THE “LOST” 10 TRIBES OF ISRAEL
THE BREACH (SPLIT) OF JEROBOAM LED THE NORTHERN 10 TRIBES INTO DEEP IDOLATRY. IN YHWH’S TIMING THE 10 TRIBES WENT INTO ASSYRIAN CAPTIVITY AND LOST THEIR SOVEREIGNTY AS A PART OF COVENANT ISRAEL. ISRAEL WAS THEN SPLIT INTO TWO COMPANIES, ONE IS VISIBLE IN JEWRY (JUDAH), WHILE THE OTHER ONE (ISRAEL) IS INVISIBLE AND SEEMINGLY LOST FOREVER. THE DIVISION OF THE COMMONWEALTH OF COVENANT ISRAEL INTO TWO SEPARATE KINGDOMS CONTINUES TO THIS DAY. THE LOST TEN TRIBES OF ISRAEL ARE STILL OUT THERE, SOMEWHERE . . . . .
How little the White Caucasian Race (people of the Caucasus) knows about their ancient beginnings and early history! It is not taught in our public schools and the Christian Church is totally ignorant as to their blood relationship to the Hebrew based Bible they read almost daily and their ancient family and tribal ties to the Israel of YHWH God. Yet the narrative is all there in Holy Scripture, but they will remain partially BLINDED until Messiah Yeshua comes again and the Messianic Age begins. Few know the true story, but Hoshea tells it in the story of lost Gomer and her cursed children. All read it but few make the full scriptural connection with lost Israel.
Here is the story as I can best explain it.
After the passing of King David and King Solomon King Rehoboam took the throne of Israel. The glory of Israel was departing. And with it went the financial power of the once great superpower. Solomon had married hundreds of foreign wives who brought their idolatrous religion into Israel. The compromise with all these gods of the surrounding nations was now beginning to take its spiritual toll. Israel was in serious decline. And as always happens the kingdom and the financial power went down with the glory. And so the royal tribe of Judah along with Benjamin in the south was trying to compensate using the ways of this world. They were exacting more and more taxes and servitude from the ten northern tribes called Israel. The point eventually came when this burden became quite onerous. And so it was that Jeroboam led Israel to King Rehoboam. The northern ten tribes asked the Jewish tribe of Judah for some tax relief, or some grace, if you will.
The meeting was a disastrous one for all Israel. Yes, the ten tribes were out looking for grace. But Rehoboam just laid down the law of his own choosing. The king of the Jewish tribe of Judah had unwisely accepted the council of the young men instead of the elders. Any hope of retaining unity under Judah was now lost. God’s covenant people were divided asunder. They were split into the two houses of Israel. Judah and Benjamin with the Holy City of Jerusalem continued on in the south as the Southern Kingdom of Judah. And under Jeroboam the ten northern tribes went their own way as the Northern Kingdom of Israel. They became one of histories great mysteries, the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel.
This was an awful wrenching separation. And it is a division, which exists to this day. The lost ten tribes of Israel are out there scattered in the nations. Their loss has resulted in a schism from which Judah, the Jews, has yet to recover.
From this point on, until the end of this age, Israel would be a divided kingdom of two houses. One kingdom, the royal house of Judah is visible to the world and can still be seen. They still have their Hebrew language, Hebrew genealogy, Hebrew religion, and a firm connection to their past in greater Israel. The other House, the northern kingdom are hidden from view for 2,700 plus years. They just disappeared into the fog of history. And how about the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel? Did they curse themselves? And if they did, when will they find the grace they have sought? Will they to find redemption and restoration? Will lost Israel ever be found and re-unified into one Elect people?
This is one of the great mysteries of history. And many in Judah along with many in lost Israel have their reasons for not wanting to find out what has happened and not seeking the restoration God promised. They have a vested interest in the religious status quo. Regrettably, many are heavily devoted to their own religious tradition and to the support systems of this world. And in spite of rough treatment by the western political powers the Church and Jewish communities have nearly always ingratiated themselves to the dubious graces of the princes of Europe and to the dark angelic powers behind them that pull their strings. They think that this policy will always ensure security for themselves and their communities. But repeatedly they are proven wrong. Their faith in the powers of this world is misplaced and tragic. History shows this time and time again.
But even as the nations rage, they still want to forget the coming of their Messiah. Individually they do not receive Him into their hearts. And collectively they do not want to hear of His Second Coming. They do not want to hear of Messiah’s coming to rule in this world.
But they have no other choice. He remains their only hope.
The Holy Scriptures has good news to declare. And the beauty and truth of Israel’s Old Testament prophetic poetry rejoices in this truth. Israel will be restored, totally and gloriously. The lost ten tribes of Israel will surely be found, even as the prophet Hosea found his wayward wife lost Gomer. As we search the scriptures and do out homework all these mysteries will surely unfold in a wave of splendor never seen before. European origins can be traced back to Israel. And Israel’s Messiah, the Seed of Abraham, gives Christians their second passport. Because the Apostle Paul declares that in Christ, who is the indwelling Seed of Abraham, true born-again Christians come into the Commonwealth of Israel.
All this will become common knowledge one day. The truth of remnant Israel and the remnant Church being refined together into one kingdom of an elect royal priesthood and a holy nation is a hard truth to receive. But this knowledge will unfold collectively in Western Christendom in the crucible of the latter days. And YHVH-God, the Holy One of Israel will reveal it to His covenant people at the proper time.
We serve a God who hides things. And He keeps them hidden until the right time has come. Remember how Moses was hidden in the waters among the bulrushes. He was preserved, and nurtured in secrecy, even as a ‘Notzrim’, preserved for safekeeping until the proper time. Moses was trained up in the courts of the Egyptian superpower. But until he grew up he was kept in the dark about his true origins and his divine purpose. All this hidden information was revealed later, in its time.
YHWH God allows the cloaking of Biblical truth by the world powers. It is His permissive will. Smokescreening the truth is “business as usual” down here in this fallen world. That is the way of the dark principalities and powers, the angelic rulers who preside over the systems of this world from their lower perch in the second heaven. Disinformation is also the way of the political princes and merchants of this world. They think they have a handle on things as they try to seize the glory for themselves. They think that they are the sovereign ones as they muscle in and organize things their way. But there is a God who rules from the heavens. The Ancient of Days sits and presides over the unfolding of Holy History.
But the princes of this world have their own humanistic agenda. They grasp the sword as they seek to hold on to the power over the people. The religious powers go along with this. The House of David in Judah and the mystery of the ten lost tribes who went looking for grace is a forgotten story. The principalities and powers want to keep it that way.
Oh yes, this matter of the lost ten tribes of Israel is shrouded in a conspiracy of silence. But it cannot last forever. The efforts of the dark powers to “cloak” the truth will not prevail. The lights of Abraham will be seen again, passing out across the mountains as a bridal party going out to meet the Bridegroom. They shout will be heard at midnight. And the wise will arise and shine, even in a coming night of deep darkness. (See Isa.60: 1-5) The New Covenant Jeremiah spoke about will see the Good News go out to bring a great redemption. (See Jeremiah 31:31-33) Lost Israel will reappear as a melo-hagoyim, a “multitude of nations”, or a “company of nations”. And the long awaited restoration of all Israel will come at last. All 12 tribes will be there. (See Revelation chapter 7)
The final seven years of this age will not be the picture of total doom and disaster Evangelical teachers have painted. Oh yes, there will be trouble, trouble primarily of our own making. Our neglect in the devotion and our compromises and dalliances in this world will be the root cause of all our tribulations.
But the prophet Micah had some good news to report. He declared that all of Jacob would be gathered as the sheep of Bozrah. The God of Israel will be among His people in a great revival. And by His Spirit YHVH-God, the Holy One of Israel will be calling all His people out into a new ekklesia, just as He has done so many times before. Lost Israel, and all their companions, will be found. And even coming home by a difficult passage through a strait and narrow gate, “a remnant shall return”.
