Monday, October 19, 2015

Discussion of evidence that John 3:16 is a fraudulent passage



Source: http://israelect.com/reference/WillieMartin/John316.htm


When I first heard that John 3:16 was added at some point in time and that it was not in the original, I was a little skeptical. But after doing a little research
on it, I find that It would indeed appear that it was added.
Please read and let me know your thoughts on it. Also let me know your thoughts about it and if there is anything that I should add to it.
Original New Testament (ONT)

(See Authentic New Testament). Footnote: While much that was in his documentary source (the Memoirs of John the Priest) has been adapted by the Greek author to bring the text into line with his ideas, as here, some passages, largely by way of commentary, stand out as his distinctive contribution. Whenever possible attention has been drawn to these, as in this instance, and some have been placed below the main body of the text and in slightly smaller type. The present passage is John 3:16‑21. [This passage has been so placed by the translator].
The Ferrar Fenton Bible Translation has the following in bracket indicating that the verse WAS ADDED BY THE TRANSLATORS at some point in time.
[For God so loved the world that He gave the only‑ begotten Son, so that every one believing in Him should not be lost, but have eternal life. For God did not send His Son to the world that He might condemn the world; but that He might save the world through Him...] and ends with John 3:21, Therefore it would appear that all the verses from John 3:16 forward to John 3:21 were added.
It appears that John 3:16 was not in the original Gutenberg Bible. You can see for yourself at the following url:
http://www.gutenbergdigital.de/gudi/eframes/index.htm
Love Not The World
"Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him." (1 John 2:15)
If this is true, and we believe that it is, then why would Yahweh say that He so loved the world? We don't believe that He would do so.
Now the question that was put forth that so many began jumping up and down because it was even  suggested that John 3:16 should not be in the Bible.
"For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" (Matthew 16:26)
We also have the testimony of Luke:
"...take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man." (Luke 21:34‑36)
James said:
"...know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God." (James 4:4)
In Colossians we are told:
"Set your affection on things above, not on things on the earth." (Colossians 3:2)
Yet John 3:16 is a direct contradiction to the above verses.
"For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life." (John 3:16)
Therefore, we must research the word "world" and see what it actually means.
World: Strong's Concordance: #2889  kosmos (kos'‑ mos); probably from the base of 2865; orderly arrangement, i.e. decoration; by implication, the world (in a wide or narrow sense, including its inhabitants, literally or figuratively [morally]):  KJV‑adorning, world.
World: Strong's Concordance: #2865 komizo (kom‑ id'‑zo); from a primary komeo (to tend, i.e. take care of); properly, to provide for, i.e. (by implication) to carry off (as if from harm; genitive case obtain): KJV‑‑ bring, receive.
World: Thayer's Definition: #2889  kosmos‑
1) an apt and harmonious arrangement or constitution, order, government
2) ornament, decoration, adornment, that is, the arrangement of the stars, ‘the heavenly hosts,’ as the ornament of the heavens. 1 Pet. 3:3
3) the world, the universe
4) the circle of the earth, the earth
5) the inhabitants of the earth, men, the human race
6) the ungodly multitude; the whole mass of men alienated from God, and therefore hostile to the cause of Christ
7) world affairs, the aggregate of things earthly   the whole circle of earthly goods, endowments riches, advantages, pleasures, etc., which although hollow and frail and fleeting, stir desire, seduce from God and are obstacles to the cause of Christ
8) any aggregate or general collection of particulars of any sort
a) the Gentiles as contrasted to the Jews (Rom. 11:12 etc)
a) used of believers only, John 1:29; 3:16; 3:17; 6:33; 12:47 1 Cor. 4:9; 2 Cor. 5:19
World: Thayer's Definition: #2865  komizo‑
1) to care for, to take care of, to provide for
2) to take up or carry away in order to care for and preserve
3) to carry away, to bear off
4) to carry, to bear, to bring to, to carry away for oneself, to carry off what is one's own, to bring back
a) to receive, to obtain: the promised blessing
b) to receive what was previously one's own, to get back, to receive back, to recover
Now does it make sense that Yahweh would tell us that He loved world affairs, the aggregate of things earthly  the whole circle of earthly goods, endowments riches, advantages, pleasures, etc., which although hollow and frail and fleeting, stir desire, SEDUCE FROM GOD AND ARE OBSTACLES TO THE CAUSE OF CHRIST.
WORLD: "World is also associated with mankind. Christ said of His disciples, 'Ye are the light of the world' <Matt. 5:14a>. OFTEN WORLD IS USED TO INDICATE 'THE MEN OF THIS WORLD' WHO ARE SAID TO LIE IN WICKEDNESS <Eph. 2:2; 1 John 5:19>. THE MEN ARE CALLED 'THE WORLD,' not only because they compose the greater part of the world's population, but mainly because they pursue and cherish the things of this world. The Psalmist describes these men 'as having their portion in this life' <Ps. 17:14>.
"World may also denote the fleeting character of life's riches and pleasures and the folly of making them of central importance in life. "Will a person gain anything if he wins the whole world, but loses his life?" <Matt. 16:26>. (from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary, Copyright (C) 1986, Thomas Nelson Publishers)
Now John 3:16 makes even less sense, and it certainly appears that it does not belong in the Bible or men have been interpreting it in error for a long period of time. It would appear that John 3:16, like the rest of the Bible is making reference only to the Israelites in the world; not to all mankind.
When reading John 3:16, seldom does the Judeo‑ Christian clergy mention the following verse:
"For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." (John 3:17)
This is very clear, if men of Yahweh will only look with their eyes open and not closed by the lying, deceiving Judeo‑Christian clergy, that John is speaking of the Israelites who were, even then, scattered all over the earth. He is not speaking of the blacks, chinese, and the other races or peoples, he is speaking only of the world of Israelites.
But men will deny this because their eyes have been blinded to the truth as the scriptures say:
"Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things? And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time. For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let, until he be taken out of the way. And THEN SHALL THAT WICKED BE REVEALED, WHOM THE LORD SHALL CONSUME WITH THE SPIRIT OF HIS MOUTH, AND SHALL DESTROY WITH THE BRIGHTNESS OF HIS COMING: Even him, whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders, And with all deceivableness of
unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved. And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie: That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness." (II Thessalonians 2:3‑12)
We full well realize that many will say we are the ones deceived, not them. But you be the judge, if we are explaining this and MOST WILL DENY IT, and we know that most are deceived, who is telling the truth. It is those who are few in number, whom the masses will deny.
Many people who claim to be Christian don't know the meaning of the word; for they think all they have to do is run down to the altar and bow down on their knees and pray and that is accepting Yahshua as their savior. IT IS NOT. For they will go out and not think about church again for the next week when they attend church again.
Oh yes some will listen to the television preachers, or listen to the radio preachers, never knowing that these people are not teaching them a thing; but are only regurgating a politically correct sermon from some book or set of books. Therefore, they have wasted that much time listening to them because they have not learned anything about Yahweh's Word or His Laws, Statutes, and Judgment.
Yet they will listen to these same television evangelists, and radio evangelist tell them that Yahweh's Laws have been done away with. Which is a bald faced lie. They have not been done away with, for if they had then there would be no more sin, and if there were no sin then Yahshua died in vain.
"Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law." (1 John 3:4)
Therefore, if the Laws of Yahweh have been done away with then what law are the sinners breaking in order to have to be saved from their sins. No it is not possible for the Law to be done away with and any preacher or teacher that tells you that is a liar and the truth is not in him.
"He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him." (1 John 2:4)
We know just from observation that it is the jews who love the world, and all the material goods, gold, silver and things of value. Yet they are the ones who will be totally destroyed in the end, by God’s Servant Race, the Anglo-Saxon, Germainc, Scandinavian, Celtic, Nordic, Slavic and kindred people of the so-called Christian Nations of the West.

