Who Are the Semites?

The word “Semite” does not appear in the Bible, but most people associate Semites with Jews.  When someone is biased against Jews, we call them “anti-Semitic”.  But is this a gross misappropriation?

“Semite” comes from the Greek work Sem and the Hebrew word Shem and refers to Noah’s son Shem and his descendants.  Any direct descendant of Shem, then, is a Semite.

Notice the change that has taken place in history:

SHEMIT’IC a. Pertaining to Shem, the son of Noah.  The Shemitic languages are the Chaldees, Syriac, Arabic, Hebrew, Samaritan, Ethiopic and Old Phenician.  ~Noah Webster’s 1828 Dictionary

Sem’ite, Shem’ite, a. and n. [LL. Sem: Gr. Sem, Shem]
I. a.  Of or belonging to Shem or his descendants.
II. n. A descendant of Shem: one of the Semitic race.

Sem-it’ic. a. Relating to Shem or his reputed descendants; pertaining to the Hebrew race or any of those kindred to it, as the Arabians, the ancient Phenicians, and the Assyrians; also written Shemitic, Shemittish.

Semitic Languages: an important group or family of languages distinguished by triliteral verbal roots and vowel inflection.

Sem’i-tism, Shem’i-tism. n. A Semitic idiom or word; the adoption of what is peculiarly Semitic.

~Webster’s New Twentieth Century Dictionary (1949)

Sem-it (sem’it, se’mit). n. [Mod. L. Semita <LL. Sem, Shem: Gr. Sem: Heb. Shem]. a member of any of the peoples whose language is Semitic, including the Hebrews, Arabs, Assyrians, Phoenicians, Babylonians, etc., now, specifically, a Jew: also Shemite.

Se-mit-ic (se-mit’ik). adj. 1. of, characteristic of, or like a Semite or the Semites.  2. designating or of a major group of languages of southwestern Asia and norther Africa, related to the Hamitic languages and divided into East Semitic (Akkadian). North West Semitic (Phoenician, Punic, Aramaic, Hebrew, Modern Hebrew, etc.) and South West Semitic (Arabic, Ethiopic, Amharic): abbreviated Sem.

Se-mit-ics (se-mit’iks). n.pl. [construed as sing.]. the study of Semitic culture, languages, literature, etc.

Sem-i-tism (sem’e-tiz’m, se’me-tiz’m). n. 1. a Semitic word or idiom.  2. characteristics of the Semites; especially, the ideas, cultural qualities, etc. originating with the Jews.

~Webster’s New World Dictionary (1966)

Shem is the father of all of the children of Eber ~ Shem is the father of the Hebrews through Eber {who was the first Hebrew} ~ all Hebrews are Semites.

Shem was the progenitor of the Semitic people:  the Phoenicians, the Assyrians, the early Chaldeans, the Babylonians, the Hebrews, the Arabs, and the Israelites.  Saying “Semite” is to say nothing of the Jews at the exclusion of other Semitic peoples.

Do Jews have a blood link to the Semites or Israel?  Or have they hijacked the Judean identity?

Former Jew and Jewish researcher Benjamin Freedman suggests the latter in his book Facts are Facts.  He quotes from historical sources that say Jews came from the Turkish-Mongol people of the Khazar Kingdom of the second to tenth centuries.  While it takes Freedman 12-pages to get to his point, he is nonetheless a beautiful and succinct, hard-hitting, and gutsy writer.

At the bottom of page 18 you will find the inception of the word “Jew”.

In the middle of page 23 you will find the misrepresentation of the word “Jew” and the “secondary meaning” (which has trumped the original meaning) of the word “Jew” is explained on the bottom of page 24.

Freedman explains that the “self-styled Jews” are not of the ten lost tribes starting in the middle of page 50, and traces them to the Khazar Kingdom on page 52.  From these “self-styled Jews” own writing, they acknowledge they are incorrectly being associated with Judeans of the House of Judah.

