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  LOST TRIBES - Introduction

[Deut 4:27] And the LORD will scatter you among the peoples, and you will be left few in number among the nations where the LORD will drive you.

[Deut 4:28] And there you will serve gods of wood and stone, the work of men's hands, that neither see, nor hear, nor eat, nor smell.

[Deut 4:29] But from there you will seek the LORD your God, and you will find him, if you search after him with all your heart and with all your soul.

[Deut 4:30] When you are in tribulation, and all these things come upon you in the latter days, you will return to the LORD your God and obey his voice,

[Deut 4:31] for the LORD your God is a merciful God; he will not fail you or destroy you or forget the covenant with your fathers which he swore to them.

The above is the basis for the prophesy regarding the return of the Jewish People to Israel. But remember it was a statement supposedly given to the Children of Israel at Sinai. That means all the Children of Israel. The very important question is where are they? The promise was not given to the Tribe of Judah alone (i.e. The Jews ), nor was it given to believers. It was given to the seed of the Tribes.

Over the coming weeks we will trace who might or might not be the descendants of those tribes that supposedly received the promise at Sinai and those in the English speaking world including America are going to be very surprised.

To show how the prophets viewed the situation, I have compiled a list of quotations showing how "The House of Judah", "The House of Israel" and even "Jerusalem" (the home of the Benjaminites) were all treated separately.

[Isa 11:12.21] He will raise an ensign for the nations, and will assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.

[Isa 11:13.11] The jealousy of E'phraim shall depart, and those who harass Judah shall be cut off; E'phraim shall not be jealous of Judah, and Judah shall not harass E'phraim.

[Isa 65:9.10] I will bring forth descendants from Jacob, and from Judah inheritors of my mountains; my chosen shall inherit it, and my servants shall dwell there.

[Jer 3:8.27] She saw that for all the adulteries of that faithless one, Israel, I had sent her away with a decree of divorce; yet her false sister Judah did not fear, but she too went and played the harlot.

[Jer 3:11.16] And the LORD said to me, "Faithless Israel has shown herself less guilty than false Judah.

[Jer 3:18.7] In those days the house of Judah shall join the house of Israel, and together they shall come from the land of the north to the land that I gave your fathers for a heritage.

[Jer 5:11.10] For the house of Israel and the house of Judah have been utterly faithless to me, says the LORD.

[Jer 8:1.13] "At that time, says the LORD, the bones of the kings of Judah, the bones of its princes, the bones of the priests, the bones of the prophets, and the bones of the inhabitants of Jerusalem shall be brought out of their tombs;

[Jer 9:26.2] Egypt, Judah, Edom, the sons of Ammon, Moab, and all who dwell in the desert that cut the corners of their hair; for all these nations are uncircumcised, and all the house of Israel is uncircumcised in heart."

[Jer 11:10.34] They have turned back to the iniquities of their forefathers, who refused to hear my words; they have gone after other gods to serve them; the house of Israel and the house of Judah have broken my covenant which I made with their fathers.

[Jer 11:17.26] The LORD of hosts, who planted you, has pronounced evil against you, because of the evil which the house of Israel and the house of Judah have done, provoking me to anger by burning incense to Ba'al."

[Jer 12:14.40] Thus says the LORD concerning all my evil neighbors who touch the heritage which I have given my people Israel to inherit: "Behold, I will pluck them up from their land, and I will pluck up the house of Judah from among them.

[Jer 13:9.13] "Thus says the LORD: Even so will I spoil the pride of Judah and the great pride of Jerusalem.

[Jer 13:11.25] For as the waistcloth clings to the loins of a man, so I made the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah cling to me, says the LORD, that they might be for me a people, a name, a praise, and a glory, but they would not listen.

[Jer 13:19.15] The cities of the Negeb are shut up, with none to open them; all Judah is taken into exile, wholly taken into exile.

[Jer 15:4.25] And I will make them a horror to all the kingdoms of the earth because of what Manas'seh the son of Hezeki'ah, king of Judah, did in Jerusalem.

[Jer 17:25.32] then there shall enter by the gates of this city kings who sit on the throne of David, riding in chariots and on horses, they and their princes, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and this city shall be inhabited for ever.

