Last night I was telling a friend of the year I spent reading Chronicles and the books of Samuel. How much like Tolkien’s Trilogy was this suspicious account, where the Judges are replaced by a King – even when God forbid a King! When you turn King Saul into the Prophet Samuel who was anointed a Messiah by Eli, the High Priest of Shiloh, then you see clearly the traitor and usurper, David of Judah, stalking Samuel and the Ark of the Covenant housed in the tabernacle at Shiloh. David is with the Philistines who will capture the Ark. Who murdered the Priests of Shiloh who were a College of Prophets trained to attend to the Ark, and inquire of the Ark – the future?
When I read that no one consulted, or could consult the Ark in the time of King Saul, I knew I had read a lie. David danced before the Ark that he captured and was rebuked by Saul’s daughter, Micah. This is another lie. This history is being authored later on by someone who was allied with the Philistines, and is reveling in the death of Samuel and the Priests of Shiloh who also elected Judges to rule over the Kingdom of God. Several of these Judges were Nazarites. Samuel’s mother took the vow of the Nazarite. Judges were men and women elected from common folk. We are talking about God’s Democracy!
I have come to restore the College of Prophets at Shiloh – and God’s Democracy. Make straight paths for the Ark!
Do not follow the next Pope-King elected by Catholic cardinals, for this church has captured the souls of beautiful children and cast them into darkness.
Drive the Drunken Nascar NRA Neo-Confederate Red State followers of the false evangecical prophet, John Darby, out of the Republican Party and save our Democracy from the Evil Barons of Ugly Oil Orcs!
David built a temple to house the Ark HE CAPTURED. This was no temple, it was A PRISON with no windows. It was a fortified keep, made to keep the Children of the Ark away from their BEAUTIFUL ORACLE! From now on the King will be The Dictator, the teller of the furture that he maketh – like a god!
Come Shiloh! Come! Come to Shiloh in your mind, and behold the future of God’s Children and Prophets!
Jon The Nazarite Seer and Judge
“Many Biblical scholars concluded that the account was a piece of political spin, which had been intended to disguise atrocities carried out by the tribe of Judah against Benjamin, probably in the time of King David as an act of revenge or spite by David against the associates of King Saul, by casting them further back in time, and adding a more justifiable motive”.
Here is your motive. The people chose God and His Ark over a pharough, a king of kings!
The rod shall not depart from Judah,
Nor the decree from between his feet,
Until to whom it belongs comes,
According to the Hebrew Bible, the Tribe of Benjamin (Hebrew: בִּנְיָמִין, Modern Binyamin Tiberian Binyāmîn) בִּנְיָמִין was one of the Tribes of Israel.
From after the conquest of the land by Joshua until the formation of the first Kingdom of Israel in c. 1050 BCE, the Tribe of Benjamin was a part of a loose confederation of Israelite tribes. No central government existed, and in times of crisis the people were led by ad hoc leaders known as Judges. (see the Book of Judges) The entire tribe of Benjamin, women and children included, was almost wiped out by the other Israelite tribes after the Battle of Gibeah. The remnant of the tribe was spared and allowed to marry women of another town, whose husbands had been killed, to enable the tribe to continue. (Judges 19-21)
With the growth of the threat from Philistine incursions, the Israelite tribes decided to form a strong centralised monarchy to meet the challenge. The first king of this new entity was Saul, who came from the Tribe of Benjamin, (1 Samuel 9:1-2) which at the time was the smallest of the tribes. He reigned from Gibeah for 38 years, (1 Samuel 8-31) which appears to have been his home town.
After the death of Saul, all the tribes other than Judah remained loyal to the House of Saul, but after the death of Ish-bosheth, Saul’s son and successor to the throne of Israel, the Tribe of Benjamin joined the northern Israelite tribes in making David, who was then the king of Judah, king of a re-united Kingdom of Israel. However, on the accession of Rehoboam, David’s grandson, in c. 930 BCE the northern tribes split from the House of David to reform a Kingdom of Israel as the Northern Kingdom. However, this time the Tribe of Benjamin remained loyal to the House of David, and remained a part of the Kingdom of Judah, in which it remained until Judah was conquered by Babylon in c. 586 BCE and the population deported.
When the Jews returned from Babylonian exile, residual tribal affiliations were abandoned, probably because of the impossibility of reestablishing previous tribal land holdings. However, the special religious roles decreed for the Levis and Kohanim were preserved, and the general population was called Israel. These designations are still followed today.