The Book of Revelation can be clearly seen as an epic heavenly court case. As the 70th Week of Daniel opens the Ancient of Days will sit. Here on earth the four horsemen, the four human governmental systems will have finished their rule and their ride through history. Up in the courts of heaven the books will be opened concerning the two big issues of the latter days. The 5th seal will be opened and YHVH-God will be calling for His two witnesses. The Holy One of Israel will be resuming His covenant dealings related to
1. His Holy City, Jerusalem. And 2. His Holy People, the global Congregation of Israel, (or church).
It will be a time of high drama between God and His people. It will be the culmination of the divine romance of the ages. The Bridegroom will be approaching, even in the dark hours after midnight.
And at that time the message will go forth,
“Arise, shine! For your light has come!” (Isa.60)
LOST ISRAEL CUTS OFF THE ROYAL TRIBE OF JUDAH, THEY CUT OFF AND REJECT THE HOUSE AND THRONE OF DAVID. THIS IS THE VERY THRONE FROM WHICH MESSIAH WILL RULE! THEN, 200 YEARS LATER THE TEN TRIBES ARE SEEMINGLY LOST. THEY DISAPPEAR INTO HISTORY. IS THIS A COINCIDENCE OR IS IT GODS PLAN IMPLIMENTED?
The northern ten tribes did an awful thing. They took it upon themselves to cut off the Jewish House of Judah.
They cut themselves off from the royal throne of David, the seat of their very own national sovereignty.
This would bring tragic consequences to them.
The ten tribes would go on to lose their sovereignty, their national roots, and their true identity.
This rejection of David, (and rejection of the coming Son of David), had been done before. The same bitter words had been uttered two generations before. On that occasion the words of rejection and cursing came by the rebel Sheba. He was a man whom the scriptures refer to as a “man of Belial”, (a man of Satan). He came against King David with bitter words of renunciation. If we look carefully at the words uttered against the Throne of David back then we can discern that these were words of Anti-Semitism, although the word anti-Semitism is a misleading word that “cloaks” what is really going on. (2Samuel 20:1) But now the very same words of rejection of the royal Jewish tribe of Judah were being heard again. Again the denunciation was coming not from the pagan outsiders but from within Israel! The bitter words were coming from the ten northern tribes. This great divorce, the epic split-up of Israel, is recorded for us in the verses below.
“Now when all Israel saw that the king did not listen to them, the people answered the king, saying:
‘What share have we in David?
We have no inheritance in the son of Jesse.
To your tents, O Israel!
Now, see to your own house, O David!’
So Israel departed to their tents.” (1Kings 12:16 and 2Chronicles 10:16)
This was the great divorce of Israel, the awful ‘breach of Jeroboam’. King Solomon had died. The year was 922 B.C. And Israel was now divided into two houses. This is a situation, which continues to this day.
Jeroboam had his political reasons for drawing the people away from Judah and from the true worship of YHVH, the God of Israel. He did not want the northern tribes going back under the political covering of the royal tribe of Judah. The separation was deep and long lasting. In fact the scriptures indicate that this division will last all the way up until the end time drama. – Zech.12: 7-13:1, Rom.11
There is no doubt that there was a search for grace involved here on the part of the lost tribes. And God did not support Rehoboam’s call to wage war on the rebelling tribes. God said that it was from Him. (1Kings 12:24) But there is an element of hatred and rejection in this rebellion, which is quite evident here. The scriptures clearly indicate that this is what we would recognize today as antisemitism. The bitter words and the venom is specifically directed at the Throne of David. This is the throne from which the returning Christ/Messiah will rule in the coming Millennium of Messiah. He is the Lion of the Tribe of Judah who is to sit upon the throne of David for a thousand years. (Rev.20) But in the hearts of many people, (even some fellow Israelites), He is not welcome. The kings and rulers of the nations, (and many of their hired state churchmen), clearly do not want Him to return either. (See Psalm 2)
We have abundant Biblical poetic and prophetic evidence to show that God will heal the breach of Jeroboam. YHVH-God will find and restore His covenant people even as Hosea found and restored lost Gomer. He will regather and restore all Israel as a single Elect, a royal priesthood and a holy nation. (1Peter 2: 9) Israel will be a complete nation once again. All 12 tribes will be rejoined and restored in the latter days of this age.
And how will this happen? There will in fact be a great End Time Revival. It will draw in the end time saints from both houses of Israel. We have not seen this yet. We have only seen faint little glimmers of the great Light that will eventually shine out to the Gentiles in the latter days. This great revival will come even in a time of great darkness and period of great apostasy. But the prophet Isaiah spoke about this, as did Joel and many others. (Isa.60, Joel 2:28-32) Finally, at the end of the story Isaiah said that:
“Therefore, The redeemed of the Lord shall return. And come with singing unto Zion”. (Isa.35)
The Apostle Paul concurred with Isaiah. He said, “All Israel will be saved”. (Romans 11) The Apostle James addressed his epistle to the entire 12-tribe company of God’s extended family. And the Apostle John saw the New Jerusalem, the glorious Holy City accessed by 12 gates representing the 12 tribes of Israel. He saw the Holy City, the Bride of the Lamb descending from heaven. (Rev. 21)
LOST ISRAEL’S WAYWARDNESS, AND HER WANDERINGS AMONG THE NATIONS
As we trace the history of Israel we see that after the split under Jeroboam the northern ten tribes entered into deeper and deeper idolatry. The separation of the ten tribes from the royal tribe of Judah led to a great spiritual avulsion. When the ten tribes rebelled from the royal house of Judah in the south they departed from the true worship of YHVH-God. The venue for this worship, of course, had been in Jerusalem as the tribes went up to the feasts three times a year. Jeroboam would have none of this. He handed them a substitute worship involving two golden calves, one way up in Dan and one way down in Beersheba. This would have awful consequences for the lost ten tribes. The early part of the saga would see them scattered into the heathen nations. There they would be lost to view.
And so like Gomer with Hosea, the ten tribes were drawn away from their true Husband. YHVH, the God of Jacob would be replaced with other lesser gods. Lost Israel wandered off into gross idolatry. The love they had for YHVH-God, the Holy One of Israel, faded away. And so they became spiritually lost.
As we shall see, it was not long after they became spiritually lost that they became politically lost as well. The Assyrians came into ascendancy and Israel soon lost its sovereignty as a people. The lost ten tribes of Israel was taken off captive to Assyria and then intermingled and scattered into the nations. Eventually, after many wanderings the lost House of Israel, lost the memory of their homeland. Unlike their brethren in the House of Judah, they were cut off from their roots. They never came home again.
The Holy Scriptures tells us that both houses of Israel ended up in abominable idolatry. And both companies of God’s covenant people went into captivity. The Assyrians led off the northern kingdom in 722 B.C. The southern kingdom lost their sovereignty to the Babylonians and went into exile in 586 B.C.
Only the southern kingdom returned to the land. Only the Jewish tribe of Judah, with Benjamin and many of the Levites with them, were able to re-establish sovereign presence in the land.
LOST ISRAEL, IS NOW IN THE WEST. SHE HAS BEEN OFFERED THE GOSPEL BUT SHE IS STILL EMBRACING HER PAGAN WAYS BUT SHE STILL SUFFERS FROM AMNESIA. SHE HAS YET TO FULLY REPENT AND FIND REDEMPTION AND RESTORATION.
LOST ISRAEL IS PROPHETICALLY FORESHADOWED AS GOMER.
WITH THE GIFT OF DISCERNING OF SPIRITS WE CAN SEE THAT GOMER IS SHOWCASED IN THE LITERATURE AND IN THE MUSIC AND THEATER OF THE WEST.
As usual the artists are the first to see and feel a truth.
They bring it out of the subconscious and into their art.
Most of the time they’ve no idea what they are really doing.
They cannot fathom in the depths the truths their art is expressing.
Such is the way of a fallen race, Even a people who’ve lost touch with their God. But the truth comes through in dreams and visions, And in the shadows of the artist’s work.
