Nov 21, 2011

LOST TRIBES of ISRAEL

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Yeshua said, “I was sent to the lost sheep of Israel,” 
(Matt 15:24; 10:5-7; 17-18; 19-20; 23) Yeshua also instructed his disciples to preach the Good News of the Kingdom to the lost sheep of Israel. 
(Acts9:15-16; 26:5-6; 7-8) The apostle Paul was chosen to preach Salvation and Good News to Israel and the Gentiles. 
(Ro 15:20-21; 24) After Paul was freed from Roman prison he traveled through Spain. Was Paul's mysterious journey seeking the lost tribes of Israel? 
(Col 3:11) As Paul spread the Good News of salvation; he  considered the contrast between different people groups; the Greeks compared to the Jews who are circumcised and the uncircumcised barbarians are different from the Scythian who once were slaves but now are free. Who then; are the Scythian people?
(Jas 1:1)  The apostles were aware of the location of the missing tribes of Israel. James  addressed a letter to the 12 tribes scattered among the nations.
(Ge 32:12)Yehawah Eloheyem promised Abraham that his descendants would be like the sands of the sea. 
(Ge 22:17; 18) Who are the descendants of Jacob and where are the lost tribes of Israel today? 
The twelve tribes are the descendants of the sons of Jacob. 
(Ge 32:28) Jacob was the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham. Jacob received the name Israel when he wrestled with the Logos to obtain a promise of deliverance from his brother Esau. 
(Ge 32:9; 10; 11-12; 26-27; 28) Jacob's 12 sons would also be called Israel. 
(Ge 35:22-23; 24-26) Joseph was the 2nd youngest son of Jacob. Joseph received the firstborn blessing of his father Jacob because of the sins of his brothers. Joseph 2 sons named Ephraim and Manasseh would receive Jacob's blessing and become 2 separate tribes. Jacob's blessings became the faithful future for Israel's family. Ephraim would be blessed first and become a company of nations that extended throughout the earth. Later, Manasseh would arise from his brother's commonwealth of nations and become one great nation. 
(Ge 48:14; 15; 16; 17-18; 19; 20;) 

Jacob had a prophetic vision of the future of the sons and bless them according to the fateful promises of Yehawah his Eloheyem. 
Ephraim and Manasseh would receive Joseph's blessings.
(Ge 49:22-23; 24; 25; 26; Dt 33:13-14; 15; 16; 17) 
Judah would retain Royal honor. The future Messiah King would come from their tribe.
(Ge 49:9-10; 11-12; Dt 33:7) 
Jacob saw that in the future Dan would help bring justice from Yehawah and proclaim deliverance for the children of Israel.
(Ge 49:16-17; 18; Dt 33:22)
Moses proclaimed the faithfulness of Yehawah to the sons of Israel and the future promises belong to those who love the Eternal and keep His commandments. Jeshurun means upright one and is a symbolic  name for Israel.
(Dt 33:26-27; 28-29) Yehawah led Moses to rescue the children of Israel from Egypt and slavery and Joshua conquered the promised land with the help of their great Savior. Jacob foretold the hopeful future for his sons in prophetic blessings. But sadly during the time of judges many of the tribes of Israel began to worship idols and fell into all kinds of sinful practices. The tribes of Israel habitually rebelled against the Commandments of Yehawah and broke his Covenant of peace. 
During this time the tribe of Dan captured one of the Levitical priests that lived at the home of Micah. The priest name was Jonathan and a descendent of Aran . The Levites were supposed to teach the Commandments of Yehawah to Israel. This priest and many of the people were already following the idolatrous practices of the Canaanites. 
(Judges 18:19; 20-21; 27; 28; Judges 5:17 NASB; Eze 27:1-2; 3-4; 5-6; 7-8; 9; 17; 18; Eze 27:19 NASB;) The Dan-nites conquered the city of Laish which was near Sidon and Tyre on the Mediterranean coast. Sometime around 1000 B.C. part of the tribe of Dan departed from the nation of Israel several hundred years before the northern tribes were conquered by the nation of Assyria. Dan traveled in ships along the Phoenician trade route that hugged the coastline, rounding the Peninsula of Spain, establishing the settlement of Celti-Iberian, and continueing north to the Emerald Islands. The new home of the tribe of Dan would be called the isles of Hebrides after Abraham's ancestor Eber; the father of the Hebrew speaking people. Over the centuries they developed the Gaelic language which has many similarities to the Hebrew. The island people became known as the Scotti after their ancestor Isaac.

There is more to the amazing story of the tribes of Israel and their prophetic journey to fulfill the promise given to their ancestor Abraham.

There were 13 tribes of Israel until the day that the kingdom was divided between Judah and the northern tribes of Israel. 
(1Ki  11:26; 28; 29; 30-31; 32) The sins of Solomon and the Kings of Judah caused division in the nation of Israel. Jeroboam was a descendent of Ephraim and became the 1st King of the northern tribes of Israel. Jeroboam led the tribes of Israel into sin and they forsake the worship of the true Yehawah their Eloheyem. 
(2Ki 17:5; 6) Northern Israel was eventually conquered by Assyria between 740-721 B.C. Israel was held captive at Gozan in northern Assyria; just south of the Black Sea. At this time the historical records describe the emergence of the Scythian people who are located south of the Black Sea. The Scythians are a group of tribes that were held together by unifying cultural heritage that isolated them from other nations.

