"Brit-Am Now"-739
1. A Quiet Season?
2. Question on Herbert Armstrong and Differences with Brit-Am?
3. New Brit-Am DNA Feature
English NOT the same as North Germans

1. A Quiet Season?
From: Catherine Campbell
Subject: Re: "Brit-Am Now"-738-

Shalom Yair
No. 738 was particularly interesting.
The ancient book found in the bog  open at Tehillim [Psalms] 83 is no coincidence in my mind and considering the events in the region, we should daven [pray for] this one together with 130 and 142 as one of your correspondent suggests.
If I may also suggest, this is a good time for people to do tzedakah [Just Charity].  Give from what the Almighty has given us. "The results of Tzedakah shall be peace," Isaiah 32.17  Brit-Am is a good place to start although I recognize there are other countless others in need of our help at this time.  Yair, you say offerings have not been forthcoming lately and I would say that is due to the holiday season, people are away and spending a good deal of their time outside and away from their computers.  I find this to be the case at work, the telephones are quieter. I do not believe that it has anything to do with a falling away of people from Brit-Am and its beliefs.  I sincerely hope that this is the case and we shall have to wait and see.
Whilst writing this something else came to mind and that is the skewed media reporting of the war.  Although Brit-Am supporters will not be swayed by this,there may be some who will be and I have no idea how to reach these people.  Perhaps subscribe to may be a start.  Aside from that, I am 100% behind Israel and their need to defend the land and the people. In fact,if the truth be told, the brave Israeli soldiers are actually defending the entire world, not just Israel from these hatemongers.
This is getting long-winded so I had better say Shalom and keep safe.

2. Question on Herbert Armstrong and Differences with Brit-Am?
Mr. Davidiy:
I am sure you have heard of Herbert Armstrong and his worldwide church of God (now defunct).
Has your thinking been influenced by Armstrong or are there definite differences in what you and him advocate?
Thanks and may Jehovah bless and give you wisdom,

We used his work along with others in our research.
Mr  Armstrong also used the sources of they who had gone before him
and we also probably checked out many of the same sources and retained what we considered valid.
Concerning differences between us and Herbert Armstrong:
HWA found a religious organization.
On the religious level this is beyond our jurisdiction
though in a private capacity we consider the need felt by many amongst the Lost Ten Tribes to return
to their "Hebrew sources" a favorable sign.
Concerning the Lost Ten Tribes our conclusions are the same.
People around HWA gave specific tribal identifications to European nations
about half of which are different from ours.
Steven M. Collins has I believe the same identifications as adopted by HWA.
They are:
Reuben= France, Manasseh=USA, Britain and her daughters=Ephraim,
Zebulon=Holland, Issachar=Finland, Asher=Boers of South Africa,
Naphtali=Sweden, Benjamin=Norway, Dan=Denmark and Ireland,
Gad=part of Germany, Judah=Jews, Levi=Jews, Simeon=Sparta.
When you read our work "The Tribes" you will see portions of several different Tribes
are to be found  amongst most western nations.
Nevertheless we find historical dominant elements in the following:

Menasseh= USA,
Ephraim=Britain and her daughters
Issachar=Finland and Switzerland;
Asher=Scandinavia, Scotland;
Benjamin=Jews (East Ashkenazi), Normans, Belgium
Dan=Denmark, Ireland, Wales
Judah=Jews (Sephardi and West Ashkenazi though it is all one mix),
Simeon= Lombards, Wales, Ireland, Jews.

We therefore differ to a degree concerning the identities of Asher, Naphtali,
Benjamin, Gad, and Simeon.

HWA also put a lot of emphasis on identifying Germany with Assyria.
We are not certain about this though Craig White did research on the subject that is worth reading.
Brit-Am however tends to equate Germany with Gomer, Magog, and others who are dominated by Esau/Edom
Esau is also found amongst Israelite Nations just as many Israelites were once in Germany
but mostly moved out in migratory movements that reached their peak in the 1800s.

3. New Brit-Am DNA Feature
English NOT the same as North Germans
Brit-Am understands that DNA findings reflect environmental influence
triggering off an inner mechanism that is then transmitted by hereditary.
This means that no everyone with the same "markers" is necessarily of the same origin.
They may however well be related especially if  the effect occurs in a geographically limited area.
DNA findings may therefore, with reservations, assist us in research.
The following two features (especially the second one)
illustrate one example (out of many) a way in which Brit-Am researches and conclusions
are at least partially confirmed by DNA findings.

General Introduction to mtDNA

British mtDNA

Brit-Am: Conclusions:  The British "Celts" were distinct from European populations.
There was an element (at present noticed mainly by Brit-Am and occasionally hinted at by others)
amongst the British Celts and especially strong in Scotland that also existed in Scandinavia
and nowhere else.
The Anglo-Saxons who invaded England had some commonality with other German speaking
populations but were quite different in origin from the present inhabitants of North Germany
but similar perhaps to Germans on the Dutch border.