THE LOST TEN TRIBES OF ISRAEL – AND WHERE YOU MIGHT FIT IN
By David Ben Yakov
© 2007 David Ben Yakov
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When I was a kid in school our teachers would go through strenuous exercises to get us to follow directions. Our parents would do the same thing. My dad would stress that when we entered into agreements that we read the whole of the agreement because, as he would say, there is always some obscure clause that could ensnare us should we not see it and contest it before we sign the agreement. Even today this is done many times when legislators write bills that they would like passed. They tend to tack on little clauses to their bills that don’t pertain to the subject matter of the bill. They are banking on the notion that the other legislators will not read the bill and they will vote for the pertinent purpose of the bill unaware that there are improprieties in the proposed law. It is a good thing that there are watchdog organizations whose sole purpose is to scour through proposed legislation and that they find these things and call attention to them before the bills come to the floor to be voted upon.
Getting back to my teachers, they would do many things to make us think. One of the methods that they would use is that they would tell us to read ALL of the instructions in a certain document before we acted upon the assignment. For instance, there might be a test where there might be twenty things in a list for us to perform. The last requirement on the list of instructions would say that all that we needed to do is requirement number three. Many were the times when the majority of kids in the class would answer or perform the first nineteen tasks only to find out that the twentieth would tell us that number three was the only thing that we needed to do. Needless to say that there were many who felt duped and they got mad because they did a lot unnecessary work. The lesson we get from this sort of thing is that we cannot know the full scope of the literature until we read all of it.
A prime example of this would be what we see in the scripture in the form of what happened with the ministry of Yeshua and the response of many of the elders of Israel to Yeshua’s ministry. It is clear that there are two comings of one Messiah mentioned in the Prophets of Scripture. One of Messiah’s purposes was to come and put an end to sin, as mentioned in Daniel. Let’s take a look at this scripture:
“Seventy weeks are determined For your people and for your holy city, To finish the transgression, To make an end of sins, To make reconciliation for iniquity, To bring in everlasting righteousness, To seal up vision and prophecy, And to anoint the Most Holy. “Know therefore and understand, That from the going forth of the command To restore and build Jerusalem Until Messiah the Prince, There shall be seven weeks and sixty-two weeks; The street shall be built again, and the wall, Even in troublesome times. “And after the sixty-two weeks Messiah shall be cut off, but not for Himself; And the people of the prince who is to come Shall destroy the city and the sanctuary. The end of it shall be with a flood, And till the end of the war desolations are determined. Daniel 9:24-26
The other coming of Messiah is the future coming, the one when He will come back to physically take dominion of the Earth and to bring the Millennium of peace and righteousness to the world, to rule with a rod of iron. The Jewish leaders of Yeshua’s day were looking for a physical deliverance; a Messiah who would vanquish the Romans and establish His earthly kingdom, but like Yeshua lamented, they did not notice the time of their visitation, so the Jewish leaders along with the Romans crucified the Messiah. We have to realize too that this was Yeshua’s fate, His being the Father’s sacrifice and the establishment of a New Covenant for all who would believe in His Lamb and the Sacrifice of the Lamb of God. There were some like Nicodemus who read down to requirement number 20 and saw that they needed only to complete task number three. These people saw Yeshua for who He was, the one who would grant salvation from sin to all who believed in Him.
The purpose of our article today is to recall a promise that Yahweh made to Abraham and made again to Isaac and later to Jacob. The promise, which we will examine must be based on the truth that Yahweh means what He says and says what He means. In other words, Yahweh doesn’t lie and he doesn’t exaggerate. He is not one who is prone to embellishment nor is He puffed up. He performs His will and He executes His plans down to the very last detail.
For verily I say unto you, Till heaven and earth pass, one jot or one tittle shall in no wise pass from the law, till all be fulfilled. Matthew 5:18 KJV
Yeshua was saying in effect, that each crossing of a “t” or the dotting of an “i” will be fulfilled. Some Rabbis have an intuitive saying about what will transpire when Messiah comes. They say that they cannot really interpret the true meaning of scripture, but their assertion is that “But when He comes He will not only interpret the passages, He will interpret the very words, the very letters, He will even interpret the spaces between the letters!” Yeshua’s statement along with what the Rabbi’s believe should give credence to the seriousness that Yahweh takes about His Word and His promise to fulfill His Word.
So what exactly did Yahweh say to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that will impact our study today? What did He say that the world and lukewarm Christians could question or even doubt in His promise to the three patriarchs? All we need to do is to look at scripture to see exactly what was said, and the promises that Yahweh made to our patriarchs. To Abraham, Yahweh said the following:
And the LORD said to Abram, after Lot had separated from him: “Lift your eyes now and look from the place where you are—northward, southward, eastward, and westward; for all the land which you see I give to you and your descendants forever. And I will make your descendants as the dust of the earth; so that if a man could number the dust of the earth, then your descendants also could be numbered. Genesis 13:14-16 NKJV
And He also told Abraham:
And he brought him forth abroad, and said, Look now toward heaven, and tell the stars, if thou be able to number them: and he said unto him, So shall thy seed be. Genesis 15:5 NKJV
And after Yahweh stopped Abraham from offering his son Isaac in sacrifice to Yahweh; Yahweh told Abraham:
Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son—blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. Genesis 22:15-17 NKJV
He promised that Abraham’s descendants would be so numerous that they would not be able to be numbered. It is interesting to notice that a promise is made that those descendants will possess the “gate” of their enemies. Note that “gate” is singular and enemies is plural. He is talking about one gate of many enemies. Could this be a reference to the gate to the abyss? Jude (Judah), Jesus’ brother wrote about the inhabitants that are imprisoned behind that gate:
And the angels which kept not their first estate, but left their own habitation, he hath reserved in everlasting chains under darkness unto the judgment of the great day. Jude 1:6 KJV
Remember that Paul tells us that we will someday judge angels, and these fallen angels are reserved in chains in darkness until the day of their judgment. Just a speculation, but it’s noteworthy.
Know ye not that we shall judge angels? how much more things that pertain to this life? 1 Corinthians 6:3 KJV
What About Ishmael?
There are some who might link the lineage of Ishmael with the promises of uncountable offspring, but this specific promise is made long after Ishmael is sent off with his mother Hagar to live elsewhere. There are specific promises to Ishmael as we see in the following passages. The first promise is to Abraham:
And as for Ishmael, I have heard thee: Behold, I have blessed him, and will make him fruitful, and will multiply him exceedingly; twelve princes shall he beget, and I will make him a great nation. Genesis 17:20 KJV
The second promise is made by an angel of Yahweh to Hagar when she had given up all hope and while she and Ishmael were perishing in the wilderness:
Arise, lift up the lad, and hold him in thine hand; for I will make him a great nation. Genesis 21:18 KJV
The promises made to Ishmael are separate and in lieu of the blessings that were given to Abraham regarding his seed that would be passed on through Isaac. Ishmael did produce twelve princes and they populated many of the areas of Arabia and other adjacent lands. His heritage has been lost over the years and although many of the Arabic speaking people claim a heritage from Ishmael their claims cannot be substantiated.
The lands of the Middle East have been conquered many times by many nations and the blood of those conquerors has mingled with Ishmael’s blood, so much so that if their claims are at all true, there is most likely very little Ishmaelite DNA in the claimants. What little blood relationship that would exist would be mingled by Babylonian, Mede, Persian, Egyptian, Greek and Roman blood running through their veins, not to mention those who followed; the European Crusaders, the Ottoman Turks and later even the colonial powers of England and France.
Continuing With The Messianic Line:
After Abraham, came his son Isaac whom Yahweh reaffirmed His covenant with Abraham’s seed through his second son, Isaac:
And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and will give unto thy seed all these countries; and in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed; Genesis 26:4 KJV
Yahweh makes the same promise to Isaac that He made to Abraham, but he expands His promise a bit more. Yahweh promises Isaac all of the surrounding countries and He promises that through Isaac’s seed that all of the nations will be blessed. There is a double meaning in the last part of the promise. Both parts of the promise are prophetic and both have occurred, both still occurring today.
The first part of the prophetic message was the promise of Mashiach coming through Isaac’s line. Yeshua’s ancestral line has a direct link to Isaac of which there is absolutely no doubt. We’ll examine the second part of the prophecy farther down in this study.
