophecy it is presumed that a delegation might have arrived in Babylon from the northern tribes in Assyria seeking the word of the Lord concerning their future activities. This fact is supported at least one part of the message delivered to them through Ezekiel by the Lord. The answer to the queries of the northern people was given to the prophet in the form of a riddle. The words of the prophecy are among the most difficult of Old Testament parables to understand, and have remained hidden to the knowledge of man, in most part, until a very complete and thorough investigation of the movements of Israel was made. As a result of that search, however, and in conjunction with the very remarkable parable of Zenos contained in the Book of Mormon, Ezekiel's parable becomes clear and understandable.

The riddle is divided in four parts, one has to do with the movement of the northern tribes from the Cimmerian habitation  into Britain, one pertains to the later movement of the ten tribes out of Assyria to another land, one accounts for the establishment of the Nephite nation and of its eventual destruction in the land of America, and the last describes for the benefit of the Northern tribes, the captivity of Judah in Babylon.

Ezekiel 36:19
19 And I scattered them among the heathen, and they were dispersed through the countries: according to their way and according to their doings I judged them.

John 7:35
35 Then said the Jews among themselves, Whither will he go, that we shall not find him? will he go unto the dispersed among the Gentiles, and teach the Gentiles?

Psalms 2:8
8 Ask of me, and I shall give [thee] the heathen [for] thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth [for] thy possession.

Here is very clear.

Isaiah 24:16
16 ¶ From the uttermost part of the earth have we heard songs, [even] glory to the righteous

Deuteronomy 33:17
17 His glory [is like] the firstling of his bullock, and his horns [are like] the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they [are] the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they [are] the thousands of Manasseh.

Psalms 48:10
10 According to thy name, O God, so [is] thy praise unto the ends of the earth:


Psalms 67:7
7 God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

Psalms 98:3
3 He hath remembered his mercy and his truth toward the house of Israel: all the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God.

Isaiah 41:5
5 The isles saw [it], and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came.

Isaiah 41:9
9 [Thou] whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou [art] my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.

Isaiah 43:6
6 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;

Isaiah 52:10
10 The LORD hath made bare his holy arm in the eyes of all the nations; and all the ends of the earth shall see the salvation of our God.

Jeremiah 16:19
19 O LORD, my strength, and my fortress, and my refuge in the day of affliction, the Gentiles shall come unto thee from the ends of the earth, and shall say, Surely our fathers have inherited lies, vanity, and [things] wherein [there is] no profit.

Jeremiah 25:31
31 A noise shall come [even] to the ends of the earth; for the LORD hath a controversy with the nations, he will plead with all flesh; he will give them [that are] wicked to the sword, saith the LORD.


Micah 5:4
4 And he shall stand and feed in the strength of the LORD, in the majesty of the name of the LORD his God; and they shall abide: for now shall he be great unto the ends of the earth.


Zechariah 9:10
10 And I will cut off the chariot from Ephraim, and the horse from Jerusalem, and the battle bow shall be cut off: and he shall speak peace unto the heathen: and his dominion [shall be] from sea [even] to sea, and from the river [even] to the ends of the earth.

Romans 10:18
18 But I say, Have they not heard? Yes verily, their sound went into all the earth, and their words unto the ends of the world.

Words of Paul.

Psalms 61:2

2 From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee, when my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the rock [that] is higher than I.

Psalms 61:3

3 For thou hast been a shelter for me, [and] a strong tower from the enemy.

Psalms 61:4

4 I will abide in thy tabernacle for ever: I will trust in the covert of thy wings. Selah.

Psalms 61:5

5 ¶ For thou, O God, hast heard my vows: thou hast given [me] the heritage of those that fear thy name.

Psalms 61:6

6 Thou wilt prolong the king's life: [and] his years as many generations.

Psalms 61:7

7 He shall abide before God for ever: O prepare mercy and truth, [which] may preserve him.

Psalms 61:8

8 So will I sing praise unto thy name for ever, that I may daily perform my vows.

Deuteronomy 28:49
49 The LORD shall bring a nation against thee from far, from the end of the earth, [as swift] as the eagle flieth; a nation whose tongue thou shalt not understand;

Deuteronomy 28:64
64 And the LORD shall scatter thee among all people, from the one end of the earth even unto the other; and there thou shalt serve other gods, which neither thou nor thy fathers have known, [even] wood and stone.

Isaiah 5:26

26 And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly:

Isaiah 42:10
10 Sing unto the LORD a new song, [and] his praise from the end of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein; the isles, and the inhabitants thereof.

Isaiah 48:20
20 Go ye forth of Babylon, flee ye from the Chaldeans, with a voice of singing declare ye, tell this, utter it [even] to the end of the earth; say ye, The LORD hath redeemed his servant Jacob.

Isaiah 49:6
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.

Psalms 65:8
8 They also that dwell in the uttermost parts are afraid at thy tokens: thou makest the outgoings of the morning and evening to rejoice.

Isaiah 41:1
1 ¶ KEEP silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew [their] strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment.

Isaiah 41:5
5 The isles saw [it], and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid, drew near, and came.

Isaiah 41:8
8 But thou, Israel, [art] my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.

Isaiah 41:9

9 [Thou] whom I have taken from the ends of the earth, and called thee from the chief men thereof, and said unto thee, Thou [art] my servant; I have chosen thee, and not cast thee away.

Isaiah 41:10

10 ¶ Fear thou not; for I [am] with thee: be not dismayed; for I [am] thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

Isaiah 41:11

11 Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.

Isaiah 41:12

12 Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, [even] them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.

Isaiah 41:13

13 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

Isaiah 41:14
14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, [and] ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel.

Isaiah 41:15

15 Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat [them] small, and shalt make the hills as chaff.

Isaiah 43:9
9 Let all the nations be gathered together, and let the people be assembled: who among them can declare this, and shew us former things? let them bring forth their witnesses, that they may be justified: or let them hear, and say, [It is] truth.

Isaiah 43:19
19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert.

Isaiah 43:20

20 The beast of the field shall honour me, the dragons and the owls: because I give waters in the wilderness, [and] rivers in the desert, to give drink to my people, my chosen.

Isaiah 43:21

21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.

Isaiah 43:22

22 ¶ But thou hast not called upon me, O Jacob; but thou hast been weary of me, O Israel.

Genesis 48:5
5 And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, [are] mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine.

Genesis 48:6

6 And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be thine, [and] shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance.

From this scripture is clear that Joseph had more son after Ephraim and Manasse, but their were not included in the house of Israel.

Isaiah 11:16
16 And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.

Micah 5:8
8 And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.

Romans 11:5

5 Even so then at this present time also there is a remnant according to the election of grace.

The twigs of the Cedar

From this riddle it seems clear to me that Ezekiel knew about the prophesies of Zenos. The content of the riddle does not describe the condition of Israel while in Assyria, but that which would follow the captivity, and in at least the first part concerning the planting of the twig of the Cedar in the height of Israel, describes an event which had undoubtedly transpired.

Ezekiel 17:1
1 ¶ AND the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezekiel 17:2

2 Son of man, put forth a riddle, and speak a parable unto the house of Israel;

Ezekiel 17:3

3 And say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; A great eagle with great wings, longwinged, full of feathers, which had divers colours, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar:

Ezekiel 17:4

4 He cropped off the top of his young twigs, and carried it into a land of traffick; he set it in a city of merchants.

The explanation of this part is made clearer by skipping the next verses down to the

Ezekiel 17:22
22 ¶ Thus saith the Lord GOD; I will also take of the highest branch of the high cedar, and will set [it]; I will crop off from the top of his young twigs a tender one, and will plant [it] upon an high mountain and eminent:

The interpretation of these verses can be rendered as follows:

1) The eagle was a very common symbol in ancient times and was used to denote authority, such as was manifest in the Roman usage and as a religious, prophetic emblem such as found in the 24 chapter of Matthew verse 28. This interpretation is justified in the descriptive terms used by Ezekiel "longwinged" "full of feathers" and of "divers colours". In other words a great prophet.

2) The use of the term "Lebanon" is quite understandable;e for the House of David was known as the "House of Lebanon" and the great court and civic building which he built as the "House of the Cedar of Lebanon" Ezekiel's statement therefore referred to the House of king Zedekiah, the last ruler and the "Highest cedar" of the House of Lebanon.

3) The term "Highest branch" is further described in the 22 verse of the same chapter which describes the highest branch of the high cedar.

4) The tender "twigs" of the riddle refer to the children of the King. We know that the sons of Zedekiah with the exception of the infant Mulek, were killed and the highest branch left was the two daughters of Zedekiah who were given into the custody of Jeremiah. They were tender twigs, because of their sex and youth. One of them, according to the 22 verse was to be placed in an high mountain and eminent, and according to the fourth verses in a city of merchants, and a land of traffick (traders) in the Highest of Israel, indicating that a transfer , or marriage of this daughter was to take, or had taken place within the Norther Kingdom. The twenty third verse describes the purpose and destiny of this daughter that was put in the height of Israel and which conforms strictly with the divine plan of God...."It shall bring forth boughs and bear fruit, and be a goodly cedar: and under it shall dwell fowl of every wing; in the shadow of the branches thereof shall they dwell." The posterity of this daughter would become, therefore, the protectors or refuge for many "fowl" (people) of every nation.

At this point it is important to consider the words of the parable dealing specifically with the movements of the tribes, the "Height of Israel" the "High mountain and eminent" nation further described as a "land of traffick and a city of merchants". This seems to infer that somewhere a branch of Israel was established that was or would become a power in the earth following the marriage of the daughter of the King; and which would protect and cultivate the friendship of the people of every race through the branches of the tree (kingdom) that would be established in the earth. The term "height of Israel" also infers that it would be that branch in which the authority of Ephraim would be most manifest, and the seed of the Princes of the Kingdom that fled to the Caucasus during the first Assyrian invasion known as the Cimmerians, who went by land and sea to the Isles of Britain in the sixth or seventh centuries B.C.

THE SEED OF THE LAND

The second branch to be moved is described in the fifth verse

Ezekiel 17:5
5 He took also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful field; he placed [it] by great waters, [and] set it [as] a willow tree.

Ezekiel 17:6

6 And it grew, and became a spreading vine of low stature, whose branches turned toward him, and the roots thereof were under him: so it became a vine, and brought forth branches, and shot forth sprigs.
In this statement we note Ezekiel's use of the term "seed of the land" which are led to understand had to do with the common classes of people, not the "high cedar" or the "eminent mountain" of the first colony. It was to be placed by the side of great waters where it would grow as a willow tree, or dependent upon the great waters for this life. This would infer commerce and fishing, products of an ocean habitation. It has been stated that the common people were taken into Assyria in the last invasion and that it was they who migrated in the second wave into Scythia, and thence along the Dnieper river up into Scandinavia and the Baltic sea area where some become engaged in fishing and commerce. The nations that were to come from this seed were to be of low stature, but strong and virile, not the powerful kingdom such as that of the first colony in Britain.

The prophet's use of the term "vine" is also descriptive of Israel, for we have noted many times already its prophetic use to describe Israel. The fruitful field seems to refer to a land similar to that referred by Zenos, although Ezekiel describes it as being fruitful field, and Zenos as the "poorest" land in the vineyard. Both are right, for at the time of Ezekiel's prophecy the land was a fruitful field to the people, providing for their wants in proportion to the demands of the people at that time; but by the time the Lord visited the land during the meridian of time, it had become a poor land indeed., incapable of sustain the great population that was gradually slipping across the Baltic Sea into the Central valleys of Europe to dislodge the Celts. It was truly in the goodly land of the central valleys that Israel's branches or the nations from the second migration, had become great and strong. Thus it can be said of the second migration, that of the Scythians (Teutonic tribes), into the north countries of Europe that they constituted the "seed of the land" which was placed by "great waters".

The vine that Withered

A third branch which is described by Ezekiel has to do with a "vine" that was turned toward Him, or a righteous branch.


Ezekiel 17:7
7 There was also another great eagle with great wings and many feathers: and, behold, this vine did bend her roots toward him, and shot forth her branches toward him, that he might water it by the furrows of her plantation.

Ezekiel 17:8

8 It was planted in a good soil by great waters, that it might bring forth branches, and that it might bear fruit, that it might be a goodly vine.

Ezekiel 17:9

9 Say thou, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Shall it prosper? shall he not pull up the roots thereof, and cut off the fruit thereof, that it wither? it shall wither in all the leaves of her spring, even without great power or many people to pluck it up by the roots thereof.

Ezekiel 17:10

10 Yea, behold, [being] planted, shall it prosper? shall it not utterly wither, when the east wind toucheth it? it shall wither in the furrows where it grew.

Ezekiel 17:11

11 Moreover the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,

Ezekiel 17:12

12 Say now to the rebellious house, Know ye not what these [things mean]? tell [them], Behold, the king of Babylon is come to Jerusalem, and hath taken the king thereof, and the princes thereof, and led them with him to Babylon;

Ezekiel's use of the term "eagle" seems to refer to another prophet on of considerable prestige. He and his people comprised a vine (branch) which bent her roots toward the prophet, and the Lord. This branch was planted in good soil by great waters that it might bear good fruit and become a goodly vine. We have already described the office and calling of Lehi, a prophet of considerable importance in Jerusalem at the time of Ezekiel. Lehi was a prophet-statesman, although  as far the evidence is concerned he did not hold the office of distinction tendered Jeremiah in the household of Zedekiah and the kingdom of Judah. His family served the Lord while in Jerusalem, and looked to him for leadership, as did the family of Ishmael who accompanied Lehi's family to America. We are given to understand that the Land of promise given to the people of Lehi was a "choice land, choice above all other lands in the earth" which describes the "good soil by great waters" of Ezekiel's riddle. Zenos, considered to be a contemporary of Jeremiah, or of Isaiah an earlier prophet, also describes the location of this branch as being the "Choicest in all the land of His vineyard" Ezekiel gives the most complete description of this branch, or vine, however, in the ninth verse which describes it as being "pulled up" by the roots, that it "wihter in all the leaves of her spring", and this "without great power or many people to pluck it up by the roots thereof" Continuing in the tenth verse, he describes the direction from which the force responsible for the withering of the vine would come as being the "east wind" which touching it, caused it to "wither in the furrows of its plantation." The activities of this branch of Israel in America meets the minute details of this prophecy, for it was a good vine when it left Jerusalem; it was put beside great waters (the Pacific and Atlantic) that it might bear good fruit, it was plucked up by the roots thereof in the destruction of the Nephite nation, and it withered through the force of the east wind when the descendants of the Lamanites, the Indians (aztecs and Incas and others) were overcome and destroyed as a nation by the Spanish conquerors during the fifteenth century. The parable infers that this "withering of the vine" would come by little power and few people, a fact which is born out completely in the small force of Spanish soldiers under Cortez and Pizarro. Only a few hundred men were required to subjugate the two great nations numbering more than twenty five million people. The utter depravity and destruction to the progress and culture of the Aztecs and Incas is illustrative of those who "withered in the furrows of their plantation".

The High tree brought down.

Ezekiel then instructs the delegation to tell their people of Judah's situation. We must remember that Ezekiel was a captive of the first Babylonian invasion of Judah and was in that land twelve years before the others were taken to that land following the destruction of Jerusalem. What he told the Israelites was therefore, not so much a prophecy as it was an instruction of the present state of Judah.

Ezekiel 17:12
12 Say now to the rebellious house, Know ye not what these [things mean]? tell [them], Behold, the king of Babylon is come to Jerusalem, and hath taken the king thereof, and the princes thereof, and led them with him to Babylon;

Ezekiel 17:13

13 And hath taken of the king's seed, and made a covenant with him, and hath taken an oath of him: he hath also taken the mighty of the land:

Ezekiel 17:14

14 That the kingdom might be base, that it might not lift itself up, [but] that by keeping of his covenant it might stand.

Ezekiel 17:15

15 But he rebelled against him in sending his ambassadors into Egypt, that they might give him horses and much people. Shall he prosper? shall he escape that doeth such [things]? or shall he break the covenant, and be delivered?

Ezekiel 17:16

16 [As] I live, saith the Lord GOD, surely in the place [where] the king [dwelleth] that made him king, whose oath he despised, and whose covenant he brake, [even] with him in the midst of Babylon he shall die.

Ezekiel's statement in this part of the prophecy are clear and need little interpretation. The riddle had to do with those three branches which were to leave for other parts of the world, and were hidden that the eyes of mankind might be blinded until the identity of the tribes had become established. It seems to be a part of the divine plan to keep mankind in ignorance as to the work of the latter days until all preparations had been accomplished in the earth. Today, however, when the end is in sight of all men, and the preliminary preparations for the millennial Reign of Peace have been made. It is possible to reveal the facts of His transfer of the branches to the other parts of the world. As we trace the movements of the tribes of Israel  we shall see how clearly the Lord revealed His plan to his prophets Ezekiel, Zenos and others, for from their records we are able to trace the course of the dispersion of Israel in the earth.

