We recall (from The Esau - Rome Connection), that God passed along a birthright to certain representatives
of His people, which included special blessings and privileges entitled to them. First, it was given to
Abraham; then to Isaac; to Jacob (i.e. Israel); then down to one of his twelve sons - those twelve who would
go on to become the twelve "tribes” of Israel.
Many of us may know that the Israelis who inhabit the land of Israel, today, are only from a couple of
these “tribes.” What happened to the rest of them? Is there anyone out there, at this very moment, who
might be considered a remnant of this Israeli bloodline, beyond these two or three tribes; and
not know it?
And, if they
were, what would be so important about these other Israeli people, anyway?

Well, we know there were
twelve tribes of Israel in total. And, interestingly enough, neither remnant tribe
in Israel, today, was considered heir to this birthright. Jacob passed it on to one of those “missing” tribes.
So, that leads us to: could anyone out there be considered inheritor of this birthright of God? And, if that’s
the case, what effect could it have on our world, today?

This leads to one of the most fascinating, and rarely discussed, stories of Biblical history. There was a
time when the majority of Israelis were taken captive by another contemporary empire. And then, after some
time in captivity, they just
disappeared... actually disappeared (according to scholars)! What happened to
them; why is all of this so important; and what does it all have to do with the on-going movement of
Mystery Babylon?

"To Eliminate the Competition"

Did all of these people, somehow, just walk off the face of the earth?

As we know, those who are behind the force of
Mystery Babylon, naturally, would want to oppose all that
is God, or is of the ways of God
- and this would include certain people, as well. Naturally, the two
would be at opposite ends of a political/religious spectrum; continually opposing each other. They also
would want to maintain a deep desire to, in some way, wipe the other out. At least, in regards to these
people, it might have actually happened - for the most part!

Since one cannot really combine the ways of God with those of the Serpent, it would make total sense that
one would want to eliminate the “competition!” If the twelve tribes of Israel were indeed part of “God’s
chosen ones,” then, naturally, it’d make total sense these tribes would be considered the
enemy of a
whole lot of pagans in the world. Obviously, if it isn’t common knowledge just
who these people are, or
where these people went to, today, then this part of their agenda might, actually, have been successfully
accomplished!

We already know that pagans, throughout the centuries, have tried to undermine the Genesis 3:15
Prophecy. From
Those Tares of Christ, we also have the Edomites, infiltrating the tribes of Judah and
Benjamin, and trying to undermine those of true Israeli/Jewish origin. Almost anyone could guess there is
another missing element to this whole mix. Since the majority of our previous discussion was only
about
two tribes of Israel, then what about these other ten?
If they were
also of God's chosen, couldn’t they be of this same importance? They surely had relevance
in what went on back then… why not
today? And, ultimately, if they were eventually silenced by the
academic "powers that be," how was it all
carried out, over the years?

Their infiltration
also worked to obscure God’s birthright promise to His nation; because it seemed to
fade away along with the tribe it was given to. Or,
did it? These attacks on history seem to have been
fairly affective, but nothing could
totally wipe out the true ways of God, or his people, if He doesn't want
them to (as we shall see)! God always seems to find a way.

Those Opposing Pagans

Now, what about these Lost Ten Tribes? Let's discover if they had been “wiped out” of history forever, or
did God find some way to keep His covenant and promises to these people?

Thanks to a few brave historians who, throughout the ages, have written the right things down, as well as
modern authors who have worked through all this muck, we might have a possible answer to what
happened to a lot of these “missing” elements of God’s nation
- some being beyond the believability of
many of us (thanks to those who vehemently covered it up, all this time)!

Again, the reason some would want to shoot down any thought of the Lost Ten Tribes would be, as it
always is,
exposure. The more our society becomes “one big happy (pagan) family,” the better it seems
(at least to them)! If we are all the
same - if we all have the same pagan elements ingrained in our beliefs
and ways of life
- then, what a wonderful unified world they would have... all under the Serpent!
If the
opposite is true, and we do have a special group of individuals in the world, with a different overall
message than everyone else around them, then that might become a problem. If there are people out there
who, also,
still hold the special birthright of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob - given by God, Himself - then, this
might not set well with their agenda, either. Further, validating certain individuals as God’s missing 10
Tribes might confirm their God-given ways of moral authority on the earth, and pagans couldn't handle any
blessings dished out to certain individuals who are a not part of them, what they stand for, or their agenda(s)!

But, today, if one opens almost every history book, we do see the academic community has all-but-silenced
most attempts to bring the whereabouts of the Ten Tribes to the surface. The revival of any thought on these
Ten Tribes seems to be automatically shut down; the manner closed. But, there
is information out there;
obscured information that may help us find some answers, and prove how much of an effect these 10 Lost
Tribes
still might have on the workings of our world, today!

Let’s look at some of what these enemies of Israel have silenced from our understanding, all of these years;
and how it was accomplished.

"Sever Their Roots"

                                             To destroy a people, you must first sever their roots.
                                                                                - Aleksandr Solzhenitsym[1]

We, now, see an effective way to destroy a nation: to take away one's national distinctiveness or
characteristics; in a sense, to effectively
erase their history altogether! This method keeps people from
remembering their true identity, stops them from speaking their native language, and keeps them from
knowing anything about who they are, and their true origin. As many of us know: one’s power often lies in
their
history… take this history away, and you may be able to blind the eyes of many.

