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The Lost Ten Tribes

Who are the Lost Ten Tribes? Where did they go? When will they return? What will they do? Ancient scripture answers these questions.

The Lost Ten Tribes and Their Astounding Return

The subject of the lost ten tribes seems to be hardly studied or touch upon by Christians in general. However, the subject matter I’m going to teach you is extremely significant to our understanding the events that will unfold in the latter-days.

What I’m about to teach you most will say “I’ve fallen off my rocker.” And, rightly so. There was a time when I struggled to believe these things but I can’t help but feel like Martin Luther when the Catholic Church demanded he recant his 95 Theses, who exclaimed “Unless I am convinced by proofs from scriptures or by plain and clear reasons and arguments, I cannot and will not retract.”

It is my study of the scriptures and faith in Christ’s keeping his covenants that he has made with the house of Israel that has led me to believe there is a large population unknown to all the world, but known to God that his almighty hand has hidden.

How is that possible seeing how the entire globe is discovered I don’t know exactly. There are many theories.

Who Are the Lost Ten Tribes?

Let’s go back to Abraham. God made covenants with Abraham that apply to us who strive to follow Christ. The majority of the world was very wicked in Abraham’s time but he and his household loved the Lord with all he had. As a test with a symbolic meaning the Lord tested Abraham to see if he was willing to offer up his son. Both, Abraham and Isaac willingly submitted (Isaac was not a child at the time, but a grown man.

Because of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob’s faith God blessed them that gospel would go to his posterity, the priesthood and powers with it (think of Moses and other prophets the miracles they performed), and all the land of Canaanan. 

Jacob had 12 sons these same blessings were passed down to them. The Lord had changed Jacob’s name to Israel and it was the name of Israel that distinguished them and gave them their identity as a society. In addition, these people also distinguished their lineage to one of the 12 sons of Jacob.

This may be because the blessings and responsibilities to certain sons were a little different from others. For example, Moses was a Levite and it was the responsibility of the Levites to officiate in temple and other worship ordinances. Because of this Levites were not given a specific land inheritance because their responsibilities required them to dispersed among the other tribes.

If Israel would keep the Lord’s covenants they would be blessed with prosperity, peace, and protection so long as the posterity kept these covenants given to them.

However, the posterity of Israel at certain times in history didn’t keep these covenants.

Because of this they deteriorated as a society. They used to have a republican form of government similar to the U.S. government but later they turned into a Monarchy.  

Saul being the first king over Judah, but later King David would be the first king to have all the tribes unite under his rule.

King David had a son named Soloman who later became King. Soloman was an awesome king at the beginning of his reign. He asked God to bless him with wisdom. The kingdom of Israel became extremely wealthy under his reign. Surrounding countries would often pay tribute to him and seek his counsel.

However, at the end of Solomon’s reign he seemed to lose all his wisdom. He later chose many wives and concubines from other nations. He started to practice some of their beliefs. His government became a bloated bureaucracy and taxes had become oppressive.

In fact, the tax has become so oppressive that the people were on the verge of revolution. But as we and they knew revolutions usually always end in some form of bloodshed. Instead of revolting they knew that Solomon was old and about to die.

So the people decided to wait and see how Solomon’s son Rehoboam would treat them. As soon as Rehoboam became king the people sent a representative to him, asking if he would ease the tax burden.

Rehoboam asked for 3 days to consult with his counselors before giving a response, some of his newer more arrogant counselors gave him terrible advice. Rehoboam’s response to the people was what you might expect from a spoiled little brat raised in royalty? He informed them that his father’s taxation would be extremely light compared to what he was going to subject them to.

Thus, 10 of the tribes revolted and formed their own nation and established a man named Jeroboam to be their king. (Yes, the names Jeroboam and Rehoboam rhyme. It’s kind of odd coincidence.) The country was split in two. A northern kingdom under Jeroboam’s reign and the southern kingdom under Rehoboam’s reign.

