"Brit-Am Now"-884
1. Kevin Opp: The name "Jew" for Ephraimite here to stay?
2. More on the Early Discovery of Australia
3. Brit-Am and Ephraimite-Jew-Names/Identifications

1. Kevin Opp: The name "Jew" for Ephraimite here to stay?
From: Kevin Opp <>
Subject: RE: "Brit-Am Now"-883 - Names/Identifications
#2. Clarification: No Offence Intended


I used to get into hair splitting detail with names and clarifications to Judah and Israel and what not. However a while back I came to this conclusion. Most on this website consider themselves Ephraimites and Israel and what not and that is great. But it seems to me watching current affairs of the world how the entire world is directing it's hatred towards the Jewish people and Pro Zionist Christians. And how the intellectuals who teach our children throughout the entire world hate anything pro Israel and pro Zionism. Mix this knowledge with history and the worlds lack of understanding about what we cannot even create proper terms for. What I am trying to say anyway is that, like it or not, I believe after the reuniting of the 2 houses the entire world will call us Jews regardless of technicality.

You can see this with worldly people and even Christians who don't understand when other Christians discover their Israelite roots. They will say "Oh, I forgot your Jewish now." Or maybe "Why do you want to be Jewish?" And a million other things. No matter how you try to explain it, you may as well speak Greek to them the just think Jew.

But anyway as we reunite and defeat our enemies, as in the Book of Obadiah. And the world is in hatred to us during the time of Jacobs troubles. I don't think that they are going to ask what we want to be called, nor will they refer to us as Jews and Jo's or whatever else. The will simply call us the nation of Israel, but call us all Jews. Might as well get used to it, and get over it, your going to be called a Jew weather you like it or not.
People now even if you thoroughly explain the lost tribes to them, are thinking Jews no matter what you say. They don't think lost Israelites but Missing Jews. It is just how it is. None of us were called Jews anyway until about the time of Jeremiah, it became the worlds term for the people of Israel, the people they related to the God of Israel. So be it.

I will close with a quote form Bun Gurion "Anyone who's crazy enough to call himself a Jew, he's a Jew."

The Jews remained the identity of Israel where the other tribes did not. There is definitely a small entity of all 12 tribes with the Jewish people. This does not make them not Jews. There is also an entity of the Southern Kingdom that got wrapped up in Ephraim, this does not make them Jews at this point.
The Jews became the identity of Israel while as the rest became mixed in with the Gentiles. This makes none more or less chosen. However, the world will always now look at however is identified as the people of Israel as Jews. It may not be technically correct, but that is how it is now. Nothing will change and we will all be called Jews. The term is Yehudim. It does not mean tribe of Judah but inhabitants of Judea, which we will all be. And our capitol will be the City of David, and our King will be the King of Judea.

2. More on the Early Discovery of Australia
Middle Age cartographers Macrobius in the tenth century, Cecco d'Ascoli in the thirteenth century, and Marco Polo in the fourteenth displayed their belief in a great southern continent. Marco Polo depicted two great islands south-east of Java and wrote that they were seven hundred miles distant. Marco Polo's information is viewed as evidence of Chinese knowledge of the southern continent.

A claim has been made by a Chinese scholar that Confucius cited calculations based on Chinese astronomical observations made in Australia during 592 B.C. and 553 B.C. A more easily accepted claim for Chinese landings in Australia dates to the early fifteenth century, when the Ming dynasty's huge fleet explored Timor and sailed as far as the Coast of Africa. In 1897 a soapstone statuette of Chinese origin was unearthed between the roots of a banyan tree one and a quarter meters underground near Darwin, on the northwest coast. Although Islamic and Arabian traders were established in the Indies prior to European discovery, no record of their visiting Australia has surfaced. Writing around 1515, Chronicler Tom Pires acknowledged learning details of the eastern seas from the charts of Moors, "which I have seen many times."

