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                                        MERKABAH
                           PART 4

 

        DECEMBER 1, 1985

 

                                          LIVING WATERS

 

                              LOIS IRENE SCOTT RODEN


                                           INTRODUCTION 

  

      The Bible can be rightly explained only by the Spirit Who dictated it. "He will guide you into all truth for He shall not speak of Himself, but whatsoever He shall hear that shall He speak: and He will show you things to come that ye may be established in the PRESENT TRUTH. And whosoever blasphemeth against the Holy Ghost (or speaketh evil against the message of present truth) it shall not be forgiven him: for it is the only means whereby we may be saved." John 16:13; 2. Pet 1:12; Luke 12:10. Since the Truth of the "Harvest or Judgment is found in the Bible and is the most mys­tified of all the subjects therein, we must conclude that in no other way, except by INSPIRATION, can it be made clear and show events to come.

 

      Therefore, to understand the harvest is to have the key of knowledge that opens the understanding of all the truths of the Bible. The subject of the har­vest (Judgment) is divided into two parts - the Judgment for the Church, both dead and living, and the Judgment for the world. These two sections: each have their divisions. In the overall picture the judgment is divided into 8 parts starting with the "Master type" 'Adam and Eve," the church. The number of the righteous saved alive in the Antediluvian world from the Flood, 8+1(Enoch) = 9; the number of the first mention of the righteous JUDGMENT (Harvest, Matt 13:30) was Enoch's announcement of the flood and the destruction of all the wicked from OFF THE FACE OF THE EARTH (Jude 14). However, he was taken to heaven BEFORE the destruction and Noah was called to bring a message to execute the judgment upon the wicked inhab­itants," as the waters of Noah.

        Through Enoch and Noah the types of the Harvest, Judgment, were set from the beginning. Throughout the ensuing centuries. other Prophets were sent to REPEAT the truth then established as a warning to the wicked in every generation and culminating in the "Latter days" -at the second coming of Him whose right it is to restore the Edenic Kingdom forfeited by our first parents, Adam and Eve.

 

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       In the prophecy of Daniel 9:24-27 is revealed the Proto-type; the actual picture of the harvest "to Judah" (A.D. 27-34 A.D.), of those who (a small rem­nant) returned to Jerusalem from their Babylonian cap­tivity and were present at the appearance of the Messiah (Isaiah 53) at the end of the sixty-nine weeks according to the prophecy.

 

MERKABAH

PART 4

 

THE HISTORY OF THE TWELVE TRIBES OF ISRAEL

 

      The children of Israel were taken captive successively by Babylon, Medo-Persia, Greece and Rome. "Clearly, therefore, in each instance most of the sons of Jacob lost their racial distinctiveness. As the Lord, however, has ever KEPT THE GENEALOGIES OF ALL NATIONS, especially of the sons of Jacob: He will: as He has promised. "make mention of Rahab and Babylon to them that know me: behold Philistia, and Tyre: with Ethiopia: this man was born there.  And of Zion it shall be said. "This and that man was born in her: and the highest himself shall establish her. The Lord shall count, when He writeth up the people, that this man was born there. Selah." Ps. 87; 4-6.

 

      "Thus, just as obvious as strange is the fact that no one today but the recognized Jew can vouch for his ancestry, with the result THAT THE 144,000 CAN BE GATHERED FROM ALMOST EVERY NATION, KINDRED, TONGUE, AND PEOPLE, and yet be of the sons of Jacob!

 

       "And it shall come to pass in that day," says the Word of prophecy in this connection. "That the Lord shall set His hand again the SECOND time to recover the REMNANT OF HIS PEOPLE, which shall be left, from Assyria and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath: and from the islands of the sea. And HE SHALL SET  UP AN ENSIGN FOR THE NATIONS, and shall ASSEMBLE THE OUTCASTS OF ISRAEL, (10 tribes) and gather together the DISPERSED of Judah (two tribes) from the FOUR CORNERS OF THE EARTH. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt and ye shall be gathered ONE BY ONE.  O ye CHILDREN OF ISRAEL." Isa. 11:11,12: 27:12.