A prophet instructed Jeroboam to be patient and faithful and the Lord in would uphold and sustain him. However, Jeroboam was very fearful. He worried that since the temple was located in Jerusalem that the country would unite back together since people in his kingdom were still traveling to Jerusalem to worship their God. Thus, Jeroboam figured in time he would be executed for being a traitor when the country united back together.

To prevent this, he had high places (counterfeit temples) built that were outside of his authority, nor did they uphold the practices of worship the way the Lord had established. They were localized religious centers that were used to worship false Gods such as those from the canaanite culture, and the kingdom of the 10 tribes quickly apostatized from the gospel Moses had established among them.

The northern and southern kingdoms fluctuated in their righteousness towards the Lord, but eventually the northern kingdom had completely forsaken their covenants in honoring the Lord and they were conquered by the Assyrian empire in 721 BC.

The Assyrians took the entire population of the northern Kingdom out of their homeland and subjected them to slavery in Assyria. According to 2 Kings 17: 6 these Israeli slaves were placed in three different locations; “Halah, and in Harbor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.” 

Today this area is known as northeast Syria and northern Iraq. 

The Assyrian empire later fell to the Babylonians. The Babylonians raised the capital city of Nineveh in 612 B.C.

The ten tribes had been subject to slavery for roughly 100 years. When the Assyrian cities were being conquered by the Babylonians the 10 Israeli tribes were liberated at this time. They were never heard of again and have been named, “The lost ten tribes.”

Most people believe these former slaves went to settle in foreign lands throughout Europe and Asia and lost their Jewish culture and identity as they assimilated into other cultures, but the apocrypha gives a different version of what happened. 

In the below verses of 2nd Esdras, Ezra is being shown a vision. I will not go into the details of this vision because that is for an entirely new discussion. Just know in this vision there are two multitudes of people. 

The first multitude represents people over the entire earth and it appears that just about everybody is at war one with another. 

Afterwards another great peaceful multitude comes out into the view of this vision. The angel giving Ezra the interpretation of this vision declares to him that this peaceful group of are the ten tribes. Ezra refers to the events of this vision taking place in the latter-days (latter-days are a time referred to as the time just prior to Christ’s return. Closing of the 6th and opening of the 7th seal. Now, our generation).

Read below what is said regarding these people and their return. 

2 Esdras 13: 40-48

40. Those are the ten tribes, which were carried away prisoners out of their own land in the time of Osea the king, whom Salmanasar the king of Assyria led away captive, and he carried them over the waters, and so came they into another land.

41. But they took this counsel among themselves, that they would leave the multitude of the heathen, and go forth into a further country, where never mankind dwelt,

42. That they might there keep their statutes, which they never kept in their own land.

43. And they entered into Euphrates by the narrow places of the river.

44. For the most High then shewed signs for them, and held still the flood, till they were passed over.

45. 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.

46. Then dwelt they there until the latter time; and now when they shall begin to come,

47. The Highest shall stay the springs of the stream again, that they may go through: therefore sawest thou the multitude with peace.

48. But those that be left behind of thy people are they that are found within my borders.

According to the scripture above this peaceful multitude of people are descendents of the former slaves of Assyria who were the 10 tribes of Israel that were liberated around 614-612 BC at the time the Babylonians were conquering Assyria. 

Instead of staying under Babylonian rule they took counsel together and decided they would leave the land and go to a place that had never been inhabited by people. 

If they were living in northern modern day Syria and Iraq as 2nd Kings states then crossing the Euphrates River at the narrow spots means they would have been heading north or a northwestern direction.

It also says the lord “held still the flood (river) till they passed over.” 

This holding still of the water may have been similar to how the Red Sea was split by Moses or how the river Jordan was split by Joshua. 

In verse 47 we learn that when these people return to Israel, they will return the same way with the Euphrates River splitting allowing them to pass through. 

From this point we’re not sure where these people went to. A land never before inhabited by people during 600 BC is a tall order. I’m not an expert in this field but I’d think every spot on the map had been inhabited by people at some point in time. 

