A Fulfillment of Biblical Prophecy
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Genesis (NIV) 17:
6 I will make you very fruitful; I will make nations of you, and kings will come from you.
Genesis 17 (NIV):
16 I will bless her [Sarah] and will surely give you a son by her. I will bless her so that she will be the mother of nations; kings of peoples will come from her.
Onkelos renders the expression "kings" in 17:6 and "kings of peoples" in 17:16 as:
# Kings that rule over peoples # "Kneshin ve-Malacin deShalitin be-amamiya"
Genesis 35 (NIV):
11 And God said to him, 'I am God Almighty; be fruitful and increase in number. A nation and a community [in Hebrew, "Kahal"] of nations will come from you, and kings will be among your descendants.
We saw in the light of other verses and commentaries (such as the NATZIV) that Genesis 35:11 is predicting that TWO DIFFERENT ENTITIES would emerge from Jacob. One would be "a Nation" i.e. that of "Judah" (comprising the Tribes of both Judah and Benjamin) and the other would be a "Kahal" of Ten meaning the Ten Tribes who became the Ten Lost Tribes. Each of these TEN Tribes was to become a People in its own right (as indicated by the Aramaic of Onkelos), and some of them would have kings ruling over them. Only the Western Peoples fit the bill. In these peoples we find separate nations each of which may be identified as a separate nations and more than half of whom have kings ruling over them. One of the nations for whom these Propheies is pertinent is Sweden.
Sweden is a predominantly Israelite nation whose inhabitants include many descendants from the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel even though the people in question are not aware of their Hebrew ancestry. We identify Sweden with the Tribe of Gad though members of other Tribes are also present as well as non-Israelites.
It is therefore pertinent to have an idea of what the Swedish People and Monarchy are, and where they came from.
2. The Tribe of Gad, the Goths, and Sweden.
We identify the people of Sweden as primarily Israelites from the Tribe of Gad.
The Bible tells us that the Tribe of Gad was exiled alongside Reuben and the half-Tribe of Manasseh to Halah, Habor, the River of Gozan, and to Hara (1-Chronicles 5:26) i. e. roughly speaking to areas in North Syria, Mesopotamia, the Caucasus and eastern Iran. In Israel Gad had occupied territory east of the Jordan adjoining Reuben and Half-Manasseh. Reuben was ultimatey to settled in France and France was to have an association both with the Goths from Gad (some of whom also settled in France) and with Sweden.
In Biblical Hebrew another way of pronouncing the name Gad is 'Goth.' The Goths actually in some cases referred to themselves by the term "Gad" or something close to it. The sons of Gad (Genesis 46:16, Numbers 26:15-17) were Ziphion (Hebrew: 'Tsifion'), Haggi (Chaggi) [In Hebrew the "H" in "Haggi" is the letter "het" which can be rendered as "h" or as "ch" or even as "c" cf. Chaggi], Shuni, Ezbon (Etsbon), Eri (Geri), Arodi, and Areli. These names are the same as those of groups important in Scandinavian History.
16 The sons of Gad: Ziphion, Haggi, Shuni, Ezbon, Eri, Arodi, and Areli.
15 The sons of Gad according to their clans: of Zephon, the clan of the Zephonites; of Haggi, the clan of the Haggites; of Shuni, the clan of the Shunites; 16 of Ozni, the clan of the Oznites; of Eri, the clan of the Erites; 17 of Arod, the clan of the Arodites; of Areli, the clan of the Arelites. 18 These are the clans of the sons of Gad as they were listed, 40,500.
Sweden was formed when the Kingdom of the Swedish-Goths (Gautland) united with that of the Svea. The Svea were known to the Latins as Suiones. Tacitus (Germania 44) mentions, "The states of the SUIONES right out in the sea. They are powerful not only in arms and men but also in fleets." The term "SUIONE" (Svea) is similar to the Hebrew Shuni the third son of Gad, whose name in Biblical times in the north was perhaps pronounceable as "SUONI."