According to Jewish scholars, the biblical text describing the battle and the events surrounding it is considerably late in date, originating close to the time of the Deuteronomist’s compilation of Judges from its source material, and clearly has several exaggerations of both numbers and of modes of warfare. Additionally, the inhospitality which triggered the battle is reminiscent of the Torah’s account of Sodom and Gomorrah. Many Biblical scholars concluded that the account was a piece of political spin, which had been intended to disguise atrocities carried out by the tribe of Judah against Benjamin, probably in the time of King David as an act of revenge or spite by David against the associates of King Saul, by casting them further back in time, and adding a more justifiable motive. More recently, scholars have suggested that it is more likely for the narrative to be based on a kernel of truth, particularly since it accounts for the stark contrast in the biblical narrative between the character of the tribe before the incident and its character afterwards. Some scholars see the account as illustrating God as ‘the judge and preserver of his wayward people.'
The last events in Chronicles take place in the reign of Cyrus the Great, the Persian king who conquered Babylon in 539 BCE; this sets an earliest possible date for the book. It was probably composed between 400-250 BCE, with the period 350-300 BCE the most likely.
Chronicles appears to be largely the work of a single individual, with some later additions and editing. The author was probably male, probably a Levite (temple priest), and probably from Jerusalem. He was well read, a skilled editor, and a sophisticated theologian. His intention was to use Israel’s past to convey religious messages to his peers, the literary and political elite of Jerusalem in the time of the Persian empire.
Jewish and Christian tradition identified this author as the 5th century BCE figure Ezra, who gives his name to the Book of Ezra; Ezra was also believed to be the author of both Chronicles and Ezra-Nehemiah, but later critical scholarship abandoned the identification with Ezra and called the anonymous author the Chronicler. The last half of the 20th century saw a radical reappraisal, and many now regard it as improbable that the author of Chronicles and was also the author of the narrative portions of Ezra-Nehemiah. Nevertheless, one of the most striking, although inconclusive, features of Chronicles is that its closing sentence is repeated as the opening of Ezra-Nehemiah.
The Battle of Gibeah is an episode in the Book of Judges. The battle was triggered by an incident of gross inhospitality on part of the Tribe of Benjamin, in which a concubine belonging to a man from the Tribe of Levi was raped to death by a rowdy mob. The Levite had offered his concubine to the mob in place of himself (whom the mob originally sought to “be intimate with”), saying “bring out the man that came into your house, so that we may be intimate with him” and then locked the door for the night. In the morning the Levite found his dead concubine at the door, and butchered her into twelve pieces, and sent the pieces throughout all the territory of Israel.
The outraged tribes of Israel sought justice, and asked for the miscreants to be delivered for judgement. The Benjamites refused, so the tribes then sought vengeance, and in the subsequent war, the members of Tribe of Benjamin were systematically killed, including women and children; when Benjamin was nearly ‘extinguished’, it was decided that the tribe should be allowed to survive,
In Joshua 18:1 and 10, we see that the ark of the covenant was first located in the land of Ephraim at Shiloh where Joshua settled. It remained there for 350 years until it was taken into battle and captured by the Philistines (1 Samuel 4). What then took place with the ark would reveal the prophetic testimony of the kingdom, which we will consider later. For seven months the ark resided in Dagon’s temple, whereupon it was returned to the field of Joshua.
Departing from its place at Shiloh, the ark then resided in the land of Judah, and more specifically in Jerusalem. In Psalm 78:58-68 we read that because of their sins, Yahweh “abandoned the dwelling place at Shiloh, the tent which He had pitched among men; and gave up His strength to captivity, and His glory into the hand of the adversary.” Then we read – “He also rejected the tent of Joseph, and did not choose the tribe of Ephraim, but chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion which He loved. And He built His sanctuary like the heights, like the earth which He has founded forever.”
But, was Yahweh’s dwelling place to remain in Jerusalem with Judah? This Psalm was written by David when the hope of Jerusalem was fresh before them. Yet Jeremiah spoke a different word from Yahweh some 400 years later. In Jeremiah 7:12-15 we read:
“’But go now to My place which was in Shiloh, where I made My name dwell at the first, and see what I did to it because of the wickedness of My people Israel. And now, because you have done all these things,’ declares Yahweh, ‘and I spoke to you, rising up early and speaking, but you did not hear, and I called you but you did not answer, therefore, I will do to the house which is called by My name, in which you trust, and to the place which I gave you and your fathers, as I did to Shiloh. And I will cast you out of My sight, as I have cast out all your brothers, all the offspring of Ephraim.’”