This land was also very far away since this journey took a year and a half to complete. 

In Ezra’s vision he sees that this peaceful people have a man who is their leader. He ascends up out of the sea and as he describes it, is flying on this mountain/hill he has created. 

Ezra says the following in verse 7.

7. But I would have seen the region or place whereout the hill was graven, and I could not. 

In other words Ezra could not see where this region was that was hosting this peaceful people or their leader. 

This is why in verse 45 Ezra’s angelic visitor let’s him know the name of this region being called Arsareth. 

In verse 48 Ezra is told that the people left behind, meaning not part of the peaceful multitude were people that were found “within my borders”. Another way of interpreting this would be to say that the people who were all at war one with another were living within the normal known territories of the earth. 

The peaceful multitude that returns is coming from somewhere outside the known borders of this world. Somewhere hidden. 

I believe the book of 2nd Esdras to be the true word of God as far as it is translated correctly, but if you’d like a more canonical book let’s look in odd verse in Deuteronomy 29: 28-29

In the verses below Moses is speaking to the Israelites as they are getting ready to enter into the promised land. He explains that if they don’t keep their covenants and provoke the Lord to anger then shall he allow them to be smitten. Other nations will exclaim what did the Lord due to this land? The following two verses are what Moses gives as what the other nations will say as an explanation to this question. 

28 And the Lord rooted them out of their land in anger, and in wrath, and in great indignation, and cast them into another land, as it is this day.

29 The secret things belong unto the Lord our God: but those things which are revealed belong unto us and to our children for ever, that we may do all the words of this law.

According to these verses, Moses had told the Israelites when they violated their covenants the Lord had given them then they would be cast into another land. 

Where is that land the 10 tribes went to? Well it was a secret land only the Lord knows of, but one he had set aside long in advance for them to go to. 

Interesting side note to this is the tribe of Judah and the 10 Israeli tribes seem to swap circumstances at this time. As Judah gets subjected to slavery by the Babylonians, the ten tribes of Israel have been liberated. A 100 plus years of slavery had caused them to be repentent and they are determined to live the covenants the Lord gave. 

Where Did The Ten Tribes Go? 

Many Christians have theorized that the Ten Tribes settled somewhere north of the land of ancient Israel and that over time they must have mixed in with some of the surrounding populations and thus their culture and race identity was lost. 

I don’t doubt that may have happened to some who may not have been willing to make the Journey to Arsereth or who didn’t go with the main body that left. However, the theory that the ten tribes as a whole settled somewhere in Europe or Asia doesn’t support other prophesied events of their return. Nor does it support what we have just read in 2nd Esdras.  

As I will explain the prophecies of their return you should understand that they’ll return in great power and strength, with their own recorded history, their own leaders, superior technology, in other words a race of people with a unique identity. A people not known to the known world, but not forgotten by God. 

It takes a great amount of faith and trust in the scriptures to believe this, but as sure as God’s words are it will happen. 

Where did the tribes go? I don’t think anyone knows. Some believe they may have left the planet similar to what happened to Enoch’s people as recorded in the book of Enoch. 

Others believe the hollow earth theory. A theory that proposes the earth has a hollow inner core capable of providing light and life. 

I’m not sure where these people are. I just accept the fact that the Lord is capable of doing what he claims he will do in scripture and has somehow hidden them. 

Did Jesus Speak To The Jews About These Lost 10 Tribes? 

When Christ began his ministry the 10 tribes had been separated from the Jews for almost 650 years. 

If there were other people of the house of Israel who were in the world living the gospel he was teaching to the Jews you might think Christ would have mentioned this to the Jews during his ministry. 

I believe the savior did refer to these lost people and it is recorded in John 10:16

16 And other sheep I have, which are not of this fold: them also I must bring, and they shall hear my voice; and there shall be one fold, and one shepherd.

What is Christ saying here? That he has other sheep not of this fold. In other words, Other people of the house of Israel who are aware of his gospel and keeping the covenants he has made with them. 

