Israel in Bible Prophecy:

“And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.” –Genesis 17:6

“And God said unto him, I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall be of thee, and kings shall come out of thy loins.” –Genesis 35:11

“Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall...his bow abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob...” -Genesis 49:22-24

“And 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

“And 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

“...let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren. His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth...” –Deuteronomy 33:16-17

“Moreover I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them any more, as beforetime.” -2 Sam. 7:10

And God said unto Abraham, As for Sarai thy wife, thou shalt not call her name Sarai, but Sarah shall her name be. And I will bless her, and give thee a son also of her: yea, I will bless her, and she shall be a mother of nations; kings of people shall be of her. (Gen. 17:15-16)

And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations. (Gen. 48:19)

And 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. (Gen. 13:16)

And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. (Gen. 15:5)

And said, By myself have I sworn, saith the LORD, for because thou hast done this thing, and hast not withheld thy son, thine only son: That in blessing I will bless thee, and in multiplying I will multiply thy seed as the stars of the heaven, and as the sand which is upon the sea shore; and thy seed shall possess the gate of his enemies; And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; because thou hast obeyed my voice. (Gen. 22:16-18)

And they blessed Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate of those which hate them. (Gen. 24:60)

And the LORD appeared unto him the same night, and said, I am the God of Abraham thy father: fear not, for I am with thee, and will bless thee, and multiply thy seed for my servant Abraham’s sake. (Gen. 26:24)

And God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful, and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people; (Gen 28:3)

And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. (Gen. 28:14)

And thou saidst, I will surely do thee good, and make thy seed as the sand of the sea, which cannot be numbered for multitude. (Gen. 32:12)

Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: (Gen. 49:22)

And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. (Gen. 28:14)

When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. (Deut. 32:8)

His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh. (Deut. 33:17)

Ask of me, and I shall give thee the heathen for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. (Ps. 2:8)

Many more Scripture prophecies support the teaching of British-Israel. For a more complete list, see the book, "The Story Of Celto-Saxon Israel," or visit our organization website at

“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.”   –Deuteronomy 7:6

            In introducing what to many may be a new religious concept, perhaps we should say first of all that the British-Israel movement—although actively and even staunchly Christian—is not a new Church or denomination.
On the contrary, most British-Israel believers are active in a variety of Christian denominations, differing from their fellow-members only in that they have come to see that the British or Celto-Saxon peoples are the continuation of God’s servant people and nation Israel, and that a recognition of this identity and its implications is a matter of vital and urgent importance.

God’s Two Nations: Israel and Judah

We are aware, of course, that many people equate Israel wholly with the Jews. However, such a sweeping statement is misleading for Bible history makes it very clear that the Jews trace their descent from the ancient House of Judah consisting of only TWO of Israel’s twelve tribes: Judah and Benjamin. This has long been recognized by Jewish scholars, and is corroborated by the fact that Bible prophecies concerning the two-tribe House of Judah do not in any way correspond to the Bible’s prophetic preview of what the ten-tribe House of Israel was to do and become. The historical background to these two ancient nations or “houses” of Israel and Judah is the subject of this article.

Both in its history and its prophecies the Bible pictures the House of Israel as a people and nation separate and distinct from Jewry, and once this fact is recognized it takes only a little study of the prophetic descriptions of ten-tribe Israel to see that they are exactly fulfilled in the history and development of the Celto-Saxon peoples. As this could not be the result of chance, it follows that the Celto-Saxon and related peoples must be the modern House of Israel.

Yet the importance of this relationship does not lie in the identitfication itself but rather in the great and urgent responsibility of which it entails. God brought the Israel people into being to be His servant people and, as such, to be the instrument of a Great Purpose which He is working out in human history and affairs. Being Israel, therefore, it is the Celto-Saxon peoples—Britain, the British dominions, the United States, Norway, Denmark, the Netherlands and a few other nations—who today constitute this servant people and who now face the responsibility of carrying out this Great Purpose.

The ultimate objective of this Purpose is the restoration of man’s life and world to the perfection of creation, but its more immediate objective is the establishment of God’s Will as the Law governing all human conduct and relations, and the bringing into being thereby of that righteous social order and world government called in the Scriptures the Kingdom of God.

The central figure in this Purpose  is God’s own Son, Jesus the Christ, for not only is He to rule over this world-wide Kingdom as “King of kings and Lord of lords,” but by His death on the cross He paid the penalty of human sin and rebellion, thus opening the door to everlasting life in His Kingdom to all who will accept it of Him.

Nevertheless, by its very nature, such a Purpose requires human co-operation. If God’s Will is to be obeyed throughtout the earth, someone will have to teach men its requirements. If the righteousness of His Kingdom and Laws is to be made known, someone will have to demonstrate it.

So, almost at the beginning of the Bible story, we find it recorded that God brought into being a new and distinct twelve-tribe people called Israel, to be His servant and the instrument of His Purpose.