The prescribed plan of God for the transfer of the authority of Judah to the Northern Kingdom is described in the closing verses of Ezekiel's prophecy.

Ezekiel 17:24
24 And all the trees of the field shall know that I the LORD have brought down the high tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish: I the LORD have spoken and have done [it].

This declaration further indicates the meaning of what the Lord's words to Jeroboam   through the prophet Ahija

1 Kings 11:31
31 And he said to Jeroboam, Take thee ten pieces: for thus saith the LORD, the God of Israel, Behold, I will rend the kingdom out of the hand of Solomon, and will give ten tribes to thee:

1 Kings 11:37
37 And I will take thee, and thou shalt reign according to all that thy soul desireth, and shalt be king over Israel.

Of tremendous significance is this declaration of the next step in the fulfillment of the destiny of Israel, in the transfer of the seed of David, of the royal lineage of Judah, to the three branches of Israel planted in the earth, and of the continued survival of the House of David and its authority amidst the tribes of the Northern Kingdom.


The scepter of Judah

"The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet UNTIL Shiloh come." Genesis 49:10

The story of Judah and the heritage of the crown which she held was one of tragedy for many years, during which time she endured the persecution, derision, and suffering at the hands of a prejudiced world. All of which was directed against a nation that at one time stood high in the favor of the Lord, possessing the sceptre of authority, and with Levi, administering the ordinances of the Tabernacle and Temple; who, because of that divine authority, was privileged to have Jesus, the Savior of mankind, to be of the lineage of the House of David. The heritage which was promised to Judah by the patriarch Jacob in 1035.bc.. Then the promised power and heritage of Judah began to grow. Because David filled his kingly office in righteousness during most of his reign, the Lord was constrained to say to him.

"David shall never want a man to sit upon the trhone of the house of David"

Later when he resolved to build a temple unto the Lord the prophet Nathan was sent to him with this message:

2 Samuel 7:12
12 And when thy days be fulfilled, and thou shalt sleep with thy fathers, I will set up thy seed after thee, which shall proceed out of thy bowels, and I will establish his kingdom.

2 Samuel 7:13

13 He shall build an house for my name, and I will stablish the throne of his kingdom for ever.

2 Samuel 7:14

14 I will be his father, and he shall be my son. If he commit iniquity, I will chasten him with the rod of men, and with the stripes of the children of men:

2 Samuel 7:15

15 But my mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took [it] from Saul, whom I put away before thee.

2 Samuel 7:16

16 And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever

The sin of David in his later years did not cancel the promise to him and his seed, for there are numerous reminders throughout the scriptures that his lineage was a righteous vessel, for even though David had fallen, he was to become an instrument in the hands of the Lord for the fulfillment of the promise to Israel.

With the decline and fall of the kingdom of Israel (975.b.c.) came the first indication that a transfer in the authority was imminent. It will be remembered that as Jeroboam traveled to Egypt while fleeing from the wrath of Solomon, Ahijah the prophet appeared to him and gave into his hands the ten pieces of cloth and told him that the kingdom would be given into his hands.

"that David my servant may have a light always before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen to put my name there (I will give one tribe)

The promise given to jeroboam indicated the change that was soon to come into the kingdom, but it also proves that the Lord intended to perpetuate in David the blessing given to him, that in Jerusalem the heritage of the seed of David would continue.

When Rehoboam came to the throne at the death of Solomon, the crown remained in Judah even though the authority of the kingdom and most of the tribes followed Jeroboam. later when Jeroboam refused to permit the Levites to offer sacrifices according to the worship established by Jehovah, that tribe joined rehoboam in Jerusalem. In this manner the heritage of Judah and the priestly office of Levi became combined in the Southern Kingdom representing both the church and the state in the nation, the authority of the Lord in the priesthood and in the government of Judah.

At the death of Rehoboam the lineage of David was perpetuated in the kings of Judah. Ahija succeeded Rehoboam, the followed Asa, Jehosophat, Jehoram, Ahaziah, Athaliah, Jehoash, Amaziah, Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, Hezekiah, Manasseh, Amon, Josiah, Jehoahaz, Jehoakim, Jehoiachin, and Zedekiah, the last ruler in Jerusalem.

From that day that Samaria broke away from the government in Jerusalem until the time of their disappearance in Assyria Judah was constantly at loggerheads with her powerful neighbor nation, and with the Gentile tribes that surrounded her. Rebellions were frequent and destructive. The Lord, seeing, the changes that had taken place in Judah, sent numerous prophets among them in an attempt to bring Judah to repentance. No period in history of Judah records so many prophecies and warnings as that which immediately preceded the captivity of Judah. One of the boldest is that came from Jeremiah, a prophet very close to the throne of Zedekiah.

Jeremiah 13:15
15 Hear ye, and give ear; be not proud: for the LORD hath spoken.

Jeremiah 13:16

16 Give glory to the LORD your God, before he cause darkness, and before your feet stumble upon the dark mountains, and, while ye look for light, he turn it into the shadow of death, [and] make [it] gross darkness.

Jeremiah 13:17

17 But if ye will not hear it, my soul shall weep in secret places for [your] pride; and mine eye shall weep sore, and run down with tears, because the LORD'S flock is carried away captive.

Ezekiel the prophet, while a captive in Babylon declared:

Ezekiel 16:51
51 Neither hath Samaria committed half of thy sins; but thou hast multiplied thine abominations more than they, and hast justified thy sisters in all thine abominations which thou hast done.

Following the dethronement of the kings of Judah, Nebuchadnezzar chose a young prince of the seed of David named Zedekiah to rule the House of Lebanon. Zedekiah tried to enforce the policies of Babylon, but he soon found himself helpless in a prejudiced and domineering court, and had to yeld to the power of those who were opposed to the policies of Babylon in Judea. The prophet Jeremiah, the grandfather of Zedekiah was a supporter of the policies of Nebuchadnezzar even though he knew that Juda's national life stood in jeopardy and was slipping away. He felt that national reform and virtue stood above national independence, and saw in the Babylonians the means by which Judah might be humbled and brought to a knowledge of their sins.
Zedekiah's last and most tragic error came when he made an alliance with Egypt against Babylon, and refused to pay tribute to Nebuchadnezzar. The Assyrian king, furious at the rebellious king whom he had placed on the throne of Judah, attacked at once destroying many settlements, but at the approach of an Egyptian army he retreated once more to his own lands. This should have proved a warning to Zedekiah but he continued to resist the power of Babylon. The final blow to the nation came when

Nebuchadnezzar. returned and methodically destroyed the cities of Judea and then laid siege to Jerusalem, finally bringing down its walls and destroying its buildings. Jeremiah was enraged at the young king's willful disrespect of the warnings of Jehovah and said of him.

Jeremiah 22:30
30 Thus saith the LORD, Write ye this man childless, a man [that] shall not prosper in his days: for no man of his seed shall prosper, sitting upon the throne of David, and ruling any more in Judah.
The fulfillment of this is in

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Jeremiah 39:6
6 Then the king of Babylon slew the sons of Zedekiah in Riblah before his eyes: also the king of Babylon slew all the nobles of Judah.

Jeremiah 39:7

7 Moreover he put out Zedekiah's eyes, and bound him with chains, to carry him to Babylon.

Jeremiah 39:8

8 And the Chaldeans burned the king's house, and the houses of the people, with fire, and brake down the walls of Jerusalem.

Thus came to an end the national life of Judah, but in the destruction of the male heirs of Zedekiah's household came the end of the royal dynasty of David in Jerusalem until the great king should come, Shiloh, the Mighty and Glorious King of the Jews, of whom it has been said.

Luke 1:32
32 He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David:

The words which Jereamiah uttered against Zedekiah were fulfilled, for no heir rose to claim the throne of David from that date until the coming of Christ. This constituted a period of nearly six centuries, during which Judah either languished in Babylon or transgressed the laws of God in her own land following the captivity. No prophet graced her national life from the time of Malachi (396 b.c.) down to the call of John the Baptist when he came out of the wilderness as a forerunner to prepare the way before Christ. Judah as a tribe was dead in respect to the sceptre, although within the nation itself still survived the priestly authority of Levi, and the promise given to David that through his lineage should be born the King of the Jews.

The division of the heritage.

That the Lord's promise to David did not go unfulfilled will be a surprise to many students of religious history. There are indisputable witnesses to the fact that the Crown of Israel survived and the heritage of Judah remained in the hands of David's descendants until this time, and shall continue to do so until the end.

The witnesses to this fact came from the ends of the earth, and can be relied upon to be accurate in their declarations. One of them is contained in the Book of Mormon, the record which tells of Mulek, infant son of King Zedekiah, who became king of the Mulekite nation in the Americas, and the first of a long line of Jewish kings that ruled that nation for 400 years and later became assimilated into the greater Nephite nation, thus perpetuating the blessings of David among the tribes in the Americas. Another witness comes from Ireland, fulfilling the prophecy of Ezekiel concerning the transfer of the Crown of Israel to the "height of Israel" in Tara, Ireland, through the marriage of Tea Tephi, the daughter of king Zedekiah of Jerusalem to Heremon, king of Ireland in the sixth century B.C..A third comes from Irish tradition also, which tells of the other daughter of Zedekiah who married into the Spanish royal house during the time when Jeremiah was enroute to Ireland.

The Meridian of Time, and all that it represents in the change of ecclesiastical authority, brought to an end any fragment of authority that still survived in Judah, or that Judah formerly held, for not only was the authority of the kingship ended with the death of Zedekiah, but the priesthood which Levi held was taken away through the apostasy and the fulfillment of the Law by the mission of Christ. Thus, we must look to the Northern Kingdom of Israel for the perpetuation of the dynasty of David, and the Crown which his office represented. With the extermination of the Nephites in 400 A.D. the lineage of Mulek also perished as far as the heritage was concerned, although the blood of Judah still flows in the veins of the American Indians. This left the Northern Kingdom as the primary representative of David. It is because of this important chain of events that we must look to the lineage of the daughters of Zedekiah for continuation of the seed of David, and the heritage which he received.

Jeremiah, a prophet unto the Nations.

Following the death of their father, the daughters of Zedekiah were given into the custody of Jeremiah, their great grandfather. To this illustrious man was given this promise and calling, a point very important in the events that later transpired following the exile of the Jews in Babylon

Jeremiah 1:5
5 Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, [and] I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations.

Jeremiah 1:10
10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

Jeremiah 1:18
18 For, behold, I have made thee this day a defenced city, and an iron pillar, and brasen walls against the whole land, against the kings of Judah, against the princes thereof, against the priests thereof, and against the people of the land.

Jeremiah 1:19

19 And they shall fight against thee; but they shall not prevail against thee; for I [am] with thee, saith the LORD, to deliver thee.

Following the destruction of the city and just before the Babylonians left for their own homes, Nebuchadnezzar commanded his captain thus

"take him, and look well to him, and do him no harm; but do unto him even as he shall say unto thee."

The prophet was permitted to remain in any city of his choice and to take his great granddaughters with him. When the Temple of  Jerusalem was destroyed by Nebuchadnezzar, Jeremiah, and those associated with him took the ark of the covenant to the small town of Mizpah, one of the holy cities which Samuel had visited many years before as a judge of the people. This made the little town a sanctuary for the few survivors of Judah who remained in the land. A short time after their arrival in Mizpah, a renegade Jew named Ishmael led his followers against the settlement and succeeded in destroying it and taking Jeremiah and his family and associates captive. Later, however, the rebel was overtaken and his captives rescued. Jeremiah had little joy in the rescue for instead of turning back to Mizpah his rescuers continued on into Egypt to join the body of Jews that had fled there shortly after the fall of Jerusalem. before their arrival in Egypt it was revealed to Jeremiah that only a small remnant of this colony of Judah should be spared to leave Egypt " Yet a smaller number that escape the sword shall return out of Egypt" Baruch, the faithful scribe of Jeremiah who had accompanied the prophet to Egypt, was given this promise.

"Behold, I will bring evil upon all the flesh, saith the Lord: but .....thy life will I give unto thee for a pray in all places whiter thou goest."

These instructions and promises given to Jeremiah and Baruch were of considerable significance, for the preservation of Jeremiah, Baruch, and the king's daughters was a preservation of the lineage of David and the Law of Israel. In these four we have the vessels by which the future transfer of authority was accomplished, Jeremiah became a prophet- legislator unto nations and the girls the vessels for the transfer of the Crown of Judah to the tribes of the Northern Kingdom.

Note ( there is no way of knowing how long Jeremiah stayed in Egypt but there are certain landmarks still in existence in that land to which the attention of the tourist today is directed. One of them is a house called the "house of the Jew's daughter" believed to have been the temporary abode of the king's daughters.re also survives the legend of the great chest which was brought to Egypt by an aged prophet and which commentators choose to identify with the Ark of the Covenant.)

OLAM FODHLA, THE LAWGIVER.

The trail of Jeremiah and the daughter of the king ends in Egypt. It is supposed by some that he died there, for no further comment is made concerning him. The statement that the prophet and his charges did not remain in Egypt has brought consternation to many Biblical scholars. But there was the promise that Jeremiah was to be a Lawgiver to Israel in the North still to be fulfilled. Also there was the divine plan for the destiny of Judah. Are we to accept the frustration of these plans or look for evidence of their fulfillment?

It is not in Egypt, however, that we pick up the trail of Jeremiah, but in Ireland, for following the promises made to him and Baruch nothing more is recorded of their life in Egypt Several thousand miles to the west there appeared a great legislator whom the Irish called Olam Fodhla. He arrived in that island in the company of a beautiful young princess, and a companion named Simon Brugh (Baruch) in the year 586 B.C. a date closely coinciding with the destruction of Jerusalem. Also when the party arrived in Ireland they had in their possession, according to Irish history, the great Mergech, the Law which was contained in a huge chest. Olam Fodhla, whose name when translated into the English from its Hebrew form means "wonderful prophet", became a leader among the people. Speaking to a council of representatives of the people he said:"It is known unto you that the Criumtear (priests) have feigned nine laws from Baal. The foundation is laid in deceit, the work hath been raised by imposture and propped up by ignorance on this lie and fear on that"

Then he suggested the adoption of new laws for the good of Eri.

It is very significant that the laws which he selected and suggested for adoption were similar to the ten commandments. The five which he approved and the council sanctioned were:

Let no man slay his fellows (thou shalt no kill)

Let no man take the belongings of another privily (thou shalt not steal)

Let no the lips utter what the hind knoweth to be false. (Thou shalt not bear false witness)

Man be Merciful

Let man do even as he would be done by.

After some further counsel, he added:"Sons of Eri, honour and respect thy father. Love honor and respect, and tenderly cherish all the days of thy life the mother who bore thee."
Dr. O'Connor, translator of the ancient records of Eri states:"Before the meeting dispersed the laws then promulgate were formally presented and ratified. The nine laws established at this time were, with a very few additions, the only laws of Eri whilst sovereignty resided in the land."

When Jeremiah arrived in Ireland there was a hill called "Cofinn" named after one of the kings of Ireland. At the coronation ceremony it was proposed "that this mount be called the Hill of Tobrad" or "Tara" a name derived presumably from "Torah" or the Law of ancient Israel. This derivation is particularly significant when the Law is considered in its collective sense, or as the body of laws given to Israel for their guidance). Tarah's hall, where the ceremonies just recorded took place, is immortalized by many of the Irish bards, but more especially by the beloved song of Thomas Moore:"The harp that once through Tarah's halls the soul of music shed."

Olam Fodhla (Jeremiah) next set up a school of the prophets, patterned, no doubt, after the organization over which he had presided in Jerusalem and called it the "Four Masters". The organization was later spoken of as "Mur Ollamha" or "the house of Ollam" or "the house of the prophets". To the ceremonial opening Eochaid, king of Eri, was invited. As he approached the door Olam made way for him to enter, but Eochaid said: "May not so, let the Olam enter." Apparently no men appeared greater in the land than the wise prophet legislator. So important were these men that the record indicates that they partook of the King's meat every day. The annals of the Four Master place the first year of Olam Fodhla about 586 B.C.. This date coincides remarkably with that of the Hebrew record of Jeremiah's last appearance in Jerusalem at the close of Judah's national period, and Jeremiah was taken into Egypt.

It is significant that in the historic Four Courts of Dublin there are two important medallion portraits, one of Moses and the other of the great Irish legislator. Moses gave the Law to Israel at Sinai and Jeremiah reinstated it in the height of Israel in Ireland. These remarkable portraits accompany a copy of the ancient laws instituted in ri. The portrait of Jeremiah is identified by Mr. Glover, an authority upon Irish genealogies and history, as Jeremiah. The Irish have honored him for 2500 years, due to his remarkable work in establishing laws for them. Dr. Lynch, in Cambresis" says that :" Olam Fodhla distinguished himself by an exquisite talent for government. He infused health into commonwealth of Eri by excellent laws and customs."