Isaac and Rebecca had twin sons, one being Esau and the other being Jacob. Scripture says that Esau was born first but Jacob followed so closely that he was able to grab Esau’s heel during the process. Rebecca received a prophecy from Yahweh that the children represented two nations and two different peoples, and that the elder would serve the younger. Esau wasn’t the brightest light in the pack of bulbs and one day he sold his birthright to Jacob for a bowl of soup. Later, Rebecca convinced Jacob to impersonate his brother to their blind father. The plan succeeded and Isaac gave Jacob the blessing that would have gone to his firstborn son. There’s no doubt that Rebecca had Yahweh’s promise to her on her mind when she had Jacob perform this daring fete. Esau became mad and fearing that his brother would kill him Jacob fled to Mesopotamia. On the way to his destination he was given a promise by Yahweh:
And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed. Genesis 28:14 KJV
Again Yahweh affirms that Jacob’s seed will be a blessing to all people of the earth. Another prophetic blessing is given and this time Yahweh tells that he will disperse Jacob’s seed in all four directions, basically telling him that his seed is going to live all over the world.
Now we have seen how Yahweh promised some very wonderful blessings to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, but when did these things occur, or are they still events that will occur in the future. Well, as we mentioned above, the world has been blessed by one specific person, Yeshua Ha Mashiach, who was of Abraham’s seed; a son of Jacob and Judah and yes, even Levi, both Jacob’s sons. But Yahweh told Jacob that he would go all over the earth in all four directions. We’ll look at that soon, but we have to see a couple of other things first. There are a two more things that play into this whole thing.
We know that Jacob, whom Yahweh later named Israel had twelve sons by four wives. The 12 sons of Israel (Jacob) were: Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher and Joseph. However, Reuben lost his rights as firstborn by defiling Jacob’s bed (Genesis 35:22; 49:3-4). In Reuben and Joseph’s place, Joseph’s two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, became tribes of Israel (Genesis 48:5-6). As a result, the twelve tribes became Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulun, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Ephraim and Manasseh. However, if we look at the sons who are listed in the Book of Revelation, the sons who are important to the “last days,” and the playing out of the final victory of Yahweh, the names are different, being; Judah, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph and Benjamin. It is interesting that for the first time that I can ascertain, Joseph is listed as a tribe along with his son Manasseh. The tribes of Dan and Ephraim are missing from the list in Revelation. Why this is, only Yahweh knows and if He determines to choose twelve thousand from each of these tribes during the time of Jacob’s Trouble, that is His business.
When Solomon died and Rehoboam (at or around 926 BC) became the king there was a civil war and ten of the tribes moved north to form what was known as Israel and two of the tribes, Judah and Benjamin (along with most of Levi) stayed in the south and effectively became known as Judah. The northern tribes of Israel deteriorated quite quickly and adopted the worship of false gods and it wasn’t too long before they started to war with the Kingdom of Assyria. As a punishment from Yahweh, He allowed the Assyrians to conquer Israel and they were dispersed to never return again to the land. Several years later Judah decayed and worshipped false gods and Yahweh allowed Babylon to conquer them and to take them back to Babylon as slaves, but with the promise that they would return after seventy years. After the allotted years had expired some of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin and Levi returned to Judah, but some stayed in Babylon, never to return.
Of course, there was another dispersion of Judah that came in two waves. In 70 AD there was a revolt in Judea and the Romans sent legions of soldiers who captured Jerusalem after a long siege, at which time they destroyed the Temple and most of Jerusalem. The final dispersion of Judah came in 135 AD after the Bar Kochba revolt. At this time most of Jews in the land were exiled to other lands and not allowed to return. The Romans rebuilt Jerusalem and named it Aelia Capitolina, erected a temple to Jupiter where the temple of Yahweh once stood, and they even declared an edict that no circumcised person could enter the city. If anyone circumcised did enter the city they were put to death. The Romans renamed the province Palestinia as a final affront to the Jews because Palestinia was the Roman name for the Philistines, the Jews’ long time enemy. This sort of clarifies a little the whole modern day “Palestinian” issue.
We know where Judah, Benjamin and Levi were exiled to and we know that some came back from Babylon, but some stayed there. Many speculate that the “Wise Men” in the Gospel accounts were Jews from Babylon who might have read the stars to tell the future, but they probably were very familiar with Daniel’s prophecy which gave a mathematical formula for when the Messiah would be “cut off” for the people. Personally, I think that they were prophets who knew scripture and that their following of the star of Bethlehem was just an added bonus for them to find the exact location of the child Yeshua. We know too where the Romans dispersed the Jews at both of their dispersions. They were dispersed throughout most of the known Roman world; throughout Europe, north Africa and parts of the Middle East. Over the past sixty years the descendants of Judah, Benjamin and Levi have been returning to the Eretz Israel, but where are the other ten tribes?
Many books have been written and many doctrines have been developed about the fate of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel. For the sake of this study, we will not delve very deep into the hundreds of speculations as to the location of the Tribes. We will sort of skim over this subject because although it is a fascinating study, it is very deep and we only need to know a little about this for our research. Basically, in the ancient days, when one power conquered another power they would remove the indigenous people from their lands and replace them with people that they conquered elsewhere. In the case of the conquered Israeli tribes this was the case. People were brought in from other areas and placed into Israel, many of which came to be known as Samaritans. The new residents intermingled with the Jews who remained in the land accepting some Jewish tradition and religious habits, but retaining many of their own. This is why the Jews of Yeshua’s day disliked the Samaritans so much. They viewed them as a pollution or corruption of Israel.
Again, without going very deep into dispersion studies, we have ascertained the following information. There are small tribes all over Asia, some who are overtly Jewish by tradition, and some who have customs that are similar to Jewish traditions. Tribes in India claim to come from exiled Israel. The Bene Ephraim in southern India claim to be descendants of Ephraim while the Bene Menashe from northeast India claim to be descendants of the Tribe of Manasseh. Then there are the Bukharan Jews from Persia who claim to be Descendants of Ephraim. The Pashtun people from Afghanistan claim to be one of the Lost Tribes of Israel. The Kashmiri people also traditionally trace their ancestry back to the Lost Tribes of Israel. The Chiang Min people of northwestern China claim to be descendants of Abraham. The Makuya sect of Japan believes that there are many parallels between ancient Japanese culture and Biblical practice and that these parallels indicate a Lost Tribes origin for many aspects of Japanese religion and culture.
Some peoples from Africa claim to descend from Israel. The Falashas from Ethiopia, who have ancestry derived from the union between Solomon and the Queen of Sheba also have a population that says that it comes from the Tribe of Dan. The Igbo Jews of Nigeria claim that they come from five tribes of Israel; Ephraim, Manasseh, Levi, Zebulun and Gad. Another group from Ghana, called “The House of Israel,” claims to come from the lost tribes. The Lemba tribe from Southern Africa claims to be descended from a lost tribe which fled from modern Yemen and journeyed south to where they are now.
Tradition holds that some of the tribes were relocated to the Caucasus area of Eurasia and many scholars associate the ancient Scythians with the lost tribes. Some who have studied the Lost Tribes have traced their movements from the Caucasus through what is in modern times Southern Russia and then into Eastern and Western Europe. There would have been hundreds of years for migration to Europe proper and it is possible that these tribes were already present in Europe centuries before their brothers from Judah, Benjamin and Levi were exiled there. Many people in Denmark and people around the world of Danish descent claim to belong to the Tribe of Dan. Interestingly enough, during World War Two, when the Germans were rounding up Jews all over Europe many Danes risked their lives to hide them. King Christian X was an interesting man who reigned during the war. During a conversation with his finance minister, Vilhelm Buhl, when the subject was raised about the possibility that the Germans would press the Danish government to force the Jews to wear the golden star on their garments, the King remarked, “perhaps then we should all wear it.” This was a fine gesture of solidarity with the Jewish people, but in addition, perhaps his comment sheds light on the origins of the Danish people, a very ancient Hebrew origin.
The Jewish Bible, called the Tanakh is broken up into three divisions. The first division is called the Torah, or The Law of Moses. It consists of the Five Books of Moses; the first five books of all Christian and Jewish Bibles. The second division is called The Nevi-im; Nevi being the Hebrew word for prophet and the “im” suffix makes the word plural, so the Tanakh section called Neviim, is the Prophets. The third division is called the Ketuvim, or the writings. The Ketuvim consist of all of the historical books as well as the poetic books and strangely enough it contains Daniel which the Jewish sages of the past thought to be a historical book rather than a prophetic one.