After a period of growth and of slavery in Egypt, God led His people out of that land in a great migration called the Exodus. This event was followed by a forty-year period of organization and training in which He formed tham into a kingdom-nation of which He was King, gave them a code of laws for the government of their affairs, trained them in the application of these laws to every phase of human life and conduct—religious, political, social and economic—settled them in the land of Canaan (Palestine) and laid on them the great and holy responsibility of demonstrating and extending the righteousness of His Kingdom and Laws to all men.

Unfortunately, our fathers in Israel of old proved unfaithful to this great trust. Instead of continuing to govern their life and actions in accordance with God’s Will and Laws, they gradually turned from them to follow the evil ways of the heathen nations about them, with the result that the Kingdom of God ceased to function and the peace and righteousness which it had provided was replaced by war, invasion, oppression, poverty, disease and countless other evils.

The Exile

Eventually the nation broke into two separate and distinct nations: the TEN-tribe House and Kingdom of ISRAEL, and the TWO-tribe House and Kingdom of JUDAH, as the Bible tells us in 1 Kings chapter 12.

Following this division conditions grew steadily worse until, as a corrective punishment, God allowed both of these kingdoms to be conquered and destroyed by enemies who drove all of the survivors away as captives to distant lands; Israel was taken to Assyria and Media in four invasions between 732 and 676 B.C., and Judah was taken to Babylon and Persia about a century later. Modern scholarship affirms that from these captivities very few of God’s people ever returned.

The small part of the House of Judah which did return continued to live in Palestine until after the coming of Christ, and it is from this, plus a number of foreign religious proselytes, that the Jews of today are descended.

As the Bible record shows very clearly that the main body of the Israel people never returned to Palestine, and as the descendants of those who did return, the Jews, precludes the possibility of their being the House of Israel through which God’s Purposes are to be accomplished, some have supposed that His Plan of using Israel has failed and been discarded.

Unfortunately, many Christian leaders, apparently having little knowledge of secular history and even less faith in Scripture, have accepted this God-dishonoring supposition as truth. By teaching that Israel has ceased to exist, and thus that God’s Plan of using her as the instrument of His Purpose has failed, they imply that God HAS FAILED.

Yet any honest study of God’s Word will reveal that He foresaw Israel’s failure, and that His Plan takes this into account and provides for her redemption and restoration after a long period of exile and correction.

That this exile was to be temporary and corrective only—that Israel would NOT thereby cease to exist—is definitely stated in Amos 9:9 where we read: “For lo...I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.”

Further, Scripture declares that God prepared a new home for the Israel people into which they would be regathered and in which they would dwell during this exile. Thus in 2 Samuel 7:10 we read: “Moreover, I will appoint a place for my people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own and move no more...” As this statement was made while Israel was still in Palestine it follows that the promise must refer to a future home in some other land.

The Eight Witnesses

Then in Jeremiah 31:35-37 we have this emphatic statement: “Thus saith the Lord, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The Lord of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the Lord, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever. Thus saith the Lord; if heaven above can be measureed, and the foundations of the earth searched out benearth, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel for all that they have done, saith the Lord.”

The SUN, the MOON, and the STARS still shine. The HEAVENS, the EARTH and the SEAS are still visible realities, and we are still having DAY and NIGHT in their regular order. Therefore, as God has declared that Israel is to continue as a people and nation as long as these EIGHT WITNESSES remain, it follows that Israel must still be in existence as a peole and nation today.

Further, we should not overlook God’s promise of the everlasting continuance of the Royal House and Throne of David.

When first organized, the government of the Israel nation was headed by men called Judges whom God chose for that office. Most of these were administrators rather than warriors, and as time went on the people began to clamor for a king who could lead them into battle against their enemies. Though this was a rebellion against the Rule of God Who was and Is the true King of Israel, nevertheless, He granted their demand and thus the rule of Israel by Judges gave way to the rule of hereditary Governors called Kings.

Saul, the man chosen by the people to be their King, proved a failure and after his death God Himself made the choice, choosing David, a young man of the tribe of Judah. While not without human weaknesses, David proved to be a good King, so much so that God promised that his descendants would continue to reign over Israel FOREVER. Note the promise as recorded in 2 Samuel 7:16: “And thine house and thy kingdom shall be established for ever before thee: thy throne shall be established for ever.”

Thus, by God’s own promise the House and Throne of David must still be in existence today and as this Royal House and Throne are an integral part of the Israel of prophecy, it follows that Israel must also be in existence today.

Seven Identifications of Modern Israel

In thinking of this we should also consider the words of the Archangel who came to announce the coming birth of the Saviour, as recorded in Luke 1:30-33: “And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary...thou shalt conceive ...and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name Jesus. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob (Israel) for ever.”