Wednesday, October 14, 2015

Uncovering the racial origin of the Scandinavian people -- Goths, Cimmerians, Saxons, & Scythians who came from the Black Sea, who were all ISRAELITES





Source: http://www.hope-of-israel.org/israel.htm



Uncovering Scandinavian Roots

The study of family history is a popular hobby among both Americans and Europeans. It became even more well-known after Alex Haley published his family history in the book entitled Roots. This book was later serialized in a television epic that captured the eyes of millions.

Related families anciently made up a tribe. And tribes developed later into nations. The study of family history therefore often leads to the study of a nation's origins — digging way back to its roots.

To find the roots of either a family or a nation, one method is to begin with what is known in the present era. Then trace the thread of evidence back through the centuries to the dim or unknown past.

Tracing Scandinavian roots in history is a fascinating study. Working like a detective, clues and evidence must be searched for, gathered together and sifted. Each piece is then placed in the puzzle to form a picture revealing the origins of the Nordic nations.

Where to Search

What do archaeologists, historians and classical writers say about the peoples who settled in Scandinavia? Some of the best sources of information are rare books to be found only in the best libraries of the world. In these many and varied documents of recorded history, four important items to look for are: names, dates, places and relationships.

Children in European schools learn about the Vikings, Danes, Jutes and Normans — the Scandinavians of recent times. The Viking Age (700?900 A.D.) was an important period of early Scandinavian history. That was a time when Viking Norsemen spread throughout Europe and as far away as Iceland, Greenland and North America.

Earlier at the end of the first century A.D., Tacitus wrote about people in Scandinavia. He called one of their tribes the Suiones. They were known for having powerful fleets. "The shape of their ships differs from the normal in having a prow at both ends which is always ready to be put into shore" (par. 44, Germania, Penguin Classics translation). That is an accurate description of the Viking longboat.

The Suiones mentioned by Tacitus were also known as the Svear. The word Svear or Sviar is constantly used in the Nordic Sagas to denote the inhabitants of Sweden. Swedish stamps give the name of the country as "Sverige." It comes from Svea rike — meaning "the kingdom of the Svear."

The empire of the Svear was in the territory around Lake Malar near where Stockholm is today. This empire "was called the Lesser Svithiod, or Sweden, in contrast to the Larger Svithiod, or Scythia, from whence they had emigrated" (Vol. 1, page 79, Scandinavia by Andrew Crichton and Henry Wheaton).

Great Scythia was the area around the Black and Caspian Seas. When the Svear arrived in Scandinavia, they found the country already inhabited by "the Goths, who had emigrated thither at a remote period, veiled from the eyes of history," says Henry Wheaton in his book History of the Northmen.

Scandinavian Goths

Paul Siding begins his history of Scandinavia by saying, "The present inhabitants of Denmark, as well as of Norway and Sweden, are successors of the enormous Gothic tribe formerly dwelling round about the Black Sea" (page 19, Scandinavian Races).

Notice that both the Svear and the Goths came from the area of the Black Sea. At the mouth of the Danube on the western shore is the area of Getae and Dacia in Roman times. According to Procopius, who wrote his history in the fifth century, Romans "say that the Goths are of the Getic race" (Book V. xxiv, 30).

The Getae are mentioned in the history of Herodotus (fifth century B.C.). In the translation by George Rawlinson, his brother Sir Henry gives this footnote: "The identity of the Getae with the Goths of later times is more than a plausible conjecture. It may be regarded as historically certain" (Vol. III, page 84, 1862 edition).

