“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots” (Isaiah 11: 1).
“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, [and] the bright and morning star” (Revelation 22: 16).
Christianity came to India earlier than almost anywhere else outside its own home in the Middle East. St. Thomas, an Apostle of Jesus Christ is believed to have come to the south of India in the first century in the year 52 A.D. and had made many converts. He had done many miracles. No one is able to understand what made him come to the southern part of India. Jesus commanded his disciples to go to the lost sheep of Israel since He himself was sent to the lost sheep of Israel (Matthew 10: 5-6, 15: 24). We find that the disciples of Jesus Christ ministered to the scattered tribes of Israel (James 1: 1, I Peter 1: 1-2, Acts. 2: 5-11). It implies that wherever the disciples ministered, scattered tribes of Israel were found. We understand that there were scattered tribes of Israel in the southern part of India too to whom Apostle Thomas ministered.
Each Tribe of Israel was given its place around the Tabernacle in all four directions in the days of Moses. It is also worth noting that the Tribe of Judah was placed to the East of the Tabernacle. When the Tribes of Israel were scattered in all four directions under the sun, the scattering was mostly done according to the directions in which they were placed around the Tabernacle. Swami Vivekananda a very esteemed and respected Indian Philosopher, Scholar and Speaker both in India and abroad, related in his Chicago Address delivered on 11th Sept. 1893 that the purest remnant of the Israelites came to South India seeking refuge in the very year (70 A.D.) in which their holy temple was destroyed by the Romans whom the South Indians welcomed cordially with open arms.
According to a publication of the Tourist Department of the Government of India, a community known as the White Jews came to South India in the ships of King Solomon and the present day coastal village of Puvar (Poovaatrumugham) in Kerala is believed to be the port of Ophir where they traded gold and silver to buy the spices of the east. Small numbers of White Jews still live in Cochin though many had migrated to Israel. This Puvar lies in the old Travancore province comprising the areas that include the districts of Kanyakumari and Thiruvananthapuram. A large community of people called Natans named after Nathan – a full brother of King Solomon, later called Nadars dwell in these districts. They are the descendents of the White Jews who settled there.
Many of them scattered Jews had married from the local communities though some had tried to hold to their identity. It makes no difference who the wives were, as the blood line is carried forward through the husbands only (Jeremiah 29: 6). But in general, their identity had been lost. In spite of it their Royal characters had not been lost. Bro. Lawrie’s forefathers came from this group of people who are the direct offsprings of Nathan the son of David; they have been a hidden tribe of Judah who had lost their identity. This was clearly documented by the British when they ruled India. They were curious about the origin of this Nadar community as they were stubbornly so proud. When the British tried to control them during their rule and force them to do the demeaning manual labour, building roads and houses, they proudly cried, “The head that wore the crown will never carry sand.”
The British then traced the ancestry establishing this lineage from Nathan, King David’s son and King Solomon’s full brother. For thousands of years through the caste system in India, the intermingling had not been too much. The Royal Seed of David has been preserved. Though there had been some intermingling, we all know that the seed always comes through the man. We do not have a complete genealogy but the foreordained seed has been passing and traveling through the ages like a meandering stream until the time it is revealed and identified by the Message in these last days. This is the region where Apostle Thomas was ministering and before taking the course to Mylapore, Chennai where he was martyred. Apostle Thomas landed at Kodungalur near Cochin, in present day Kerala. From there he started moving south which was called Travancore. He had walked thousands of miles in his grueling ministry. Apostle Thomas had dedicated Churches during his ministry here.
Those of the Faith Seed of Abraham received the message of Jesus Christ preached by Apostle Thomas. Jesus Said, “My sheep hear my voice”. The Faith seed of Abraham are sensitive to the Message relating to the promises given to Abraham. The Message too helps us to identify the Messenger since the Message and Message are one. Apostle Thomas could believe that Jesus had risen from the dead only after seeing the nail marks in the hands of Jesus and thrusting his hand into his side. He saw and believed. But Jesus told him, “Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet have believed.” Little did Apostle Thomas realize then that the region where he was ministering would produce in the Last days, Word Believers who would not see and believe, but believe and see the Glory of God and also recognize through the Word of God, the very Son of God that is to appear in the Last days.