The Official Journal of the Ensign Trust, London





Abraham, patriarch and friend of God

From righteous Noah through his  only  obedient son Shem, from whom the name  Shemite  or Semite is derived, we now come to the great Patriarch, Abraham. To perpetuate the Adamic  or White  race for the purpose of demonstrating God’s laws, our Heavenly Father chose a man of great faith and obedience. The reasons  for the  choice  of  Abraham as father of God’s chosen people were  few  and simple, He was of the Kingly line. That is, he could trace his ancestry  from  Seth through  the  eldest son of each generation, and he believed God, for we read in Hebrews 11:8, “By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and  he  went out, not  knowing   where  he  went.”

Today, there are those people who, for one reason or another, choose to ignore the contributions of the white or Caucasian race and are quick to blame us for all the ills of other races or mixtures in our midst. Yet, the only civilised standards they have were taught to them by us. There is something very special about the Caucasian race, altogether aside from our abilities and accomplishments; that the very origin of the true Israel people of God, the Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian, Germanic and related peoples, was in itself a miracle from the hand of God.

You will remember that God first made His promises of a marvellous future to Abraham, telling him, “I will make thy seed as the dust of the earth, so that if a man can number the dust of the earth, then shall thy seed also be numbered.” (Genesis 13:16); “My covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father  of many nations” (Genesis 17:4); “And I will establish My covenant between Me and thee and thy seed after  thee in their generations  for an everlasting covenant” (Genesis 17:7). He then went on to tell how these nations would be a blessing to all the earth.

Abraham had 8 sons by three wives: Hagar, Sarah and Keturah. But God told him that only his son Isaac was to be the ancestor of the promised line, called by God to become His people, saying, “In Isaac shall thy seed be called (Genesis 21:12), and “My covenant will I establish with Isaac.”(Genesis 17:21) Not only was Isaac, our ancestor, specially selected by   God, but his very existence was a miracle. Two parties are necessary for the birth of all other children – a father and a mother; but the birth of Isaac required three parties: his father, Abraham , his mother, Sarah – and GOD.

Isaac, Symbolic Prophecy Of Resurrection Through Christ

A year before the birth of Isaac, God gave him his name, in Genesis 17:21. When God spoke of a child being born to Sarah, both Abraham and Sarah laughed at the obvious impossibility, for Sarah was then 89 years old, certainly a great age – many years past the time when she could bear a child and, indeed, she had been barren all her life, and Abraham was 99 years old. But, God performed the miracle He had promised, and a year later, at the age of  90,  Sarah bore her first and only child, Isaac.

This was only the first of miracles. Like his descendant, Jesus Christ, Isaac was named by God Himself before his birth. Jesus Christ brought the reality of resurrection from the dead, but Isaac was used to furnish a symbolic prophecy of our loved ones given back from the dead. Naturally, all of Abraham ‘s hopes were now centred upon this miracle son, through whom all of God’s great promises were to be fulfilled, then came the stunning command from God, Take now thy son, thine only (son) Isaac, whom thou lovest, and get thee into the land of Moriah, and offer him there for a burnt offering. (Genesis 22:2) Did God now mean to take away all that He had promised? No, Abraham knew better than that: note in the awful grief of a father about to witness, even to cause, the death of his beloved son, but in serene faith, Abraham obeyed God. He took the boy Isaac and went to Mount Moriah, prepared the wood fire for the burnt offering, never doubting that God would keep His promise; either God would intervene beforehand, or God would give him back his son from the dead. Abraham told Isaac, “My son, God will provide Himself a lamb for a burnt offering”

As always, God honoured His word. The 22nd chapter of Genesis tells how God did provide the burnt offering, a ram trapped in a thicket by his horns, so Abraham made the sacrifice with the offering provided by God. Again, here is Christianity in the Old Testament.  We  have  nothing  of  our own to offer in atonement for our sins. It is God who provides the lamb as the sin offering. The offering of the beloved son prefigures the sacrifice of Jesus Christ as the Lamb of God ; and the fact that his promised career was not interrupted by death symbolises the  swift resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to continue His promised work on our behalf. For us,  the threat of death is not real, for God has not only promised us continued life, but has strengthened our faith by clear demonstration of His power and will to resurrect  us.