Arod became the Hread-Goths and Harodi.
Arel became the ERULI (Harules, Herules)
Moses blessed the Tribe of Gad:
20 And of Gad he said: Blessed is he who enlarges Gad;
He dwells as a lion,
And tears the arm and the crown of his head.
The name 'Gad' is derived from the Hebrew word "Gdud" translated as "troop" but also meaning group or collectivity.
19 Gad, a troop [Hebrew: Gdud"] shall tramp upon him, But he shall triumph [Hebrew: "Yigadenu" i,e. form a group of his own] at last.
Gad needs to work though his group. The name Gad also indicates smallness, cf. "seed of Gad." The plant known in Hebrew as "gad" is translated into Hebrew as "gad."
31 And the house of Israel called its name Manna. And it was like white coriander [Hebrew: "gad"] seed, and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.
7 Now the manna was like coriander seed [Hebrew: "gad"], and its color like the color of bdellium.
Rabbi Fishel MAEL points out that "Gad" being also the name of a plant with very small seeds reflects on the essence of the Tribe of Gad. Gad needs to combine with others, to be part of a whole. He can also live frugally if need be and be content with very little. The Swedes also have this attribute:
An article 'What are Unique Traits of Swedish culture?' by Jah Amira, describes the Swedish National Character in terms that other writers on the same subject also use.
Amira tells us, 'working together and helping one another is a very big part of Swedish culture,' i.e. Collaboration and equality,
- "Always give each other a helping hand and treat all people with equal respect. When working together, you should never degrade or leave others behind. Treat everyone the same, and kindness shouldn't be taken for granted. You should never think that you are better or more special than others... It is something Swedes value most in their culture..... Flat hierarchy - The flat hierarchy is in the Swedish work and business. ... Bosses and managers don't rule over the workers and are seen as regular people just like everyone else. .. In Sweden, concern for the community and helping neighbors is strongly valued. Swedes generally care about the well-being of their society and everyone is ensured to have the same access to healthcare, education, etc."
Joseph Goebbels (Nazi Propaganda Minister) on a trip to Sweden before WW2 found the "blond race" there contemptible, "Germanic on the outside, half-Jewish on the inside."
Rabbi Moshe David VALI (1697- 1776) says ("Mishneh le-Melech," Deuteronomy 33:20) that GAD had the attribute of being well-off himself, rendering succor to the poor, and helping Judah. These qualities fit the Swedes except for the last one though we did find it in offshoots of Gad (Goths in Italy and southern France, Huguenots, etc.).
John Eurenius (16881751), a Swedish pastor in Torsaker, Angermanland, Sweden, in his Atlantica Orientalis (1751) suggested that the gods of Norse mythology represented the Israelite ancestors of Scandinavian, Olof Rudbeck the Younger in the 1700s showed how the Nordic languages came from Hebrew.
RUNIC SCRIPT, HEBREW, AND ARAMAIC.
The researchers Dr. Kjell ARTUNS and Orjan SVENSSON both claim that the language of some of the Runic inscriptions in Scandinavia is Semitic. They claim that in some cases it is in Hebrew and in others Aramaic or related dialects!!
3. The Kings and Queens of Sweden.
Sweden came into being when the Goths of Sweden united with the Svea known also as Suiones. Tacitus said the Suiones were ruled by a king.
The Goths of Sweden were related to the Goths who had their own Empire in Russia and southeast Europe. They had several ruling houses and Emperors.
Sweden may have become a united country in the 500s CE.
Sweden consisted of most of what is today the southern part of the country (except for Scania, Blekinge, Halland and Bohuslon), as well as parts of modern Finland.
Legendary Kings of Sweden belonged to the Yngling Dynasty.
The first king known to have tuled over both both Svealand (Svea, Suiones) and Gotaland (the Goths) was Olof Skotkonung in ca. 1000 CE.
The southern and western coastal parts of Sweden were ruled by Denmark until the 1600s.
