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The Ten 'Lost' Tribes Of Israel Were Never Actually Lost ^ | 5/9/16 | Gary

Posted on 05/12/2016 2:26:54 PM PDT by amessenger4god

Of all the dozens and dozens of signs pointing to the imminent return of Christ, two clearly stand above the rest:

1. In a technical sense the Gospel has now been preached to every nation on earth in fulfillment of Mark 13:10.  Some scholars argue that we must interpret the Greek word for "nation" strictly as an individual ethnic group, but even if that is the correct interpretation, this prophecy was likely fulfilled sometime toward the end of the 20th century or the beginning of this century.  There are certainly still several isolated tribes where the Gospel has not been preached, but the biblical "nation" must necessarily encompass a larger people group than merely a single tribe or else Paul could not have said of the Mediterranean world of his time in Colossians 1:23:

This is the gospel that you heard and that has been proclaimed to every creature under heaven, and of which I, Paul, have become a servant.

Check out this video that shows how the spread of the Gospel to all nations is virtually complete.

2. The return of the twelve tribes of Israel to the land of Israel is on the cusp of completion.  But wait... what about the ten lost tribes?  Isn't the only tribe back in the land the tribe of Judah - the Jews?  

For starters, the return of the Jews from Babylon to Israel included not only the tribe of Judah, but also the tribe of Benjamin.  When Solomon's sons split the Kingdom of Israel between the ten tribes in the north and the Kingdom of Judah in the south, Benjamin remained with Judah as part of the Kingdom of Judah.  In the strictest sense the term Jew is understood to mean someone who is either a Judahite or a Benjaminite as can be seen in the case of the Apostle Paul who was actually from the tribe of Benjamin (see Philippians 3:5), but referred to himself as a Jew (see Acts 21:39).

The Bible is crystal clear that the ten northern tribes of Israel were and are not to this day lost, but are part of the Jewish people.  Before I explain where the Bible tells us this I want to first explain that the myth of the "Ten Lost Tribes" came from the false triple witness of British-Israelism, Mormonism, and the common belief that the northern ten tribes never returned from Assyrian captivity because they eventually intermarried with the nations' Gentiles, gave up their Jewish customs, and in effect ceased to be a unique people.

British-Israelism dates back at least to the 19th century and essentially teaches that the ten northern tribes never returned to Israel and eventually migrated to western and northern Europe, becoming the Anglo-Saxons of today, who in turn colonized North America, Australia, and parts of South Africa.  In modern times this nonsensical belief was popularized by the heretic and false prophet Herbert W. Armstrong.

The Book of Mormon taught a similar belief, the difference being that the ten tribes were said to have migrated to the Americas becoming the Native Americans.

What the Bible actually says about the ten northern tribes is quite clear.  First, they were dispersed to Egypt, Assyria (see Zechariah 10:10) and other surrounding nations.  Second, and most importantly, there was a remnant from the ten northern tribes that had fled the north during the Assyrian invasion and had come to live in the Kingdom of Judah (see 2 Chronicles 34:9 and 2 Chronicles 35:17-18).  Therefore the Jews that were later exiled to Babylon and their children and grandchildren who returned from captivity included those from all twelve tribes.  Third, the New Testament writers wrote to those in the Diaspora with the understanding that those Jewish communities included members from all twelve tribes (e.g. James 1:1, Acts 26:7).

In summary, the Jews are made up of those from all the twelve tribes of Israel and they are now back in the land in fulfillment of a great number of prophecies (e.g. Isaiah 11:10-12, Ezekiel 36:22-28, Ezekiel 37:12, Ezekiel 38:8, Jeremiah 30:3-4, Zechariah 10:10).  Also, many Jews from nations north, south, and east of Israel returned to the land in the 20th and 21st centuries, these likely constituted the bulk of the remaining northern tribes (the Jews from Russia, Iran, Yemen, Egypt, Ethiopia, etc).

For a more detailed analysis of the topic check out this article.

TOPICS: Current Events; History; Theology
KEYWORDS: belongsinreligion; endtimes; history; israel; jews; latterdaysaints; lds; losttribes; mormonism; nonsense; notahistorytopic; sectarianturmoil
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1 posted on 05/12/2016 2:26:54 PM PDT by amessenger4god
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2 posted on 05/12/2016 2:47:01 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.)
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Good Poet - Thanks!