Jordanes, the best known Gothic historian, always speaks of the Getae and Goths as one people. He also calls them "Scythae."

We find more evidence in other historical accounts. For example, "The Pictish Chronicle" declares that the Scythians and Goths had a common origin" (page 216, The Races of Ireland and Scotland by W. C. Mackenzie).

The evidence also indicates that the Getae were the same kind of people as the Dacians. They both spoke the same language according to Strabo (7.3.13). Pliny says that the Getae were called Dacians by the Romans (Book IV, xxi, 80).

Duchesne, who collected the Norman chronicles in the seventeenth century, has no doubt whatever that the Normans were Dacians and consistently calls them by that name in his preface.

Dudo, who wrote the earliest history of the Normans in the tenth century, also had no doubt that they came from Scythia beyond the Danube. He also said they were Dacians.

The Cimbri in Denmark

The Svear and Goths were not the only founders of the great Scandinavian race. We also need to consider the Danes, Jutes and Cimbri. The Cimbri gave their name to the Jutland and Holstein area of Denmark. It was formerly called the Cimbrica Chersonesus or Cimbric Peninsula.

Where did the Cimbri come from? When Henry Long wrote about the early geography of Europe, he had no doubts when he said: "Strabo (vii, 2,2) informs us that the Cimbri were the same people called by the Greeks Cimmerii. Under this name, we find them in two widely different positions at the north­western and north?eastern extremities of the then known world — in the peninsula of Jutland upon the German Ocean (Baltic) and in that of Tauris in the Black Sea" (pages 70?71), Early Geography of Western Europe, 1859).

Here again is another root leading us back to the Black Sea. There is also a connection with the Dacians and Getae. Notice whatAnderson's Royal Genealogies has to say about it:
The Cimbri were in time expelled by the Scythlans, and wandering westward into Europe, after long travels arrived at this Chersonesus, called from them Cimbrica; and the Danes, called by Ptolemy Dauciones and Gutae, soon invaded that part of this peninsula, called from them Jutland to this day, and mixing with the Cimbri became one nation, called by the ancients All Cimbri in general" (page 415).
The term "Scythians" is sometimes applied by historians to a particular people and sometimes to all the nomad tribes in the vast territory north of the Black and Caspian Seas. It is this area where we must find the roots of the Scandinavian peoples.

The Gimirrai

The Cimmerians were the oldest inhabitants of Scythia. Their history can be traced back to near the close of the eighth century B.C. in Assyrian records.

A collection of letters preserved in Ashurbanipal's library inform us of events in the Urartu area of Armenia during the years 707-706 B.C. Included in this collection were reports from Assyrian frontier posts. One said the king of Urartu came into "the land of Gamir" and had to be forced back.

For many years E. D. Phillips studied the history of the nomads in Scythia. He says the Cimmerians "appear late in the eighth century on the northern border of the Kingdom of Urartu as the Gimirrai or Gamir of Assyrian records" (page 52, The Royal Hordes, Nomad Peoples of the Steppes). Other historians agree that the Gimirrai were the "Kimmerioi" Cimmerians of the Greeks.

There is also a connection with the biblical Gomer in Hosea's prophecy. Notice that the prophet Hosea married a woman called "Gomer" (Hos. 1:3). She represented the unfaithfulness and slavery of the ten tribes of the House of Israel (chapter 3).

This prophecy indicates that the northern ten tribes of Israel would also be called "Gomer" while in captivity. The Israelites were actually known as Gomerians or Cimmerians.

Tiglath Pileser III was the first king of Assyria to invade northern Israel. He deported Israelites to Assyria during the reign of Pekah (II Kings 15:29). This event is confirmed by the ancient records of Assyria.

The inscription of Tiglath-Pileser ill says, "The land of Bit-Humria, all of its people together with their goods I carried off to Assyria" (Vol. 1, par. 816). Ancient Records of Babylonia and Assyria by Lukenbill).

Historians have found no mention of the exiled Israelites in ancient records because the Assyrians did not call them "Israel." They referred to Israel as "Bit Humria" or "Bit-Khumri." Why? That name means the "land of Omri." They probably used that name because Omri built Samaria as the capital city of northern Israel (I Kings 16:24).

Omri was originally pronounced as "Ghomri" according to Dr. T.G. Pinches in his book Assyria and Babylonia, (page 339). That is why the Assyrian names for the captive Israelites were Beth-Omri, Bit-Khumri, Bit-Humri and Bit-Ghumri. The Ghumri or Ghomri later were known as the "Gamera." By the time of Esarhaddon (681-669 B.C.), Ghomri was written as Gimirrai.

Assyrian records say the Gamir or Gimirrai were living in northern Media in 707 B.C. — in exactly the same place where some of the Israelites were placed in captivity only fourteen years earlier.

The Israelites in Swedish History?
Shalmaneser V was the Assyrian king who finally besieged Samaria. He took the Israelites into exile — settling them on the Habor river and in the cities of the Medes (II Kings 17:6). At least one Swedish historian understood the truth about what happened to their descendants centuries later.

In his scholarly-produced History of Sweden (Svea-rikes Historia), Dalin says "Shepherd-Scythians," called Vodiner or Budiner, came to the Swedish islands around 400 B.C. because of pressure from Philip and Alexander of Macedonia. He says another race joined them, which was a mixture of Scythians, Greeks and Hebrews. They were called Neuri. According to Dalin, they were the ancestors of the Finns, Lapps and Estonians.

