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I will have to read more on this tomorrow when I have time, but the replacement theory has some holes. There is the little trouble of predictions of a Jewish conversion. As such it is not possible they are outside God's plan. In addition there is OT prophecy that is clearly a return to the Holy Land of ALL the tribes of Israel. Now How is this possible if the Jews are not part of the plan? The same is true if the Jews are correct and the Church is a false doctrine. Where is the 10 tribes not reflected in the current nation of Israel? Some point out there were some remnant that escaped the captivity of Israel and sought refuge in Juda. The problem is the prophecies continued.
I think the answer is in John the Baptist when he said "God could make sons of Abraham, Issac and Jacob out of these very rocks and stones" It seems with Simon Peter (which means rock) he did. The lost tribes may be the Catholic Church (spiritually) Their return can be accomplished with the move of just one man (the Pope). Perhaps the fulfillment will be accomplished when the Papacy moves to Jerusalem?
To: Mark in the Old South
This is just my opinion. There are people out there who are far better at interpretation than I am, but I'll give it a shot.
The Book of Hosea basically specifies how things are going to happen. Judah goes in to prepare the land ( Israel) and Ephraim ( the lost ten tribes) eventually gather into Israel.
I dont clearly identify any one Christian denomination as being the lost tribes of Israel. I think humans apply denominational labels, and some denominations are clearly in apostasy-big time.
I think G-d is a lot bigger than a denominational label and man-made traditions.
I do see a lot of people out there who worship G-d and identify with Israel very heavily in the gentile category, and they appear to be in every denominational category.
As for who the lost tribes are, I guess I'll just have to wait and see.
My opinion is this:
Christianity is designed to spread the word of G-d and bring it to the world ( some may disagree) and Judaism is the coporate knowledge. Although both disagree a lot, we fulfill seperate purposes. We worship the same G-d, and each side fulfills its task.
Rabbi Franz Rosenzweig probably put it best in his "Star of Redemption" manuscript.
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