[Jer 19:3.13] You shall say, `Hear the word of the LORD, O kings of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem. Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, Behold, I am bringing such evil upon this place that the ears of every one who hears of it will tingle.

[Jer 19:7.12] And in this place I will make void the plans of Judah and Jerusalem, and will cause their people to fall by the sword before their enemies, and by the hand of those who seek their life. I will give their dead bodies for food to the birds of the air and to the beasts of the earth.

[Jer 19:13.12] The houses of Jerusalem and the houses of the kings of Judah--all the houses upon whose roofs incense has been burned to all the host of heaven, and drink offerings have been poured out to other gods--shall be defiled like the place of Topheth.'"

[Jer 20:4.38] For thus says the LORD: Behold, I will make you a terror to yourself and to all your friends. They shall fall by the sword of their enemies while you look on. And I will give all Judah into the hand of the king of Babylon; he shall carry them captive to Babylon, and shall slay them with the sword.

[Jer 23:6.4] In his days Judah will be saved, and Israel will dwell securely. And this is the name by which he will be called: `The LORD is our righteousness.'

[Jer 24:8.26] "But thus says the LORD: Like the bad figs which are so bad they cannot be eaten, so will I treat Zedeki'ah the king of Judah, his princes, the remnant of Jerusalem who remain in this land, and those who dwell in the land of Egypt.

[Jer 25:2.11] which Jeremiah the prophet spoke to all the people of Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem:

[Jer 25:18.6] Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, its kings and princes, to make them a desolation and a waste, a hissing and a curse, as at this day;

[Jer 30:3.20] For behold, days are coming, says the LORD, when I will restore the fortunes of my people, Israel and Judah, says the LORD, and I will bring them back to the land which I gave to their fathers, and they shall take possession of it."

[Jer 30:4.12] These are the words which the LORD spoke concerning Israel and Judah:

[Jer 31:27.21] "Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will sow the house of Israel and the house of Judah with the seed of man and the seed of beast.

[Jer 31:31.25] "Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the house of Israel and the house of Judah,

[Jer 32:30.10] For the sons of Israel and the sons of Judah have done nothing but evil in my sight from their youth; the sons of Israel have done nothing but provoke me to anger by the work of their hands, says the LORD.

[Jer 32:32.15] because of all the evil of the sons of Israel and the sons of Judah which they did to provoke me to anger--their kings and their princes, their priests and their prophets, the men of Judah and the inhabitants of Jerusalem.

[Jer 33:7.7] I will restore the fortunes of Judah and the fortunes of Israel, and rebuild them as they were at first.

[Jer 33:14.26] "Behold, the days are coming, says the LORD, when I will fulfil the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah.

[Jer 33:16.4] In those days Judah will be saved and Jerusalem will dwell securely. And this is the name by which it will be called: `The LORD is our righteousness.'

[Jer 34:7.19] when the army of the king of Babylon was fighting against Jerusalem and against all the cities of Judah that were left, Lachish and Aze'kah; for these were the only fortified cities of Judah that remained.

[Jer 35:17.19] Therefore, thus says the LORD, the God of hosts, the God of Israel: Behold, I am bringing on Judah and all the inhabitants of Jerusalem all the evil that I have pronounced against them; because I have spoken to them and they have not listened, I have called to them and they have not answered."

[Jer 36:2.20] "Take a scroll and write on it all the words that I have spoken to you against Israel and Judah and all the nations, from the day I spoke to you, from the days of Josi'ah until today.

[Jer 36:6.53] so you are to go, and on a fast day in the hearing of all the people in the LORD's house you shall read the words of the LORD from the scroll which you have written at my dictation. You shall read them also in the hearing of all the men of Judah who come out of their cities.

[Jer 36:31.31] And I will punish him and his offspring and his servants for their iniquity; I will bring upon them, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and upon the men of Judah, all the evil that I have pronounced against them, but they would not hear.'"

[Jer 40:11.32] Likewise, when all the Jews who were in Moab and among the Ammonites and in Edom and in other lands heard that the king of Babylon had left a remnant in Judah and had appointed Gedali'ah the son of Ahi'kam, son of Shaphan, as governor over them,

[Jer 40:12.22] then all the Jews returned from all the places to which they had been driven and came to the land of Judah, to Gedali'ah at Mizpah; and they gathered wine and summer fruits in great abundance.