When Yahweh addresses the Israelites in the prophetical books He uses many different names, but there are three main categories. Before the civil war and the breakup of the kingdom he referred to the people as a whole, calling them Israel. After the breakup he referred to the southern kingdom was comprised of Judah, Benjamin and some of Levi, calling them all “Judah.” The ten tribes that separated themselves from the monarchy were called Israel. Interestingly enough, when Yahweh makes reference of Judah and Israel when the time of the dispersal of each has ended, He refers to them again corporately as Israel, or The House of Israel. We now have to look at those scriptures to see this very thing. Yahweh, speaking through Jeremiah said the following:
“Therefore behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “that it shall no more be said, ‘The LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘The LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north and from all the lands where He had driven them.’ For I will bring them back into their land which I gave to their fathers. Jeremiah 16:14-15 NKJV
In the scripture above Yahweh is saying that in the day when that scripture will be fulfilled the people who echo the words of the passage will not identify the homecoming as the deliverance from Egyptian bondage, but as a homecoming from a dispersion. The four hundred year stay in Egypt came about as a willful move by free men who were facing a famine to a land where food was plentiful and where they could be sustained. The dispersions of Israel by the Assyrians, and Judah by the Babylonians and later the Romans came about as a judgment by Yahweh because of unfaithfulness and unbelief. Yahweh thought the word given via Jeremiah so important, He issued it again a few years later:
“Therefore, behold, the days are coming,” says the LORD, “that they shall no longer say, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up the children of Israel from the land of Egypt,’ but, ‘As the LORD lives who brought up and led the descendants of the house of Israel from the north country and from all the countries where I had driven them.’ And they shall dwell in their own land.” Jeremiah 23:7-8 NKJV
Above, Yahweh is again saying that in the last days there would be no distinction between Israel and Judah, but that they would be the Twelve Tribes that would be called back to the Eretz Israel (the Land of Israel). There are some who will still assert that Yahweh is speaking to Judah, stating that the Ten Lost Tribes are exactly that, lost and that they will be lost forever. Scriptures like the following one help to prove that assertion wrong:
“Hear the word of the LORD, O nations, And declare it in the isles afar off, and say, ‘He who scattered Israel will gather him, And keep him as a shepherd does his flock.’ Jeremiah 31:10 NKJV
The underlined words above are very important. Yahweh knows those whom He scattered and who He will gather again. The wordage of the scripture is interesting in that the word “him” is indicative of a singularity. In other words, if He was just talking about Judah the word “them” might be applied better to indicate a single group of people. When Yahweh is using the “him” to describe those whom He will gather, He is denoting that He will gather Israel, all the descendants, families and tribes of Israel. This is exemplified by the next scripture:
For in mine holy mountain, in the mountain of the height of Israel, saith the Lord GOD, there shall all the house of Israel, all of them in the land, serve me: there will I accept them, and there will I require your offerings, and the firstfruits of your oblations, with all your holy things. Ezekiel 20:40 NKJV
In the ancient Middle East it was tradition for all the family, meaning the children, their husbands and wives and their children and grandchildren to all be under one banner. So what Yahweh was saying in the scripture above is that Israel’s house, all of his sons and their descendants, known as clans or tribes would all serve Him, in this case that location being Jerusalem, Yahweh’s Holy Mountain. Here we again see ALL of the tribes incorporated into one entity, that entity is Israel. The next scripture reiterates just that fact:
“Then say to them, ‘Thus says the Lord GOD: “Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again. Ezekiel 37:21-22 NKJV
In order for Yahweh to be able to make them all “one nation” again there has to be more than one entity. Simply put, Yahweh is going to incorporate the twelve tribes into one nation again. In the next passage we see that the Ten Lost Tribes are lost only to the memory of mankind, but Yahweh knows where everyone is and where he has driven them off to:
O Lord, righteousness belongs to You, but to us shame of face, as it is this day—to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem and all Israel, those near and those far off in all the countries to which You have driven them, because of the unfaithfulness which they have committed against You. Daniel 9:7 NKJV
In the following passage Yahweh talks again about His people Israel, the culmination of all twelve tribes:
I will bring back the captives of My people Israel; They shall build the waste cities and inhabit them; They shall plant vineyards and drink wine from them; They shall also make gardens and eat fruit from them. I will plant them in their land, And no longer shall they be pulled up From the land I have given them,” Says the LORD your God. Amos 9:14-15 NKJV
In Micah, Yahweh calls the Twelve Tribes not just by Israel, but He makes the distinction that He is calling back the very sons of Jacob. By doing this there can be no doubt that He isn’t just calling back the southern tribes of Judah, Benjamin and Levi, but He is calling back ALL of the sons of Jacob, or a remnant of each of the tribes:
“I will surely assemble all of you, O Jacob, I will surely gather the remnant of Israel; I will put them together like sheep of the fold, Like a flock in the midst of their pasture; They shall make a loud noise because of so many people. Micah 2:12 NKJV
In the New Covenant the Apostle Paul mentions that there will come a time when all of Israel will be saved, and that the deliverer will take ungodliness away from Jacob, meaning all twelve tribes of Jacob:
And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob Romans 11:26 KJV
Finally, we have the certification of the Apostle John who was shown by Yeshua all that would transpire at the “end of days.” One of the things that he saw was the sanctification of 144000 people; all descendants of Israel, or Jacob, and recognize that there are twelve thousand from each tribe, even the supposedly Lost Ten Tribes:
And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel. Revelation 7:4 KJV
We have seen some pretty good evidence that in the last days it will be revealed to people all over the world that they have the blood of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob coursing through their veins. It will have to be of some sort of divine revelation to each individual. We saw earlier that there are some peoples in Africa and Asia that believe that they descend from particular tribes that are known to be lost tribes. Whether they are accurate in their assertions can only be confirmed by El Elyon Himself. He is the only one who knows everything and the personal histories of every person alive know or who ever lived. I do not doubt the claims of these peoples. Let’s face it, that in a world that has hated the descendants of Jacob simply because of their heritage or faith, it would not be the wisest lie to tell considering the possible consequences should a wave of hatred toward Jews suddenly arise again. These claims are made because of tradition passed down through the millennia and should be taken at face value.
We should take just a little time to bring into the picture, just for explanation sake, two schools of thought that are dangerous. These doctrines are based mostly on scriptures that are found in Genesis and Jeremiah, which are taken out of context. Let’s look at the scripture in Genesis:
The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. Genesis 49:10 KJV
A septre (scepter) is a staff or baton borne by a sovereign as an emblem of authority. The scripture is saying that there will always be a King of Judah to sit on the throne. It is saying that there will always be a heir to the throne of David, a recognizable heir to the throne. Seeing that Messiah Yeshua came from the Tribe of Judah “Shiloh,” can be rendered as He, so the scripture is saying that The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor the lawgiver from between his feet until He shall come, to whom the sceptre and dominion belongs, and unto Him shall the gathering of the people be.”
The scripture in Jeremiah says the same thing:
“For thus says the LORD: ‘David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel; nor shall the priests, the Levites, lack a man to offer burnt offerings before Me, to kindle grain offerings, and to sacrifice continually.’” Jeremiah 33:17 NKJV
The contention of some people is that there has to be a physical “blood line” king alive at all times to guard and possess the Throne of David. They contend that the line was passed down physically and then in the dispersion of the Jews by the Romans that, heir was banished to the European part of the Roman Empire. As the centuries progressed that royal line moved east from country to country until it found a home in Britain (some say Ireland). Most of these people contend that the throne of David has been passed down through British royalty over the past several hundred years and that it resides with the current house of Windsor.
Another group or sect, known as “British Israelists” take things even farther, stating in effect that Great Britain consist solely as the Lost Tribes of Israel, and that since Britain and her offspring, America, have become great nations (as promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob) that this greatness is a fulfillment of scripture. Both of these doctrines lead to a heresy that is called “replacement theology.” In essence, Replacement Theology contends that God has written off the Jewish people forever and that Christianity has replaced Judaism in birthright both spiritually and naturally. It should be noted that all of the peoples, nations and empires that have persecuted and murdered the Jewish people subscribed to Replacement Theology.
