Chapter 22 of the book Yah Is Savior: The Road to Immortality
If someone is the “apple of your eye,” you think about them and are greatly concerned about them. You care about them deeply and wonder how they are doing, how they are feeling, if they have any needs or necessities. It is interesting that most of us who have an “apple of our eye” have a child or a grand child as that loved one.
But who or what is the apple of God’s eye? Who or what entity occupies His thoughts? Who is He mindful of? Who does He think about all the time? The answers to these questions will lead us to the thoughts that we should be thinking on, for they will be the very thoughts of Yahweh Himself!
We are exhorted in the scriptures to have the Master’s mind. We are encouraged to let His mind be in us. What was His mind like? What kind of thoughts did He have? Yah-in-human-form claimed that He had no original thoughts. If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father…I and my Father are one…I came not to do my own will, but the will of Him that sent Me. When the Son spoke, it was the Father speaking. So then, if we go back into the old writings, we can directly see just what are the thoughts of Yahweh!
Yahweh’s thoughts are far-reaching, permanent and unchanging. “The counsel of Yahweh stands forever, the thoughts of his heart to all generations.” Psm. 33:11. Whatever it is that He is thinking about, it is forever, and it will stand for all time. Speaking about Him, Job says in 23:13 that when the Creator gets it in His mind, it is permanent. “But he is in one mind, and who can turn him?” Yahweh is single-minded; He has a plan and purpose, and it really does not matter if Satan or man tries to spoil it. Yahweh will perform it. His thoughts will not be denied their fruition.
So, who are these thoughts about? Many, O Yahweh my Elohim are your wonderful works which you have done, and your thoughts which are to us-ward: they cannot be reckoned up in order unto you: if I would declare and speak of them, they are more than can be numbered. Psm. 40:5. His thoughts are wonderful and without number toward “us,” David says. The “us” here is Israel, for David was king of Israel, the whole 12-tribed House of Israel. And Yahweh is mindful of His covenant with His people Israel (Psm.111:5).
So there we have it. Yahweh’s thoughts are about His chosen people. His people under David and Solomon were direct descendents of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob/Israel. After sojourning in Egypt for 400 years, they were delivered by Moses and took the land of Canaan, the land promised to Abraham, under Joshua. There each of the twelve tribes except Levi received land grants for their families. After several centuries of the Judges and prophets ruling over them, all twelve tribes became a kingdom with Saul and then David as their king.
During the reign of Rehoboam, Solomon’s son, the Kingdom of Israel (12 tribes) was torn into two separate kingdoms around 950 B.C., the Kingdom of Israel with the 10 northernmost tribes and the Kingdom of Judah with the tribes of Judah and Benjamin to the south. At that time they had separate capitals and were different kingdoms with a different line of kings ruling. Many times we find them at war with each other.
The Kingdom of Israel (ten tribes with their capital at Samaria) sinned greatly against Yahweh. Their leaders changed the sabbath day and set up worship of false gods throughout the northern tribes. True prophets were sent to them, yet they repented not from the false worship. They were warned that Yahweh would allow Assyria from the east to lead them into captivity. This happened in 721 B.C. Assyria put the entire nation of Israelites into their Assyrian cities and eventually the 10 tribes would migrate “north and west” of Jerusalem “into a country thou knowest not.” They eventually ended up in Western Europe, the British Isles, and North America. They include the Scandinavian, Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, and Scots-Irish peoples. Exhaustive studies have been made of this throughout the centuries and are easily attained though libraries and internet sources under the “lost tribes of Israel” and “British Israel”[See Appendix A].
These 10 tribes of Jacob/Israel became lost. They lost the sabbath; they lost their own identity as being the fleshly chosen people of God. They became lost in the paganism that they embraced—the same paganism that had caused their captivity in the first place. But something of a spark was left in some of them—an ability to respond to the truth.
The 2-tribed Kingdom of Judah with its capital at Jerusalem lasted until the sieges of the Babylonian Nebuchadnezzar in 587 B.C. when they fell to his armies. They were carried captive to Babylon, and after 70 years a remnant was sent back to restore worship in Jerusalem. At this time Judaism, the religion, was born of the Babylonian Talmud, which superimposed many manmade ordinances and replaced the ancient Hebrew worship established by the patriarchs and prophets. Many converts like Herod, who was a descendant of Esau, Jacob’s twin brother, converted to this religion. Esau, known as Edom, father of the Idumaens, had sold his birth- right to Jacob and had gone against the word of Yahweh in taking wives of the other races.
The Pharisees and Sadducees, leaders of sects of this Judaism religion, were strongly rebuked as “children of the devil” by Yahshua, the Son of God. What they had, evidently, was the opposite of what He is.
“I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the House of Israel”
And so in the heat of this cauldron of religion and politics of a Roman-dominated Judea, we have the Master, the Messiah, say, “I am not sent but to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.” An astounding statement, but it proves that His thoughts toward His chosen people in the earth are solid and permanent. And even if they did not know who they were at that time (as most do not in ours), He still did not forget them 750 years after their captivity! He was still thinking about them and had not forgotten them! He is ever mindful of his covenant. He has shown His people the power of His works, in giving them the heritage of the nations. Psm. 111:5.