Teat Tephi perpetuates the Crown in Israel.

The foregoing history and testimony concerning Jeremiah is very important, as it fills one of the significant gaps in the history of the House of Israel, and establishes the fact that Judah continued to have a "lawgiver" even after the death of their last king. Jeremiah filled that office with honor, restoring to Israel the laws which had become exctict or so badly mutilated by the false priests of Baal as to be almost unrecognizable. It also appears necessary that he be in attendance at the marriage of Tea tephi and King Heremon that the authority of his priestly office be used in solemnizing the union of the two houses of Israel.

Tea Tephi's marriage to heremon, king of Eri, brought a new era in Irish national government and heritage, combining for the first time in four hundred years the royal houses of the divided kingdom of Israel. The prophet Jeremiah by the authority invested in him and his specific mission to Israel and to the nations "to build up and to restore the nations" planted "the tender twig" once more in the high mountain of Israel, for there is no doubt but what King Heremon was the recognized authority in Israel of his time. Irish pedigrees of the time show them to be descended from the tribes of the Northern Kingdom. King Heremon's lineage, if it is representative of the Northern tribes that settled in Ireland, is traced through the ancient Scottish and Irish lines to the "bosom of Ailb-bin" the trans-Caucasian district of Albania. The Nordic people that first inhabited this land were of the same origin as the Gaels. or Israel as we know them, that immigrated to western Europe  and Britain. It is not completely clear however, from the pedigrees whether a direct line connected them with the people that remained in the land following the flight of the Princes, or whether they were descended from the migrants that were connected with the Cimmerians. There is a tendency to favor the Cimmerian origin for the Irish legends are quite clear in the details of those migrations which led to the establishment of the royal court at Tara in Ireland. These are the only migrations of the period knows to have gone directly to Ireland, and must therefore have constituted the group that established the royal house at Tara. There are numerous references in Irish history to the illustrious princess, tea Tephi, the wife of King Heremon. her tomb, a great stone structure, sixty feet in diameter holds, so tradition says, her body, and the great Mergech (law) which Jeremiah brought to Ireland. The royal families of Britain trace their origin to this ancient beginning to the "slight and tender twig" of the house of Zedekiah. Through one hundred generations the monarchs of Ireland, Scotland and England to the present ruler have descended from this alliance (See the pedigrees at the end of the page)


Note In ancient time the Romans called the green isles to the west "Pritanni" probably coming from the word  Britain which  comes from Hebrew Brit-Am which means" People of the covenant" and Brit-ish instead "Man of the covenant"

"the other small twig

The history of the other "twig" of the Cedar of Lebanon, the daughter of Zedekiah and sister to Tea Tephi, who married into the Spanish royalty is not so well authenticated as that of Tea Tephi. Much is left to conjecture as to what happened in that land, for the history of Spain is not well established for this early period. We must go to the legends of the Irish to find the information concerning the marriage of the other daughter.

According to the legends of the Irish, the second group migrated from Ailb-bin, crossing to Sidon, where they embraked, passed through the Mediterranean and landed in Spain. We are left in doubt as to how long they remained there, or whether the lands were inhabited by any other race. It is reasonable to believe that a land as choice as Spain would have received branches of the Celtic peoples as they crossed Europe, for it was but a short time following this period that we find them in almost complete control of the area. It is not clear, either, whether the entire body of migrants went on to Ireland and England or whether some remained in Spain. There is considerable disagreement among scholars as to the exact origin of the Spanish and the Portuguese because of the many races involved in their history.. It is not unreasonable in the light of such confusion to presume that many of the Israelites became discouraged after the long voyage from Sidon and rather than face the dangers and discomforts of another ocean voyage decided to remain in Spain. It is also highly probable then that in the merging of the two branches of Israel the beginning of the national life of these countries found their origin. It is into the court of Spain that the other daughter of Zedekiah married.

The mission which Spain has performed in the world reemphasis the purpose behind the infiltration of the seed of David into her national life and fabric. Nephi saw the coming of the "gentile" Columbus and the other "gentiles" which crossed the Atlantic to possess the land of their inheritance". We know that America was the inheritance of the seed of Joseph, so if these Spanish "gentiles" received it for their inheritance they, too, must have been of the seed of Joseph.

History records the important and beneficial services performed by Spain during the most enlightened period of her history which have abbetted the cause of Israel:

1. She provided hospitality for the thousands of Jews that fled west from the Roman oppressions, giving them the privileges usually accorded any foreigner in Spain, so that many of them became important units of the Spanish government and commercial enterprises. During the eight centuries of Spain's golden era, the Jews were free to partake of the benefits of this great civilization according to their abilities to secure them, and left with the nation many intellectual benefits as compensation.

2. With the beginning of world exploration she encouraged and supported Columbus in his desire to explore the west for a route to Asia. His discovery of America opened up a new horizon for Israel.

3. During the fifeenth and sixteenth centuries her conquistadors and missionaries explored and conquered vast areas of South, Central and North America. As a direct result of Spanish conquest and colonization, the bloody sacrifices and idolatries of the Aztecs and Incas were destroyed and Christianity was preached.

The fulfillment of the divine plan.

There was a divine purpose behind the movement of the branches of the House of Zedekiah into the midst of Israel, for without the blessing which they possessed the other tribes could not have accomplished their mission in the earth. There were two very important facts of the blessings given to Judah by Jacob, the sceptre of authority and the keys of the gathering of the people Genesis 49:10

When this blessing was given to Judah no mention was made concerning Joseph's participation in the plan, but later when Moses blessed the tribes he said to the tribe of Joseph

Deuteronomy 33:17
17 His glory [is like] the firstling of his bullock, and his horns [are like] the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they [are] the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they [are] the thousands of Manasseh.

A careful analysis of these two promises reveals that both of them carry the responsibility of gathering the tribes of Israel. In order for them to become one in the hands of Ephraim, whose responsibility it was to gather the tribes in the last days, the blessing of Judah had to be confirmed in Ephraim, and upon the leaders of Ephraim. The "Height of Israel" into which the "twig" of Zedekiah was planted concluded that transfer, giving to the royal house of Britain the keys by which it could sponsor and aid the gathering.

The miracle we witness in this dispensation is that Britain has been the guiding light to Jewish Zionism by providing the conditions under which the Hebrew people have gathered to Palestine Orson Hyde's prophetic statement of Britain's position as the champion of Jewish rights in the world, bears out the fact that Britain had a predestined part to play in their lives during this most important period of history.

Later in history of Britain there is a second infusion of the blood of Judah in the person of Anna, the cousin of the virgin Mary. Through her lineage in the British race has come the line of direct descent of the latter day prophet, Joseph Smith. the "rod out of the Stem of Jesse" spoken by Isaiah as he who should come to hold the keys of the gathering of Israel out of the world. Joseph's birth did not come as a direct result of the marriage of Tea Tephi, but through the fusion of the blood of Judah and Ephraim later. All this infers the same responsibility as that which affects the British nation, for it shows the Lord's intention to not only prepare the nation to sponsor the gathering, but also the prophet to lead it. And so there is little doubt but that the Lord directed the events by which his chosen branches might fulfill their desired purposes in the earth, for we witness the miracles of their accomplishments everywhere about us since the restoration of the keys to Joseph Smith in 1836 by the Hebrew prophet Moses. In this last dispensation   we witness the fruition of the divine plans for the fulfillment of the destiny of Israel as Children of the Promise.

Pre Christian history of Israel

Jacob 5:13
13 And these will I place in the nethermost part of my vineyard, whithersoever I will, it mattereth not unto thee; and I do it that I may preserve unto myself the natural branches of the tree; and also, that I may lay up fruit thereof against the season, unto myself; for it grieveth me that I should lose this tree and the fruit thereof.

The growth of the small branches of Israel when cut off from the main tree constitutes one of the most fascinating records of world history, for they become the nuclei for some of the great and progressive civilizations of the old world. Before the time of Christ the problems of nations were very similar to those on the modern period of colonization which affected the United States, isolation and hardships weaving the fabric of a strong and virile people. This period extends from the time of the early dispersions of the branches of Israel to many parts of the earth until the time of the coming of Christ. The time represents almost six centuries during which we witness the growth and expansion of three branches, the creation of a fourth, the fusion of a fith, and the decay and apostasy of the main tree, Judah.

The main tree of Israel, Judah, in whom the heritage of David had survived, and in whom the Lord sought, to perpetuate the remnant of national life in Judea, was the victim of Babylonian aggression shortly after the turn of the sixth century B.C. She had been taken into captivity because of waywardness and rebellion.The lands of Judeah were wasted and left to the ravages of time and the Gentile tribes that romaed the land.

Cyrus, the Persian

The six centuries closing the pre-Christian era witnessed the rise and fall of many great nations. Not long after the destruction of Jerusalem a leader of men arose in the east, Cyrus, the Persian, whom the Lord declared to be "mine anointed". By this time Nebuchadnezzar had died (561 B.C.) and the empire weakened by wickedness and internal unrest, the mighty Babylon fell a prey to the Persian conqueror, who became the liberator of Israel. In the proclamation of liberation Cyrus declared:

2 Chronicles 36:23
23 Thus saith Cyrus king of Persia, All the kingdoms of the earth hath the LORD God of heaven given me; and he hath charged me to build him an house in Jerusalem, which [is] in Judah.

Changes in Judah

During the exile in Babylon many things had happened to the people. They learned new ways of organized living amid the hanging gardens and idolatrous luxury of the Chaldeans. Some of the lessons they learned were good, but many were evil.

One of the most important results of the exile was the reorganization of the religious life of Judah. During their captivity the faithful of the tribes were deprived of the holy ordinances of the Temple and the ministrations of the priesthood, meeting togheter in small groups on the Sabbath the elders would read from the sacred records, distribute alms, and teach the people the Law. In this way Judah began to learn that the true way of worship was in nearness to God in spirit and truth. Thus was Judaism, a  religion, born. But what is more significant than the birth of the Jewish religion, was the part it was to play for centuries in bringing the light of truth to mankind. Only a few who had come to Babylon as children were among the exiles returning to the homelands under the leadership of Zerubbabel, a descendant of the House of David. They could remember the beauty and glory of Jerusalem. Others of the second and third generations cherished the teachings of their fathers. But there were those who remembered too well the pattern of life they had come to know in Babylon, the religion of Israel meant nothing to them.

As soon as they were able the Jews began to prepare for the rebuilding of the Temple. it was a difficult task. The enmity between the people of Judea and the Samaritans who occupied the land of the Northern Kingdom was very bitter. The Samaritans sent a messenger to the Persian king accusing the Jews of plotting rebellion. A new king ruled Persia, Kind Darius, and he knew nothing of the edict of Cyrus which freed the captives. The building of the temple was stopped by a decree from him.It was not long, therefore, until the Lord stirred two of His prophets to go among the people, Haggai and Zechariah, to bring new courage to them. Within another twenty years the Temple of Zerubbabel was finished. The Feast of the Passover was reinstituted and the spirit of Judah was strengthened with the testimony of God's continuing love.

For seventy years the Persian empire and the Greeks waged war for supremacy of the west. Historians have written much concerning this struggle during which some of the classic battles of history were fought. No sooner had the conflict between the eastern and western powers ended, than Egypt in the south rose in rebellion against the Persians. In the midst of this conflict Judah, the vassal of Persia stood helpless, required only to pay her share of the costs of the wars. The country was still suffering from the captivity of its people and the continuos expeditions through Syria brought increased hardship and poverty.

Once more discouragement threatened the people, also a corrupt priesthood preyed upon the faithful, demanding more and more from them in obey and sacrifice. It was at this time that Malachi, the prophet, arose and with fervent pleas cried to the people not to lose faith and openly denounced the unrighteousness of the priesthood. Seeing the plight of their countrymen the hearts of two wealthy Jews of the Persian court were moved to come to their aid. First Ezra and then Nehemiah came to judea. Ezra brought much wealth with him from Babylon. He stimulated his people to ways of making a livelihood and obtaining some of the benefits of trade once more. When he set about to restore the worship of Israel. calling the men of Judah to the Temple, Ezra demanded that they abandon the heathen wives they had taken unto themselves. Suffering and chaos followed the desolation of the homes that followed the obedience to this attempt to cleanse the chosen people of a sin against the Law. Nehemiah came to the aid of Judah at the time of the confusion that followed the command of Ezra. Working togheter, Ezra and Nehemiah were able to unite the people by urging them to return to the worship of their Father. They revived interest in the three great festivals of Israel. Synagogues were established in the small communities for the discussion of the law and the observance of the Sabbath. Also the sanctity of the Temple was reestablished by cleansing it of the corruptions of the priests and refining its ceremonies.

Following the branches of Israel

The history of the branch of the tree of Israel in Britain is not very well established from the time of the arrival of Israel in that land to the time of Christ's visit there. The Celtic tribes, a different race, controlled the greater portion of the islands, making considerable trouble for the Nordic people in Ireland. We are not so much concerned with the political history of the branch, as much as we are with the religious history, for it was during this period of the history of Britain that the Law which Jeremiah had restored to the Northern tribes in 586 B.C. began to make itself felt throughout the islands, and even in parts of Europe.

Zenos, the prophet, describes the condition of this branch "good", bearing "tame fruit" of the branch indicates that the Law and the establishment of the Davidic seed in the islands had produced good results. This was considerable different to the condition of the tribes when they were put to flight out Samaria by Pul's invasion of their homeland, for at that time they were idolatrous and apostate from the worship of Jehovah. The testimony of the speech of Jeremiah before the assembly in Tara, indicates that the teachings of the priests of Baal had misguided the spiritual life, and influenced the civil life of the people, for the "nine laws of the old time" were considerably distorted from their originals, the "Ten commandments". When Jeremiah took the Mergech (Law) to Ireland he instituted the pure Law as established for the good of Israel by Moses.

Little is known of the history of the pre-Christian era. Let this much be said, however, that the people grew in numbers and in virtue for with the Law to guide them, and with the authority of the Crown of Israel to perpetuate and magnify it among the tribes associated with them they represented the most successful branch in the world> This is borne out by the description rendered by the Lord when He and His servant made their first visit to the branch following its removal from Israel (main tree)

"and he beheld the first, that it had brought forth much fruit, and he beheld also, that it was good." Jacob 5:20

Scandinavia

The history of the Scandinavian branch of Israel before the time of Christ is even less known than that in Britain. The legends of the Norse, Swedes, Anglo-Saxons, and Danes establish the fact that they came from ancient Scythia to the Norh countries at a very early period that when they arrived there they found other tribes inhabiting the land which they quickly brought under their control. The tribe of Ephraim, later to become known as the Anglo-Saxons, moved to the extreme north of the peninsula where they became pirates. The later history of these daring Northmen reveals that during this period of adjustment and growth they became a hardy and brave people, skilled in the art of metal working and commerce.

One of the tribes, the Franks, in 443 B.C. was established on the banks of the Danube in eastern Europe when we first hear of them. This tribe must have remained in that land warring with the Gaels and Celts which surrounded them. The history that accompanies the pedigree of Charlemagne (included above), reveals constant friction and warfare between the Franks and the gentile tribes of the area. No king ruled the Franks that did not have a war to fight either against the Gaels or Celts, or some of his own countrymen the Teutonic tribes further north.  We are given to understand further in the parable of Zenos that the branch of Israel located in the "poorest spot in my vineyard", Scandinavia, grew in virtue after they left their home in Samaria. Esdras refers to their most excellent determination to go to a land where they might live the statutes of the Law which they had not lived in their land. The fact that the Lord stopped the flood of the waters of the Euphrates that they might pass through on their journey to the north also indicates that He had accepted the repentance and change that His people had manifested while captives in Assyria, even though their religious tenets were not representative in all respects with the Law of their fathers. We must not assume that the idolatries of Canaan were entirely forgotten or changed appreciably, for the history of Scandinavia is replete with the evidence that its early inhabitants were idolatrous when they first appeared on the plains of Central Europe during the centuries following the advent of Christ, and that, therefore, the principles related to idol worship must have survived. there is every good reason to believe, however, that the Law was in force to some extent, perhaps as much as in the branch in Britain before Jeremiah arrived with the Law of the Two tables. Little commercial or social intercourse is known to have existed between the branches as history is silent on the matter.

The best witness we have concerning the Scandinavian branch comes also from Zenos who reports the findings of the Lord and His servant when they visited it for the first time after its removal out of the Land of Promise.

But, behold the tree. I have nourished it this long time, and it hath brought forth much fruit; therefore, gather it, and lay it up against the season, that I may preserve it unto mine own self.

America

The history of the Nephites, the branch of Israel placed in a "goodly land by the side of great waters" is very well established because of the history of the nation preserved in the Book of Mormon. and in the prophecies discussed at the very beginning contained in the Bible.

Jesus didn't preach to the gentiles , his mission was different:"I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel" (Matthew 15:24, italics added).