Our popular culture tells the story; A woman leaves her true husband. He is the only One, who genuinely loves her and so, out in the world, she loses her way,
In forgetting the One to who belongs she suffers from amnesia. And in forgetting her true roots she loses her true identity. This is the story of Gomer. It has been an ongoing saga in the history of Western culture.
GOMER’S WAYWARDNESS, AND HER WANDERINGS AMONG THE NATIONS
As we trace the life of Gomer in the history of Israel we see that after the split under Jeroboam her waywardness only got worse. The separation of the ten tribes from the royal tribe of Judah led into a great spiritual disconnect. When the ten tribes rebelled from the royal house of Judah in the south they departed from the true worship of YHVH-God. The venue for this worship, of course, had been in Jerusalem as the tribes went up to the feasts three times a year. Jeroboam would have none of this. He handed them a substitute worship involving two golden calves, one way up in Dan and one way down in Beersheba. This would have awful consequences for the lost ten tribes. The early part of the saga would see them scattered into the heathen nations. There they would be lost to view.
And so like Gomer with Hosea, the ten tribes were drawn away from their true Husband. YHVH, the God of Jacob would be forgotten. Lost Israel would become children of lesser gods. Lost Israel, as Gomer departing from Hosea, wandered off into gross idolatry. The love they had for YHVH-God, the Holy One of Israel, faded away. And so they became spiritually lost. As we shall see, it was not long after the Lost Ten Tribes became spiritually lost in idolatry that they became politically lost as well. The Assyrians arose into ascendancy in Mesopotamia and Israel soon lost its sovereignty as a people. Lost Israel was taken off captive to Assyria and then deliberately and systematically scattered into the nations. Eventually, after many wanderings the northern 10 tribes, (the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel), lost the memory of their homeland. Unlike their brethren in the House of Judah, they have not yet come home again.
The Old Testament Scriptures tell the story. Both houses of Israel ended up in idolatry. And both companies of God’s covenant people went into captivity. The northern kingdom was led off by the Assyrians in 722 B.C.. The southern kingdom lost their sovereignty to the Babylonians and went into exile in 586 B.C. Only the southern kingdom as predominantly the Jewish House of Judah, returned to the land to re-establish a sovereign presence in the land. Jerusalem was eventually given sovereignty by Medo-Persia as a self-governing city-state in 445 B.C. under the leadership of Nehemiah.
After the edict of Cyrus in 538 BC, the House of Judah was permitted to return. And finally, under Zerubabbel in 516 B.C. they finally succeeded in rebuilding the temple. Under Ezra in 457 B.C. they rediscovered the Torah and had a revival. And finally, under Nehemiah in 445 B.C. they rebuilt the gates and walls to restore the sovereignty of Jerusalem as a self-ruling city-state.
The “lost ten tribes” were carried off. In typical Assyrian fashion they were mixed in with other nations. The 10 tribes subsequently lost their true identity. The Assyrians transported foreigners to live in the land where the Northern ten tribes had once lived in their God given territory. The House of Israel never returned to the land in numbers sufficient to repopulate their national land or to re-establish sovereignty in Eretz Israel. As we read the awful prophetic judgment upon the northern kingdom in Hosea’s prophecy as represented by the names of the children of Hosea and Gomer we realize that under the Old Covenant the Northern tribes would suffer national disruption. They were scattered into the nations. They would not return to the land in sovereign numbers as Judah did. YHVH-God had written them a bill of divorce. And like lost Gomer they had been cut off from the covenant. Remember that the Old Covenant was a national covenant, which YHVH-God had made with the children of Israel. He was the One who established them as a nation on the Day of Shavu’ot (Pentecost) back at Mount Sinai.
LOST ISRAEL CROSSED THE CAUCASUS MOUNTAINS. TO GO UP INTO THE STEPPES, THE VAST GRASSLANDS, OF RUSSIA AND THERE THEY WOULD COME TO BE IDENTIFIED WITH THE CIMMERIANS AND THE KHAZARS.
We actually have some unrecognized ancient memories of these early wanderings of the lost tribes of Israel. It seems that after the Assyrian captivity portions of the Northern Kingdom wandered northward. They crossed the Caucasus Mountains to go up into the steppes, the vast grasslands, of Russia.
It seems that our culture still retains a significant body of evidence of these scatterings and subsequent journeying and encampments of lost Israel. These are legends we once thought were merely pagan and of no interest to us in the Judeo-Christian families of the West.
It seems that Lost Israel was predominantly a pagan party as they wandered west. They were disconnected from their God, no longer celebrating the 7 Feasts of Israel given by the Almighty and no longer seeing the Holy City or being ministered to by the Levitical priesthood. They no longer remembered their Hebrew roots. The pagan female deity worship was still apparent even in the so called “Christian Era” of the Dark Ages and the Middle Ages We are now learning that a significant number of these legends stowed away inside our culture are actually based upon historical fact. These are the half-forgotten memories and a culture of vaguely remembered, even the stories of ‘Lost Israel”. These storylines lie buried in our ancient Celtic subculture. They are still retained in our western literature and music.
Idolatrous Israel then, (as the West is now), was steeped in gnostic paganism. God was “up there” in His heaven, and not down here in this evil place with men and women of clay. Israel as a nation never has yet really come to know her true Beloved in any personal sort of a way. But this will surely happen, in times to come. Here during the Dark Ages in the west we had the ARTHURIAN LEGENDS. In them we see the history of Gomer coming out in the storyline all over again. Israel had her false gods, and Gomer had her lovers. And so we see the Lady of Shalott with her Sir Lancelot and Isolde with her Tristan. It is the same story, the same lost and disconnected woman, suffering from amnesia. Gomer in the Dark Ages now has to go to the worldly princes of Camelot/Babylon. And why? She needs to make deals and enter into trysts with her lovers for reasons of security. The stories end up in tragedy. In the case of Is old she is spurned and dies of a broken heart. We see her body being ferried down the river. In the case of the Lady of Shalott we see her drifting down the river to Babylon, pale in death.
Why all this tragedy? And why are the nations raging more and more and wars becoming more and more destructive? What is the root cause, the essential rebellion going on that is causing us all this grief?
THE LOST TEN TRIBES OF ISRAEL DRIFTED WEST.
THERE IN WESTERN CHRISTENDOM THEY ARE STILL LOST.
THE TRIBAL SELFISM AND THEIR PAGANISM ARE THE TOOLS, WHICH CAUSE AMNESIA.
THEIR IDOLATRY AND WITCHCRAFT STILL BIND THEM.
THEY DO NOT REMEMBER THEIR GOD OR WHO THEY ARE.
THEY AWAIT THE PROMISED END-TIME REVIVAL AND
A MAGNIFICENT REDEMPTION AND RESTORATION.
Here we see the spiritual and moral misbehavior of lost Israel. We see the worship of the female deity Gaia (Mother Earth) and the Green gods of the “New Age”. Asheroth was the goddess worshiped in Egypt, Assyria, and in Babylon. It was because of this evil practice that YHVH-God allowed the enemies of Israel to come with pagan power. Both houses of Israel were conquered and taken off into captivity.
The Jewish house in the Southern Kingdom of Israel learned their lesson temporarily. And the royal house of Judah never returned to idolatry. But in the westward migrations of a group of people who came to be called, (by others), the Celts we still see the pagan worship of female deities. In fact we still see it, somewhat cloaked and underground, but still present in our culture and in the feminist politics of the left.
Only Judah, the southern Jewish kingdom, the Kingdom of Judah returned home to the land of Israel in numbers sufficient to re-establish any sovereignty for the returning exiles. Cyrus of Persia allowed the first returns from Babylon. This came after 70 years. It would not be until over 140 years later that the exiles were given an edict from the Persian superpower to restore sovereignty. And that consideration, given to Nehemiah in 445 B.C., was just given to allow the restoration of Jerusalem as a self-governing sovereign city-state.
So what became of the Northern Kingdom? Whatever happened to the lost ten tribes? Will they be restored?
