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Introduction to Part One
we historically ponder the events that have taken place over the past two
thousand years, we can clearly see that the warnings the
LORD God gave Israel,
have come to pass during that time. Israel
has wandered to “the four corners of the earth” where she has seen
her enemies “draw a sword” after her.
One of “Dutch Tzedakah” describes the historical account of these
years, right up to 1940 and the time of the ultimate enemy, Adolf Hitler.
first three chapter’s of “Dutch Tzedakah” covers a time span
from 2000 (Biblical calendar) / 1761 BCE, the call of Abraham to the children
of Israel being enslaved in Egypt and then led back to the Promised Land by
Moses, commencing with the Exodus from Egypt. Then after the destruction of Jerusalem and the Temple in 3829 / 69 AD, the account
traces a scattered Israel
where they endured two thousand years of sufferings and hideous persecution.
four to seven outlines Jewish life in the Netherlands,
a nation that gave the Jewish people a safe home!
in chapter eight, the horror of the third Reich unfolds itself as Adolf Hitler
arrives on the scene.
Part One of “Dutch Tzedakah” we will follow Israel
from blessings into times of great tribulations. I pray that may we will learn
from history and the contents of the message contained in this work, for I
assure you, there is one!
two thousand years the ancient people of Israel
have been scattered to the “four
corners of the earth.” Many have settled in and around Europe where they quickly adapted
to the variety of reactions towards them. There were times of relative quiet
and peace, but also much pain owing to the often-violent attacks against them.
Late in the sixteenth century when the Jewish people were running from their
persecutors, the Netherlands
opened their doors and gave the children of Israel
a safe home.
quote from the Talmud (the ancient
writings of various Rabbis on subjects relating to the Old Testament)
sums up the situation beautifully:
“He who accepts an orphan into his home
and raises the child as his own is viewed as the orphan's parent”
going into detail of Hebrew settlement in the Lowlands, being the Netherlands,
let us turn back the pages of history to the land that the LORD God,
blessed be His Holy Name, gave His people Israel.
This land of “inheritance” had been promised to Abraham and to his
seed eternally, that includes Isaac and Jacob and their seed as is stated in
Genesis 13: 14 & 15.
“And the LORD God said (to Abraham), lift up your eyes and
look from the place were you are (Beth-El)
northward (to Lebanon),
and southward (to the river Egypt
in the Negev), and eastward (to
Abraham's original home and the river Euphrates), and westwards (the Mediterranean Sea, see Genesis
15: 18 to 21). For all the land you see shall I give you and your seed (Isaac and Jacob - Israel)
The word “forever” in
Hebrew” is “Olam” which means “eternally.”
However this “Promised
Land”, a land that would offer so much, also proved so hard to
keep, for the surrounding nations for some reason greatly desired it. Even the
conquering Greeks and Romans would eventually posses it.
following are the historical and spiritual events that led Israel
to be scattered to the four corners of the earth.
Moses and the Childern of Israel at Mount Sinai
been slaves in Egypt
and under the leadership of God’s chosen man, Moses, the LORD God, blessed be His Holy Name, delivered the children
out of Egypt,
by His “mighty hand.”
However, it took a long forty years of wandering through the wilderness
before they finally re-entered the “Land
However, the Children of Israel could have reached the land in just eleven days
Sinai, as is clearly stated in Deuteronomy
chapter 1. Why then did it take so long? The truth is had Israel
faithfully followed the LORD God, who had saved them from bondage, they would
have reached the land in that time. But sadly, it was disobedience that kept Israel
in the wilderness for forty years and this is so clearly described in the Torah
(the five books of Moses). The
LORD God, blessed be His Holy Name, reaffirmed His original Commandments and
some new Commandments whilst Israel
was camped at Mount
was clearly told (Leviticus 26: 1 to 6). One of these clearly stated that if
they would love the LORD their God and not worship other gods, and keep His
statutes and commandments and keep the Sabbath and the “Seven Feasts the
LORD” and uphold the Torah (the Law), the LORD would not only give them
the land, but also the rain in due season and the land would yield her
increase. There was also the promise that there would be peace in the land, and
if enemies should come against them, only a small number of Israelites would be
required to drive them out.
