Chapter One – Abraham to Israel
Chapter Two – Israelites Found in History
The Lost Ten Tribes
Their Identity Recovered
by Dallas James
Copyright © 2015 by Dallas James
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A Memorial to Her – Mark 14:9
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The subject of the whereabouts of the House of Israel, those ten tribes that became lost in history has been a subject of debate and mystery. The modern day identity of these peoples has formed the basis of much theory and speculation. Those that hold these theories as facts stand firm in their insistence on who these people are while others discount their facts as theories. The reason for all this intense interest comes from the Bible itself. While the major features of God’s plan for mankind such as the sacrifice of Christ and other major doctrines are important, equally important are the steps God uses in the accomplishment of that plan. These steps have been revealed to us in the Bible for our learning. As Christians we are admonished to “grow in grace and in the knowledge of our Lord”.
On the cover of this ebook I used a photo taken on part of an artifact I have which shows some Hebrew that is part of . For more information on this artifact see my ebook, The Urim Thummim Arises
Abraham to Israel
Before we begin this journey of discovery we must understand the method God uses in dealing with mankind. God does not deal with all of mankind equally at the same time. God begins his plan by dealing with one man and his family. That family eventually grows into a nation and that chosen nation is used to bring all other nations into a proper relationship with God. When Jesus Christ returns at His Second Advent he will operate through the nation of Israel for the period popularly known as the Millennium. The story begins in the book of Genesis with Abraham.
“Now the Lord had said unto Abram, Get thee out of thy country, and from thy kindred, and from thy father’s house, unto a land that I will shew thee: And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing: And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse them that curseth thee: AND IN THEE SHALL ALL FAMILIES OF THE EARTH BE BLESSED.” Genesis 12:1-3 (KJV)
The growth of this “great nation” began with the birth of Isaac (Gen.21:3) and Isaac in turn gave birth to Jacob (Gen.25:26). Jacob’s name later was changed to Israel (Gen.32:28) and Israel gave birth to twelve sons (Gen.29:32 – 30:24, Gen.35:18). These twelve sons were named, Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Joseph and Benjamin. Later there were actually thirteen tribes when the tribe of Joseph became two tribes, Ephraim and Manasseh (Gen.48:5). As we continue to progress we see all thirteen tribes under the leadership of Moses surrounding the tabernacle under their banners except Levi whose tribe composed the tabernacle activities itself. This arrangement of the tribes is found in the second chapter of Numbers (see whole chapter below).
Book of Numbers Chapter Two
(UTV – Word Only Edition)
“2:1 YHWH spoke to Moses and to Aaron saying, Every man from the children of Israel will encamp by his own standard, with the ensign of their father’s house, at a distance surrounding the Tabernacle at the Appointed Place they will encamp. And those encamping eastward towards the point of sunrise are of the standard of the tribe of Judah, by their hosts and the commander of the sons of Judah is Nahshon, son of Amminadab.And his army, and those that were registered with them were 74,600. Those that encamp next to him will be the tribe of Issachar, and Nethaneel the son of Zuar will be commander for the children of Issachar. And his army, and those that were registered with them were 54,400. Then the tribe of Zebulun, and Eliab the son of Helon will be commander of the children of Zebulun. And his army, and those that were registered with them were 57,400. All that were registered in the camp of Judah were 186,400, throughout their armies. These are the first to march out. On the South side will be the standard of the camp of Reuben according to their armies, and the commander for the children of Reuben will be Elizur the son of Shedeur. And his army, and those that were registered with them were 46,500. And those that encamp by him will be the tribe of Simeon, and the commander of the children of Simeon will be Shelumiel the son of Zurishaddai. And his army, and those that were registered with