Are the biblical Ishmaelites
the Arabs of today?
Many Christian writers have assumed that there are no Ishmaelites left
today. They claim that the Arabs are from other stock in the past. Jewish historians
do not agree, and the Bible does not agree. Robert Morey, and other alleged scholars,
attack the plan of God by claiming that the descendants of Ishmael are gone. It
is a popular line with those who hate Arabs and read the "scholarly" Arab-bashing
literature. Click here for more
on Robert Morey's Reformed Reconstructionist heresy.
I seriously doubt
if Messiah Christ will bother to consult with these modern scholars before He
welcomes the descendants of Ishmael to His kingdom throne, as promised in Isaiah
60. I am sick of this sanctimonious Arab-bashing that rests upon hatred, rather
than historic evidence. It appears that pro-Zionists cannot stand the possibility
that God still plans to keep his promises that he made to Abraham, to bless the
sons of Ishmael.
In The Works of Josephus, the Jewish historian
boldly states that Ishmael is the father of the "Arab nation." It is blasphemy
enough to discard Isaiah's prophecy that Ishmaelites will worship Messiah in the
Kingdom, but Josephus predates all of Morey's references, and Josephus was a Jew!
Raphael Patai, a Jew, tells us in his book, Seed of Abraham, p.
23, that the name "Arab" is in the same inscriptions with that of Kedar, a son
of Ishmael, in the ninth century BC Assyrian epigraphs. Patai also quotes Josephus
to show that the Arabs were synonymous with "Nabatenes," descendants of Nebaioth,
a son of Ishmael. He also refers to the first through fifth century AD Jewish
scholars who assumed that
were Ishmaelites, or Joctanites, depending on whether they came from northern
or southern Arabia.
Patai wrote 600 articles, and twenty books, on
the Middle East and he taught at Princeton, Columbia, and the University of Pennsylvania.
He was director of Syria-Lebanon-Jordan-Research Project of the Human Relations
Area Files of New Haven, Conn. He is highly praised by both Arab and Jewish scholars.
He is an equal match any day to any ten of Morey's sources.
rest my case primarily upon The Bible, Isaiah 60:6-7, and confirm the Arab heritage
in Ishmael with this reference telling of those who will "flow" into Israel in
Messiah's future Kingdom: Isaiah 60:6, The multitude of camels
shall cover thee, the dromedaries of Midian and Ephah (son
and grandson of Abraham by his second wife, Keturah); all
they from Sheba (grandson of Abraham and Keturah-- probably
Ethiopians and Yemenites) shall
come: they shall bring gold (for which Ethiopia is
well known) and incense (for which the Yemenites are famous);
and they shall shew forth the praises of the LORD.
(The Bible, Psalm 68:31) 7 All the flocks of Kedar
(a son of Ishmael) shall be gathered together unto thee,
the rams of Nebaioth (another son of Ishmael) shall
minister unto thee: they shall come up with acceptance on mine altar
(which has never happened in all of history since Abraham), and
I will glorify the house of my glory (by their worship).
3:4, God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written,
That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou
Is this controversy helpful? YES. See Ezekiel
(FOOTNOTES TO THE ABOVE: 71 / 161-170 / 854-859;
121 / 12-13 / 1708;)
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