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    We have seen in the previous chapter how Yahweh dispersed the ten northern tribes of Israel throughout the Assyrian Empire in order to bring them to their senses. And we saw that an immense number of these Israelites were still there 150 years later, when with foreign aid they revolted and took over the government. The prophecies that this would occur were shown by secular history and by archaeology to have been completely accurate and borne out in detail.

    While the ten tribes were getting settled and "digging in" at their new location significant events were taking place in Jerusalem with the other branch of Jacob's descendants, the two tribes, Judah and Benjamin, whom we know as the Jews. For well over a hundred years (from 721 to 606) they continued to exist as a political entity but like their northern relatives, became saturated subtly at first, then quite openly, with idolatrous ceremonies, festivals, and practices of their heathen neighbors. Thus, the Jews also became candidates for similar correction which, as we saw, was forecast in Jeremiah 2:9.

    The prophecies of Ezekiel 23 refer to Israel and Judah as two sisters quite properly betrothed to Yahweh, but first Aholah (Israel) and then her "treacherous sister' Aholibah (Judah) became unfaithful:

And the names of them were Aholah the elder, and Aholibah her sister: and they were Mine, and they bare sons and daughters. Thus were their names; Samaria is Aholah, and Jerusalem Aholibah. And Aholah played the harlot when she was Mine; and she doted on her lovers, on the Assyrians her neighbours, which were clothed with blue, captains and rulers, all of them desirable young men, horsemen riding upon horses. Thus she committed her whoredoms with them that were the chosen men of Assyria, and with all on whom she doted: with all their idols she defiled herself. Neither left she her whoredoms brought from Egypt: for in her youth they lay with her, and they bruised the breasts of her virginity, and poured their whoredom upon her. Wherefore I have delivered her into the hand of her lovers, into the hand of the Assyrians, upon whom she doted (Ezekiel 23:4-9).
"And when her sister Aholibah saw this, she was more corrupt in her inordinate love than she, and in her whoredoms more than her whoredoms" (Verse 11).
"And the Babylonians came to her in the bed of love . . ." (Verse 17).
"Therefore, O Aholibah, thus saith Yahweh Elohim, Behold I will raise up thy lovers against thee . . ." (Verse 22).
"I will do these things unto thee, because thou hast gone a-whoring after the heathen and because thou art polluted with their idols. Thou hast walked in the way of thy sister; therefore will I give her cup into thine hand. Thus saith Yahweh Elohim, Thou shalt drink of thy sister's cup deep and large: thou shalt be laughed to scorn and had in derision; it containeth much. Thou shalt be filled with drunkenness and sorrow, with the cup of ruin and desolation, with the cup of thy sister Samaria" (Verses 30-33).

    Now it happened at this time that the Babylonians were even more powerful than the Assyrians:

And the king of Egypt came not again any more out of his land: for the king of Babylon had taken from the river of Egypt unto the river Euphrates all that pertained to the king of Egypt (II Kings 24 7).

    The only way the Babylonian land forces could attack Egypt was by marching through the land of the Jews. But the Jews had a mutual assistance pact with Egypt and were obliged to resist aggression. The political situation of Judea was somewhat like that of Belgium or the Netherlands in two recent world wars. The invaders had no real quarrel with them but they stood in the way of conquest. Nebuchadnezzar, therefore tried to pave the way for his future plans by taking the King of Judah, his official family, and about ten thousand of the most prominent and wealthy citizens of Jerusalem to Babylon as a kind of guarantee that the Jews would make no trouble for him in his march on Egypt In place of Jehoiachin, Nebuchadnezzar placed a puppet ruler, Zedekiah.

And he carried away Jehoiachin to Babylon, and the king's mother and the king's wives, and his officers, and the mighty of the land, those carried he into captivity from Jerusalem to Babylon. And all of the men of might, even seven thousand, and all that were strong and apt for war, even them the king of Babylon brought captive to Babylon. And the king of Babylon made Mattaniah his father's brother king in his place, and changed his name to Zedekiah (II Kings 24:15-17).