He told His disciples, "Other sheep I have which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd" (John 10:16). Who were these other sheep? Most Biblical scholars today feel that Jesus was referring to the Gentiles when He made this statement, but the scriptures tell a different story.

Matthew 10:5-6 "These 12 Jesus sent forth, and commanded them,saying, go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not: but go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel."

One day as Jesus came to the coasts of Tyre and Sidom, "Behold a woman of Canaan came out of the same coasts, and cried unto him saying, Have mercy on me, O Lord, thou Son of David; my daughter is grievously vexed with a devil. But he answered her not a word.(pretty strange knowing the love and kindness of Jesus) And his disciples came and besought him saying, Send her away; for she crieth after us. But he answered and said, I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel" (Matthew 15:24, italics added).

This woman was not of the house of Israel. She was a Canaanite. Even though she acknowledged Him as the Lord, the Son of David, and beseeched him with tears on behalf of her ill daughter, yet "he answered her not a word." And the reason he didn't answer her is because he was sent to preach only to those who were of the house of Israel. Also  when she said:" Then came she and worshipped him saying, Lord help me. Bu He answered and said, it is not meet to take the children's bread, and to cast it to dogs." Pretty strong here but the only reason was: He wanted point out the real reason of his mission and the answer of the woman shows us that she didn't take offense, surely she knew the doctrine and accepted it. Therefore, the "other sheep" He had to visit, and who would actually hear his voice had to be from the house of Israel. Notice, there is no record of even one Gentile. let alone a whole fold of Gentiles ever hearing Christ's voice preaching the gospel. Furthermore, these other sheep had to be lost. But where in the Bible does it talk about Christ going to the lost sheep of the house of Israel?  You could also read Acts 11:18.

So at this point easily arise the question: who they are those lost sheeps?

Micah 4:1,6-7

"But 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.... It is interesting because we know through this verse that it is referring to the last days and also it is speaking about the Temple, and the description fit very well to the countryside of Utah, where the Temple is.verse 6 "In that day, saith the Lord, will I assemble her that haltheh, and I will gather her that is driven out, and her that I have afflicted; And I will make her that halted a remnant, and her that was cast far off a strong nation: and the Lord shall reign over them in Mount Zion from henceforth even for ever. The remnant are the Jews, they always were in Palestine at the time of Christ, I guess you already know who they are the second one.

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 the 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 eye, saith the Lord."

even here we have 3 kind of sheeps. What the book of Mormon is saying about this important topic? let's read 3 Nephi 15:11-24

"And now it come to pass that when Jesus had spoken these words, He said unto those 12 whom He had chosen. Ye are my disciples; and ye are a light unto this people, who are a remnant of the house of Joseph. and behold, this is the land of your inheritance: and the father hath given it unto you. And not at any time hath the Father given me the commandment that I should tell it unto your brethren at Jerusalem. Neither at any time hath the Father give me commandment that I should tell unto them concerning the other tribes of the house of Israel, whom the Father hath led away out of the land. This much did the Father command me, that I should tell unto them: That other sheep I have which are not of this fold: them also I must bring and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold and one shepherd. And now, because of stiffneckedness and unbelief they understood not my word; therefore I was commanded to say no more of the Father concerning this thing unto them. But verily, I say unto you that the Father hath commanded me and I tell it unto you, that ye were separated from among them because of their iniquity; therefore it's because of their iniquity that they know not of you. And verily, I say unto you again that the other tribes hath the Father separated from them; and it is because of their iniquity that they know not of them. And verily I say unto you, that ye are they of whom I said:" Other sheep I have which are not of this fold.............

In the Bible we learn that ten of the twelve tribes of Israel were taken captive by the Assyrians and carried to the north country. To this day they have not come back. Therefore, it is safe to presume that they are lost sheep belonging to the house of Israel. And then there was the remnant of the tribe of Joseph, which ran over the wall and became the people of the Book of Mormon. As far as the Jews in Palestine are concerned, they too were lost sheep from the house of Israel. In their record they tell of an event where Jesus Christ appeared to them after His resurrection and they heard His voice. More than that, the Book of Mormon tells us that while with them Jesus established a second church, after the same manner of the one He built in Jerusalem.

However, His work was not yet finished. He told the people in America, "Verily, verily, I say unto you that I have other sheep which are not of this land, neither of the land of Jerusalem, neither in any parts of that land round about whither I have been to minister. For they of whom I speak are they who have not as yet have heard my voice; neither have I at any time manifested myself unto them. But I have received a command from the Father that I shall go unto them, and that they shall hear my voice, and shall be numbered among my sheep, that they may be one fold and one shepherd; therefore I go to show myself unto them" (3 Nephi 16:1-3).

But which wilderness was it that had been prepared for the church?

"And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child. And to the woman were given two wings of a great eagle, wings

that she might fly into the wilderness, into her place where she is nourished for a time and times and half a time from the face of the serpent. And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman,( do you remember Peleg?) and the earth opened her mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ" (Revelation 12:13-17).

In every age, the devil, "that old serpent" has always persecuted the church which tries to bring forth the gospel to mankind. But the church was given "two wings" like that of a great eagle. What does that mean? Isaiah talked about "the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia" (Isaiah 18:1). As discussed earlier, this was the continent of North and South America. Truly this continent look like the wings of a great eagle. Furthermore, it was a wilderness.

Also, in John's vision he saw "the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth." In the days of Peleg the earth was divided, thereby literally swallowing a large amount of water. This separated the wilderness of America from the wilderness of the Middle East, thereby preventing Satan from attacking this church by using the Roman Empire. The waters acted as a wall or barrier which protected the church which was hidden from the face of the serpent where it was nourished in the wilderness for "a time and times and half a time".

How long is a time, and times and a half time? We don't really know because the scriptures don't clearly tell us. But if a "time" is equal to 100 year, then "times" would be 200 years and "a half time" would be 50 years. If that is the case then that would be equal to 350 years. According the the time line given in the Book of Mormon, Christ established his church among the Nephite people after His resurrection, which would place the event at 34 A.D. The final battle at the hill Cumorah which completely annihilated the Nephites took place at 385 A.D. It was at that time when the enemies of Christ fully destroyed the church which Jesus had established. The difference between 34 A.D. and 385 A.D. is 349 years. It is possible that the time line of the book of Mormon could be off by one year.

However, before that great battle, "the dragon was wroth with the woman (the church in Palestine), and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." The remnant spoken of here refers to the saints who lived under the Roman Empire's thumb. During this period of persecution the church which was hidden in the wilderness was safe from Satan's attacks for a time. However, when the times had ended, eventually the dragon also made war with this remnant of the seed of the church.

1 Nephi 19:11
11 For thus spake the prophet: The Lord God surely shall visit all the house of Israel at that day, some with his voice, because of their righteousness, unto their great joy and salvation,

But Jesus proclaimed also

3 Nephi 16:1
1 AND verily, verily, I say unto you that I have other sheep, which are not of this land, neither of the land of Jerusalem, neither in any parts of that land round about whither I have been to minister.

3 Nephi 16:2

2 For they of whom I speak are they who have not as yet heard my voice; neither have I at any time manifested myself unto them.

3 Nephi 16:3

3 But I have received a commandment of the Father that I shall go unto them, and that they shall hear my voice, and shall be numbered among my sheep, that there may be one fold and one shepherd; therefore I go to show myself unto them.

The Savior in Britain

Supplementing the words of the Christ to the Nephites is the parable of Zenos which tells the story of Israel from the beginning to the end of her remarkable history. Zenos described the visit of the Lord to the branches transplanted in the "nethermost parts of my vineyard" and giving a fair idea as to where they might be. After discussing the work of the Lord in connection with the main trunk of the "tame olive tree" (Israel) in Jerusalem, he describes the Lord's visit to one of the other branches.

Jacob 5:19
19 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: Come, let us go to the nethermost part of the vineyard, and behold if the natural branches of the tree have not brought forth much fruit also, that I may lay up of the fruit thereof against the season, unto mine own self.

Jacob 5:20

20 And it came to pass that they went forth whither the master had hid the natural branches of the tree, and he said unto the servant: Behold these; and he beheld the first that it had brought forth much fruit; and he beheld also that it was good. And he said unto the servant: Take of the fruit thereof, and lay it up against the season, that I may preserve it unto mine own self; for behold, said he, this long time have I nourished it, and it hath brought forth much fruit.

The branch of Israel located in Britain is undoubtedly the one referred to in above reference. The land and the climate of the islands in the days when Christ visited that area was anything but conducive to a large population due to the influence of the Ice Age which had taken much of the fertile soil from the surface, and had made many sharp and rugged defiles in the country. It was not so much a matter of the quality of the people, or the land, but of the ability of the land, both in size and quality, to support the branch planted there.

There was great wisdom in planting the "height of Israel" in Britain, for the tiny islands  have not been capable of sustaining the population increase  and then emigration has been necessary for many years and this brought the blood of Israel in the midst of the gentiles. We have already established that an organized church existed in Britain through the mission of Jeremiah and Joseph of Arimatea. The Romans record that the Christian missionaries gave testimony of the existence of a religion and a priesthood when they arrived in Britain and some people believe also that maybe Paul made a trip there too.

A.R. Heaver, English publicist says:" The tradition that our Lord visited Glanstonbury (Somerset England) is very strong in the west of England, but it is an oral tradition only." Gildas, a British historian of 542 A.D. says:"We know that Christ , the true Son, aforded his light to our island in the last year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar" his would place the date at from 34 A.D. to A.D. 38, a date that conforms very accurately with that of Christ's crucifixion, and later visitation among the Jews and Nephites.

Tertullian, a writer of the second century A.D. wrote:" Regions in Britain which have never been penetrated by the Roman arms have received the religion of Christ" consider that at that point Christianity was not the religion of the empire so his statement is even more important it was done from a neutral person with no interest in it.

Publius Discipulus, Roman missionary to Britain wrote:" The church of Avalon (Glastonbury) no other hands than those of the disciples of the Lord themselves built."

Scandinavia

The evidence which support the belief that Christ visited Scandinavia is built around the legend of Odin which many people identifies as Christ. Odin had 12 pontiffs or chief priests, he was a great lawgiver and many other similarities included that he was known at the same time of the resurrection of Jesus One more clue is given by Zenos

Jacob 5:23
23 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto his servant: Look hither; behold I have planted another branch of the tree also; and thou knowest that this spot of ground was poorer than the first. But, behold the tree. I have nourished it this long time, and it hath brought forth much fruit; therefore, gather it, and lay it up against the season, that I may preserve it unto mine own self.

The quality of a land can best be evaluated by its ability to support a large population. The Scandinavian area is an eroded plateau in most part, cut up into thousands of fjords, channels and rugged valleys, the result of the ice sheets which moved down periodically from the north to drive its land surface far beneath the surface of the Atlantic. The branch in Scandinavia was placed where it could be secure from gentile contamination until the tribes were strong enough to withstand its influence, for the north country beyond the Baltic Sea was of little interest to the Celtic tribes that found much better lands in the central valleys of Europe.

Polynesia

the legend of this country are almost the same for the American Indians regarding the appearance of a white and bearded God Zenos didn't describe the land but

Jacob 5:24
24 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said again unto his servant: Look hither, and behold another branch also, which I have planted; behold that I have nourished it also, and it hath brought forth fruit.

From the same chapter of the same book we read that the Lord at a much later date visited the four branches and found that the "first and second and the last" had all become corrupted, but no mention is made of the condition of the third branch, which if interpreted as referring to the Polynesian branch would suggest that the Church established in that land survived for a long period of time. Maori tradition indicate that it was not until the great migrations of the Polynesians during the twelfth and thirteenth centuries that they became corrupted by the witchcraft of Tohungaism, which activities are reported by Captain Cook.

Revelation 12:6
6 And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred [and] threescore days.

Revelation gives us two different place in the wilderness (hidden) one for one time two times and half time and this for 1260 years.

Captain Cook's experience.

The first information of Polynesia came as a result of Captain Cook's voyage into Pacific seeking for the island continent which was reported to exist there. His voyage took him around Cape Horn into the eastern regions of the pacific where he came into contact with many of the islands which today are included in Polynesia. His visit to Otaheite (tahiti) was marked by a very surprising exhibition on the part the natives, for when he came ashore they fell down and worshipped him, and continued to do so as long as he and his men were in the islands. He was called "Lono" by the natives, and was given to understand that he was the great white god with a beard that had once lived among them and who taught them to work in iron, establishing a fine pattern of living among them. It was because of the manner of his approach and his great resemblance to Lono that he was mistaken for the god.

When the Captain arrived in the Sandwish Islands (Hawaii) he was tendered the same kind of welcome as he had received in Tahiti, only on a much more elaborate and extended scale. It was with mixed emotions that Captain Cook witnessed the ceremonial welcome aboard his ship, for he recalled his recent experiences in Tahiti and New Zealand.

Another of the episodes which helps to sustain the idea of the greatness with which the Hawaiians held captain Cook and his men arises from the fact that the women of the island who, heretofore, were highly moral, controlled by the rules of their society and the habits formed in the islands, were not only permitted, but encouraged by their fathers to associate with the English sailors in order to get the "mana" power of the gods infused into their race through the offspring born to them.

The origin of the Polynesians.

Jacob 5:14
14 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard went his way, and hid the natural branches of the tame olive-tree in the nethermost parts of the vineyard, some in one and some in another, according to his will and pleasure.

Hawaii-loa

According to tradition Hawaii-loa was the first man to set foot on the Hawaiian Islands. He came there with only one canoe on his first voyage but when he discovered the nature of the islands with their rich fertile soil, the abundance of fruits and edible berries and the bounteous fish and birds, he concluded that such a paradise would be an ideal home for himself and family. And so he promptly set sail again for the mainland, called in Hawaiian legend, KA-aina-kai-melemele-a-Kane, where he gathered his family, relatives and friend and returned to the islands. This simple story sounded too fantastic to be believed at first and proved of little assistance to the ethnologist who sought for the facts. The legend did not state the direction of the mainland from Hawaii, and the Hawaiian name didn't yeld much inspiration, so the legend with its secret was discarded as not valuable information at that time. There is a remarkable supplement to the tradition, however, but it comes from a most unusual source as far as scientists are concerned, the Book of Mormon. It is the record of Hagoth, a nephite navigator who decided to build some ships a short time before the time of Christ. Alma tells the story.

Alma 63:5
5 And it came to pass that Hagoth, he being an exceedingly

curious man, therefore he went forth and built him an exceedingly large ship, on the borders of the land Bountiful, by the land Desolation, and launched it forth into the west sea, by the narrow neck which led into the land northward.

Alma 63:6

6 And behold, there were many of the Nephites who did enter therein and did sail forth with much provisions, and also many women and children; and they took their course northward. And thus ended the thirty and seventh year.

Alma 63:7

7 And in the thirty and eighth year, this man built other ships. And the first ship did also return, and many more people did enter into it; and they also took much provisions, and set out again to the land northward.

Alma 63:8

8 And it came to pass that they were never heard of more. And we suppose that they were drowned in the depths of the sea. And it came to pass that one other ship also did sail forth; and whither she did go we know not.
This story doesn't mention the fact that the Nephites went to Hawaii. It merely infers that one of the ships, the first one built by Haghoth, had landed its cargo safely somewhere in the land northward and returned for another. This doesn't mean that it went to Hawaii, for the particulars of the story conflict with those of the Hawaiian legend which states that only one man landed there.According to Mr. Bancrof, eminent American Indian historian, there is a tribe of Indians now living in northern California, who tell the legend of the Hohgates (compare this name with hagoth), seven in number who first came there in boat. "They built their houses after the style of the white men now. These Hohgates killed many elk on land and seals and sea lions in fishing excursions from their boats. Some of these Hohgates were caught in a typhoon and swinging around and around, their boat floated steadily into the vast heaven." Native Races, bancroft vol.III page 177

The "vast of heaven" to the California mainland is westward, and it was in that direction that this traditional fisherman navigator floated. The California current flowing down the west coast of North America begins to make its circuit westward at about the same region where the Hohgate fishermen became entangled in a typhoon. With his boat comparatively helpless in the current he became subject to the movement of the water and would eventually be carried to the region of the Hawaiian islands. To some this may be discarded as mere supposition and without further substantiation. The Book of Mormon says that Hagoth built his ships in the 37th year of the reign of the judges which when calculated according to the Book of Mormon chronology gives the year 54 B.C.. The Polynesians in their pedigrees trace back 80 generations to Hawaii loa. A generation according to the Polynesian Society averages 25 years. This average was established after thorough and exhaustive research into maori pedigree histories and the genealogies of other islanders. If we use this as a unit of measurement, multiplying 80 by 25 we estimate 2000 years from 1936, the date of this calculation, to the arrival of Hawaii loa in Hawaii. This bring around 64 B.C.

The Book of Mormon account by Alma states that it was at the narrow neck of land which leads into the land northward that Hagoth built his ships and began his journey. The Maoris report a legend concerning their migrations from the mainland where two great continents are connected by a narrow neck of land.