He then refers to the gathering of Israel in the latter-days saying that they must be gathered together into “one fold.”

Jesus Christ was the all knowing son of God he knew he would have a work to do after his death and resurrection and one of those works would be to gather back the House of Israel into one fold. 

The Scattering & Gathering of Israel 

The Bible has several verses that speak about the gathering and scattering of Israel, God’s covenant people. Because Israel failed to keep the covenants the Lord made they were scattered across the world. 

The rejection of the gospel and subsequent persecution by the scribes and pharisees caused Christ to exclaim the following in Matthew 23:37 

“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, that  killest the prophets, and stonest them which are sent unto thee, how often would I have gathered thy children together, even as a hen gathered her chickens under her wings, and ye would not!”

The Lord never wanted to scatter Israel and he never would have if they had kept the statues given to them. 

The first scattering happened when the Assyrians captured the northern Kingdom of Israel, taking the ten tribes out of their homeland and subjecting them to slavery in Assyria. 

The second scattering of the southern kingdom (Judah) would not happen till about 800 years later. After the Jews had rejected Christ, and violently persecuted his church, killing his apostles and many of his disciples, the jews were then scattered by the Roman empire. 

When the Romans came to subject Israel to her rule the temple was completely destroyed, much of the city was leveled and millions of jews were killed. 

There were two more time periods where the Jews revolted to Roman rule. The kito wars from 115-117 A.D. and the Bar Kokhba revolt 132 -135 A.D. 

Roman emperors saw Judaism and its culture as the reason for their rebelliousness to Roman rule and sought to root it out of the jews. By the end of the Bar Kokhba revolt any remaining jews living in Israel were either dead, sold into slavery, or had fled to the surrounding countries for safety. 

Despite being scattered throughout the world because of their religious records and traditions  the Jews have kept a lot of their cultural identity. 

When the British empire gained control of the holy land, some migrations of Jews started to move back to the borders of Israel. 

After the holocaust and many other intense persecutions throughout Europe, Jewish people needed a country of their own where they could protect themselves. 

The U.S. and many of its allied countries within the U.N. helped establish the Israel state in 1948. A home for both Jews and Arabs. 

This return of the Jews to the land of Israel in the latter-days was prophesied by many prophets including Moses considering the following scripture. 

What Did Moses Tell The Israelites In The Land of Moab? 

In the Chapters of Deuteronomy 29 & 30 Moses had told the Isrealites what would happen to them if they rejected the Lord’s commandments. 

Moses also explained the conditions on which they would return to their homeland when they were humble and repentant in the latter-days. 

Deuteronomy 30: 1-8

1 And it shall come to pass, when all these things are come upon thee, the blessing and the curse, which I have set before thee, and thou shalt call them to mind among all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath driven thee,

2 And shalt return unto the Lord thy God, and shalt obey his voice according to all that I command thee this day, thou and thy children, with all thine heart, and with all thy soul;

3 That then the Lord thy God will turn thy captivity and have compassion, upon thee, and will return and gather thee from all the nations, whither the Lord thy God hath scattered thee.

4 If any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven from thence will the Lord thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee:

5 And the Lord thy God will bring thee into the land which thy fathers possessed, and thou shalt possess it; and he will do thee good, and multiply thee above thy fathers.

6 And the Lord thy God will circumcise thine heart, and the heart of thy seed, to love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, that thou mayest live.

7 And the Lord thy God will put all these curses upon thine enemies, and on them that hate thee, which persecuted thee.

8 And thou shalt return and obey the voice of the Lord, and do all his commandments which I command thee this day.

I have bolded some of these verses to draw emphasis to them. Notice in verse 3 in states the Lord who gathered them from all nations he had driven them. 

This has already taken place, In 1948 when Israel was once again made into a nation many of today’s jewish population have gathered back to their ancestral homeland. 

