Here is an excerpt from a sermon
entitled "True Imperialism", delivered by John H. Jowett, London, ca.
1900. Printed as Chapter 2 of "Apostolic Optimism", London: Hodder & Stoughton,
"Behold, thou shalt call a nation that
thou knewest not, and nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee, because of
the Lord thy God, for He hath glorified thee" (Isa. 55:5). What does that mean?
It means that a true and glorified national life is to create a true and
glorified Imperialism. "Nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because
of the Lord thy God."
That is the true imperialism - empire by moral and spiritual
sovereignty, allurement and dominion by the fascinating radiance of a pure and
sanctified life. "Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness
of thy rising." What is the vulgar imperialism of to-day? It is empire by grab.
It is expansion by coercion. It is aggrandizement by the power of the sword.
Mark the contrast. "Nations that knew not thee shall run unto thee because of
the Lord thy God." Such is to be the imperial gravitation of a people exalted
and inspired by the purifying and energizing presence of the Eternal God.
This, I repeat, is the true imperialism, the imperialism which
I covet for my nation; the glory which constitutes a fadeless dignity; empire -
not by the aid of Maxim guns, but by great and heartening evangels proceeding
from a redeemed and glorified people. When are we going to learn that this is
the shining goal of all worthy national ambition? The mission of a truly
great people is to be "a witness to the peoples, a leader and commander to the
peoples" (Isa. 55:4),
a "witness," ceaselessly reiterating the glad tidings
of the eternal love which she herself has proved in the power of her own
a "leader," a pathfinder, going out among the benighted
peoples who are groping blindly for the way that leads to liberty and light, and
revealing unto them the road whose entrance-gate is the beginning of the
a "commander," commanding her willing and waiting
servants to go here, there, and yonder, bearing her shining lines through all
the earth, and her words to the end of the world.
"Thou shalt be called the restorer of paths to dwell in" (Isa
58:12). That is a glorious title, and it describes a glorious mission of a great
nation which has "hearkened diligently" (Isa. 21:7) unto God, and has
surrendered herself to a glad and invincible obedience. "Her soul shall live" (Isa.
55:3) and her life shall be "the light of men" (Matt. 5:16, John 1:4).
Alfred the Great, in the 9th
century, created the basis of what is our common law, which is the foundation of
jurisprudence in Aryan civilization. The 33rd Law of Alfred reads: “Vex thou
not comers from afar and strangers, for remember, ye were once strangers in
Egypt.” (See Exodus 22:21)
Scottish Declaration of Independence of April 6, 1320 states regarding
the ancestors of its creators: “ . . . and coming thence one-thousand
two-hundred years after the outgoing of the people of Israel, they by many
victories . . .”
Cruden, author of the well-known Cruden’s Complete Concordance, addressed
his preface to King George III, saying, “. . . May the great God be the guide
of your life, and direct and prosper you, that it may be said by present and
future ages, that King George III hath been sent an Hezekiah to our British
Israel . . .
Walter Scott, in his novel Woodstock, has Oliver Cromwell use these words
in Chapter 30: “How as my soul liveth, and as He liveth who hath made me
ruler in Israel . . .”
Tyndale, the great English religious reformer, who translated the Bible into
English, announced in 1530 his discovery of the likeness between the Hebrew and
English languages, which made English the most suitable of any language into
which to translate the Bible.
1590 the French Magistrate Counsellor LeMoyer wrote a large volume entitled
The Lost Ten Tribes Found, stating that they formed the then English
peoples. (Petite Parisien)
Francis Drake (1540-1596), while on the ship “Bonaventure,” wrote John Fox and
besought the prayers of Fox that “. . . God may be glorified, His church, our
Queen and Country preserved, the enemies of truth vanquished, that we might have
continual peace in Israel. Our enemies are many but our Protector commandeth the
whole earth. . .”
Watts, composer of over 500 hymns, revealed his knowledge of true Israel is his
poem entitled “Israel’s Poem.”
Elizabeth I was known as the “Light of Israel.”
Galilei, father of the famous astronomer, writing in 1581 about the origin of
the harp in Ireland, mentions the native Irish tradition that they had descended
from the royal Prophet David.