It is very fitting that Isaac  was  specially  chosen and called by God to be our ancestor – as we are specially chosen and called by God to be His people and to do His will in the earth. We are all the children of Isaac, only by a miracle from the hand of God did he ever come into existence  at  all,  and  remember, that miracle is our miracle too, for without it we also would not exist today. Only by another miracle from God did Isaac grow to maturity and become our ancestor, and again, we are the product of  that miracle God told Isaac, “I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and  will give  unto  thy seed all these  countries,  and  in  thy  seed  shall all the nations of the earth be  blessed.” (Genesis 26:4) With all our human imperfections, we have fulfilled this prophecy. We have brought the other races the first sanitation they ever knew, and stopped the pestilences which had previously ravaged their lands. We stopped their murderous tribal wars and brought them peace, as long as we remained in command of their lands; we brought them the only public education they had ever known. We taught them improved methods of agriculture, and  when  they still were not able to feed themselves, we sent them on many occasions the shipments of food which saved millions  from death by famine.

By a miracle, God created Isaac for a purpose  – to  be the ancestor of  our race; by miracles,  God brought  us to the great numbers and power which He had promised, God said of us, “They shall show forth My praise” -and despite our human faults, we have done  so.

Jacob/Israel: Father Of The Twelve Tribes

Jacob was a remarkable person in many ways. He was born twin brother to Esau who, even though he was the elder, lost his birthright to Jacob, the younger. All this was according to God’s will. Esau was the father of the Edomites who were later to become bitter enemies of the Israelites – the descendants of Jacob. Jacob was the son of Isaac who was a symbol of Christ. He was the grandson of Abraham, who was the friend of The Almighty God.

We pick up the story of Jacob in the 25th Chapter of Genesis. Rebekah, the mother of Jacob, had been barren and Isaac his father had gone to God to ask that he and Rebekah be given children. God’s answer came when Rebekah conceived and found herself  with twins and in great turmoil. She then went to God to enquire as to the cause of her state, God announced that the two who were within her womb would originate two completely different people and that the elder would serve the younger. This indicates it was foreordained that Jacob, the younger, should receive  the birthright.

Later on in the chapter we find Esau despising his birthright to the point where he sold it for a mess of pottage. Now, it may not be a literal bowl of soup or stew, but what the Scriptures illustrate is how lightly he held his birthright. But the real reason for his losing the birthright appears near the end of Genesis Chapter 26, where it states that Esau married two Hittite women, apart from the Adamic race. This was the beginning of mongrelisation which was strictly forbidden. Abraham had lived among  the people  of the land but would not take a wife  for  Isaac  from their ranks. More proof of  how  serious was  Esau’s sin appears at the  end  of  Chapter  27. The daughters of Heth mentioned, were Canaanites because they  were of Heth, who was a son of the accursed Canaan. Furthermore , in the first verse of Chapter 28, Isaac charges Jacob not  to take a wife  from  the  daughters of Canaan. Considering  all this,  it is not  difficult  to understand the account of Jacob stealing Esau’s blessing.

Evidently, the birthright and the blessing were two different things. No doubt, Rebekah understood the prophecy that Esau would lose the birthright to Jacob, but perhaps it was not clear to Isaac. In keeping with Hebrew tradition, the father must give a special blessing to the son who was to receive the birthright. As a rule the birthright went to the eldest son, but there have been some notable exceptions, Isaac himself received the birthright over his elder brother Ishmael. Jacob, in turn, took the birthright from his eldest son, Reuben, and gave it to Joseph, a younger son. Now, since Jacob already had the birthright , it was necessary that he have the blessing also, hence the deception , described so vividly in Genesis, Chapter 27.