"Concerning the Neuri," Dalin continues, "it should be noted that they seem to be remnants of the Ten Tribes of Israel which Shalmaneser, king of Assyria, brought as captives out of Canaan." When one realises certain characteristics in which "the language of the ancient Finns, Lapps and Estonians is similar to the Hebrew and even that this people in ancient times reckoned their year's beginning from the first of March, and the seventh day of the week as their Sabbath, then one sees that the Neuri in all probability had this origin" (pages 54-55, Svea-rikes Historia, Volume 1, 1747).

The Behistun Rock

The inscription on the rock cliff at Behistun in northern Persia has been a key to interpreting the languages of the ancient East. It also gives us a clue as to the names Israel bore in captivity. The inscription gives the names of 23 provinces in three languages that were subject to Darius Hystaspes.

In the Persian and Susian languages, one of the provinces listed is "Scythia" (from the phonetic word Saka). But in the Babylonian language, the same province is called the "land of the Cimmerians." It was translated from the phonetic word "Gimiri."

Sir Henry Rawlinson, who first copied and translated the inscription, considered the name "Gimiri" to be the Babylonian equivalent of "the tribes" (Vol. III, page 183, History of Herodotus translated by George Rawlinson, 1862).

Sir Henry also expressed his view that "we have reasonable grounds for regarding the Gimiri, or Cimmerians, who first appeared in the confines of Assyria and Media in the seventh century B.C., and the Sacae of the Behistun Rock nearly two centuries later, as identical with Israel" (page 61, Great Britain's Rank Among the Nations, by R.N. Adams).

That is the startling truth! The House of Israel was captive in Assyria and Media. In the land of their captivity, their language and customs changed. The Israelites became known by different names. They were called Gimirrai, Cimmerians and Scythians. The Persians called all Scythians "Sacae."

Some of the ten tribes were driven into the Caucasus Mountains between the Black and Caspian Seas. After they left those mountains, they migrated into northwestern Europe as the Cimbri, Celts, Danes, Normans and Saxons. They became known racially as "Caucasians."

Anglo-Saxon Roots

Pliny says that the Sacae who settled in Armenia (south of the Black Sea) were named "Sacassani" (Book vi.19). They called their part of Armenia "Sacasena," which is nearly the same as Saxonia or Saxony. Ptolemy also mentions a Scythian people called "Saxones." The Anglo-Saxons are British ancestors.

Both British and Scandinavian roots therefore go back to the area of Scythia. They are kindred nations with a common origin. No wonder there are Scythian elements in both Viking and Celtic art (page 178,The Scythians by T. T. Rice).

Not all Scythians were Israelites. But we definitely know that the House of Israel — the northern ten tribes — was in the area of Scythia during the first century. The apostle James addressed his letter to them (James 1:1).

So did the apostle Peter. He specifically mentions the provinces south of the Black Sea where they were living as "sojourners" and "exiles" (I Peter 1:1, RSV).

Josephus, the Jewish historian, wrote his history about the same period of time. In the last quarter of the first century, he said, "the ten tribes are beyond — (the river) — Euphrates till now, and are an immense multitude, and not to be estimated by numbers" (Book XI, chapter V. 2, Antiquities of the Jews).

Although some Israelites had already migrated into northern Europe, many were still in the territory of Great Scythia when Josephus wrote.

-- By Robert C. Boraker


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Sunday, August 30, 2015

"House of Israel -- The Connecting Evidence" by Jory Steven Brooks




Source: http://www.hope-of-israel.org/israel.htm



House of Israel -- The Connecting Evidence

Over the last year I began an in-depth study of the ancient cuneiform alphabet of Medo-Persia, Babylon, and Assyria, in an effort to find THE EXACT LINK OF CONNECTING EVIDENCE: historic, archaeological proof of our identity. Through this study of early clay monuments and tablets, I have discovered what may be some of the most exciting proofs of our heritage as Israel that have been found in many years. This new research is strong historical proof for our belief.

First, without getting too technical, language study proves that the Assyrian term, Khumri, denoting the House of Israel, translates exactly into the Babylonian term, Gimiri, which scholars agree represents the early European Cimmerians or Anglo-Saxons. For example, there is no letter K in Babylonian, and the Assyrian K or KH is ordinarily converted into a G in Babylonian. There is no U in Babylonian, so the Assyrian U is ordinarily converted into either the letter I or O, and so on. The Israelite-Khumri are identical to the Anglo-Saxon-Gimiri.

The proofs do not end there. The Bible tells us in 2 Kings 17:6 that the House of Israel was exiled to "Halah, Habor, and the cities of the Medes." However, the Median Empire was a big place, stretching over two to three thousand miles at the zenith of its rule. Does the Bible give us clues as to exactly where in Media the House of Israel was exiled? Yes, in fact, it does. The apocryphal book of TOBIT tells the account of one of the Hebrew exiles of the tribe of Naphtali during the captivity. Where was he was living? In chapter one, he tells us that "a great multitude of his kindred, " exiles of the House of Israel, were settled in the area around the Median city of RAGES. (Tobit 1:16-17) A map of Media shows us that Rages was located south of the Caspian Sea, and just west of the border of Parthia.

An excellent book on the subject of Parthia and its Hebrew settlement was recently published by Steven M. Collins, entitled,Parthia: The Forgotten Ancient Superpower And Its Role In Biblical History. It tells about the Hebrew wise-men called the Magi, of the Davidic descent of the Parthian royal family, and much other interesting and important matter related to our identity. I won't dwell on that because you can read all about it in the excellent book. Rages was located in the region of a Median province known to our modern history books as Sagartia. Is there evidence of a Hebrew presence there, as Tobit says? Yes, indeed!