them were 59,300. Then the tribe of Gad, and the commander of the sons of Gad will be Eliasaph the son of Reuel. And his army, and those that were registered with them were 45,650. All that were registered in the camp of Reuben were 151,450, throughout their armies and they will march in the second rank. Then the Tabernacle at the Appointed Place, with the camp of the Levites will march out from the center of the camps. They will march out in the same order as they encamp, each at his station by their standards. On the West side will be the standard of the tribe of Ephraim according to their armies, and the commander of the sons of Ephraim will be Elishama the son of Ammihud. And his army, and those that were registered with them were 40,500. And by him will be the tribe of Manasseh, and the commander of the sons of Manasseh will be Gamaliel the son of Pedahzur. And his army, and those that were registered with them were 32,200. The tribe of Benjamin and the commander of the sons of Benjamin will be Abidan the son of Gideoni. And his army and those that were registered with them were 35,400. All that were registered from the camp of Ephraim were 108,100, throughout their armies. And they will march forward in the third rank. The standard for the camp of Dan will be on the North side by their armies: and the commander of the sons of Dan will be Ahiezer the son of Ammishaddai. And his army, and those that were registered with them were 62,700. And those that encamp by him will be the tribe of Asher, and the commander for the sons of Asher will be Pagiel the son of Ocran. And his army, and those that were registered with them were 41,500. Then the tribe of Naphtali, and the commander for the sons of Naphtali will be Ahira the son of Enan. And his army, and those that were registered with them were 53,400. All they that were registered in the camp of Dan were 157,600. They will march in the rear with their standards. These are the ones that were registered from the sons of Israel by the house of their fathers, all those that were registered from the camps throughout their hosts were 603,550. But the Levites were not registered among the sons of Israel as YHWH commanded Moses. And the children of Israel accomplished all that YHWH commanded Moses, so they encamped by their standards and pulled up camp, every one after their families, according to the house of their fathers.”
Israelites Found in History
As we read this chapter we find that there were four Camps (each camp comprised of three tribes) that faced the four sides surrounding the tabernacle. As we jump forward in history we find the nation of Israel firmly established during the reign of Solomon. But after the reign of Solomon because of disobedience we find the tribes split into what has become known as the House of Israel and the House of Judah. The ten tribes of the House of Israel were Reuben, Simeon, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Ephraim and Manasseh. The House of Judah was comprised of Judah and Benjamin. The history of the activities of these two houses is recorded starting in II Chronicles 10 through the end of the book. And this is the precise point when the House of Israel after it’s captivity becomes “lost”. But this is also a point in history that the historical records become more accurate as opposed to earlier times. It must also be noted that God never intended Israel to completely lose it’s identity.
“Behold, the eyes of the Lord God are upon the sinful kingdom, and I will destroy it from off the face of the earth; saving that I will not utterly destroy the house of Jacob, saith the Lord. For, lo, I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth.” Amos 9:8,9 (KJV)
As was mentioned in the beginning of this ebook, there has existed a large body of circumstantial evidence of the migrations of peoples who may or may not have a link with these ancient peoples of the past. An example of this is the Heraldic symbols and the fact of their existence 200 years before the rise of Christianity as well as many other pieces of “interesting information”. But the link that would connect the peoples of the House of Israel with their migrations in a direct and verifiable way has been missing until recently. This discovery was made by E. Raymond Capt and was set forth in his book, “Missing Links Discovered in Assyrian Tablets”. This link that connects the Biblical record with history is brought out in chapter six, beginning page 97.
