THE APPOINTED PLACE
by Dr. Wesley A. Swift - 2-20-64
In the 7th chapter of 7th Samuel, in the Holy Bible, we discover that God sent a message to David, King of Israel by Nathan the Prophet. And God commanded Nathan to tell David, ‘Thus saith YAHWEH to hosts, I took thee from the sheep cote, from following the sheep, to be ruler over My people Israel; and I was with thee whithersoever thou wentest, and have cut off all thine enemies out of My sight. And have made thee a great name like unto the name of the great men that are in the earth. Moreover, I will appoint a place for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither shall the children of wickedness afflict them anymore, as beforetime.’
When God was speaking to David and when HE told David that HE was going to appoint a place for ‘My children of Israel to dwell,’ David was standing in Jerusalem. He was standing by his pillar, by his coronation stone. God spoke to David and said, ‘I am going to appoint another place for My people Israel to dwell.’
‘The Appointed place’ where is it? How can we discover where that appointed place is? It would of course, have to be in the latter day period, because this promise was given to David even prior to the division of Israel, when the ten northern tribes of Israel separated from the two southern tribes in the reign of Rehoboam, and were later captured by the Assyrians. Until they came out of their captivity and migrated thru the Caucasus Pass into Europe, there was surely no safety for them because they had been ruled over by a pagan enemy, the Assyrians. And of course, Judah and Benjamin were later captured and ruled over by the pagan Babylonians. So the planting of Israel in a place of their own, was to be a period of time that would follow these captivities and these days of prophecy. Thus, God spoke to David and said, ‘I will appoint a place for My people Israel to dwell.’ A place where the enemies of Israel would not again control and power over them, as they had before. (Until they would be forced to leave their land.)
I think this should be a great consolation to the people of this nation because we are going to discover that ‘The Appointed Place’ is where you and I live. And we are going to discover that our enemies are never going to gain control over us as they did before. We are pestered by them. There is no question of the fact that the Canaanites in our country are calling all the turns of the economy. And they have control of our political leaders. They have control of a lot of men in public office and it is a sad situation. But the people are waking up. And the Canaanites are not going to gain complete control over us and reduce us to complete slavery. Moreover, we are going to see a great triumph in this land, because God talks about ‘An Appointed place for My people Israel to dwell.’
There is no question about the fact that God Almighty, who said, ‘an appoint place,’ spoke of the migrations of Israel and their traveling from the place where HE spoke to David when HE made him this promise. Of course, we can study the migrations of Israel and discover that they came in to Western Europe and into the Isles of the Sea. But still, this was not the ‘appointed place.’
God speaks in Isaiah 41: 1-- ‘Keep silent before ME, O islands, and let the people renew their strength.’ Why? Because they were going further West. And as HE discusses this, HE talks (Isaiah 41:2) about the righteous man that comes out of the East, and how HE is going to give him power over the nations. And it says that HE will give him power to rule, and his sword shall be driven-- ‘as stubble in his bow.’
‘The Isles saw it, and feared; the ends of the earth were afraid. They helped everyone, his neighbor; and everyone, his brother. Be of good courage, thou Israel, art MY servant, Jacob whom I have chosen, the Seed of Abraham, My friends.’ (Isaiah 41:5-8)
‘Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee. Yea, I will help thee. Yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of My righteousness. Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded; they shall be as nothing and they that shall strive with thee shall utterly perish, for I AM YAHWEH, THY GOD. I will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not, I will help thee. Fear not, thou sperm Jacob, and ye men of Israel. I WILL HELP THEE, saith YAHWEH, and thy Redeemer, the Holy ONE of Israel.’ (Isa. 41:10-14)
God Almighty thus, addressed Israel, in Europe, for Israel had migrated to Europe and had established itself as the Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian, Nordic, Basque, Lombard, and Germanic people. But the important place was still further on. And God was saying, ‘As you cross the waters, as you move through the sea, I shall be with you.’