It makes sense, when we think about questions such as: “If the Bible instructs us to ‘know thy enemy,’ how
could we know our enemy if we don’t even know who
we are?” If we don’t have this foundation in our
lives - who we are and where we come from - then our resolve, our destiny, and our collective goals as a
nation are weakened (into almost nothingness). That’s, probably, what went on here - with the 10 Tribes!

The captive Israelites would eventually find themselves having no concept of their ancestors, and no
concept of their acts and values that made them great.[2] A person’s house may be located right on top of a
gold mine, but it adds
no value to the person’s life when he or she doesn’t have a clue what’s sitting right
beneath them!

Let’s see how all this deception came about, and what
really might have happened to these people in the
past -
up to today!

Two Verses Ten

Many people, mistakenly, equate all present-day Israelites as Jews. But, as we know, this is simply not
the case. The term
Jew, in the Bible, is historically applied to only the tribes of Judah, Benjamin, and (to a
degree) the tribe of Levi. For all practical purposes, there were only
two.
But, the original sons or tribes of Jacob (Israel) were:

Judah
Reuben
Gad
Asher
Naphtali
Simeon
Levi
Issachar
Zebulun
Joseph
Benjamin
Dan


Throughout the Bible, there were slight variations in these twelve (for reasons we will discuss later), but
this
total seems to remain consistent.[3]

Regardless of the minor, interwoven variations of the twelve, there must have been a great deal of
people from these other ten tribes at the time of their “disappearance.” One ancient historian (i.e. Josephus)
reports an “immense” number.[4] Other estimations place it in the millions.[5] So, if there were a massive
amount of people who were not wiped out
- and no historical accounts really said they were - then logic
dictates they must have existed
somewhere on the planet, and did something with their lives. Obviously,
they must have procreated and spread!

If they went about their lives, proclaiming their heritage, then it would be no contest to where the 10 Lost
Tribes ended up! But, we don’t see people proudly proclaiming they’re from the tribe of “
Dan,” or the
tribe of “
Reuben,” today. Again: what happened?

If they did not disappear off the face of the earth, the only other logical answer would be that they were
displaced.[6]

Let’s find out where they probably went.

Behind the Lost 10 Tribes

As we’ll see, the Bible seems to point towards what might have happened to these groups of people, in a
roundabout way. Jesus did say: "I am not sent but unto the lost sheep of the House of Israel" (Mat. 15:24).
As we’ll see, a “house,” in the Bible, actually stood for a group of Israeli tribes, soon to form into a nation.
We’ll also see that Jesus and God both had love for these particular groups of individuals, even though
they may have had to “disappear.”

On top of it, we are also beginning to understand how the
birthright - given by Isaac to Jacob - was
passed on to one of these “missing” tribes. Following the history of this birthright, we see it, first, went to
Jacob's firstborn son Reuben. After Reuben sinned, it went to a son of Joseph:
Ephraim. If these tribes had,
indeed, “disappeared,” did the birthright - given to these people - disappear right along with them? Or, was it
merely
displaced, along with the people themselves? Would it still contain special advantages to the bearer -
entitling him and her to great land and other privileges? This is
another prevailing question (and another
good reason why anti-Israelite pagans would want to “cover” this all up)!

If we recall, this
birthright wasn’t just any birthright; it was the covenant, or promise, given by God Himself
to His most famous “friend:” Abraham. Then, it was passed down to his son Isaac; then passed to Isaac's
son Jacob. Ultimately, it went to the son (and, ultimately, the entire tribe) of Jacob's choosing! If this
particular birthright was given by God
Himself, then it must have been something of great importance and
relevance to our world; and maybe
still!
We do know this: that when God dictates a promise or a covenant, it
has to come true. If it doesn’t, He
wouldn’t be much of a God then; that’s just how a perfect God works. And, if one truly believes God as
the Almighty, the “Alpha and Omega,” then, in one way or another, things should pan out exactly the way
He said they would![7]

If, in the Bible, what God promises to happen does not pan out, then it, and the Bible, are not true
- so,
if one believes the Bible, it's only logical to assume these people, and this birthright, are still with us, today.
So, let’s look into their history, and try to understand what a lot of people might not
want us to understand.
Let’s look at the beginning of the 10 Lost Tribes
- which opens up the passageway to understand this whole,
untold story.

A Brief History of the Division

Around the time of 975 B.C., Israel was close to dividing into two separate kingdoms.[8] Something was
about to happen to these children of Jacob. It all began when they,
themselves, desired something beyond
what God wanted for them. This was an age-old issue the human race would continue to come across, in
regards to their walk with God:
disobedience over what God wanted for their lives!
The Israelites would, eventually, want to adopt ways of
other nations around them; and this formed part of
the problem: their willingness to embrace these
other ways of the world. This mistake would cost them, time
and time again.
It all began when the children of Israel wanted a king, like other (pagan) nations had. God would send them
prophets, to provide order and direction. God wanted people to consider Him king. The people, however,
began to lose faith in an invisible God; so they pressed the prophets to set them up with a living, breathing,
person they could look at.

Now, it was the Prophet Samuel’s turn to take note of their bellowing. The people began to press hard on
him, to get this request fulfilled; and he wasn’t too happy about it. God wasn’t too happy, either; but, told
Samuel to go ahead, and give them a king.
Soon, there would be a couple of candidates for this position:
Saul and David. Saul was popular with the
people, and many began to pressure Samuel to anoint
him as their ruler. Samuel reluctantly anointed Saul
as Israel’s first king; while, on the other side of the coin,
David was beginning to shine.