I can’t help but think of Revelation 2:9.

I didn’t write this stuff… I’m just a messenger!

In The Thirteenth Tribe – the Khazar Empire and its Heritage, Jewish scholar Arthur Koestler shows that in the eighth century the Khazars converted to their national religion of Judaism, which was based on the Babylonian Talmud.  He says, “The Khazar origin of the numerically and socially dominant element in the Jewish population of Hungary during the Middle Ages is thus relatively well documented.”

Of further note, the Jewish news-site, Haaretz, published the article, “Study Finds Close Genetic Connection Between Jews, Kurds” in their Breaking News section in 2001 that says, “The people closest to the Jews from a genetic point of view may be the Kurds, according to results of a new study at the Hebrew University.”

What does all this matter?  What are the implications?  Stay tuned.

 

The Sheep and the Goats Parable of Matthew 25

The sheep and the goats parable of Matthew 25 sheds light on the fact that God, indeed, has a Covenant People or Race.  And this Covenant People or Race was established, and their Kingdom prepared for them “from the foundation of the world” {Matthew 25: 34}.

31 When the Son of Man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him, then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:

32 And before him shall be gathered all NATIONS: and he shall SEPARATE them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats:
33 And he shall set up the SHEEP on his RIGHT HAND, but the GOATS on the left.
34 Then shall the King say unto them on his RIGHT HAND, Come, ye blessed of my Father, inherit the kingdom PREPARED FOR YOU FROM THE FOUNDATION OF THE WORLD:

From this we learn that the he is referring to NATIONS when he is referring to RIGHTEOUS SHEEP and WICKED GOATS, not individuals.

We know from D&C 29:27 that “the RIGHTEOUS {the Sheep} shall be gathered on my RIGHT HAND unto Eternal Life,” and “the WICKED {the Goats} on my left hand will I be ashamed to own before my Father.”

We can receive additional light when we read that in Moses 7:56, it says, “and the SAINTS arose, and were crowned at the RIGHT HAND of the Son of Man, with crowns of glory.”

As politically incorrect as it appears, God’s people are the Nation of Israel, by descendancy!  They came through the lineage of Shem, Abraham, and Jacob, as established from the foundation of the world.

Why is Jacob’s lineage God’s Covenant People or Race?

Matthew 25 Sheep and Goats

Matthew 25 continues on to tell us…

35 For I was an hungered, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.

Well, when did God’s Covenant People or Race do these things for him, you might ask, like I did and like the righteous will, when he comes in his glory…

40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.
41 Then shall he say also unto them on the LEFT HAND, Depart from me, ye cursed, into everlasting fire, prepared for the devil and his angels…” {And then proceeds to tell them that they did not feed, give drink to, take him in, clothe him, visit him when he was sick or in prison.}

This fits like a hand in a glove with what we find in the Doctrine and Covenants 19:5:

“Wherefore, I revoke not the judgments which I shall pass, but woes shall go forth, weeping, wailing and gnashing of teeth, yea, to those who are found on my LEFT HAND.”

Verses 35 and 36 of Matthew 25 are the reasons WHY  the Kingdom was prepared for us, but WHAT are the implications that they were prepared for us from the Foundations of the World?

Were we foreordained?

Were we predestined?

For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called : and whom he called, them he also justified : and whom he justified, them he also glorified. {Romans 8:29-30}

Are we rewarded for some way we behaved prior to being born on Earth as we know it in this lifetime?

If it is not a reward, then is the God we worship arbitrary and unfair towards those not born in the Covenant Race?

What are your thoughts?

Who Are the Israelites?

Who are the Israelites?  Are you an Israelite?  Was Abraham an Israelite?  Israel comes from the Hebrew word Yisrael (#3478) which refers to the “symbolic name of Jacob and his posterity”.  In Genesis 32:28 Jacob’s name is changed by God to Israel (from the root words Sara = a Prince or Princess and El = God), “for as a Prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed.”  This is the first time we see the word ‘Israel’ in the Scriptures.

