THE ORIGIN OF THE LOST TEN TRIBES
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We trace the Ten Lost Tribes to Western nations.
We have proven that the Lost Ten Tribes are now to be found amongst non-Jewish peoples in the west.
It is worth while however beforehand that we show how the Two sections of the Israelite Nations split apart from each other and how the Ten tribes were exiled.
Let us consider the Dvision between Judah (the Jews) and the Ten tribes.
As we said, at the beginning, there were Twelve Tribes of Israel.
These 12 Tribes were named after the 12 sons of Jacob. Jacob was also known as Israel. Jacob was the son of Isaac and he of Abraham. We thus have Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob who was re-named Israel. Jacob had four wives: Leah, Rachel, Bilhah, and Zilphah. Bilhah was the maid-servant of Rachel and Zilpah was the maid-servant of Leah. The interrelationships of the main wives and their maid-servants was later reflected to some degree in the attitude of their offspring to each other.
The Twelve sons of Israel were Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, and Zebulon from Leah. Gad and Asher were the sons of Zilpah. Joseph and Benjamin were the sons of Rachel. Dan and Naphtali were the sons of Bilhah. Joseph later had two sons Ephraim and Manasseh. These two sons of Joseph became fully-fledged Tribes in their own right (Genesis 48;5).. Taking Ephraim and Manasseh each as separate Tribes and each as equal to the other Tribes we actually get 13 tribes. Since however in Biblical Thought the number twelve has special significance whenever the Bible lists the tribes a quorum of twelve tribes is always maintained. This is done by either counting Ephraim and Manasseh as the one tribe of Joseph, or by counting Ephraim and Manasseh as separate tribes but not counting Levi who was the Priestly Tribe and separate from the rest. In one case Ephraim, Manasseh, and Levi are counted but the Tribe of Simeon is left out and assumedly included with Judah. The Commentators give their reasons as to why in particular instances one tribe is counted and another is not. At all events a quorum of Twelve Tribes is maintained.
The Twelve sons of Israel went down to Egypt where they increased and multiplied and became twelve tribes. In Egypt they were oppressed and cried out to God to save them. The Almighty sent Moses who took the Israelites out of Egypt with great signs and wondrous miracles and lead them through the Wilderness. In the Wilderness they received the Torah. Moses was followed by Joshua from the Tribe of Ephraim who lead the Israelites in conquering the Land of Canaan.
After several hundred years of ups and downs the Israelites were united in one kingdom of Israel. The first king was Saul from the Tribe of Benjamin. After Saul came David. In Biblical Terms the only legitimate ruling dynasty of David in the long term must come from David. The son of David was Solomon who built the Temple in Jerusalem. The son of Solomon was Rehoboam. Rehobam at the beginning of his reign received a deputation from the Tribes of Israel requesting an alleviation in taxes. Rehobam refused so the ten northern tribes seceded and established their own kingdom with Jeroboam the son of Nebat from the Tribe of Ephraim as their monarch.
So Israel rebelled against the house of David unto this day" (1-Kings 12:19).
After the secession, King Rehoboam wanted to attack the seceding northern tribes in order to punish and re-unite with them but was told by the Prophet Shemaiah,
"So says The LORD, you shall not go up, nor fight against your brethren the children of Israel:...for this thing is from me.... (1-Kings 12;24).
The division had a Divine Purpose, each branch of the Israelite nation was to be given its own historical mission which required separation of the two parts. Various Scriptural passages show that a subtle rivalry for the hegemony over Israel had always existed between the Tribes of Judah and Ephraim.
After the division the two separate entities known as the Kingdom of Judah and the Kingdom of Israel remained apart from each other for more than 200 years until the Northern Ten Tribes were exiled.
This mutual antagonism will, however, not last forever. At some time in the future there will be a Re-Unification and reconciliation :
"And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
"The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim" (Isaiah 11;12-13).
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Yair Davidiy from the Brit-Am Movement of the Ten Tribes describes the initial division between the Jews of Judah and the Ten Tribes who were exiled, lost their identity and migrated to the west.
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