Interestingly enough, with God’s approval, Samuel went on to anoint
David as Israel’s new king. Dissension
began to set in, between the people, over Samuel’s appointments. Eventually, David would be on his way
to maintaining total control over the whole kingdom; and the tribe of
Judah - the tribe where he originated
from
- backed him whole-heartedly.
When David assumed full control as Israel’s one and only king, he would eventually sire another famous
man from the tribe of Judah: Solomon - the wisest man on earth, at the time.

The Age-Old Problem

Yes, the famous Solomon ruled things so magnificently that he brought Israel to the heights of prosperity
and wealth. God was clearly on his side. But, there was another, age-old problem that seemed to plague
these chosen people of God. Now, it was even about to effect the wisest man in the world, as well. He
began to follow the advice of his
non-Israeli wives, and adopt their pagan practices![9] Through the
marriage of these non-Israeli women, Solomon would soon take on pagan culture and religious influences
they had laid out in front of him. Because of them, he “began to burn incense, and provide sacrifices to
their idols.”[10]

Of course, God was not pleased. Because of his idolatry, God needed to act on his misdeeds. He, then,
would lay out the plans for Solomon’s future, and the future of Israel, as a whole. He went and told
Solomon directly about it:

Wherefore the Lord said unto Solomon, Forasmuch as this is done of thee, and thou hast not kept my
covenant and my statutes… I will surely rend the kingdom from thee … I will rend it out of the hand of thy
son. Howbeit I will not rend away all the kingdom; but will give one tribe to thy son for David my servant's
sake…
                                                                                               - I Kings 11:11-13 (KJV)[11]

As we see, God has a hand in everything; and there were, often, consequences for these desires of the
people. Most of Israel’s divisions were a result of their earlier grumbling: first, it was their unwillingness to
accept
God as their only king; and second, it would be the disobedience of these newly-formed kings!
As their leaders began to follow pagan “ways,” it would eventually lead almost an entire group of individuals
underneath them, in this same direction! That was the problem. Again, we see how these people, often,
would bring this all on
themselves, by their attempts to think and live apart from God.

Let’s see how it all went down.

Son and Servant

After God’s proclamation to Solomon, internal problems began to plague Israel, and continued; even after the
time of Solomon’s death. Before he died, however, Solomon remembered, clearly, what God had told him,
and tried to stop this prophecy from coming true. Of course, he was unsuccessful.

These internal conflicts would continue; now between the two people on the slate to become Solomon’s
successor! Solomon’s son,
Rehoboam was to inherit one of these soon to be split kingdoms (which included
Judah, the tribe of David), which was according to God's prophecy. But, this man soon began to threaten
non-supporters with high taxation and increased labor if they didn’t follow along with his appointment. What
would arise would be
chaos - back and forth threats to anybody opposed to him, and future leaders. Most of
the rest of Israel would reject Rehoboam's dominion; that is, except for the tribe of
Judah, of course.
As the other Israeli tribes began to spurn him, as well. They began to look for that other leader God said
would soon come.[12] A servant of Solomon, who was, actually, one of Solomon’s former appointees over
the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, was named
Jeroboam (I Kings 11:28).This was the man ripe for the
new position.
We already mentioned how Solomon wanted to put a stop to this, however. When he got wind of Jeroboam
as the future king, he set out to kill him. Because of this threat, Jeroboam fled to Egypt, where he would stay
until Solomon’s death.[13] After his death, Jeroboam felt safe to come back to his own homeland; to fulfill
his destiny.
All of it resembled, in ways, a modern-day soap opera.

This up-and-coming ruler would, naturally, offer a lot of loyalty to these
other tribes of Israel; except, of
course, Judah and Benjamin - those who didn't exactly support him.
Over time, this internal dissension would widen even further; carving a huge
valley of political indifferences -
seemingly, splitting the nation in
two. The first “House” (or nation) of Judah was ruled, as we know, by
Solomon’s son Rehoboam; the second “House” (or nation) of
Israel was now ruled by this servant of
Solomon:
Jeroboam.[14] Actuality, this fulfilled God’s proclamation to the letter.[15]

There would be more changes to the once-united Israel; changes that would split the nation
right down the
middle. The promises and covenants of God were divided, as well; between the two “houses.” One “house”
contained the tribe associated with the God-given
birthright; the other, contained, what’s called, the sceptre.
Well, just what do those mean; and why are
they important?

Birthright Vs. Sceptre

Just what are they; what’s the difference; and, most of all, what’s the relevance? As we’ll see, they, both, in
their own ways, were
very important. As one could guess, any split in the family of Jacob could also be
thought to be in a
national scale - these tribes would amass a great number of people, by this time. And,
even though time would pass, there were certain groups of descendants still entitled to these same
promises as Abraham's early offspring were!
Let's look at the two:

…just what is a "birthright"?… a "birthright" is inherited, by birth, as one's right. Consequently, the term
"birthright" includes only the inheritance of material blessings, passed on from father to son - those
blessings one cannot take with him, when he dies.
                              (Armstrong, 1954, p. 4)[16]

The individual son, considered bearer of the special birthright of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, was
able to pass this honor on to his whole tribe
- all were able to reap the benefits!

We recall how Jacob obtained this birthright from his brother Esau (see
The Esau - Rome Connection).
From Jacob, it went to his firstborn son (and tribe of)
Reuben. Because Reuben acted sinfully for a time, it
was transferred to another son:
Joseph - actually, a son of Joseph. This child, Ephraim, would now be
considered holder of this coveted position.
Interestingly enough, the first leader of this House of Israel - Jeroboam
- was also from the tribe of
Ephraim… very fitting, to say the least. Things just seemed to just work out in these ways.