In additional support of this legend Mr.> R. Horseley, author, of New Zealand writes:" A study of the culture and habits of the Polynesians in New Zealand has brought ethnologists to the conclusion that he (the Maori) must have been living in the tropics near the equator before he came to New Zealand. In his first abode he had become accustomed to the short interval between day and night, and so when he arrived in New Zealand he was amazed and delighted with the long twilight and named the land "Ao-tea-roa" or "The land of the long Lingering Day" or the "Land of Twilight."

After Christ

Shortly before His death Jesus went up to the top of the hill that overlooked Jerusalem and said:

Matthew 23:37
37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, [thou] 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!

Matthew 23:38

38 Behold, your house is left unto you desolate.

Matthew 23:39

39 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.

and after talking about the temple

Matthew 24:2
2 And Jesus said unto them, See ye not all these things? verily I say unto you, There shall not be left here one stone upon another, that shall not be thrown down.

and after prophesied against His own people

Luke 21:24
24 And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.

I do not need to specify these things everybody know about the fulfillment of these prophesies.

In America

Two centuries of peace they had.

4 Nephi 1:2
2 And it came to pass in the thirty and sixth year, the people were all converted unto the Lord, upon all the face of the land, both Nephites and Lamanites, and there were no contentions and disputations among them, and every man did deal justly one with another.

4 Nephi 1:3

3 And they had all things common among them; therefore there were not rich and poor, bond and free, but they were all made free, and partakers of the heavenly gift.

The social and moral conditions seem almost fantastic when compared to the vile paganism, rebellion and massacres that continued on the other side of the world.

4 Nephi 1:15
15 And it came to pass that there was no contention in the land, because of the love of God which did dwell in the hearts of the people.

4 Nephi 1:16

16 And there were no envyings, nor strifes, nor tumults, nor whoredoms, nor lyings, nor murders, nor any manner of lasciviousness; and surely there could not be a happier people among all the people who had been created by the hand of God.

4 Nephi 1:17

17 There were no robbers, nor murderers, neither were there Lamanites, nor any manner of -ites; but they were in one, the children of Christ, and heirs to the kingdom of God.

and

4 Nephi 1:22
22 And it came to pass that two hundred years had passed away; and the second generation had all passed away save it were a few.

4 Nephi 1:23

23 And now I, Mormon, would that ye should know that the people had multiplied, insomuch that they were spread upon all the face of the land, and that they had become exceedingly rich, because of their prosperity in Christ.

4 Nephi 1:24

24 And now, in this two hundred and first year there began to be among them those who were lifted up in pride, such as the wearing of costly apparel, and all manner of fine pearls, and of the fine things of the world.

Perhaps no civilization ever attained such culture.

Tahitian migrations.

Neither legend nor history exists from which we can learn the conditions of the church in Tahiti for the two centuries that followed the visit of Christ in the Pacific. The only evidence available is contained in the immaculate genealogies kept by the people. From them we are able to ascertain the movements of the tribes from one place to another, for many of them are accompanied by descriptive data indicating both the place and the time of their migrations. In the first century the two migrating parties of Tahiti and Hawaii became united again when the grandson of Kii, brother of Hawaii-loa moved to Tahiti. Kii's son and grandson were born in Tahiti before the appearance of Christ in that island, but his great grandson was born in Hawaii, giving us to understand that a migration of some size had taken place from Tahiti to Hawaii during that period. It was from this migrating people, apparently that the smaller Hawaiian colony learned of the visit of Christ, and later we find them building the Temple to lono.

The statement of the prophet Zenos that the first and the second and the last of the four branches of Israel had fallen into decay when next observed by the Lord , gives rise to curiosity concerning the condition of the third, or as we have described it, the Polynesian branch. If the mention of this colony was by definite purpose, which we accept, then we must infer that the church survived not only the second century, but for a much longer period.

Scandinavian Unrest.

The two centuries that followed the visit of Christ to Scandinavia were marked by restlessness and social change. Tacitus, the Roman general in charge of the armies of Rome, which were at war with some of the Germanic tribes in Central Europe, is the only eyewitness to record the life of this period, or to give us any concrete evidence of the location and condition of the tribes that had emigrated across the Baltic into central Europe. His writing are full of references concerning their lack of social stability and indicates that the period was one of great tribal movements from one area to another. Again we turn to the prophecies of Zenos for more information. He states that the first, the second and the last branches had begun to bear wild fruit (apostasy) for when the Lord visited them the second time the apostasy that characterized the main branch (Jews) had also penetrated into this land. We are assured by Tacitus that the tribes which he contacted during the first century were practicing human sacrifice in a manner which reminds us of the rites of the Canaanites. The Roman legions were not able to penetrate beyond the southern shores of the Baltic and as a result did not make any record of the tribes further north who had received the visit of the Lord.

Britain favored.
Britain was more fortunate in several respects than the other branches because of the activities of the early Church in Jerusalem, and Southern Europe. Evidence seems to point to the fact that Paul visited the green islands of Britain during his missionary journeys, and pedigrees now authenticated indicated that Joseph of Arimathea and his daughter, Anna, moved there shortly after the death of Jesus. Anna is called in ancient extant pedigrees "cousin to the Virgin Mary". Fragments of history give us to understand that the work of Paul was not an actual missionary service for the short time spent in Britain was insufficient to accomplish a great deal. It is probable that when he arrived in Britain that he found the church already operating successfully. This would be the case in the Glastonbury area where Jesus appeared to the people, and where he organized the church. The disciples which were raised up at that time and selected for the promulgation of His work were undoubtedly characterized by the same qualities as those set apart as special witness to supervise the work in Jerusalem and in America, Historians say of the church at Avalon, :"No other than the disci[les of Christ built."

Joseph of Arimatea and His daughter.

Perhaps one of the most stimulating aids to the work in Britain came from the activities of Joseph of Arimatea and his daughter, Anna. By the time the Romans found their way to Britain the church was well established. Zenos, in his parable, declares that the branch established in that "poor" land "perished in due time like the others and began to bring forth "wild fruit".

It is most interesting to note at this point the considerable enthusiasm in England concerning Anna and her father. Evidence seems to be sufficient to establish the fact that they arrived there shortly after the death of Jesus. Cornish tradition says that Joseph, a trader of considerable wealth, was shipping tin from the Isles while a resident of Judea, for from an old Cornish ballad we learn that "Joseph was a Tin Merchant."

Joseph's interest in the Christ came through his relationship of his mother. He is spoken of by the synoptic writers of the New testament as a "good a just man". He undoubtedly belonged to the Jewish Sanhedrin and took part in their discussion of the work of Jesus. We are told expressly that he did not "consent to the counsel and dee" of his collages  in conspiring to bring about the death of Jesus; but he either lacked the courage or the power to effectly oppose the decision of the council. We know that following the death of Jesus that he went up "boldly unto Pilate and craved the body of Jesus" to which Pilate consented. This act would perhaps not have been allowed had Joseph not held the proper relationship to the Master. Aided by Nicodemus the body of Jesus was shrouded in fine linen and laid in a tomb in the garden of Joseph.

Joseph's decision at this time to make Britain his home was very natural. Because of his attitude in the Sanhedrin concerning Jesus, and his willingness to assume the responsibility associated with his claim to His body, he would not be considered as a completely loyal person to the Jewish cause, and would, by his actions, bring the condemnation of the Jews upon his head. It is entirely possible that Joseph fled to Britain for safety where he knew the "Height of Israel" dwelt, and where he desired his daughter to marry. Knowing of the many prophecies uttered by Jesus and the Apostles concerning the destruction of Jerusalem would naturally stir within him a desire to live in a land where he could be assured of freedom to worship as he desired.

Note: The students of the classic and of medieval history are acquainted with the story of king Arthur and its source, and the quest of the Knights of the Round Table for the "Holy Grail", the cup or chalice used in the Last Supper and in which the blood of the crucified Lord had been caught and "miraculously preserved".

The arrival f Joseph and Anna infused the blood of David into that of the branch of Israel in Britain. The pedigree chart of the Prophet Joseph Smith, a descendant on one line from Anna, shows her to be the mother of Beli the Great. The pedigree, traced to the Welsh royal lines, connects with individuals whose pedigrees were compiled by King Owain about 950 A.D. and is preserved in Jesus College. Oxford University. The pedigree of Beli the Great of Britain contains this statement in Latin:"Qui fuit Beli magni filius, et Anna mater ejus, quam dic unt esse consabrinam Mariae Virginis, matris Domini nostri Ihesu Christi". (Who was the son of beli the Great, and his mother was Anna, who is said to have been cousin to the Virgin Mary, mother of our Lord Jesus Christ." (Harv. Mss. 3859 vol. 193b) One of the pedigrees contained in Manuscript 20 of Jesus College, Oxford, includes the statement:" That Anna used to be said by the men of Egypt to be cousin to the Virgin Mary."

"In the British museum is one of these most ancient pedigrees, the original of which was prepared in the 10th century for a king of Wales, Owain, son of Howell the Good, who died in 968. The annals end with his reign, showing it was prepared about that time. The information given in the annals and genealogies is of high value." (Lloyd: Hist. of Wales pp. 159,160). "It is genuinely old compilation. This important pedigree deserves the most careful study." (Rhys and Jones :The Welsh people p. 138) (Seeking After Our dead pp. 125-126). These two well established authorities on British royal lines can be accepted as justification for our acceptance of the actual existence of such a person as Anna, and of her marriage into the royal lines of Britain.

arimathea

There is no doubt but that the arrival of Joseph and his daughter, special witnesses to Christ, His life and work, infused considerable spirit into the British church. Later when Paul arrived in that land he undoubtedly found more enthusiasm among the natives of Britain than he had found in his own countryside because Jesus was a "miracle" to the British just as he was to the Nephite people in America. At the close of the consideration of the "Sheep" of the Master, visited in turn to establish the principles of the everlasting Gospel among them, and later consideration of the outcome of the desires that "All should hear His voice" it would be well to remember the words of the Master recorded by Matthew.

Matthew 13:20
20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;

Matthew 13:21

21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.

Other claims regarding this story

  1. Joseph of Arimathea was a wealthy Roman – called "nobilis decurio" in the ancient texts. Traditions say he was a tin merchant. Cornwall was the center of the tin trade, so it is likely he made regular visits.
  2. The apostle John, given responsibility for Mary (mother of Jesus), saw that he could not offer her the safety she needed, made Joseph her "Paranymphos" (guardian)
  3. According to the Talmud (?), Joseph was Mary's uncle. When Mary's husband died, Joseph of Arimathea could have become Jesus' legal guardian. This would explain traditions that say Jesus visited Britain – he would have come with his uncle.
  4. According to the Catholic historian Cardinal Baronius, in AD 36 Joseph and other important Christians were set adrift from Palestine in a boat without oars. They drifted finally to Marseilles in France, and from there went to Britain.
  5. According to Baronius, quoting "The Acts of Magdalen" and other manuscripts, Joseph brought with him Mary Magdalene, Martha, Lazarus (whom Jesus raised from the dead), Maximin (whose sight was restored by Jesus) and others. Other sources say that Philip and James also accompanied Joseph.
  6. One record states that Joseph was ordained by the apostle Philip, and this was done on three separate occasions.
  7. According to Gildas (Britain's foremost early historian, writing in the sixth century), Joseph introduced Christianity into Britain in the last year of Tiberius – AD 37.
  8. According to contemporary Roman accounts, Claudius' campaign against the British (soon after Joseph's party arrived) was a war of religious extermination.
  9. According to Melchinus in AD 450 (and also William of Malmesbury), Mary the mother of Jesus was buried at Glastonbury.
    • But great are the promises of the Lord unto them who are upon the isles of the sea; wherefore as it says isles, there must needs be more than this, and they are inhabited also by our brethren.
      2 Nephi 10:21.

    Misteries of Glastonbury http://www.mormons.org.uk/glaston.htm

    from www.whyprophets.com


    1. According to religious teachers in India, Jesus visited the Himalayan kingdom of Nepal while a young man. They state that he the went on to "The Sacred Isles of the West," to "Britashtan, the seat of religious learning" (note what Gildas said about British universities).
    2. It is noted that the tribute money in Matthew 17:24-26, often assumed to be the temple tax, is stated in the text to be for strangers (verses 25-26). The fact that it was requested of Jesus may imply that he had been away from Palestine for some time before his ministry began.
    3. British tradition is that the young Jesus visited the site of Avalon (later Glastonbury) and built a wattle altar or church (wattle was the usual building material at the time). St Augustine later referred to this in a letter to Pope Gregory.

    Claims Regarding the Early Christian Church:

    1. Writers in Bible lands first heard the word "Christian" at the sea port of Antioch. But Sabellus (writing AD 250) says the word was used prior to that in Britain.
    2. According to Bishop Lightfoot and others, Paul's epistle to the Galatians was probably written to Gaul, and not the less important outpost of Gaul called Galatia. Hence Paul moved through what is now France. The British Isles were not as inaccessible as was once thought.
    3. According to various Roman Catholic statements, the church in Rome accepted until recently that apostles were in Britain before Rome.
    4. According to Pope Pius XI (in 1931), it was Paul (and not Augustine) who first introduced Christianity into Britain. According to Polydore Vergil (a famous catholic at the time of Henry VIII), "Britain... was of all kingdoms the first to receive the Gospel." Another Catholic leader, Robert Parsons, states that "The Christian religion began in Britain."
    5. According to Matthew 21:43, the kingdom of God would be taken from the Jews and be given to "a nation" that could deliver its fruits.
    6. According to St David (AD 546), the Glastonbury church was the first land the Christian church owned anywhere.
    7. During the time that the apostles visited Rome, the main Christian stronghold (where the apostles tended to stay) appears to have been the Palatium Britannicum, the British Palace. It became the first Christian church in Rome. It was owned by the British general Caractacus, whose son Linus became the first bishop of Rome, according to the Apostolic Constitutions.
    8. According to Eusebius (as quoted by Simon Metaphrastes), Peter visited Britain during he time he was at Rome.
    9. According to various early sources, Aristobulus preached in Britain.
    10. According to Smith's Dictionary of Christian Biography, St. Luke preached in Gaul and elsewhere, and made frequent trips to Britain.
    11. According to Dorotheus (in AD 300), Simon Zelotes was crucified and buried in Britain. Adding together the various sources, the lists of saints buried at Glastonbury is superior to any other site in the ancient world.
    12. According to the Pauline manuscripts at Oxford, and also the British Triads, Paul preached in Britain for a short time. (The New Testament is silent for six years of Paul's mission, and many scholars assume he preached in Gaul for this time).
    13. According to Bede, the bodies of Peter and Paul are in Britain – they were moved here centuries after their death after a request from the king to the Pope at the time.
    14. Finally, Joseph Smith's Ancestry:
      Joseph Smith claimed to be a literal descendant of Ephraim, and this Joseph's ancestors came from Britain. But perhaps Joseph had another ancestor he could not even talk about, because people would accuse him of blasphemy? (We are indebted to Robert J. Morris for pointing this out.)

      Much of the recent work on the Holy Grail is based on the idea that Jesus as married and had children, and that his blood-line survived through the Merovingian royal family, and in particular Charlemagne. The Grail theorists come up with other claims - e.g. a grand conspiracy - that scholars have heavily criticized. But the basic idea of a blood line seems seems well supported. Indeed, at least one respectable scholar has made a very strong case that, from the evidence in the New Testament, Jesus MUST have been married. (See William Phipps, Was Jesus Married? (New York: Harper & Row, 1970)

      So it seems reasonable that Jesus had children, and all the evidence points to Charlemagne being one of his descendants. Now comes the really interesting part.

      The Restoration Prophecy web site points out that Joseph Smith was a descendant of Robert Smith, who was born in Toppesfield, England, in 1623. As with many people, his genealogy can eventually be traced back to royalty. But which royalty? In the case of Robert Smith, his lineage has been traced back to royalty in the line of Charlemagne.

      What makes this significant is that Joseph Smith did not know this. Yet he gave a dramatic interpretation of Isaiah chapter 11 (see Doctrine and Covenants 113:1-6). The "stem of Jesse" (e.g. the main trunk of the tree from King David) is Christ. The "rod" growing from the stem is a certain servant of Christ in the last days. Joseph was too modest to say, but the clear implication is that this "rod" is Joseph Smith himself. When we speak of a family tree, a rod growing from the stem has to be a descendant.


      Joseph Smith: his name survives in the Bible?

      (See also: where to find the name of the church in the Bible)

      Jesus was named in the Old Testament, yet the text
      as we have it now never says "someone called Jesus Christ will be born." But the context shows that someone referred to as the anointed one ("messiah") or the "son of God" would lead God's people. Terms like "anointed" or "son of God" are used in other ways as well, but the context is enough to suggest that some passages refer to an actual individual.

      It is the same with Joseph Smith. His name is foretold in the same way that Jesus' name was foretold (though not as often, because Joseph Smith is not as important as Jesus Christ).