And shall we see all 12 tribes of the nation of Israel re-emerge as a single sovereign nation again? Shall we see the “royal priesthood and the holy nation” of which Moses and our Apostle Peter both spoke? (Exodus 19:6 & 1Pet. 2:9
THE LOST TEN TRIBES, THE LOST HOUSE OF ISRAEL, REMAINS “LOST”. ONLY THE JEWISH HOUSE OF JUDAH AND BENJAMIN IN THE SOUTHERN KINGDOM RETURNS TO THE LAND IN NUMBERS SUFFICIENT TO REALIZE ANY RESTORATION OF SOVEREIGNTY, AND ONLY AS A CITY STATE BASED IN JERUSALEM.
After the edict of Cyrus in 538 B,C. the House of Judah was permitted to return from their exile in Babylon. It was very difficult initially. But finally, under Zerubabbel in 516 B.C. they finally succeeded in rebuilding the temple. Under Ezra in 457 B.C. they rediscovered the Torah and had a revival. And finally, under Nehemiah in 445 B.C. they rebuilt the gates and walls of the Holy City. Only then did they restore the sovereignty of Jerusalem as an independent self-ruling city-state.
The “lost ten tribes” were carried off and were mixed in with other nations. The 10 tribes subsequently lost their true identity. The Assyrians transported foreigners to live in the land where the Northern ten tribes had once lived. The House of Israel never returned to the land in numbers sufficient to repopulate their national land or to re-establish sovereignty over their God given lands in Eretz Israel.
The awful prophetic judgment upon the northern kingdom in Hosea’s prophecy was represented by the names of the children of Hosea and Gomer. These names were “No mercy” and “Not my people”. So under the Old Covenant the Northern tribes suffered total and complete national disinheritance. They were scattered into the nations. They would not return to the land in sovereign numbers as Judah did. YHVH-God had written Israel a bill of divorce. And like lost Gomer they had been cut off from the covenant.
Remember that the Old Covenant was a national covenant. YHVH, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob had covenanted with the children of Israel. He was the One who made covenant with the nation of Israel. So Israel was established as a nation on the Day of Shavu’ot (Pentecost) back at Mount Sinai.
And so the question is asked. Where are the 10 lost tribes now? And will they be found again? And if it is so, then how and when?
Quite clearly the lost ten tribes of Israel are out there, – somewhere. They must be. They are in a low state. Or are they? The prophet Ezekiel saw them sprawled out as though dead, in a valley of dry bones. He saw the bones begin to come together, a national movement towards restoration of Israel we saw in the late 19th century and early 20th century. Then came the flesh and skin covering of a unifying national sovereignty which we saw happen with the recognition of the state of Israel in 1948. The final act of God is the Breath of Life, even a spiritual Revival of Israel. Zechariah saw this and prophesied about this remarkable turnaround. (Zech.12: 7-13:1) The apostle Paul said that at the end of the age “all Israel will be saved”. (Romans 11) John saw 12 tribes represented in the 144,000 and in the innumerable multitude mentioned in Revelation 7. And when John saw the Holy City he saw that it had entrances through 12 gates. These 12 gates represent the 12 tribes of Israel. Quite clearly all of them will be saved. And a restored re-united single Elect will be glorified at the end of this age. And they will be established forever in the New Jerusalem. (Rev.21)
WHO IS ISRAEL? WHO IS COVENANT ISRAEL? ARE CHRISTIANS AND THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH ISRAEL AS THEY CLAIM? ARE MORMONS AND THE MORMON CHURCH ISRAEL AS THEY CLAIM? IS CULT “A” OR CULT “B” ISRAEL AS THEY CLAIM?
There is a general Biblical error among most Christians, their Churches and a lot of Orthodox Jews, also the rabbinical leaders of Judaism and among Messianic Jews regarding the identity of the Biblical nation called the children of Israel. Because of a general lack of historical and scriptural understanding, most Christians believe that the Jews, the tribe of Judah, are ALL of the people chosen by Yahweh in the Old Testament [Tanakh] and in the Brit Chadashah [NT] and the former Northern kingdom of Israel is long gone; absorbed by the Gentiles. The religion of Judaism also holds this position. Additionally, most all of the Christians believe that they belong to an unrelated group known biblically as “Gentiles” and to a gentile church system that replaces Israel and the Jews as God’s new chosen people. The word “Gentile” in dictionaries means “Pagan”. In this article, we are going to show from the Scriptures that both of these conclusions are founded on incorrect assumptions and inherited lies. We are going to prove from multiple scriptures that there are two Houses of Israel and not one House, Judah, and that Christians and Jews both misidentify the two houses in the Bible through their ignorance of scripture and the interrelation with history that it portrays! We are also going to prove from the same scriptures that there is no such thing as Israel and a separate Church, which are supposedly understood to be living under two separate covenants, old and new! There is only one covenant that was ever made by God, and YHWH God made it only with Israel, Judah and the grafted in companions of the two houses of Israel! History proves scripture and scripture proves history.
Many writers in the new Messianic movement have assembled the scriptural studies on this subject and all of them follow the same scriptural proofs, Biblical order and supportive verses. What is marvelous to me is the accelerated voyage of discovery over the last 40 or so years by new Bible Messianic ministries of all stripes. They are finding entirely new passages of scripture that have been there all the time, but have been unrecognized by all of Christianity until recently when people began to ask the question, “Who is Israel”? The Two Houses of Israel lay quietly in the Bible for the last two millennia and now are laid open in these last days as a gigantic blessing to Yeshua’s end times little flock. In the 1800’s, many pseudo-Christian cults tried to appropriate this truth and claim it for themselves, but failed miserably to convince Christendom and Judaism that they were correct in their assumption and Biblical position. I think that the Holy Spirit had something to do with shooting down the Christian Churches and the Jews false claims stating that they, and they alone, were and are Israel. YHWH God is wonderful in his tripping up and roasting false traditions and the doctrines of religious charlatans. Who, then, is Israel? Will the real Israel please stand up!
The 10 tribes, led by Jeroboam (who was from the tribe of Ephraim), seceded from Rehoboam’s kingdom because of excessive taxation questions. For those of you who know a little bit about American history, that might sound somewhat familiar. Let’s follow the story a little further:
I KINGS 12: But Rehoboam reigned over the children of Israel who dwelt in the cities of Judah. Then King Rehoboam sent Adoram, who was in charge of the revenue; but all Israel stoned him with stones, and he died. Therefore King Rehoboam mounted his chariot in haste to flee to Jerusalem. So Israel has been in rebellion against the house of David to this day. Now it came to pass when all Israel heard that Jeroboam had come back, they sent for him and called him to the congregation, and made him king over all Israel. There was none who followed the house of David, but the tribe of Judah only. And when Rehoboam came to Jerusalem, he assembled all the House of Judah with the tribe of Benjamin, one hundred and eighty thousand chosen men who were warriors, to fight against the House of Israel, that he might restore the kingdom to Rehoboam the son of Solomon. But the word of Yahweh came to Shemaiah the man of Yahweh, saying, “Speak to Rehoboam the son of Solomon, king of Judah, to all the House of Judah and Benjamin [Southern kingdom], and to the rest of the people, saying, ‘Thus says Yahweh: “You shall not go up nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel [Northern kingdom]. Let every man return to his house, for this thing is from Me.” ’” Therefore they obeyed the word of Yahweh, and turned back, according to the word of Yahweh.
Yahweh told Rehoboam that the split was divinely ordained, and that he was not to fight the 10 tribes of Israel that had broken away from him. To his credit, Rehoboam heeded Yahweh’s word and sent his troops home. The separation resulted in a northern kingdom in the area later called Samaria and a southern kingdom in Judea. The northern kingdom was known by several names over time, including: Israel, the House of Israel, Samaria, Joseph, the House of Joseph, and Ephraim. The southern kingdom was generally called Judah or the House of Judah. These two houses of Israel in their beginnings are completely ignored as history and as Scripture by both the Christian Church in general and Judaism in particular as it would throw a monkey wrench into the false replacement theology doctrines that they hold so dear.