This brings to a conclusion the recorded course of the ark of the covenant and His presence. Once Jerusalem was destroyed, even though a temple was rebuilt, there was never the ark or His presence as it was in Shiloh and in Solomon’s temple. All that remained was the promise in Haggai 2:9 that the glory of a latter house would be greater than the former, which was obviously not fulfilled in Zerubbabel’s temple. Yahweh placed His presence in Shiloh. He then moved His presence to Jerusalem. But then after making good His warning, He removed His presence and the ark altogether. It seems that the story of His presence falls ominously quiet at this point. If He removed it from Shiloh and placed it in Jerusalem, then where is the promise of His presence after removing it from Jerusalem?
Benjamin the man: a type of the Messiah
Benjamin’s mother’s description of him as the “son of my sorrow” is resonant of the pain prophesied to pierce Mary’s heart, regarding the rejection and crucifixion of Jesus (Luke 2:35; John 19:25-26). While both mothers were greatly blessed to bear their important sons, paradoxically great sorrow accompanied the privilege.
Benjamin was the only son born when Israel was converted. Jesus was conceived of, and had a full measure of, the Holy Spirit from his human beginning (John 3:34-36).
Benjamin was patriarch of the Tribe that inherited Jerusalem, the territory of the Temple, and the region from which the Messiah will rule at his Second Coming. Note that’s where the leaders of Benjamin lived (Joshua 18:25; 1 Chronicles 8:1-28).
Benjamin was born near Bethlehem, the birthplace of Jesus, about 5 miles South of Jerusalem (Genesis 35:16-19). Bethlehem means “house of food”. Jesus provided spiritual food, including much through the Benjamite, Paul the Apostle.
Benjamin’s birth is the first reference in Scripture to Bethlehem, which is a sign that it was a significant event. Jesus was born in Bethlehem (Matthew 2:1).
Benjamin went to Egypt, as did Jesus, without being overcome by sin (Genesis 43:15).
Some paradoxes of the modern descendants of Benjamin
The most widely distributed book of the 20th Century’s clearest interpreter of Bible prophecy, Herbert W Armstrong, was “The United States and Britain in Prophecy”. In that volume, the author identified the Anglo-Saxon people of the UK (and former colonies) and of the USA, as descendants of the Tribe of Joseph. He identified the modern descendants of Benjamin as the Norwegian people and Icelanders of the same stock.
As far as this author knows, neither Mr Armstrong nor anyone else, has publicly emphasized the paradoxes associated with the Tribe of Benjamin. But since they exist, it is to be expected that their modern descendants would also be associated with some remarkable paradoxes.
Here an interesting point arises. In our previous studies we have seen that the Danes were Israelites of the Tribe of Dan. Consequently, as the Norsemen (Normans) were a branch of the Danes, it would seem evident that they too were of that tribe. There is an old tradition, however, which says that the Normans were of the Tribe of Benjamin, descendants of those who escaped from Jerusalem when that city was destroyed by the Romans in A.D.70. Whether or not this is true, we
do know that part of the people of the Kingdom of Judah, which included the Tribe of Benjamin, was carried away into captivity in Media with Israel. Thus among the Israelites in Media there were some who were of the Tribe of Benjamin and, as the descent of the Saxons and Danes from these Israelites is certain, it follows that among the Saxons or the Danes there must have been some who were Benjamites.
Further, we know that the emblem of the Tribe of Benjamin was a Wolf, and that that is the emblem under which the Norsemen came into north-western Europe.
Later, a branch of their descendants settled in France (Normandy) and still later as Normans, many of these moved into England in what history calls the Norman
It is certain, therefore, that the Normans, being of the same race as the Saxons and Danes, were Israelites, and it seems evident that they were of the Tribe of Benjamin.
. The Philistines were an immigrant people from the military aristocracy of the island of Crete (Amos 9:7). Small numbers of Philistines were in the land at the time of Abraham, but they only came in force soon after Israel came to Canaan from Egypt. They were organized into five city-states.THE TRIBE OF BENJAMIN…and the Latin Connection
…Where are they now?