1502, Columbus wrote of his voyages to King Ferdinand of Spain, “. . . Fully
accomplished were the words of Isaiah . . .” (See Isaiah 49:1-12)
famed English author, John Lily, in his Euphes and his England, gives
evidence of his knowledge and agreement with the Israelitish origins of the
people of the British Isles.
· King James VI of Scotland
(James I of England) claimed that the Lord had made him king over Israel, and
upon the gold coin of his day, called the “Jacobus,” he had inscribed in Latin
the prophecy of Ezekiel 37:22– “I will make of them one nation.”
· In the time of Cromwell
(circa 1647) a political reform movement called the “Levellers” sought reforms
which threatened the dictator’s power. Both Everard and Winstanley, prominent
Levellers, are mentioned in connection with the belief in the Israelitish origin
of the Saxon, Cletic and kindred peoples.
· In 1671, a pamphlet issued
in Nether Dutch stated that the English-speaking people were Israel.
· John Dryden (1681), in one
of his poems, referred to England by the name Israel fourteen times.
· In 1723 Dr. Abbadie
published, in Amsterdam, Le Triomphe de al Providence et de la Religion,
expressing the view that the Northern European Tribes, from which the English
derive, are the Ten “Lost Tribes” of Israel: “. . . Unless the Ten Trbes of
Israel are flown into the air, or sunk into the earth, they must be those ten
Gothic tribes that entered Europe in the 5th century, overthrew the Roman Empire
and founded the ten nations of modern Europe. . .”
· In the early 1800's Thomas
Jefferson, recalling the death of George Washington, stated: “I felt on his
death with my countrymen, that verily a great man hath fallen this day in
· Dr. Moses Margouliouth, a
19th century Jewish scholar, in his History of the Jews, said, “. . . It may
not be out of place to state that the Isles afar off mentioned in the 31st
chapter of Jeremiah were supposed by the ancients to be Brittania, Scotia and
· “Hibernia” (Ireland)
translates to “Land of the Hebrews.” Likewise, “Iberia” (Spain)
translates to “Land of the Hebrews.”
· Former New York City Mayor
Ed Koch, during the 1987 St. Patrick’s Day parade, told a UPI reporter, “. .
. The ten lost tribes of Israel, we believe, ended up in Ireland.”
· Sir Oliver J. Lodge, noted
English scientist (1851-1940), stated: “We, too, are a chosen people. It were
blasphemy to deny our birthright and responsibility. Our destiny in the world is
no small one. We are peopling great tracts of the earth and carrying thither our
language and customs. The migrating of that primitive tribe from Ur of the
Chaldees, under the leadership of that splendid old chief, Abram, into the land
of promise, was an event fraught with stupendous results for the human race.”
· The famed Baptist
evangelist Charles H. Spurgeon, who died in 1892, showed in Volume 2, page 154
of his book The Treasury of the Old Testament that England and America
· The U.S. Supreme Court case
#6914, known as the “Huntress” case of November 5, 1840, in reference to the
neglect of the (U.S.) Constitution for seven years said: “. . . We may well
ask, with some feelings of surprise, where, during these seven years, were
slumbering the watchmen of our American Israel?” (12 Fed. Case page 993)
· From the declaration of
principles given in the United Israel Bulletin of April, 1951, (a
non-Christian, Jewish publication): “We believe that the Ten Tribes of Israel
exist within the Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, Scandinavian, American people, and that
they in fact constitute them and that they are Hebrews. . .”
· Regarding contemporary
Jews, the 1980 Jewish Almanac states on page 3: “Strictly speaking, it is
incorrect to call a contemporary Jew an ‘Israelite’ or a ‘Hebrew’.”
· An amazing insight into
these facts can be had by dovetailing John 8:1-59 with Revelation 2:9 and 3:9. A
more clear understanding may be had by using the King James translation of the
Bible along with Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. The Greek
Dictionary contained in Strong’s makes clear the meaning sometimes
obscured by the King James translators.
· On January 1, 1773, the men
of Marlborough, Massachusetts proclaimed unanimously: “Death is more eligible
than slavery. A free-born people are not required by the religion of Jesus
Christ to submit to tyranny, but make use of such power as GOD has given them to
recover and support their laws and liberties . . .(we) implore the Ruler
above the skies, that He would make bare His arm in defense of His Church and
people, and let Israel go . . .”