A judicial declaration made to the French Admiralty in 1505 by Binot Paulmier de Gonneville recounts being driven by a storm to an unknown land after rounding the Cape of Good Hope in 1503. Lost in a calm sea after a "furious tempest," Paulmier sailed to the south in the direction of birds he sighted. He found "a great country" and stayed six month in "Southern India." His crew refused to sail further and Gonneville returned to France. His journals and descriptions were lost when an English corsair plundered the vessel. The identity of "Southern India" remains in dispute.

A large country called "Great Java," depicted south of the islands of Java and Sumatra, occurs on six French maps bearing Portuguese place names. They may have been copied from the same original map, perhaps smuggled from Portugal by Bishop Miguel de Sylva. He was outlawed by public decree for carrying out of the country papers entrusted to him by King John. De Sylva's brother was imprisoned for writing to him. The Portuguese zealously enforced secrecy about their discoveries at sea. The oldest of the maps, drawn by Jean Rotz in 1542 and later presented to King Henry VIII of England, illustrates a great land from near ten degrees south latitude to 35 degrees south on the west coast, an exact correctness, and to 60 degrees south on the east. The south coast is not depicted.

Although no records of Portuguese discovery of Australia are known, the cartographic evidence of the early sixteenth century is not inconsistent with history. After 1517 Spain and Portugal began to dispute possession of the East Indies. On July 4, 1493, Pope Alexander VI decreed that all discoveries 180 degrees east of the Azores should belong to Portugal and those for 180 degrees to the west to Spain. The Catholic majesties agreed to fix the line of demarcation at the mouth of the River of the Amazones. European explorers were incapable of accurate determination of longitude until after developing precise chronometers. Thus the location of a meridian 180 degrees from the South American demarcation in the highly profitable spice islands became a point of contention.

In 1516 Fernando Magellan suggested that Sumatra, Java and the Moluccas were in the hemisphere belonging to Spain. In 1519 Charles V dispatched Magellan with five vessels on a westward passage to the islands, the first known voyage around the globe. Magellan and many of his sailors died in the Philippines before two surviving ships reached the disputed area. After three years at sea one ship, the Victoria, returned to Spain with only eighteen very ill survivors. They reiterated the Spanish claim to the East Indies.

In 1525 the marriage of King Charles' sister to King John eased the tensions. By secret treaty signed in Saragosa on April 22, 1529, Charles V sold the right to the islands to King John for a purported 350,000 gold ducats. The nearest portions of Australia to the Indies fell in the Spanish hemisphere and thereafter the Portuguese had no incentive to further explore the area, or to divulge secrets that could result in competition to their trade. Had they known that western Australia was in "their hemisphere" and that the Strait of Torres separated Australia and New Guinea, would Australia today be called "New Portugal"?

Around 1840 elderly Timorese recounted their belief to Australian colonist George Windsor Earl that Melville Island had been a source of slaves for the Portuguese. Three brass cannons, of possible sixteenth century Spanish or Portuguese origin, have been discovered on the Kimberley coast. Perhaps future archaeological finds will shed more light on early Portuguese and Spanish exploration down under.

The first substantiated discovery of Australia was in 1606 by Dutch captain Willem Jansz. His journey exploring the east and south coasts of New Guinea followed the western shores of the islands between Australia and New Guinea and then part of Northern Australia. Within the year Spaniard Luis Vaes de Torres sailed through the strait that bears his name and reported very large islands at eleven degrees south, probably Prince of Wales Island and Cape York Peninsula. Neither explorer knew he had discovered a separate continent. The Dutch continued to chart parts of the coast in successive voyages.

First recorded contact with the Aborigines is attributed to Dutch explorer Jan Carstensz on April 12, 1623. Upon landing the Dutch clashed with Aborigines. Carstensz termed the Cape York natives "the most wretched and poorest creatures I have ever seen." Later in the same voyage, on New Guinea, natives killed Carstensz and eight sailors. Dutch East India Company records note that the expedition found islands and nations "of very little use" to the Company.