[Jer 40:15.52] Then Joha'nan the son of Kare'ah spoke secretly to Gedali'ah at Mizpah, "Let me go and slay Ish'mael the son of Nethani'ah, and no one will know it. Why should he take your life, so that all the Jews who are gathered about you would be scattered, and the remnant of Judah would perish?"

[Jer 44:2.28] "Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel: You have seen all the evil that I brought upon Jerusalem and upon all the cities of Judah. Behold, this day they are a desolation, and no one dwells in them,

[Jer 50:4.19] "In those days and in that time, says the LORD, the people of Israel and the people of Judah shall come together, weeping as they come; and they shall seek the LORD their God.

[Jer 50:20.25] In those days and in that time, says the LORD, iniquity shall be sought in Israel, and there shall be none; and sin in Judah, and none shall be found; for I will pardon those whom I leave as a remnant.

[Jer 50:33.17] "Thus says the LORD of hosts: The people of Israel are oppressed, and the people of Judah with them; all who took them captive have held them fast, they refuse to let them go.

[Jer 51:5.4] For Israel and Judah have not been forsaken by their God, the LORD of hosts; but the land of the Chalde'ans is full of guilt against the Holy One of Israel.

[Lam 2:2.25] The Lord has destroyed without mercy all the habitations of Jacob; in his wrath he has broken down the strongholds of the daughter of Judah; he has brought down to the ground in dishonor the kingdom and its rulers.

[Lam 2:5.31] The Lord has become like an enemy, he has destroyed Israel; he has destroyed all its palaces, laid in ruins its strongholds; and he has multiplied in the daughter of Judah mourning and lamentation.

[Ezek 9:9.14] Then he said to me, "The guilt of the house of Israel and Judah is exceedingly great; the land is full of blood, and the city full of injustice; for they say, `The LORD has forsaken the land, and the LORD does not see.'

[Ezek 25:3.44] Say to the Ammonites, Hear the word of the Lord GOD: Thus says the Lord GOD, Because you said, `Aha!' over my sanctuary when it was profaned, and over the land of Israel when it was made desolate, and over the house of Judah when it went into exile;

[Ezek 27:17.1] Judah and the land of Israel traded with you; they exchanged for your merchandise wheat, olives and early figs, honey, oil, and balm.

[Ezek 37:16.12] "Son of man, take a stick and write on it, `For Judah, and the children of Israel associated with him'; then take another stick and write upon it, `For Joseph (the stick of E'phraim) and all the house of Israel associated with him';

[Ezek 37:19.43] say to them, Thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I am about to take the stick of Joseph (which is in the hand of E'phraim) 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.

[Dan 9:7.21] To thee, O Lord, belongs righteousness, but to us confusion of face, as at this day, to the men of Judah, to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and to all Israel, those that are near and those that are far away, in all the lands to which thou hast driven them, because of the treachery which they have committed against thee.

[Hos 1:11.5] And the people of Judah and the people of Israel shall be gathered together, and they shall appoint for themselves one head; and they shall go up from the land, for great shall be the day of Jezreel.

[Hos 5:5.15] The pride of Israel testifies to his face; E'phraim shall stumble in his guilt; Judah also shall stumble with them.

[Hos 5:12.17] Therefore I am like a moth to E'phraim, and like dry rot to the house of Judah.

[Hos 5:13.7] When E'phraim saw his sickness, and Judah his wound, then E'phraim went to Assyria, and sent to the great king. But he is not able to cure you or heal your wound.

[Hos 5:14.19] For I will be like a lion to E'phraim, and like a young lion to the house of Judah. I, even I, will rend and go away, I will carry off, and none shall rescue.

[Hos 6:4.16] What shall I do with you, O E'phraim? What shall I do with you, O Judah? Your love is like a morning cloud, like the dew that goes early away.

[Hos 8:14.11] For Israel has forgotten his Maker, and built palaces; and Judah has multiplied fortified cities; but I will send a fire upon his cities, and it shall devour his strongholds

[Hos 10:11.24] E'phraim was a trained heifer that loved to thresh, and I spared her fair neck; but I will put E'phraim to the yoke, Judah must plow, Jacob must harrow for himself.