Here is the sad progression into Entropy that began with Solomon in a nutshell. Solomon began as a really smart guy and a competent King because Yahweh said so. But he began to stray from Yahweh’s pathway and became mixed with the outside forces of Paganism through the satanic engine of Polygamy.
Solomon, supposedly the smartest man ever, failed miserably in the end of his life by committing the sin of mixing the Holy with the profane through the medium of his many wives and concubines, many of whom came from pagan backgrounds. Dumb! The “Groves” and the affiliated pagan sungod idols from Nimrod, Tammuz, Ra, Osiris and Sol Invicta Mithra spread throughout the land of Israel and these same “prosperity” sungod idols carried on after Solomon’s death and are still prevalent in our American religion today. Chemosh, Milcom, Moloch and all of the rest were never stamped out completely because people still reject the Almighty’s Torah and are really good at mixing compromises in order to suit their own biased worldviews. The same mixtures that caused Israel to split in two at that time in history are causing the Churches to split today!!
Several decades before the fall of the House of Israel, the prophet Hosea preached the message of Yahweh to the separated tribes of Israel. While he addressed both the House of Judah and the House of Israel in his prophecies, Hosea’s primary message is directed at the House of Israel, or Ephraim:
HOSEA 1: The word of Yahweh that came to Hosea the son of Beeri, in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah, and in the days of Jeroboam the son of Joash, king of Israel. When Yahweh began to speak by Hosea, Yahweh said to Hosea: “Go; take yourself a wife of harlotry and children of harlotry, for the land has committed great harlotry by departing from Yahweh.” So he went and took Gomer the daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son. Then Yahweh said to him: “Call his name Jezreel, for in a little while I will avenge the bloodshed of Jezreel on the house of Jehu, and bring an end to the kingdom of the House of Israel. It shall come to pass in that day that I will break the bow of Israel in the Valley of Jezreel.” And she conceived again and bore a daughter. Then Yahweh said to him: “Call her name Lo-Ruhamah, for I will no longer have mercy on the House of Israel, but I will utterly take them away. Yet I will have mercy on the House of Judah, will save them by Yahweh their Elohim, and will not save them by bow, nor by sword or battle, by horses or horsemen.” Now when she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, she conceived and bore a son. Then Yahweh said: “Call his name Lo-Ammi, for you are not My people, and I will not be your Yahweh. Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered. And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ there it shall be said to them, ‘You are sons of the living Yahweh.’ Then the children of Judah and the children of Israel shall be gathered together, and appoint for themselves one head; and they shall come up out of the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel!”
To graphically illustrate the House of Israel’s rebellion against Him, Yahweh commanded Hosea to take a prostitute, Gomer, for a wife (Hos. 1:2). The reason for this was because Yahweh’s wife, the House of Israel, had prostituted herself with the surrounding nations and their false prosperity sungods. As we go through these prophecies, it’s important to realize that the Holy One (Hebrew ‘elohim) of Israel who was married to the House of Israel (and also the House of Judah) was the one who later came in the flesh as Yeshua of Nazareth, the Messiah and the eternal King/Priest [Melech-Tzadique] of the Kingdom of YHWH God, His Father.
The harlot Gomer bore Hosea three children. Yahweh had Hosea name them symbolically to show how He was going to deal with the House of Israel, which had committed harlotry against YHWH God by worshiping strange pagan gods. These three children were named Jezreel, Lo-Ruhamah, and Lo-Ammi.
All three of these names described Yahweh’s punishment on the House of Israel, as He explained to Hosea.
JEZREEL (which literally means “Yahweh sows” in Hebrew) represented Yahweh’s sowing of the House of Israel, the Northern 10 tribes, among the Gentile nations of the earth after they were carried away into captivity by the Assyrians (Hos. 8:8; Zech. 10:7-10).
LO-RUHAMAH (which is Hebrew for “no mercy”) indicated that Yahweh would no longer have mercy upon the House of Israel, allowing them to be taken captive because of their sins (Hos. 1:6).
LO-AMMI, which means literally, “no people” in Hebrew, and which was a picture of the gradual loss of national identity by the House of Israel, the Northern Kingdom. They were prophesied to lose the knowledge of who they were. Scattered throughout the nations of the world, the House of Israel forgot that they were part of the YHWH‘s chosen people (Hos. 1:9) and eventually came to view themselves as part of those nations where they were living. Essentially, they came to believe that they were Gentiles.
The sins instituted by Jeroboam, based on his corruption of Yahweh’s Torah Law, caused the House of Israel grief throughout its history. Just as Hosea prophesied, Yahweh finally had enough of the sins of Ephraim. He allowed the nation of Assyria to capture and deport the House of Israel about 722 BCE:
II KINGS 17: So they left all the commandments of Yahweh their Elohim, made for themselves a molded image and two calves, made a wooden image and worshiped all the host of heaven, and served Baal. And they caused their sons and daughters to pass through the fire, practiced witchcraft and soothsaying, and sold themselves to do evil in the sight of Yahweh, to provoke Him to anger. Therefore Yahweh was very angry at Israel, and removed them from His sight; there was none left but the tribe of Judah alone.
Because of Israel’s continual spiritual harlotry, the prophet Jeremiah tells us that Yahweh divorced the House of Israel and sent her away until the restoration of all things in the last days.
Because of Israel’s continual spiritual harlotry, the prophet Jeremiah tells us that Yahweh divorced the House of Israel and sent her away until the restoration of all things in the last days.
JEREMIAH 3: Yahweh said also to me in the days of Josiah the king: “Have you seen what backsliding Israel has done? She has gone up on every high mountain and under every green tree, and there played the harlot. And I said, after she had done all these things, ‘Return to Me.’ but she did not return. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it. Then I saw that for all the causes for which backsliding Israel had committed adultery, I had put her away and given her a certificate of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but went and played the harlot also. So it came to pass, through her casual harlotry, that she defiled the land and committed adultery with stones and trees. And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned to Me with her whole heart, but in pretense,” says Yahweh.
Because the House of Judah followed in Israel’s footsteps, Yahweh eventually gave Judah into captivity also. In 586 BCE, the Babylonians destroyed Jerusalem, burned Solomon’s Temple, and took the majority of the Jews into Babylon. However, about 50 years later, when Medo-Persia defeated Babylon, many of the Jews were allowed to begin returning to Jerusalem (starting around 536 BCE). This return was in fulfillment of Yahweh’s promise to not utterly cast away the House of Judah (Hos. 1:7), even though their sins became worse than those of the House of Israel (Ezek. 23:11). Unlike the House of Judah, the House of Israel never returned to their homeland to this day and still are scattered among the heathen nations, including America.
Although Yahweh punished both houses, the Jews have always been recognized as His people for ONE reason. Unlike the world assimilated House of Israel, they have strived to keep the main sign that He said would forever identify the true children of Israel, the Biblically Torah commanded 7th day Sabbath:
Exodus 20: 8-11: Remember Yom Ha-Shabbat, to shomer it as kadosh. Six days shall you labor, and do all your work: But the seventh day is the Shabbat of vuvh your Elohim: in it you shall not do any work, you, nor your son, nor your daughter, your male eved, nor your female eved, nor your cattle, nor your ger that is within your gates: For in six days YHWH made the shamayim and earth, the sea, and all that is in them, and rested on the seventh day: therefore YHWH blessed the Shabbat day, and set it apart.
EXODUS 31: “Therefore the children of Israel shall keep the Sabbath, to observe the Sabbath throughout their generations as a perpetual covenant. It is a sign between Me and the children of Israel forever; for in six days Yahweh made the heavens and the earth, and on the seventh day He rested and was refreshed.”
Yet the Scriptures show that Yahweh does plan on bringing these wayward offspring back into the fold. The prophet Ezekiel, one of the Jews taken captive to Babylon before the destruction of Jerusalem, wrote vividly about the eventual reconciliation of the northern and southern kingdoms. This is an extremely important passage of prophecy because we are nearly arriving at its fulfillment now!