Since the Babylonian letter G converts into the Assyrian K, the word, Sagartia, could be written as SAKARTIA, showing the presence of the Saka, or sons of Isaac. The leading vowel was often not written in Semitic languages, so Isaac could be written as Sak or Saka. What really caught my attention was that in the cuneiform language, Sagartia was often written as "Asagarda." Researching this, I found an article by Sir Henry Rawlinson, the famous and well-respected 19th century archaeologist, linguist, and translator of the Behistun Rock. He stated that the Median province of Asagarda was identical to Asgard, the homeland of the early European tribes. Quoting Sir Henry Rawlinson, "...it is at any rate worthy of remark, that the Scandinavian nations, whose Eastern origin is unquestionable, retained in their mythology the name of Asgard... It may be presumed then... that the Scandinavian races ...sprang from the country of Asagarta... " You may remember from your history books that the early Anglo-Saxon-Gothic peoples had a hero-king named Odin, who led them most of the way on their journey from a place called Asgard into Western Europe and Scandinavia. The name, Odin or Adon, in fact, is purely Semitic. It is a title meaning "lord," rather than a name, and is the root of the Hebrew word for "Lord," Adonai. It is related to the Adonis of Greek mythology. Webster's Dictionary, in fact, says that Adonis' "source is undoubtedly Semitic."

Interestingly, the legends recalling the journey of these Anglo-Israel tribes from Sagartia were called "sagas," their wise men were known as "sages," and the priest in charge of worship was called the "sagan."

There has long been evidence to show a connection between the early Anglo-Saxons and the land of Media. For example, the 19th century Anglo-Saxon historian, Sharon Turner, wrote that there were literally hundreds of Median words in the Anglo-Saxon vocabulary. Mr. W.H. Bennett, in his book, Symbols Of Our Celto-Saxon Heritage also gives evidence from heraldry of the Israel-Celto-Saxon connection.

History books will tell you, of course, that Asgard's location is unknown and must have been somewhere in Eastern Europe; but we now have definite factual evidence to show instead that Asgard, the birthplace of the Anglo-Saxon race, was in Media. In addition to that, I nearly jumped out of my chair when I read a Medo-Persian text in which Asagarda was written as ISAGARDA [a compound of ISAAC-GARDA]. Scripture prophecies in Genesis 21:12, Romans 9:7, and Hebrews 11:18 all tell us, "in Isaac shall your descendants be named, " and here was the name of Isaac in an ancient cuneiform text from the region of Sagartia in Media, the place of their exile! The Semitic word, gard or kart, means a tribal region or settlement. For example, the real name of Carthage was Kartago, meaning "new settlement. " So Isagarda literally means, "The Isaac-sons Tribal Settlement, " and it was located exactly in the birthplace of the "Saxon" race! We now have the evidence we have long sought, definite historical proof linking lost Israel to the Anglo-Saxons. This may be one of the most important discoveries of our time concerning our identity.

Again the proofs do not end there. The Bible in 2 Kings 17:6 states that the Israelites were exiled to a place called Habor, or Chabor (with the Hebrew guttural pronunciation of the leading vowel.) Archaeologists have not yet proven its exact location; several leading scholars believe that it lies on the upper banks of the Tigris River, on the border of Armenia in northern Mesopotamia. By no coincidence, a cuneiform document states that a people called the Saka dwelled at that time on the upper reaches of the Tigris River. So again, a branch of the Saka, or early Saxons, originated in the exact same place, and at the exact time, as a branch of the exiled Israelites, the "Isaac-sons"!

Yet again, the proofs do not end there. As these Saka, Saxons, or exiled Isaac-sons, migrated north into Europe, they passed through the Caucasus Mountain region, leaving place-names as they went. Today the English-speaking world refers to the nation located in the Caucasus as "Georgia." However, that country is actually known to its people as, "SAKARTVELO." I mentioned this in the introductory chapter to The Story Of Celto-Saxon Israel and that this name indicated the one-time presence of the Saka, or sons of Isaac. At the time I had not yet researched the meaning of the rest of the name. It is a three-part compound: Sak-Kart-Velo. The Semitic word, kart, means a tribal region or settlement. The word, VELO, is very interesting. It comes from an Indo-European root and means, "hidden, obscure, or lost." So the compound name, Sakartvelo, may be translated into English as: "the lost tribes of Isaac-sons"! The residents of Sakartvelo call themselves, "Kartvelians," which literally means, "lost tribers"! There are still some remnants of Israel left behind in those mountains as the bulk of Israel moved on into Europe.

Much more wonderful information will be given in a book containing new proofs of the Anglo-Israel connection; to be published next year. A second book will give evidence of our belief among early writers and scholars from 300 BC to 1800 AD, including Celtic scholar Gildas the Wise, (a contemporary of King Arthur), John Sadler (Oliver Cromwell's pastor), Huguenot scholar Jacques Abbadie (considered the greatest Protestant scholar in the world in his time), and many others. This book will be titled, Founded On Faith: Early Anglo-Israel Belief.

It will also incorporate a book by a Lutheran minister named Johannes Eurenius, published in 1751 in Sweden. After sending the text to a Swedish translation service by registered mail and hearing nothing for a couple of weeks, I was a little concerned. At last she sent an excited email saying, "I am extremely interested in the content... he speaks of my origin... I will [translate] it for free!" She was foregoing a fee of a couple thousand dollars to translate it, but the book is so good, and the Swedish translator so excited to learn of her identity as Israel, that she is doing the translation work at no charge. Now that is the mark of a good book: one that can enthuse and convince someone who knew nothing before about what we teach. This translator also said that the book has caused her to take an interest in reading her Bible again. No surprise there: The Bible becomes a new book when read in light of Anglo-Israel truth!