"...The black stone, known as the "Jehu Stele" or "Black Obelisk," depicts Shalmaneser's triumphs over several kingdoms of Syria and the west. In the second row from the top is the figure of Jehu... In the text, Jehu is called the "Son of Omri." The Assyrians in this period of time used the term "House of Omri" to cover both the Northern Kingdom of Israel, governed from Omri's capital, Samaria, and the family of Omri, in which they apparently included Jehu. Above the scene is written in Assyrian cuneiform script: "The tribute of Jehu (Iaua) son of Khumri (Omri): I received from him silver, gold, a golden bowl, a golden vase with pointed bottom...". The Hebrew name "Omri" begins with the consonant "y" called "Ayin," which is pronounced with a gutteral "h" and is represented in Assyrian transliteration as "Gh" or "Kh." The Israelites would naturally pronounce "Omri" as "Ghomri" which became "Khumri" in Assyrian. Thus, the Assyrians, even before the Israelites were taken into captivity, called the Israelites "Beth Khumri," meaning "House of Omri."...Sargon II (722-705 B.C.) also makes mention of the "Khumri" in his record of the capture of Samaria. Apparently this is the last mention of the Israelites by the name "Khumri." However, a study of the Assyrian cuneiform tablets known as the "Royal Correspondence of the Assyrian Empire" reveals the history of the Israelites in Assyrian captivity. These clay tablets (letters) were found by English archaeologist Austin Henry Layard while an attache to the British Embassy at Constantinople... Over 23,000 cuneiform clay tablets were found... The Assyrian text of 1471 tablets (Letters) was published by R.F. Harper (Assyrian and Babylonian Letters) and in 1930 an English translation, by Leory Waterman, was published by the University of Michigan... The "Letters," covering the sweep of the Assyrian Empire in the seventh century B.C., contained references to the captive Israelites. However, owing to the relevant texts being mixed up in complete disorder among so many others, the early translators failed to recognize references to the Israelites in about a dozen tablets. Contributing to this situation was the fact (we now know) that the Assyrians called the Israelites by other names. (Ex. Gamera, Gimera)... To summarize, we have observed from the Assyrian documents (tablets and inscriptions) that the Israelites were called "Khumri" or "Khormi" by the Assyrians before their captivity. However, after the reign of Sargon II (721-705 B.C.) that name is never mentioned again. Then, around 707 B.C., a people known as "Gimira" and "Gamera" are recorded as living among the Mannai. Their territory was only a few miles from the Medes, in the very areas where the Scriptures state the northern ten-tribed Kingdom of Israel had been placed just a few years previously. We have noted that the names, "Gimir." "Gimira," and "Gamera" could easily be corruptions of "Khumri," or "Khomri," the Assyrian names for the Israelites. The names "Sacae" or "Sakka" (Scythians) are probably derived from "Isaaca" or "house of Isaac." It is further noted that the Assyrian name "ga-me-ra-a-a" is translated into "Cimmerian." (Translation by Prof. Leroy Waterman-Royal Correspondence of the Assyrian Empire- published by University of Michigan, 1930)
Although the belief (based on Biblical and historical records) that the Scythians and Cimmerians are descendants of the “Lost Tribes” of Israel has been held by some Bible scholars for many years, archaeological evidence has been lacking. THAT IS NO LONGER THE CASE. The clay cuneiform tablets found in Ashurbanipal’s royal library at Kijunjik ARE THE “MISSING LINKS” CONNECTING THE ISRAELITES TO THE PEOPLES OF WESTERN EUROPE AND AMERICA WHO TRACE THEIR ROOTS TO THE SCYTHIANS AND CIMMERIANS. It can now be truly said – archaeology has solved two great mysteries, both occurring at the same time in history:
1) What happened to the countless thousands of Israelites that “disappeared” into Assyrian Captivity?
2) Where did the countless thousands of Scythians and Cimmerians come from?
Both mysteries no longer exist. The so-called “Lost Tribes” of Israel were never “lost.” They only lost their identity during their captivity in Assyria.”
The foregoing quotes from Capt’s book provide us with the link that can connect the Biblical record with history that brings us up to our present time.
It was in the plan of God that Israel would be dispersed and scattered throughout the world but that at the close of the age Israel (all Israel) would be regathered. This was prophesied in Isaiah, chapter eleven.
“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. 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. 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…And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people (Israel), 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.” Isaiah 11:10-12,16 (KJV)
“For the Lord will have mercy on Jacob, AND WILL YET CHOOSE ISRAEL, AND SET THEM IN THEIR OWN LAND: AND THE STRANGERS SHALL BE JOINED WITH THEM, AND THEY SHALL CLEAVE TO THE HOUSE OF JACOB. And the people shall take them, and bring them to their place: and the HOUSE OF ISRAEL SHALL POSSESS THEM IN THE LAND OF THE LORD for servants and handmaids: and they shall take them captives, whose captives they were; and they shall rule over their oppressors. Isaiah 14:1,2 (KJV)
We notice here that these Scriptures take place during the start of the Millennium, the thousand year Sabbath day of rest. (For more information see my free ebook, Walking in Eden – A New End Time Scenario.
