14 – The lost Tribes – who & where ?
Why is this important to you and I in Australia ?
The identity and location of the tribes of Israel have not really been lost ! The “House of Israel” refers to all twelve tribes of Israel, who descended from the twelve sons of Jacob Gen 35 23-26. Jesus personally addressed the then so called ”jews” for who they really are in John 8.44. Jesus told His disciples to go “to the lost sheep of the house of Israel” Matt 10.6 which shows that the Apostles knew the location of the Israelite tribes in their day. Both the Bible and history indicate that Christ’s disciples carried out their mission. James addressed his epistle to “the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad” James 1.1 not in one place !
Josephus, a Jew writing in the first century AD, recorded that “the ten tribes are beyond the Euphrates till now, and are an immense multitude” (Antiquities of the Jews, 11:5:2). In Genesis 35:10-11 God said, “Thy name shall not be called anymore Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name. And God said unto him, Be FRUITFUL and MULTIPLY, a NATION and a COMPANY of NATIONS shall be of thee, and KINGS shall come out of thy loins.” The tiny country today calling itself Israel could hardly be called a Company of Nations ?