That the replacement theologists should use Jeremiah 33:17 in error is a sad thing. First of all, Yahweh said through Jeremiah that Israel would never lack a “MAN” sitting the throne. The sovereign of Great Britain is Queen Elizabeth; a woman, which pretty well negates that claim. Second of all, we see that in Revelation, Yeshua wears the following title:
And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. He Himself treads the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 16 And He has on His robe and on His thigh a name written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS. Revelation 19:15-16 NKJV
Some would argue that since his title is “King of Kings,” that He will be some sort of super king who will reign over lower kings and this might be true to some extent, but He also rules over every man, from the most lofty king to the lowest of peasant. The title is used of other earthly kings who ruled over their kingdoms as well as subjugated kingdoms, as was the case with Nebuchadnezzar (Ezek. 26:7 and Daniel 2:37) as well as Artaxerxes in Ezra 7:12
As an added bonus, we will throw into the mix another scripture that shows that Yeshua is King of Kings, and the only potentate (King or sovereign):
I urge you in the sight of God who gives life to all things, and before Christ Jesus who witnessed the good confession before Pontius Pilate, that you keep this commandment without spot, blameless until our Lord Jesus Christ’s appearing, which He will manifest in His own time, He who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, dwelling in unapproachable light, whom no man has seen or can see, to whom be honor and everlasting power. Amen. 1 Timothy 6:13-16 NKJV
The scripture in Jeremiah 33 also says that the priests and Levites of Israel would never lack someone to offer up sacrifices. The Beit Ha Mikdash (Holy Temple) was destroyed in 70 AD and since then there have been no sacrifices. Well, either Yahweh is a liar, or He made other provisions to continue the priesthood and sacrifice. We see such a provision, taught to us by the Apostle Paul in his book to the Hebrew Church in Jerusalem:
But Christ came as High Priest of the good things to come, with the greater and more perfect tabernacle not made with hands, that is, not of this creation. Not with the blood of goats and calves, but with His own blood He entered the Most Holy Place once for all, having obtained eternal redemption. For if the blood of bulls and goats and the ashes of a heifer, sprinkling the unclean, sanctifies for the purifying of the flesh, how much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered Himself without spot to God, cleanse your conscience from dead works to serve the living God? And for this reason He is the Mediator of the new covenant, by means of death, for the redemption of the transgressions under the first covenant, that those who are called may receive the promise of the eternal inheritance. Hebrews 9:11-15 NKJV
Simply put, Yeshua is both the King on David’s throne and the High Priest. He is alive forevermore so He has fulfilled the requirement for thousands of years. He is the one to whom the septre belongs and since He rose from the dead and lives forever then there is forever a man on David’s throne and there a priest who can satisfy the requirements of the priesthood forever. Furthermore, since the Throne of David has to be sat upon by a person from the tribe of Judah, then a representative from the Lost Ten Tribes cannot fulfill that role, thus making the claims of the British Israelists null and void.
So What In Sam Hill Are You Trying To Get At Dave?
I know that by this time you might be worn out by all of the scripture that I have presented thus far. As we move on you will see that all of those scriptures were very important and will play a roll in the final outcome of this article. Thanks for your patience so far, it will pay off.
While I do not subscribe to the false notion that the Kingly line of David came with the dispersion of Israel, I do believe that the two Diaspora’s do factor into everyone who is reading this article. If you have come this far then you are curious and if you are curious then there is a reason for your curiosity. As we mentioned before, the Lost Ten Tribes have more or less faded into obscurity. Through interbreeding with truly gentile people their blood has become mixed, but DNA markers always remain the same. Simply put, you might not know if you have any blood from the dispersed Israel or Judah, but your DNA knows for sure.
Before we go farther, I have to admit that in the rest of this article it might seem like I’m going out on a limb or that I’m pushing the envelope of what is doctrinally correct and doctrinally questionable. Please read the rest of the article in its entirety before you come to any decisions. If it is the Ruach Ha Kodesh who is showing this to me, then it it vitally important that everyone reading this will play an important role in end-time events and that they might be little pieces of a larger prophetic puzzle that Yahweh will intricately piece together.
It is pretty well a fact that the Ten Lost Tribes migrated all over the world. We saw earlier that there are people in Europe, Asia and Africa who all claim heritage from those tribes. What if however, the interbreeding of the Lost Tribes with the gentiles of these lands was much more larger in its extent. What if, just like in the Germany of the early 20th century, many people could have Jewish or Israeli ancestors. That fact would make a majority of the populations of the world of Jewish or Israeli descent. Depending on the recipient of that message, it could be either wonderful news or dreaded news. For the person who has hated the House of Israel it would be devastating because they would discover that they hated their own people for many years, or they would do like Hitler did, denying his Jewish ancestry and massacring them. Or, if a person saw the House of Israel as a blessing from Yahweh, the Apple of His Eye and His Chosen People, then the news would be accepted with excitement. Well, get ready to be excited.
Just about anyone around the world can pick up their local phone book and find at least one Jewish person listed there. We have to remember though, that the people that were dispersed by the Romans were from the tribes of Judah, Benjamin (who was mostly absorbed by Judah at that time) and Levi. All through the Bible we see promises from Yahweh that he will bring “Israel” back to their land or that on a certain day all of “Israel” will be saved. The word “saved” that is used in the scripture in Romans means two things; one, that they will be saved from imminent danger and the other meaning that there is a spiritual salvation, like one that is saved from the wrath of the Messiah on the Day of Judgment. In the context of the Romans scripture, it could mean one or the other or both. I choose to believe that it means both.
We know about how Israel will be saved from physical annihilation at the return of Yeshua. What however if there was to be a national salvation, one where specific members of all of the tribes were to be saved by the blood of Yeshua. We’ve all met people who are Jewish and are Christians, like Jews for Jesus and others, but we have to remember that these people are members of Judah or perhaps Levi, not the other ten tribes. However what if, by “all Israel will be saved,” Paul was talking about actual members from all twelve tribes becoming Born Again believers in Yeshua? That would be awesome, right!?
Now, let’s look at a few of other scriptures that tie into this scenario quite nicely. At the risk of being labeled a Calvinist I present these scriptures:
Before I formed thee in the belly I knew thee; and before thou camest forth out of the womb I sanctified thee, and I ordained thee a prophet unto the nations. Jeremiah 1:5 KJV
According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love: Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to himself, according to the good pleasure of his will Ephesians 1:4 KJV
In whom also we have obtained an inheritance, being predestinated according to the purpose of him who worketh all things after the counsel of his own will: Ephesians 1:11 KJV
The beast that thou sawest was, and is not; and shall ascend out of the bottomless pit, and go into perdition: and they that dwell on the earth shall wonder, whose names were not written in the book of life from the foundation of the world, when they behold the beast that was, and is not, and yet is. Revelation 17:8 NKJV
After reading the preceding scriptures we can come to only two conclusions; first, that Jeremiah, Paul, John and the angel that spoke to John were all heretics, or, there are people who are predestined to become believers in Yeshua and there are people who are not. We still have to preach to everyone, because that is the commandment of Yeshua, but predestination sure explains why some of the people we witness to just never get the message into their hearts.
I’d like to take an aside for just a moment to clarify something. I am inserting this paragraph after I have read through this article. After reading through it a couple of times I came to the conclusion that there are people who are going to read this article who might think that I hold North America, or the United States up to be some sort of vehicle of El Elyon and that the United States is better than all other lands.
Some might also get the impression that I think that Christians in the US are better than other Christians or that we’re called out to be more esteemed than other believers. Those things are quite opposed to my opinions of my nation; a country filled with the disease and decay of sin and which will soon come under the full judgment of El Elyon. Frankly, we’re a mess; apostate in just about every sense of the word so I could never think that the US is better than any other land. Also, the church in the US is quite apostate and it is becoming more so every day, month and year, so I could in no way put the American church up on a pedestal above all others. As a matter of fact, I request that you pray for the church in America, because it is only by a joint effort in prayer with all of the brothers and sisters around the world that this nation might repent and become righteous again in Yahweh’s eyes. I do think however, that Canada, the United States and Mexico were used for a little while to gather a large amount of Yahweh’s elect (a remnant so to speak) but that He will soon be calling us out to other lands and for sure that He will be calling us out, along with the remnant from other nations, to Eretz Israel (the Land of Israel) just like He promised so many times in the prophetical books. I hope that this explains what you have read so far and what you will read, and that you will see that the Delusion Resistance is in no way and American Elitist organization. May Yahweh bless you as you read on.
So now, since we are predestined, wouldn’t it make sense that many of the events that occur in our lives have been predestined too? What about the forming of some nations; are they also predestined? Lets take the United States for example; only because I live here and I know the history pretty well. For about one hundred and fifty years the US has been the melting pot of the world. People from every nation on earth have immigrated here, some by their free will and others against their will. What if the US was actually a melting pot, not just for the downtrodden masses of the world, but a gathering place for the Remnant of the Lost Tribes of Israel?
The first immigrants to what is now the United States were the Pilgrims from England. They wanted freedom to worship Yahweh without the dictates and persecution of the Anglican Church. After the Pilgrims the English settled in the New World and the French did so at the same time. Germans and Irish and Danes followed suit. All of these nations housed the remnant of the Lost Tribes of Israel, and Judah who was dispersed by the Romans. The Dutch and the English brought the slaves from West Africa and incidentally, the slaves came from areas that would later become Ghana and Nigeria. As we saw earlier, this area of West Africa is the home of at least three tribes that claim kinship with the Lost House of Israel. Please understand that by making the next statement I am no endorsing slavery or it’s practice because making any man a slave, I feel is an abhorrence to Yahweh. However, what if bringing the black populations of West Africa to North America was a plan that Yahweh had to bring the Remnant of the Lost Tribes of Israel, who lived in West Africa to the land where He was bringing the tribe members from other nations. This idea may just be a whim, but who knows. But, when you think of all of the continent of Africa from where the slavers could have gotten slaves for the Colonies, they just happened to pick the areas where the Lost Tribes of Israel are located. This sounds like more than just coincidence to me.