The Kalmar Union was a personal union in so far that they had one ruler from 1397 to 1523 of Denmark, Sweden (then including most of present-day Finland), and Norway, together with Norway's overseas colonies (then including Iceland, Greenland, the Faroe Islands, and the now Scottish islands of Orkney and Shetland). The Kalmar Union had been created to block German Expansion in the region. The monarchs of the Kalmar Union wanted a greater degree of unification whereas the nobility of Sweden and Denmark were against it.
In 1523 Sweden led by Gustav Vasa seceded from the Union, Gustav Vasa was elected king of Sweden. Gustav Vasa changed the religion from being Roman Catholicism to Lutheran. He encouraged Protestant preachers and seized Catholic Church property. The Church had owned 20% of the Land and had been interfering in Scandinavian politics. Vasa created the Church of Sweden. Before the time of Vasa Sweden had had an elective monarchy with the ruler being elected from among candidates belonging to certain families. After Vasa the monarchy became hereditary.
In the 1600s and 1700s Sweden was quite powerful. It had its own Empire consisting of conquests on the Continent, e.g. of Estonia, Livonia (shores of Lithuania) , Ingria (Russia- St. Petersburg), and Karelia (east of Finland, now part of Russia). Sweden once ruled over Finland but lost it to Russia in a war in 1808 - 1809. Today about 10% of the Finns still speak Swedish and another 10% or more are beleived to be of Swedish descent though they speak Finnish.
King Gustavus Apolphus (ruled 1611-1632) was a great general and played an important role in the Thirty Years War in Germany. He was financed by France.
Queen Christina (1632-1654), the daughter of Gustavus Adolphus, was somewhat eccentric. Besides Swedish she had learned at least seven other languages: German, Dutch, Danish, French, Italian, Arabic and Hebrew. She had friendships and connections with Jewish scholars, merchants, and bankers. Rabbi Manasseh ben Israel visited Queen Christina. She eventually abdicated, went to Italy, and became a Roman Catholic.
# In Rome, she made Pope Clement X prohibit the custom of chasing Jews through the streets during the carnival. On 15 August 1686, she issued a declaration that Roman Jews were under her protection, signed "la Regina - the queen." #
Pope Alexander VII described Christina as "a queen without a realm, a Christian without faith, and a woman without shame."
Until 1718 Jews were forbidden to settle in Sweden unless they changed their religion. The first synagogue was built in Stockholm in 1796.
jean Bernadotte (1763-1844) was the founder of the present ruling regal dynasty in Sweden. He was a Frenchman born with the family name du Poey.
He was a French general under Napoleon (Charles xiv in Sweden, Charles III in Norway, John Jean Bernadotte) and became King of Sweden and Norway (ruled 1818- 1844). He was the first monarch of the Bernadotte dynasty. Benadotte was born in Bearn in southwest France. He may have been of Jewish descent. His father was a prosecutor. Bernadotte was married to Desiree Clary. She was the sister of the wife of the brother of Napoleon and previously had once been the fiancee of Napoleon himself. Bernadotte was thus considered part of the new Royalty centered around Napoleon. Bernadotte was one of the 18 Marshals (chief rulers ) of the Empire of Napoleon. He ruled over Hanover in Germany and proved to have great administrative abilities. In the Wars of Napoleon Bernadotte had distinguished himself against the Prussians. During one of the Wars he stopped the looting by his own French troops of the German city of Lubeck in north Germany. As a result of his activities in Lubeck he became acquainted with soldeirs from Sweden.
# He also treated with courtesy 1600 Swedish prisoners, under the command of Colonel Count Gustave Morner, and allowed them to return to their home country. The impressed Swedes went home with a tale of Bernadotte's fairness in maintaining order within the city. Count Morner would later play a prominent role in the election of Bernadotte as Crown Prince of Sweden. #
# Bernadotte habitually used his own money to pay for food for his troops, and to give money awards to those who merited recognition. Bernadotte held his troops to the same high standard and punished looting and raping severely and was known to intervene with his sword drawn against those engaged in pillaging, as was the case following the capture of Lubeck. #
Bernadotte oversaw the French occupation of Denmark.
