Editor’s Note: We are pleased to welcome Pastor Jory Steven Brooks as our newest special correspondent. Pastor Jory is Vice-President of the The Servant People, Canadian British Israel Association and as well, pastor of the oldest Anglo-Israel church in North America, located in Detroit, Michigan. He is a writer, lecturer and historian and is undoubtedly one of the foremost scholars of the Israel Truth.
The early history of the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic peoples is steeped in mystery and folklore. Yet, those who study the earliest annals of our race know that there is a kernel of truth about our origin in the core of these early accounts.
The book, “Popular History Of Ireland From The Earliest Period To The Present Time,” by Robert Stewart (London, 1851) contains an interesting account of the early history of that land. Quoting an antiquary named Plowden, who was well-versed in the ancient annals of Ireland, we read the following: “About 140 years after the deluge Ireland was discovered by one Adhua, who had been sent from Asia to explore new countries, by a grandson of Belus; he plucked some of the luxuriant grass as a specimen of the fertility of the soil, and returned to his master. After that the island remained unoccupied for 140 years; and about 300 years after the flood, one Partholan, originally a Scythian, and a descendant from Japheth in the sixth generation, sailed from Greece with his family and a thousand soldiers, and took possession of the island. They all died off, and left the island destitute of human beings for the space of thirty years. Afterwards different sets of immigrant adventurers occupied and peopled the island at different periods. About 1080 years after the deluge, and 1300 years before Christ, Niul, (the son of Phineus, a wise Scythian prince,) who had married a daughter of Pharaoh, inhabited with his people a district given to him by his father-in-law on the Red Sea when Moses led the Israelites out of Egypt. The descendants of that Phineus (more generally called Feniusa Farsa) were afterwards expelled by Pharaoh’s successors on account of their ancestors having favoured the escape of the Israelites through the Red Sea. They then emigrated and settled in Spain, whence, under the command of Milesius, a colony of them sailed from Brigantia in Galicia to Ireland, gained the ascendancy over the inhabitants, and gave laws and a race of monarchs to the island.” (pp. 15-16)
Notice how closely these mysterious ancestors of the British Isles shadowed and paralleled the people of Israel, God’s chosen nation. The descendants of Noah’s son, Japheth, are prominently mentioned as early settlers, yet we are told that “they all died off,” leaving early Ireland to be peopled instead by “different sets of immigrants.” Who did these include? Early accounts tell us that one of the most revered patriarchal ancestors of Ireland was Phineas, a name of pure Hebrew origin, meaning, “having a mouth with pity.” We read, in fact, about another famous Hebrew with that name in Numbers chapters 25 and 31 (spelled “Phinehas” in the King James Version). Interestingly, other early Irish patriarchs had Hebrew names, as well, such as Emer and Heber.
But the “Hebrew connection” does not end there. We are further told that Phineus’ son, Niul, married “Pharaoh’s daughter,” mirroring the Biblical patriarch Joseph, who married a daughter of Pharaoh named Asenath. (Gen. 41:45, 50; 46:20) The Bible also tells us that Hebrew King Solomon married a daughter of Pharaoh, according to I Kings 11:1. The early histories further say that the ancestors of the British Isles inhabited a district of Egypt given by Pharaoh to his son-in-law, their ancestor, Niul. This parallels the Israelites in Egypt who were given the district of Goshen by Pharaoh’s promise to his vice-regent, Joseph. (Gen. 41:39-43; 47:4-6)
These parallel people were present there “on the Red Sea” when the Israelites crossed to the Promised Land. The “shadow people” were even “expelled” from Egypt as Israel was, and at the same time-period in history as Israel, too! What amazing historical coincidences! What unbelievable historic parallels! I am not a betting man, but the “odds” of all of this happening by accident or coincidence are nearly zero. No wonder one historian has referred to the Anglo-Saxons as “God’s almost chosen people.” Wherever Israel was, there you find the shadow race – following them, modeling them, impersonating them.
Even more amazing, the Celto-Saxon race not only shadowed the Israel of God, they enveloped them! They have done the things Israel was to do, received promises and blessings Israel was to receive, and inherited things Israel was to inherit – not only that, but they have self-fulfilled a multitude of Israel prophecies that “Jewish-Israel” has never come close to accomplishing.
Here are a few examples: Israel was to become a company of nations (Gen. 35:11), a [spiritual and physical] blessing to the world (Gen. 18:18), as the dust of the earth, the stars of heaven, and sand on the seashore for multitude (Gen. 13:16; 15:5; 22:16-18; 28:14; 32:2), thousands of millions (Gen. 24:60), with a new name (Isa. 62:2), a new language (Isa. 28:11), a new land (2 Sam. 7:10), spreading abroad (Gen. 28:14), toward the west (Isa. 11:14), in the isles (Isa. 49:1-3), chief among the nations (Gen. 27:29), losing all trace of their lineage (Isa. 42:16-17), and to become Christians or sons of God (Hos. 1:9-10).
How can all of this be fulfilled unless the Celto-Saxon peoples are, in fact, the Israel of the Bible? If you are a modern “dispensationalist,” you may accept one author’s contention that these Western nations have simply “stolen the Jew’s millennial promises.” But God gave this covenant unconditionally to Abraham’s descendants, and it is not subject to ransack or ruin. God is in control, so the promises divinely and unconditionally given to the House of Israel must be fulfilled in the people constituting the House of Israel. Not only does the history, language, and culture of the Irish parallel Israel, but a dozen European peoples do also, including the Norse, Danes, early Greek Spartans, and others as well. (See The Story Of Celto-Saxon Israel by W.H. Bennett, available from us, for a wealth of Biblical and historic proof on this subject.)
Yet all of this happened in complete and total ignorance of their true origin. The Bible prophesied that, as well. Speaking of the people of Israel who are symbolized as a mountain, we read, “And he will destroy in this mountain the face of the covering cast over all people, and the veil that is spread over all nations.” (Isa. 25:7) A veil is a covering that hides the wearer’s identity. Israel, though blind to their heritage, is fulfilling the prophetic promises, and one day that prophetic cover or veil will be lifted.
Yes, these “shadow people” who parallel and envelop the promises and covenants to Israel are in fact, the people of the book, modern Israel. Although the world may be blind to this fact, “Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his.” (2 Tim. 2:19)
(Illustration from a 19th Centruy book)