I started reading one book, but in the introduction another book was recommended. That led to a third book. So now I am reading two books with the third waiting. One by James Jester had a quote from a Professor C.A.L. Totten (1851-1908), of Yale University.
“I can never be too thankful to the Almighty that in my youth he used the late Professor Wilson to show me the difference between the two houses. The very understanding of this difference is the KEY by which almost the entire Bible becomes intelligible, and I cannot state too strongly that the man who has not yet seen that Israel of the Scripture is totally distinct from the Jewish people, is yet in the very infancy, the mere alphabet, of Biblical study, and that to this day the meaning of seven-eighths of the Bible is shut to his understanding.”
The understanding of the two Houses of Israel is very important. Ephesians chapter two is all about the reunification under Christ of those two Houses. Many men over the centuries, including Thomas Paine, gave up on the Bible because of one misunderstanding. The Jewish people in the world today are not in any way the children of Israel. The error of who is Israel has destroyed the faith of many.
Here are a couple more interesting quotes I’ve come across in reading another book by James Jester.
In 1760, Ezra Stiles, president of Yale said “God is now giving this land [America] to us who by virtue of the ancient covenant are the Seed of Abraham.” He also said, “The Lord shall have made his American Israel high above all nations which He hath made.”
In 1775, Samuel Langdon, president of Harvard, contended that America should adopt the same form of government that God gave to Moses, because the “Israel government was a perfect republic.”
How far have we fallen by believing those who hate Christ. The Scripture is true. Believe the Scripture. Question the world.