Here again we have proof of the existence of Israel and the Throne of David today, for how can Jesus reign from a Throne and over a people if they no longer exist? Having seen then that the Israel people must still be in existence as a people and nation today, separate and distinct from Jewry, let us now note a few of the many prophetic descriptions of what they were to do and become during their long period of exile. These state very plainly that Israel would:

  1. Be a NATION (Jer. 31:35-37)
  2. Be a GREAT nation (Gen. 12:2)
  3. Have the word GREAT as part of her name (Gen. 12:2)
  4. Be a people regathered in a NEW home (Amos 9:9; 2 Sam. 7:10)
  5. Become a NATION and COMPANY OF NATIONS (Gen. 35:11)
  6. Be a KINGDOM (2 Sam. 7:12-16)
  7. Have as emblems a LION and an UNICORN (Num. 24:8-9)

            These and many similar descriptions point unmistakably to Britain and the Celto-Saxon peoples. Others may answer to one or two of these descriptions but only Britain and the Celto-Saxon peoples answer to them all. A few nations can be called great and a few are kingdoms, but only Britain has “Great” as part of her name. Only in the settlement of Britain by many related tribes have we the regathering of a people in a new home, and only they have become “a nation and a company of nations.” Further, Britain does have the lion and the unicorn as its national emblem.

Other Evidence

These things in themselves prove the Israelitish identification of the British peoples, but there are many other kinds of evidence available. In history, archaeology, ethnology, philology, place names, folklore, Bible time measures and heraldry, there is to be found a great mass of evidence proving conclusively that after the Israel people were driven out of Palestine, they broke up into a number of tribes and clans, and at different times and under many names migrated across and around Europe to the British Isles and the coast lands of northwest Europe.

Here in accordance with the prophecy of Isaiah 41:1 they gradually renewed their numbers and strength. Then as foretold in Genesis 28:14, they began to emigrate to new lands, where they developed into that Nation (the United States) and Company of Nations (the British and Celto-Saxon peoples) promised to Jacob-Israel in Genesis 35:11. Nevertheless, as stated earlier, the importance of our relationship to ancient Israel does not lie in the fact of the identity itself, but in the purpose for which God brought Israel into being and for which He has preserved us as a people and nation down to the present day.

That purpose requires us to live and conduct all of our affairs in accordance with God’s Will, to give a national demonstration of the righteousness of His Kingdom and Laws, and by teaching and example to make that righteousness available to all men. This our fathers in Israel of old failed to do. Instead of continuing to obey God they gradually became disobedient and rebellious, with the result that the Kingdom of God ceased to function, and eventually they were conquered and driven out of Palestine by their enemies.

Yet even as Israel was falling, God sent His prophets to promise her everlasting continuance as a people and nation and to tell of a wonderful time to come in the future when, under the Rule of His own Son, a repentant and redeemed Israel would be restored to her former postion as His Kingdom-nation and would then go forward to carry out the Purpose for which He had brought her into being.

At the time and in the place and manner foretold, God the Son came into the world to redeem Israel, to reaffirm the promise of the restoration of His Kingdom and by His sacrificial death, to open the way to everlasting life in His Kingdom for all who wiill accept it of Him. Then He rose from the dead and ascended to the Father there to await the promised time when He is to return to earth to Rule over Israel and the world from the Throne of David.

This promise of the coming of our Lord and His Kingdom is a matter of urgent importance to us today. For, although it is true that no one can know the day or the hour of that great event, there are many reasons for believing that it is drawing very near.

Among these reasons let us note that the seven times (Lev. 26:28), or 2,520-year period of exile to which Israel was sentenced, has now come to an end, and that the unprecedented events and conditions which have come upon the world in this generation are identical with those which our Lord Himself said would come in the generation immediately preceding His return.

The British-Israel evangel, therefore, is the Good News that the British and Celto-Saxon peoples and nations are the continuation of God’s servant people Israel; that our Throne is the Throne of David; and that we are drawing very near to the time when we are to be restored to our former position as God’s own Kingdom-nation, and when Jesus the Christ, our Saviour, Redeemer and Lord is to return to earth to reign over us from the Throne of David and to usher in that righteous social order and world government called in the Scriptures the Kingdom of God.

Then is to come that wondrous time of peace and happiness which the prophets foresaw when, with all things governed in accordance with God’s Commandments and Laws, man will be forever free of war, oppression, poverty, disease and all of the other evils which now afflict him.

Yet the very imminence of this great event is in itself an emphatic warning of the need of preparation, for the consequence of being unready, either individually or nationally, will be tragic indeed.

Individually, of course, we can be ready only by a recognition of Jesus, the Christ, as the Son of God and by our acceptance of, and our unswerving loyalty to Him as our personal Saviour and Lord. Nationally  we can be ready only by a recognition of our Israelitish identity and a humble and repentant surrender of our whole national life to the Will and Purpose of God.

The need of this preparation is both great and urgent. May we respectfully suggest, therefore, that you give it your earnest and prayerful consideration, for even as it was true when spoken by our Lord, so also it is true again today: “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe...” (Mark 1:15)

[This article by W.H. Bennett is from the booklet, "An Introduction To The British-Israel Evangel", and is availiable in printed tract form for personal evangelism. Order from our bookshop at]

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