      The Smith:
      Smith is a family name, referring to the fact that someone in Joseph Smith's ancestry was a smith. So we could call him "Joseph the Smith." Although the two names 'Joseph' and 'Smith' are not used together in the Bible, neither are the words 'Jesus' and 'Christ' in the Old Testament. People were generally known by just one title in each reference.

      The word Smith, in the Bible, is always used in mundane ways – in the context of metalwork, woodwork, etc. Except for one time. One use of the word stands out as unusual.


      Isaiah 54 describes the gathering of Israel in the last days. It comes straight after the famous chapter about the Messiah (chapter 53) and before a series of chapters about what Israel needs to do to be worthy of these things (chapters 55 onwards). This whole series of chapters seems to sum up Isaiah's prophecy, culminating in the famous "Cumorah" chapter (Isaiah 60 begins "arise, shine" – literally 'kum-ora'). Chapter 54 in particular seems to describe the modern day church (why not follow along in your Bible?)


      Isaiah 54, Verse by Verse:

      • Verse 1: The strength of the (mainly) gentile believers (i.e., the church).
      • Verse 2: The terms "stake" (tent pole) and "ward" (tent peg) are routinely used for LDS congregations.
      • Verse 3: The church made its headquarters in a desert in the gentile world, then grew and grew.
      • Verses 4-10: The church is compared to a woman.
      • 4: The church began in 1830 as a persecuted minority. For over a thousand years before that, it had no prophets (it was like a widow).
      • 5: But now it is God's true church once more
      • 6-8: It was called again from a period of apostasy, but now the apostasy is over.
      • 9-10: The church will never again fall into apostasy.
      • Verses 11-12: The future will be glorious.
      • Verse 13: "And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD"
      • Verse 14: The church is far from its oppressors (spiritually they cannot damage it; physically it was safe in the deserts of 'the tops of the mountains')
      • Verse 15: The church's enemies shall fail to stop it.
      • Verse 16 "Behold, I have created the smith that bloweth the coals in the fire, and that bringeth forth an instrument for his work"
      • Verse 17: "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper."

      This is the only time in the Bible that "smith" is used out of the context of other craftsmen, and in the context of a last days' prophecy. The word "bloweth" can be seen in the sense of "breathes life into" or "puts the spirit into."

      Also, the word translated as "coals" is not the usual word for coals. It refers to the black, charred remains. It is only used three times in the Bible: Here, in Proverbs 26:21 (where glowing coals are compared with the black remains), and in Isaiah 44, where those who make idols are disparagingly referred to as working in just the black remains (e.g. they are not able to make anything worthwhile).


      All this is quite consistent with the message. The church had been apostate (a widow, having lost the Lord), and so the fire had gone out. But God will send a smith to turn the dead remains into a living fire again, making the church an instrument in the hands of God.


      Is this smith an individual or does he represent a group of people? Either way, Joseph Smith, and the other prophets (four of the first eleven church presidents were called Smith) fulfil this prophecy.


      More Evidence:
      Additional circumstantial evidence comes from the name Hyrum, Joseph Smith's brother, who was assistant president of the church, and was martyred alongside Joseph. Hyrum (or Hyram) means "my brother is exalted."

The day of Ephraim, this is his day.

The records of this modern house of Israel extend to a very remote time. When Israel came out of Egypt, a strict genealogical record was kept.

1 Chronicles 9:1
1 ¶ SO all Israel were reckoned by genealogies; and, behold, they [were] written in the book of the kings of Israel and Judah,

Each head of a family was classified in the tribal grouping "according to the house of his fathers" Two years after the exodus from Egypt the Lord commanded Moses to take "the sum of all the congregation, of the children of Israel, after their families, by the house of their fathers.....and with you there shall be a man of every tribe; every one head of the house of his fathers." The chief Prince of Judah was Nahshon, son of Amminidab, son of Ram, son of Hezron, son of Pharez, son of Judah. Nahshon's sister Elisheba married Aaron the high priest, and was the mother of all his descendants; yet Aaron's posterity were not reckoned of Judah, but of Levi, for that was the "house of their father".

At this same census of the house of Israel the chief Prince of Ephraim was Elishama, the son of Ammihud (Numbers 1:10) His descendent from Ephraim is given in 1 Chronichles 7:20-26. Elishama was the father of Nun, who was the father of the valiant leader Joushua. Thus Joshua was chief prince of Ephraim in his day, and leader of all Israel.

Numbers 13:1
1 ¶ AND the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,

Numbers 13:2

2 Send thou men, that they may search the land of Canaan, which I give unto the children of Israel: of every tribe of their fathers shall ye send a man, every one a ruler among them.

Numbers 13:3

3 And Moses by the commandment of the LORD sent them from the wilderness of Paran: all those men [were] heads of the children of Israel.

Numbers 13:4

4 And these [were] their names: of the tribe of Reuben, Shammua the son of Zaccur.

Numbers 13:6
6 Of the tribe of Judah, Caleb the son of Jephunneh.

From the day of Joshua the tribe of Ephraim occupied a prominent place in Israel, and after the division of the kingdom the northern division was often called by the name of Ephraim, after its leading tribe. We have no knowledge of any authentic pedigree tracing any living person in unbroken line back to Joshua of Ephraim. There is, however, an indication of a descendant of Ephraim living in the Black sea Region in the year 443 B.C. His name was Antenor, King of the Cimmerians and was termed "Chief Prince of Ephraim". In Hebrew genealogy this would be probably mean hat he was the oldest son of the oldest son down from Ephraim through Shutelah and Laadan, Ammihud, Elishama, Nun and Joshua, each the Prince of the tribe of his fathers and captain of the sons of Ephraim in his day, in the patriarchal order of descent.

"From Antenor, according to old pedigrees yet preserved, the early kings of the Franks traced their descent as also Charlemagne and most of the families of Europe and America today royal or otherwise." (Birthright Blessings pp.89, 92)

Joseph Montgomery, in his introduction to the Pedigree of the Duchess of Mantua and Montferrat page 12, 13 1885 makes this comment.

"The line of the kings of the Franks, further back than any European pedigree, even to Antenor, King of the Cimmerians, on the shores of the Black Sea, who reigned there in the time of the Hebrew prophet, Nehemiah, and whose nation of Israel first then appeared wanderers from the banks of the Araxes, according to Herodatus and Tacitus. The advocates of the Israelitish origin of the Frankish or Germanic nations have got a point which I question some of them will not make much of, as it leads up directly to the time and place where the ten tribes were lost, and leads down to where nations which show a plausible affinity with them and probable genealogical descent are found."

Later in his book, in giving the descent from the kings of the Franks, he includes a pedigree which begins thus

1 Antenor, King of the Cimmerians, Nehemiah's time, 443 B.C., Antenor is by Moses Moimonides termed the chief prince of Ephraim.

2 Marcomir, King of the Siccambry, A.M. (anno mundi) 3562." Note: for further information see the pedigree of Charlemagne.

The Lord and His vineyard

Psalms 80:14
14 Return, we beseech thee, O God of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this vine;

Psalms 80:15

15 And the vineyard which thy right hand hath planted, and the branch [that] thou madest strong for thyself.

Once more it seems advisable to turn to the parable of Zenos  to examine the evidences it presents of the early history and movements of Israel, for important evidence concerning the present location of Israel in the earth.

Because of the passing of time, and the perishable nature of recording materials, and the tragic events which happened to Israel, and because much of the precious knowledge originally revealed to man was lost and the keys to the interpretation of other scriptures lost also, it becomes almost impossible for any man to know the complete story of the past. Also it seems that the Lord has chosen to hide His precious pearls of truth in order to preserve them for a righteous posterity. In order to hide the gems of truth from some and yet provide for the worthy, the Lord chose the method of speaking in parables. there are many examples in both Testaments of this method. These writings require the light and inspiration of the Lord for their interpretation. Jesus did the same.

"therefore I speak to them (enemies) in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand.". On another occasion when enemies were not present said.

"Now speak ye clearly, and not in parables"

Many of the prophets of old used parables in recording their visions of the future.

Zenos the prophet

One of the finest examples of the parable is not contained in the Bible although the prophet Zenos, its author, lived during Biblical times,. He is mentioned by two of the historians of the Book of Mormon, Nephi and Jacob, but there is still an evidence that Paul knew about his prophecies because he was referring to them. From nephi we learn that his words were on the brass plates. From the description given of Zenos, we are led to believe that he was comparable to Isaiah and Jeremiah for he described the death, burial and resurrection of Christ, a knowledge not frequently given to the prophets of the old testament.

Zenos like Ezekiel, chose to hide the pearls of Israel's history and habitation from the unbelievers both within Israel and throughout the Gentile word, and wrote the story in the form of a parable as recorded in the Book of Jacob. It stands today as the clearest exposition of both the past and the future conditions of Israel and evidences the fact that Christ, the Lord of the vineyard, did not lose sight of the vine planted by His hand, during all the hectic centuries of Israel's dispersion.

Nephi clearly understood the Lord's intention and watchcare and His interest in the Chosen seed for he wrote:
"The Lord God surely shall visit all the house of Israel at that day." 1 Nephi 11

The Lord and the vineyard.

The record of the parable of Zenos on the brass plates of Laban which Lehi brought from Jerusalem to America, justifies the belief that at one time, at least, the Jews had access to the message it contained. How much they gained from it, is unknown but it is an established fact that the Sanhedrin Council spent its time in examination of the Law and the prophets which were contained in the Pentateuch and the writings of the prophets of Israel. If they did not understand it, it was because of the manner of its composition. With the removal of the brass plates from Jerusalem it is believed that the official and permanent records of the Jews were lost to Judah, and they were forced to use copies made upon papyrus. This type of recording was in use at the time of the rise of the sanhedrin, and during the ministry of Christ. As a result of this loss many of the very important documents of their history were not used in the compilation of the Old Testament Canon called the Septuagint.

The terms "vine" and "vineyard" were frequently used descriptive of the world and the people who live in it. the quotation at the beginning of this chapter, taken from the writings of David is explicit in describing the House of Israel as the vine which was brought up out of Egypt. In another of the Psalms David used the same term.

Psalms 80:8
8 ¶ Thou hast brought a vine out of Egypt: thou hast cast out the heathen, and planted it.

Ezekiel used the term very frequently in the parable of the riddle

Ezekiel 17:6
6 And it grew, and became a spreading vine of low stature, whose branches turned toward him, and the roots thereof were under him: so it became a vine, and brought forth branches, and shot forth sprigs.

Ezekiel 17:7

7 There was also another great eagle with great wings and many feathers: and, behold, this vine did bend her roots toward him, and shot forth her branches toward him, that he might water it by the furrows of her plantation.

The Savior was in the habit of using the vineyard and the vine as illustrations during His talks pertaining to the mission and activities of man. It seems to be a symbol which was very close to the understanding and lives of the people and as such constituted an appropriate vehicle to carry the message of the speaker.

Zenos used the "vine" as the symbol for the House of Israel, the "vineyard" for the world, "the Lord of the vineyard" For Jesus, and the servant for the many prophets and workers in the kingdom of God.He gives us the key to his parable in simple and clearly defined words..

Jacob 5:1
1 Behold, my brethren, do ye not remember to have read the words of the prophet Zenos, which he spake unto the house of Israel, saying:

Jacob 5:4
4 And it came to pass that the master of the vineyard went forth, and he saw that his olive-tree began to decay; and he said: I will prune it, and dig about it, and nourish it, that perhaps it may shoot forth young and tender branches, and it perish not.

Jacob 5:6
6 And it came to pass that after many days it began to put forth somewhat a little, young and tender branches; but behold, the main top thereof began to perish.

the condition of Israel a short time after the exodus from Egypt is that described by Zenos as "waxed old" and "decay" Jeremiah also described the same condition in Israel

Jeremiah 2:4
4 Hear ye the word of the LORD, O house of Jacob, and all the families of the house of Israel:

Jeremiah 2:5

5 Thus saith the LORD, What iniquity have your fathers found in me, that they are gone far from me, and have walked after vanity, and are become vain?

The action of the Lord and His servants described in verses 2,3,5 records the labor of the prophets of the Lord who were sent by God to stir up Israel to a knowledge of their infidelity.The results which followed their preaching are found in the recurrent periods of repentance of Israel when prophets such as Elijah, Elisha, Isaiah and Hoseah denounced their sins and exhorted them to return to the laws of their fathers. These constituted the "tender shoots" of righteous living, described by the parable. The "main top thereof" remained unfruitful in obedience,however, and continued to decay, as we have witnessed in the body of Israel during that terrible time of apostasy. From the days of Jeroboam I to the end of Israel's sojourn in Samaria neither ruler nor people followed the course of righteousness. Jush to the south was almost as bad, being denounced repeatedly by the prophets for her unrighteousness, thus the "main to" of Israel remained unfruitful.

Jacob 5:6
6 And it came to pass that after many days it began to put forth somewhat a little, young and tender branches; but behold, the main top thereof began to perish.

Jacob 5:7

7 And it came to pass that the master of the vineyard saw it, and he said unto his servant: It grieveth me that I should lose this tree; wherefore, go and pluck the branches from a wild olive-tree, and bring them hither unto me; and we will pluck off those main branches which are beginning to wither away, and we will cast them into the fire that they may be burned.

Jacob 5:8

8 And behold, saith the Lord of the vineyard, I take away many of these young and tender branches, and I will graft them whithersoever I will; and it mattereth not that if it so be that the root of this tree will perish, I may preserve the fruit thereof unto myself; wherefore, I will take these young and tender branches, and I will graft them whithersoever I will.

The cutting off of the branches which had become withered began wit the first invasion of the Assirians under Pul (771 B.c.) and continued in the second invasion under Shalmannezer (721 B.C.) and so on and on.

The vineyard in the last days.

The parable of Zenos is remarkable because it contains the destiny of Israel throughout the centuries. But perhaps the most remarkable evidence it contains, for the modern reader at least, is that which pertains to the place of Israel in this last dispensation.

Jacob 5:29
29 And it came to pass that a long time had passed away, and the Lord of the vineyard said unto his servant: Come, let us go down into the vineyard, that we may labor again in the vineyard. For behold, the time draweth near, and the end soon cometh; wherefore, I must lay up fruit against the season, unto mine own self.

Jacob 5:30

30 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard and the servant went down into the vineyard; and they came to the tree whose natural branches had been broken off, and the wild branches had been grafted in; and behold all sorts of fruit did cumber the tree.

The period represented in the parable as a "long time" extended from the days of the Apostles of Christ until the time of the restoration of the Gospel. During that time apostasy became complete in the church, giving rise to error and misunderstanding. The Roman church went in apostasy and the reason why the Protestant came out is just its apostasy, so evident that people Protested it and Reform was born, but reform was not one church but many different ones. Increase in the number of Christian sects has continued to the present day. It is estimated that there are  about one thousand or more today.

Jacob 5:31
31 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard did taste of the fruit, every sort according to its number. And the Lord of the vineyard said: Behold, this long time have we nourished this tree, and I have laid up unto myself against the season much fruit.

Jacob 5:32

32 But behold, this time it hath brought forth much fruit, and there is none of it which is good. And behold, there are all kinds of bad fruit; and it profiteth me nothing, notwithstanding all our labor; and now it grieveth me that I should lose this tree.

Jacob 5:33

33 And the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: What shall we do unto the tree, that I may preserve again good fruit thereof unto mine own self?

Jacob 5:34

34 And the servant said unto his master: Behold, because thou didst graft in the branches of the wild olive-tree they have nourished the roots, that they are alive and they have not perished; wherefore thou beholdest that they are yet good.

Jacob 5:35

35 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto his servant: The tree profiteth me nothing, and the roots thereof profit me nothing so long as it shall bring forth evil fruit.

Jacob 5:36
36 Nevertheless, I know that the roots are good, and for mine own purpose I have preserved them; and because of their much strength they have hitherto brought forth, from the wild branches, good fruit.

Jacob 5:37

37 But behold, the wild branches have grown and have overrun the roots thereof; and because that the wild branches have overcome the roots thereof it hath brought forth much evil fruit; and because that it hath brought forth so much evil fruit thou beholdest that it beginneth to perish; and it will soon become ripened, that it may be cast into the fire, except we should do something for it to preserve it.

There is no doubt but that the Gentiles brought corruptions into the early Christian church. Persecution, the imprudent zeal of some, the injection of idolatries and ceremonials, all combined to defile it. the European tribes accepted Christianity, when Constantine's armies threatened them, thus force became the power of conversion, not the message of Jesus. From the time of its organization until the Reformation, the power of the Roman Church held Europe in its grip. No one could say, however, that the spirit of Israel or of Christianity died during that very trying period. Sufficient of the spirit of truth was still alive when Joseph Smith came forth with the Gospel, for men arose by the thousands to follow him. Certainly the grafting of the wild olive branches kept the spirit of Christ alive, and assisted the Israelites people to find their way eventually to a conviction of the true Gospel of Christ.