    Later Zedekiah developed deviationist tendencies and finally rebelled against the king of Babylon (II Kings 24: '90). Chapter 25 tells about the siege of Jerusalem and the punishment of Zedekiah. But Nebuchadnezzar had no grudge against the Jewish people, and after the usual war crimes trials had disposed of the leaders of the resistance, he actually took the Jews into a kind of protective custody and moved them en masse to Babylon to keep them from causing him further difficulties. His attitude is reflected in the treatment accorded to the Jews in Babylon. Within a very short time, for example, Daniel, Ananiah, Azariah, Mishael and other Jews were taken into the innermost governmental circles and became key employees of the career civil service (Daniel 1:3-5; 2:48-49; and 3:30).

    We should never lose sight of the purpose for which Yahweh permitted the Jews to be captured. Jeremiah 24 likens the Jews of that period to baskets of figs, some good and some rotten. The good figs are to be preserved, but the bad ones are to be discarded:

One basket had very good figs, even like the figs that are first ripe: and the other basket had very spoiled figs which could not be eaten they were so bad (Verse 2). Thus saith Yahweh, Elohim of Israel; Like these good figs, so will I acknowledge them that are carried away captive of Judah, whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans for their good (Verse 5). And as the spoiled figs, which cannot be eaten, they are so evil; surely, thus saith Yahweh, so will I give Zedekiah the king of Judah, and his princes and the residue of Jerusalem, that remain in this land, and them that dwell in the land of Egypt: and I will deliver them to be removed into all the kingdoms of the earth for their affliction, to be a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse in all places whither I shall drive them."(Verses 8-9).

This symbol of the Jews as figs and the Jewish nation as a fig tree should be familiar to readers of the New Testament (Matthew 21:19-21; 24:32-35; Mark 11:12-14; 11:20; Luke 13:6-9; 91:29-33). This symbol will be discussed further in the next chapter.



    Now if the story ended right here, with Israel in Medo-Persia and the Jews in Babylon, it would appear that Yahweh's magnificent unconditional promises to the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were in vain and just about as far from fulfillment as one could imagine. However, we should not forget the Most High's stated purpose in punishing and chastising His people. If you assume that Yahweh abandoned either Judah or Israel, you are saying, in effect, that you do not believe He meant His promises, or that you do not believe He is able to perform what He promised.

    We have only to turn to the known facts of history, archeology, and anthropology to get a clear confirmation of what occurred: Having freed themselves and established the Medo-Persian empire under Cyrus, Israel immediately turned against Babylonia to the east and conquered it. The 45th chapter of Isaiah begins

Thus saith Yahweh to His anointed, to Cyrus whose right hand I have held . . .

The Scofield Reference Bible states in a footnote, that this is the only instance where "anointed" is used in the Bible to refer to a Gentile. This is a very astute observation since it is now evident that these Medo-Persians were in fact Israel. By way of clarification, it is reiterated that "Gentile" (Hebrew goy-goyim) is a greatly misunderstood term as used throughout the Scriptures. Most of the time it means simply, "nation". In Genesis 17 :4, for example Yahweh tells Abraham he is to become the progenitor of a multitude of "goyim" or nations. This promise is confirmed to Jacob in Genesis 35:11 when he is told that a company of nations (goyim) should be his descendants. In the New Testament, however, the term is sometimes used to mean "other nations" (that is, other than Jewish) and has therefore become in modern parlance a synonym for non-Jew. It is so used by both Jews and non-Jews today. However, in reading the Bible we should bear in mind that with a very few exceptions "gentile" means simply "nation." 

    There can be little doubt of the decadence of Babylon, nor of the fact that the Medes and Persians had many allies within Babylon. The "fifth column" idea and "boring from within", it appears, were ancient political techniques used by Israel repeatedly, and with great success. We mentioned earlier that a daughter of Cyaxeres was married to Nebuchadnezzar II. In any event, when Cyrus marched on Babylon, he entered with scarcely any effective opposition.

    One of the first official acts of Cyrus after his inauguration was to issue his famous decree setting free the Jewish (two-tribes) people and providing for their return to Jerusalem.

