This is my one hundred and eighty-fourth monthly teaching letter and continues my sixteenth year of publication. Since WTL #137, I have been continuing a series entitled The Greatest Love Story Ever Told, and have been expanding on its seven stages ever since: (1) the courtship, (2) the marriage, (3) the honeymoon, (4) the estrangement, (5) the divorce, (6) the reconciliation, and (7) the remarriage.
THE GREATEST LOVE STORY EVER TOLD, Part 43:
THE ESTRANGEMENT (of Benjamin) continued:
In the last lesson (WTL 183), it was demonstrated how the tribe of Benjamin was divorced and placed into a “seven times punishment” (i.e., 2520 years), as the other eleven tribes of Israel were. Now some of the early British Israel writers erred by claiming that only the northern ten tribes (i.e., the house of Israel) were ever divorced. In doing so, they had to overlook one of the most important passages of scripture which proves that all the tribes of Israel were divorced and placed into a “seven times punishment” period. We find at Ezekiel 35:1-13:
“1 Moreover the word of Yahweh came unto me, saying, 2 Son of man (i.e. Adam), set thy face against mount Seir, and prophesy against it, 3 And say unto it, Thus saith Yahweh Elohim; Behold, O mount Seir, I am against thee, and I will stretch out mine hand against thee, and I will make thee most desolate. 4 I will lay thy cities waste, and thou shalt be desolate, and thou shalt know that I am Yahweh. 5 Because thou hast had a perpetual hatred, and hast shed the blood of the children of Israel by the force of the sword in the time of their calamity, in the time that their iniquity had an end: 6 Therefore, as I live, saith Yahweh Elohim, I will prepare thee unto blood, and blood shall pursue thee: [since] thou hast not hated blood, even blood shall pursue thee. 7 Thus will I make mount Seir most desolate, and cut off from it him that passeth out and him that returneth. 8 And I will fill his mountains with his slain men: in thy hills, and in thy valleys, and in all thy rivers, shall they fall that are slain with the sword. 9 I will make thee perpetual desolations, and thy cities shall not return: and ye shall know that I am Yahweh. 10 Because thou hast said, These two nations and these two countries shall be mine [i.e., old home of the house of Israel and old home of the house of Judah], and we will possess it; whereas Yahweh was there: 11 Therefore, as I live, saith Yahweh Elohim, I will even do according to thine anger, and according to thine envy which thou hast used out of thy hatred against them; and I will make myself known among them, [i.e., the true tribes of Israel] when I have judged thee [i.e., Esau-Edom]. 12 And thou shalt know that I am Yahweh, and that I have heard all thy blasphemies which thou hast spoken against the mountains [i.e., nations] of Israel, saying, They are laid desolate, they are given us to consumeH402 [i.e., eat, or use up, or inhabit undeservedly]. 13 Thus with your mouth ye have boasted against me, and have multiplied your words against me: I have heard them.”