The next part then says any of thine be driven out unto the outmost parts of heaven from thence will the Lord thy God gather thee, and from thence will he fetch thee.” 

It is my belief that those who were driven to the outmost parts of heaven are the Lost 10 tribes and they have not yet returned but they soon will. 

I want to turn your attention to verse 7. If you read Deuteronomy 28 the lord had promised the Israelites they would be cursed if they didn’t keep their covenants and basically told them a lot of bad things would happen to them. Being driven and scattered across the globe was one of them. 

But Moses also promised them that when their descendents were humble and would return to their ancestral lands that the lord God would put all these curses upon their enemies instead of them. 

One of these curses Deuteronomy 28: 60 was all the plagues that were let loose on Egypt during their Exodus from Egypt would be let loose upon their enemies instead of them, when they were righteous and returned to the lord. 

Interestingly enough if you read the book of Revelations in chapter 8 there 7 trumpets mentioned. After the sounding of each trumpet a subsequent sign is given with an accompanying affliction for the wicked. Likewise in chapter 16 there are 7 vials full of plagues that are poured out upon the wicked one after another. 

When you read about these curses they’re are some striking similarities between these signs and miracles that will happen and those Moses performed in Egypt. 

Why? Well one, because Moses prophesied that some of same curses would befall Israel’s enemies in the latter-days, but two because they both serve the purpose of liberating and protecting Israel. 

The Lord works in patterns, this way we can see his hand working for us, but the wicked cannot. 

Is John the Beloved the Chief Religious Leader Among The Ten Tribes? 

If you haven’t read my other blog post or seen my presentation about John the Beloved, you should, as it is related to this subject of the Lost Ten Tribes. 

In John 21 of the new testament the resurrected Christ meets with a group of 7 of his disciples. I believe the bible is straightforward in this chapter of explaining that John the Beloved would never taste of death. He would remain on the earth until the savior’s return. 

If this is true, where has John been? Well, in that post I explained John the Beloved has a mission. He is the head forerunner preparing the way for the return of Jesus Christ, just as John the Baptist was the forerunner preparing the Israelites for Christ’s ministry. 

John the Beloved was banished to the isle of Patmos because he couldn’t be killed unlike all the other apostles who were martyred. It was on this isle of Patmos that he had a vision which was recorded as the book of revelations. 

The reason John was given this vision is because he had requested to remain on the earth to serve the Lord until his return he still has work to do on this earth. The vision was giving John new marching orders. 

Why? Because John plays a very significant role in gathering the house of Israel back together. John the Beloved is the current leading priesthood authority on this earth. He receives direction from Christ on how to lead, guide, and shape the world for the establishment of the kingdom of God in the latter days. 

It is said that John left the isle of Patmos but we have no record of where he went.  

It is my belief that when John left the isle of Patmos he went to live among the lost ten tribes of Israel in the land of Arsareth, wherever that may be??? I believe it is among them that John has spent the bulk of his time. 

Why do I believe this? Well… He is still alive and according to two prophecies by Esdras chapters 11,12,13 it appears that when the ten tribes return to the known world they have a leader among them. Isaiah hints at this as well when he states a root out of the stem of Jesse. Jesse being the father of King David. We don’t have a record to know of John’s pedigree. 

To me John seems to fit the work requirements for this position. 

What Scriptures Talk About Their Return? 

I have listed several scriptures below that talk about this subject. There are more than what I have listed. This return of the house of Israel to the holy land is not something hidden in the bible. It is a major theme.

Jeremiah 3:18 

18 In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.

Judah to walk with the house of Israel refers to the uniting back together of Judah with the 10 tribes, the northern and southern kingdom no longer angry at each other but united. 

Notice the reference to coming out the land north refers to the return of the 10 tribes, returning to the land of Israel. Why? Because they left heading north out of the holy land. 

Jeremiah 23:7-8

7 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that they shall no more say, The Lord liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;

8 But, The Lord liveth, which brought up and which led the seed of the house of Israel out of the north country, and from all countries whither I had driven them; and they shall dwell in their own land.