# Bernadotte maintained strict discipline amongst his troops and his good treatment of the Danes made him popular with the populace and Danish Royal Family. Upon his departure from Denmark he was one of few Frenchmen of the period to be awarded the Order of the Elephant.#
Napoleon offered to make him king of Spain but he declined.
Napoleon also considered naming Bernadotte as his successor.
# Despite their rivalry, Napoleon felt that Bernadotte alone had the popularity, administrative and military skill to safeguard the Empire he had built. #
Bernadotte and Napoleon had several disagreements. Benadotte accused Napoleon and generals under the command of Napoleon of not being efficient enough and of letting him down on the Field of Battle. Nevertheless Napoleon appointed him Ruler of the Roman States in Italy. Before Bernadotte could take up the post he was called to Sweden to become heir presumptive of the monarchy.
What had happened?
The ruler of Sweden was old and childless. It was the end of his dynasty. Certain princes in Denmark related to the King of Sweden were viable candidates for the monarchy but they were rivals with each other. A foreign candidate was one way of avoiding an impasse and alleviating local tensions. Napoleon also saw this and was pressuring the Swedes to accept a member of his family. The Swedes did not want this. A minor noble put forward the name of Bernadotte. At first this suggestion was dismissed by both Napoleon and the Swedes but gradually it gained momentum. Bernadotte was popular. He had treated Swedish prisoners well. He had a good name on the international scene as an administrator. He had already been proposed as a candidate for Royalty elsewhere. He had also been a success as a general and the Swedish Military favored him. He came to Sweden and was popularly accepted. Bernadotte in effect took over the administration of Sweden straight away. He took steps to stabilize the economy of Sweden. Napoleon did not trust him and initiated hostilities against Swedish territories in the Isle of Rugen and Pomerania (Northern Poland). Napoleon did this in order to safeguard his flank in the coming invasion of Russia. Sweden under Bernadotte joined the British and Prussians and was a party to the defeat of Napoleon. Sweden was granted rulership, in a personal union through the monarch, over Norway taking it from the Danes. This lasted from 1814 to 1905. The Czar of Russia proposed that Bernadotte be made constitutional monarch of France but the Allies preffered to restore the House of Bourbon. In 1834 Bernadotte brokered peace preventing war between Britain and Russia. Under his rule Sweden prospered. The population increased. Agriculture, commerce, and manufactures went forward.
The Swedes and the Norwegians alike were proud of a monarch with a good European reputation.#
In the Swedish-Norwegian War (1814), Sweden received control of Norway from Denmark. Norway entered into a personal union (same monarch) with Sweden that lasted until 1905. Sweden (and Scandinavia in general) never really had Serfs. The peoples always had basic rights and independence.
The successors of Bernadotte were generally popular. They usually took a conservative attitude but acquiesced in the gradual diminution of their authority becoming more constitutional heads of State in the modern fashion.
Since 1814, Sweden has been neutral. Post-World War-1 prosperity provided the foundations for the social welfare policies characteristic of modern Sweden. During World War II, Sweden once again remained neutral, avoiding the fate of occupied Norway.
The present monarch of Sweden is King Carl XVI Gustaf (born 1946, Reign 15 September 1973 - present).
He ascended the throne on the death of his grandfather, King Gustaf VI Adolf, on 15 September 1973.
Ever since the time of Bernadotte the Swedish Parliament had been gradually whittling away at the the authority of the king. Today little of it is left.
# Shortly after he became king in 1973, the new 1974 Instrument of Government took effect, formally stripping Carl XVI Gustaf of his remaining executive power. As a result, he no longer performs many of the duties normally accorded to a head of state, such as the formal appointment of the prime minister, signing off on legislation, and being commander-in-chief of the nation's military. The new instrument explicitly limited the king to ceremonial functions and, among other things, to be regularly informed of affairs of state .#
# Apart from being passionate about the environment, agriculture, technology, and trade, the king is also fond of automobiles and owns many Porsche 911s. #
His wife is Queen Silvia who had a German father and a Brazilian Portuguese mother.
