3 - They were tested:
Israel conquered the land of the Canaanites and settled there.
God became their King, and
judges became the rulers who were supposed to follow the Will of the
Lord through their relationships with Him or through listening to
the high priests. <2>These judges failed. The Israelites
forgot the purpose for which they were chosen. They rejected
God as the only King (I
Samuel 8). They longed for a human king like their neighbors, and
therefore the system of kingship started in
4 - They failed:
(I Samuel 8:7) and accepting a human king, they cut themselves off
from His direct influence in their lives. Then they started bowing
down in front of the earthly kings who were as human as themselves
with all the earthly shortcomings and faults.
<4>By accepting a human king, man becomes the subject of that
king and his wills and whims.
Therefore, he forgets about God
and His Laws. He becomes a bondman of the earthly laws instead of
bondman of the Lord's
<5>However, the man who accepts the Lord as his
God and the only King, will
become the subject of the Lord and has only to follow His Will and
His Laws. That is why
Esa said to Pontius Pilate
that he (Pilate) had no power over him (Esa)
Esa was not a subject of
Pilate but of the Lord.
<6>He was not following the laws of man but those of
<7>With rejection of
as their King by the Israelite people and through accepting a human
king, they further lost their direct relationship with the Lord.
coming to the scene.
<8>That is the rule of the
Prophets. They are a connection between the Lord and the lost
human. <9>However, if the human accepts the Lord as his
only master, follows His Will and becomes His subject, then each man
can understand his Lord and there is no need for any Prophet.
lower nature of man is strong and overcoming it is not easy for
<11>With these happenings, the first period
of the failure of the
Children of Israel began.
<12>Later on, the punishment came in the form
of being held captive by other nations and being scattered around
the world. A great suffering came upon
God's people, because they
<13>He never rejected them, but they rejected Him. That is
why they were punished (fell from His
punished them not because He liked to or needed their covenant, but
because He is a loving
Father who knows the
best way for His children to grow and reach the highest possible
state. He punished them for their own good. <15>He
demanded to be accepted as the true King, because no earthly king or
authority on earth is worthy of being called a king or true leader.
The human's flesh is strong and
spirit is weak, but the
Father has no fleshly
desire, and only those who have overcome the flesh are worthy of
being the leaders of humanity. As long as the human does not
understand this great truth, he will not conquer the suffering in
society and individual life.
<16>Therefore punishment should not be viewed
as a bad thing. If it is inflicted on a nation or a man, that nation
or human should seek the reason for the chastisement. Then by
and through repentance, the nation or man will be forgiven and
guided further towards progress.
6- The Children
of Israel become two nations:
Israel were conquered and held captive, they were divided into
two nations, the "House
of Israel" and the "House
of Judah." The
House of Israel
was captured first and then the
House of Judah was taken.
House of Judah are those
who are known as "Jews."
The ten tribes of the
House of Israel
are known as the ten lost tribes of the
Children of Israel.
<19>The rest of this book is the explanation
about the Jewish people because the
House of Israel
never truly came back to their land and had a different purpose to
fulfill. For more information and a detailed explanation, refer to
the book Children of
All Prophecies Are Fulfilled.
7- They are given another
<20>Therefore, one of the purposes for bad
events in life is for
purification because of previous bad deeds and to give a lesson
to humans for their further progress. That is the reason why we can
see after each punishment, God
gives his chosen nation another chance to repent and go back to Him.
<21>But unfortunately, the human is very slow to learn the
lesson, and also his
false ego does not
let him realize how insignificant he is in comparison to the power
of the Creator. At the same time, man is the greatest (after the
Lord) in this universe, if he could just realize that the only way
to reach this greatness is His Way.
<22>That is the reason why
God gathered the
House of Judah (Jews)
back to their lands and told them, through His
Prophets, that a great Prophet (Messiah)
will come to them.