THE UPWARD CALL
Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet;
but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead,
I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God
IN CHRIST JESUS.
(Philippians 3:13-14 NASB)
#04-10109
Where is Israel Today?
August 31, 2010
The previous issues have provided some evidence that the natural Hebrews migrated to the British
Isles, Europe, and to the Americas centuries before and after the Christian era began. However, in some
ways, the exact dates are not that important. Of greater importance is to know that the Hebrew
migration is God’s doing, not man’s, and that it is all part of God’s plan for mankind.
Where is Israel today? Let us be clear that the Israel of Scripture is not the modern Jewish nation called
Israel in the ancient land of Palestine. Israel is now hidden within many nations of the world that go by
many other names, including the United States and Great Britain.
Orthodox Jew Yair Davidy, author of The Tribes , states on his website:
Most of the Lost Ten Tribes migrated to Northwest and Western Europe and their descendants
are now in those areas of North America, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa. We do not
claim that all residents are descended from Israel. We do however affirm that most descendants
of the Lost Ten Tribes are residents of those nations. Even so in the course of history the Israelite
origins of people in those areas have influenced national development and national
characteristics. The Tribe of Joseph was divided into two other Tribes: Ephraim and Menasseh.
People from All of the Israelite Tribes congregated in North America but in general the U.S.A. is
dominated by Menasseh. Britain has characteristics of Ephraim. Reuben was important in
France, Issachar in Switzerland, Benjamin in Belgium, Zebulon in Holland, Dan in Denmark,
Naphtali in Norway, Gad in Sweden, the country of Finland was influenced by the Tribes of
Simeon, Issachar, and Gad; Simeon, Dan, and Ephraim were important in Ireland.
In his book The Tribes , Davidy states:
This book shows how most of the ancient Israelites were exiled and lost their identity and that
today their descendants are to be found mainly amongst the “Gentile” peoples of North America,
Northwest Europe, Australasia and South Africa. The present-day Jews in the Diaspora and Israel
are mainly descended from only two of the original tribes whereas the offspring of the remaining
majority are in the above areas. These claims are not far-fetched. They are supported by Biblical,
Historical, and other evidence much of which is, in effect, even recognized by the academic world.
The Israelites were transported en-masse first mainly to areas in northern Mesopotamia and to
Hara and from those regions they later moved northward into “Scythia” (roughly the area
encompassed in the past by the U.S.S.R.) whence they migrated in waves to the extreme north
and west of Europe from which their descendants settled North America, Australasia, and South
Africa. The peoples in these said nations today are thus in the Biblical and historical sense
brothers of the Jews who came from the remaining southern kingdom of Judah and comprised
the second half of the Hebrew nation with the Lost Ten Tribes comprising the remainder.
An excerpt from a tract titled Ancient Hebrew Sea Migrations (website: israelite.info) states:
Europe was left virtually empty in ancient times, prepared for the number of Israelites to be sent
there in God’s Providence. “When the Most High divided to the nations their inheritance; when
He separated the Sons of Adam, He set the bounds of the people according to the number of the
children of Israel.” (Deuteronomy 32:8) Israel was to expand in the seas: “Thy way is in the sea,
and thy path in the great waters, and thy footsteps are not known.” (Psalm 77:19) “I will set his
hand also in the sea, and his right hand in the rivers.” (Psalm 89:25) “Ask of me, and I will give
thee of the heathen for thy inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession.
(Psalm 2:8) “He shall have dominion from sea to sea...” (Psalm 72:8) “His seed shall be in many
waters.” (Numbers 24:7) How wonderfully have these promises of sea migration and colonization
been fulfilled! Abraham’s descendants were to “spread abroad” to the ends of the earth. (Genesis
2814) Israel had already settled colonies in the isles of the west when Jeremiah wrote this in circa
600 B.C.: “Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations and declare it in the ISLES afar off, and say,
He that scattered Israel will gather him and keep him, as a shepherd does his flock.” (Jeremiah
31:10) True to prophecy, Israel was gathered to the great shepherd, Jesus Christ, through faith,
and the Israel nations became known as Christendom, or ‘Christ’s Kingdom on earth.’ “Sing...His
praise from the end of the earth...” (Isaiah 42:10) And they do!
Many commentators seem to be in agreement that it is no longer a question of whether Hebrews
migrated to Europe and North America, but a question of how many people in these areas today are of
Hebrew descent. Of course, only the Lord knows.
As Christians, we should not be surprised that this is God’s doing, for it is fulfillment of the prophetic
blessing given to Abraham, the father of nations.
And He took him [i.e., Abram the Hebrew] outside and said, “Now look toward the heavens,
and count the stars, if you are able to count them.” And He said to him, “So shall your
descendants be.” (Genesis 15:5 NASB)
(15) Then the angel of the LORD called to Abraham a second time from heaven, (16) and
said, “By Myself I have sworn, declares the LORD, because you have done this thing and
have not withheld your son, your only son, (17) indeed I will greatly bless you, and I will
greatly multiply your seed as the stars of the heavens and as the sand which is on the
seashore; and your seed shall possess the gate of their enemies. (18) In your seed all the
nations of the earth shall be blessed, because you have obeyed My voice.” (Genesis 22:15-18
NASB)
It should be added that through the name Jezreel , meaning “God sows,” Hosea prophesied that God
sowed His lost tribes in the land in order to reap them as His people (Hosea 2:22-23). Jesus prophesied
in one of His parables on the mysteries of the kingdom of the heavens: “The kingdom of heaven is
like a treasure hidden in the field, which a man found and hid again; and from joy over it
he goes and sells all that he has and buys that field” (Matthew 13:44 NASB). Jesus is that man
and His treasure is the lost tribes of Israel. He came to the lost sheep of the house of Israel and found
them but then hid them again in the field, which is the world that He purchased with His own blood, so
that He would not only redeem His treasure but all mankind as well. What a glorious gospel!
The gospel was preached first to the Jew, but it did not stop there. The believing Jews (Judahites)
sought out their brethren of the ten tribes of Israel to tell them the good news. We see glimpses of this
in the epistle of James and 1 Peter. Also, it is believed that Paul traveled to the regions of Spain,
Switzerland, and Britain to share the gospel with the descendants of Israel. The gospel began to spread
throughout the regions that the ten lost tribes had migrated to in previous centuries and became known
by other names. Over time, the seed of God was planted in many of these Hebrew-Israelites and the
gospel began to spread beyond their adopted nations. Keep in mind that, although we have been
considering the natural Hebrew-Israelite, under the New Covenant, being born from above with the
seed of God is not based on genealogy but on faith. No one gets a free pass based on genealogy.
Nevertheless, it is abundantly clear that God planned for the gospel to go to the Jew first then to their
brethren of the Diaspora, the Hebrew-Israelites. It is no coincidence that the Western World or Western
Civilization became the heart of Christendom. Many of these Christianized nations sought to colonize
many parts of the world. As they moved out into the rest of the world, they took the gospel with them.
Of course, it is also no coincidence that this same civilized world has mostly turned from God in our
modern day, just as the ancient Israelites had done. Reminds me of a word from the Lord: I know
Ephraim, and Israel is not hidden from Me; for now, O Ephraim, you have played the
harlot, Israel has defiled itself. Their deeds will not allow them to return to their God.
For a spirit of harlotry is within them, and they do not know the LORD (Hosea 5:3-4 NASB).
It is time to wake up and return to the Lord! The grand migration from mortality to immortality is
coming soon. Let us be Hebrews like Abraham who sought for the holy city, New Jerusalem !
The Upward Call: #04-10109
by: Stuart H. Pouliot