Why will it no longer be said in the latter-days that “The lord liveth, which brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt?” Because if you thought Moses parting the red sea to lead the children of Israel out of Egypt was a spectacle to behold, wait until you see when the Lord returns the children of Israel out of the north country, Arsareth. It will be more grand than when Moses parted the red sea. 

The liberation from Egypt will be in the past, whereas this miraculous event will be in the present and will be what people talk about. 

Jeremiah 16: 14-15

14 Therefore, behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that it shall no more be said, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt;

15 But, The Lord liveth, that brought up the children of Israel from the land of the north, and from all the lands whither he had driven them: and I will bring them again into their land that I gave unto their fathers.

More of the same. 

Isaiah 43:6

6 I will say to the north, Give up; and to the south, Keep not back: bring my sons from far, and my daughters from the ends of the earth

Isaiah is referring to the northern and southern kingdoms of Israel being gathered back together in the latter-days. 

Isaiah 11:10-13

10 And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious.

11 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant  of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.

12 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.

13 The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.

This verse explains much more and I’m grateful Isaiah recorded it. Let’s digest this. 

A “root of Jesse” what does this mean? Jesse was the father of King David. The first king who had all the tribes united under him. Often when we think of a family lineage tree we think of branches as the descendent from the base, but we could think of roots as well coming out from the stem. 

I believe the “root of Jesse” is referring to a descendent from the lineage of Jesse. As you have read previously I think this descendent is John the Beloved who is still living today. 

This root of Jesse shall stand as an ensign. What is an ensign? Here is the first definition google gave me. a flag or standard, especially a military or naval one indicating nationality.

Essentially this root of Jesse returns to the known world and establishes a nation, a standard of peace. Similar to how the U.S. constitution was established, many people immigrated to America to try to live the american dream. Why? Because back in the day, when we lived the standards of our constitution it offered a chance of peace and prosperity. 

The gentiles shall seek this. What is a gentile? In simple terms it is someone who is not of the house of Israel. If you’re not jewish and you’re probably not of these hidden 10 tribes then you are a gentile. Is that bad? No, I’ll explain why at the end, just know that the Lord doesn’t care about your pedigree. 

So basically everyone that wants to live in peace, freedom and to live under the standards they’ll establish they’ll be seeking after. 

This will happen in the latter-days when the lord shall sets his hand again to gather together his people. Christ spoke a parable once about the gathering of the wheat and the tares together. The establishment of this standard will help with separating the wheat from the tares. In other words the wicked from the righteous. 

Notice the lines the “outcasts of Israel” and “the dispersed of Judah.” The dispersed of Judah refers to the jews that were scattered across the globe. They have been gathered together. Soon the Outcasts of Israel referring to the 10 tribes will return as well. 

The last line “Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim” refers to the reuniting of these two peoples. You might imagine if the U.S. stayed divided into the northern and southern states there would be some tense animosity between the two. This was the case in Israel with the northern and southern kingdoms. 

However as Isaiah explains these two people will not have any animosity towards each other, only Christlike love. 

Isaiah 11:16

16 And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.

Remember when Moses parted the Red Sea. In the book of Esdras it said when they left they crossed the Euphrates river and it was said the most high showed them signs and held still the flood as they crossed the river. 

Something similar to how Moses parted the red sea will happen when they return.

Isaiah 27: 12-13

12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel.

13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.

Another reference to the return of these people. 

Isaiah 66:7-8

7 Before she travailed, she brought forth; before her pain came, she was delivered of a man child.

8 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.

Isaiah 49:19-21

19 For thy waste and thy desolate places, and the land of thy destruction, shall even now be too narrow by reason of the inhabitants, and they that swallowed thee up shall be far away.

20 The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell.

21 Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been?

These last two verses speak to the same thing. Throughout the scriptures the Savior often refers to himself as the bridegroom or the husband and the house of Israel or his church as his wife. There are lots of examples of this comparison in the scriptures. 