If this is true, then why did Yahweh move many of the Lost Tribe of Israel to the United States and Canada? What possible reason could He have for doing this? To answer that we first have to ask the question of, “where else was there to go?” Europe had been ravaged by wars and hatred for centuries. The Roman Catholic and Orthodox Churches didn’t just exist as a church, they also wielded political sway and they didn’t like protestants and those who questioned church authority. We can see the Christian Church today in Europe and it is on life support while the population there is demanding that the life support be turned off so that the patient can die. My ancestors came from all over Europe; Denmark, Germany, Poland, Italy and Austria and from what I’ve read about them they did not have great lives in Europe. They hated Europe so much that not one of them ever bothered to pass down information about the family that remained in Europe. I cannot pinpoint any towns were ancestors were from and became exhausted trying to find any information on them; except for one family in Germany who wrote briefly and who stopped writing after a short introduction period.
Yahweh didn’t choose the continent of Africa to locate His Remnant and maybe the reason is that there was already a large population of people there and the same might be true for the Asian continent. Australia was a good choice but except for the eastern third of that land and the coastlines, the continent is quite inhospitable to large populations. South and Central America were pretty well out of the question because the Spanish had colonized those areas and they introduced Catholicism which, as European history had proved, was many times hostile to Bible believing Christians. The best choice was North America, which was, for the most part sparsely populated. The forests were rich with trees for housing and the land was superb for farming. The land was teeming with game and the rivers and lakes were filled with fish. Under the ground there was ample resources of minerals and ores for manufacturing. There was another factor that gets overlooked many times. Each year it seems that more and more evidence surfaces showing that a population of members of the Lost Tribes of Israel came to North America long before Europeans ever dreamed that there was a New World. I am not trying to promote Mormon theology nor am I trying to say that there was a significant Hebrew civilization in North America at any time before the present, but in all probability any Hebrews who came here and decided to stay were probably absorbed into the indigenous community. We have to remember that they are called the “Lost Tribes of Israel,” heretofore they have been assimilated into every indigenous population that they have dwelt among. Just a cursory study of the ways of the Iroquois Nation of Native Americans shows many parallels to Mosaic Law, especially where rights of the individual and the nation of a whole are concerned.
An account that parallels the assimilation of the Hebrew visitors to the Native American tribes is found in the story of the Lost Colony of Roanoke Island or what we now call North Carolina. English colonists were left on the Island of Roanoke to maintain a British presence in the area. When ships again returned to the area the colony was empty and there was no sign of war or foul play. Stories abound of how the people just didn’t disappear, but either went to live with or were held by Native American tribes and later assimilated into the tribes. Other stories talk about how, when the British pressed to the inland of North Carolina they found people who looked like a mix between Caucasians and Native Americans, and some stories tell that these populations were already Christians by way of belief.
So now we move on to the next part of the equation. I think that we should recap the promise that was given to Abraham so that we can explore how it might affect all of us who have fellowship with Elohim through Yahweh Yeshua.
Then the Angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time out of heaven, and said: “By Myself I have sworn, says the LORD, because you have done this thing, and have not withheld your son, your only son—blessing I will bless you, and multiplying I will multiply your descendants as the stars of the heaven and as the sand which is on the seashore; and your descendants shall possess the gate of their enemies. Genesis 22:15-17
With this in mind we must now examine the populations of Israel throughout the first part of their history and also the populations of Judah, or the people that we commonly call Jewish. We know that when Jacob traveled to Egypt with his family there were 70 people total. According to the book of Numbers, chapter two, the number that camped around the Tabernacle of Yahweh were roughly 1,217,100 persons. That is the total population including young, adults and the elderly. In the year 48 A.D. the Roman census showed 7,000,000 Jewish people in the empire and estimates of 8 million are reasonable. Before World War Two there were about 16,728,000 Jewish souls worldwide. Today there are just over 13 million Jews (House of Judah, Benjamin and Levi) worldwide. While I lack the mathematical formula to estimate how many Jewish people have lived since Judah, Benjamin and Levi were born to Jacob, I think that it would be fair to pick an estimate of 350 million. This might be a gross overestimate to some and a gross underestimate to others, but as random numbers go, it is a good one, and when you read further you will see that this number, or any number of all the humans who have ever lived is truly insignificant.
God told all three patriarchs that their seed would number LIKE the sand of the seashore, the stars and the dust of the earth. All three of these things are impossible to number and it would be foolish to try. A mathematician with the right formula could, after adjusting for famines, plagues, pogroms, inquisitions and genocides, come pretty close to figuring the number of all Jewish (people of Judah, Benjamin and Levi) who has ever lived. It would be impossible however to calculate the number of descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel because their original numbers are not available and where they went and who they assimilated with are not readily known. Hence, if we took a wild guess and said that half of the people alive today had the genetic marker of Jacob running through their veins it would be many times more than the known Jewish population today. And we have to figure in all of the children that were stillborn or died of disease or were killed though the sin of abortion (millions in America alone) and the numbers are truly astounding. We count them because they are innocents, as are all children who have not reached the age of accountability. Most agree that this is around the age of puberty.
Once more we have to say that the number of Abraham’s descendants could never be numbered. At the beginning of this article we quoted many promise scriptures, but two of them; Genesis 13 and Genesis 15 quote Yahweh as telling Abraham that if a man could number the dust of the earth of if Abraham could number the stars in the sky, then he could come up with the number of descendants he would have. Astronomers, with the aid of telescopes have found that the number of stars is infinite. Late in the last century NASA launched the Hubble Telescope into orbit, and ever since, mankind has been viewing innumerable galaxies in the spaces between the stars. Then Yahweh told Abraham that his descendants would number as the dust of the earth. The Hebrew word for “dust,” is transliterated `aphar and it doesn’t mean dust per se, but it means all of the soil and the sand of the seashore and anything that could be thought of as soil, sand or dust. In essence, what Yahweh was telling Abraham wasn’t that the number of his descendants could be numbered, but He was telling him that it is useless to even try, so don’t waste your time. Just to put the numbers into some sort of perspective; let’s just say that if there were one billion people lined up and they were all paraded by you, and you saw each person for one second, it would take you more then thirty one and a half years to view them all. If you started on January 01, 2009, right at midnight; and you could stay awake for the whole time, you would finish somewhere around August 13th, 2050. I hope you like coffee!
The title of this article is, “And All of Israel Shall Be Saved.” What did Paul mean when he said that? The three key words in that passage are; “all,” “Israel,” and “Saved.” We’ve explored in part who Israel is but we need to explore it more and we will in just a little while. We have to jump ahead for a little bit and look at the word, “saved.”
Saved: sōzō – Strongs Reference Number: G4982
1) to save, keep safe and sound, to rescue from danger or destruction
a) one (from injury or peril)
1) to save a suffering one (from perishing), i.e. one suffering from disease, to make well, heal, restore to health
1) to preserve one who is in danger of destruction, to save or rescue
b) to save in the technical biblical sense
a) to deliver from the penalties of the Messianic judgment
b) to save from the evils which obstruct the reception of the Messianic deliverance
By looking at the definitions for “saved,” we can see that every one of them applies to the “saved” from the passage. First, we are saved from injury and peril. Just about anyone who has come to faith in Yeshua can attest that miraculous things happened in their lives before they came to a living faith in Yeshua. Stories abound of deliverance from accidents, from mayhem by people who meant us harm or by things that we did to endanger our own lives. Some have been kept from the idiotic things that they once did, that, if they were caught could have landed them in places where their lives might have been danger or where they would have been swayed into a lifestyle that would have been detrimental to the plans that Yahweh had for them.
Of course we know that there will come a time when the world and an antichrist leader will try to exterminate the descendants of Israel and Yeshua will appear to fight for them and to deliver them from what will seem like certain genocide. This will be the last time than anyone will every try to exterminate the Sons of Israel and it will lead to a millennium of peace and contentment, not only for Israeli’s, but for the rest of the world that remains after Yeshua’s return.