You may bemoan how few today know these truths. Just remember that truth cannot remain hidden forever. Luke 8:17 tells us, "For nothing is secret, that shall not be made manifest; neither any thing hid, that shall not be known and come abroad. " Our goal as the Servant People is to disseminate truth and enlighten YEHOVAH's people to a knowledge of their heritage and responsibilities. In years to come, we will continue to do research and publishing of books, tracts, and website articles so that when the time comes that YEHOVAH again opens the minds and hearts of His people, we will be prepared. I pray that YEHOVAH God will richly bless the efforts of this organization, and that the Servant People will be used in even more important and wonderful ways throughout the years to come. And may YEHOVAH God also richly bless the efforts of all British-Israel groups and individuals here and everywhere as we sow the seed of truth and await YEHOVAH's timing in the revealing of our heritage, mission, and Divine destiny.


-- Jory Steven Brooks


Hope of Israel Ministries
P.O. Box 2186
Temple City, CA 91780, U.S.A.
www.hope-of-israel.org




The Old Testament Roots of Celtic Mythology





Source: http://www.israelite.ca/research/specialstudiesfiles/mythcelt_files/celtic_mythology.html



The

Old Testament Roots

of Celtic Mythology

FOUNDATIONS OF DRUIDISM IN THE BIBLE


            THE MYTHOLOGY OF DRUIDISM is said to have been brought to England in ancient times by Hu Gadarn Hysicion, who came from the east with a party of colonists and built Stonehenge. Who were these Eastern colonists? Historians tell us that Phoenician-speaking peoples colonized the British Isles in early times. The Israelites, a seafaring people, spoke a Phoenician dialect, and the early history of these two peoples is intertwined. The Bible speaks of Israelites sending "ships to Tarshish," or Spain, and Solomon’s navy sailed with the Phoenicians on their trade and colonizing expeditions. (2 Chron. 9:21; Isa. 60:9) Phoenician-speaking peoples, including Israelites, colonized Spain and Britain in ancient times, mining ores such as silver, iron, tin, and lead, as we document in our tract, "ANCIENT HEBREW SEA MIGRATIONS."The Druidic religion of early Britain and Ireland should therefore exhibit signs of both Hebrew and Phoenician origins.


HEBREW RELIGION

            Celtic scholar, John Daniel, in his book, "THE DRUIDIC IDEA OF GOD," lists the Druidic terms for the Deity and their meaning:
Celi                                    The Invisible One
Ior                                      The Eternal
Duw                                    Commonly translated 'God'; lit., 'He Who Wills'
Rheen                                All-Pervading Spirit
Peryl                                 Author of Existence
Dofydd                             Governor
Deon                                  Distributor
Yr Hen Ddihenydd     Eternally Ancient One, or "Ancient of Days"

Mr. Daniels remarks, "Nobody can fail to see in these terms a similarity to the common phraseology of the Christian Church... There is such perfect consonance between these [Celtic] appellations of the Deity and those of Biblical theology, that it is strange anyone should so fail to see it..." (p.4, compare Dan.7:9,13,22, etc.) Daniels also points out that the Celtic name for the Deity was IAO, pronounced, "Yah-o," which is virtually identical to the Hebrew name for God, "Yah" or "Yahu." In early alphabets, letters represented ideas. In Hebrew, aleph, the first letter, stood for an ox; bet symbolized a house, gimel was a camel, dalet a door, and so on. Similarly, in Celtic the letter "I" stood for 'the future.' "A" represented 'the present', and "O" stood for 'the past'. (ibid., pp.16-17) Thus, the Druidic name for God, "IAO," literally meant"the Everliving," a being in existence past, present, and future. This is the exact definition given by scholars for the name of the Hebrew God, "Yahu" or "Yahweh." In fact, the Ferrar Fenton Bible consistently translates the name of God as "the Everliving." The identity of the Celtic and Hebrew Deities is obvious, for "there can hardly be a question that the three letters were originally no other name than IAO, the Latinized form… of the Hebrew [Yah or Yahu]; and that such was the rendering of that name, we have the authority of several ancient writers. Diodorus Siculus says it was related amongst the Jews, that Moses attributed the framing of the laws to the God called IAO; and Theodoret states that God was by the Jews called IAO." (ibid., p.12)

...In addition, the Druidic "IAO" was called the " UNUTTERABLE NAME," again identical to the Hebrew, "Yah." Daniels states, "So to the Druids there was a secret name for the Deity, which was unutterable ("Aflafar") to all but the most privileged of their order, and was symbolized by the three Bardic characters representing the vowels IAO."(ibid., p. 11) With such close resemblance's between the Celtic and the Hebrew Deity, it is not surprising that England was converted without the shedding of a single drop of blood. There is no record of martyrdom for any early Christian missionary, and it has been truly said that Druidism was only accepting a fuller, better revelation through the adoption of Christianity!

The Druidic priests, like the Levitical priests of the Bible, were exempt from military service. The Druidic and Levitical priests were both divided into three classes. Even the Druidic ceremonial robes remind one of the Mosaic priests, with their breastplates of gold and jewels. The Druidic rituals, like the Old Testament Levitical, included the sacrifice of sheep, oxen, and goats, but no idol worship.

       In the Bible, the prophet Jeremiah in chapter 3l verse 21 instructed scattered Israel to “set thee up waymarks, make thee high heaps,” and thus we find a trail of unhewn stone monuments, called dolmens, menhirs, and cromlechs, leading from Palestine (Gen. 35:14, etc.) across Europe, and into the British Isles, where they were used in worship by the Druidic priests. In England, according to Isabel Hill Elder’s book, “CELT, DRUID, AND CULDEE,” each stone monument was called a “Si’on” in the ancient Celtic language. The similarity between this and the Hebrew word “Zion”, meaning a stone fortress, is striking. Truly, these are additional witnesses to the identity of the House of Israel in the world today.