We then read in the 43rd chapter of Isaiah, ‘But now thus saith YAHWEH that created thee, O Jacob, and HE that formed thee, O Israel, fear not. For I have redeemed thee. I have called thee by thy name. Thou art mine. When thou passes through the waters, I will be with thee, and through the rivers, they shall not over flow thee. For I am YAHWEH thy God, the Holy One of Israel, thy Savior. Since thou wast precious in My sight, thou hast been honorable, and I have loved thee; therefore, I will give men for thee, and people for thy life.’ (Isa. 43:1-5)
Thus God spoke of the fact that HE would go with HIS people as they crossed the sea, as they moved through the waters. As they spread out, God would take them to a new land. But what do we know about this land? We understand from the book of Isaiah in the 18th thru the 19th verses, God says concerning this land:-- ‘I will open rivers in high places, and fountains in the midst of the valleys; I will make the wilderness a pool of water, and the dry land springs of water. I will plant in the wilderness the Cedar tree, the Shittah tree, and the Myrtle, and the oil tree. I will set in the desert, the fir tree and the pine tree together.’
In otherwords, God said, ‘I have prepared a place for my people Israel, and I am going to take them to it.’ Now, where is it? The land has deserts in it. There are great mountains and valleys and fertile land in this place. It is a great and tremendous continent, and YOU are in that land---in that place---NOW.
We can establish that you are in that place because the Myrtle wood grew in Palestine, and that is where David was. But there is only one place on the face of the earth where the Myrtle wood now grows. Do you know where that is? Right here in California and Oregon is where this tree now grows. This is the only spot on the face of the earth where the Myrtle tree grows. And it grows profusely, and was planted before the earliest Indians coming down out of old Asia were to see them, as they came into this land where the Myrtle tree was already growing.
God said, ‘I am going to plant for you this land, I am going to plant the Cedars. I am going to plant for you all of these trees here in this wilderness, including the Myrtle wood tree. And I will set the desert tree, the fir tree, and the pine tree, and the box tree.’ God also said, ‘I will grow for thee the Cedar tree like the tall Cedars of Lebanon.’
I want you to realize that the great Cedars of Lebanon were Redwood trees. Now at one time the great Cedars of Lebanon were fashioned into high pillars that were used in building the great Temple in Jerusalem in the days of Solomon. They cut down these Cedars of Lebanon and floated them down the Mediterranean coast, and then moved them overland to the building site. The Cedars of Lebanon were Redwood trees. In fact, the king of Tyre traded for these trees, and eventually became so interested in the commercial exploitation of the Cedars of Lebanon, that they cut down ever tree. And all they have there now is a desert. But at one time, great groves of Redwood trees grew there and they were called the ‘Cedars of Lebanon.’ They were tall trees, three hundred feet or more in height. The only place in the world where the gargantua Cedars now grow, where the tremendous Redwoods are not located, is right here in the State of California.
Along the California coast, and in the High Sierras of Eastern California, we discover that God planted in this nation great gardens of Redwood Cedar trees. And they have been here five and six thousand years. They are like the giant Cedars that grew in Lebanon over 3000 years ago. They are the most majestic trees that the world has even seen. And there is no other place on the face of the earth where they grow like this. And there never was, except as they grew years ago in ancient Lebanon.
After they cut down the Cedars of Lebanon, and destroyed those gargantua Redwood trees, it was thought that there were none left on the earth, until the earlier settlers came out here to the West Coast of America and found them. And they talked about these gigantic trees that they found. You find here, that God had planted them over 5000 years ago, for HE was even then readying a place for HIS children--Israel, to dwell. And God speaks here concerning how HE would open up this new land.
Probably, there is no land on the face of the earth that has as much water as you have. God certainly has divided your land by rivers. HE separated this country from Canada with the St. Lawrence River in the East, and much of Mexico with the Rio Grande. Many of your states are divided by rivers. In fact, if you look at a map of your country, you will discover how many states are divided by rivers, and how many rivers there are in your land, a land blessed with rivers, rivers flowing from the high mountains to the seas, rivers that give water to a tremendous and fertile land.
God promised that HE would give unto you this tremendous land, to build a great people. Now as God speaks here, HE says, ‘I give you all of this, and I will plant in this wilderness all of these things, and the world will know and understand that the hand of YAHWEH hath performed it, that I have planted Israel in the land of my choice; for I, God, will hold up thy right hand; I will say, ‘fear not. I will help thee.’ Therefore, HE said, ‘Thou sperm, Jacob.’ HE spoke thus because out of Jacob was to come this entire household of Israel for this end of the age, and God refers to the sperm of Jacob as the great and tremendous seed which HE would raise up in to a great society, and into a great nation.