Now in the first year of Cyrus, King of Persia, in fulfillment of the word of Yahweh, spoken by the mouth of Jeremiah, Yahweh stirred up the spirit of Cyrus, King of Persia, that he made a proclamation throughout all his kingdom and put it also in writing, saying, Thus saith Cyrus, King of Persia: All the kingdoms of the earth hath Yahweh Elohim of heaven given me; and He hath charged me to build Him a house in Jerusalem which is in Judah, Who is there among you of all His people? Yahweh his Elohim be with him and let him go up (II Chronicles 36:22).

    The Bible says that Yahweh instructed Cyrus to overthrow Babylon, setting the Jews free. But we also have the contemporary Persian account of it uncovered by archeologists. The famous cuneiform "Cylinder of Cyrus" now in the British Museum gives an almost identical account, but uses the name "Marduk" the Persian name for the Almighty. A translation of the cylinder contains the following:

    "Marduk . . . sought a righteous prince, after his own heart. whom he took by the hand. Cyrus, king of Anshan, he called by name, to lordship over the whole world he appointed him . . . To this city Babylon he caused him to go, he made him take the road to Babylon, going as a friend and companion at his side. His numerous troops, in number unknown, like the water of a river, marched armed at his side. Without battle and conflict he permitted him to enter Babylon. He spared his city Babylon a calamity. Nabunaid, the king who did not fear him, he delivered into his hand."

    (Robert William Rogers, "Cuneiform Parallels to the Old Testament", 1912, p. 381; as quoted by Jack Finegan in "Light from the Ancient Past", p. 191. Finegan also refers to "A Guide to the Babylonian and Assyrian Antiquities, British Museum 3rd ed. 1922, p. 144)

    Perhaps Israel had lived so long among the Assyrians that they used the Assyrian name, or this particular cuneiform cylinder was made primarily for reading to the non-Israelitish inhabitants who had been worshiping Marduk. In any event, the Jews were set free by Cyrus, and as many as desired to do so were encouraged by his government to return to Judea. Eventually by the decree of Artaxerxes they were provided more backing and under the leadership of Ezra, Nehemiah and Zerubbabel, they rebuilt the temple and overcame the Arab descendants of Esau who had rushed in while the Jews were in exile. The Jewish people were still in Judea (though never as an independent nation) at the time of the Nativity, and remained there until about 70 A.D. when they were dispersed in the 'greater captivity" by the Roman general Titus. From then until 1917 when the full 2520-year sentence of Leviticus 26:18 had been served, the Jewish people were never a national entity. But as we stated earlier, in the very year when the time was up, the British general, Allenby took Palestine away from the Turks. Concurrently the Balfour Declaration provided that Palestine should become a 'National Home" for the Jews.

    B.C. 606 + 2520 + 4 years for the Gregorian Calendar adjustment = 1918. (See Chapter VI).

    From 1918 until now a new fig tree has been growing where the old one was blasted. The buds and leaves are in evidence. "Surely summer is nigh." Read Matthew 24:3234 in connection with Jeremiah 24. Unfortunately the King James Version translators of Matthew 24:34, Mark 13:30 and Luke 21:32 had an "interpreter's choice" as to whether they would use "this" or "that", and chose to use "this" thereby distorting the meaning of the text. Had they paid more attention to the context they might have realized that the Messiah was speaking of a generation when "all these things", described in verses 5 to 31, will have come to pass. In other words, that generation wherein you shall see these things (v 33) shall not pass until all is fulfilled. The unfruitful fig tree of Matthew 21 :19-20 which was blasted at the time of Titus (70 A.D.) has now in 1956 been replaced by a new fig tree which has tender branches and is putting forth leaves (Matthew 24:32) and the Jews are almost on the verge of accepting the Messiah, that is, bearing spiritual fruit. (Refer to Leviticus 26:40-46 and Zechariah 12:10 and 13:1). This brings us just about up to date with the two tribes, the "Jews" who have been reestablished as an independent nation and are about to undergo a new spiritual birth by accepting the Messiah they once rejected:

And I will pour upon the house of David and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and supplications: and they shall look upon Me, Whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for Him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for Him as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn (Zechariah 12 :10) .
In that day there shall be a fountain opened to the house of David and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem for sin and for uncleanness (Zechariah 13:1).