EZEKIEL 37: The word of Yahweh came to me: “Son of man, take a stick and write on it, ‘For Judah, and the people of Israel associated with him‘; then take another stick and write on it, ‘For Joseph (the stick of Ephraim) and all the House of Israel associated with him.’ And join them one to another into one stick that they may become one in your hand. And when your people say to you, ‘Will you not tell us what you mean by these?’ Say to them; “Thus says Yahweh Tzavu’ot: Behold, I am about to take the stick of Joseph (that is in the hand of Ephraim) and the tribes of Israel associated with him. And I will join with it the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, that they may be one in My hand. When the sticks on which you write are in your hand before their eyes, then say to them, Thus says Yahweh Elohim: Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all around, and bring them to 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, and they shall be no longer two nations, and no longer divided into two kingdoms. They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols and their detestable things, or with any of their transgressions. But I will save them from all the backslidings in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them; and they shall be My people, and I will be their Yahweh. My servant David shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd. They shall walk in My rules and be careful to obey My statutes. They shall dwell in the land that I gave to My servant Jacob, where your fathers lived. They and their children and their children’s children shall dwell there forever, and David My servant shall be their prince forever. I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will set them in their land and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. My dwelling place shall be with them, and I will be their Yahweh, and they shall be My people. Then the nations will know that I am Yahweh who sanctifies Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.”
This prophecy, recorded by Ezekiel during the years of the Babylonian captivity, makes it pretty clear that the two houses had not YET been reunited at that time. We are told that the split will be repaired when the House of Judah (led by the tribe of Judah) is reunited with the House of Israel (led by the tribe of Ephraim) under the offspring of David, the Messiah, Yeshua, as the returning Melech Tzadique. But we also know from the Torah that this reunion couldn’t occur until at least a minimum of 700 prophetical years had passed from the beginning of Ephraim’s captivity.
If we count forward the prescribed amount of time from the captivity of Samaria by the Assyrians, we arrive at the general time that Yeshua the Nazarene was born. Since many Tanakh [OT] prophecies proclaim that it will be the Messiah who reconciles the two houses, it is no coincidence that Yeshua came just after the 700-year time span of Ephraim’s illegitimacy was completed. However, most did not (and have not) realized that the prophesied reconciliation would be a process that would last some 2,000 plus years.
Ezekiel’s prophesy of the two sticks becoming one stick is one of the most important, and unfortunately, one of the most overlooked, prophesies in the Bible. Although it is probably the most graphic picture of the reunifying of the two houses, there are many other similar prophecies in the Tanakh.
A couple of passages from the Tanakh speak of Yahweh once again being married to Israel at the time of their national salvation:
JEREMIAH 3: Then Yahweh said to me, “Backsliding Israel has shown herself more righteous than treacherous Judah. Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say: ‘Return, backsliding Israel,’ says Yahweh; ‘I will not cause My anger to fall on you. For I am merciful,’ says Yahweh; ‘I will not remain angry forever. Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against Yahweh your Yahweh, and have scattered your charms to alien deities under every green tree, and you have not obeyed My voice,’ says Yahweh. Return, O backsliding children,” says Yahweh; “for I am married to you. I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion. And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, who will feed you with knowledge and understanding. Then it shall come to pass, when you are multiplied and increased in the land in those days,” says Yahweh, “that they will say no more, ‘The ark of the covenant of Yahweh.’ It shall not come to mind, nor shall they remember it, nor shall they visit it, nor shall it be made anymore. At that time Jerusalem shall be called The Throne of Yahweh, and all the nations shall be gathered to it, to the name of Yahweh, to Jerusalem. No more shall they follow the dictates of their evil hearts. In those days the House of Judah shall walk with the House of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given as an inheritance to your fathers.”
HOSEA 2: I will punish her for the days of the Baal’s [the LORD’s] to which she burned incense. She decked herself with her earrings and jewelry, and went after her lovers; but Me she forgot,” says Yahweh. “Therefore, behold, I will allure her; will bring her into the wilderness and speak comfort to her. I will give her vineyards from there, and the Valley of Achor as a door of hope; she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, as in the day when she came up from the land of Egypt. And it shall be, in that day,” says Yahweh, “that you will call Me ‘My Husband,’ and no longer call Me ‘My Master,’ for I will take from her mouth the names of the Baals, and they shall be remembered by their name no more. In that day I will make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, with the birds of the air, and with the creeping things of the ground. Bow and sword of battle I will shatter from the earth, to make them lie down safely. I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you shall know Yahweh. It shall come to pass in that day that I will answer,” says Yahweh; “I will answer the heavens, and they shall answer the earth. The earth shall answer with grain, with new wine, and with oil; they shall answer Jezreel. Then I will sow her for Myself in the earth, and I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; then I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ and they shall say, ‘You are my Yahweh!’ “
Yeshua, through his death, burial and resurrection, TRANSFORMED ISRAEL THROUGH HIS SHED BLOOD INTO A DIFFERENT WOMAN AND AN ACCEPTABLE RESSURECTED AND RENEWED BRIDE; THE BRIDE OF MESSIAH, WITHOUT SPOT OR WRINKLE!! ISRAEL WAS NEVER MARRIED TO ANOTHER HUSBAND IN THE FIRST PLACE, only to the Almighty YESHUA!! Praise His Holy Name!
The New Testament carries forward the theme of the reconciliation of Judah and Ephraim. It is surprising how frequently this topic appears in the writings of the apostles and how integral it is to the gospel message.
After the seeming “disappearance” of the House of Israel into the nations, the House of Judah (the Jews) once again became known biblically as “Israel.” They were the only visible portions of Yahweh’s people left. The House of Judah was and is Yahweh’s lawgiver (Gen. 49:10; Psa. 60:7; 108:8). They had, and continue to have, a major part in the restoration of the “new man and woman in Messiah” plan the Almighty is accomplishing today. Today is the Day of Salvation and the day of the restoration of all things.
As a whole, only the House of Judah has continued to keep Yahweh’s Sabbaths, which we saw in Exodus 31 is the sign He gave to distinguish His people from the rest of the nations (or “Gentiles”). Because of this sign, the Jews alone have been recognized as Yahweh’s covenant people down to this day. However, Ephraim and the tribes associated with him lost their identity. They were absorbed into the nations to which they were scattered. But these so-called “lost tribes” were not lost to Yahweh. He knew then, and knows now, EXACTLY where they are, as the prophet Amos tells us:
AMOS 9: “Behold, the eyes of Yahweh Elohim are on the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from the face of the earth; yet I will not utterly destroy the House of Jacob,” says Yahweh. For surely I will command, and will sift the House of Israel among all nations [b’kal hagoyim], as grain is sifted in a sieve; yet not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground.”
Most Christian people don’t realize and are not taught that the Bible is written TO and ABOUT Israel in covenant with YHWH God eternally. It is YHWH God’s eternal choice regardless of Israel’s frequent transgressions! Other nations are discussed in scripture only as they come into contact with or affect Yahweh’s chosen people. According to Yeshua himself, he was ONLY sent to the “lost sheep of the House of Israel” when he came the first time, as he said:
MATTHEW 10: These twelve Yeshua sent out with the following instructions: “Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans. 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel.
MATTHEW 15: He [Yeshua] answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel.”
In the 10th chapter of John’s Gospel, Yeshua states that part of his duties included gathering another “flock” besides the Jews:
JOHN 10:1 “And other sheep [Israel] I have which are not of this fold [Judah]; them also I must bring, and they will hear My voice; and there will be one flock and one shepherd.”
Here Yeshua tells his disciples that he had other sheep that he was responsible for, in addition to the Jews he was then preaching to. Because most Christians aren’t familiar with the large number of Old Testament prophecies which speak of the Messiah’s responsibility in reuniting the two houses (Israel and Judah), they assume that He was referring to those unrelated people from the nations (“Gentiles”) who would thereafter come into the “Christian church.” Wrong!