 

      "Since, therefore, history, logic, and Scripture combine their evidences to prove unconditionally THAT GOD HAS PRESERVED THE GENEALOGY OF THE CHOSEN BRANCH OF THE HUMAN RACE forward from Adam to Noah (Matt. 1:1-­17) and backward from Yahshua (Jesus) to Adam (Luke 3:73-38), He must: then, for a consistent reason, ALSO HAVE PRESERVED THE IDENTITY OF THE ELECT TODAY. And this we see is precisely what He has done IN HIS DESIGNATING THE LINEAGE OF THE 144,000. AS OF ALL THE TRIBES OF THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL" Rev. 7:4. And though we know not what we are, and cannot ever of ourselves tell, the One Who knows all about us, even to the last hair of each head, knows our PRECISE ANCESTRY, although those of us who are to be gathered from the SEED OF JACOB are, Says the prophet, "as the sand of the sea" whereas: comparatively speaking, the IDENTIFIABLE JEWISH RACE OF TODAY, is but A HANDFUL TO THE NATIONS, and therefore cannot today be the ones to whom apply

 

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                 The Terms ISRAEL, JOSEPH, EPHRAIM, JOSEPH

 

"Going back for a moment to the historical approach to our subject, we recall that after Solomon's death, the Israelite nation (twelve tribes) was divided into two separate kingdoms (1 Kings 11:11, 12: 12:19, 27). The ten-tribe kingdom, occupying the north­ern portion of the promised land, was called "Israel", also Ephraim, and occasionally the house of Joseph: "Israel,, because of its majority of tribes; Ephraim (Isa. 11:13), because its kings came from Ephraim; and Joseph (Ezek. 37:16), because he was the father of Ephraim. But the two-tribe kingdom, occupying the southern portion, was called "Judah"; "Israel", "Ephraim" and "Joseph" one will understand precisely who they are designating, and will thus, as we proceed, better understand God's plan for the ingathering of the twelve tribes of Israel, and for REUNITING them.

 

                                       ONE GREAT KINGDOM

 

       "The kingdom of Heaven" said Christ, "is like to a grain of mustard seed, which a man took, and sowed in his field; which indeed is the least of all seeds: but when it is grown, it is the greatest among herbs, and becometh a tree, so that the birds of the air come and lodge in the branches thereof." Matt. 13:31,32. "Yet the number of the children of ISRAEL shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them. Ye are not My people, there it shall be said unto them, YE ARE THE SONS OF THE LIVING GOD." Hos. 1:10.

 

       ....when through His prophet he declared: "Ye are not my people, and I will not be your God," though at the same time, in His great mercy, HE LET THE PROMISE be written: "in the place where it was said unto them (ancient Israel) Ye, are not My people, there it shall be said unto them (ancient Israel), Ye are the sons of the living God." (See Romans 9:74-26).

 

       So happily, the same people, Israel and Judah, who were set aside and scattered will "in that day" (OUR TIME) be RE-ACCEPTED and "GATHERED TOGETHER, and appoint themselves ONE HEAD, and they shall come up out of the land." Hos. 1:11.  Having abode "many days with­out a king" (their lot from the days of their captivity in Babylon even to this very day), "the children of Israel shall...afterward (sometime in the future), says the scripture,  return, and seek the Lord their God, and David their king; and shall fear the Lord and His goodness in the latter days." Hos. 3:4, 5.  But as David, the king of ancient Israel, had been dead for many years when this prophecy was made, and as it HAS NEVER BEEN FULFILLED, he was the "TYPE' of THE DAVID TO COME.

 

       "Accordingly, it is those who 'fear the Lord and His goodness (the Christian Israelites) in  the latter days' (our time) who shall appoint, one "Head" or "King", THE ANTITYPICAL DAVID.

 

       From the clear-cut facts in the preceding para­graphs, we see that the children of Israel (particularly the 10 tribes) dispersed and without a king these "many days" are to "return" not as Jews, but as Christians. This CONSOLIDATION of the TWO ancient kingdoms, Judah and Israel, is set forth in the symbolism,

 

                            THE TWO STICKS JOINED

 

       "Thou son of man" says the Lord, "take thee one stick, and write upon it, For JUDAH, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, for JOSEPH, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: and JOIN them one to another into ONE STICK; and they shall become ONE in thine hand.

 

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       "And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, behold, I will take the STICK OF JOSEPH, which is in the hand of EPHRAIM, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the STICKS OF JUDAH, and make them ONE STICK, and they shall be ONE in Mine hand.  "And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes. And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whether they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land; 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 in two kingdoms at all: neither shall they defile themselves with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will be their God. And DAVID My servant shall be KING over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in My judgments, and observe My stat­utes, and do them. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob My servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and MY SERVANT DAVID SHALL BE THEIR PRINCE FOREVER." Ezek. 37:16-25.