So we see that Yahweh was and is thinking about a lineage of people out of the loins of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob/Israel. This people He made a covenant with that He would stick with them and eventually, even though they rebelled against Him, they would return to Him and be His people.
His people are His portion
These people are so special to Him that “when He separated the sons of Adam, He set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel. For Yahweh’s portion is His people; Jacob is the lot of His inheritance” (Deut. 32:8-9). The true people Israel are so important to Him that they are His portion; they are what God gets out of all of this. We get Him; He gets us. We are getting the better deal. God “found Jacob in a desert land, and in the waste howling wilderness; he led him about, he instructed him, he kept him as the apple of his eye” (v. 10).
Jacob/Israel is the apple of God’s eye. They are special to Him; they are his chosen people. God is no respecter of persons, “not willing that any should perish,” but He is a respecter of nations and peoples. A mild perusal of Genesis 1-10 will show that some nations were cursed and some were blessed. And from the beginning, God was blessing a certain seed line from Seth through Enoch and on down through Noah, Shem, and on down through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, whose name He changed to Israel.
And Jacob/Israel had 12 sons, but the apple of Jacob/Israel’s eye was his son Joseph, who was the firstborn son of Jacob’s wife Rachel and who received the birthright.
Jacob loved them all, but Joseph was special, as we can see in Genesis 37:3. This is that same Joseph who was sold into slavery by his jealous brothers. “Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children.” We see this also in the blessings of Jacob on his 12 sons in Gen. 49:1: “And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.” And Jacob begins to give prophecy as to the future of his sons’ families who would become nations in the earth. Most are rather short and uneventful, until he gets to Joseph:
“Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall: the archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: but his bow abode in strength and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of IsraelJ Even by the God of thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: the blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hill: they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren” (v. 22-26).
Jacob/Israel in this prophecy says what shall befall his sons in the last days. Of course, he means the descendants of his sons. It is here that many reject that the descendents of Jacob/Israel, the lost tribes of Jacob/Israel, are in the earth today. Many just do not believe that the lost tribes of Israel can be nations in the earth at this present time.
Proof that the descendents of Jacob/Israel are nations in the earth today and not just the modern day Israeli nation
But the prophet Jeremiah tells us that they positively are in the earth as nations! And Yahweh puts His ordinances of the lights in the heavens on the line to insure the continuance of Israel as a nation in the earth! “Thus says Yahweh, which gives the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divides the seas when the waves thereof roar; Yahweh of hosts is his name: if those ordinances depart from before me, says Yahweh, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.” Jer. 31:35-36.
To prove to ourselves that the 12 tribes of Israel are a nation today, we have to only ask ourselves one question: Can we count on the sun and moon and stars to do what He made them to do? Are they still giving light and helping us to keep time and seasons? If we can answer yes, then we know that the seed, the descendants of Israel, are still a nation in the earth today.
Jeremiah prophesies that Yahweh’s people “Israel and Judah will return to the land that I gave their fathers, and they shall possess it” (30:3). Some say that that was fulfilled when the Israeli state was set up in 1948. One thing is wrong with that statement. Jeremiah says that both “Israel (10 tribes) and Judah (2 tribes)” will come back.
He says that during “Jacob’s trouble (v.7)” (the Great Tribulation) that His people will turn to Him and return to the land He promised to their fathers Abraham, Isaac, and Israel. “In the latter days you shall consider it” (30:24). “At the same time, says Yahweh, will I be the God of all the families of Israel, and they shall be my people” (31:1). In the latter days all the 12 tribes will be restored to Him as His people. Question: How can the Jews fulfill all this at this present time when the lost tribes of Israel don’t even know who they are, much less be restored into the promised land? He said, “All the families of Israel” would be His people. The Jews cannot by definition fulfill that. If modern day Jews were from the fleshly lineage of Jacob, they would only be the two tribes, Judah and Benjamin, with a few of Levi thrown in [85% of today’s Jews are not natural descendents of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, according to Arthur Koestler’s The Thirteenth Tribe].
“God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew,” says the apostle Paul in Romans 9. But Yahweh will take the whole House of Israel through Jacob’s trouble, the tribulation. He then will restore them through a remnant that He is calling out from them to be a light to the rest of the world. The Israelites that respond are the “apple of His eye,” a peculiar nation of kings and priests (teachers). He will bring these sons and daughters to immortality to be just like Him. Those are His thoughts toward the “apple of His eye.”
That is what He is thinking about—reproducing Himself in His people. Those are His thoughts toward the true fleshly lineage of Jacob/Israel. They are His special people with a special calling. They are the apple of His eye, the fruit of His vision. And inside the fruit, is the seed, the word of God, if so be that they have received Him. And as the Word (the seed) was made flesh and dwelt among us, so also shall that same word/seed grow in Israel and come to full fruit.
The Word will once more be made flesh and dwell among the other nations, and Immortal Ones shall tread the earth and show forth Yahweh’s thoughts and nature throughout all eternity, until He fills the whole universe with His essence and nature. And that essence and nature is loving the good and hating the evil.