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WHY IS IT SO DIFFICULT TO BELIEVE…?

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that the Europeans (Caucasians) could well be The Lost Tribes of Israel

MANY within  the  religious  world  consider that  the Israelites were simply a small group of “hill tribes” residing in the Middle-east region some 3,000-4,000 years ago, and that they have completely disappeared from the face of the earth,  and  are not to be found  today.

Let us consider this  issue  from  the  standpoint of numbers of people. In Genesis 46:27, we are informed that

…all the souls of the house of Jacob, which came into Egypt, were three score and ten.”

In retrospect, a total of seventy men,  of the house of Jacob went  into Israel.

[NOTE: It should be realized that in a census of Israel, only MEN between the ages of 20 and 50 – those who  could  carry a sword, to fight,  were  counted. Women, the young, and the aged were not counted in any census.]

Some  400 years later, at the time of the Exodus,  the number of men  in Israel  had  grown to 603,550 (see Exodus 38:26) – surely  a prolific increase from  the  70 souls who  entered Egypt some 400 years previously.

At the census conducted by David (circa  1100 B.C.), there were a total of 1,300,000 men,  with 800,000 from Israel and  500,000 from  Judah (see 2 Samuel 24:9), a sizable force even by today’s standards.

Based  upon scriptural figures given of these two numberings of all Israel  men,  it has  been possible to build a computer model of all Israelites to calculate the total  including women,  children, and  the  aged. The number obtained through this computer model was calculated in excess of SIXTEEN MILLION  PEOPLE! Further,   the  computer has  projected that  after an additional 400 years from David’s census the number of Israelites  from  both  Israel and  Judah would  be in the neighbourhood of 20-22 million  people. We are not talking about a few “hill  tribes.”  We are  talking about tens of millions of people!

After the death of Solomon in 931  B.C. the  Israel kingdom was  divided  as foretold  by Almighty God in I Kings 11 :9-11. Israel was the northern  kingdom consisting of ten of the tribes with its capital at Samaria. The southern kingdom of Judah consisted of two tribes (Judah and Benjamin) with its capital in Jerusalem (see 1 Kings 11:13, 32, 36).  Each  of these kingdoms had distinct and  separate prophets with  Hosea being  a prophet to Israel, and Jeremiah a prophet to Judah.

Suffice it to say that in the next 200 years, during the reign of 18 kings, that the house of Israel allowed sin to increase. Finally, the patience of God had reached its end and  the Almighty moved  the Assyrian empire to invade and  conquer the  northern kingdom  of Israel. [Note: Is history about to repeat itself today as our Fathers patience with His sinful people must be reaching a zenith?]

Commencing in 741 B.C., and continuing for about a 65-year period lasting until 676 B.C., three Assyrian kings took Israel captive. The  prophet Isaiah had  well prophesied this in 7:8,

“Within three score and  five years shall Ephraim” (a name for Israel) be broken that it be not a nation.”

The ten tribes (Israelites) were carried away  to the land of Media as found in I Chronicles 5:26, 2 Kings 17:4-6, and 18:9-12. While many refer to the lost ten tribes, we find in the following scripture in 2 Kings 18:13,

“Now in the fourteenth year of king Hezekiah did Sennacherib, king of Assyria come up against all the fenced cities of Judah, and took them.”

The  lost  ten  tribes, with  this  scripture has  now become the lost TWELVE tribes. Only the city of Jerusalem remained as the angel  of the LORD moved  against the Assyrians and  they withdrew, leaving Jerusalem intact (see: 2 Kings 19:35). It should  be understood that during the years of the Assyrian incursions/invasions, some of the  lsraelites/Judahites fled  to other areas, founding Carthage in North Africa, and  to Greece, Italy, France, Asia Minor, and other geographic locations. Close to 200 years later, circa 520  B.C., the king  of Babylon, Nebuchadnezzar, moved against the city of Jerusalem and removed almost 900,000 inhabitants to Babylon. This is what  is known as  the  seventy weeks prophecy of Jeremiah 25:11-12. Seventy years later, we are informed in  Nehemiah 7 and  Ezra 2, that  42,000+  returned to rebuild the city of Jerusalem.