On the other extreme, many of us know that David was a member of
Judah’s tribe, and God favored him
a great deal. So much did God favor David, in fact, that He seemed to have designated the royal bloodline
of
Christ to pass through him! This, as we recall, was the bloodline of which would bring on the prophesied
savior of the Genesis 3:15 Prophecy! Since Jesus was the subject of this prophecy, then the untainted
bloodline of Adam and Eve would flow through the tribe of Judah.[17]

Hence, we have another distinction between the Houses of Judah and Israel; this time, the special honor
was for the House of Judah. This special honor was known as the
Sceptre.

And what is a "Sceptre?" It is the badge of royal power, kingly office. The Sceptre was God's promise of a
continuous dynasty of kings, culminating in Jesus Christ… and therefore the Sceptre included the promise
of eternal salvation thru Christ… The Sceptre, which is the spiritual promise of grace thru which all nations
may be blessed, went to Judah…
                                                             (Armstrong, 1954, p. 4)[18]

Each “House,” then, was free to proudly carry their own distinction. Soon, they would begin to go down two
different pathways of life, each independent of one another - on their way towards fulfilling their God-
appointed destinies!
The tribes of Judah and Benjamin (i.e. the
Jews) would provided the lines of royalty; continuing on, until
Christ was born. The mystery we are faced with today is just what happened to the
other ten tribes, and this
Israeli birthright:

For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph's…
                                                                                                           - I Chr. 5:2. (KJV)

So, as we continue with our discussion of
Mystery Babylon, we need to look at these 10 Lost Tribes - the
keeper of the birthright - and discover what it all means to our world,
today!

Both Nations Weaken Through Idolatry - Again!
The Lost 10 Tribes
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To understand just what made these 10 tribes “lost,” we need to continue our discussion of these two kings
of Israel who struggled for power over these splitting "houses." As we recall, a son of Solomon ruled the
House of Judah; a servant of Solomon ruled the other. We also remember that Solomon wanted to
kill
Jeroboam, the future ruler of Israel; in order to, somehow, stop God’s prophecy from coming true. We also
remember how Jeroboam fled to
Egypt because of it. Sadly, as the scenario often plays out, again and again,
the same end-result came to Jeroboam: “an Egyptian sojourn led to Jeroboam’s familiarity with Egypt’s
religion.”[19] While sheltered there, he learned a number of
pagan ways; and became internally corrupted.
Of course, he brought this back with him; and passed it on. We also know this was the major reason why
Solomon became corrupted, as well. Seems the establishment of kings in Israel really didn’t work too well,
after all.
Obviously, there often was no love-loss between the Egyptians and the Israelites. The Pharaoh of Egypt
possibly
enjoyed giving Jeroboam political asylum, because he knew that Solomon was trying to persecute
him! And, the more he could upstart the authority of Solomon, the better![20] The Pharaoh wouldn't mind
“sleeping with the enemy” - and teaching him pagan ways - as long as Jeroboam brought them back with
him, and used them when he was king.

Eventually, Pharaoh got what he wanted. When in control, Jeroboam would begin to “prostitute” his God-
given honor and identity for the sake of worldly gain; eventually pushing
idolatry on the people of Israel
(I Kings 12:25-33). His further adoption of Egyptian idolatry would seem to be a way to “cement Israel’s
political ties with Egypt.” We’ve already talked about this same type of
whoredom; and we see it here,
again and again!

Immediately on becoming king over the House of Israel, Jeroboam set up two golden calves, introducing
idol worship in the kingdom (I Kings 12:28-33).
                                           (Armstrong, 1954, p. 8)[21]

Not surprisingly, not so long after this, Jeroboam would become disenfranchised with God’s Levitical
priesthood (I Kings 12:31). The
Levites were the tribe God destined to be Israel’s priesthood. They really
didn’t possess land, like the other tribes, but were given this honor of performing priestly duties. When
Jeroboam became disenfranchised with these ways of God, he told many of this Levite priesthood to,
essentially,
leave. This soon resulted “in the whole tribe of Levi migrating to the kingdom of Judah....”[22]

For the Levites left their suburbs and their possession, and came to Judah and Jerusalem: for Jeroboam
and his sons had cast them off from executing the priest's office unto the LORD:  And he (Jeroboam)
ordained him priests for the high places… and for the calves which he had made.

                                                                                                              - II Chr. 11:14-15 (KJV)

Since the worship of God was officially being “kicked out” of Israel, any of those who wished to serve
God from Israel’s northern ten tribes had little choice but to follow these Levitical priests into Judah.[23] Yes,
the ten tribes were falling into sin, thanks to their corrupt leader; and something needed to be done.
Regardless, the people still represented the bloodline of Jacob, and also carried the birthright with them;
and God needed to show them this was not the way to act. So, as any child of God would deserve,
punishment was in order.

                                                            …I will break the bow of Israel…
                                                                                                - Hos. 1 5 (KJV)

                                    …and will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel.
                                                                                                - Hos. 1 4 (KJV)

                  …I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away.
                                                                                                - Hos. 1 6 (KJV)

Judah Was Unfaithful, As Well!