 

      "This illustrated prophecy scarcely needs to be interpreted as it is virtually self explanatory, show­ing that the two ancient kingdoms, Judah and Israel, will YET be gathered from among the "heathen" among whom they have long been scattered, and that they will become AGAIN ONE GREAT NATION "a kingdom, which shall never be destroyed." Dan 7:44.

 

       "Moreover," saith the Lord, "I will make a cov­enant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will SET MY SANCTUARY IN THE MIDST of them forevermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be My people. And the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctity Israel, when My sanctuary shall be in the midst of them FOREVERMORE." Ezek. 37:26-28.

 

       "Since God says that He will "multiply them" when they AGAIN become a kingdom, and that "the heathen shall know that I the Lord do sanctify Israel," and since He can neither "multiply" nor "sanctify" after the close of probation.  THE TWO ANCIENT KINGDOMS MUST NECESSARILY, then, BE RESTORED AND CONSOLIDATED DURING PROBATIONARY TIME ....Ref. 8 Tr. p. 9-17.

 

       IF, AS CONFIRMED BY ALL EXISTING EVIDENCES, JOSEPH, THE TEN TRIBES, NEVER RETURNED TO JERUSALEM FROM THEIR ASSYRIAN CAPTIVITY (HISTORY ATTESTS TO THEIR REFUSAL TO DO SO); THEN, BEFORE THE 144,000 OF WHICH THEY ARE A PART, COULD BE MADE MANIFEST, THEY MUST BE LOCATED AND BROUGHT INTO UNITY WITH TWO-TRIBE JUDAH, THE OTHER PART OF THE 144,000 FIRST FRUITS, IN THE RESTORED EARTHLY KINGDOM OF GOD.

 

      Therefore, the purpose of the author is to bring to light information that will help the reader to grasp the grand and awful aspects of this work of God to bring the reign of sin to a close and restore to the righteous the earth again, in its Edenic Perfection, a peaceful habitation, free from sin and sinners.

 

       Because of their idolatry and separation from the two-tribe kingdom of Judah, the northern kingdom was taken captive by the Assyrians who removed them from their original land inheritance in Palestine and scat­tered them among the nations where the prophecies show they were to "renew their strength and return," Isa. 49-1, 12 --"come again after many days" (Hosea 1:11) to their original possessions.

 

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       As revealed in Merkabah number three, the key to the location of the so-called lost ten Tribes, lies with the history of the tribe of DAN who left the name of their Father (Dan) in the places of their sojourn among the nations. On the north, the territory of Dan ended opposite the port of Jaffa where they were harassed by the Philistines and where Jonah took ship on his flight away from the Lord.

 

       Members of the tribe of Dan enlisted as Seamen on Phonecian ships of Tyre. It was Hurom of Tyre, son of a woman of the tribe of Dan, that the Phonecian King sent to help build in Solomon's Temple.

 

       The Divine hand of Providence guides the life and activities at God's elect and bestows upon them talents to be used to forward the out-working of Divine will. Therefore, time has revealed the bestowal of God's wis­dom in abundant measure to his Elect Nation which he took out from among the heathen nations and made them the depositories of His Divine Laws, Statutes, and Judgments at Mt. Sinai. When obedient to these laws, they were prosperous and enjoyed the visible manifesta­tion of the DIVINE PRESENCE - the Shekinah Glory.

 

       When disobedient, God allowed them to be punished with the Rod of men. They were overtaken successively by Babylon, Meda-Persia, Greece, and Rome, and scat­tered throughout the nations of the world - all because they became lifted up, holding the knowledge of God secret, refusing to share their blessings with those less favored than themselves.

 

        Thus, in order to disseminate the knowledge of God throughout the world, they were scattered by their cap­tors to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people with the promise that in the "LATTER DAYS" they would AGAIN be gathered back to their homeland and reinstated "as at first" in their original possessions.

 

IT WAS THE TRIBE OF DAN, ONE OF THE TEN TAKEN CAPTIVE BY ASSYRIA, WHO HAD THE PECULIAR COMMISSION TO NAME EACH PLACE THEY CONQUERED AFTER THEIR FAMILY NAME "DAN" (JUDGES 18).

 

Historians have recorded the names of places where Dan, with the other of the ten tribes resided, follow­ing their Assyrian captivity. The ships of Dan con­veyed a remnant of the captives away to the lands of the north and west while others escaped through the Samaritan Gate via the Caucasian Pass. Others were taken captive and settled among the nations occupied by their captors.