The second meaning for “saved” is what believers in Yeshua have called being “born again.” We saw earlier how Yeshua isn’t only the King of Israel, who has sat on the throne since He walked the earth some two thousand years ago; but He is also our High Priest who atones for our sins forever. That atonement is a further definition of the second explanation of “saved.” The messianic judgment mentioned in the definition of “saved” is talking about the Book of Life that we cited earlier in this article and can be found in Revelation, chapter 17. The Book of Life wasn’t a New Covenant concept and probably existed in the knowledge possessed by Adam and all of his righteous descendants. We know that the knowledge of a Book of Life existed around the time of the Exodus from Egypt because Moses mentions it:
Then Moses returned to the LORD and said, “Oh, these people have committed a great sin, and have made for themselves a god of gold! Yet now, if You will forgive their sin—but if not, I pray, blot me out of Your book which You have written.” And the LORD said to Moses, “Whoever has sinned against Me, I will blot him out of My book.” Exodus 32:31-33 NKJV
The Lamb’s Book of Life just doesn’t have our names in it, but probably everything that our lives are (were) about. We see King David talking about this in a psalm:
You number my wanderings; Put my tears into Your bottle; Are they not in Your book? Psalm 56:8 NKJV
David was telling Yahweh that he knew that everything that he did was in Yahweh’s Book; even every tear that he cried. But the book holds even more information about us, even before we were born:
For You formed my inward parts; You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made; Marvelous are Your works, And that my soul knows very well. My frame was not hidden from You, When I was made in secret, And skillfully wrought in the lowest parts of the earth. Your eyes saw my substance, being yet unformed. And in Your book they all were written, The days fashioned for me, When as yet there were none of them. Psalm 139:14-16 NKJV
The very vastness of Yahweh’s knowledge of us is contained in Psalm 139. There is some conjecture about the part where David talks about Yahweh forming him in the lowest parts of the earth. Some passages attribute this phrase as to talking about the wombs of our mother’s, and rightfully so because that is where Yahweh forms us. I would like to submit for peer review that this phrase goes even farther than that. I submit that it means that even when the earth was being formed, when Yahweh was making the earth (possibly from the inside to the outside) that every atom, every molecule that would someday make up King David was formed and that Yahweh knew each atom and molecule and that it would be used to make David’s physical form, and that Yahweh kept those atoms and molecules set aside for the formation of King David; the very same way that Yahweh has known the atoms and molecules that would someday form you and me.
In the Book of Revelation, John is given a tour of the Celestial City, the New Yerushalayim (Jerusalem) and in the course of the angel’s explanation of the city; he explains to John that there are some people who will be able to enter the city, and many who won’t be able to enter:
But there shall by no means enter it anything that defiles, or causes an abomination or a lie, but only those who are written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. Revelation 21:27 NKJV
Again we see the Lamb’s Book of Life, and that having one’s name written within has it’s added perks. The interesting part about all of this is that there seems to be two parts to being saved by Yeshua. In the first part the soul is saved, as we can see in the scripture:
And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:27-31 NKJV
Many believers in Yeshua stop at this point. They don’t proceed with the other things that are afforded to believers who want to become totally sold out to Yeshua. They are really not empowered and therefore they live a life in the flesh. This is that the scripture Revelation 21:27 is talking about; those who defile themselves, cause abominations, lie habitually and so on. They will have what is commonly called “fire insurance,” but they will not have blessings that sold out believers have. They will live for eternity and they will escape the fires of hell, but because they didn’t take their walk with Yeshua seriously they get in by the skin of their teeth, so to speak. The ones who will inhabit the New Yerushalayim are the ones who lived a Ruach Ha Kodesh filled life and walked in Yahweh’s precepts through the empowerment of the His Ruach.
We have now seen that “saved” has two basic meanings; a physical salvation and a spiritual one. Of the spiritual salvation there are really two salvations. The first one offers the recipient the gift of being saved from hell and eternal damnation, basically the salvation of the soul. The second part of the spiritual salvation is that of the spirit, where a person becomes “born again” in the Ruach Ha Kodesh of Yahweh and lives in intimate fellowship with Yeshua. The saved soul gets the first salvation, but the “born again” individual has his/her soul saved and also their spirit’s are redeemed allowing them to be inscribed into the Lamb’s Book of Life.
All of Israel?
When we start this section we have to again go back in history to recap who is who in regard to Israel. All twelve tribes were referred to as Israel from the time that Jacob (Israel) went to Egypt up and through the kingly reigns of David and Solomon. When Solomon died his descendants fought against one another for the throne resulting in a civil war and a divided kingdom. Judah, Benjamin (which had been absorbed by Judah for the most part) and a large portion of Levi stayed in Judah while the other ten tribes moved north to form the confederation of Israel. We should stop to realize that there was a mixing of tribal allegiances that probably caused some of Judah to move north and some of Israel to move south to abide in Judah. This was in all probability also the result of some righteous people in the Ten Northern Tribes who didn’t like the heathen practices of the Kings of The North.
In many ways this can be seen reflected in the immigration to North America by those in Europe, especially those of Protestant beliefs. Just like those in Israel moved to Judah to escape the idol worship of their northern brothers; the Protestants (and others too) moved to North America to escape the abuse of and the idol practices of the Roman Church. In the same way that those from Israel moved south because they loved the Torah (law of Moses), those who came to North America from Europe did so because they believed that they should live their lives using the Bible as their foundation rather than the dictates of the Vatican, many of which are pagan in origin. Those who were godly in Israel moved to Judah because they saw that Yahweh’s judgment would soon come to Israel because of their rebelliousness and in the same manner many who came to North America from Europe did so because they knew that Yahweh punishes idol worshippers and those who hold to “religion” rather than an intimate relationship with Yeshua Ha Mashiach. There are probably many other parallels that we won’t go into because of time and space constraints. After all, this is an article, not a book; at least not yet….smile.
Paul, in his letter to Yeshua’s believers in Rome had to address an issue that was getting out of hand. The believers in Rome were turning into believers in “Replacement Theology.” They were saying that Yahweh had rejected Israel forever and that Christians replaced Israel as the Apple of His Eye and Elohim’s Chosen People. This part of Paul’s letter to the believers in Rome is important because it helps us to identify who Israel really is. Let’s take a look at the passage and then talk a little about it:
I say then, has God cast away His people? Certainly not! For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God has not cast away His people whom He foreknew. Or do you not know what the Scripture says of Elijah, how he pleads with God against Israel, saying, “LORD, they have killed Your prophets and torn down Your altars, and I alone am left, and they seek my life”? But what does the divine response say to him? “I have reserved for Myself seven thousand men who have not bowed the knee to Baal.” Even so then, at this present time there is a remnant according to the election of grace. And if by grace, then it is no longer of works; otherwise grace is no longer grace. But if it is of works, it is no longer grace; otherwise work is no longer work. What then? Israel has not obtained what it seeks; but the elect have obtained it, and the rest were blinded. Just as it is written:
“God has given them a spirit of stupor, Eyes that they should not see And ears that they should not hear, To this very day.”
And David says:
“Let their table become a snare and a trap, A stumbling block and a recompense to them. Let their eyes be darkened, so that they do not see, And bow down their back always.”
I say then, have they stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles. Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness! For I speak to you Gentiles; inasmuch as I am an apostle to the Gentiles, I magnify my ministry, if by any means I may provoke to jealousy those who are my flesh and save some of them. For if their being cast away is the reconciling of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead? For if the firstfruit is holy, the lump is also holy; and if the root is holy, so are the branches. And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree, do not boast against the branches. But if you do boast, remember that you do not support the root, but the root supports you.
You will say then, “Branches were broken off that I might be grafted in.” Well said. Because of unbelief they were broken off, and you stand by faith. Do not be haughty, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, He may not spare you either. Therefore consider the goodness and severity of God: on those who fell, severity; but toward you, goodness, if you continue in His goodness. Otherwise you also will be cut off. And they also, if they do not continue in unbelief, will be grafted in, for God is able to graft them in again. For if you were cut out of the olive tree which is wild by nature, and were grafted contrary to nature into a cultivated olive tree, how much more will these, who are natural branches, be grafted into their own olive tree? For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in. And so all Israel will be saved, as it is written: “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, And He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob; For this is My covenant with them, When I take away their sins.”
