I believe that many of the tribes that settled northern Europe before the Roman Empire and after it’s fall were descendants of the tribes of Israel. The names of people & places, heraldry and prophecies support this.
One tribe were the “Helvetii” (pic. 2, lower right). Who could they be? Here are some co-incidences …
If a name is thought to have hebrew origin you have to ignore vowels and look at consonants, so for example the Helvetii could be “Ha” (the) L-V-T- … the Levites?
The Levites were separate from the other tribes, generally they did not fight in wars, positioned centrally. The exception seems to be where they showed aggression in 68-69AD, just a fter the death of Nero when Vespasian was recalled to Rome from surrounding Jerusalem and many Jews saw it as a sign that God was on their side (they were wrong and should have taken Jesus’ instruction to leave – Luke 21:20).
Like Levi there were four Helvetian pagi or sub-tribes. Also they had no king but had a class of noblemen, equites. After captivity to Babylon, the Levites had no king.
The Levites has 6 “cities of refuge”, the Helvetii had 12 oppida (fortified settlements), called Celtic La Tène culture today, extending to Britain and back as far as Phonecia (Lebanon) which grew because it was mostly Israelite from Solomon’s time. It is characterised by skilfull construction, furniture, jewelry etc.
Switzerland has been the haven of soldiers in wars and accused criminals. The Geneva Convention for the protection of prisoners & wounded soldiers chose the Swiss coat of arms with the colours reversed, this gave rise to the International Red Cross. The Levitical priests were Israel’s physicians (“Red Cross”).
Heraldry of the Cantons:
shepherd’s crosier – levites were supposed to shepherd th people in the ways of God’s law
the keys – symbolic of knowledge and guardianship … as the teachers of the law were supposed to have the key of knowledge.
the bear – in heraldry this emblemises strength, cunning and cruelty in the protection of the clan. After Levi and Simeon slaughtered all the men of Shechem where their sister was defiled (Genesis 34), it was said:
“Simeon and Levi are brethren; instruments of cruelty are in their habitations” (Gen. 49:5)
There are 26 cantons (provinces), 26 is the gematria (the numeric value of the letters) of YHVH (“Yahweh”). Israel was provinces in the 400 years of judges before it’s monarchy. Levites were not numbered in the army of Israel, like priests, prophets and men of renown they rode on donkeys. When the Austrian Hapsbergs attacked they literally turned their pruning hooks and scythes into pikes. Swiss mercenaries were famous for being foot soldiers, with long pikes.
Switzerland is seen as a safe & desirable home for financial institutions, just as the Levites guarded the Temple. Switzerland has the highest average adult wealth, ten times global average. You only become a Swiss national by being a blood relation or 12 years “Naturalisation”, the hardest in Europe (changed to 10 in 2014).
The Levites were chosen to be priests, teachers and temple ministers because of their zeal and faithfulness (Exodus 32:26-28, Numbers 8:14-16).
“of Levi he said, Let thy Thummim and thy Urim be with thy holy one …They shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Israel thy law” (Deut. 33:10)
John Calvin (1509-64) studied law & theology in France, then greek in Paris with a humanistic approach (faith in the goodness of man). At some point “God subdued my soul to docility by a sudden conversion”. He eventually settled in Geneva to escape persecution and a theocracy was established, State law was like that of Moses, “libertines” were defeated. Geneva became the heart of Protestantism and had numerous educational establishments. These were French-speaking and attracted Huguneots to train for ministry. Calvinism spread to parts of Holland, Belgium & West Germany. Other well known Swiss reformers are Ulrich Zwingli, 1484-1531; Heinrich Bullinger, (1504-1575), ancestor of Ethelbert W. Bullinger, author of Numbers in Scripture; William Farel, (1489-1565) and Theodore Beza, 1519-1605, the Waldensians, (“Israel of the Alps”).
Geneva, Neuchâtel and Basel became centres of asylum for many Huguenots (French people of reformed faith) and of other reformed refugees from Italy, Spain and Great Britain (after Catholic Mary became queen in 1553). As many were skilled goldsmiths, watchmakers or bankers, western Switzerland became a centre for these things.
“David spoke to the chief of the Levites to appoint their brethren to be the singers with instruments of music, psalteries and harps and cymbals, sounding, by lifting up the voice with joy.” (1 Chronicles 15v16)
I don’t know much about music of Switzerland, I just think of yodelling and alpine horns … oh and cow bells, but the Wiki page says they have a long had a distinct cultural identity dominated by religious and folk music until the 17th C.
Generally the Swiss are strong at keeping traditions. (Yodeling dates from when started working the Alps, people spent 100 days up there. They couldn’t see each other, so they communicated and lifted their spirit by singing this way. No doubt David “the sweet psalmist of Israel” sang some of his songs as he tended sheep on the hills).
The Levites were chosen for their zeal in keeping God’s ways, their duties were to organise & run the annual events (Numbers 18). Switzerland is famous for it’s traditional cultural events.
Switzerland has long been a polyglot nation, Companies and politicians look to Switzerland to learn lessons of cultural diversity.
“They (Levi) shall teach Jacob thy judgments, and Israel thy law … Bless, Lord, his substance, and accept the work of his hands” (Deut. 33:10-11)
Levi didn’t have their own tribal land. Switzerland has no raw materials, the soil is mostly poor so an economy based on research and mechanics has developed. As a first world country with a skilled labour force, the majority of Swiss exports are precision or “high tech” finished products … medicaments, watches, orthopaedic appliances and precious jewellery. There are not many large facilities (there’s no space) and there is no critical mass (7 million residents) to develop a local and broad business-to-consumer entrepreneurship. Education is de-centralised so companies and professional organisations runspecialised schools & universities. In countries of over 1m people, Switzerland has a high per capita Nobel prize winners.
Over the last century the Helvetic design has grown mainly around industrial design, strongly influenced by minimalist and functional architecture (small areas, small factories, thus functionality and efficiency as the main keywords).
In addition, the need that any graphic material would be then translated and produced in three languages forcibly limited the length of texts and brought to develop an immediate and essential visual communication, to get all Germans, French and Italians in one shot and thus spare some money. Helvetica font sums it up!
Some Other Parallels
Sundays in Switzerland are protected by a long list of social laws – making it illegal to undertake activities such as mowing, hanging out laundry, washing your car or recycling bottles to ensure peace and beauty is maintained.
Switzerland has one of the lowest crime rates of industrialized countries despite liberal Swiss gun laws – in 2015 there were only 0.5 gun murders per 100,000 people in Switzerland (around 40 per year), compared to five gun murders per 100,000 people recorded in the US in 2014 (around 30–40 per day).
Switzerland is not governed by one head of state – instead it has a seven-member executive council that serves as the Swiss collective head of state.
Switzerland lags behind most western European countries in areas of gender equality
Swiss teachers receive the highest annual salary, out of 30 OECD countries.
“let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob; and he will teach us of his ways, and we will walk in his paths: for out of Zion shall go forth the law” (Isaiah 2:3). Sion in Switzerland is the most sun-blessed town of Switzerland, surrounded by vinyards. Like Jerusalem “the cup”, it is mostly surrounded by mountains. It has been said that unlike pagan sanctuaries on top of mountains, Jerusalem is nested within mountains to worship the God of heaven and Earth, for which he has future plans.