 

Wherever they went, the Ten tribes, whom Jereboam caused to worship two calves, a Bullock at Bethel and a heifer in Dan (Judges 18), took their idols, customs, and talents as shipmasters, merchants, craftsmen, etc. and left a trail of names in the cities, rivers, and upon their altars of worship. Dan was the most prom­inent name left for a landmark to identify the places of sojourn of these "Wanderers" among the nations.

 

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A WONDERFUL MESSAGE OF TRUTH AND HOPE GIVEN BY GOD TO BRING THE WANDERERS BACK TO THEIR HOMELAND IS NOW GOING FORTH, CALLING ISRAEL (TEN TRIBES) TO REPENTANCE AND REACCEPTANCE INTO THE COMMONWEALTH OF ISRAEL.

 

                                              DAN

 

Various Bible commentators equate the position of Dan among the 12 tribes of Israel with that of Judas among the 12 Apostles. Being un-inspired men and having no better explanation of the mystery involved concerning the tribe of Dan they do not see him as being sealed with the other 12 tribes in Revelation seven. On the contrary, he is excluded, and represented as anti-Christ-Judas.

 

Nevertheless, Inspiration looks beyond the appearance of things and reveals through the Scriptures the latter-day application of the prophecies...The key is found in the prophecy of Jacob for the "last days" concerning his first-born son through Rachel by Billah, her handmaid, in Gen. 49: 16-18: "Dan shall judge his people as ONE Of the TRIBES of Israel."

 

"When Billah called her first son, Dan ("Judge"), she also prayed that it would be given to Samson, his decendant, to JUDGE his people, and that they would not fall into the hands of the Phillistines.

 

"Jacob's death-bed blessing to Dan centered principally around Sampson, who would bring victory to his people unaided..." IN THE SAME BLESSING JACOB RANKED DAN EQUALLY with JUDAH, in that Sampson's FATHER would be of the tribe of DAN and his MOTHER of JUDAH..., that the MESSIAH BE DESCENDED FROM DAN on his mother's side." The Jewish Encyclopedia.

 

"And he (Jacob) divided the children unto Leah, and unto Rachel, and unto the two handmaids (Bilah and Zilpah). "And he put the handmaids and their children FOREMOST and Leah and her children after, and Rachel and Joseph HINDERMOST. "And Esau ran to meet him..."Then the handmaidens came near, they and their CHILDREN (including Dan) and they bowed themselves." Gen. 33:1,2,4,6.

 

In going out to meet his brother, ESAU, Jacob, fearful for his wives and children, placed them according to those dearest to him, the handmaids and their children FIRST, Leah, with Dinah and the children next: Rachel and Joseph LAST, in the safest position. Thus, as in many future instances, Dan, the son of Rachel's handmaid, was placed foremost in the most vulnerable position of attack, to meet the enemy as represented by Esau.

 

   DINAH, the daughter of Jacob, by Leah, was in the second most vulnerable position before ESAU.

 

The historical facts in connection with the episode with Shechem, son of Hamor in Gen. 34, are: "Dinah represents a clan; Shechem is the well known city. The TRIBE of Dinah (13th child of Jacob) had been made captive by Shechem, and the closely consanguineous tribes of Levi and Simeon in an attempt to capture the city and release the sister clan, came to ignominious grief." The Jewish Encyclopedia, Vol. 4, p. 606. Din-ah, Din = Judge. It was concerning her that judgment was executed upon Shechem, and her brethren, Simeon and Levi.

 

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Question: "WHY did DAN REMAIN in ships?" On the north, the territory of Dan ended opposite the port of Jaffa where they were harassed by the Philistines and where Jonah embarked on his flight from the Lord.

 

An Answer: The members of the tribe of Dan enlisted on the Phoenecian ships and resided in the port city of Tyre. Huram of Tyre, a Danite, was sent to help Solomon build the temple. Consequently, they were prepared to transport their brethren to the north and west to escape the Assyrian conquerors who took a number of the 10 tribes and relocated them in the Euphrates Valley where they migrated to every nation, kindred, tongue, and people. From the critical view, Juenan (Kuenan), and others after him, have argued that "Dan" is the title of a Deity.

 

The name DANIEL and its cuneform name of a king, 'Assur-Dan', and its analogy with other names, both tribal and personal, strongly favors this view advanced by Juenan (Kuenan) and his successors.

 

         Definition, DANIEL-"Dan is el." Dan is judge.  The Jewish encyclopedia.