3 posted on 05/12/2016 2:48:49 PM PDT by PatriotCJC (Keep your powder dry!)
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I think there were eleven lost tribes. The author seems to have forgotten about the Hekawi....

"Tribe travel west, over stream, over river, over mountain, over mountain, over river, over stream!

Then come big day... tribe fall over cliff.

That when Hekawi get name. Medicine man say to my ancestor, "I think we lost. Where the heck are we?".

"Where the heck are we?" became "We're the Hekawi".

4 posted on 05/12/2016 3:09:52 PM PDT by RavenLooneyToon (Trump or Bust.If you don't vote then STFU and leave the country, non-voters =non-Republic.)
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Rangers never get lost, either. The term is “terrain bewilderment”.

5 posted on 05/12/2016 3:14:16 PM PDT by GingisK
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Furthermore, those Jewish people who were dispersed did not all assimilate. Many dispersed around the Mediterranean and continued to practice their faith.

Later, Alexander the Great succeeded in conquering the Mediterranean area and installing Greek as the language of commerce.

Just prior to the coming of Christ, around 200 B.C., the dispersed Jews recognized that they needed scriptures in their native language. In Alexandria, Egypt, they translated the the Old Testament scriptures into the Greek Septuagint. Many quotations of the Old Testament by the New Testament actually come from this Greek version.

By the time of Paul, Greek was a “universal” language, there were friendly synagogues in many of the communities which Paul visited, and there were scriptures available in Greek which most could understand and many could read.

By God’s providence, the “dispersion” of the Jews by the Assyrians served to set the stage for the preaching of the Gospel hundreds of years later throughout the western world.

6 posted on 05/12/2016 3:24:13 PM PDT by the_Watchman
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Your claim about the Book of Mormon is false. The Book of Mormon does not say the 10 Tribes migrated to the New World. It mentions two groups that came to the Americas about 600 B.C. The main early.character was Lehi who was from Manassa, the tribal origin of his travel companions is not mentioned. The other group, who sailed a different route to the Americas consisted of one of King Zedakiah’s sons who escaped his father’s murderers, and travelled with others who were presumably Jews, and likley some Phonecians, but the Book of Mormon never mentions their tribal origins.

I disagree with your other assertions, but cannot comment specifically on them at this time.

7 posted on 05/12/2016 3:28:21 PM PDT by Auntie Dem (Hey! Hey! Ho! Ho! Terrorist lovers gotta go!)
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The Hebrew Bible does not contain the phrase “Ten Lost Tribes” or its equivalent.

In addition to Judah together with Benjamin being known, it’s also obvious the Tribe of Levi is not “lost.” Perhaps the “lost tribes” just refers to the loss of most tribal identity among those who are known to be Jewish.

8 posted on 05/12/2016 3:49:58 PM PDT by hlmencken3 (I paid for an argument, but you're just contradicting!)
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House of Israel

This older book is from an lds perspective but will interest anyone as it draw mainly from genealogies and archeology on where the "lost" tribes went

The tribe of Ephraim emigrates north across Europe and splits into groups. Traveling through the Caucus region. As a side note the word Caucasian is from this area

Lots on the other tribes as well.

The prophet Jeremiah leaves with two daughters of Zedkiah and bring the coronation stone (used in the Bible) to Ireland. Tea Tephi married into the Irish royal line and the other daughter into the Spanish royal line according to the genealogical record. The stone is now set in the chair in Westminster Abbey where they still crown all the kings of England.

The "son" of Zedekiah who came with the Mulekites was likely his nephew according to Hugh Nibley or Mulekites may have come form the bible translation for "little king" = Malkiyahu


9 posted on 05/12/2016 4:07:59 PM PDT by Rameumptom (Gen X= they killed 1 in 4 of us)
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At least one major error is in this explanation.

Yes, all 12 tribes went into the captivity in Babylon - but scripture is very clear - only Judah and Benjamin VOLUNTARILY returned to rebuild Jerusalem AFTER the captivity. The other tribes were apparently quite content to stay in Babylon and had prospered there. They also apparently assimilated with the peoples of the area and their identity was presumably forever lost as a separate people.

Thus the post-exilic tribes were only Judah and Benjamin that left the comfort of Babylon for the dangers, insecurities, and risk that was involved in returning to a place of desolation surrounded by enemies - an incredibly brave move.

I know of no historical indication of any from the other 10 tribes ever returning.

Thus the Jews that were found in the Palestine area (there was never a country named that - name came from Romans who desired to prevent Jewish nationalism from ever re-occurring) in the early 1900’s were all descendants from the two tribes alone, and all the Jews that emigrated to Europe were also from these two tribes.

