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We find this very important text in the Bible:
“My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge” - (Hosea 4:6).
There never has been such a time of confusion as we are experiencing now. Powerful forces carry us along, some in one direction, and others in another. Deep down in his heart the writer is persuaded that this ought not to be, but that there is a Voice calling unto us:
“- - - - - - This is the way, walk ye in it - - - - - -” - (Isaiah 30:21).
We believe that the Bible is literally the Word of God, reliable and true from Genesis to Revelation. This is our final court of appeal. The Bible is the revelation of the Will and Plan of God. God has not only revealed his Will unto us concerning the hereafter, but is also intensely interested in and concerned about our everyday way of living, how we eat, clothe ourselves, etc.
There will therefore most definitely be clear guidance in Holy Writ on this most important question of colour throughout the world and particularly within our own country. God is the Creator of all things, and after all is said and done, He is still the Governor of the Universe.
The Bible says:
“Thus saith the LORD, The heaven is my throne, and the earth is my footstool: - - - - - - - - ” -- (Isaiah 66:1).
We must acknowledge this position and act accordingly.
The Lord has a purpose in all things, likewise also with the difference in colour.
It very soon becomes apparent that throughout the Bible there is one Central Person and He is Jesus Christ the Messiah. It is equally clear that there is one Central Theme, namely, the Restoration of all Things:
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.
You will read the glorious account of Paradise Lost and Regained between Genesis and Revelation. Much of this has already come to pass the rest is now rapidly being completed. Indeed, we in this generation find ourselves at the most thrilling and challenging period of all time.
It is very clear in this wonderful story of reconstruction and reclamation of that which was lost, that God had made man his partner in this great
undertaking. One Race, namely, Israel, features very prominently in this partnership.
After the death of Solomon, this Race was divided into two “houses”, the House of Judah with the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin, and the House of Israel with the remaining ten tribes of the twelve tribes of Israel. Nowhere in the Bible do we read that these two “Houses” were ever re-united again. On the contrary, Ezekiel 37, which predicts the restoration and revival of Israel in the last days, keeps them separate, each one with its own identity right until the very end at the Second Coming of Christ.
After the Jews, who are partly descended from the House of Judah, had rejected the Lord Jesus Christ, the Lord removed them from their share in his plan of reconstruction, and from then on only the Ten Tribes were to be used to do his work.
Listen, the Lord Jesus said unto the Jews:
“- - - - - The Kingdom of God shall be taken from you, and given to a nation bringing forth the fruits thereof” -- (Matthew 21:43).
We believe this nation to be the Ten Tribes who began to accept the gospel soon after the crucifixion and thus became Christians.
This had to be because:
“For the gifts and calling of God are without repentance” –
God had promised it to Abraham and his descendants by an unconditional oath: if it was then to be taken away from the Jews - (Matt. 21:43) it had to be “ipso facto” given to the other section of Israel, namely, the Ten Tribes. We believe the Anglo- Saxon-Celtic and kindred nations, of whom the white people in South Africa from a part, to be the modern descendants of these Ten Tribes.
Let us then examine these wonderful promises that God made to Abraham and his descendants, and to nobody else; and let us notice the strict instructions God gave to him to keep his seed pure, and the reason why:
1 NOW the LORD had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will show thee:
2 And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:
3 And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee, and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.
Please note that the Lord had unconditionally promised to Abraham that through him all the families of the earth would be blessed.
The promises to Abraham continue further:
Genesis 17:2, 7, 19;
2 And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly.
7 And I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee and to thy seed after thee.
19 And God said, Sarah thy wife shall bear thee a son indeed; and thou shalt call his name Isaac: and I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him.
It is here very clear that the covenant was made with Abraham and his descendants and that it was an everlasting, irrevocable and unconditional covenant and thus still valid today. Please refer again to Romans 11:29. God does not change. Even the Law, which came 430 years later, and which was fulfilled in Christ, could not make any difference to this everlasting, unchangeable promise. (See Galatians 3:17.)
God in his Sovereign, All wise Counsel especially elected Israel for the purpose of blessing the world through them.
And because He loved thy fathers, therefore he chose their seed after them, and brought thee out in his sight with his mighty power out of Egypt.
Only the LORD had a delight in thy fathers to love them, and he chose their seed after them, even you above all people, as it is this day.
6 For thou art an holy people unto the LORD thy God: the LORD thy God hath chosen thee to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the earth.
7 The LORD did not set his love upon you nor choose you, because ye were more in number than any people; for ye were the fewest of all people:
8 But because the LORD loved you and because he would keep the oath which he had sworn unto your fathers, hath the Lord brought you out with a mighty hand, and redeemed you out of the house of bondmen, from the hand of Pharaoh king of Egypt.
Therefore, because God had given these promises upon oath, he will never cast off Israel:
For the LORD will not cast off his people, neither will he forsake his inheritance.
8 He hath remembered his covenant for ever, the word which he commanded to a thousand generations.
9 Which covenant he made with Abraham, and his oath unto Isaac;
10 And confirmed the same unto Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant.
8 But thou, Israel, art my servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the seed of Abraham my friend.
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.
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.
1 BUT now thus saith the LORD, that created thee, O Jacob, and he that formed thee, O Israel, Fear not: for I have redeemed thee, I have called thee by thy name; thou art mine.
2 When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
The sole purpose of Almighty God in this election of Israel was that he wanted a people for himself who would show forth his praise on earth and through whom God could reveal himself unto mankind and thereby win the world back unto himself.
Listen to what the Scripture saith:
Isaiah 43:10-12, 21;
10 Ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, and my servant whom I have chosen: that ye may know and believe me, and understand that I am he: before me there was no God formed, neither shall there be after me.
11 I, even I, am the LORD; and beside me there is no saviour.
12 I have declared, and have saved, and I have shewed, when there was no strange god among you: therefore ye are my witnesses, saith the LORD, that I am God.
21 This people have I formed for myself; they shall shew forth my praise.
Isaiah 44:1-2, 8;
1 YET now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen:
2 Thus saith the LORD that made thee, and formed thee from the womb, which will help thee; Fear not, O Jacob, my servant: and thou, Jesurun, whom I have chosen.
8 Fear ye not, neither be afraid: have not I told thee from that time, and have declared it? ye are even my witnesses. Is there a God beside me? yea, there is no God; I know not any.