 

In Joshua 19, Dan was the LAST mentioned tribe to receive the LOT of his inheritance in Canaan.

 

In Ezekiel 48 DAN receives his original place, the FIRST portion of land in the North and occupies one of the 3 gates on the East allotted to the THREE sons of Rachel, Joseph, and Benjamin, in Revelation 21:12: Eze. 48:31-34.

 

"The Narrative attributes the origin of the name Dan to Rachel, who said "God has vindicated me (Dananni): Indeed, He has heeded my plea and given me a son (Gen. 30:6). The name would thus be derived from the verb dyn ("to judge or VINDICATE":

 

(Gen- 49:16). Some scholars see in the name DAN the DIVINE epithet DAYYAN, while others regard it as a DIVINE NAME IN ITSELF. Most likely, however, the literal meaning intended by the biblical etymology is correct, and the name, DAN, should be regarded as a short form of Dan (ann)iel or the like."

 

"Dan. 5. a boy's given name, form of Daniel. 'Archaic: a title of honor equivalent to master or Sir ...Lord, master. also: 1. Daniel 2. DANish 3. DAN:ig." (from Random House Dictionary).

 

"Dan shall judge his people, as one of the tribes of Israel, Dan shall be a serpent in the way, an adder in the path that biteth the horses heels, so that his rider falleth backward" Gen 49:16,17, R.V.; meaning that his tribe would CONTEND WITH THE FOES OF ISRAEL AS EARNESTLY AND CRAFTILY AS WOULD ANY OF THE TRIBES. Speaking on the same subject Moses compared Dan to a Lion's whelp that leapeth from Bashan (Palestine -Deut. 33:22).

 

"The town (taken by Dan) was originally called Laish, LION, or Leshim, perhaps PLACE OF LIONS. The name, Dan, was given to it after its capture by the Danites (Josh. XIX:47: Judge 1B).

 

"Abraham Pursued Chedarlaomer as far as Dan (Gen. XIV:XIV). Tel at-Kadi, which signifies MOUND OF THE JUDGE, and thus preserves, through perhaps acci­dentally, the sense of the old name, "Dan." At the BASE of this mound are TWO SPRINGS, whose waters presently UNITE and form the river LedDAN, the shortest but most abundant in water of the THREE streams which flow together a FEW MILES BELOW and for the JorDAN (River).

 

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"In the wilderness wanderings, the tribe of Dan encamped north of the Tabernacle together with Asher and Naphtali (Number 2:25, 29). The territorial inher­itance of the tribe is stated to have bordered the ter­ritory of Ephraim to the NORTH, Benjamin to the EAST, and Judah to the SOUTH, and to have extended into the maritime plain. Four levitical cities situated in the territory of Dan are among the cities listed in Joshua 19:40,48 ie, -- If the levitical cities were adminis­trative centers and store cities built by Solomon in which he settled the Levites "for all the work of the Lord and for the service of the King" (1 Chron. 26:30 32), then this would support Mazar's dating of the list of Danite cities to the days of Solomon."

 

                          THE HISTORY OF THE TRIBE

 

"DAN WAS THE ONLY ONE OF THE HANDMAID TRIBES ORIGINALLY TO SETTLE AMONG THE TRIBE OF LEAH AND RACHEL. IT’S INHERITANCE BORDERED ON EPHRAIM, BENJAMIN, AND JUDAH. A dictionary of the Bible, 1929. under "Dan".

 

                                   THE NUMBER  "THIRTEEN"

 

Not enumerated with the sealing of the twelve tribes in Rev. 7:1-8, Dan is sealed in the great multitude of verse nine as the THIRTEENTH TRIBE of the children of Israel,

 

         'The number THIRTEEN is connected with SUBSTITUTION and ATONEMENT.  The Savior, THOUGH SINLESS, was made "sin" for us --"offering for us."  Heb. 9:28 -- "Numbered with the transgressors." Isa. 53:12.

 

Merkabah Part 3. p. 19-"KINDREDS = Tribes.

 

"THIRTEEN is not only the all pervading factor of sin, but also of SIN'S ATONEMENT. THIRTEEN not only brands the sinner as a rebel against God but is the number borne by the sinner's SUBSTITUTE (sacrifice for sin) "THE SUBSTITUTE".

 

"His name in the Old Testament -- JEHOVAH-ADONAI, HA ELOHIM -- MESSIAH, are all multiples of thirteen. "HIS ANOINTED," in Psalms 2 bears the very number of Satan himself. HA-SATAN. THIRTEEN.