The Destiny of Israel Chapter Four
Understanding Israel’s Destiny helps us to properly undertand the end-times. Understanding God’s plan to regather all the tribes of Israel and not just the Jews helps us understand Jacob’s Trouble and the attempted invasion of Gog and Magog and much more.
Simple Biblical Clues for Finding the Lost 10 Tribes of Israel
1.We should look for the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel being represented by large population bodies and/or large nations. We should not have a minimalist view of the Scriptures and thus search through the breadcrumbs of humanity in isolated and remote regions. Hosea 1:9-10 indicates 10-Israel will become as numerous “as the Sand of the Sea” AFTER their exile. Genesis 48:19 indicates Ephraim would become “the fullness of the nations”, or “a multitude of nations”, or a “company of nations”, depending on the translation you are reading.
2.We should look through history for migrating peoples who have name derivatives of Abraham and Isaac (e.g., Brahman, Saka, etc). Genesis 21:12 reads: But Elohim said to Abraham, “Let it not be evil in your eyes because of the boy and because of your female servant. Whatever Sarah has said to you, listen to her voice, for in Isaac your seed is called.” Genesis 48:15-16 further clarifies this and applies the name of Isaac primary to Joseph’s sons Ephraim and Manasseh. It reads: And he blessed Joseph, and said, “The Elohim before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the Elohim who has fed me all my life long to this day, (16) the Messenger who has redeemed me from all evil – bless the youths! And let my name be called upon them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac And let them increase to a multitude in the midst of the earth.”
3.In spite of the traditional Christian belief and response to the subject, we should not consider 10-Israel forsaken or having died out from the earth or assimilated into oblivion. Jeremiah 51:5 reads: “For Israel is not forsaken, nor Judah, of his Elohim of hosts; though their land is full of guilt against the Holy One of Israel”.
4.We should look for the nation or people who conquered the Neo-Assyrian Empire as being 10-Israel or at least hosting 10-Israel. Isaiah 14:2b reads, “And they shall make captives of their captors, and rule over their oppressors”. Between 627-605 BCE, Scythians, Cimmerians, and Medes ravaged the Assyrians as far as the Egyptian border. Remember, Assyria deported some Israelites to the region of the Medes. Eventually, much of Assyria’s former lands would be ruled by the Parthian Empire (of Scythian/Saka stock) for nearly 500 years. Its first king was crowned in the city of “Asaak” (note similarity to Isaac in 247 BC.
5.We should look for peoples who eventually migrate out of the Medio-Persian homeland, but we should also look for peoples who were “afar off” during the time of Daniel’s prophetic period who may have never been deported to Media or Persia. Daniel 9:7 reads, “O , to You is the righteousness, and to us the 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 lands to which You have driven them, because of their trespass which they have trespassed against You.”
6.We should not necessarily look for a people of any particular color or so-called “race”, but instead should look for diverse peoples with many cultural customs and traditions. Hosea 5:7 reads, “For they have begotten pagan children. Hosea 7:8 reads, “Ephraim has mixed himself among the peoples.”
7.We should not necessarily look for Jewishness or Jewish “customs” within prospective cultures because 10-Israel no longer embraced Torah customs during the period just before their exile, but instead they embraced lives of idolatry and mixed pagan worship, which was the central impetus for removing them from the Land of Israel in the first place (Daniel 9:7). This is not to say that some 10-Israelites would not later return to some vestige of Judaism (e.g., Khazaria converting to Judaism), but finding the presence of Jewish customs in any particular group should not be the primary litmus test of identification.
8.We should identify 10-Israel by identifying the nations which host Judah (the Jews) in the Last Days. Jeremiah 3:17-18 and Jeremiah 50:4,20,33-34 all indicate they (10-Israel and Judah) will be walking TOGETHER and will return to Zion TOGETHER.
9.We should look for peoples who have historically possessed “the Gate” of their enemies, the strategic military vantage points (e.g., major sea ports, narrow but significant sea channels, major trade routes). Genesis 24:60 reads, “And they blessed Rebekah and said to her, “Let our sister become the mother of thousands of ten thousands, and let your seed possess the gates of those who hate them.”
When we look at the nations of the world and their respective histories, it is not hard to see that Israel has certainly fulfilled part of her destiny and is fast approaching the time when she will fulfill her final destination, the land Promised to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, to be joined together with Judah into a kingdom that shall never be divided again.
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