The LORD God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob would
respect His called-out ones and make them fruitful, multiply them and thus He
made a covenant with them. What a powerful promise to a nation. All this would
be so, if Israel
would only believe, obey and love the LORD their God.
Nevertheless, from the Scriptures we know that some
of the Israelites were faithful, but sadly many were not. This disobedience
began in the wilderness and later continued in the Land of Promise, for many of
the House of Israel did not continue to worship the God of their fathers and
did not uphold the Torah (the Law),
and many even went after other gods. In very same chapter, (Leviticus 26), the
consequences of disobedience were also foretold. For the LORD God said that He
would set His face against them, and bring a sword after them, drive them out
of the land that He had given them, and scatter them among the heathen, where
they would be “hunted by their
enemies.” Sadly, all this all happened, not because the LORD God,
blessed be His Name, was a cruel taskmaster, but because He had to execute the
due punishment befitting the sins of men. The righteous God of Abraham, Isaac,
and Jacob had proclaimed these things, thus He had to act upon His words.
Dispensing rightful punishment does not make He who punishes at fault, but
those that are guilty of the wrongdoing are worthy of receiving the punishment
for they were clearly foretold. If you steal and you are caught, you go before
a court and you are judged and you will receive the appropriate punishment.
Many of Israel
had sought after other gods and worshipped them, thus according to God’s
word, the punishment was fitting and due. (Read Leviticus 26: 14 to 39).
also records that there were times of greatness when the people followed the
Almighty, and kept His commandments. During those days the nations around about
were greatly fearful of Israel, not because they were so powerful, but because
they had heard of the power and the greatness of the God of Israel who had
brought them out of the land of Egypt with a mighty hand. In addition they had
heard how the God of Israel had slain the mighty army of the great and all
powerful Pharaoh in the Red Sea, as well as those of other Kings that had come
whilst they were in the wilderness.
Are the Ten Tribes Lost?
But after the reign of King David and then the death
of Solomon the sadly the nation split into two Benjamin and Judah became one,
known as simply as “Judah” and the other Ten Tribes became the
nation of “Israel.” Tragically, the vast majority of the people of
second nation Israel
had turned their backs on God and they followed and trusted their wicked, pagan
worshipping kings. Thus, as God had prophesied, ensured that their enemies were
able to come in and conquer them. Israel
was the first to be carried off. However thankfully there were many of the
faithful of Israel
that had escaped to Judah.
It is written in 2 Chronicles 16:1 to 6.
“In the thirty-sixth year of Asa’s
reign Baasha king of Israel
went up against Judah and fortified Ramah to prevent anyone from leaving or
entering the territory of Asa king of Judah.
Asa then took the silver and gold out of the treasuries of the LORD’s
temple and of his own palace and sent it to Ben-Hadad king of Aram,
who was ruling in Damascus
‘Let there be a treaty between me and you,’ he said, ‘as
there was between my father and your father. See, I am sending you silver and
gold. Now break your treaty with Baasha king of Israel
so he will withdraw from me.’ Ben-Hadad agreed with King Asa and sent the
commanders of his forces against the towns of Israel.
They conquered Ijon, Dan, Abel Maim and all the store cities of Naphtali. When
Baasha heard this, he stopped building Ramah and abandoned his work. Then King
Asa brought all the men of Judah,
and they carried away from Ramah the stones and timber Baasha had been using.
With them he built up Geba and Mizpah.”
Exodus so angered Baasha the King of Israel so much at that time that he
fortified the border town of Ramah to stop the flow of the faithful of the LORD
into Judah. Asa, the King of Judah made an arrangement with the King of Syria
to make war with Baasha and the Nation of Israel, giving King Asa time to
destroy the fortifications in Ramah and allow the faithful Israelites continue
to escape to Judah.
These fortifications were so huge that King Asa was able to build not just one,
but two towns from the building materials that was recovered from these walls.
Some may say, but how can we really prove this? But, the Scriptures is very
accurate! The proof is in the fact that, when Israel
was taken captive only 17,000 armed or strong men could be summoned. Whilst
was captured sometime later an army of 307,500 could be summoned, for by then Judah
had grown greatly as many of the faithful of the ten tribes had migrated to Judah.