“THE WHOLE EARTH IS AT REST, AND IS QUIET: THEY BREAK FORTH INTO SINGING.” Isaiah 14:7 (KJV)
This is the start of the reign and rule of Jesus Christ as King of Kings and Lord of Lords. He will establish again the nation of Israel by regathering all the descendants of Jacob from all quarters of the earth. This is why in the plan of God that He would never allow His people to be totally lost. Yes, they were scattered but God will again bring them together in a miraculous way to lead the nations of the world into that glorious time of the Kingdom of God on earth. We also notice that Israel is also present in the Hew Heavens and New Earth, the period of time beyond the Millennium.
“And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband… And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereupon, WHICH ARE THE NAMES OF THE TWELVE TRIBES OF ISRAEL: Revelation 21:1,2,12 (KJV)
In conclusion we discover that God effects His great plan of salvation through His Son Jesus Christ in a very set and orderly way. He first selected one man, Abraham who became the father of a great nation of people (Israel). Through this nation Jesus Christ will bring all the nations of humanity to Him. He will heal the breach between the House of Israel and the House of Judah and graft into the Branch all of the Gentile nations.
“And if some of the branches be broken off (Israel/Judah), and thou (Gentiles), being as wild olive branch, wert grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;…HOW MUCH MORE SHALL THESE, WHICH BE THE NATURAL OLIVE BRANCHES, BE GRAFTED INTO THEIR OWN OLIVE TREE? For I would not , brethren, that ye should be ignorant of THIS MYSTERY,lest ye should be wise in your own conceits; that blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fulness of the Gentiles be come in. AND SO ALL ISRAEL SHALL BE SAVED: AS IT IS WRITTEN, THERE SHALL COME OUT OF SION THE DELIVERER, AND SHALL TURN UNGODLINESS FROM JACOB:…For God hath concluded them ALL in unbelief, THAT HE MIGHT HAVE MERCY UPON ALL.” Romans 11:17,24-26,32 (KJV)
What we see in the plan of God is the gradual unfolding of His plan of salvation to the world from one man to a nation and then to all the nations of the world. In fact God’s final fulfillment is the salvation of ALL Mankind when we will all be ONE IN CHRIST and ONE IN GOD.
“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are ALL ONE in Christ Jesus. AND IF YE BE CHRIST’S, THEN YE ARE ABRAHAM’S SEED, AND HEIRS ACCORDING TO THE PROMISE.” Galatians 3:28.29 (KJV)
What we see then is God bringing all of humanity to be grafted into the seed of Abraham. All humanity will be saved through the power and sacrifice of Jesus Christ and our Father in Heaven.
“Because Elohim so loved the cosmos, that HE gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have Age-Lasting Life.” John 3:16 (UTV)
“Who will have ALL MEN TO BE SAVED, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.” I Timothy 2:4 (KJV)
“And having made peace through the blood of his cross, by him TO RECONCILE ALL THINGS UNTO HIMSELF; by Him, I say, whether they be things in earth, or things in heaven.” Colossians 1:20 (KJV)
“Because he must reign until he has put all enemies under His feet. The last enemy that will be rendered inactive is death…And when all things will be subdued to him, then will the Son also himself be subject to HIM that put all things under him, that Elohim may be all in all.” I Corinthians 15:25,26,28 (UTV)
For additional information on the history of the House of Israel after their captivity contact, Artisan Publishers, 1409 West Shawnee, Muskogee, OK 74401, United States of America, 918-682-8341 for the two books, “Missing Links Discovered in Assyrian Tablets” by Capt, and “Symbols of our Celto-Saxon Heritage” by Bennett.