Years later the prophet Jeremiah warned Judah and Jerusalem that their sins would cause them to be captured by the king of Babylon. Jerusalem was besieged around 600 BC and held captive until 538 BC. Jeremiah and his assistant Baruch were left in Jerusalem to instruct the remnant of Judah. 
(2Ki 24:18) Jeremiah was the grand-father of the daughters of the last king of Judah.
 (Jer 41:10; 16; 17) One of the daughters name was Teatephi. Jeremiah warned the people of Judah not to flee to Egypt for safety.
 (Jer 42:9-10; 11-12; 13-14; 15-16) They needed to trust Yehaweh and remain in Jerusalem. The people would not listen and forced Jeremiah, Baruch, and Teatephi (Techapanhes) to travel with them to Egypt. 
(Jer 44:1-2; 3-4; 5-6;30; 45:1-2; 3-4; 5)

Jeremiah, Baruch, and Teatephi were protected by Yehawah and part of their remarkable story is preserved at a website linked below…

The people of the tribe of Dan often traveled to Egypt to trade tin; a metal that was mined on their island. The Dan-nite leader learned what happened to Israel and Judah. When Dan returned to their island home; Jeremiah, Baruch, and Teatephi accompanied the Dan-nites travelers back to Scotti. Teatephi married one of the kings of Dan and the royal scepter of Judah was temporarily passed to their family. Jeremiah also brought with him, Jacobs pillar stone, that had accompanied the nation of Israel for centuries. 
(Ge 28:18-19; 35:9; 10; 11; 12-13; 14-15;) The stone would later be placed beneath the seat of the throne of the future King and descendant of Teatephi.

You may wonder what happened to the northern tribes of Israel. Their years of  captivity in Assyria came to an end when the Babylonians conquered Assyria and later many nations; including Judah. 
(Na 1:7; 13; 2:1; 2; 3:18; 19; Mic 5:6; 7; 8; 9) By this time the tribes of Israel are called the Scythian people. They escaped captivity and traveled north of the Black Sea and pastured their herds on the steps of Persia. Later they migrated across central Europe. The tribes of Israel maintained their identity by the name  Scythians.  The Romans identified them by the name Sac-soma or Saxons; which means Isaacs sons. The SC sound is the Hebrew abbreviation for Isaac. Some of the remaining tribes of Israel migrated north along the eastern coast of Europe. The tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh sailed to a large island. The tribes settling the island called themselves the Brith-ish people; which is a Hebrew word for covenant-man. It is not surprising that the Island is called Britain even to this day. There was one problem with their new home. It was already inhabited by a tribe named the Scottish and they claimed to be a royal family. Conflict between Ephraim and the Scottish occurred over whom should rule the tribal families? This struggle continued until the time of King James the son of Mary Queen of Scotts.

It was through the diligent work of King James that the Bible was translated into the English language and made available to all the English-speaking people. King James lived from 1566-1625 A.D. and began uniting Ireland, Scotland, in England into one kingdom. This began the fulfillment of the promise; that through the tribe of Dan
 (Ge 49:16-18); Yehawah would declare justice and deliverance to the tribes of Israel. A great Renaissance and blessing began for the Commonwealth of the Brith-ish people which fulfilled the blessing of Jacob to the sons of Ephraim and Manasseh. 
(Ge 49:22-23; 24-25; 26) The expansion of the British Empire also spread the English language and the knowledge of the gospel of salvation to the whole world.

This remarkable revelation to the British people occurred almost 1600 years after the birth of the Messiah in Jerusalem.
(Ge 49:10; 11; 12)  Jacob's blessing promised that a descendent of Judah would retain the governing scepter until the time when the Messiah King would restore the nation of Israel.

The tribe of Judah had been held in captivity (from 566 to 486B.C.) by the Babylonian and Persian Kings for 70 years. 
(Jer 29:10; 11; 12-13; 14) According to the prophet Jeremiah.  Judah eventually returned to Jerusalem to rebuild the Temple and wait for the time of the promised Messiah King. 
(Da 9:2; 25)  The future was revealed to the prophet Daniel that Judah would wait 483 years until the birth of the Savior; in approximately 3 B.C..  Judah looked forward to the promised restoration of the kingdom of Israel by the great Messiah King. Yeshua came preaching the message of Salvation and the Good News of the future restoration of all things.  Judah did not recognize the promised Holy One and rejected the Messiah when he came.

When these pieces of the historical puzzle of the Bible are assembled it becomes evident that the English speaking people are descended from the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh. The Scotts are descendent from Dan and Judah. The Britain and United States have been greatly blessed according to the promises given to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob for the nation of Israel. Israel would be a great blessing to all people if  they would keep Yehawah's Laws and teach truth to the nations. 
(Dt 28:1-2; 3-4; 5-6; 7-8; 9-10; 11; 12; 13; 14) 
(Lev 26:2-3; 11-12)
But sadly the  tribes of Israel continue repeated sins and rebellion against Yehawah's Commandments; that are clearly written in the Bible. The consequences of sin will bring destruction upon all nations.
 (Dt 28:15-16; 17-19; 20-21; 22-23; 24; 25)
 (Lev 26:14-15; 16-17)


There is still hope for all people and nations. Yeshua the promised Messiah and King has proclaimed the Good News of the Kingdom of Heaven that is coming to earth. Yeshua will return in great glory and power to govern all the nations with righteousness and justice for all. Yeshua will restore the tribes of Israel into One Nation. 
(Acts 26:8; Eze 37:1-2; 3-4; 5-6; 10; 11; 12; 13; 14; 21; 22; 23;24; 25; 26; 27-28) 
Yeshua will  teach them to be a blessing to the world and fulfill the promise He made to Abraham..(Ge 22:18; Jn 11:52).