What happened  to  the  other 850,000 missing inhabitants of old  Jerusalem? And further, what happened to  the  combined total  of  20-22  million Israelites/Judahites?

Did these peoples (tribes) disappear off of the face of the earth? Given the lack of concern and attention that  the early “established church”  and  modern-day “churchianity, “has given to the matter, you could make that presumption.

But God has told us that the Israelites are with us even to this very day. In Jeremiah 31:35-36 we are told,

“Thus saith the LORD which giveth the sun  for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon  and the stars  for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name;  If these  ordinances depart  from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease  from being a nation  before me  for ever.”

The sun, the moon, and the stars are still with us, and therefore Israel must still be a presence in the world today.

The Jewish historian, Flavius Josephus, writing during the  mid-to-late years of  the  first  century wrote , Wherefore there are but two tribes in Asia and Europe subject to the Romans, while the ten tribes are beyond Euphrates till now and are an immense multitude, and not to be estimated in numbers. ” [1]

In the Apocrypha, in the Book of 2 Esdras 13:39-46 we read,

”And whereas thou sawest that he gathered another peaceable multitude unto him; Those are the ten tribes which were carried away prisoners out of their own land in the time of Osea the king, whom Salmanaser the king of Assyria led away captive, and he carried them over the waters, and so came they into another land. But they took counsel among themselves that they would leave the multitude of the heathen, and go forth into a further country where  never mankind dwelt.  That they might there keep their statutes, which they never kept in their own land. And they entered into Euphrates by the narrow passages of the river. For the most High then showed signs for them and held still the flood, till they were passed over. For through that country there was a great way to go, namely of a year and a half: and the same region is called Arsareth. Then dwelt  they there until  the latter time; and now when they shall begin to come, the Highest shall stay the springs of the streams  again,  that they may go through:  therefore  sawest  thou the multitude with peace.

The historian, Herodotus, also makes mention of the migrations of these people, as does Sharon Turner, the great Anglo-Saxon historian.

In Scripture  we  find the  following  references. In Hosea 1:10-11 we read,

“Yet the number of the children of Israel shall be as the sand of the sea, which cannot  be measured nor numbered; and it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was  said unto  them. Ye are not my people, there it shall be said unto them, Ye are the sons  of the living God. Then shall the children  of Judah and  the  children of Israel  be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head [Christ Jesus] and they shall come up out of the land;  for great shall be the day of Jezreel…” (a joining together of two into one).

In 2 Samuel 7:10, we read,

“Moreover  I will appoint a place  for My people Israel, and will plant them, that they may dwell in a place of their own, and move no more; neither will the children of wickedness afflict them anymore as before  time.”

Where  was this future place that God had in mind for Israel? They were in Canaan land (Palestine) at the time of this prophecy.

In Genesis 17 (the Abrahamic Covenant), verses 4-7,

As for me, behold, my covenant is with thee, and thou shalt be a father of many nations.Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee..And I will make thee exceeding  fruitful, and I will make nations of thee, and kings shall come out of thee.And I will establish my covenant between me and  thee  and  thy  seed  after thee  in their generations,  for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto  thee, and to thy seed after thee.”

This is an “unconditional” covenant! In Genesis 22:18, we read,

“And in thy seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed…”

Further,  in Genesis 26:4, we read  of the same blessings conveyed upon Isaac,

“And I will make thy seed to multiply as the stars of heaven, and  will  give  unto  thy  seed  all these countries, and in thy  seed shall all the nations of the earth be blessed.”

This would  indicate that  “all nations” would  be “blessed” through a race of people. What people fit that role? Surely not the Talmudist rabble of the Israeli!

In John 7:35 we read,

“Then said the Jews among themselves,Whither will he go. That we shall not  find him? Will he go unto the dispersed  among  the Gentiles…?”

Obviously, the Jews of Jesus’ time were well aware of the location of the dispersed Israelites.