    The Jews have many wonderful promises yet to be fulfilled, but what about the ten northern tribes? We left millions of them in possession of the greatest empire which the world had yet seen, stretching from India to Egypt. Where are they now?

    History tells us the Medo-Persian Empire gave way before Alexander the Great and its territory became a part of the Greek Empire, which in turn was swallowed up by the Roman Empire of the Caesars. But what happened to these countless millions of Caucasians who were "still beyond the Euphrates" in the time of Flavius Josephus, the Jewish historian (80 A.D.)? Did these people "as numberless as the sands of the seashore and the stars of heaven" just disappear? Of course they did not. Let us look at what the Bible prophesied about them and then look at secular history to see what happened, and whether it worked out ill the way which the prophets foresaw. Isaiah in Chapter 41 speaks of Israel's rest and renewal of strength (Verse 1 ) and reminds us that it was Yahweh Who raised up Cyrus (Verse 2) and that Yahweh will again help Israel in the future (Verse 13) and declares to them the Messiah (Isaiah, Chapters 42 through 53). Isaiah 64 tells the ten tribes (the divorced wife, Aholah — Ezekiel 23) to rejoice because she is more populous than the Jews (Aholibah) and must enlarge the place of her tent, that is, seek a larger homeland. The very language of Isaiah 41:1 gives a clue to where the new home was to be. The Hebrew phrase translated, "O islands" can also be translated as "O western coastlands".

"Be quiet before Me, O western coastlands and let the people renew their strength."

Israel's promised new home was not an afterthought, nor a spur-of-the-moment decision. For Moses tells us

When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance — when He separated the sons of Adam, He set the boundaries according to the number of the Children of Israel— (Deuteronomy 32:8).

and in II Samuel we read,

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 aflict them any more, as beforetime (II Samuel 7:10).

    Yahweh, knowing in advance, prepared for Israel's future. History tells us that establishment of "Aryan" or "Caucasian" colonies had been going on for many years to the west, particularly around the Mediterranean and even up the Atlantic coasts beyond Gibraltar, as far as the British Isles and Denmark. But this steady trickle of colonization did not displace the bulk of the original Mongoloid inhabitants of central Europe. The great Roman Empire, which extended from the British Isles and the Atlantic coast of Europe as far as India was both infiltrated by these Caucasian Aryans and then attacked by them en masse from the outside, another example of "fifth column" work which we saw Israel use in the destruction of Assyria and Babylon. The ten "barbed" or bearded Aryan tribes who had been gathering their strength in the region of the Caucasus Mountains near the northern boundary of the old Medo-Persian empire, struck the Roman Empire a series of sledgehammer blows under which it collapsed. These barbarian invaders subdued the great empire of the Caesars and eventually pushed the Yellow-Brown savages north and east into approximately their present Asiatic territory, beyond the Ural Mountains. It should be noted that some of the descendants of these same Caucasians followed a similar practice with respect to the Yellow-Brown American Indians: pushed them out and occupied the territory themselves. Surely Jeremiah's prophecy has more meaning to us when we read it in the light of fulfillment:

Thou art My battle-ax and weapons of war; for with thee will I break in pieces the nations and with thee will I destroy kingdoms (Jeremiah 5 l :20) .

    With the breaking up of the Roman Empire, Europe became an unstable, ever-changing group of states and has so remained to this day. These nations, for hundreds of years tried to bind themselves together in alliances based on intermarriage of their royal families, but this was not successful in establishing any stable, secure, and lasting Peace.

    Descendants of the barbarian invaders are the present-day western nations. They are the British, the Teutons, the French, the Latins, the Slavic, the "Benelux - Swiss" and the peoples of North and South America, Australia, and New Zealand. They constitute the so-called "Christian nations", or roughly speaking, "Western Civilization".

