“Now when these things were done, the princes came to me, saying, The people of Israel, and the priests, and the Levites, have not separated themselves from the people of the lands, doing according to their abominations, even of the Canaanites, the Hittites, the Perizzites, the Jebusites, the Ammonites, the Moabites, the Egyptians, and the Amorites.
“For they have taken of their daughters for themselves, and for their sons: so that the holy seed have mingled themselves with the people of those lands: yea, the hand of the princes and rulers hath been chief in this trespass”
Book of Ezra 9:1-2
The seed of Abraham was spread and mixed with all the Nations his descendants were in contact with. We have 400 years between God’s promise to him and the time of Moses. After Moses lays down the law about whom the Israelites, that went with him, can marry, we have hundreds of more years of the Israelites completely ignoring this law. Israel spilts into two Kingdoms. The Northern one eventually gets conquered by the Assyrians who interbreed to become the Samaritans. The Southern Kingdom then gets almost wiped out by Babylon and what is not wiped out becomes enslaved for 70 years and the resulting interbreeding thereafter, results in the quotes from the book of Ezra above.
The modern day Jews claim to be “God’s chosen people” because of ancestry to the people who went with Moses is false. Abraham was the father of MANY Nations. Modern Jews are only one of them.
The Judeans of Jesus’s time are also a Nation that intermarried many times before the Romans kicked them out of Jerusalem in 70AD and completed their war against them with the fall of Masada in 73AD. Modern Jews also conveniently forget that many Judeans of the time had already converted to Christianity or decided to do so during the war with Rome. The fact that there are differences in ethnic features amongst modern Jews also shows that their tendency to homogeneity wasn’t perfect over the last 1950 years especially amongst Ashkenazi Jews where the Khazar conversion 1000-1100 years ago and intermixing thereafter has been asserted by many researchers (though Jews now dispute it).
Nations are described Biblically as an ethnically homogeneous group with shared ancestry. Modern day Jews, despite the variations have enough of that to call themselves a Nation. It is not however the same Nation written about in the Bible. That Nation no longer exists.
Christ pays the price for the Israelites breaking their covenant with God (along with every other sin) and provides a way for all of the Covenants of old to be renewed through Him.
We are nearly all “Israelites” now. With equal claim to the promises of the covenants of old. The seed of Abraham spread throughout the world. We have become many Nations. Only God knows who has that lineage in him and who doesn’t. Obviously we can rule some entire groups out that have not interbred with anyone from Europe, Asia or North Africa, but it is pure heresy for any group of people today to say they have exclusive claim on covenants of old because of ancestry.
There are lots of lessons in the Bible in regards to race mixing. The main reason we are warned against it is because of bringing in false gods into our society, not one of “polluting” the lineage. Marriage outside the tribe is not forbidden but the children of such unions are not considered part of the Nation:
“The children that are begotten of them shall enter into the congregation of the Lord in their third generation.” (Deuteronomy 23:8)
If we wanted to put this into practice today this would generally mean forbidden from citizenship or holding high offices of responsibility. If those children marry back into the tribe and the children’s children do the same then those positions become available to them again.
The above rule is for intermarriage between peoples of friendly Nations. When it comes to marrying people from enemy Nations, specifically when that enemy worships a different god that they have called upon against you, the commandment is uncompromising:
They “shall not enter into the congregation of the Lord even to their tenth generation.” (Deuteronomy 23:3)
These commandments were specific to the Israelites and concerned specific peoples that lived around them and was ignored by the Israelites probably more than any other. But it’s a good policy guide for us in modern times, where we can take the basic principles and apply it to our own friends and enemies.
Interestingly, National Socialist Germany implemented this Biblical policy in regards to Jews who had children with Christian Germans. This is why there were many “Jewish” SS officers and high ranking officials.
In Australia and other formerly Anglo Saxon Celtic filled Countries, we would have done well to have had a similar policy. But as the saying goes, those who fail to learn from history are doomed to repeat it. Biblical history has been repeated many times.
As Matthew Roebuck makes clear in his book “God is a Nationalist”, a Nation is an homogeneous ethnic group. It is not a geographical area of land under a common legal jurisdiction. When different Nations (homogeneous ethnic groups) live in the same geographical area and are ruled by a central authority, then we no longer have a Country, we have an Empire. And Empires can only be ruled by force. Western Countries are becoming more and more like Empires and the goal of course is for a Global Empire.
When any Nation interbreeds with other Nations, then those offspring are new Nations entirely. Israelites interbred themselves out of existence. There is no chosen people of God today. God fulfilled His end of His covenant with Abraham with a new covenant through Christ. God fulfilled His covenants made with the 12 tribes of Israel during the time of Moses with a new covenant through Christ. Because you can’t fulfil a covenant with a Nation that no longer exists. But God knows who had children with whom and exactly where Abraham’s seed spread. God warned the Israelites that He would desert them and punish them if they turned away from Him and broke His laws. But He also promised to turn back to them if they later repented and followed Him faithfully once more. He also told them He was sending a Messiah to save them. He told them when the Messiah would come.
That time of prophesy came and Jesus was born at the same time. He was the only one who came at the time foretold. All those who called themselves Judeans at that time were then given instructions as to how they could get back in God’s favour and it was the same instructions as was given to the rest of Abraham’s seed and those not of Abraham’s seed: Accept Christ.
It was not possible for Covenants of special favour made with the Nation of ancient Israel to be restored through offspring simply believing in God again and living under the law of Moses once more; because those offspring were no longer Israelites. They were Judeans. A new Nation. Modern Jews are a new Nation again. God had to create a new Israel through Christ. A new covenant open to all of Abraham’s offspring and the world to be able to keep His promises. The ancient Israelites did everything possible to break their side of their covenants with God. God warned them of the consequences. He restored the Temple when a portion of that offspring returned to following God and God’s laws, but He didn’t deliver them out of bondage again. The transgressions were too great. To deliver them fully again required a Messiah and for them to follow and obey that Messiah. That Messiah came and He came at precisely the time Judeans were told He would come. Any modern Jews still waiting for Him, you missed the boat.
Many Judeans found God’s favour again, when Christ came. They found true freedom. They obeyed God and they and their descendants were rewarded. God keeps His promises.
The rest went on to become modern day Jews. God’s promises are still available to them, but God’s curses are also still upon them for as long as they reject His commands and deny the coming, the death and the resurrection of His Son.
They are now a distinct Nation again and a Nation that has its own country to live in, but they are not the Nation of Israelites. They are not even the ancient Nation of Judeans. Just about the only thing they can be collectively admired for in God’s eyes is that they generally marry within their Nation. They are not THE chosen people. They are just A people. One of many Nations that need to accept Christ. The land they now control is not “the New Israel”. It is a false Israel. The New Israel was established under Christ. It is a spiritual Israel, where all of God’s promises from Genesis to Revelation are fulfilled through faith in Him.