And I saw when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and
given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah, feared not, but went and played the harlot
also...
                                                                                                             - Jer. 3:8 (KJV)

It seems the two houses did act as sisters in some ways - sisters in
shame. The House of Judah would
soon follow in these same footsteps of idolatry, as did Israel.[24] Rehoboam, the current king of Judah,
would serve God faithfully for a few years (II Chr. 11:17), but would eventually make the foolish decision to
abandon God’s ways as well, and follow paganism (II Chr. 12:12).[25]

                   They will not frame their doings to turn unto their God: for the spirit of whoredoms
                                      is in the midst of them, and they have not known the LORD.
                                                                                                       - Hos. 5:4 (KJV)

"Damage to the Name"

This “soap opera” would intensify: two years after Rehoboam, the king of Judah, would forsake God,
the Egyptians would conveniently attack Judah. Since we might conclude there was no love-lost between
Israel and Judah at this time, as well, the Egyptians may have easily been able to attack Judah; and not
have to worry much about the House of
Israel coming to their aid! They also had full knowledge of
Jeroboam staying there for a time; and how he was, now, the king of Israel. They made a calculated move,
and assumed the House of Israel wouldn’t make any effort to come to the aid of Judah; and they
didn’t
(II Chronicles 12:2). Judah really felt “stabbed in the back” by their betrayal.

Not surprisingly, after this, the House of Israel and House of Judah would become bitter enemies. The
Israelite people, because of their idolatry, would eventually be blinded to exactly what they were doing to
themselves
- slowly helping to destroy the sovereignty of their nation. Their once-mighty Israelite state was,
now, falling apart.[26]

                        “(God speaking) I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O
          
                          Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, and Israel is defiled.”
                                                                                                     - Hos. 5:3 (KJV)

Prophets were
still being sent by God to turn these people from their evil ways. One of these prophets,
Hosea, had some rather choice words about the House of Israel, and their flight from God: instead of
“losing” God, as they were trying to do,
they were the ones to be lost - on a plight to nowhere! They
would be the ones forced to abandon what they formally had, and what made them what they were.

…Go yet, love a woman beloved of her friend, yet an adulteress, according to the love of the LORD toward
the children of Israel, who look to other gods… thou shalt not play the harlot, and thou shalt not be for
another man: so will I also be for thee. For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king…

                                                                                                    - Hos. 3:1-4 (KJV)

These people were on their way - towards becoming blind to their own identity. It was inevitable, largely
because they
wanted to go their own way, without going back to God! God did what He had to do; at least
until they learned their lesson:

                       They shall go with their flocks and with their herds to seek the LORD; but they
                                          shall not find him; he hath withdrawn himself from them.
                                                                                                   - Hos. 5:6 (KJV)

They were His “lost sheep,” now.

The "Lost Sheep"

As we can figure, when God speaks, in regards to Israel, that doesn’t always mean He was referring to
Judah, or the Jews. Interestingly enough, those who know of Jesus’ story might recall that he once said he
was "not sent but unto the lost sheep of the House of Israel" (Mat. 15:24). Well, what does this mean?
It’s fairly easy to assume that Jesus was standing right in the middle of the land of Israel when he said this,
surrounded by the House of Judah. If he was right there, talking about
all of Israel at the time, then why
would he say to his disciples:

"Go not into the way of the Gentiles, and into any city of the Samaritans enter ye not; but go rather to the
lost sheep of the House of Israel. And as ye go, preach, saying, The kingdom of heaven is at hand."

                                                                                                                   - Mat. 10:5 (KJV)

When it was time for Jesus' Apostles to follow what he said, they didn't just sit around idly in the land they
were – where the House of Judah was... they went abroad.[27] Why? If all of Israel were known to be
located only within these borders, then why venture abroad, and look for these “lost sheep” of Israel?

We will soon see that, because these “sheep” decided to separate from “their Shepherd” (i.e. God), the time
was ripe for something to head into the House of Israel, take it over, and propel them to their “lost” status.
And, that’s exactly what was about to happen.

My people hath been lost sheep: their shepherds (i.e. leaders) have caused them to go astray, they have
turned them away on the mountains: they have gone from mountain to hill, they have forgotten their
restingplace.
                                                                                             - Jer. 50:6 (KJV)

"Divide and Conquer"

It seemed that, because their idolatry was so bad, no one around them (including God) seemed too upset
about what was about to happen.
We continue, with this next verse of Jeremiah:

All that found them have devoured them: and their adversaries said, We offend not, because they have
sinned against the LORD, the habitation of justice, even the LORD, the hope of their fathers.

                                                                                                                 - Jer. 50:7 (KJV)

The decline of these two Israelite houses was, as we know, because of their refusal to abide by the ways
and laws of the Creator - the One who made them great. Now, they became as an open wound, just asking
for all kinds of infections to enter:

I will also send wild beasts among you, which shall rob you of your children, and destroy your cattle, and
make you few in number; and your [high] ways shall be desolate.

                                                                                                                - Lev. 26:22 (KJV)

The
Assyrians also began to look at corrupt Israel - those who desired to play the whore with other
nations - and figured them an easy target.[28] So, in approximately 721 B.C., the fall of Samaria (the capital
of the House of Israel) had begun.[29]

During the time of 19 kings and seven dynasties, the 10-tribed kingdom of Israel continued in sin, rejecting
the pleadings of prophets God sent to them. In a siege of war, about 721 to 718 B.C., the House of Israel
was attacked and conquered by Assyria. They were moved from their homes, farms and villages and
transported as a captive people to Assyria on the southern shores of the Caspian Sea.

                                                                                                      (Armstrong, 1985, part 12)[30]

                      …the Lord removed Israel out of His sight... Israel was carried away out
                                                           of their own land to Assyria…

                                                                                             - II Kings 17:23 (KJV)

The area where they once lived was no more. Now, they were carried to
another area to the north -
literally, into southwest
Asia; between the Black and Caspian Seas, and near the Caucasus Mountains.