    At last the chastisement and conditioning of Israel in their long trek from Samaria to Assyria, to Babylonia and the borders of India, and back again (as "Indo-Europeans") purged and refined them to the point where they were willing to accept the Messiah and were ready to receive His peaceful teachings. This is the meaning of Hosea's message to Israel. The Scofield Reference Bible says, in a footnote to Hosea 1 :10,

Israel in Hosea means the ten tribes forming the northern kingdom as distinguished from "Judah" (the tribes of Judah and Benjamin) forming the southern kingdom which adhered to the Davidic family —p. 921.

    In Hosea, Israel is likened to the cast-off wife (Ahola) who was taken back and "in the place where it was said unto them, ye are not My people, there it shall be said unto them, ye are the sons of the living Elohim" (Hosea 1:10).

    The Apostles were fully aware of the role Israel was to play. The Saviour expressly directed them to bring the good news of the kingdom to "the lost sheep of the House of Israel" (Matthew 10:6), for it was they, rather than the Jews, who would then receive it. The various missionary journeys of the Apostles were, in actuality, directed to a great extent to these barbarian "gentile" nations. Certainly Saul ("Paul") in his letter to the Romans left no doubt who these "Gentiles" were that he was addressing. Read Romans 9 in this light. It is particularly evident in the latter portion of the chapter:

Even us, whom He hath called, not of the Jews only, but also of the nations, of which He spake through Hosea, saying, "I will call them My people, which were not My people; and her beloved which was not beloved. And it shall come to pass that in the place where it was said unto them, ye are not My people; there shall they be called the children of the living Elohim". Isaiah also crieth concerning Israel, "Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: For He will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will Yahweh make upon the earth". And as Isaiah said before, "Except Yahweh Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodom, and made like unto Gomorrah". What shall we say then? That the Nations (ten tribes) which followed not after righteousness, have attained to righteousness, even the righteousness which is of faith. But Israel which followed after the law of righteousness (i.e. the Jews) hath not attained to the law of righteousness. Wherefore? Because they sought it not by faith, but as it were by the works of the law. For they stumbled at the stumblingstone; as it is written, "Behold I lay in Zion a stumblingstone and rock of offence: yet whosoever believeth on Him shall not be disappointed Romans 9:24-33 (Sacred Name Version).

    Perhaps a word of caution should be given at this point. Israel (as the western nations) accepted the "glad tidings of the kingdom" because they had been conditioned to do so. They finally had a heart for it. We should not interpret this fact as some sort of "super race" manifestation, for Yahweh said it was not because of Israel's superiority, but because He Himself had made some unconditional promises to Abraham, that He undertook to lead and chasten these headstrong people.

For I, Yahweh, change not; therefore ye O sons of Jacob are not consumed (Malachi. 3 :6) .


    The events we have described are in keeping with the statements and prophecies of all the prophetic books of the Bible. Daniel for example, tells succinctly the same message and forecasts the same general sequence of events, as we shall see.

    Perhaps it would be well to state here that there are a great many modern or so-called "liberal" clergymen and many otherwise well-informed laymen today who dread the implications they would have to face if they were to admit the Bible to be inspired, as it states itself to be:

For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of Yahweh spake as they were moved by the Holy Spirit. II Peter 1:21.

In order to avoid facing these implications, otherwise sensible people have made silly statements and advanced utterly unsubstantiated theories about the dates when the prophecies were given and about the number of prophets who supposedly composed them. To say that there must have been two or more Isaiahs, for example, based on "internal evidence" is about as valid as to contend that there must have been two or more Shakespeares, since the internal evidence in As You Like it differs so radically from that in Macbeth or Hamlet or King Lear. Unfortunately, a good deal of energy of literate people has been wasted in trying to discredit the Old Testament prophets and it would be well to examine the motives of those engaged in so doing. These modern attacks on Daniel simply are not valid and the arguments advanced do not stand up under scrutiny, though they give an impression of plausibility to the uninitiated general reader. Such views, when privately held are regrettable but relatively unimportant. Fed to the gullible, or to trusting college students, this misinformation tends to close their minds to further investigation. (For examples of this antagonism to Daniel, see The Bible and the Common Reader by Mary Ellen Chase New York, 1952 The Macmillan Company) and for the answer to it refer to The Prophetic Faith of Our Fathers, Vol I by Le Roy Edwin Froom (1950, Washington, D. C. The Review and Herald Publishing Association).