Jacob 5:39
39 And it came to pass that they went down into the nethermost parts of the vineyard. And it came to pass that they beheld that the fruit of the natural branches had become corrupt also; yea, the first and the second and also the last; and they had all become corrupt.

This verse describes the apostasy of the branches and the main root of the tree, but it does not mention the third branch which we have established as being in Tahiti and Polynesia. This branch, according to Wiremu Duncan, Maori chieftain, continued in its good religion until the migration of the Polynesians to the lands of the Melanesians, where they adopted cannibalism and human sacrifices. This brought about wars and contentions one with another and the apostasy fell upon them.

No one knows exactly when the apostasy came into the branches in Britain and Scandinavia, although we do know that it must have been complete by 400 A.D. for we witness many evidences of idolatry and paganism among the tribes. What little remained of the church in Britain was soon swallowed up in Roman Church.

We are informed about the apostasy in America.

Mormon 5:17
17 They were once a delightsome people, and they had Christ for their shepherd; yea, they were led even by God the Father.

Mormon 5:18

18 But now, behold, they are led about by Satan, even as chaff is driven before the wind, or as a vessel is tossed about upon the waves, without sail or anchor, or without anything wherewith to steer her; and even as she is, so are they.

Thus by the time Joseph Smith came to restore the truth once more apostasy covered the earth.

Jacob 5:49
49 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: Let us go to and hew down the trees of the vineyard and cast them into the fire, that they shall not cumber the ground of my vineyard, for I have done all. What could I have done more for my vineyard?

Jacob 5:50

50 But, behold, the servant said unto the Lord of the vineyard: Spare it a little longer.

Jacob 5:51

51 And the Lord said: Yea, I will spare it a little longer, for it grieveth me that I should lose the trees of my vineyard.

Jacob 5:52

52 Wherefore, let us take of the branches of these which I have planted in the nethermost parts of my vineyard, and let us graft them into the tree from whence they came; and let us pluck from the tree those branches whose fruit is most bitter, and graft in the natural branches of the tree in the stead thereof.

Jacob 5:53

53 And this will I do that the tree may not perish, that, perhaps, I may preserve unto myself the roots thereof for mine own purpose.

Jacob 5:54
54 And, behold, the roots of the natural branches of the tree which I planted whithersoever I would are yet alive; wherefore, that I may preserve them also for mine own purpose, I will take of the branches of this tree, and I will graft them in unto them. Yea, I will graft in unto them the branches of their mother tree, that I may preserve the roots also unto mine own self, that when they shall be sufficiently strong perhaps they may bring forth good fruit unto me, and I may yet have glory in the fruit of my vineyard.

Jacob 5:55

55 And it came to pass that they took from the natural tree which had become wild, and grafted in unto the natural trees, which also had become wild.

Jacob 5:56

56 And they also took of the natural trees which had become wild, and grafted into their mother tree.

Jacob 5:57

57 And the Lord of the vineyard said unto the servant: Pluck not the wild branches from the trees, save it be those which are most bitter; and in them ye shall graft according to that which I have said.

The Lord infers that the corruptions which had come into the church were due to the Gentiles unto whom the Gospel was given. He recognizes the fact, however, that the roots and the branches of Israel had not perished, and determined to replace them once more in their natural position in the house of Israel. The regrafting of the branches began with the restoration of the Gospel in 1830, and the restoration of the keys of the gathering in 1836, bringing to pass the fulfillment of the promise of the Lord that he would gather those whom he had scattered.

Jacob 5:62
62 Wherefore, let us go to and labor with our might this last time, for behold the end draweth nigh, and this is for the last time that I shall prune my vineyard.

Jacob 5:63

63 Graft in the branches; begin at the last that they may be first, and that the first may be last, and dig about the trees, both old and young, the first and the last; and the last and the first, that all may be nourished once again for the last time.

The choosing of the gentiles, or the other branches of Israel, the "last" spoken of in the New Testament, now becomes the "first" in the last days. The Jews received the Gospel first in the Meridian of time, and reject it. The gathering of the branches also began first among the branches of Israel other than Judah. The Jews will be the last to be gathered in according to this statement of the Lord "graft in the branches, begin at the last that they may be firs, and that the first may be last." They will also be the last to receive the Gospel as inferred in the 63th verse. Already we see this transformation taking place in the ranks of Israel and the ranks of Judah. Both divisions of Israel are in the process of gathering today, although the official beginning of the gathering began much earlier for Israel than for Judah. This is the last time that the Lord will institute His work among the people of the world, the last dispensation of the Gospel and the last gathering.

Jacob 5:65
65 And as they begin to grow ye shall clear away the branches which bring forth bitter fruit, according to the strength of the good and the size thereof; and ye shall not clear away the bad thereof all at once, lest the roots thereof should be too strong for the graft, and the graft thereof shall perish, and I lose the trees of my vineyard.

Jacob 5:66

66 For it grieveth me that I should lose the trees of my vineyard; wherefore ye shall clear away the bad according as the good shall grow, that the root and the top may be equal in strength, until the good shall overcome the bad, and the bad be hewn down and cast into the fire, that they cumber not the ground of my vineyard; and thus will I sweep away the bad out of my vineyard.

It has been suggested that the Lord is wrong in permitting the many sect of Christians to continue, but there is a purpose, they are in some way a forerunner for the restored Gospel they are preparing the way to accept the real gospel, they are a real testimony of the apostasy of the Roman church and since thy are not one church but many lead the people to try to find the real one and when the Gospel arrived there is more easy to be accepted. the Book "New Mormon challenge" declares that the majority of the converts in our church are coming from their flocks more than other flocks, because they are ready.

The cleansing of the land of Zion for the return of Israel and the cleansing of the land of Palestine for the return of Judah are two important events of the dispensation of the fullness of time.

Jacob 5:70
70 And it came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard sent his servant; and the servant went and did as the Lord had commanded him, and brought other servants; and they were few.

Jacob 5:71

71 And the Lord of the vineyard said unto them: Go to, and labor in the vineyard, with your might. For behold, this is the last time that I shall nourish my vineyard; for the end is nigh at hand, and the season speedily cometh; and if ye labor with your might with me ye shall have joy in the fruit which I shall lay up unto myself against the time which will soon come.

The numbers of the laborers that the servant would gather about him was to be very small compared to the  task that they had to perform, even Jesus faced that problem.

Matthew 9:37
37 Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly [is] plenteous, but the labourers [are] few;

How completely this part is coming to pass is reflected in the missionary work of the church. In 1840 there were about 700 missionaries per year. in 1945 they were about 5000. today about 60.000 even thought this is a very good number and it is going to increase we need to consider how many billion people are alive and where they are. In this situation we see a very good reason for the Lord preserving the Christian sects that their strength, little though it be at times, might be added to that of the few laborers of the restored Gospel.

Jacob 5:72
72 And it came to pass that the servants did go and labor with their mights; and the Lord of the vineyard labored also with them; and they did obey the commandments of the Lord of the vineyard in all things.

Jacob 5:73

73 And there began to be the natural fruit again in the vineyard; and the natural branches began to grow and thrive exceedingly; and the wild branches began to be plucked off and to be cast away; and they did keep the root and the top thereof equal, according to the strength thereof.

Jacob 5:74

74 And thus they labored, with all diligence, according to the commandments of the Lord of the vineyard, even until the bad had been cast away out of the vineyard, and the Lord had preserved unto himself that the trees had become again the natural fruit; and they became like unto one body; and the fruits were equal; and the Lord of the vineyard had preserved unto himself the natural fruit, which was most precious unto him from the beginning.

and then

Jacob 5:77
77 And when the time cometh that evil fruit shall again come into my vineyard, then will I cause the good and the bad to be gathered; and the good will I preserve unto myself, and the bad will I cast away into its own place. And then cometh the season and the end; and my vineyard will I cause to be burned with fire.

The prophecy of old were fulfilled literally

2 Kings 23:27
27 And the LORD said, I will remove Judah also out of my sight, as I have removed Israel, and will cast off this city Jerusalem which I have chosen, and the house of which I said, My name shall be there.

It was literally fulfilled

Jeremiah 25:11
11 And this whole land shall be a desolation, [and] an astonishment; and these nations shall serve the king of Babylon seventy years.

Jeremiah 25:12

12 And it shall come to pass, when seventy years are accomplished, [that] I will punish the king of Babylon, and that nation, saith the LORD, for their iniquity, and the land of the Chaldeans, and will make it perpetual desolations.

2 Chronicles 36:21
21 To fulfil the word of the LORD by the mouth of Jeremiah, until the land had enjoyed her sabbaths: [for] as long as she lay desolate she kept sabbath, to fulfil threescore and ten years.

Fulfilled literally!

Daniel 9:24
24 Seventy weeks are determined upon thy people and upon thy holy city, to finish the transgression, and to make an end of sins, and to make reconciliation for iniquity, and to bring in everlasting righteousness, and to seal up the vision and prophecy, and to anoint the most Holy.

Daniel 9:25

25 Know therefore and understand, [that] from the going forth of the commandment to restore and to build Jerusalem unto the Messiah the Prince [shall be] seven weeks, and threescore and two weeks: the street shall be built again, and the wall, even in troublous times.

Daniel 9:26

26 And after threescore and two weeks shall Messiah be cut off, but not for himself: and the people of the prince that shall come shall destroy the city and the sanctuary; and the end thereof [shall be] with a flood, and unto the end of the war desolations are determined.

Daniel 9:27

27 And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make [it] desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.

Fulfilled literally.

Daniel 8:14
14 And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed.

Daniel 8:26
26 And the vision of the evening and the morning which was told [is] true: wherefore shut thou up the vision; for it [shall be] for many days.
Literally fulfilled. and I could go on and on

Prophecy is clear about these promises and every clear prophecy shall have literal fulfillment.

The Book of Mormon is very clear on this

It will be noted that as the Lord revealed to Isaiah that He would proceed to do a "marvelous work and a wonder" among the children of men, He also gave Nephi a similar revelation, in which He defined in more definite terms what this marvelous work would consist of

a that I may remember my covenants which I have made unto the children of men,

b that I may set my hand again the second time to recover my people, which are of the house of Israel;

c 2 Nephi 29:2
2 And also, that I may remember the promises which I have made unto thee, Nephi, and also unto thy father, that I would remember your seed; and that the words of your seed should proceed forth out of my mouth unto your seed; and my words shall hiss forth unto the ends of the earth, for a standard unto my people, which are of the house of Israel;
d 2 Nephi 29:13
13 And it shall come to pass that the Jews shall have the words of the Nephites, and the Nephites shall have the words of the Jews; and the Nephites and the Jews shall have the words of the lost tribes of Israel; and the lost tribes of Israel shall have the words of the Nephites and the Jews.

e 2 Nephi 29:14
14 And it shall come to pass that my people, which are of the house of Israel, shall be gathered home unto the lands of their possessions; and my word also shall be gathered in one. And I will show unto them that fight against my word and against my people, who are of the house of Israel, that I am God, and that I covenanted with Abraham that I would remember his seed forever.

The same words are found in Isaiah

The burden of this revelation, therefore is that the Lord would keep the covenant He had made with Abraham that He would remember His seed forever, in fact the promises to Abraham were repeated to Isaac and Jacob.

Jeremiah 31:31
31 Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel, and with the house of Judah:

Ezekiel 37:22
22 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:

Jeremiah 3:18
18 In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.

Isaiah 11:12
12 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.

Isaiah 11:13

13 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.

Zechariah 10:6
6 And I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph, and I will bring them again to place them; for I have mercy upon them: and they shall be as though I had not cast them off: for I [am] the LORD their God, and will hear them.

Zechariah 10:7

7 And [they of] Ephraim shall be like a mighty [man], and their heart shall rejoice as through wine: yea, their children shall see [it], and be glad; their heart shall rejoice in the LORD.

Zechariah 10:8

8 I will hiss for them, and gather them; for I have redeemed them: and they shall increase as they have increased.

Zechariah 10:9

9 And I will sow them among the people: and they shall remember me in far countries; and they shall live with their children, and turn again.

Zechariah 10:12
12 And I will strengthen them in the LORD; and they shall walk up and down in his name, saith the LORD.

From these scriptures, it is evident it is evident the Lord had in mind that no matter how Israel would be scattered, he would eventually bring them togheter again. Zechariah called attention to the fact that "Ephraim shall be like a mighty man,,,, and I will sow them among the people.......and they  shall remember me in FAR COUNTRIES" This prophecy seems to attach importance to the House of Joseph, and to what their prophets have to say, as recorded in the stick of Joseph, since Jeremiah definitely states that
Jeremiah 3:18
18 In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, This implies that Israel will point the way to Judah.

The scattering of Israel in the gentiles nations was important because most of them would have accept Jesus as Christ and they would help Judah to accept Him as Messiah but first the Gospel should be preached to the whole gentile nations and after that should be preached to Judah and this is just what is going on now.

1 Nephi 13:38
38 And it came to pass that I beheld the remnant of the seed of my brethren, and also the book of the Lamb of God, which had proceeded forth from the mouth of the Jew, that it came forth from the Gentiles unto the remnant of the seed of my brethren.

1 Nephi 13:39

39 And after it had come forth unto them I beheld other books, which came forth by the power of the Lamb, from the Gentiles unto them, unto the convincing of the Gentiles and the remnant of the seed of my brethren, and also the Jews who were scattered upon all the face of the earth, that the records of the prophets and of the twelve apostles of the Lamb are true.

1 Nephi 13:40

40 And the angel spake unto me, saying: These last records, which thou hast seen among the Gentiles, shall establish the truth of the first, which are of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, and shall make known the plain and precious things which have been taken away from them; and shall make known to all kindreds, tongues, and people, that the Lamb of God is the Son of the Eternal Father, and the Savior of the world; and that all men must come unto him, or they cannot be saved.

1 Nephi 13:41

41 And they must come according to the words which shall be established by the mouth of the Lamb; and the words of the Lamb shall be made known in the records of thy seed, as well as in the records of the twelve apostles of the Lamb; wherefore they both shall be established in one; for there is one God and one Shepherd over all the earth.

Don't forget the real purpose of the Book of Mormon.

Which is to show unto the remnant of the House of Israel what great things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord, that they are not cast off forever-- And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that JESUS is the CHRIST, the ETERNAL GOD, manifesting himself unto all nations--

The reason is

behold I say unto you, that as these things are true, and as the Lord God liveth, there is none other name given under heaven save it be this Jesus Christ, of which I have spoken, whereby man can be saved.

so in the end it seems appropriate to say that the house of Israel is playing the key part in the plan of God, don't forget that Jesus is just part of it. It would be interesting now to finish this study to analyze what was available to Joseph Smith in his time, don't forget that in 1830 the Hebrew were still dispersed and there was no sign of any eventual gathering but after 1836, when Elija came in the temple of Kirtland with Moses

D&C 110:11
11 After this vision closed, the heavens were again opened unto us; and Moses appeared before us, and committed unto us the keys of the gathering of Israel from the four parts of the earth, and the leading of the ten tribes from the land of the north.

Let's to see what Joseph said and knew about the house of Israel

1 Nephi 19:15
15 Nevertheless, when that day cometh, saith the prophet, that they no more turn aside their hearts against the Holy One of Israel, then will he remember the covenants which he made to their fathers.

1 Nephi 19:16

16 Yea, then will he remember the isles of the sea; yea, and all the people who are of the house of Israel, will I gather in, saith the Lord, according to the words of the prophet Zenos, from the four quarters of the earth.

1 Nephi 19:17

17 Yea, and all the earth shall see the salvation of the Lord, saith the prophet; every nation, kindred, tongue and people shall be blessed.

3 Nephi 16:5
5 And then will I gather them in from the four quarters of the earth; and then will I fulfil the covenant which the Father hath made unto all the people of the house of Israel.

So in 1830 Joseph by the Book of Mormon knew many things about the House of Israel. In November 1947 the General assembly of the United Nations decided on May 15, 1948 the modern state of Israel would be established, remember that Israel holded just the Aaronic priesthood and by chance this priesthood was restore on the same day and month in 1829. The restoration of this priesthood was the beginning of the restoration of the Melchisedec Priesthood to gather Israel in the last days.

It will be interesting to see how the second part of this prophecy is going to be fulfilled in fact in Israel is still prohibited to preach the Gospel, but I am sure that in some way it will happen.

Joseph Smith wrote a letter to N.E. Seaton the editor of a Newspaper in Rochester, New York.