Actually, Jacob’s flight to the home of his Uncle Laban was the result of obeying his father Isaac’s command (that he take a wife from among his own people) as much as it was to escape the wrath of his brother, Esau. This is emphasised later in Chapter 28 when Esau tries to appease his father by taking a third wife from among the daughters of Ishmael, who was Abraham ‘s son

An important thing happened to Jacob on that journey to Haran, when, at a certain place, as he slept, he  seemed  to  see  angels  of  God  ascending  and descending a ladder that seemed to reach the heavens. It was here that The Almighty reaffirmed the promises made to Abraham and to Isaac, that his family would become a great multitude in the Earth and be a great blessing to all the families of the Earth. Jacob was so awed by the vision that he took the stone he had used for a pillow and set it up as a monument, poured oil on it and called that place, “Bethel,” which means, “house of God.” Another very important thing happened at that time and place, when Jacob vowed that if Yahweh would be with him and keep him, wherever he went, that he would pay the tenth of all he received. In doing this Jacob was following in the footsteps of his grandfather Abraham, when he paid the tithe to the Melchizedek, priest of the most high Yahweh. Jacob swore this oath by the stone that he had set up and anointed, therefore that stone is frequently referred to as, “The Stone of Destiny.”

When Jacob reached Haran (the land of his uncle Laban) the first person he met was Rachel, Laban’s daughter. He was heartily received by his uncle and all the family and welcomed to stay. Laban did not think it was quite right for Jacob to work for him for nothing so he asked Jacob to name his wages. Since the first meeting with Rachel, Jacob felt a strong attraction to her and knew he wanted her for his wife. He promised his uncle Laban to work for him for seven years in exchange for Rachel. Laban agreed. But it seems Laban had two daughters, the elder being Leah (whom the Bible describes as “tender eyed” Genesis 29:17). Now, Jacob did not love Leah, he loved Rachel who was beautiful and well favoured. At the end of the seven years Jacob demanded his due and a marriage feast was arranged. The next morning Jacob discovered that instead of being married to Rachel he was really married to Leah. Laban had substituted Leah for Rachel. When Jacob asked Laban why he had tricked him, Laban said it was the custom in his land that the elder daughter should be married first. So, it was decided that Jacob should have Rachel also, but he would have to work another seven years for her. It seems that uncle Laban was rather shifty.

The Bible states that God took pity on Leah because she was not loved, and so He gave her children. Rachel, on the other hand, was barren for a long time. Leah bore four sons, Reuben, Simeon, Levi and Judah. Rachel realised she was not likely to be fruitful and decided to give her maid Bilhah to Jacob to conceive the children who would be legally her children. Evidently that was another Hebrew custom. Biihah had two sons: Dan and Naphtali. Then Leah, realising she had stopped bearing  for  awhile,  gave her handmaiden Zilpah to Jacob so that any resulting offspring would be hers. She did this in the mistaken idea that if she gave Jacob more children than Rachel, he would love her more than Rachel. This did not happen. Zilpah bore Jacob two sons, Gad  and Asher.

After this, Genesis Chapter 30 gives an interesting account of how Leah hired the affections of Jacob. It seems that Leah’s son Reuben, went out into the fields and gathered some mandrakes. Rachel wanted the mandrakes so much that she told Leah that in exchange for the mandrakes, Jacob  would  lie  with her that night, which he did. Rachel’s behaviour  seems ridiculous until you understand that the mandrake plant was used for medicinal purposes and in Bible times was reputed to be a cure for sterility. Rachel was so desperate for a child that she was willing to try anything. As it turned out Rachel did not benefit from the mandrake incident but Leah did; she had another son, who was named Issachar. After that, she bore another son and  named  him  Zebulun.  Last of all, she had a daughter, whom she named Dinah. This brought the total of Leah’s children to six sons and  one daughter.

At long last Yahweh God remembered poor Rachel and gave her a son and what a son; the great “Joseph.” Right after the birth of Joseph, Jacob asked his uncle Laban to let him take his wives and children and return to his own country. Now, Laban did not want to see Jacob leave his employ because he knew the Almighty was blessing him for Jacob’s sake and that he had gained much more than he had before Jacob came. Laban asked Jacob to name his price for staying. Jacob did not want money but said he would take all the speckled and spotted animals from among Laban’s stock and that would be his hire. Laban agreed to Jacob’s request. The story of the next six years and how the cattle and property of Jacob increased is too lengthy to relate but it makes interesting reading in Genesis Chapter 30.