But to properly understand the Bible, one must base their understanding of the New Testament on the foundation of the Old Testament, composed of the Torah and the Tanakh. When this is done, it is clear that Yeshua was speaking of those who were at that time still scattered among the nations, the ‘lost sheep” of Ephraim. These sheep had forgotten their identity and thought they were Gentiles. But Yeshua knew who (and where) they were, and as the Old Testament prophecies show over and over again, it was his divinely sanctioned job to retrieve them for the Father.
A prophetic passage in the next chapter of John confirms this:
JOHN 11: Then the chief priests and the Pharisees gathered a council and said, “What shall we do? For this man works many signs. If we let him alone like this, everyone will believe in him, and the Romans will come and take away both our place and nation.” And one of them, Caiaphas, being high priest that year, said to them, “You know nothing at all, nor do you consider that it is expedient for us that one man should die for the people, and not that the whole nation should perish.” Now this he did not say on his own authority; but being high priest that year he prophesied that Yeshua would die for the nation [Judah], and not for that nation only, but also that He would gather together in one the children of Yahweh who were scattered abroad [i.e., the northern kingdom of Israel]. Then, from that day on, they plotted to put Him to death. Therefore Yeshua no longer walked openly among the Jews, but went from there into the country near the wilderness, to a city called Ephraim, and there remained with His disciples.
Yeshua didn’t just die for the Jews, but also for those “children of Yahweh who were scattered abroad.” Anyone who knows the history of Israel as revealed in the Old Testament knows that those children who were scattered abroad (by Yahweh Himself) are the 10 tribes that were and the 10 tribes that are today, the lost children of the House of Israel. It’s interesting (and prophetic) that right after this prophecy was given, Yeshua went into a city called Ephraim, which is also the symbolic name for the children of Yahweh who had been scattered into all the nations.
Earlier, we read in the Tanakh from the prophetic book of Hosea about how Yahweh would punish the House of Israel, the former Northern Kingdom now called Samaria, for their sins. We saw that Hosea’s three children born to him by Gomer were symbolically named to describe the fate of Ephraim: Jezreel (“Yahweh sows”) described Yahweh’s future sowing of the House of Israel throughout all the nations; Lo-Ruhamah (“no mercy”) showed that Yahweh was not going to have mercy on Israel for a period of time; and Lo-Ammi (“not my people”) revealed that those from the House of Israel would not be known as Yahweh’s people for a season.
But the prophecies from Hosea also show that a time would come when Yahweh would regather His children and have mercy on them once again. Just to set the stage, let’s recap a few of the pertinent passages from Hosea that speak of this time of mercy, forgiveness and renewal:
HOSEA 1: “Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot be measured or numbered. And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ there it shall be said to them, ‘You are sons of the living Yahweh.’ “
HOSEA 2: “I will betroth you to Me forever; yes, I will betroth you to Me in righteousness and justice, in lovingkindness and mercy; I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, and you shall know Yahweh. It shall come to pass in that day that I will answer,” says Yahweh; “I will answer the heavens, and they shall answer the earth. The earth shall answer with grain, with new wine, and with oil; they shall answer Jezreel. Then I will sow her for Myself in the earth, and I will have mercy on her who had not obtained mercy; then I will say to those who were not My people, ‘You are My people!’ and they shall say, ‘You are my Yahweh!’ “
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Now let’s look at a very revealing passage in I Peter 2:
I PETER 2: Therefore, laying aside all malice, all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and all evil speaking, as newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word that you may grow thereby, if indeed you have tasted that Yahweh is gracious. Coming to Him as to a living stone, rejected indeed by men, but chosen by Yahweh and precious, you also, as living stones, are being built up a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to Yahweh through Yeshua Messiah. Therefore it is also contained in the Scripture, “Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious, and he who believes on Him will by no means be put to shame.” Therefore, to you who believe, He is precious; but to those who are disobedient, “The stone which the builders rejected has become the chief cornerstone,” and “a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense.” They stumble, being disobedient to the word, to which they also were appointed. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; who once were not a people [Lo-Ammi] but are now the people [Ammi] of Yahweh, who had not obtained mercy [lo-Ruhamah] but now have obtained mercy [Ruhamah].
In verse 9, Peter paraphrases Yahweh’s words to Israel (Exodus 19:6) and applies them to those Gentiles in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia who were accepting Yeshua. In the original passage, Yahweh told Moses that the House of Jacob, the children of Israel, would be “a kingdom of priests and a holy nation” if they obeyed Him. In verse 10, Peter again uses a scriptural reference from the book of Hosea originally meant for the House of Israel that had become “not a people” [Lo-Ammi] and to whom Yahweh showed “no mercy [Lo-Ruhamah].”
There are really only two ways to understand what Peter says here. He was either implying that the Gentiles who were coming into the 1st-century church were “replacing” the lost Israelites and inheriting the promises of Yahweh in their stead (a form of replacement theology), OR he was showing that those who were coming into the church in these areas were actually members of the “lost tribes” who were then being regathered into Israel through Messiah Yeshua.
The writings of Paul show that the second option is the most likely. Let’s look at Paul’s comments to the Romans to support this understanding:
ROMANS 9: What if Yahweh, wanting to show His wrath and to make His power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath prepared for destruction, and that He might make known the riches of His glory on the vessels of mercy, which He had prepared beforehand for glory, even us whom He called, not of the Jews only, but also of the Gentiles? As He says also in Hosea: “I will call them My people [Ammi], who were not My people [Lo-Ammi], and her beloved, who was not beloved. And it shall come to pass in the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not My people,’ there they shall be called sons [B’nai Elohim] of the living Yahweh Elohim.”
In this passage, Paul quotes from the prophecy of Hosea that we read earlier about the eventual recovery of the Israelites (Ephraim and the tribes associated with him) who were cast away by Yahweh for their sins (Hos. 1:10). Unless Paul too was using this prophetic Scripture to show that Yahweh was replacing the lost Israelites spoken of by Hosea, the Gentiles he referred to must have been the present day descendants of those 10 lost tribes of the Northern Kingdom of Israel.
ROMANS 10: For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes on Him will not be put to shame.” [Isa. 28:16] For there is no distinction between Jew and Greek, for the same Lord over all is rich to all who call upon Him. For “whoever calls on the name of Yahweh shall be saved.” [Joel 2:32] How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the gospel of peace, which bring glad tidings of good things!” [Isa. 52:7] But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord, who has believed our report?” [Isa. 53:1] So then faith comes by hearing, and hearing by the word of Yahweh. But I say, have they not heard? Yes indeed: “Their sound has gone out to all the earth, and their words to the ends of the world.” [Psa. 19:4] But I say, did Israel not know? First Moses says: “I will provoke you to jealousy by those who are not a nation, I will move you to anger by a foolish nation.” [Deut. 32:21] But Isaiah is very bold and says: “I was found by those who did not seek Me; I was made manifest to those who did not ask for Me.” [Isa. 65:1] But to Israel he says: “All day long I have stretched out My hands to a disobedient and contrary people.” [Isa. 65:2]
First, we have to understand that Paul uses “Israel” in Romans 10:19 (and throughout his letter to the Romans) as a reference to JUDAH, since the House of Israel had been dissolved and was no longer identifiable as a specific people. Simply put, the Jews were the only recognizable remnant of Israel at that time. Quoting Deuteronomy 32:21, Paul tells us that Yahweh would provoke Israel (i.e., Judah) to jealousy by those who are “not a people” (Heb. lo-am), a clear allusion to the Lo-Ammi mentioned by Hosea. But the quote goes on to say that Yahweh would provoke the Jews with a “foolish nation” (Heb. goy nabal). Not foolish NATIONS (plural), but a single nation. Samaria was indeed a foolish nation; they did not appreciate the honor of being Yahweh’s people and lost those benefits through disobedience.