BAAL WORSHIP

            But the religious customs of the Covenant people became corrupted with the religion of the Phoenician Canaanites. The Prophet Elijah's challenge of the Hebrew priests of Baal is one of the most moving Bible accounts. (I Ki.18:18-40) The Bible indicates that at one time the majority of Hebrew priests and people followed the rituals of Baal worship. Noted 19th century antiquarian, Sir William Betham, made an exhaustive study of the ancient Celtic peoples, and states in his book, THE GAEL AND CIMBRI, “Baal... has the precise meaning in Gaelic as in Phoenician -- the lord of heaven.” (p. 226) Many customs hearken back to Palestine, as well; “even the cakes which the idolatrous Jews, in imitation of the Phoenicians, made in honour of the queen of heaven are still the most popular cake in Ireland under the old name of the barn-brack, or speckled cake.” (p. 236) Ancient customs and rituals are persistent among mankind, and therefore provide tangible evidence of a people’s origins, even where no written proof survives. Betham comments, “Thus we see at this day, fires lighted up in Ireland, on the eve of the summer solstice and the equinoxes, to the Phoenician god, Baal, and even called Baal’s fire, baaltinnes, though the object of veneration be forgotten...” (p. 222-223) In addition, archaeological proof points to a Hebrew-Phoenician origin of the Britons and Irish. Betham relates, “On an altar-stone, dug up near Kirby Thore, in Westmorland, is this inscription:”


“DEO BEL ATUCADRO LIB[ERUM] VOTUM. FECIT IOLUS.”


            The text translates as follows: “To the god Baal, the friend of man, Iolus made his free vow.”

            Numerous other stone altars to Phoenician gods, which have been discovered in Britain, Ireland, and Gaul, are discussed and translated in Betham’s work. Some of the principal finds include altar-stones found in Northumbria and other parts of Britain. He states that these ancient monuments to “Baal, by the ancient British... are unanswerable evidences of the identity of the people of the two islands {i.e., Britain and Ireland] and Gaul, which the most unwilling and incredulous caviler at etymologies, can scarcely refuse to receive as conclusive. It proves more, for it shows an identity of the deities of the Celtae and the [Hebrew]-Phoenicians...” (p. 228-229)

            Numerous other parallels exist between Celtic and Hebrew-Canaanite worship, including mystic well-worship, worship of sacred stones, and the veneration of the autumnal equinoxes. In fact, both the Canaanites and Celts practiced autumnal sacrifices to Baal, which the Celts called, “Baal-tinnes,” as previously mentioned.


AVEN


            Aven was another of the deities of the Phoenician Canaanites, and temples to this god were called,'Beth-Aven," or 'house of Aven.' The idolatrous Israelites also had adopted worship of this false god, as we see in Hoseh 4:15-17: "…come not ye unto Gilgal, neither go ye up to BETHAVEN, nor swear, the Lord liveth. For Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer…Ephraim is joined to idols…" Israelite worship of this god was so pervasive, that the prophet Isaiah used the word, "Aven," to signify an idol in general: "…he that burneth incense, as if he blessed an IDOL." (Hebrew, "AVEN") All idols are vanity, and aven itself came to have a secondary meaning of vanity. Since this so-called god was no god at all, the idolaters were literally worshipping nothing! The Apostle Paul picks up on this theme in First Corinthians 4:8,"We know that an idol is nothing in the world, and that there is no other god but One."

            There are five rivers Avon in Britain, of which three pass through Gloustershire, where Celtic worship of this god was centered. In the same English district is an old town named Avening. The 'ing' suffix means the place of, so Avening is the place of Aven. Historian Samuel Lysons, in "OUR BRITISH ANCESTORS" says, "The worship at Beth-Aven, in Canaan, and that of Avening in Gloucestershire, and that of Aven, Heliopolis, or Baal bec, were all identical. The stone altars, the high place, the calves' bones discovered there, mark the similarity." (p.123)


MOLOCH AND CHIUN


            The Canaanite god and goddess, Moloch and Chiun, are mentioned in connection with Israel's worship by the prophet Amos (5:25), "But ye have borne the tabernacle of your Moloch and Chiunyour images, the star of your god, which ye made to yourselves. Therefore will I cause you to go into captivity…"

            At Windmill Hill, near Avebury, Wiltshire, England, there are evidences of Druidical worship, but no windmill. 'Win' is the Celtic word for 'eye,' and 'Win-Melk' is the 'eye of Moloch.' Dr. Maurice, in "Indian Antiquities," says, "the Druids worshipped the sun under the title of Moloch, so we are certain that worship was derived to them from their Eastern ancestors." The British towns Melch-bourne in Bedfordshire, and Melc-combe in Dorset, both retain evidence of the worship of Moloch in early times.

            Similarly, the goddess Chiun was worshipped by the idolatrous Canaanites and the Israelites who followed their custom. Chiun was the moon goddess, and was considered so important that she was called the queen of heaven. In fact, it is from this word, Chiun, that we derive our English word, queen. The Prophet Jeremiah mentions worship of this goddess several times. He laments Israel's worship of her, saying, "The children gather wood, and the fathers kindle the fire, and the women knead their dough, to make cakes to the QUEEN OF HEAVEN, and to pour out drink offerings unto other gods, that they may provoke me to anger." (7:18; compare 44:17-25) The goddess Chiun had her adherents in Britain also, as seen in the name of the famous king, Cuno-bel-inus, whose name combines the worship of both Chiun and Bel. Similarly, Chiun is seen in the early British names Cunedag, Cingetorix, Conan, and Maglo-cunus.