Concerning the gospel they are enemies for your sake, but concerning the election they are beloved for the sake of the fathers. For the gifts and the calling of God are irrevocable. For as you were once disobedient to God, yet have now obtained mercy through their disobedience, even so these also have now been disobedient, that through the mercy shown you they also may obtain mercy. For God has committed them all to disobedience, that He might have mercy on all. Romans 11:11-32 NKJV
First and foremost, Paul categorically says that Yahweh hasn’t rejected Israel. He first uses two analogies about the beginning making the result holy. First he talks about a lump of dough. He was referring to the offering of dough that the priests presented to Yahweh during sacrifice. The firstfruit (the first part) of the bread was offered up to Yahweh and the rest of the loaf was to be eaten by the Levites. The firstfruits was the choice part of the loaf and the lump was the bread that was left over after the first part was offered to Yahweh. The first fruit is being equated with Israel and the bread with the Church. So, Paul was saying that it was the holiness of the dough that enabled the loaf of bread to be holy. Then Paul talks about roots and branches. The end of this paragraph is a segue to the next. Paul was saying that it is the roots of a plant that anchor it to the ground and that bring the nutrients and water from the ground to the branches. He’s referring to Israel as being the roots and all believers in Yeshua as being the branches
In the next paragraph Paul continues to use trees as an example, but he expounds on things a lot more. Paul talks about grafting, a practice that is millennia old, where parts of one plant are placed into another to create a hybrid plant. In any type of grafting the purpose is to use a hearty stock as the base stock and to use the grafted branches (scions) as the producers of the fruit. So, as the case would normally be, the wild olive would be the roots and stock while the cultivated scions would produce the fruit. In grafting, the hearty (or wild) base stock remains wild while the cultivated branches would retain their cultured characteristics. This is the natural way of doing things and it takes the best of both to yield superior fruit. Paul tells us that with Yahweh things work differently. Yahweh takes the cultivated stock (roots and base stock) and grafts the wild branches into the cultivated stock. In nature this would not be a wise idea because the fruit that would be yielded would be small and inferior; but when Yahweh grafts wild into cultivated he changes the wild branches into cultivated ones. This demonstrates how Yahweh changes people when they accept Him and become renewed by His Ruach, which is illustrated in the following scripture:
Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ… 2 Corinthians 5:17-18 NKJV
So what do we have with all of this and how does it equate to who all of Israel is? Well let’s look at things. Clearly the roots and stock are Israel, all twelve tribes of Israel. The roots and stock were the people from all of the tribes who were waiting for Mashiach and redemption through Him. When Yeshua walked the paths and roads of Israel two millennia ago and when He preached in the fields, in the cities and in Yerushalayim there were many who believed in Him as being Mashiach Nagid (Messiah the Prince) as foretold by Daniel, like we saw earlier in our study. With the coming of Mashiach, and His atoning death then the Israel that believes in Him and accepts him will bear fruit in the tree. The twelve tribes of Israel will always be the base stock and the roots because they are the foundation and nothing of lasting value is built without a foundation. The ten tribes of the northern kingdom were dispersed, but Judah returned to the land after the Babylonian exile. But what happened when they returned to the land. Sure, they built Jerusalem and they raised up another temple, but it has never been recorded that Yahweh’s glory ever came back to that temple. Judah existed like any other nation on the face of the earth, fighting off enemies and being conquered. Aside from existing, they really never did bear any fruit after the exile and they lived under oppression until they were dispersed again by the Romans in 70 AD and in totality in 135 AD.
Something really wonderful happened; Messiah came to visit and to die a ransom for our sins. When people started to accept His sacrifice and to become saved they were cut on their edges and grafted into the tree that had not produced for centuries. They were a new vitality that was given to the tree. Some were gentiles (maybe) and some were stock that was cut off of the nonproductive tree and introduced as a graft to the tree stock again. So both those from Judah and the gentiles became new creatures (scions) in the old stock. Both Jews and Gentiles became something new; a spiritual Israel, born of the Ruach of Yahweh and all becoming one in the tree-house of Yahweh that became known as the Church. Notice also how Paul says that some branches were cut off of the tree and that they can be grafted back into the tree whenever they decide to come to faith in Yeshua.
It is interesting that there are quite a few instances in the Prophets where a mention is made of a Righteous Branch. Obviously Yahweh is talking about a plant because branches belong on plants. But who is this Branch? Let’s look at the scripture:
‘Behold, the days are coming,’ says the LORD, ‘that I will perform that good thing which I have promised to the house of Israel and to the house of Judah: ‘ In those days and at that time I will cause to grow up to David A Branch of righteousness; He shall execute judgment and righteousness in the earth. In those days Judah will be saved, And Jerusalem will dwell safely. And this is the name by which she will be called: THE LORD OUR RIGHTEOUSNESS.’ “For thus says the LORD: ‘David shall never lack a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel; 18 nor shall the priests, the Levites, lack a man to offer burnt offerings before Me, to kindle grain offerings, and to sacrifice continually.’”
And the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying, “Thus says the LORD: ‘If you can break My covenant with the day and My covenant with the night, so that there will not be day and night in their season, then My covenant may also be broken with David My servant, so that he shall not have a son to reign on his throne, and with the Levites, the priests, My ministers. As the host of heaven cannot be numbered, nor the sand of the sea measured, so will I multiply the descendants of David My servant and the Levites who minister to Me.’” Moreover the word of the LORD came to Jeremiah, saying, “Have you not considered what these people have spoken, saying, ‘The two families which the LORD has chosen, He has also cast them off’? Thus they have despised My people, as if they should no more be a nation before them. “Thus says the LORD: ‘If My covenant is not with day and night, and if I have not appointed the ordinances of heaven and earth, then I will cast away the descendants of Jacob and David My servant, so that I will not take any of his descendants to be rulers over the descendants of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. For I will cause their captives to return, and will have mercy on them.’” Jeremiah 33: 14-26 NKJV
First we must note again that Yahweh promises that He will never break promises to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. He says that as sure as He has made day and night, heat and cold and as sure as the sun rises every morning, set every evening and the moon shines, then He will have a covenant with the Seed of Abraham. Let the Replacement Theologists now remain quiet.
So Yahweh is telling us that out of the base stock of Israel He will raise up a righteous branch and that He would sit on the throne of David and be our high priest. What happens when a new branch comes out of a tree? It buds and grows and after a time it produces fruit. This branch becomes a dominant growth from the root stock and becomes a very great tree because every time someone comes to believe in the Branch, they become grafted into the branch.
But again we come to the question of who exactly is the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel. We’ve determined that they have pretty well been absorbed into gentile society and have mixed their blood with gentile blood. Those who carry the Hebrew blood in the gentile world wouldn’t have to necessarily know that they bore Hebrew genes because Yahweh knows who they are, but are there indicators that might prove who they are? Is there a way for them to know who they are? Well, the answer might just be in the scripture in Romans that says: “and all of Israel will be saved..” Remembering that there are two ways to be saved, one being that a person is saved from harm, and the other being that a person is saved from the Messianic Judgment when the Book of Life is opened. Let’s examine a scripture that we’ve looked at already so that we can delve into this a bit farther:
And the keeper of the prison, awaking from sleep and seeing the prison doors open, supposing the prisoners had fled, drew his sword and was about to kill himself. But Paul called with a loud voice, saying, “Do yourself no harm, for we are all here.” Then he called for a light, ran in, and fell down trembling before Paul and Silas. And he brought them out and said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.” Acts 16:27-31 NKJV
In order to understand why the jailer was so distressed about the cell doors being opened we have to understand something about the Roman Soldier, or anyone who worked for the Roman Army in any form. The Roman Sentry, or the guard in a jail (same thing really) was expected to remain awake during his shift. The penalty for falling asleep while on guard duty was death. There were no questions asked and the execution of the sentence was immediate. When the sentry at the jail saw that the doors of the cells were open he thought that the prisoners had escaped and the only explanation for this was that he was asleep and didn’t witness the escape. In his fear, he thought that he’d take his own life. Who knows, perhaps he thought that when the authorities came to the prison and saw the cells empty and the sword in the guard they would surmise that the prisoners had overpowered him and killed him, thus preserving his honor. We’ll probably never know. Paul saw what was happening and told the guard they were all still there. In what must have been a tremendous feeling of relief he saw that Paul and the other cellmates were honorable men. He probably had heard them singing hymns and praying too during their stay there and all of these things combined caused him to want to have what Yeshua’s believers possessed and he asked how he could be saved. His question didn’t have anything to do with physical harm because none would come to him seeing that all of his prisoners were accounted for. No, the guard wanted to be Born Again; he wanted to be a bonifide believer in Yeshua and have all that went with that.
The key to understanding Scripture is twofold. First, we have to have the ministry of the Ruach Ha Kodesh to show us the meaning of scripture. Second, we must look at scripture in the context of what is before a particular scripture and what is after it. Actually, this applies to everything that we read, not just scripture. If I was reading a story about a friend named Bob who was married to a woman named Janice; and I read “Bob beat Janice,” and nothing else then the person listening to what I was reading would think that Bob was guilty of spousal abuse. But, if I read the whole story, “Bob and Janice decided to race down to the store and because Bob is a faster runner, Bob beat Janice by about two minutes.” When the whole context is read, then we see the whole picture. Let’s look at our scripture in Romans again to see what Paul meant when he said that “all of Israel would be saved..”
And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, There shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob Romans 11:26 NKJV
So we read that Israel will be saved, and by a Deliverer who will come out of Zion. But when we read further, we see that the Deliverer will deliver Israel from ungodliness. In other words, it will be a spiritual salvation rather than a physical one. Now we are getting some place. We now know that many people, all referred to as Israel will be saved and that it will be a spiritual salvation rather than a physical one, although we know that a physical salvation will occur for these people too. In Christian circles we talk about people being saved and we mean the spiritual salvation. We know that the spiritual salvation is much more important because the spirit lives on forever while the flesh dries to dust and blows away. Before we can come to our final conclusion, we have to examine one more word in that scripture; that word being the word “all.”