[Hos 11:12.15] E'phraim has encompassed me with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit; but Judah is still known by God, and is faithful to the Holy One.

[Hos 12:2.7] The LORD has an indictment against Judah, and will punish Jacob according to his ways, and requite him according to his deeds.

[Joel 3:1.16] "For behold, in those days and at that time, when I restore the fortunes of Judah and Jerusalem,

[Joel 3:6.7] You have sold the people of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks, removing them far from their own border.

[Joel 3:20.2] But Judah shall be inhabited for ever, and Jerusalem to all generations.

[Mic 1:1.22] The word of the LORD that came to Micah of Mo'resheth in the days of Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezeki'ah, kings of Judah, which he saw concerning Sama'ria and Jerusalem

[Mic 1:5.37] All this is for the transgression of Jacob and for the sins of the house of Israel. What is the transgression of Jacob? Is it not Sama'ria? And what is the sin of the house of Judah? Is it not Jerusalem?

[Mic 5:2.15] But you, O Bethlehem Eph'rathah, who are little to be among the clans of Judah, from you shall come forth for me one who is to be ruler in Israel, whose origin is from of old, from ancient days.

[Zeph 1:4.8] "I will stretch out my hand against Judah, and against all the inhabitants of Jerusalem; and I will cut off from this place the remnant of Ba'al and the name of the idolatrous priests;

[Zech 1:12.25] Then the angel of the LORD said, `O LORD of hosts, how long wilt thou have no mercy on Jerusalem and the cities of Judah, against which thou hast had indignation these seventy years?'

[Zech 1:19.25] And I said to the angel who talked with me, "What are these?" And he answered me, "These are the horns which have scattered Judah, Israel, and Jerusalem."

[Zech 2:12.6] And the LORD will inherit Judah as his portion in the holy land, and will again choose Jerusalem."

[Zech 8:13.16] And as you have been a byword of cursing among the nations, O house of Judah and house of Israel, so will I save you and you shall be a blessing. Fear not, but let your hands be strong."

[Zech 8:15.19] so again have I purposed in these days to do good to Jerusalem and to the house of Judah; fear not.

[Zech 9:13.5] For I have bent Judah as my bow; I have made E'phraim its arrow. I will brandish your sons, O Zion, over your sons, O Greece, and wield you like a warrior's sword.

[Zech 10:6.7] "I will strengthen the house of Judah, and I will save the house of Joseph. I will bring them back because I have compassion on them, and they shall be as though I had not rejected them; for I am the LORD their God and I will answer them.

[Zech 11:14.12] Then I broke my second staff Union, annulling the brotherhood between Judah and Israel.

[Zech 12:2.22] "Lo, I am about to make Jerusalem a cup of reeling to all the peoples round about; it will be against Judah also in the siege against Jerusalem.

[Zech 12:5.5] Then the clans of Judah shall say to themselves, `The inhabitants of Jerusalem have strength through the LORD of hosts, their God.'

[Zech 12:6.10] "On that day I will make the clans of Judah like a blazing pot in the midst of wood, like a flaming torch among sheaves; and they shall devour to the right and to the left all the peoples round about, while Jerusalem shall still be inhabited in its place, in Jerusalem

[Zech 12:7.11] "And the LORD will give victory to the tents of Judah first, that the glory of the house of David and the glory of the inhabitants of Jerusalem may not be exalted over that of Judah.

[Zech 14:14.2] even Judah will fight against Jerusalem. And the wealth of all the nations round about shall be collected, gold, silver, and garments in great abundance.

[Zech 14:21.7] and every pot in Jerusalem and Judah shall be sacred to the LORD of hosts, so that all who sacrifice may come and take of them and boil the flesh of the sacrifice in them. And there shall no longer be a trader in the house of the LORD of hosts on that day.

[Mal 2:11.1] Judah has been faithless, and abomination has been committed in Israel and in Jerusalem; for Judah has profaned the sanctuary of the LORD, which he loves, and has married the daughter of a foreign god.

[Mal 3:4.5] Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasing to the LORD as in the days of old and as in former years.

Any Questions.

Michael S. Sanders

Irvine, California

April 22, 1998

 



Bibliography
  1. Tanakh: A New Translation of the Holy Scriptures According to the Traditional Hebrew Text (ISBN: 0827603665)

 




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