Who are the Israelites?

By: Matthew Dyer

Most people that attend a Church that identifies itself as “Judeo-Christian” would probably answer the above question as “the Jews are Israel.” But what if there has been some mistaken identity concerning God’s covenant people, and another group of people are in fact the descendants of the Israelites of the Bible, and heirs of the promises given to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob/Israel, and their descendants? If this is true, then this question must not fear investigation. So… how would one know for sure who true Israel is today? Perhaps we can look at the Bible, the Word of God, and see what identification marks true Israelites would have today that we can see.

Being the Bible is true, then we can read the promises made in the Abrahamic Covenant that God made with Abraham, his son Isaac, his son Jacob/Israel, and their descendants to give us an idea of what true Israel would be like. All these promises are not fulfilled in the modern Jewish people today, then either the Bible is not true, or Israel must be a different people altogether.

“And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing.” – Genesis 12:2

Have the Jewish people ever been a great nation? NO.

“And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed.” – Genesis 12:3

When has the Jewish people ever been a blessing to all the families of the Earth? In the world when there is a natural disaster, is it the Jewish nation that sends food, supplies and medicine? Have they blessed the world technologically in anyway over the centuries? Has the Jewish people been the ones who have proclaimed and shared the Gospel of Jesus Christ with all mankind as a blessing? NEVER.

“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.” – Genesis 13:16

Have the Jewish people ever been known for their great multitude of population?  Has their population ever been compared to the dust of the Earth? Are they numerous as the stars in heaven like Genesis 15:5 said that the Israelites would be? NO.

“As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations. Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee.” – Genesis 17:4-5

In all of world history have the Jewish people ever been a multitude of nations/countries that would have a
multitude of people compared only to the stars in number? NO.

“And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.” – Genesis 17:6

In addition to a multitude of nations, have the Jews produced kings for all those nations? NO.

My friend, those are only a few of the identification marks of the Israel people. After looking at only a few,
no honest person can say the Jewish people have fulfilled those promises like the scriptures said Israel would do. So God must have lied to Abraham, or someone else is Israel today, because remember the covenant that God made with Abraham and his descendants was an EVERLASTING covenant made with a physical people. This was not talking about a spiritual people in these passages.

There is only one people who fit all the identification marks of Israel, and that is the white Anglo-Saxon, Germanic, Scandinavian, Celtic, and kindred peoples. These people became and are a multitude of people and a multitude of nations. They have been a blessing to all the families of the Earth through technology, agriculture, science, humanitarian aid, and took the Gospel of
Jesus Christ and shared it with the whole world. After the death, burial, and resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the establishment of the New Covenant, there was only one people who heard the call. These people accepted the New Covenant that was made with the House of Israel and the House of Judah spoken about in Jeremiah 31 and Hebrews 8 because they were Israel.

Jesus said in John 10:27 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me.” There is only one group of people known as God’s sheep, and that is the Israelites. Jesus identifies these sheep in Matthew 15:24 when He said “I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the house of Israel.”

“… Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah: Not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they continued not in my covenant, and I regarded them not, saith the Lord. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people.” Hebrews 8:8-10 (The writer of Hebrews quoting Jeremiah 31)

For most Christians, a statement that the Jews are not Israel, and the Anglo-Saxon people are, brings about many questions and concerns. There are far too many marks to sort out in this article. I encourage your own study into this subject and find out for yourself, because if there is a chance there has been mistaken identity, since it is so important to God, it needs to be important to us as well to find out the truth.

If you would like to learn more on this subject, please take a look at the videos below, and the playlist titled Bible Studies Concerning The Israelites on Youtube.