If you are Hispanic, you must read this…
With the ability to test genes these days, we are finding out some interesting things about Hispanic people….they might be Israelites, at least their genes say so. Below is an article written in the Los Angeles Times about a DNA project testing 78 Hispanic people in New Mexico, and how 30 of them had the Cohanim marker in their blood. They have “Jewish” blood. Here is an excerpt from the article below.
Latinos with traditions of Spanish Jewish ancestry
David Kelly. “DNA Clears the Fog Over Latino Links to Judaism in New Mexico.” Los Angeles Times (December 5, 2004). Excerpts:
“He [Father William Sanchez launched a DNA project to test his relatives, along with some of the parishioners at Albuquerque’s St. Edwin’s Church, where he works. As word got out, others in the community began contacting him. So Sanchez expanded the effort to include Latinos throughout the state. Of the 78 people tested, 30 are positive for the marker of the Cohanim, whose genetic line remains strong because they rarely married non-Jews throughout a history spanning up to 4,000 years. Michael Hammer, a research professor at the University of Arizona and an expert on Jewish genetics, said that fewer than 1% of non-Jews possessed this marker. That fact – along with the traditions in many of these families – makes it likely that they are Jewish, he said. … It also explained practices that had baffled many folks here for years: the special knives used to butcher sheep in line with Jewish kosher tradition, the refusal to work on Saturdays to honor the Sabbath, the menorahs that had been hidden away. In some families, isolated rituals are all that remain of a once-vibrant religious tradition diluted by time and fears of persecution. … ‘We believe a fairly high percentage of first families [arriving] in New Mexico were nominally Catholic, but their secret religion was Judaism,’ he [Bennett Greenspan of Family Tree DNA] said. “We are finding between 10% and 15% of men living in New Mexico or south Texas or northern Mexico have a Y chromosome that tracks back to the Middle East.’ They are not all Cohanim, and there’s a slight chance some could be of African Muslim descent. But Greenspan said the DNA of the men is typical of Jews from the eastern Mediterranean.”
HOW DID THIS HAPPEN?
How are Hispanic people connected to the Jews? Read and find out! First of all, according to Norman Roth, Historian and commentator, and Professor of Jewish History, at one time, more Jews lived in Spain than in all the other European countries combined…. That is interesting but do you know why? It is because the Romans sacked Jerusalem in 70 a.d., only 40 years after Christ’s death, and they took the nation of Judah captive to Spain.
History tells us that Titus moved the besieged Jews (And Benjaminites) to Spain a few years after the death of Christ. I REPEAT THIS VERY IMPORTANT POINT~ WHOLE SETTLEMENTS OF BENJAMINITES AND JEWS WERE EXILED TO SPAIN DURING THE ROMAN CONQUEST OF PALESTINE BY EMPEROR TITUS. Once you understand this, you will begin to understand some important things.
The House of Judah that existed at the time of Christ was made up of Jews, and the tribe of Benjamin that stayed with Judah….now you know why 30 of the 78 Hispanic people tested in the article above had the Cohanim marker.
The Bible tells us in the book of Obadiah how the captives from Jerusalem which were in Sepharad (Spain) would possess the cities of the South.
“And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, (Spain) shall possess the cities of the south.” Obadiah 1:20
“Rabbi Abraham Iben Ezra says that this is referring to the exile by Titus (the Roman Emperor who destroyed the Temple) of Jews to Spain. The Radak (Rabbi David Kimchi) says the same. The Abarbanel says that whole settlements in Spain were founded by exiles from Jerusalem who included families descended from King David.”
Or better put…”The exiled of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad” (Spain) “The oldest Syrian translation of the Bible translates “Sepharad” as Spain (in those times Portugal and Spain were one country).
The Jews of the oldest temples, used the word “Sepharad” to indicate Iberia/Spain.
Targum Yehonathan translates “Sepharad” as Aspamiah” meaning Spain. ”
If you are Hispanic, your Spanish heritage makes it highly likely that you have either Benjaminite or Jewish blood. So why don’t you know this already? That’s kind of a big thing isn’t it? How would you live differently if you had known that all your life? Have you ever felt that you were different but you didn’t know why? Could it be that you are an Israelite and not a gentile? The reason so many Hispanics have Jewish backgrounds and don’t know it is because of the Spanish Inquisition. During the Spanish Inquisition, there were so many Jews in Spain that they forced them to become Catholics or die.