When Jacob realised how bitterly Laban resented him he took his family, herds and goods and fled without Laban knowing anything of his plans (Genesis Chapter 31). When Laban  learned  Jacob  had  gone he took off and chased him for a week before he caught him. Possibly, Laban would have harmed Jacob if Yahweh had not warned him against such action. Instead, they formed a covenant not to trespass against one another. After spending the night celebrating with the family, Laban returned to his home.

Jacob had been gone twenty years but still he greatly feared Esau had not forgiven him, therefore, he prayed to be protected from the hand of his brother. Since he did not know whether his prayers would be answered he showed his human weakness by trying a little bribery. He gathered together great many cattle, goats, camels, etc, and sent them on ahead as a gift to Esau. Sending his wives and children over a certain brook, Jacob remained on the other side. At that time something extremely important happened, probably the most important event in the life of the great Patriarch, Scripture tells us, “And there wrestled a man with him until the breaking of the day.” This was no ordinary man and when He saw that Jacob was not subdued He asked Jacob to let Him go as dawn was about to break. Jacob would not let him go until he received a blessing, so, this “Man” asked Jacob his name and when Jacob told Him, He said that Jacob would no longer be his name, for he was to have a new name which was to be Israel, from the ancient texts meaning, “having power with God (El), but that God is in command.” This was a momentous occasion because it was the first time the name Israel appeared in the scriptures. Jacob was so awed by the experience that he called the name of that place, “Peniel,” which means, “I have seen God face to face and my life is preserved.”

It seems that Jacob’s fear concerning Esau was unfounded because when he and Esau finally met, Esau greeted him with great affection. Esau even had to be urged to accept Jacob’s gift. After this historic meeting Jacob and Esau went their separate ways. Esau returned to Mt Seir, (ancient home of the Edomites, the descendants of Esau). These same people, in the following centuries, were to become mortal enemies of the nation, Israel.

Jacob then journeyed to Succoth and from  there  on to Shalem, a city in the Land of Canaan. While there, Dinah, the daughter of Jacob, was seen, desired and defiled by a Prince of  the  land. What  happened as a result of this violation is detailed in Chapter 34 of Genesis. The important point to remember is that this was a strong attempt by the Canaanites (the accursed seed of the Hamitic line) to integrate with the family of Jacob and thereby destroy them through mongrelisation. How this plan was thwarted makes pretty strong reading and serves to point out the fact that segments of Israel were capable of great violence and cruelty. Jacob, on his  death-bed,  condemned these tendencies on the part of his sons, Simeon and Levi.

After this, Jacob was told to return to Bethel where he was to build an altar unto the Almighty. But before he could leave for Bethel, Jacob had to gather together all the strange “gods” that were among his family. This proves that idolatry had made inroads into the life of Jacob’s family. Evidently it was necessary that Jacob’s family put away and bury their household idols if they were to continue to enjoy the blessings and protection of The Almighty God. By cleansing themselves of their idolatry the Israelites once more came under Yahweh ‘s protection. He caused terror to fall upon the Canaanites so that they did not pursue and avenge the slaughter done by Jacob’s sons, in the city of Shechem.

At Bethel, Jacob built an altar to the Almighty God and called the place, Elbethel, for it was there the Almighty had  appeared  to him  and  confirmed the promises made unto Abraham and to Isaac. As they journeyed from Bethel, Jacob’s wife, Rachel, went into hard labour with her second son. Rachel died in childbirth, but the child lived and Jacob named him Benjamin. This was Jacob’s last son. Rachel was buried on the way to Ephrath, at the site of  the town  of Bethlehem, where the Christ child was to be born. Finally, Jacob returned to his father’s house in Hebron and Isaac died at the age of 180 years. Esau returned and he and Jacob buried Isaac in the family burial cave, where Abraham, Sarah and Rebekah were buried.