Lest my point here be misunderstood, please take note. I am not saying that Yahweh is calling ONLY physical Israelites into the “church.” The Tanakh shows clearly that Gentiles NOT of Israelite stock have been included in Yahweh’s congregation (Exo. 12:38; Isa. 56:3-8). The Eternal has always made a way for godly foreigners to become part of His chosen people as companions grafted into Israel. But Scripture seems to indicate that, for the most part, those who have been called by Yahweh to His son Yeshua (John 6:44, 65) are physical Israelites, both from the House of Judah (the cultivated olive tree) and the House of Israel (the wild olive tree).
One of the pivotal prophecies of the Bible, the prophecy of the New Covenant, clearly shows that this understanding is correct. The original prophecy is given in the Old Testament book of Jeremiah and is extremely important:
JEREMIAH 31: “Behold, the days are coming, says Yahweh, when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and with the House of Judah — not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says Yahweh. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says Yahweh: I will put My Law [Torah] in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their Yahweh, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know Yahweh,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says Yahweh. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
This prophecy plainly states that Yahweh will make the New Covenant with two specific entities: (1) The House of Israel, and (2) the House of Judah. In his letter to the messianic Jews of the early church, the author of Hebrews cites this passage:
HEBREWS 8: For if that first covenant had been faultless, and then no place would have been sought for a second. 8 Because finding fault with them, He says: “Behold, the days are coming, says Yahweh, when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and with the House of Judah — 9 not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day when I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt; because they did not continue in My covenant, and I disregarded them, says Yahweh. For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says Yahweh: I will put My laws in their mind and write them on their hearts; and I will be their Yahweh, and they shall be My people. None of them shall teach his neighbor, and none his brother, saying, ‘Know Yahweh,’ for all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them. For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their lawless deeds I will remember no more.”
The author of Hebrews reiterates Yahweh’s promise to make a new covenant with the two houses of Israel in the New Testament. His citation is a second witness to this fundamental aspect of Yahweh’s plan. Two witnesses are always required to establish truth. Yet how many myriads of believers have read this prophecy and missed the plain statement that the New Covenant would be made with the House of Israel and the House of Judah and not with the Christian Church separately, but only as they are “grafted into ISRAEL? Obviously, just as many Jews have been blinded to the identity of their Messiah, Yeshua, so too have many Christians been blinded to their own identity as grafted in companions to Israel.
People don’t understand the biblical teaching on the reunification of the two houses of Israel for a variety of reasons. The traditional teaching of the church for centuries has been that Gentiles, who have no ties to Israel, have replaced Yahweh’s chosen people (whether it be simply for a time, or permanently). In fact, the “Gentile” [pagan] nature of the church has been cited as one of the reasons that the Torah Law of God no longer applies to church believers. What a tremendous change of attitude it would require if Christian believers came to understand that they were probably true descendants of those who stood before Mount Horeb [Sinai] and heard the voice of YHWH Himself from the Holy Mountain!
But there are also those who reject this scriptural understanding for the same reason that the Pharisees and Sadducees rejected Yeshua: they are afraid it will “take away” their perceived position. Many Messianic Jewish groups and organizations reject this understanding of the reunification of the two houses of Israel because they see it as an attack on the position that Yahweh gave the Jews. They see this doctrine as simply Gentile envy and jealousy of the Jewish status.
There is considerably more evidence, both scriptural and historical, that shows that the reunion of the two houses of Israel is yet future. There is a time coming soon, possibly through the Messianic movement, when the lost 10 tribes will recognize whom they are, and they will seek to be reconciled with their brothers from the House of Judah. The story of the Prodigal Son [the lost ones of Israel] tells the whole tale in a short Midrash [a parable] by Yeshua himself. So, set this familiar tale in the context of our essay. The “prodigal” son shall be the lost sheep of scattered Israel that Yeshua is seeking to redeem and return them to his heritage and Judah is the son that has stayed on the Father’s estate [keeping Torah]. This tale is what Yeshua’s Gospel Midrashes are all about; a surface meaning of repentance and redemption that is great to read about, but there is a profound and deeper meaning to this tragic tale that really breaks your heart. The two sons, then, are the TWO HOUSES of Israel that Yeshua shall seek, find and restore. His eternal purpose is the restoration of Messianic COVENANT ISRAEL with all of its power, glory and Sonship intact along with the righteous former gentiles included together, to live in Millennial Peace with YHWH God!
ZECHARIAH 8: “Thus says Yahweh of hosts, ‘In those days TEN men from all the nations [hagoyim] will grasp the garment of a Jew [Judah], saying, “Let us go with you, for we have heard that Yahweh is with you.” ’”
Zechariah did not randomly pick the number 10 in this prophecy. It was specifically inspired by Yahweh to show us that the lost 10 tribes will once again be rejoined with their Jewish brethren when the Messiah rules the world from Jerusalem!
MESSIAH YESHUA DECLARES, ”I WAS SENT ONLY TO THE LOST SHEEP OF THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL”.
So the lost 10 tribes will be found.
Jesus/Yeshua declared that:
“I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” (Mat.15: 24)
If they were lost in the Old Covenant TANACH, then is the situation completely hopeless for them?
Are the lost sheep of the House of Israel to remain lost and cut off forever?
Apparently not. From what we read in the scriptures it would appear that there is still hope. Because the grace the ten tribes went looking for and failed to get from Rehoboam in the matter of taxes and servitude in Judah is now available. This grace now comes to them from another newer covenant. It is from the same Source in YHVH, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. But this grace is available to them in the New Covenant. And this is precisely what Jeremiah spoke of in Jeremiah 31.
Again, Jeremiah 31: 31-34
“Behold, the days are coming, says the Lord, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah– not according to the covenant that I made with their fathers in the day that I took them by the hand to lead them out of the land of Egypt, My covenant which they broke, though I was a husband to them, says the Lord. But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the Lord: I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people. No more shall every man teach his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they all shall know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them, says the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and their sin I will remember no more.”
This “NEW” Covenant was made with Israel and not with any Church! There is always only ONE Bible Covenant and not two dual covenants.
The story of the covenant people of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob is truly a magnificent story of redemption and salvation. The lost ten tribes will not end up in a lost oblivion. Their restoration will turn out to be a ‘wonder’, a word in Hebrew, which means, “Surprise!” The story of the lost tribes of Israel will re-emerge after a passage through over 2700 years of history. These great hidden secrets are yet to unfold. And God’s great mysteries will be unveiled in the Apocalypse at the end of this age.
National Israel’s history has been heating up in recent years, as we well know. And the Light of Israel is going out to the nations and even to the ends of the earth. The history of God’s covenant Congregation for this era has not yet come to its grand and glorious conclusion. Holy history, (or as our German friends say, Heils geschicte, (salvation history), is still up ahead. The crucible of the end time will see the refining and the regathering of both houses of Israel. This will surely come to pass at the consummation of this age.
The prophesied regathering of all the tribes of Israel is a process, and not a singular event. This process began after the resurrection of Messiah Yeshua, and has slowly but surely been taking place for nearly 2,000 years. At this time, most Jews (the House of Judah) don’t accept Yeshua as the Messiah. Conversely, most Christians (the House of Israel) don’t accept the necessity of keeping Torah (the Law).
However, the Israel of Yahweh (Gal. 6:16), made up of those from both houses who are standing in the gap, accept both Yeshua and the Torah. YHWH will use those set-apart emissaries that He has called to help reunite Judah and Ephraim under the Messiah in the land of Israel. Soon, both Jews and Christians will recognize the respective flaws in their belief systems. Both houses of Israel will repent and be joined together once again, as Ezekiel foretold some 2,600 years ago (Ezek. 37:15-28).
The simple biblical truth is that Yahweh will soon bring Israelites from every nation on this earth back to the land He gave their ancestors long ago. While these people may physically look like the nations among whom they have long been scattered, they are still Yahweh’s chosen people. What a glorious event this “second exodus” will be when it is fully realized that when the return of Yeshua the Messiah happens at the time of the restoration of all things, the Two Houses shall become One Echad again.
May that wonderful day come quickly! Baruch HaShem Yahweh!
Walking on the Emmaus road in lost Israel,
Written, Compiled and edited from previous writings by:
Rav James Talbott