# The King's heir apparent, after passage on 1 January 1980 of a new law establishing absolute primogeniture (the first such law passed in Western European history), is Crown Princess Victoria, the eldest child of the King and his wife, Queen Silvia. Before the passage of that law, Crown Princess Victoria's younger brother, Prince Carl Philip, was briefly the heir apparent, as of his birth in May 1979. #
This is saying that previously the law was that the eldest male offspring had preference over any female even if the girl was older. The law was subsequently changed to give preeminence to the oldest child whether male or female.
Both Prince Carl Philip and Princess Victoria are dyslexic.
Victoria, Crown Princess of Sweden, Duchess of Vastergotland (born 14 July 1977) is now the heir apparent to the Swedish throne, as the eldest child of King Carl XVI Gustaf. She is married to Olof Daniel Westling, the owner of gyms and a physical trainer. They have two children.
Sweden and the Jews
# During the pre-war years of Hitler's power (1933 to 1939), some 3,000 Jews migrated to Sweden to escape Nazi persecution. Because Sweden was neutral during World War Two, it helped facilitate the rescue of relatively many Jews from Norway and Denmark: in 1942, 900 Norwegian Jews were given asylum from Nazi persecution in their home country, and, most importantly of all, almost the entire Danish Jewish community, some 8,000 people, was transported to Sweden in October 1943 ... Swedish diplomat Raoul Wallenberg also saved thousands of Hungarian Jews in Budapest by providing them with "protective passports". He also rented thirty-two buildings, funded by the United States, and declared them Swedish diplomatic facilities, thus bringing them under protection of diplomatic immunity.
# During the last few weeks of the war and after liberation the Swedish Red Cross undertook a program, known as the White Buses, aimed to rescue Scandinavian concentration camp inmates. After negotiations led by Count Folke Bernadotte some 15,000 inmates were evacuated in the last months of the war, half of them Scandinavians, including 423 Danish Jews. In addition to the White Busses a train with some 2,000 female inmates, 960 of them Jewish, arrived in Padborg, Denmark, on May 2, and then further transported to Copenhagen and Malmo, Sweden.
# In the years after World War II, many Jewish refugees from the Baltic Countries, Romania and Poland moved to Sweden. Following the war, the Jewish population of Stockholm alone was 7,000 including children.... more waves of Jewish refugees came from Hungary in 1956 and 1968 who had fled the Communist government. More refugees came then from Poland between 1968-1970. Between 1945 and 1970, the Jewish population of Sweden doubled.
# In 2014, a global ADL study of antisemitism places Sweden as one of the least antisemitic countries in the world, with only 4% of the population harboring antisemitic attitudes. The 2019 edition of the same study ranked Sweden as the least antisemitic country in the world.
5. Problems of Sweden.
Sweden is considered an enormously prosperous, relatively egalitarian, and quite safe country. The population of Sweden numbers 10.35 million (2020).
Recently Sweden took in about 2 million-odd refugees and migrants. Most of these appear to be from Muslim countries, Somalia, Eritrea, Morocco, and elsewhere in North Africa, and from Syria. 20% of the Swedish population is now foreign born.
The result has been an increase in gangs, violent crime, drugs and weapons.
Anti-Jewish incidents are frequently committed by immigrants along with attacks by immigrants of non-Muslim Swedes especially women.
The Swedes, like other Israelites, need to know who they are. They need to return to Biblical Values, support the State of Israel, and draw closer to the Jewish people.
The Jews for their part need to become more Jewish, learn Torah and keep the commandments, and know who the Lost Ten Tribes are, If the Jews become more Jewish, and more religious, it will help prepare the way for the Lost Ten Tribes to return to their origins.