j. van allen

J. H. Allen

J. H. Allen is an author best known for his 1902 book called Judah's Sceptre and Joseph's Birthright which many have claimed formed the basis of a later foundation for the teachings of Herbert W. Armstrong on this same subject. While the works of Allen and Armstrong are by no means identical, with Allen's work being much earlier, much longer and in hard back book format, the core of Allen's work does appear to have served as inspiration for Herbert W. Armstrong and J. H. Allen's book was not unknown to his students at Ambassador College.

Original 1902 review

Judah's Sceptre and Joseph's Birthright states that it is: "An Analysis of the Prophecies of the Scriptures in regard to the Royal Family of Judah and the Many Nations of Israel, the Lost Ten Tribes."

A review in the Baptist Messenger reported:

This is one of the most interesting volumes we have read in many a day and we confess that the arguments produced by Mr. Allen seem to be unanswerable. It is more thrilling than Western fiction. The description of the scarlet thread, the royal remnant, and the part played by Jeremiah in the preservation of the ruler for David's throne, will cause you to lose sleep rather than go to bed without knowing the outcome.

Overview of publication

When this book first appeared, "Britannia" still ruled the waves and the sun was shining on the British Empire, which is why many came to believe that the British were "God's People" and an introduction to the book claimed that:

A notable and immensely significant sign of the times is the revival of interest in Old Testament prophecy that is beginning to be strongly felt in Anglo-Saxon countries. This book presents facts and considerations which every­one must sometime take into account, for they are des­tined to become important factors in world affairs.


Judah's Sceptre and Joseph's Birthright is divided into three parts:

Part one addresses the claim that God made a promise Abraham that his descendants would become many nations. The chapters are:

Judah's Sceptre and Joseph's Birthright; Race Versus Grace; The Sceptre and The Birthright; Jacob's Seed Divided Into Two Kingdoms; All Israelites Are Not Jews; The Broken Brotherhood; Ephraim-Samaria -- Israel's Idolatry; Samaria-Israel Cast Out And Cast Off; The Jews Go To Babylon And Return; Joseph-Israel Lost.

In part two the topics discussed are the promise to David of a per­petuated throne and Kingdom. The chapters are:

The Sceptre And The Davidic Covenant; Jeremiah's Call And Commission; The Tearing Down And Rooting Out; Vindication Of The Personal Promises Of Jere­miah; A Royal Remnant That Escapes; The Prince Of The Scarlet Thread; The "Prince Of The Scarlet Thread" And "The Royal Remnant" United.

Part three claims to uncover the Abrahamic Nations. The chapters covered are:

Lost Israel And The First Overturn Located; Jacob's Pillow-Pillar Stone; The Other Overturns; Dan --The Serpent's Trail; Israel In The Isles; A Few More Identities; A Study In "Scarlet"; Egypt-Israelitish And Anglo-Saxon Emblems; The Two-Fold Aspect Of Prophetic Israel; The Coming Exodus.

Summary of book

Chapter 1, Introductory, provides an overview of the two covenants made with Abraham: the one when Abram was ninety years old, the latter when his name was changed to Abraham, which occurred when he was ninety-nine years old. It also covers the reiteration of the covenant promises as given to Sarah. The promises involve not only that of the single Messianic Seed (Grace), but quite separately, national promises of land,of multiple seed, of kings (plural), and of control of enemies' gates, i.e. "geographical entrances of their national enemies" (Race). The point is stressed that the certainty of the promise of the single Messianic Seed rests on "the same secure foundation" as the other; and that therefore God must have fulfilled also the national, multiple seed, etcetera aspect of that promise.

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