So who can the Israelites be?  The Israelites are Jacob and all of his posterity, that make up the 12 Tribes of Israel by descent.  Sometimes, like in I Kings 12:21, Israel refers to just the 10 Northern Tribes that were given to Jeroboam’s rule.

So who were not Israelites?  Isaac, Jacob’s father, was not an Israelite – nor was his other son Esau or his posterity {who are the Edomites}.  Abraham was not an Israelite, nor were any that came before him.  Israel began with Jacob.

It is the Israelites that are God’s Covenant People, or Race {as much as that is politically incorrect, it doesn’t make the truth without effect!}.

Now in relating this to my last post, “Who Are the Hebrews?“, all Israelites are Hebrew, but not all Hebrews are Israelites!  Eber, the first Hebrew, is not an Israelite, nor are the Hebrews Abraham, Ishmael and his posterity, or Isaac and his posterity through Esau.  Only Jacob and his posterity are Israelites {as well as Hebrews}.

How Did the 12 Tribes of Israel Get Split Up and Scattered?

The House of Israel was split into two Kingdoms as prophesied by the Prophet Ahijah {I Kings 11:29-40}.  Why?

Solomon, David’s son with Bathsheba, decided to take unto him “strange” women, meaning Canaanites, who turned his heart to other gods {I Kings 11:1-13}.  As punishment, God told Solomon that he would take the Kingdom away from him, sans one Tribe {two, really ~ Judah and Benjamin}, to honor his father, David.

Solomon made his servant Jeroboam bis successor, and soon after, Ahijah the Prophet, told Jeroboam that he would rend the Kingdom out of the hand of Solomon and give ten tribes to him {Jeroboam}.  In honor of King David {who was still considered to be a man that kept God’s statutes and commandments}, Solomon would be left with one {really two} tribe ~ Judah {+ Benjamin}.  Solomon got wind of this and tried to kill Jeroboam because of it, so he {Jeroboam} fled to Egypt to preserve his life.

After a 40-year reign in Jerusalem, Solomon finally died, and appointed his son Rehoboam to reign in his stead.  After which Jeroboam came back to Jerusalem and plead with Rehoboam to lighten the yoke Solomon, his father, had place upon him and the people.

Rehoboam decided to make their yoke even heavier {for this was the Lord’s will so that the prophecy of Ahijah could be fulfilled}.  At this time, the ten Northern Tribes rebelled against Rehoboam, who they considered unrighteous saying, “What portion have we in David? neither have we inheritance in the son of Jesse; to your tents, O Israel; now see to thine own house, David.”  So Israel departed unto their tents, leaving Rehoboam to reign only over those that dwelt in the cities of Judah.

Israel {the ten Northern Tribes} made Jeroboam their King.  Jeroboam ends up freaking out that the people would one day recognize their folly in rebelling, and go back to Rehoboam, so he made two calves of gold for them to worship and created false priesthoods and counterfeit feasts, thus leading the people astray.

This provokes the Lord to anger to smite Israel {the ten tribes, in this context} “as a reed is shaken in the water, and he shall root up Israel out of this good land, which he gave to their fathers, and shall scatter them beyond the river, because they have made their groves {idol worship}, provoking the Lord to anger.  And he shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and who made Israel to sin.” {I Kings 14:15, 16}

It’s a tale as old as time.  God exalted Jeroboam and made him a prince over Israel, giving him the kingdom after rending it from David.  Jeroboam doesn’t have his heart right to do right in the sight of God, exercising evil, creating false priesthoods, and making other gods.  Jeroboam was destroyed and died in his sins.  It’s just as rampant in our day.

Noteworthy is the fact that God preserved the House of Judah to Rehoboam {on David’s behalf} and Christ comes through that lineage.  Rehoboam remained faithful until the end, until finally sleeping with his fathers.