We now turn to the 34th chapter of Ezekiel, where God talks about the promises and covenants which HE was going to make, and HE tells about how the Anglo-Saxon people and the House of Joseph would always have great blessings of agricultural strength and might, and how they would have the fruit of all the trees of the field, and how they would have fruit wherever they went.
Well, they had fruit trees and agriculture inside of Britain, but the people of Britain kept increasing in numbers. And they still had much agriculture there, considering the size of the island. But when you came to this country, God gave you a tremendous agricultural land. HE has given you more fruit and more vegetables than any nation on the face of the earth.
Did you know that San Joaquin Valley, alone, right here in California, can grow enough vegetables to feed the entire population of the United States and still export a third of the total? Did you know that you grow inside this nation, in the states of Washington, Oregon, and California, fruit and vegetables that win the top prizes in all the fairs of the world? In Georgia, and other Southern states, the fruit harvests are tremendous. And you are exporting fruit. Great steamships come into your harbors from St. Petersburg in the South, all up and down the East Coast, and they load fruit. And ship after ship goes out with the produce of your land.
You have more fruit than you can consume. You have more than the world has ever known to come from any country. God said, ‘This is the way I am going to do things. This is the way I am going to pour out my blessings on the Anglo-Saxon and on all the house of Joseph. I am going to bless his land, he is going to see the agricultural greatness, he is going to have the fruit of the field, he is going to have the things that grow in the earth, because after all, he is an Adamite. He is a man with a green thumb.
Remember, God said, ‘There is no Adamite to till the soil.’ There is no Adamite. There is no one who understands these things. Thus, God begat Adam in HIS own image. And out of Adam--which was HIS Israel---HE brought forth the children of Seth down to the children of Enoch. And then the children of Abraham have come from this line. Then God changed the name of Jacob and said, ‘Now I shall call him Israel, because he is my Household and the children of Israel are My Household. They are My sons and My daughters, and they shall rule with ME.’
God thus made it clear that you are to occupy a great land, a land that is divided by rivers, a land of agricultural greatness. One of the things that was to mark your land, was the Myrtle wood tree. And those tremendous Redwood trees that grow nowhere else on earth, except in your nation today. We don’t have to look for this ‘Appointed Place.’ We just have to realize that God has appointed this place for us to dwell in.
Oh, you say, ‘But the savages were here.’ But the savage is no longer any importance, so we have pushed the savage aside. We have taken this land even as HE came and took it from those who were here before him. We have now taken over this great land which God prepared for us, and as HE prepared it, HE said, ‘You know, even the beasts of the field, I will drive off the field before you. But I will leave them there until you move in to take the land, and thus, the land shall be kept from other people. Then I will drive off these beasts before you. And this is what has happened to the buffalo. This is what has happened to the cattle of the field, which were the buffalo that used to roam and were so numerous and destructive that a farmer could not even have a garden, because of them. Now the buffalo are about gone. But the House of Israel is still here.
God says concerning this nation, over here in the 19th chapter of Ezekiel:-- ‘Who is thy mother?’ HE then says, ‘Thy mother is a lioness.’ HE is talking about the British Empire as the lion. Who is thy mother? She is a lioness. She laid down among here whelps and she nourishes her young lions. She brought up her whelps and she brought up a young lion, and the nations have heard of him, for he has taken as it were in a pit.
This was the house of Joseph, for you will remember that he was ‘taken in a pit’ and sold into Egypt. Then out of Joseph came the Anglo-Saxon people. Out of him came the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh. Out of Joseph has come---under the symbols of the tribe of Manasseh, a tremendous young lion, one of the most powerful nations of Israel. Further more, we discover that this young lion has become the most powerful lion which even ‘spanked the mother.’ In this situation the mother was ‘like a vine in thy blood, planted by the waters; she was fruitful and full of branches by reason of many waters.
The British Empire, planted in the Isles, was stretched out all over the earth in areas of colonization. But it had one lion that was more powerful than all the other young lion. And this was the group of colonies that became an independent nation after the people declared their Independence on the 4th of July, 1776.