In 1636 Gerrit Tomaz Pool sailed along the coast of Arnhem Land and, though many columns of smoke were sighted, no contact with natives was made. During six weeks in south-western Australia and sixteen inland explorations W. De Vlamingh sighted Aborigines only twice. On Abel Jansz Tasman's 1642-1643 voyage around the south side of the continent, resulting in discovery of Tasmania and New Zealand, the smoke of Aboriginal fires was noted. By 1756 Dutch explorers had visited all but the east coast of the continent. Having found no gold, silver or valuable trade commodities, the Dutch took little interest in "New Holland." The Dutch East India Company resolved that the area should remain unknown to deprive foreigners of trade advantages.

On August 26, 1768, Captain James Cook set sail from Plymouth, England on an overt scientific mission to observe the transit of Venus from the Pacific. His secret instructions from the British Admiralty, to sail at a latitude of 40 degrees south in search of a land of great extent, may have been due to Jean Rotz's 1542 map. After six months exploring New Zealand he sailed westward again and sighted "New South Wales" on April 19, 1770. Cook returned to England in July of 1771 after charting the coast for eight thousand kilometers and substantiating the separation of New Guinea and Australia.

The American War of Independence left the British without a place to off load convicts. Before the war about a thousand criminals were exported to the colonies each year. Two hundred offenses were punishable by death and many sentences were reprieved on condition of being transported abroad. During the war prisons and ships on the Thames became overfilled. In 1778 the King announced a plan for transporting convicts to New South Wales.

On January 26, 1788, Captain Arthur Phillip, 736 convicts and 294 others landed at Sydney Cove, New South Wales with optimism about their colony. In six months only one sheep survived of more than sixty head of livestock. Forty convicts had died on the voyage, another sixty-eight perished in the first half year, with many more sick from scurvy. The first supply ship to sail, two and one-half years later, wrecked on the coast of south Africa. The second fleet brought another thousand convicts, while 267 had perished en route. Half were landed sick and helpless.

In 1791 William Pitt, in the House of Commons, said it was a necessary and essential point of police to send the most incorrigible criminals out of the kingdom. No cheaper mode of disposing of convicts could be found. Transporting the most pitiable was seen as a way of further relieving the burden in the mother country. In 1791 another 198 died during a voyage that delivered 1,864 convicts. Governor Phillip, soon after arrival, had asked for non-convict settlers with knowledge of farming, but by 1800 only some twenty had arrived.

By 1820 the fledgling penal colony began to prosper. A total 400,000 acres of land had been granted, including 70,000 acres to ex-convicts. Settlements sprung up north and south of Sydney. Inland explorations discovered fertile lands. Wool became an important commodity and a profitable enterprise. The rest is part of Down Under history, a history that now reaches back much further than ever before imagined.

3. Brit-Am and Ephraimite-Jew-Names/Identifications
In principle we agree with Kevin Opp above.
The word "Jew" in common terminology is synonymous with Hebrew
or Israelite. One even finds the Lost Tribes described as Lost Tribes of Jews.
For many of those who do not know the Bible the whole idea of the "Lost Tribes"
is completely knew.
Lack of distinctive terminology is not correct but it exists and always will do so.
This should be the least of our worries.

Face up to reality:
For the person in the street "The Lost Ten Tribes" do not exist.
We have to convince them that they do.
We then have to convince them that they are us or at least those of us who do not already
pertain to "Judah".
This needs to be done.
It is not enough to simply "know" in your own heart and expect everyone else to agree with you.
It is also not enough to know yourself and not worry what others think.
Beyond the simple fact of ancestral origin there is the reality of activating your descent from Israel.
Convincing needs to be done.
One needs to provide proof.
Proof can be evidence from Brit-Am, from Steven Collins, from UCOG and the like, from the more respectable
British Israel writers of the past, or from anyone else, as long as they are sane, honest, and not anti-Semitic.
You must believe in it yourselves.
Brit-Am has provided evidence from the Bible, Rabbinical Studies, and academic sources.
Soon it will be Pesach (Passover) and all of us will be entering a new phase in our existence.
This gives all of us an increased chance for renewal.
We hope to be able to provide more evidence in improved modes of presentation.
This depends on your help as well as our own merits and effort.