Spain may be the Tribe of Benjamin
The whole tribe of Benjamin stayed with the tribe of Judah long ago when they split from the “Ten Lost Tribes.” It is highly possible that most of the tribe of Benjamin wound up in Spain during Titus’s exile of the “Jews.” We suspect this because of the word “Tarshish” which is a Benjaminite name in the Bible. Not only is that name connected with the tribe of Benjamin, but it is the ancient name of a city in southern Spain. And there is other evidence as well.
1st Chronicles 7:6-10 tells of a descendant of Benjamin named Tarshish.
Fausset’s Bible Dictionary says that the ancient city of Tarshish is located in Southern Spain. Bible scholars clearly confirm the location of Tarshish in the Bible as modern day Spain.
So, it is not just speculation…it is confirmed.
And the Bible is clear that T(H)ARSHISH WAS THE GREAT-GRANDSON OF BENJAMIN.
Here is the genealogy. Benjamin had 3 sons—Bela, Becher and Jedial. Go to verse 10 below and we see that Jedial was the father of Bilhan, and Bilhan was the father of Tharshish.
1 Chronicles 7:6-10
6 The sons of Benjamin; Bela, and Becher, and Jediael, three.
7 And the sons of Bela; Ezbon, and Uzzi, and Uzziel, and Jerimoth, and Iri, five; heads of the house of their fathers, mighty men of valour; and were reckoned by their genealogies twenty and two thousand and thirty and four.
8 And the sons of Becher; Zemira, and Joash, and Eliezer, and Elioenai, and Omri, and Jerimoth, and Abiah, and Anathoth, and Alameth. All these are the sons of Becher.
9 And the number of them, after their genealogy by their generations, heads of the house of the fathers, mighty men of valour, was twenty thousand and two hundred.
10 The sons also of Jediael; Bilhan: and the sons of Bilhan; Jeush, and Benjamin, and Ehud, and Chenaanah, and Zethan, and Tharshish, and Ahishahar. KJV
*(My note…Tarshish is also one of the sons of Javan in the book of Genesis)
But, lets start at a logical place. If you read the article, “The Hunt for the Lost Tribes of Israel,” then you are already aware of the fact that the little nation of Israel in the Middle East does not represent all of the 12 tribes of Israel. They are in fact, the remnant of the house of Judah. The reason we bring this up here is to help us realize that if we want to see what happened to Benjamin, we have to understand their close but separate connection to the Jews.
The history of the Benjaminites over time, has become “confused” and mixed up with the history of the Jews. Benjaminites have for thousands of years erroneously been called “Jews,” because of their long association and loyalty to the tribe of Judah. Yet Benjamin is more related to Ephraim and Manasseh. Benjamin was Joseph’s full blooded brother. Jacobs favorite wife only had 2 sons, Benjamin and Joseph. So, Hispanics are descended through Rachel just like Joseph and his sons Ephraim and Manasseh. The Bible often connects Benjamin with Ephraim and Manasseh. And to this day, as nations, they are associated. This whole western hemisphere is made up of Ephraim in Canada, Manasseh in the United States and Benjamin in all the Hispanic countries to the South.
Psalm 80:2 says, “Appear in front of Ephraim, Benjamin, and Manasseh. Wake up your power, and come to save us.”
Regrettably, though, Benjamin has had a hard relationship with the Ephraim and Manasseh at times. There is a the reason why some Hispanic people have such long names. They carry both the maternal and paternal names. And there is a reason for it.
In fact at one time, the tribe of Benjamin was nearly wiped out by the House of Israel. Bible history contains a sad record of a desolating civil war in which they were nearly annihilated by the other tribes.
In the bible, in the book of Judges, chapters 20 and 21 tell how after the heat of the battle, where in anger, the tribes of Israel realized that they had nearly wiped out the tribe of Benjamin, they regretted what they had done. So, they took about 400 young women by force from the city of Jabesh-gilead in Manasseh to give to the survivors, but it “sufficed them not.” It was not enough to go around. To make things worse, they had all sworn an oath that none of their daughters would be given to a Benjaminite.