When we talk about those areas of conspiracy in which we see the enemy trying to take over our economy, and we see him trying to control and dominate and destroy the economy of our nation, we discover that he may make his great mistake when he eventually puts his hands on the things you produce and your ability to move them.
When we go back into the origin of this conspiracy against us as a nation, remember that on the 4th of July, in 1776, this nation declared its independence. Why? The people felt they had no representation in Parliament in London and they were excessively taxed. But they objected even more strongly to the economic tyranny that was imposed on them. It is an historical fact that Jewish financiers controlled large areas of the British economy at that time. But these financiers were determined to gain even greater profit for themselves and total economic control of the American Colonies, though such pressure might very well cause the Colonies to revolt and wage war against England.
These Jews told King George that they would not loan him any money and they would put his nation in bankruptcy. And he would not be able to bring his troops back out of Egypt, unless he raised the taxes in the American Colonies and compelled the Colonists to borrow bank-issued money at high interest from the (Jewish owned) Central Bank in London, to replace the interest free Colonial money they were using. The Bankers told the King that if he accepted their proposal, and the Colonies did revolt and declare war, that they would supply England with the finance and money to win the war. All they asked was that if England won the war, they would be given control of the finances of the Colonies. But if England lost the war, they would be given total control of the money and finances of England. The Bankers made it perfectly clear to the King that he had to accept their terms or they would pull their money out from under him.
The Jewish financiers had King George with his back against the wall. Thus, the value of the colonial money was destroyed--thus, wrecking the economy of the colonies. And the Americans were forced to borrow bank-issued money from the London Bankers to do business and pay their taxes. And of course, the taxes were increased. It became a heavy taxation. They imposed a seven and one-half percent tax on tea. Do you know that the total taxation at the time we declared our Independence was up to thirteen and one-half percent? That was when America exploded. America did exactly what Israel did back in the days of Rehoboam, when Rehoboam was King over Israel and he listened to those Jews that had come into the nation. They said, ‘Maybe you think the taxes are harsh, but they should be made even more harsh. If you have been whipping the people with whips, you should whip them with scorpions. Put more taxes on them, grind them down, get the money, and we will have money to use as we want.’
The cry then came from Israel, ‘To thy horses, O Israel.’ And they took off and revolted against the mother country. As they revolted, they declared their independence. And the ten northern tribes of Israel became a separate nation. Of course, God left one tribe to the parent Kingdom. HE left unto Judah the one tribe--Benjamin. So Judah and Benjamin stayed together as the House of Judah. But the ten northern tribes of Israel became a separate Kingdom because they refused to pay taxes that were excessive, for this was unfair representation.
Some 2700 years later, the American colonists were confronted with the same problem of excessive taxes and unfair treatment from their government. These were people from Western Europe who had come to this land. They were Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian, Germanic and kindred people. We had gathered here together in our colonies, all of the House of Israel, as a representation of ALL Israel. And again, the people spoke out against--a Lion of the tribe of Judah (the King of England), when he took the advice of the same kind of strangers as those who gave bad advice to Rehoboam when he was king of Israel. And on the 4th of July, in 1776, the Americans declared their Independence.
We grew to be a great nation. And it is probably the best thing that ever happened to the British Empire. For I am convinced that the United States of America has been the most valuable colony, even after it became a separate nation, the best colony that Britain even had. We have sustained her economy when it fell. We backed up her silver. We have contributed more to the survival of the British Empire than any one of her many colonies. And still, we have become a great and powerful nation. So we are actually the ‘Young Lion’ which spanked the mother---the young lion that grew up with its prey, that contained the many people. We are the household of God’s Israel, and we are ‘planted’ in ‘THE APPOINTED PLACE.’
God said, ‘I have appointed a place for my people Israel to dwell.’ Far across the ocean. And as Isaiah stood and looked, he heard those cryptic words, ‘Woe to the land with the outstretched wings of an Eagle, a land of tall and clear shaven men---men powerful form their beginning, from this time on.’
