by Chris Josephson.
how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity!” (Psalm
133:1 – the Hebrew says, “as one”).
(Sat. A.M. – Introduction)
together again praising the Lord and we’re going to have a good session
this morning. I don’t know what’s going to come out of this, but the
Holy Spirit does. We want everybody to feel comfortable and to just take
your liberty. I don’t even
have to tell this group that we’re going to respect each other and not
argue about things. The love of God flows all around here and so this will
keep us going.
the theme of the conference, Who are
The Lost Tribes?, I want to say a few words before John and Ben and
whoever else wants to join in. I have resisted thinking that Christians have
part physically with the lost tribes, because to me it’s been replacement
theology all the way through. So I really didn’t consider it worthy of
But something began to work in me about six or eight months
ago. It started with an e-mail article we received from Jerusalem during the
The author was writing about the ten tribes going up through the Balkans
into Europe. They scattered throughout the world and lost their identity.
He went on to say that in the Dark Ages when the Word of God was
hidden from the masses – particularly in Europe, - there was something
within some people that made them willing to lay down their lives for the
Word of God.
brought to my mind the Macedonian call of Paul when he saw in a vision a man
from Macedonia (in the Balkans). “Come
on over and help us” (Acts 16). Because Paul was obedient to that
heavenly vision, the Gospel spread in Europe.
I began to review the promises God made to Abraham which go beyond the Jews
as we know them today, the most powerful of them all is “IN
THEE shalt all the nations [all the families] of
the earth be blessed.” And over and over again, God says, “unto
thee and to thy seed”. In the 16th verse of the 13th
chapter of Genesis: “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.”
We can number the Jews that are in the world today, but we can’t
number all the seed of Abraham.
Scripture says that “Abraham
believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness”. Notice, it
doesn’t say that he believed IN God; there were other people living at
Abraham’s time who believed IN God, such as Pharaoh and Abimelech. They
believed in “the Most High God”. So what was the different about
Abraham’s faith from the faith of his peers at that time? It was this:
Abraham was believing God for a righteous
seed, a righteous seed that would propagate the truth throughout the world.
[name changed by God to Abraham] was contending with God about this in
Genesis 15:2, “And Abram said, Lord GOD,
what wilt thou give me seeing I go childless?”. This was the main
thing with Abraham. He didn’t have a seed. He is asking God, “What you
going to do about this? The apparent heir now is Eliezer, my steward. Is
that the way it’s going to be?” God tells Abraham that Eliezer is not
the promised seed, but “he
that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir.
And he brought him forth 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.”
just begun to trace the word seed through the Bible. I’m not even half
through, but it has opened up such understanding
that it is almost overwhelming.
Isaac’s birth was miraculous. He was the son of promise: God said, “In Isaac shall thy seed be called”. And this promise continued
on through Jacob and the twelve tribes. The northern tribes were assimilated
and lost. But Jesus came to seek and to save the lost sheep of Israel! How
could they be reached except by the Gospel? They were completely lost, they
were assimilated, they had lost the covenant seal of circumcision, but there
was something within that responded to the Gospel.
may be objecting, “But it is not
physical, it’s spiritual.” IT
IS BOTH! There’s both spiritual and physical blessing promised in the
Abrahamic Covenant. To be very plain: the covenant seal was circumcision,
showing that God was talking about the physical reproduction organ. What God
has promised, he will not fail to do. We
may be “so heavenly minded we’re not any earthly good” – but He
isn’t! “It is he that has made
us, and not we ourselves” (Psalm 100:3). And with the “man”, He
gave the manual with the instructions for LIFE! TAKE ONLY AS DIRECTED!
it if we Don’t Like it?
read again the promises God made and this time, I didn’t skip over the
part about “MULTITUDES will come from you, Abraham, and NATIONS will come
from you”. I had hurried over these before, not even allowing that I might
be wrong, BECAUSE : false teachers had stressed this point. Now, in reading
about Jacob blessing
Ephraim, this time I didn’t pass over “his
seed shall become a multitude of nations”.
this truth began unfolding, one Scripture came on top another, and I
began to understand that this is SO MUCH GREATER than we realize, because ‘the
earth will be full, of and be covered with, the knowledge of the glory of
God as the waters cover the sea’ (Isa. 11:9 & Hab. 2:14). It’s
everywhere! Abraham’s seed and the promises of God are for universal
briefly as a woman, I want to speak of how God used the women!
brought a hearty laugh from the men!