    Nebuchadnezzar's forgotten dream (Daniel 2:31-45) gives in a nutshell the "history in advance" from that time until today. As Daniel interpreted it, the head of gold represented the brilliant and wealthy Babylonian Empire. The shoulders and arms of silver represented the less splendid, less glorious, but larger Medo-Persian Empire which followed it. Then came the "belly and thighs of brass": the less magnificent but militarily tougher Greek Empire under Alexander the Great. Next in sequence came the two legs of iron, or the Roman Empire with its two capitals, Rome and Constantinople. But the iron gave way to ten toes of clay and iron mixed, just as the Roman Empire gave way to the ten barbarian causcasian tribes which descended upon it. These toes were a curious mixture of strength and weakness. And in the words of Daniel, they sought to "bind themselves together with the seed of men" or as actually happened in Europe after the fall of the Roman Empire, the descendants of the barbarians tried time and again to set up alliances and ententes reinforced by intermarriage of their royalty. "But it shall not prevail". Then a curious thing happens to the image. In the days of these kings, a Stone (Hebrew, (Aben) cut out without hands, crushes the toes and the statue becomes dust and is blown away. But the Stone becomes a mountain which fills the whole earth. In other words, Western Civilization (the ten toes) is destroyed, by the Stone (Heb. Ab = Father; Ben = Son) or the Second Advent, thus bringing about a righteous kingdom on the Earth.

And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Eloah and of His Messiah; and He shall reign for ever and ever. (Revelation 11:15 SNV).

Daniel's concise and compressed vision of the image gives us a telescopic view of past, present, and future history. It is entirely in harmony with the vision of the four "beasts" or four world empires of Daniel 7.

    The lion with eagle's wings was a common Babylonian symbol and is still to be seen in walls and statues recently excavated. Following the first beast was a bear with three ribs in his mouth (Media, Persia, and Babylon), that is, the Medo-Persian Empire. Next came a leopard with four wings and four heads, representing the swift, ferocious empire of Alexander which was divided into four segments (the Tetrarchy). The fourth beast was different from the others and had ten horns. A horn in Biblical symbolism always represents kingship or a kingdom or tribe. Daniel 7:17-18 summarizes:

These great beasts which are four are four kings (or kingdoms) which shall arise out of the earth. But the saints of the Most High shall take the kingdom and shall possess the kingdom forever and ever.

This latter agrees also with the Messiah's Olivet discourse, Matthew 25:31,

When the Son of Man shall come in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the throne of His glory.

Consider the parable of the Tares and the Wheat, Matthew 13:24-30 and 36-43 in connection with Amos 9:9

For lo I will command and I will sift the House of Israel among all the nations, like as wheat is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall to the earth.
The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the Kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; the enemy that sowed them is Satan; the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are the angels. As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire, so shall it be in the end of this age.

Consider the parable of the Treasure Hid in a Field, Matthew 13:44, in connection with righteous, chastised Israel (all 12 tribes) Exodus 19 :5,

Now therefore, if ye will obey My voice indeed, and keep My covenant, then ye shall be a peculiar treasure unto Me above all people: for the earth is Mine.

Again, the Kingdom of Heaven is like unto treasure hid in a field which when a man hath found, he hideth and for joy thereof goeth and selleth all he hath, and buyeth the field.

And He did indeed redeem the field:

The Messiah hath redeemed us from the curse of the law being made a curse for us: for it is written "Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree": that the blessing of Abraham might come on the nations through Yahshua the Messiah; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. Galatians 3:13-14
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify Yahweh in your body and your spirit which are Yahweh's. I Corinthians 6:20
For I know that my Redeemer liveth and that He shall stand at the latter day upon the earth. Job 19:25

There are of course many other references to the eventual purging, refining and conditioning of both Israel and Judah, and their eventual acceptance of the Way of Life which is a prerequisite of the fulfillment of Yahweh's Kingdom on earth. The parable of the Prodigal Son who left home, went astray and through hardships returned and repented (Luke 15:11-32) is an obvious reference to the ten tribes, who have been thought to be lost and dead.