We also read in the book of Isaiah, where God speaks about the power and the greatness of this nation and the things this nation is going to perform. And we discover that we have literally fulfilled this prophecy. Westward out of Africa, beyond the shores of Africa, was to be a nation that sends all its ambassadors by sea, even in water drinking vessels. (Steamships of our day.) In the 18th chapter of Isaiah, it says:-- ‘Go ye swift messengers, to a nation tall and clean shaven, a people powerful from the beginning and from this time on; a nation measured under foot, a nation therefore that is not trodden down, but is measured under foot, and whose land the rivers have divided.’
You realize that this is the first nation in the world to actually survey all its corners and has the nation set up in townships, north, south, east, and west. This was established by the Metes and Bounds Act. The Metes and Bounds Act was to set up the surveying program for America which became the greatest surveyed land area on the face of the earth. This was the first nation to set up a Metes and Bounds program in which you are ‘measured out under foot.’ This is the land which the rivers divide, that is mentioned here by Isaiah. And YAHWEH said, ‘HERE I WILL TAKE MY REST; HERE WILL I CONSIDER AS MY DWELLING PLACE.’
This nation is THE APPOINTED PLACE OF ISRAEL. It is the place where God has gathered together all of the House of Israel, some of each and every nation of Israel, together in one place. You are ‘Novus Ordo Seclorum’---the New Order of the Ages. And without doubt, you are carrying on the heraldry of God’s great and tremendous blessing. HE has promised your ‘taking out’ to build this nation. God has ordained that HE, as the ‘All seeing Eye,’ on your National Seal, will keep a watchful eye over the destiny of this nation.
When we turn to the book of Jeremiah, we discover (30:19), that the MOST HIGH GOD speaks out again concerning this:-- ‘And out of them shall proceed Thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry, and I will multiply them, and they shall not be few.’ In fact, you came over here, and established colonies, and you had less, probably than twelve million people in your colonies when you became a nation. Today, you are a nation of two hundred and ten million people. You are not small. And you are one of the most powerful nations on the face of the earth. Though you are not the majority in the earth, because the White race is a minority, and only 1/6 of the world’s population, you possess the inspiration of Divine Spirit. You have the ‘know how.’ You have the creative capacity and the initiative. You stand head and shoulders above all the civilizations on the face of the earth.
God says, ‘And out of them shall proceed forth the voice of Thanksgiving and the voice of them that make merry.’ Did you know that when your Pilgrim fathers landed on the coast of New England, they set aside a day of prayer, and they prayed and thanked God and feasted. And they called it ‘Thanksgiving Day.’
We have now proclaimed a Thanksgiving Day every year. And we were the first nation on earth to officially proclaim a Thanksgiving Day to lift up our voiced to God and thank HIM from whom all blessings flow. You were the first nation that established this ‘Thanksgiving.’ But now they have a Thanksgiving in England. And they have Thanksgiving in other nations of the Western World, but you were the nation that founded a day for Thanks-Giving. And you are the nation out of whom the voice of Thanksgiving goes, as the people raise their voices in praise to YAHWEH their God.
God said, ‘I will multiply them, and they shall not be few; I will also glorify them, and they shall not be small. Their children also shall be as aforetime, and their congregation shall be established before Me.’ (Jeremiah 30:19-20). From one end of the nation to the other, congregations meet and they worship God upon HIS day, even as the whole nation in worship is called the Congregation of God. The people, according to their villages, and according to their times, even as in the ancient times, they gathered together for worship. In their small assemblies and their massive assemblies, they congregate and worship the MOST HIGH GOD as a great and tremendous congregation.
‘Your children also shall be as aforetime, and your congregation shall be established before me, and I will punish all that oppress thee.’ (Jeremiah 30:20). But don’t for a moment think that the rascals are going to get away with Socialism or Communism. God said, ‘I am going to punish all that oppress thee.’
That HE might make known who you are, God says in Jeremiah 30:21, ‘Your nobles will be of yourselves.’ A strange society--they are going to elect their nobles (their congressmen and their senators and their governors) from those in their land. They are going to elect them out of themselves. Out of the people, thus, was to come their Nobles. Their tremendous governor who is the President of the United States was to come out of the people. And God said, ‘I will cause him also to draw near, and he shall approach unto me; for who is this that engaged his heart to approach me?’ saith the LORD GOD, ‘Ye shall be my people and I will be your God.’