This historical fact is the origin of the concept of the lost 10 tribes........

10 posted on 05/12/2016 5:05:52 PM PDT by Arlis
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Actually many of the tribes did return. When the Kingdom was split. many in the north moved to Judea rather than serve the golden calves.

On the return from the Babylonian captivity, sacrifices were made for ALL the tribes.

When Joseph and Mary took Jesus to the the Temple where Simeon prophesied concerning the child they also met a prophetess,Anna of the tribe of ASHER.

But then there is still the problem with the Afghan tribe who still circumcises their children at 9 days and are believed to be one of the tribes that did not go back to Judea.

11 posted on 05/12/2016 5:37:21 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (DAD, Why did you drag us kids kicking and screaming from the Rockys to the tick infested Ozarks!)
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The tribes did not stay inside their area never to leave.

When the kingdom split many from the south went north and many from the north went south.

Not to mention that the Capital was an open city where you could find members of any and all tribes.

There never were ten lost tribes.

12 posted on 05/12/2016 5:46:06 PM PDT by Harmless Teddy Bear (Proud Infidel, Gun Nut, Religious Fanatic and Freedom Fiend)
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To: Rameumptom
The stone is now set in the chair in Westminster Abbey where they still crown all the kings of England.

One small correction: The Stone of Destiny is in Edinburgh, Scotland. It was last used in the coronation of Elizabeth II. The next time it will be in England will be for the coronation of the next King of England as per the agreement between England and Scotland.

The history of the stone is absolutely fascinating. Some believe it to be "Jacob's pillow".

13 posted on 05/12/2016 7:14:04 PM PDT by Texan
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Joseph is still alive as Joseph, not one assimilated into Judah as a Jew.

History repeats. Joseph himself was presumed lost to history and/or dead. Yet, he was ruler over all of Egypt, hiding in plain sight.

The complicated expert analyses about which people went where and when are going to be upended by simple, blatant meanings.

Family trees. Joseph + Judah = house + lineage = beit + lechem

Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.

Because enough is enough... this goes on every day in religion and politics.

14 posted on 05/12/2016 7:17:19 PM PDT by Ezekiel (All who mourn the destruction of America merit the celebration of her rebirth.)
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From f troop?

15 posted on 05/12/2016 7:18:51 PM PDT by Palio di Siena
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16 posted on 05/12/2016 8:55:07 PM PDT by Albion Wilde (In a time of universal deceit, telling the truth is a revolutionary act. --George Orwell)
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The Books of Esther, Daniel and Tobit both deal with Israelites in the Mesopotamia. Like those who went to Egypt provide a place for those exiled . Jeremiah ended his day in Egypt. Further, ought we not to assume that from the Days of the unified kingdom of David and Solomon, that Israelite engaged in trade were widely dispersed. That for many of these, their religion was their common bond.

17 posted on 05/12/2016 9:38:30 PM PDT by RobbyS (```JMJ)
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Yes, from F-troop.
Well done!

18 posted on 05/13/2016 5:42:53 AM PDT by RavenLooneyToon (Trump or Bust.If you don't vote then STFU and leave the country, non-voters =non-Republic.)
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The historical tracing of the ten northern tribes westward from the Caucacus region through Europe to the British Isles by British Israel theorists, is a fascinating story to be sure.

Scripture is claimed to support the theory, by “scripture,” or course the old testament is meant, for the new testament says nothing at all about it.

If such an important thing as this were true

- since most of the old testament is addressed to “Israel,” the ten northern tribes they tell us, then most of the Bible has to be ABOUT these ten tribes, allegedly the Caucasian peoples of the west -

then surely Jesus would have known it, and passed this on to his apostles. Doesn’t it say in Luke 24:45, that Jesus “opened their understanding that they might understand the scriptures?” The same OT scriptures, the British Israelite proponents claim as chief support for their theory.

Yet we find no evidence in Acts or the epistles that the apostles believed and taught such. On the contrary, it is clear that when they used the word “Israel” it NEVER meant what the British Israel proponents say it means.

19 posted on 05/13/2016 1:59:34 PM PDT by sasportas
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Is it time for a hollow earth ping?

20 posted on 05/13/2016 11:55:20 PM PDT by P-Marlowe (Freep mail me if you want to be on my Fingerstyle Acoustic Guitar Ping list.)
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