Thus, in these scriptures the house of Israel is referred to as a woman and the lost ten tribes returning as a woman who had lost her children, suddenly has them return to her.

This is why there are the expressions of “who hath begotten me these seeing that I have lost my children and am desolate? Who hath brought up these?  Where have they been? 

Answer they have been in a hidden land for the last 2600+ years. 

There will be so many of these inhabitants, millions of them that Isaiah wrote about the land being too narrow for the inhabitants, even when you included the waste and desolate places. 

Thus, the expressions “shall a nation be born in a day? Or the “earth to bring forth in one day?” 

Lastly this verse speaks to the fact that as soon as Zion travailed these people showed up, from this verse and other visions of Ezra I believe these people will show when Christianity will be in serious trouble, when the jews are in a serious predicament, and when the U.S. government has become completely corrupt and inhospitable for the righteous people. 

The ensign that the root of Jesse and these people erect will be a stark contrast from the state of the world’s global communistic like governance at that time. This is why the righteous gentiles will look to this ensign to join with the house of Israel. 

Matthew 20 Parable of the Vinyard Workers

In Matthew Chapter 20 the savior gives a parable of sending people he has hired to work in his vineyard. The workers all agree to a penny for their labor for the day. 

At the end of the day some of the workers complain because the workers that only worked 1 hour at the end of the day had wages equal to those that had worked the entire day. 

The master reminds them that they all agreed to the wage he promised so he hasn’t done dishonestly with any of them and they should all be content. 

I believe in this parable the vineyard represents the world, the lord calling people together through missionary work. Some will not convert over to the lord until the very last hour but some will have borne the heat of the day, and spent their lives working for the lord. 

In the end it doesn’t really matter when you joined the lord, just that you joined. When your sins are forsaken, you have forsaken them and are ready to follow the savior. 

The savior then concludes with this saying “the last shall be first, and the first last.”

Judah was the last to scattered. They were driven by the Romans from the land of Israel.They have been the first to return. This has already happened with the establishment of the Israeli state. 

The 10 tribes were the first who were scattered by the Assyrians. They will be the last to return to the holy land. When that happens with John at the head of this body of people you can know the 2nd coming is close. No more several denominations of Christianity just one head, one leader, one house restored to the lord. 

The lord does this as a way to prepare his people for choosing between good and evil. The gathering of the wheat and the tares, there will be no middle ground at the time of the Lord’s coming. 

House of Israel & Conclusion

You may be wondering about your place in the kingdom of the Lord if you’re not jewish and you’re likely not a descendent of these lost 10 tribes. No worries. The scriptures teach us the “Lord is no respecter of persons” he doesn’t care about your pedigree. 

In fact the majority of people are considered gentiles. 

Originally the Lord had blessed Abraham to have his priesthood power and gospel go through his lineage. This was because of Abraham’s faithfulness, whereas the rest of humanity was faithless. 

The Israelites were supposed to be a blessing to the gentiles. Unfortunately, because they didn’t always keep their commandments at times they were not. In fact, at Christ’s time many jews had the mentality that they were better than the rest of the world because they were descendents of Abraham. 

Jesus worked at correcting this type of apostate thinking among the jews. The earlier jewish Christians were a great blessing to the gentiles when they started to teach and take the gospel to them. 

All of the lord’s repentant children are called into the house of Israel. Thus, it is my belief that righteous gentiles are adopted into the family of Abraham and become partakers of the same covenants he made with the house of Israel. 

In fact, I believe from other writings that when this body of lost 10 tribes returns, they will first save the gentile nation of America before they save the land of Israel. That subject will be for another post. 

I hope you enjoyed this post. This body of people will return just as the lord has promised, but not before a lot of terribly oppressive things happen in this world. That is why I have created this site to provide you with a brotherhood, but also with resources and information helpful to your survival and thrival. 

Look at our homepage and blog posts for info on how you can start preparing. 

Keep preparing and stay faithful. 

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