SUN WORSHIP: AL


            The Hebrew word, Al, signifies the sun, and is equivalent to the Phoenician Hal, Greek Halios,Babylonian Il, and Celto-British Heaul. Mallet's "NORTHERN ANTIQUITIES," (vol.2, p.68) states, "All Celtic nations have been accustomed to the worship of the sun…It was a custom that everywhere prevailed in ancient times to celebrate a feast at the winter solstice, by which men testified their joy at seeing this great luminary return again to this part of the heavens. This was the greatest solemnity of the year. They called it, in many places, Yole or Yuul, from the word Hiaul, which even at this day signifies the sun in the languages of the Bas-Bretagne and Cornwall." Christmas is still called Yule. A Christmas holiday beer, Ale, may be from the same root. Holly and Holy come from the word,heaul, meaning 'to hallow, to deem sacred,' with roots to the Hebrew, 'El,' God. The German words, 'heilig'and 'ale' mean 'to swear, to call on the name of God.' The words 'all,' ''whole,' and 'heal,' may be related to this.

            The Hebrew name for the sun appears in many places in Britain with names beginning with 'Al,' 'Ail,' 'Ayl,' 'Hal,' 'Hayl,' and the like. There are many examples, including Albury, Albourne, Alcester, Alby, Althorp, Alton, Allington, Allerton, Alford, Allenby, Alsop, and dozens more.


AUN OR ON


            In Genesis 41:45, we read, "And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he gave him to WIFE ASENATH the DAUGHTER OF POTIPHERAH PRIEST OF ON. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt." Again in Genesis 46:20, we are told, "And unto Joseph in the land of Egypt were born Manasseh and Ephraim, which ASENATH THE DAUGHTER OF POTIPHERAHPRIEST OF ON bare unto him." (compare 41:50) The word, On, signifies the sun, and is derived from the Hebrew Aun, Assyrian Anu, Babylonian Aunu, Celto-British On, and the Greek On. The ancient Celtic poet, Taliesin, is quoted in "DAVIES' BRITISH DRUIDS," as saying, "Even the sovereign On, the ancient, the generous feeder." (p.527) Historian George Rawlinson states, "Aunu signified 'the god,' and was no doubt in use among the primitive Babylonians from the very earliest times." (Herodotus, Essay x, vol. 1, p. 591) Who was this "Asenath, the daughter of Potipherah the priest of On," whom the Biblical patriarch Joseph married? It is popular teaching today to say because Asenath dwelled in Egypt, that therefore Joseph married a Negro. But the fact that her family were sun-worshippers worshipping On, the Semitic sun-god, is proof positive of a Semitic identity.

            It is from this word, On, that we derive the Latin, annus, meaning a year, from the annual solar revolution, and the English, annual. Samuel Lysons states, "That Aven and On were the same, is shown by the Greek translation of Beth-aven as 'the house of On.' Heliopolis, Egypt was at different periods called Ain, Aven, and On… Possibly our word Evening, Dutch Avond, and German Abend, may represent Aven, as the declining sun." (ibid., p. 238-239)

            British place-names showing early sun-worship include Ansley, Anston, Anslow, Ancoats, Ancaster (Caer An), Ancroft, Anford, Anwick, Avon, Avening, Arran, and many others. Concerning this last location, a circle of Druidic stones with a cromlech in the center at Arran indicates sun worship.


FURTHER EVIDENCES


            British antiquarian, Aylett Sammes, writing in 1676, noted that “the customs, religion, idols, offices, and dignities of the ancient Britons are all clearly Phoenician.” John Pinkarton, in his “ENQUIRY INTO THE HISTORY OF SCOTLAND,” (1789), also stated that Druidism was directly descended from the Phoenicians, while British antiquarian William Stukely, in the book, “STONEHENGE,” believed that it had the marks of Israelite worship and culture.

            Stukely pointed out Old Testament references to oaks, which gave these trees symbolic or mystical attributes. Abraham’s altar of sacrifice was prepared by the oak of Moreh. ”And Abram passed through the land unto the place of Sichem, unto the plain (lit: “oakof Moreh. And the Canaanite was then in the land. And the LORD appeared unto Abram, and said, Unto thy seed will I give this land: and there builded he an altar unto the LORD, who appeared unto him.” (Gen. 12:6-7) We are further told inHoseh 4:13“They sacrifice upon the tops of the mountains, and burn incense upon the hills, under oaks...” The importance of worship under oaks in Druidism is well known. Modern Celtic scholar, John King, in his book, “THE CELTIC DRUIDS’ YEAR,” adds, “The Hebrew word for oak also means oath, and there is evidence that the oak signified a burial place. The golden calf or bull worshipped as an idol by the Israelites has its counterpart in the Druidical image of the god Hu Gadarn, or Hu the Mighty, who, like Noah, survived the deluge and first brought the skill of ploughing to mankind. Dibbuks, demons and lesser deities, some of which might seem to correlate to Celtic spiritual figures, have been pushed into the background by contemporary Judaism.” (p. 26) Thus the Hebrew connection is little-known but factual.

            Perhaps we can do no better in summing up our study than to quote the venerable Sir William Betham:“The connection of this [Hebrew-Canaanite] worship with the historical traditions of the Pagan Irish is so evident, and so extensive, that it …strongly illustrates the [Biblical] account of the progress of population from the plains of Sennaar [i.e., in the Middle-East] to the western extremities of Europe...”(p. 242) This is obvious, for no one but God's people exhibited the peculiar mix of true and false religion seen in the early Celts.