It was fitting that we should make merry and be glad, for this thy brother was dead and is alive again; and was lost and is found.

For Israel (the Western, Indo-European nations) and Judah (the Jews) must reunite. They have been separated since the ten tribes seceded from the union (Chapter VIII).
But Yahweh's purpose is to reunite them. This is made abundantly clear over and over again in the Scriptures. In Ezekiel 37 :16-20, for instance,

Moreover thou son of man, take thee one stick and write upon it, For Judah, and the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for ALL the House of Israel his companions. And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand. And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not show us what thou meanest by these? Say unto them, Thus saith Yahweh Elohim; Behold I will take the stick of Joseph which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah and will make them one stick, and they shall be one in Mine hand. And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.

Another reference to this future reunion is in Hosea 1 :10-11,

Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass that in the place where it was said unto them, ye are not My people, there it shall be said unto them, ye are the sons of the living Elohim. THEN shall the children of Judah AND the children of Israel be gathered together and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up out of the land: for great shall be the day of Jezreel (Armageddon).

    What separates Judah and Israel today is the failure of the Jews to accept the Messiah (Zechariah 11:7-14); however, Zechariah 13 looks forward to His acceptance by the Jews. Still another allusion to this same reconfederation of Israel (l0 tribes) and Judah (two tribes) occurs in Revelation 13 where the beast with the ten horns (an expanded NATO, perhaps) Rev. 13:1 is fully supported and upheld by the beast with the two horns (Judah and Benjamin i.e. the State of Israel of today) Rev. 13:11-12. The situation at present is complicated to describe because the Jews are now calling themselves "Israel" on the theory that they are all that are left of the entire twelve tribes.

Saul ("Paul") certainly was fully aware that the other ten tribes were included in the plan. Before Agrippa he said, 

And now I stand and am judged for the hope of the promise made by Yahweh unto our fathers Unto which promise our TWELVE tribes instantly serving Yahweh day and night might hope to come. For which hope's sake, King Agrippa, I am accused by the Jews. Acts 26:6-7

We have already mentioned in Chapter X the fact that Saul quoted Hosea about the ten tribes whom the King James Version call "gentiles" (i.e. nations) in Romans 9:24-33. In directing the missionary efforts of the disciples, the Savior told them where to go and where not to go:

These twelve Yahshua sent forth, and commanded them, saying, Go not into the way of the Gentiles and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not. (Samaria was then inhabited by the people from Asia imported by Tiglath Pileser and other kings II Kings 17:24) But go rather to the lost sheep of the house of Israel (the bulk of whom were still massed "beyond the Euphrates" according to Josephus, Chapter VIII above). Matthew 10:5-6

Peter echoes this in Acts 2:36

Therefore let ALL the House of Israel know assuredly that Yahweh hath made the same Yahshua, whom ye have crucified, both king and Messiah.

And Luke, further quotes the Savior looking forward to the future Kingdom of Heaven on earth, saying,

That ye may eat and drink at My table in My Kingdom and sit on thrones judging the TWELVE tribes of Israel Luke 22:30.

James addresses a letter not to the two tribes, the Jews, but as follows:

James a servant of Yahweh and of Yahshua the Messiah, To the TWELVE tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting. James 1:1

And is it not significant that in Revelation, 144,000 were sealed, from ALL of the tribes of the children of Israel, being twelve thousand from each of the TWELVE tribes, Revelation 7:3-8. As we have indicated before, practically every book of the Bible relates some part of this same message. In Genesis, when Jacob is dying he has a vision of his twelve sons' descendants at the end of the age, or "in the last days". His vision appears to be in complete harmony with what we know of the Western nations today; and it is in keeping with what Moses predicted in Deuteronomy 33 when he foresaw their future characteristics.




Please Pray For the ShaLOM of IeRUShaLeM! It must be preserved for the lost sheep of the Scattered Tribes.
Both Houses of The Twelve Tribes of the Scattered Sheep of the Children of IeShRaEL

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