Jacob and his family had to move from time to time in the land of Canaan because their huge flocks required great quantities of fodder. At the time Joseph was about seventeen, strife began to develop between him and his brothers. In part, it was due to jealousy because they knew that Joseph was Jacob’s favourite. Chapter 37 of Genesis tells of this favouritism and how it affected Joseph’s future. It was at this time that Joseph had two dreams. The first concerned Joseph and his eleven brothers binding sheaves in a field and the sheaves of the eleven brothers bowed down to Joseph’s sheaf. This caused the brothers to hate him more than ever, since  it  seemed to them that Joseph thought himself greater than they, great enough to rule over them. The second dream  was even more powerful. Joseph dreamed  the  sun and the moon (father and mother figures)  and  eleven stars (the brothers) bowed to him. Even Jacob chided Joseph for this dream, but the Bible tells us Jacob observed  and  considered  the  portent  of  this dream.

The story of how Joseph’s brothers sought to rid themselves of that dreamer, is quite famous and well known. They would have slain him but Reuben intervened and, instead, Joseph was sold into slavery. This was all according to the Almighty’s plan for the development of the nation Israel, “in a land not theirs.” Joseph was to play a great part in this plan, for he was sold into slavery in Egypt.

And Jacob-Israel mourned for his favourite son because his elder sons caused him to believe Joseph was dead, torn by a wild animal. Jacob was not to know until years later that his son was very much alive and greatly blessed.

The story of Jacob and his family continues to develop in Genesis Chapters 38 (which is Judah’s story), 39, 40, 41, which deal with Joseph’s progress in Egypt. After this, famine developed in the land of Canaan and Jacob’s family was sorely in need of food. Jacob sent ten of his sons down into Egypt to buy food, thereby partially fulfilling Joseph’s first dream of the sheaves. When the brothers came to Egypt to buy food they did bow down to Joseph, although they did not recognise him. Joseph, by this time, was ruler of Egypt, second only to the Pharaoh. How Joseph finally revealed himself to his brothers and requested that Jacob and his household come down  to Egypt and dwell, is covered  in Genesis Chapter 45.

Jacob was indeed shocked to learn  that  his beloved son Joseph was alive and so greatly blessed by God. He decided to accept Joseph’s offer but not before journeying to Beersheba and sacrificing to the Almighty Yahweh. There, God told Jacob not to fear going into Egypt, for in that land, He would make Jacob-Israel a great nation. Jacob trusted The Father because the Bible tells us he and his whole family (70 souls) went down into Egypt with all their herds and possessions. Pharaoh gave Jacob and his family the Land of Goshen, a choice area, in which to live. In  that part of Egypt, the Israelites grew into a great multitude.

Jacob lived in Egypt for seventeen years. When Jacob knew his time was short he called for his son Joseph and his grandsons, Ephraim and Manasseh. He adopted them, giving them his name, in order to bring them into the family of the Israelites.

Before his death, Jacob called all his sons together and prophesied what would happen to their descendants in the latter days, the time in which we now live. It is very important to read Genesis Chapters 48 and 49 and to try to understand the great truths contained therein.

We are told Jacob lived 147 years; a  wonderful life, full of God’s blessings because Jacob trusted in the promises of The Almighty and never once was he disappointed. When he gave up the ghost (spirit) and was gathered unto his people, Jacob’s body was buried in the family burial cave, in the field of Machpelah,  in the Land of Canaan.

“When you  see that  trading  is done  not  by consent,  but  by compulsion. When you see that in order to produce, you need to obtain  permission from  men who  produce nothing.

When  you  see  money  flowing  to  those  who  deal,  not  in goods,  but  in favors. When you see that  men get  richer  by graft and  pull than  by work,  and  your  laws don’t  protect  you  against  them  but  protect them  against you.

When you see corruption being rewarded and honesty becoming a sell­ sacrifice,  you  may  know that your  society  is doomed.”

– Ayn  Rand