Read Ben Cohen’s “Supreme Conflict”, page
, to know why.]
there were Sarah and Hagar. God spoke to Abraham about Sarah: “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. . . Sarah,
why wife shall bear thee a son indeed and thou shall call his name Isaac [laughter]
and I will establish my
covenant with him for an everlasting covenant and with his seed after him”
(Gen. 17:16,19). But the
father heart of Abraham called out for Ishmael, “O
that Ishmael might live before thee.” God replied: “As for Ishmael I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and
will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes
shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation . . . BECAUSE HE IS THY
SEED” (Gen. 17:20 & 21:13). Then He continued, “But
my covenant will I establish with Isaac which SARAH shall bear unto thee . .
. “ At that point God quit talking to Abraham, so much as to say,
“And that’s that, Abraham.” (v.22)
go back to chapter 16, and see how God blessed and kept his hand on Hagar. “And
the angel of the LORD [a manifestation of Messiah!] found her in the wilderness . . and he said, Hagar, Sarah’s maid . . .
return to thy mistress and submit thyself under her hands, and . . .I will
multiply thy seed exceedingly that it shall not be numbered for multitude”
Sarah told Abraham to send Hagar and her son away, can you imagine how hard
this was on Abraham? God said, “Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because
of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her
voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called” (Gen. 21:12). But God
did not forget Hagar; the angel of God again “called
to Hagar out of heaven, and said . . . fear not; for God hath heard the
voice of the lad . . .I will make him a great nation . . And God was with
the child and he grew. . . .” (Gen. 21:17-20). Certainly the Lord has
kept His promises regarding Ishmael.
This study of the women is too extensive to cover
now. Briefly: Leah and Rachel
birthed the sons who became the fathers of the 12 tribes. The study
of Rachel is especially important to the subject of this conference, because
she bore Joseph the father of Ephraim whom God calls “first born” –
and she died giving birth to
let’s look briefly to a very important factor regarding Rebekah when
Abraham’s servant [probably Eliezer] went to get a wife for Isaac. Notice
the parting blessing Rebekah’s family
gave her: “And they blessed
Rebekah, and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions.” Now, how many is
that?! “And let thy seed possess
the gates of those that hate them” (Genesis 24:60). So another promise is added on here. A promise of deliverance
Now – What?
is only beginning to open to me. I’ve known a long time that God’s plan
was Israel, but it seemed most of the Gentiles were left out until the very
end when somehow God would bring “the restorations of all things”. Now,
the revelation of God’s plan through Israel is getting greater and
clearer. We don’t know it all by a long shot, but the Lord continues to
lead into truth. We cry with the Psalmist, “O
send out thy light and thy truth: let them lead me; let them bring me unto
thy holy hill, and to thy tabernacle” (Psalm 43:3). God’s two agents
by which He does everything in the world is His Spirit and His Word. Some go
off too far on one way or the other, but the two together gives the balance.
So that’s the way the Lord has been leading me. I don’t know what all it means yet, but when you receive truth - when you receive light - you have to WALK in that light and DO something about it.I believe that if Elmer (Josephson) were here, he’d be walking in it too, because he often said, “Wisdom is knowing how God is moving in the world and going with Him.” I believe that Elmer was a forerunner that saw “through the glass darkly” but certainly rubbed smudges off the glass so now more and more light is coming through. Other men, also, like Brother Sowder (of the Kansas City Gospel Tabernacle group) and Brother Casmir Lanowick of the International Bible Students, and many other peers of Elmar. It seems the Lord raised them up to break the fallow ground and plant a foundation. Now we must build on this foundation and go on.
 See page for this article.
 And as Polly Grimes brought out later in discussions, the Hebrew actually says, “his seed shall become the FULLNESS OF THE GENTILES.”
 In July 1964, Rabbi Isser Yehuda Unterman, Ashkenazi chief rabbi of Israel, came to Kansas City to meet former President Harry Truman who was the first world ruler to recognize the State of Israel in 1948. The rabbis and Jewish business men of Kansas City, gave a dinner for the occasion at the Muehlebach Hotel. Because of his practical pro-Israel activities, Elmer was the only non-Jew there besides Harry Truman. After Elmer talked with the Rabbi Unterman, the Rabbi was heard to remark, “I wish we could trace and see if Rev. Josephson is from the lost tribes.”
 His name in Hebrew is Elmar [God speaks] Ben-Yosef [son of Joseph].