The House of Judah, located more to the south, would remain whole for a little while longer. But they, too,
would be “ripe for conquest,” eventually; and taken captive by, yet, another powerful empire. This time, it
would be the ancient Babylonians (under king Nebuchanezzer), around 135 years later (see
The Esau -
Rome Connection).[31]

What Made Them "Lost"

The House of Israel, and the world at large, would soon be blinded to the identity of these 10 Tribes.

"(God speaking) Therefore will I cast you out of this land into a land that ye know not, neither ye nor your
fathers; and there shall ye serve other gods day and night; where I will not shew you favour."

                                                                                                            - Jer. 16:13 (KJV)[32]

They, first, lost their homeland. Next, they were about to lose their language, culture; even their identity![33]

                  Why sayest thou, O Jacob, and speakest, O Israel, My way is hid from the LORD…
                                                                                                  - Isa. 40:27 (KJV)

                            Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall,
         
                                                     that she shall not find her paths.
                                                                                                  - Hos. 2:6 (KJV)

                          For with stammering lips and another tongue will he speak to this people.
                                                                                                  - Isa. 28:11 (KJV)

All of it was, primarily, instigated by the ancient Assyrians.

                                Israel is swallowed up: now shall they be among the Gentiles as a
 
                                                              vessel wherein is no pleasure.
                                                                                                  - Hos. 8:8 (KJV)

This seemed Assyria’s mission with their captors
- to totally wipe out the memory of Israel. And, interestingly
enough, it seemed that God wasn’t about to stop it. Their attempts to "wipe out" Israel’s proud heritage was
to, perhaps, make them easier to control; or “break their backs,” if you will. If you are broken - if you don’t
know what a great, fighting force of a people you once were - then you might not be as prone to act on the
gifts at your disposal,
and act with the God that was always backing you!

To accomplish this, the Assyrians forced their captors to take on a new name, and forbade them to even
teach their own history.[34] They worked to write out a “revisionist” history for these people
- making it
whatever
they thought the Israelites should become.

                             …I would make the remembrance of them to cease from among men…
                                                                                                 - Deut. 32:26 (KJV)

The Assyrians were trying to strip the Israelites of practically everything. Even though they may have
accomplished this
- and their identity was lost to history - they weren’t lost to God:

                                            I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me…
                                                                                             - Hos. 5:3 (KJV)

God still loved them, and didn't forget them. Even their horrible status-quo life as captives of these
Assyrians wouldn't last forever.

Wandering Souls

                          …My God will cast them away, because they did not hearken unto him:
                 
                             and they shall be wanderers among the nations.
                                                                                            - Hos. 9:16-17 (KJV)

                            Yea, though they have hired among the nations, now will I gather them,
                                                           and they shall sorrow a little...
                                                                                            - Hos. 8:10 (KJV)

God always seemed to have a way to fulfill His will for them. But, because He loved them, He still needed
to punish them for the sins they did. That’s what a good father has to do with his children. So, for a while,
He had to set them
free; to allow them to learn the hard lessons they needed to learn. Regardless, through-
out all of this time, He still held them close to His heart.

And I will bring the blind by a way that they knew not; I will lead them in paths that they have not known: I
will make darkness light before them, and crooked things straight. These things will I do unto them, and not
forsake them.
                                                                                                   - Isa. 42:16 (KJV)

He found the need to make them go out, and spread into many different lands:

                                                      …I would scatter them into corners…
                                                                                             - Deut. 32:26 (KJV)

Now, for a time, they would be nameless and alone
- without their God. It was to either help them regain
their identity, or “purge” them of their misdeeds. This would, in the end, make them stronger. It was,
possibly, done in the same way that God would have made
Moses to go to the desert, and live there for a
long period of time - to allow him a chance to come to terms with his self, his world, and his
God!
On the outside, they may have had to go through some rough changes; but, on the inside, they were
still
the nation of God... just a little obscured.

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. The secret things belong unto the LORD our God…
                                                                                                          - Deut. 29:28-29 (KJV)

Would they
still act like a special people, in their new areas of the world, even though they might have
been made totally unaware who they
really were? What about the birthright - the privilege given to one of
these ten tribes (i.e. Ephraim)? Did this once-mighty group of God’s children disappear forever; or just be
relocated into something just as special?

The House of Israel would soon be able to leave their captivity, and given new homes.

Their Escape - A Third "Exodus"?

                                Sanctify yourselves: for… the LORD will do wonders among you.
                                                                                                     - Josh. 3:5 (KJV)

                                                       I will… gather them out of Assyria…
                                                                                                     - Zech. 10:10 (KJV)

Most of us know the story of the
Exodus, and God's parting of the Red Sea. God often did some wonderful
things to aid His people in their pathways. In a lesser-known story, however, the Israelites were about to
enter the Promised Land; and God also parted the waters of the River
Jordan (Josh. 3:13-17)! It seems
that God did whatever He had to do, to allow Israel fulfillment of their purposes.

We had the Bible to thank for these other written accounts of God's wonders. Of course, we don’t know
exactly what happened to these 10 Tribes, and how they escaped the Assyrians. But, we do know this: the
ancient Egyptians, most assuredly, wouldn’t want to openly record their losses at the hand of the Israeli
God, nor the history of their army drowning in the Red Sea! The same might have taken place with these
Assyrians: maybe God allowed something to happen, such as this; to aid
their escape, as well. The
historian
Josephus stated that an immense number of people, somehow, went across the mighty Euphrates
River.