We also read in the Scriptures that many towns in Israel
fell, simply because they were totally deserted.
like to debunk the popular fallacy that exists in the world that says that the
ten tribes disappeared in Assyria and/or migrated to Europe to re-emerge in
Britain, thus, the so called “British Israel” doctrine, which is
nothing short of a joke, for the Word proves it.
truth is when people reject the TRUTH, which is clearly found in the Word of
the LORD, they will so readily accept a lie.
we read in 2 Chronicles 16: 1-6, Judah was bursting with the best of the Twelve
Tribes, for we know from the New Testament that those supposed lost Ten Tribes
were rather well represented at the time of Yahushua. Remember Anna? This is
the lady who met baby Yahushua on the steps of the Temple
and she was from the so-called lost Tribe of “Asher” as is recorded
in Luke 2:36. Yet, according to many Christians this tribe was long lost and is
somewhere in Europe or in the United States.
Thus Luke made it quite clear that the tribe of Asher was well and truly
present in Jerusalem
at the time of Yahushua. This is just one event that clearly illustrates that
ALL ISRAEL was represented in Judah
400 years after the Babylonian exile. But then James’ letter arrives on
the scene, which he commences as follows … “To the TWELVE TRIBES, which are scattered abroad.” He
obviously knew a lot more than the Churches do several thousand years
later, who continue to claim together with so many misguided
ones that “the Ten Tribes are lost.” James’ statement is
very much inline with what the LORD had said in His Word, that due
to their sins, He would scatter the Children of Israel and He meant ALL Twelve Tribes, to the four
corners of the earth and restore them again to the land in the “end
times.” And they are Jews, be they Orthodox, Chassidic, Messianic Jews or
Jews who do not believe much of anything, they are still part of the Hebrew
Judah had remained more faithful, yet there also were many turning away from
the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, who delivered then out of bondage
miraculously out of Egypt!
Eventually, they also went into dispersion and the great Temple built by Solomon was
destroyed in Jerusalem
by the Babylonians. This had been foretold by faithful men of God, such as
Daniel, Jeremiah, and later Haggai. For the divided nations, Israel
and Judah had been restored to the land and
become a one nation again, having returned to the Holy city Jerusalem.
The city and the Temple
were rebuilt by the people of all the twelve tribes of Israel!
chapter 9: 25, gives the details when and how the city and the Temple
would be rebuilt. This was accomplished on schedule “even in troubled times.” (Read Nehemiah chapter 4
for the details). Later the Greeks took Israel
and then at a later date Rome possessed Israel
and placed an Edomite (a descendant of
the unfaithful Esau) as King over Israel
named Herod the Great. In these times of troubles many in Israel
sought for their promised Messiah
to free them from their Roman conquerors.
had foretold that the Messiah
would be born in the city of David, Bethlehem (“Beth” means “house”, “lechem”
means “bread”), and be from the Royal line of David, the son
of Jesse, of the tribe of Judah.
The New Testament tells us that King
Herod was told that a king was about to be born by three visitors of east. He
was furious and commanded that all baby boys were to be slain in Bethlehem.
It was at this time a baby was born in Bethlehem to Yoseph (Joseph) and
Miriam (Mary) who were there
because of a Romans order.
him “Yahushua,” which is Jesus’ real Hebrew name, which is
the identical name given to another person in the Scripture’s a person we
know as “Joshua,” but, the Church of Roman decided to use the
heathen name “Jesus”. In Greek it is “Iesous” and both
persons we know today as Jesus and Joshua are named in the Greek New Testament
as “Iesous.” But, this name is directly related to the name of Zeus
for “Ieseus” is in fact the Greek god of healing. Thus I will use
the Name His original Hebrew Yahushua, for we translate words, but should not
have to translate names. Mikhail Gorbachev was not renamed Michael Gordon, Neither did Nelson Mandella become Neil
Mandel, just for argument sake!