"Trusting in that God who has said that these things are hid from the wise and prudent and revealed unto babes, I step forth into the field to tell you what the Lord is doing, and what you must do.....the time has at last arrived when the God of Abraham, of Isaac, and of Jacob, has set His hand again the second time to recover the remnants of his people.....and establish that covenant with them, which was promised when their sins should be taken away"

"This covenant has never been established with the House of Israel, nor with the House of Judah, for it requires two parties to make a covenant, and those two parties must be agreed, or no covenant can be made. Christ, in the days of His flesh, proposed to make a covenant with them, but they rejected Him and His proposal.... and no covenant was made with them at that time. Thus after this chosen family had rejected Christ.....the Gentiles received the covenant, and were grafted in from whence the chosen family were broken off: but the Gentiles have not continued in the goodness of God, but have departed from the faith that was once delivered to the saints, and have broken the covenant in which their fathers were established....And now what remains to be done? I will proceed to tell you what the Lord requires of all people, high and low, rich and poor, male and female, ministers and people, professors of religion and non professors, in order that they may enjoy the Holy Spirit of God to a fullness.... Repent of all your sins, and be baptized in water for the remission of them, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost, and receive the ordinance of the laying on of the hands of him who is ordained and sealed unto this power..

In January 1836 the prophet spoke to the High Council in Kirtland as follows:"One of the most important points in the faith of the Church of the Latter day saints, through the fullness of the everlasting Gospel, is the gathering of Israel.....in speaking of the gathering, we mean to be understood as speaking of it according to the scriptures, the gathering of the elect of the Lord out of every nation on earth, and bringing them to the place of the Lord of the Hosts"

It is interesting to note that the first mission in this dispensation was established in July 1837 after Joseph receive the keys from Moses in Kirtland! This mission was established in the British isles because the Lord told Joseph that that land was full of the blood of Israel. We know how much was the success there and how many people migrated from there in USA. It is interesting to remember that it was the Romans who scattered the Israelites in about A.D. 68-71. If we examine a map of the Roman empire of the first century A.D. we see that the farthermost part of the Roman empire from Jerusalem was the British Isles.

Shortly after Joseph Smith received the keys to gather Israel again, he called Orson Hyde to go to the holy land and dedicate that land for the gathering.

Is it possible for the same person to be an Israelite by birth and yet be considered a gentile? From the Book "Selected writings of Daniel H. Ludlow" page 531

Although President Young identified Joseph Smith as a "pure Ephraimite" so far as the prophet's family or blood lines were concerned, Brygham Young and others have recognized that (1) Joseph Smith was from a  gentile nation and (2) some of Joseph Smith's progenitors may have come from bloodlines other than that of Ephraim. President Joseph Fielding Smith also provided on how the term Gentile could apply to Joseph Smith even though he was a descendant of Jacob (Israel) through Joseph, the father of Ephraim: "In this dispensation of the Fullness of Times, the Gospel came first to the Gentiles and then is to go to the Jews. However, the Gentiles who receive the Gospel are in the greater part, Gentiles who have the blood of Israel in their veins. There is a very significant statement in the words of Moroni as recorded on the title page of the Book of Mormon that it was: "   To come forth.... by way of the Gentile....." "How did the Book of Mormon come forth? By the hand of Joseph Smith. Yet we read in the Book of Mormon (see 2 Nephi 3:7-15) that Joseph Smith is the descendant of Joseph who was sold into Egypt by his brethren, nevertheless he came by "way of the Gentile," according to Moroni's prediction."

Thus, Joseph Smith was of the House of Israel so far as his family or blood lines were concerned, but he came from a Gentile nation and thus might be also be considered a gentile in the political or geographical sense.."

Page 536

Destiny

When I looked up at the meaning of the basic word destiny, I was surprised to note that it comes from the Latin and the French "de + stinare; akin to stare to stand." Its fundamental meaning is "to direct and impel inescapably on a fixed course."

I say surprised, for I remembered a similar experience some years ago when I was in Pearth, Australia, and heard that the Brethren had announced that henceforth the Book of Mormon would have a subtitle:"Another Testament of Jesus Christ." I went to the national library in Perth to look up the word testament. There, in the largest dictionary of the English language that I could find, I noted that the word testament came into English from the Latin and the French from "a prehistoric Italic compound whose first and second constituents respectively are akin to Latin tres three and to Latin stare to stand." I had never before associated the word destiny with the word testament, yet as indicated, both come from the same basic root, stare, meaning "to stand". By the time I had concluded pondering on the possible meaning of the word destiny, I realized that a discussion of the destiny of the house of Israel would cover much more  than the prophetic future of the House of Israel a term many would associated with the word destiny.

The purpose of the Book of Mormon and how its purpose fits in the God's plan. Could Joseph be able to orchestrate all of this and harmonize it with the Biblical prophecies?


In the beginning, the earth had only one land mass and one sea. It wasn't until the time of Peleg
that the land was divided (see Genesis 10:25). This caused the American continent to be
separated and kept apart from the people who lived in and around the Middle East. Do you think
this was just by chance? I don't think it was. For me this one was another one of the great moves
in God's game against the Devil, and as we study the allegory of the olive tree as found in book of
Jacob we come to understand better why He did this.

As an aside, I feel certain that the apostle Paul knew about this prophetic allegory which was
written by the prophet Zenos, otherwise it would have been impossible for him to quote the same
principle. See for yourself: "And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild
olive tree, were graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the
olive tree; 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 graffed in. 0 Well;
because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not high-minded, but fear:
For if God spared not the natural branches, [take heed] lest he also spare not thee. Behold
therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee,
goodness, if thou continue in [his] goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off. And they also,
if they abide not still in unbelief, shall be graffed in: for God is able to graff them in again. For if
thou wert cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and wert graffed contrary to nature
into a good olive tree: how much more shall these, which be the natural [branches], be graffed
into their own olive tree?" (Romans 11:17-24)

There is no doubt in my mind he was quoting Zenos. There are those who claim that Joseph
Smith merely copied Paul's word's into the book of Jacob when he made up the Book of Mormon,
but anyone who seriously studies both sets of scriptures will easily see that Paul's writing is only
a summation of what Zenos wrote, and not the other way around. Therefore, the Book of
Mormon is the more complete record of the prophecy, while it is the Biblical account which is
the copy of the original, which once more demonstrates that Joseph Smith didn't make up the
Book of Mormon but that he was truly a prophet of God.

Having said that, let's get back to our main subject. What was God's purpose for keeping the two
continents apart?

Going back to our analogy of chess, what makes someone a great player is their ability to foresee
the moves of the other player. Of course God knows the end from the beginning, which makes
Him one of the greatest players of the game. But if He knows the outcome before the game is
even started, what kind of a problem can there be? The answer is: the apostasy!

Through the prophets, the Lord warned us many times there would be a great apostasy. In fact, in
every dispensation there has always been an apostasy, but it was prophesied there would be a
GREAT apostasy that would occur after the fullness of the gospel had been preached to every
nation. This was because of the roaring lion which Peter warned of. Remember we discussed that
even though Satan, as a player in this deadly game, was defeated, still he stubbornly refused to
give up and tried to kill as many people of God as he could.

The Atonement of Jesus Christ is the keystone of salvation, but it is based on accepting Christ as
our personal Savior through baptism and the ordinances of the gospel. It's true that everyone will
be resurrected because of the Atonement, and therefore, everyone will receive some form of
salvation whether they believe in Jesus or not. But to be exalted, which is the grand purpose of
God's plan, means that we not only have to believe in Jesus as our Savior and Redeemer, but we
also have to follow Him and obey His commandments.

But how was Satan going to bring about this great apostasy? In 1 Nephi 13:24-29 we're told, "And
the angel of the Lord said unto me: Thou hast beheld that the book proceeded forth from the
mouth of a Jew; and when it proceeded forth from the mouth of a Jew it contained the fullness of
the gospel of the Lord, of whom the twelve apostles bear record; and they bear record according
to the truth which is in the Lamb of God. Wherefore, these things go forth from the Jews in purity
unto the Gentiles, according to the truth which is in God.And after they go forth by the hand of
the twelve apostles of the Lamb, from the Jews unto the Gentiles, thou seest the formation of that
great and abominable church, which is most abominable above all other churches; for behold,
they have taken away from the gospel of the Lamb many parts which are plain and most precious;
and also many covenants of the Lord have they taken away. And all this have they done that they
might pervert the right ways of the Lord, that they might blind the eyes and harden the hearts of
the children of men. Wherefore, thou seest that after the book hath gone forth through the hands
of the great and abominable church, that there are many plain and precious things taken away
from the book, which is the book of the Lamb of God. And after these plain and precious things
were taken away it goeth forth unto all the nations of the Gentiles; and after it goeth forth unto all
the nations of the Gentiles, yea, even across the many waters which thou hast seen with the
Gentiles which have gone forth out of captivity, thou seest--because of the many plain and
precious things which have been taken out of the book, which were plain unto the understanding
of the children of men, according to the plainness which is in the Lamb of God--because of these
things which are taken away out of the gospel of the Lamb, an exceedingly great many do
stumble, yea, insomuch that Satan hath great power over them."

This is how the Devil was able to orchestrate the great apostasy or falling away from God's plan
of exaltation. And, in hindsight, we can see that it was a brilliant move on Satan's part. Then what
could God do to counter this move? Like any good chess player, God already had a plan to
correct this situation long before the Devil carried out his plan. We read in 1 Nephi 13:32-34:
"Neither will the Lord God suffer that the Gentiles shall forever remain in that awful state of
blindness, which thou beholdest they are in, because of the plain and most precious parts of the
gospel of the Lamb which have been kept back by that abominable church, whose formation thou
hast seen. Wherefore saith the Lamb of God: I will be merciful unto the Gentiles, unto the
visiting of the remnant of the house of Israel in great judgment. And it came to pass that the angel
of the Lord spake unto me, saying: Behold, saith the Lamb of God, after I have visited the
remnant of the house of Israel--and this remnant of whom I speak is the seed of thy
father--wherefore, after I have visited them in judgment, and smitten them by the hand of the
Gentiles, and after the Gentiles do stumble exceedingly, because of the most plain and precious
parts of the gospel of the Lamb which have been kept back by that abominable church, which is
the mother of harlots, saith the Lamb--I will be merciful unto the Gentiles in that day, insomuch
that I will bring forth unto them, in mine own power, much of my gospel, which shall be plain
and precious, saith the Lamb."

It's clear that God knew what Satan would do long before Satan knew what he would do. Here is
what the book of Mormon says about this topic in 1 Nephi 13:39-41: "And after it had come forth
unto them I beheld other books, which came forth by the power of the Lamb, from the Gentiles
unto them, unto the convincing of the Gentiles and the remnant of the seed of my brethren, and
also the Jews who were scattered upon all the face of the earth, that the records of the prophets
and of the twelve apostles of the Lamb are true. And the angel spake unto me, saying: These last
records, which thou hast seen among the Gentiles, shall establish the truth of the first, which are
of the twelve apostles of the Lamb, and shall make known the plain and precious things which
have been taken away from them; and shall make known to all kindreds, tongues, and people,
that the Lamb of God is the Son of the Eternal Father, and the Savior of the world; and that all
men must come unto him, or they cannot be saved. And they must come according to the words
which shall be established by the mouth of the Lamb; and the words of the Lamb shall be made
known in the records of thy seed, as well as in the records of the twelve apostles of the Lamb;
wherefore they both shall be established in one; for there is one God and one Shepherd over all
the earth."

This prophecy is interesting because it states that those records which will come forth lastly
SHALL ESTABLISH THE TRUTH OF THE FIRST. Of course, there is no doubt that the Bible
is the first record. But why should there be a need to establish the truth of the Bible in the first
place, unless it has lost something during the centuries?

Now we have two records. The first is the Bible, which was corrupted during the apostasy by
false teachers and priests, and the second is the Book of Mormon that came forth uncorrupted in
the last days, the purpose of "which is to show unto the remnant of the House of Israel what great
things the Lord hath done for their fathers; and that they may know the covenants of the Lord,
that they are not cast off forever-- And also to the convincing of the Jew and Gentile that JESUS
is the CHRIST, the ETERNAL GOD, manifesting himself unto all nations."

There are those who feel that the Bible itself has the same purpose, so they question the need for
a second witness. That would be true IF the Bible wasn't corrupted. But there are those who
cannot accept the idea that it was corrupted or that there has been an apostasy, or falling away
from the truth. If that is true, then what about the words of Paul about the purpose of the church
as recorded in Ephesians 4:12-13: "For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry,
for the edifying of the body of Christ: Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the
knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness
of Christ."

According to the Bible, the purpose of the Christ's church is to bring the saints into a unity of the
faith. But look at the state of the Christian world today. There is no unity among them. Even
among just the Protestant churches there are hundreds of different denominations. Granted, they
all start from the same basic belief in the Bible, Jesus Christ, and the doctrine of salvation by
faith, but after this they are divided on hundreds of other issues.

Can we say with certainty that the church of Christ has achieved its goal? Not even the skeptics
of Mormonism will agree to that. Therefore, it is clear to me that there needs to be something
restored so that the true teachings of Christ can be taught in a way that achieves the unity of the
faith spoken of by Paul. And, in fact, this restoration was prophesied by Peter in Acts 3:20-21:
"And 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 by the mouth of all his
holy prophets since the world began."

For me the most interesting part of this prophecy is where Peter states "SPOKEN BY THE
MOUTH OF ALL HIS HOLY PROPHETS SINCE THE WORLD BEGAN." This clearly means
that from the beginning, when the world first began, it was foreseen by God and foretold by each
and every prophet of God since then, that there would be a restitution of all things. But if
someone doesn't believe that anything was lost, then how can there be a restoration? So they are
then left in a quandary. If they are right, then all the prophets of God are wrong, in which case,
how can they claim to believe in the words of the Bible? They can't have it both ways.

But how could God counter the Devil's move to corrupt the scriptures? We're told in 2 Nephi 1:8
"And behold, it is wisdom that this land should be kept as yet from the knowledge of other
nations; for behold, many nations would overrun the land, that there would be no place for an
inheritance."
More than that, the scriptures which these people had would also be subjected to corruption by
the same church that corrupted the Bible.

Therefore, God deliberately kept this land apart from the others for the sake of preserving an
accurate record of His words which could be brought forth at a later time to restore that which
was lost. This was explained in Jacob in 5:13-14: "And these will I place in the nethermost part
of my vineyard, whithersoever I will, it mattereth not unto thee; and I do it that I may preserve
unto myself the natural branches of the tree; and also, that I may lay up fruit thereof against the
season, unto myself; for it grieveth me that I should lose this tree and the fruit thereof. And it
came to pass that the Lord of the vineyard went his way, and hid the natural branches of the tame
olive-tree in the nethermost parts of the vineyard, some in one and some in another, according to
his will and pleasure."
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Another key point of scriptures concerning of the scattering of the ten tribes is recorded in Genesis 21:12, where God promises Abraham

that "In Isaac shall thy seed ba called" Or as the revised Standard Version of the Bible (RSV) puts it:"Through Isaac shall your descendants be named." This promise is reiterated in the patriarcal blessing recorded in Genesis 48:14-20, so if God's covenant is to be fulfilled, we should watch for the various cognates and forms of the name "Isaac" as a designation for groups of people in Asia and Europe.A simple example and maybe the best one is the group od Saxons from wich it is easy to see "Isaac's sons".

Weldon, in the "Evolution of Israel, points out a text in Isaih foretelling that Christ is to perform certain work. The same text also proclaims that Israel is to do it. The two statements are not contradictory, they are not irreconcilable. The text can mean that Christ acts through the medium of Israel. In exactly the same way as, in Nature, the Creator grows acorns thorugh the medium of an oak tree. So Israel was designated from the beginning to foster and grow of Christian civilazation. If this be the design then we can understand why the book of Genesis enters into minute detail into the family history of individuals who were dead and gone centuies before the real work of the world began.

The history of the tribes of Israel is complicated, but knowlegde of their origin is essential to understanding what has happened to them in the past and what will happen to them in the future.

The story of Jacob in trying to fin a wife and his story with rachel is very interesting. He had Lea in her place, after taht Rachel was barren so he recieved, by the competition of his wives more wives by them by which he had a total of 12 sons and at least one daughter Dina, we need to keep in mind that also he adopted Manasseh and Ephraim. His children were from 4 different mothers, two of them were sisters but the other were not, their sons were clearly different in their tracts and personality,  It is a small wonder then, that Joseph, the favorite son of the favorite wife, should be hated by his elder brothers with sufficient intensity for them to plot his death and , in lieu of that, to sell him into slavery in a foreign land.

Throughout history Judah always seems to have been a tribe apart from all others, going its own way. Benjamin was a sort of buffer between the two groups. For their inheritance, the Levite priests were allotted 48 cities starred among all of the tribes.

Zebulon was the sixth son of Leah, and we know little about him beyond the fact that his tribe lived west of the sea of Galilee. They went with the larger tribes into Asia at the time of the dispersion, and later in Europe. Genesis 49:13 says that in the latter days," Zebulon shall dwell at the haven of the sea; and he shall be for a haven of ships; and his border shall be unto Zidon." Moses adds in deuteronomy 33:18-19 that "Zebulon....shall suck of the abundance of the seas and of treasures hidden in the sand."

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