...wherefore there are but two tribes (Judah and Benjamin) in Asia and Europe... while the ten tribes are
beyond Euphrates till now, and are an immense multitude, and not to be estimated by numbers.

                                                                        - Falvius Josephus Antiquities of the Jews 11.5.2[35]

Now, that’s a lot of people crossing such a big river. Of course, it is purely speculative; but could God have
done whatever He needed,
again, to assure His people got out of their situation?

If God parted the Euphrates River, as well, to rescue the Israelites from pursuing Assyrians and open the
way for their northward migration to a new homeland, it would be consistent…

                                                                                                      (Collins, 1992, p. 187)[36]

As we see: “The Assyrian Empire, reigning over several nations, was incapable of maintaining a rigid
control over all its vassals. In the course of years of captivity, revolts ensued, and detached groups
successively evaded…” If these tribes found a way to escape, surely the Assyrians wouldn't want to tell the
world they had just gotten the short end of the stick in this situation.

…if God miraculously assisted their escape, it would… explain the complete silence in Assyrian annals
concerning the unexplained disappearance of most Israelites during their final invasion of Israel. Assyria
would have been loathe to record that the God of Israel supernaturally delivered the migrating Israelites, so
they limited their bragging to the small band of Israelites captured in Samaria.

                                                                                                      (Collins, 1992, p. 187)[37]

When they did leave, these 10 Tribes probably escaped those areas dominated by Assyria and Media
through
waves of individual groups.

They (the captive Israelites) could not go east because of the Assyrian menace, there were not enough
vessels to take everyone to new homelands via maritime routes to the west, and Egyptian forces were
dominant to the south. This left the north as the only realistic land route out of Palestine, and that is exactly
where historical evidence says they went.
                                               (Collins, 1992, p. 184)[38]

From there, within a few hundred years, they began to migrate to the north, and to the west; and officially
became the Lost Ten Tribes.[39]

To make a long story short, we already recall that there might also have been a number of descendants of
Shem who migrated via this same, northwesterly direction - into Europe - soon after the flood (see

New Religion of the Madonna). We also recall that many of the ancient Assyrians, at least in the time of
Shem, were of
Semite blood, as well - the same family the Israelites originated from! So, the 10 Lost
Tribes could have easily known about the same, ancient trade routes - the ones their ancient Assyrian
brethren had taken into Europe - and decided to travel towards these same places, as well! Wherever
they were to end up, they were on their way.

They Survived... Through Other Names?

Because they’re His people, God would seem to have a hand in their migrations; where they went and
what they became, as we’ll see.
But, regardless, they would not be the same Israel leaving as when they went in. The Assyrians really did a
number on the House of Israel; beyond the point of no return. The people had to make best of what they
had with them in their migrations, holding onto any pieces of their humanity they had left.

One thing these Assyrians made sure of, however, was that the people would not be taking with them the
name
Israel, anymore!

                                           …they shall no more be remembered by their name.
                                                                                               - Hos. 2:17 (KJV)[40]

                        And ye shall leave your name for a curse unto my chosen: for the Lord GOD
                                          shall slay thee, and call his servants by another name…

                                                                                                - Isa. 65:15 (KJV)

Again, we know the probably reason why the Assyrians never wanted to call Israel by their proper name:
because they knew their history, and what a fighting force this nation once was. They also probably knew
of what a mighty God they had on their side! Almost the entire Egyptian army had drowned pursuing them.
They spread fear throughout the entire land of Canaan; totally wiping out most of the people and giants in
the area. Again, if these Israelis did not
know they were the chosen ones of God, then they might not have
much of a willingness to fight for their freedom, or to even invoke Him!

We may have already begun to see one example of the House of Israel being called by another name:
since
Jeroboam, the king who once became idolatrous towards God, was from the tribe of Ephraim, this
tribal name often seemed to have become
synonymous with the House of Israel, itself.[41]

I know Ephraim, and Israel is not hid from me: for now, O Ephraim, thou committest whoredom, and Israel
is defiled… therefore shall Israel and Ephraim fall in their iniquity…
                           - Hos. 5:3-5 (KJV)

For the most part, Israel would be known by names their
captors would identified them with, as well as
names they picked up on their way, called during their years of migration.[42]

                                                  …and thou shalt be called by a new name…
                                                                                              - Isa. 62:2 (KJV)

In regards to these
other names - and there are a number of them - they seem to be related to each other
in a number of ways. These
names become the key to identifying who all of these people once were, as
well as all of them possibly originating in the Lost 10 Tribes.

Let’s see how it all began.

                                                                                     - - -

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                                                                                                     Footnotes