And So All Israel?
This is a pretty powerful phrase. Will “All” of Israel be saved? What is meant by “all?” When we hear the word “all” it has sort of a finality to it. It means that each and every one of those who could possibly be at an event or experience some wonderful thing were there to see or experience it, and that nobody was left out. When I wash all of my dirty clothes, all are included and none of them are forgotten. If I eat all of my cereal in the morning it means that the bowl is empty of both milk and cereal. How will all of Israel be saved, especially since Yeshua died two millennia ago and many people from Israel have lived and died in their sins since then. Are the descendants of Jacob somehow immune from sin, or do they get some sort of special dispensation from El Elyon for being a son of Israel? Having done research on this I was blessed to come upon a quote from a sermon preached by Charles H. Spurgeon, one of the 19th century’s greatest theologians. His answer to this question is:
“… ‘The whole world is gone after him.’ Did all the world go after Christ? ‘Then went all Judea, and were baptized of him in Jordan.’ Was all Judea, or all Jerusalem baptized in Jordan? ‘Ye are of God, little children’, and ‘the whole world lieth in the wicked one.’ Does ‘the whole world’ there mean everybody? If so, how was it, then, that there were some who were ‘of God?’ The words ‘world’ and ‘all’ are used in some seven or eight senses in Scripture; and it is very rarely that ‘all’ means all persons, taken individually. The words are generally used to signify that Christ has redeemed some of all sorts—some Jews, some Gentiles, some rich, some poor, and has not restricted his redemption to either Jew or Gentile.” (Charles H. Spurgeon, Particular Redemption, A Sermon, 28 Feb 1858).
Spurgeon really helps to understand the vernacular that is being spoken in Romans concerning “all of Israel.” Anyone who has done any serious Bible study knows that Yahweh always seems to end up with “remnants” of people that won’t bend the knee to the oppressor or who remain faithful to Him no matter what. This is true because most people are known as “followers” of other people and keepers of “fads” or “trends” that happen to be popular during their lifetimes. Our parents knew this and they would always ask us question to get us to think about what we were doing. My mother would always ask me “well, if everyone in the neighborhood jumped off of the Brooklyn Bridge would you jump too.” Well, of course I wouldn’t have, and although the question seemed stupid when we were kids, it caused us to assess our situations. These days we hear about certain television programs and we’re told that “everyone is watching it.” So many people do things because it seems like everyone else is doing them, but if you look around you will notice that there are those who don’t want to follow to the tune of the Pied Piper. Those of you who are reading this and who are members of The Delusion Resistance website are people such as this. We may have been followers of the world but sooner or later we saw that the world was wrong and that its ways are corrupt and we sought out something better, someone who had higher ideals and precepts, namely, Yahweh Yeshua!
The point is that remnants are the ones that are drawn to righteousness and holiness. It was a minority of people that Yahweh chose to enter the Ark. They were the ones who were “perfect in their generations,” meaning that they weren’t corrupted in their DNA code nor were they corrupted by the world. Of the billions that lived before the flood, only eight souls were saved. During the time when civilization was budding around the world and there were many great thinkers and many kings and princes to choose from, Yahweh chose an obscure man who lived in Ur of the Chaldees and He consecrated him and promised to make Abram a great nation, numbering such as the sands of the seashore or the stars of the sky. It was an obscure little group of people, numbering seventy in all that went to Egypt. Yahweh blessed them and when they left Egypt four hundred years later they numbered well over a million people. When Judah and Israel were teeming with prophets that brought false messages, it was just one or two humble and for the most part unknown men who were used by Yahweh to bring His message to the people. It wasn’t a king or a prince through whom Yahweh brought forth His Son to the earth. Instead, it was a humble carpenter and his wife whom Yahweh trusted with the job. And it wasn’t generals and armies that Yahweh used to bring the New Covenant to the world. No, it was twelve men in whose ranks were a tax collector and several fishermen whom Yahweh endowed with the Ruach Ha Kodesh that would change the world and bring countless millions into the Kingdom of Elohim.
So where the Tribes of Israel in the present day are concerned, it is no surprise that Yahweh has chosen some from each tribe to constitute His kingdom here on Earth. There is no doubt that that in today’s world there could be literally billions who are of the seed of Israel. In just about every conceivable corner of the globe the blood of Israel courses through veins of ordinary people like you and me. There is little doubt in my mind that of all of the immigrants that came to Canada and the United States from 1620 until the 1970’s, especially from Europe, North Africa and parts of the Middle East, a vast majority of them could be part of the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel, not to mention the over six million in the USA alone who descend from Judah, Benjamin and Levi and are called Jewish.
My contention is that of all of those people, just a minority have taken Yahweh seriously. Just a fraction have decided to call Yahweh their Lord. A remnant of all of the House of Israel have asked the Mashiach, Yeshua Ben Elohim into their hearts to change them and to make them a new creature. The Book of Revelation talks about a specific group of people, numbering one hundred forty four thousand who have been called by Yahweh to perform a special ministry during the last days. It is quite possible that some of you or even me are in that number. Our forefathers all came to Canada and The USA for a reason, almost as if they were called here for a specific reason. Perhaps there is a reason that some of these ancestors had miserable lives in Europe or the other lands in which they came from. Perhaps it was Yahweh’s plan for their lives to be of poor quality so that they would seek out a land where they could be free to worship and study the Bible without hindrance from governments and apostate church organizations.
There might be some of you who know that you have been called to this special last days ministry. Maybe you’ve known it for a long time or maybe you’ve just had it revealed to you through the Ruach Ha Kodesh recently. Perhaps you’ve felt a special calling in your life and it hasn’t been revealed to you yet what that calling might be. Perhaps it is time that we all start to seek Yahweh about this very thing. We know that we are rapidly racing toward the time in history that is foretold in Revelation. It would probably be a good idea then to seek out Yahweh about this and if you are one of them then perhaps we should all get together to fast and pray and to seek His will.
I know that this article might may have seemed a bit bizarre to you. Let’s face it, we have all been approached by people like those in the Jehovah’s Witnesses who arrogantly pronounce that they are the witnesses mentioned in Revelation but they fail to face some important flaws in their theology. First, their ranks have been around for at least two generations, maybe more and many of those who originally claimed to be the Revelation witnesses have died and went to their reward, or penalty as the case may be. That being the case, it makes Yahweh out to be an uninformed liar because He didn’t know when to pick the witnesses and that they would die off without fulfilling their election. Second, none of them can claim to be from a specific tribe and as far as I have read in their literature, there is no divine revelation as to who belongs to what tribe. Third, they deny the divinity of Yeshua and the ministry of the Ruach Ha Kodesh. With these denials comes an impotency because if you deny the authority and the power behind the authority then what do you have? You have the flesh and we all know where operating in the flesh gets a person. It’s like landing on the Jail square in the game of Monopoly..”go to jail, go directly to jail, do not pass ‘go’ and do not collect two hundred dollars.”
While many of the true 144k probably do not know their heritage right now, I have no doubt that Yahweh will bring that information to them in due time and even if He doesn’t bring that knowledge to them, they will still have the certification of the Ruach Ha Kodesh on them so that they will know that they are one of the 144k.
It will be interesting to see how things play out, but will be even more interesting will be to see how any of us will play out in this end-time scenario. The important thing is to remember that Yahweh always looks at the heart of those whom He is going to use. Humbleness and contriteness decorate the vessel that He can use for His purposes. So, we keep in prayer that Yahweh will keep each and every one of us humble and contrite and that we will every day act out in circumspection and in a want to become ever more closer to Him. I don’t think that any true believer in Yeshua will ever say that they have had their fill of Him, but just as dry soil never seems to get its fill, so I pray our walks with him ever so shall be. Blessings to you in the wondrous and holy name of Yeshua Ha Mashiach, the Aveinu who loved us enough to send us His Son!!
For anyone who is interested in additional studies of this subject I strongly encourage you to read the article that Jim Wilhelmsen from Echoes of Enoch has written about it. Jim is my friend and a fellow counselor at the AACCOA (Alien Abduction Crisis Centers of America). Interestingly enough, Jim and I have arrived at the same conclusions without collusion and by citing different scriptures. Isn’t it amazing how the Ruach Ha Kodesh can orchestrate events so wonderfully!! His article can be reached by clicking on the following link: www.echoesofenoch.org/144000.htm I’d also strongly encourage you to read the rest of his website which you will find quite informative and where you will learn a lot…I mean a real lot!!
David Ben Yakov
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