In 1 Peter1: 1-2, we read,

“Peter,an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia and Bithynia. Elect {chosen) according  to the foreknowledge of God the Father…”

Throughout scripture,  Israel is referred  to as being the “elect” and “chosen” of the Almighty.

In James 1 :1, we read,

”James, a servant of God and of the LORD Jesus Christ,  to  the  twelve tribes which  are  scattered abroad,  greeting…”

How is it that James knew  that the twelve tribes of Israel were scattered abroad,  and were not located  in Palestine at that time?

And in Matthew 1 0:5-6, we have the words of Jesus instructing his disciples,

“These twelve Jesus sent  forth, and commanded them  saying, Go not into  the  way of the Gentiles, and into  any city of the  Samaritans enter  ye not: But  go rather to  the  lost  sheep  of the  house of Israel…”

Jesus was most explicit about  who” the disciples were to go to.

And finally in Matthew 15:24, Jesus tells the Canaanite woman  just who he was sent to,

…I am  not  sent but  unto  the lost  sheep  of the house of Israel.”

Could this be any plainer and more specific?

So why is it that Christian lsraelitism is always under attack by all manner of groups? When  you study back through both secular and Scriptural history, there is no other answer than to accept that Israel, though yet blinded  to their identity, is alive and well in the world today and  can  be found in the  Anglo-Saxon, Scandinavian, Germanic, Celtic, and related peoples.

First, the Talmudists hate us since we pose a threat to their illicit claim to be “the Chosen people of God. ” If the truth were  to be  known   that  these  anti-Christ  and ungodly impostors  were  just that – impostors  – what would happen to all of the support from the Evangelicals and Fundamentalists for them? It has only been  in the last 60+ years that the ungodly ones have managed to con much of Christianity into believing that they, the anti-Christ Jews, are the “chosen” of God.

The second venue of attack against our beliefs comes from  the  so-called  Christian  churches. As the  early “established church”  evolved within the first centuries, they made  the decision  to put great distance  between the  corrupted, perverted and  Talmudic  doctrines of Judaism,  and  in essence, established the totally new religion  of Christianity. They decided to forget  and abandon most all of the God-given Hebrew  religion which existed prior to the establishment of Babylonian, Judaism. The Christian churches have today evolved into materialistic “big business” and in order to survive, they can not afford to have the truth emerge  that they have been promoting a false doctrine for centuries.

The concept of the modern church  is based on the premise that physical Israel is totally lost and gone, and that “the church”  has replaced it as a modern spiritual Israel. But that is not what  the Scriptures  say. In fact, there is no mention in Scripture of a spiritual Israel. All of the promises of God found in the Scriptures are meant for one people – ISRAEL. But the church  steeped in its traditions and materialistic  ways has ascertained  that the  promises  of God to Israel can  be delegated and assigned  to all non-Israel peoples. Who has delegated and given the “church” the role to change  and modify Scripture?

The civil authorities  want no mention  of who Israel truly is, as that would violate all of the politically correct nonsense that they are  promoting today.  Most in authority (and in the media)  find it incomprehensible that God can  have a bias when  it comes to differing peoples.  This is one reason why every time the media gets a chance, it labels our beliefs as racist and cultish. They can  not afford to have the truth be known  as it does contradict the many traditions of men which prevail today.

But the Bible is not written and  addressed  to everyone. The Bible was written to, for, and about Israel only!

So we find “organized religion”  consisting  of both Judaism,  and the so-called Christian churches allied against  the truth of Scripture  in an effort to maintain their  own  existence. With  all of the  scandals and problems  affecting organized  religion today, we  find more and more of our people  searching  for Scriptural truth. I would hope and pray that you would follow through and verify the accuracy of what has been written in this article, and then study the Scriptures to both determine and ascertain your responsibilities to the Most High.

Literature Cited:

[ 1) The Works of Flavius Josephus, Volume 3, Book 11, Chapter 5, Page 116, Baker Book House, Grand Rapids, For Further Study Read: Heirs Of The Promise by Sheldon Emry

 

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