Date Posted：16/04/2008 7:52 AMCopy HTML
Israel like the Stars, Sand and Dust
This short article is to highlight to some British Israel (BI) adherents that "perhaps", many of the promises they attribute to fulfillment through Britain and America were actually fulfilled in OT Israel, and that "perhaps" BI has read into the text things that ought not be.
Revivalists and BI point to a number of "figurative" expressions relating to prophesies of what Israel would become, or how she would be described. Some of the more well know are as follows:-
-- And I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth (Gen 13:16, 28:14)
-- I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, (Gen 22:17)
-- and as the sand which is upon the sea shore (Gen 22:17)
For some extremely subjective reason, British Israel and Revivalists imagine these prophesies point to Britain, the Commonwealth and America, simply because of their size (and, dare I say it, significant circular reasoning). The problem with the BI version, is that all these identifications were fulfilled in OT Israel.
SOLOMON & THE DUST OF THE EARTH
2 Chronicles 1:9 (KJV)
Now, O LORD God, let thy promise unto David my father be established: for thou hast made me king over a people like the dust of the earth in multitude.
SAND ON THE SEA SHORE
1 Kings 4:20 (KJV)
Judah and Israel were many, as the sand which is by the sea in multitude, eating and drinking, and making merry.
STARS OF HEAVEN
Deuteronomy 1:10 (KJV)
The LORD your God hath multiplied you, and, behold, ye are this day as the stars of heaven for multitude.
Deuteronomy 10:22 (KJV)
Thy fathers went down into Egypt with threescore and ten persons; and now the LORD thy God hath made thee as the stars of heaven for multitude.
STARS OF HEAVEN & POSSESSION OF THE LAND
Nehemiah 9:23 (KJV)
"Their children also multipliedst thou as the stars of heaven, and broughtest them into the land, concerning which thou hadst promised to their fathers, that they should go in to possess it. "
This topic, relating to certain promises, could be taken further, but I don't think there is much need. The point is, there is no "requirement" to look for fulfillment outside of Israel in the OT in many of these matter.