But, they found a way around this. They had their daughters gather together at one of the yearly Feasts, and they instructed the remaining survivors of Benjamin to “steal” a wife. This explains why the tribe of Benjamin had the greatest variation. We went to Spain and this was most evident. You have never seen such variation. It is because, there are many Benjaminites in Spain and they had mothers from all the other tribes! Now we see why Spanish names are so long….they retain both of their maternal and paternal family names—which makes sense as it honors both sides of their heritage.
There were bad feelings between Benjamin and the rest of Israel long after this. Because, when the 12 tribes split up, Benjamin preferred to stay with Judah. Which is reasonable. And who could blame them. They blended into the tribe of Judah until no one knew anymore whether he was a Jew or a Benjaminite.
As we already discussed, 1st Chronicles 7:6-10 tells of a descendant of Benjamin named Tarshish. We also remember that Fausset’s Bible Dictionary says that the ancient city of Tarshish is located in Southern Spain. So, lets see what else we can discover about connections to Spain.
Many Spanish are proud of their “Jewish” heritage. One Spaniard wrote….
“About 700 BC, in early Spain, before it was Spain, the Bible refers to a place called Tarshish, in the south of the peninsula where the Phoenician King, Hiram of Tyre, sent people to harvest minerals and metals that could be worked at that time. The place became known later as Tarsis, and was highly in demand for it’s metal. Those early Phoenicians bore names that had their origins in Israelite descent., so it appears that the people that King Hiram sent there, were Jewish. In the biblical Book of Obadiah 1:20, Tarshish was said to be in the land of “Aspamiah” (Espania, Spain)
But not many are aware that the “ships of Tarshish” which we know were located in Southern Spain, brought back a vast wealth of gold to King Solomon. We believe that the ships of Tarshish” of the Bible later became the legendary “Spanish fleet.” Who doesn’t know from history about the Spanish Armada. Spanish seamanship has been around since olden times. The Spanish were the first ones to reap the gold of the New World. Just as the navy of Tharshish had anciently brought gold in bible times to King Solomon.
So, it was no coincidence that the fleet of Spain (Tharshish) sought Gold in the New World with a fever never seen before or since. It is well known that Spanish conquistadors wiped out whole Indian cultures in their rapacious and ravening lust for Gold. The tradition of “gold fever” went back as far as the time of Solomon, who had more Gold at his disposal than any other king before him, due to the “Navy of Tharshish” which was at his disposal.
1 Kings 10:21-22 say, “And all king Solomon’s drinking vessels were of gold, and all the vessels of the house of the forest of Lebanon were of pure gold; none were of silver: it was nothing accounted of in the days of Solomon. For the king had at sea a navy of Tharshish with the navy of Hiram: once in three years came the navy of Tharshish, bringing gold, and silver, ivory, and apes, and peacocks.”
Note that Solomon had his own navy WITH the navy of King Hiram. There were 2 separate navys. Solomon’s navy was made up of Israelites. They brought all that gold to Solomon, not to Hiram! I repeat that Biblical scholars have long associated the ships of Tharshish or Tarshish with the nation of Spain. How do we know that? We put the pieces together. Again, Tarshish is our best clue. The International Standard Encyclopedia says: “Tarshish “an eponym of a Benjaminite family” (Strong’s 8659, Tarshish or Tharshish)
In plain English, that means that the area called Tarshish is derived from a Benjaminite family name. What do we know of the tribe of Benjamin? We know that Jacob prophesied what would happen to all of the tribes in the end time. This is what he said about Benjamin.
JACOBS PROPHECY ABOUT BENJAMIN (Spain)
Jacob did not combine Benjamin’s prophecy with Judah’s. So from this we know that Benjamin had their own destiny, separate from the Jews. The Jews are spread all over the world, but Benjamin wound up mainly in Spain.
Jacob wrote of Benjamin,
Genesis 49:1 says, “And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.” “….Benjamin shall ravin as a wolf, in the morning he shall devour the prey and at night he shall divide the spoil. Genesis 49:27
Ravin comes from a Hebrew word that means to “tear into pieces.” Historically, Spain certainly tore the new world up. They conquered the new world. And for that we are thankful. It is true that the Spanish fleet ransacked several Indian cultures, destroying them in a lust for Gold unequalled in history. In their defense though, they destroyed extremely barbaric cultures that practiced human sacrifice…and many horrific customs…. As we have already discussed, Tarshish of the Bible is in Southern Spain. These Spanish conquistadors did “ravin as a wolf” as prophesied. Is Spain the tribe of Benjamin? It certainly looks like it.