As the New
Testament continues to state, with the many babies slain in Bethlehem, Yoseph,
Miriam and child were able to flee to Egypt, but it would not be until
thirty-three years later until Yahushua was unjustifiably crucified by the
Romans with the title “King of
the Jews” nailed to his tree/stake (cross). At the time, many of the Children of Israel were
expecting their Messiah and we know that many accepted Yahushua as their
Messiah. What is called Christianity today had in fact a very Jewish beginning
and not one of them ever called him Jesus for that Name did not come into
existence until at least three hundred years later!
nation in general and the majority of priests rejected this Yahushua as the
prophesied Messiah. This finally led the Orthodox Christian Churches,
especially the Church of Rome, Lutherans, Church of England and the East
European Orthodox Churches to commence a fanatical campaign to convert “THE Jews,” and if they
would not submit and accept their format of Christian faith for they all
differed, they would simply kill them.
We need to
remember that the very first people to believe in Yahushua as the Messiah were
all Israelites (Jews) and at the time they were regarded simply as a Jewish
sect, much like the Essenes. A Pharisee known as Sha’ul of Tarsus, who
became later known as Paul the apostle, had a traumatic conversion on the road
and he took the message of Messiah to the Gentiles. Those who believed were
Jews and Gentiles alike. Then after a period of time, they became generally
known as the followers of the Messiah Yahushua or “Messianic
believers.” By 69/70 AD, forty years after the death of Yahushua, His
followers in Jerusalem
had sold their homes and were living beyond the Jordan
was again destroyed (as foretold by
the prophets), this time by the fury of Rome.
again lay in ruins on the ninth of Av, the same day in history as the first Temple
was destroyed. As it was written, Israel
would be scattered to the “four
corners of the earth.” Therein the land of their enemies
(Leviticus 26) Israel
would be hunted and murdered by the adversaries (hasatan) of God.
was destroyed by Rome
on the 9th of Av 69 AD
in dispersion, did this mean that the LORD God, blessed be His Name, had
forsaken them and given another their blessings? “God forbid.” In fact, the Scriptures teach the
opposite. The separation of the people of Israel
and the land would be temporary, as the prophets clearly stated. The prophecy
of Jeremiah speaks of God having “divorced”
(Jeremiah 3: 8). The Hebrew word used here for divorce is “kerithuth,” means to “separate,” but only for
a certain or “temporary” period. Another word exists in the
Scriptures for divorce, and that is “Garash,”
meaning to be “utterly removed
forever.” The prophet Elijah, after confronting the sinful King
Ahab, was told by God to “go to
the brook Kerith.” The LORD God would “divorce – separate” Himself from the nation,
which had gone into sin under the evil influence of Ahab and Jezebel. Later
Elijah was commanded to “return”
to the king and the people, and offer them restoration with the God of their
fathers, on condition of full repentance from their sins and by returning (Shuv) to Him. In fact, the very
prophecy that tells us of Israel's
dispersion also promises their return to the land that the LORD God, blessed be
His Name, had given to Abraham and his seed … Forever!
for all that, when they be in the land of their enemies, I will not cast them
away, neither will I abhor them, to destroy them utterly, and to break My covenant
with them: for I am the LORD their God. But I will for their sakes remember the
covenant of their ancestors, whom I brought forth out of the land of Egypt in
the sight of the heathen, that I might be their God: I am the LORD”
Leviticus 26: 44 & 45.
“For I will take you from
among the heathen, and gather you out of all the countries, and I will bring
you into your own land - And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave your
fathers; and ye shall be My people, and I will be your God” Ezekiel 36:
24 & 28.
“Hear the word of the LORD, O ye
nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, HE THAT SCATTERED
ISRAEL WILL GATHER HIM, AND KEEP HIM, as a shepherd does his flock”
Jeremiah 31: 10.
The above was
also believed by Paul the apostle.
“I say then, Has God cast away His
people? God forbid - For I also am an Israelite, the seed of Abraham, of the
tribe of Benjamin. God has not cast away His people which He foreknew”
Romans 11: 1 & 2.
are just a few of the multitude of promises to Israel.
The LORD God, blessed be His Holy Name, would not allow His people to be
utterly destroyed, even though the world and the enemies of God, has done all
in their power to do so. God's promise to Israel
was that He would bring them “back
to their own land and be their God.” And the fact of the
matter is simply this - The miracle is complete for, the restoration of the land
is today a reality!
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