We have a continual covenant that our God is still the God of this land. HE is the God of our race. HE is the God of the great majority of our society. But you have a people in your country today, that are unassimilatable. And you should drive them out of your land. They have no part nor lot in your nation. And they deny your God. And they curse the very foundation of your society. They bring in the Hottentots, and they bring in the Asiatics. And they try to mix them up with you. They are trying to mongrelize them with you. And now they have even placed one of these shiftless skunks on the Supreme Court. And they think they are going to integrate your society. God says, ‘No--I am the God of My people Israel.’ And HE says again, ‘I am going to sound My voice before My people and My army is going to stand.’ And Daniel also says, ‘The saints of the MOST HIGH GOD are going to take back the Kingdom and hold that Kingdom forever.’ The believing offspring of the MOST HIGH GOD will do this.
In the book of Jeremiah, God says, ‘Ye shall be My people, and I will be your God.’ Today the Israeli’s are trying to take all the land they can get in and around Palestine in the Middle East. They want to spread out their land and property to include all of Egypt. They want to spread out until they have all of the land south of the Mediterranean Sea, clear over to Morocco and Algeria. And they want to stretch out in the other direction and grab all the land south of the Urals. We discover that their plans are extensive and their Communist design is the same as it is in Moscow. But they are not in ‘THE LAND’. Someone said, ‘Oh, yes they are in the land that used to be theirs.’ But I tell you that they are in the land that used to be OURS. But God said, ‘I am going to appoint a new place for My people Israel to dwell.’ And this new land is going to be HIS dwelling place as well.
You couldn’t put all the people of Israel down in Palestine today. The people have multiplied as God said HE would multiply them, not only in this nation, but in the entire Western White Christian civilization. You could not begin to put them all in Palestine. The area of Palestine is just going to be a part someday. It is going to be a great Memorial Park. God talks about how HE is going to destroy that land with a tremendous earthquake. HE is going to ‘discover the foundations of the deep.’ HE is going to have fresh water pour out of Jerusalem and turn the Dead Sea into a fresh water lake. All these things are still ahead, as God brings HIS judgements down upon HIS enemy that has bothered himself with this old city of Jerusalem and has said, ‘we need this place for our homeland because our people came from here.’
They have proclaimed a lie. But Jesus said, ‘They are the children of the lie, and their father was a liar, and the truth is not in them.’ And now, ‘the abomination of the desolator stands in the Holy Place.’ One of these days that Holy Place will be a great Memorial Park and you will visit it. And it will be a beautiful landscaped area. But the heart of God’s Kingdom is in the great NEW APPOINTED PLACE Westward, ever Westward, where--the man has come out of the East and founded this great nation. This is one of the reasons why God pronounced these prophecies.
When we look back to the periods when these prophecies were made, we realize that they are twenty-five and twenty-eight hundred years old. And God has fulfilled them. They are 3000 years old. And God has fulfilled them and established them so clearly that you can’t mistake them. This nation is the only place on the face of the earth where it can be established that the Myrtle wood tree and the Redwood tree grows. And we can say that we have arrived in the APPOINTED PLACE, by the Grace of God.
We are going to rise to the destiny that God has decreed for us. We are going to overthrow the powers of darkness. And we are going to rule and reign with HIM in the midst of the earth. Out of America will go the power of God to the ends of the earth, as God Almighty takes the throne of HIS Kingdom. And there is no question that can follow the Bible interpretation that these things are all true.
As we see how patient God has been and how literally this nation fulfills HIS promises, we look out on the great problem before us. We see Armageddon at our door. We know that Armageddon is upon us. We know that the enemy would like destroy this nation. We see the Hottentots as they rise up in our midst and burn our cities, and other things. But God says, ‘I am going to awaken My people, and they are going to stand against these people.’ And there is not going to be a Hottentot left in America, and there is not going to be a Canaanite left in America when God gets through.
The light and the glory of God will be seen from coast to coast, in one of the greatest and most exalted displays of fulfilled scripture of all times. ‘For I have appointed a place for My people to dwell, and they shall not be oppressed as before-time; they shall not be moved, for this land is ‘for My people Israel.’(end of sermon)