You might think, well, I am not pure Spanish so I am not a Benjaminite, but that is not true. Joseph married an Egyptian woman and had 2 sons named Ephraim and Manasseh. When Jacob laid hands on those 2 boys to give them the birthright, he said, “let my name be on them.” Yes, they were half Egyptian…but they were full Israelites! Before we close, we want to look at one more thing. It was something that Jacob prophesied about Benjamin in the end time.
What did Jacob mean when he prophesied that Benjamin would “divide the spoil?” It means that things are going to be very good for Benjamin in the end time. Remember the story of Joseph? When he was finally reunited with his brothers, he gave his full blooded brother Benjamin very special treatment…Benjamin received a double portion!
The tribe of Benjamin will be getting preferential treatment when the time comes to re-unite all the tribes of Israel back into one large nation of Israel. You don’t think this will happen? It is prophesied in Ezekiel 37:19:22. “Say unto them, Thus says the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand. And the sticks whereon thou write shall be in your hand before their eyes. And say unto them, Thus says the Lord GOD, behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land, and I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.”
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Here is the link to the article in the New York Times, which tells of the Hispanic link to the Jews…(and Benjaminites!)
LINK TO THE NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLE
Hispanics Uncovering Roots as Inquisition’s ‘Hidden’ Jews
Shiloh is mentioned in the Hebrew Bible as an assembly place for the people of Israel. The “whole congregation of Israel assembled…and set up the tabernacle of the congregation…” (Joshua 18:1), built under Moses’ direction from God (Exodus 26) to house the Ark of the Covenant, also built under Moses’ direction from God (Exodus 25). According to Talmudic sources, the tent sanctuary remained at Shiloh for 369 years until the Ark of the Covenant was taken into the battle camp (1 Samuel 4:3–5) at Eben-Ezer and captured by the Philistines at Aphek (probably Antipatris). At some point during its long stay at Shiloh, the portable tent seems to have been enclosed within a compound or replaced with a standing structure that had “doors” (1 Samuel 3:15) a precursor to the Temple. The Mishkan left Shiloh when Eli HaCohen died.
The erection of the Tabernacle and the Sacred vessels, as in Exodus 40:17–19; from the 1728 Figures de la Bible
Shiloh was the center of Israelite worship. The people assembled here for the mandatory feasts and sacrifices, and here lots were cast for the various tribal areas and for the Levitical cities. This was a sacred act, revealing how God would choose to parcel out the land within the tribes.
Generations later, Samuel was raised at the shrine in Shiloh by the high priest Eli. Samuel began prophesying at a young age and continued to serve in the Tabernacle, but not as a priest because he was not from the family of Aaron.
When the Philistines defeated the Israelites at Aphek, one contingent of Philistines carried the Ark of the Covenant off to Philistia, while another contingent apparently marched on Shiloh and destroyed the shrine. Apparently the Tabernacle was removed before the Philistines arrived, and it was shipped to Gibeon, where it remained until David’s time. The Ark was soon returned to Israel, but was subsequently kept in Kiryat-Yearim until David had it brought to Jerusalem. It never returned to Shiloh.
When Solomon died, ten of the tribes seceded and their religious leaders built local worship sites (1 Kings 12:31, 2 Kings 17:29–32, and 2 Chronicles 13:9). At this time, Shiloh may have been revived as a holy shrine; it was home to Ahijah HaShiloni, who announced the secession of the ten tribes after Solomon died.
Then a man of Benjamin ran from the battle line the same day, and came to Shiloh with his clothes torn and dirt on his head. Now when he came, there was Eli, sitting on a seat by the wayside watching, for his heart trembled for the ark of God. And when the man came into the city and told it, all the city cried out. When Eli heard the noise of the outcry, he said, “What does the sound of this tumult mean?” And the man came quickly and told Eli. Eli was ninety-eight years old, and his eyes were so dim that he could not see. Then the man said to Eli, “I am he who came from the battle. And I fled today from the battle line.” And he said, “What happened, my son?” So the messenger answered and said, “Israel has fled before the Philistines, and there has been a great slaughter among the people. Also your two sons, Hophni and Phinehas, are dead; and the ark of God has been captured.” Then it happened, when he made mention of the ark of God, that Eli fell off the seat backward by the side of the gate; and his neck was broken and he died, for the man was old and heavy. And he had judged Israel forty years.