[1]  Robert Alan Balaicius,
Uncovering the Mysteries of Your Hidden Inheritance (Mountain City, Tennessee: Sacred Truth Ministries,
2001), 3.
[2]  Robert Alan Balaicius,
Uncovering the Mysteries of Your Hidden Inheritance (Mountain City, Tennessee: Sacred Truth Ministries,
2001), 19.
[3]  
Genesis 35:23-26 (KJV); Exodus 1:2-5 (KJV); Numbers 1:20-43 (KJV); 1 Chronicles 2:2 (KJV); Revelation 7:5-8 (KJV).
[4]  Robert Alan Balaicius,
Uncovering the Mysteries of Your Hidden Inheritance (Mountain City, Tennessee: Sacred Truth Ministries,
2001), 16.
[5]  Robert Alan Balaicius,
Uncovering the Mysteries of Your Hidden Inheritance (Mountain City, Tennessee: Sacred Truth Ministries,
2001), 15.
[6]  Steven M. Collins,
Israel’s Tribes Today (Royal Oak, Michigan: Bible Blessings, 1996), 3.
[7]  Herbert W. Armstrong,
The United States and the British Commonwealth in Prophecy (Radio Church of God, 1954), 3.
[8]  
Esau/Edom, and the Trail of the Serpent - V, 1, http://biblebelievers.org.au/bb981007.htm (accessed July 8, 2000 289).
[9]  Steven M. Collins,
The “Lost” Ten Tribes of Israel… Found! (Boring, Oregon: CPA Books, 1992), 151.
[10]  J. Allen,
Judah’s Sceptre, 19, http://www.giveshare.org/israel/judah/ (accessed Feb. 22, 2011).
[11]  J. Allen,
Judah’s Sceptre, 19, http://www.giveshare.org/israel/judah/ (accessed Feb. 22, 2011).
[12]  Steven M. Collins,
The “Lost” Ten Tribes of Israel… Found! (Boring, Oregon: CPA Books, 1992), 151.
[13]  J. Allen,
Judah’s Sceptre, 20, http://www.giveshare.org/israel/judah/ (accessed Feb. 22, 2011).
[14]  Steven M. Collins,
The “Lost” Ten Tribes of Israel… Found! (Boring, Oregon: CPA Books, 1992), 150.
[15]  J. Allen,
Judah’s Sceptre, 19, http://www.giveshare.org/israel/judah/ (accessed Feb. 22, 2011).
[16]  Herbert W. Armstrong,
The United States and the British Commonwealth in Prophecy (Radio Church of God, 1954), 4.
[17]  J. Allen,
Judah’s Sceptre, 21, http://www.giveshare.org/israel/judah/ (accessed Feb. 22, 2011).
[18]  Herbert W. Armstrong,
The United States and the British Commonwealth in Prophecy (Radio Church of God, 1954), 4.
[19]  Steven M. Collins,
The “Lost” Ten Tribes of Israel… Found! (Boring, Oregon: CPA Books, 1992), 151.
[20]  Steven M. Collins,
The “Lost” Ten Tribes of Israel… Found! (Boring, Oregon: CPA Books, 1992), 151.
[21]  Herbert W. Armstrong,
The United States and the British Commonwealth in Prophecy (Radio Church of God, 1954), 8.
[22]  Steven M. Collins,
The “Lost” Ten Tribes of Israel… Found! (Boring, Oregon: CPA Books, 1992), 152.
[23]  Steven M. Collins,
The “Lost” Ten Tribes of Israel… Found! (Boring, Oregon: CPA Books, 1992), 152.
[24]  Daily Bible Study,
Lands of Captivity, 2, http://www.keyway.ca/htm1999/19991230.htm (accessed Dec. 6, 2015).
[25]  Steven M. Collins,
The “Lost” Ten Tribes of Israel… Found! (Boring, Oregon: CPA Books, 1992), 152; J. Allen, Judah’s Sceptre,
22, http://www.giveshare.org/israel/judah/ (accessed Feb. 22, 2011).
[26]  Steven M. Collins,
The “Lost” Ten Tribes of Israel… Found! (Boring, Oregon: CPA Books, 1992), 153.
[27]  Edward Hine,
Forty-Seven Identifications Of The British Nation With The Lost Ten Tribes Of Israel, #1, 3.
[28]  
Hosea 8:9 (KJV).
[29]  Steven M. Collins,
The “Lost” Ten Tribes of Israel… Found! (Boring, Oregon: CPA Books, 1992), 150.
[30]  Herbert W. Armstrong,
Mystery of the Ages (1985), Part 12.
[31]  Robert Alan Balaicius,
Uncovering the Mysteries of Your Hidden Inheritance (Mountain City, Tennessee: Sacred Truth Ministries,
2001), 15.
[32]  Herbert W. Armstrong,
The United States and the British Commonwealth in Prophecy (Radio Church of God, 1954), 9.
[33]  Herbert W. Armstrong,
Mystery of the Ages (1985), Part 12.
[34]  Robert Alan Balaicius,
Uncovering the Mysteries of Your Hidden Inheritance (Mountain City, Tennessee: Sacred Truth Ministries,
2001), 30.
[35]  Flavius Joesphus,
Antiquities of the Jews - Book 11, Chapter 5.2, Trans. William Whiston, http://reluctant-messenger.com/
josephusA11.htm (accessed  Dec. 6, 2015).
[36]  Steven M. Collins,
The “Lost” Ten Tribes of Israel… Found! (Boring, Oregon: CPA Books, 1992), 187.
[37]  Steven M. Collins,
The “Lost” Ten Tribes of Israel… Found! (Boring, Oregon: CPA Books, 1992), 187.
[38]  Steven M. Collins,
The “Lost” Ten Tribes of Israel… Found! (Boring, Oregon: CPA Books, 1992), 184.
[39]  Herbert W. Armstrong,
Mystery of the Ages (1985), Part 12.
[40]  Robert Alan Balaicius,
Uncovering the Mysteries of Your Hidden Inheritance (Mountain City, Tennessee: Sacred Truth Ministries,
2001), 20, 161-162.
[41]  Herbert W. Armstrong,
The United States and the British Commonwealth in Prophecy (Radio Church of God, 1954), 16.
[42]  Robert Alan Balaicius,
Uncovering the Mysteries of Your Hidden Inheritance (Mountain City, Tennessee: Sacred Truth Ministries,
2001), 20, 161-162.