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do you think about the Anglo-American-Israel theory?
Is there evidence that these so-called "ten lost tribes" appeared in England
or the United States?
By playing with words, British Israel enthusiasts come up with some
astonishing conclusions. They start with the Hebrew "berith",
omitting the vowel "e" because there are no vowels in the Hebrew language, yet
retaining the vowel "i", and they get the word brith.
As the British like to drop their "h"s, they remove the "h" which gives them the
word brit. They add to this the Hebrew word for man, which is
iyish or ish, and get the word British.
The Israelite descendants of Isaac are said to have dropped the "i" from
Isaac, and that is where we are supposed to get the term Saxons, from Saac's
sons. it is claimed that the Danube river comes from the name of the
tribe of Dan.
This strange comparison of sounds between two completely different languages
is considered preposterous to the Hebrew scholars with whom we have spoken.
Hebrew is a semetic language, while English is of Aryan origin. Playing
with words may be an interesting pastime, but it is of no value to the serious
Those who teach British Israelism generally maintain three claims:
1.) That the ten tribes were lost.
2.) That since the time of the separation of Israel and Judah, the term
"Jew" must refer only to Judah, and never to anyone of the other tribes.
1.) That the ten lost tribes later appeared in certain northern European
and North American nations.
Firstly, were the ten tribes lost? Nowhere does
Scripture speak of any of the twelve tribes as being "the lost tribes", nor is
there anything in the Bible that indicates that they were ever lost.
The prophet Daniel, in his prayer recorded in Daniel 9, shows that he knew
nothing of any tribes being lost. He said: "Oh, Lord,
righteousness belongs to you, but unto us confusion of faces, as at this day; to
the man of Judah, and to the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and unto all Israel, that
are near, and that are afar off, through all the countries whither Thou hast
driven them, because of their trespass that they have trespassed against You."---Daniel
Near the close of the Old Testament, Zechariah speaks of "all the tribes of
Israel," [Zech 9:1] and Malachi still refers to both Judah and Israel being in
Jerusalem. [Malachi 2:11].
At the time the New Testament was written, there were
still twelve tribes of Israel. James addressed his epistle to these
people: "James, a servant of GOD and of our Lord JESUS CHRIST, to the
twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greetings."---James 1:1
It is evident that they were not lost. Scattered among the nations,
yes; dispersed, without any doubt, but definitely not lost. Remnants of
all twelve tribes continue to be recognized as such.
2.] Does the term "Jew" always exclusively refer only to the tribe of
Judah? After the return from exile this term came to mean all that
returned to Jerusalem as exiles. It is true that many were from the tribe
of Judah. We have two proofs that all of these "Jews" were not of that
tribe: a.] All of GOD'S people were invited to go back
to rebuild Jerusalem regardless of the tribe they belonged to:
"Who is there among you of all His people? His GOD be with him, and
let him go up to Jerusalem, which is in Judah, and build the house of the Lord
GOD of Israel, [He is GOD] which is in Jerusalem."---Ezra 1:3
Though Jerusalem belonged to the tribe of Judah before the captivity, people
from all tribes went back and rebuilt the city and the temple together.
b.] The Jews who rebuilt the temple were from the twelve tribes.
They sacrificed twelve goats for the twelve tribes that were represented there
[Ezra 6:12; 8:35] in the promise of the restoration of Jerusalem as
it is given in the book of Zechariah, the people who were to inhabit Jerusalem
are clearly defined:
"And it came to pass, that they were a curse among the heathen, O house
of Judah, and house of Israel: so will I save you, and you shall be a blessing:
fear not, but let your hands be strong."--- Zechariah 8:13
After the return from exile, only one Jewish nation
existed. The word "Jew" came to signify all people of the Hebrew race
wherever they lived.
3.] Is there evidence that these so called "lost tribes"
appeared in England or the United States? Non, whatsoever! Only a
play on words and a twisting of two languages that are worlds apart.
"But mercy shall not depart away from him, as I took
it from Saul, whom I put away before thee. And thine house and thy kingdom shall
be established for ever before thee; thy throne shall be established for ever."---2.Sam
The British Israel theory advocates use these verses to support their
contention that GOD made an unconditional promise to David that his throne, his
house, and his kingdom would never fail, regardless of their faithfulness or
unfaithfulness. The theory is unsound and false in the light of these texts,
which declare the promise to be conditional:
"If thou wilt walk before me...in uprightness...and wilt
keep my statutes and my judgments: Then will I establish the throne of thy
kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David...But if ye shall at all
turn from following Me...Then I will cut off Israel...and his house...will I
cast out."---1.King 9:4-7
The theory is further proven unsound by these undeniable facts: 1. The
word "forever" does not always mean "without end". 2. The fleshly Israel was
completely disqualified because of their disobedience [Rom. 4:13; 9:7,8;
11:20].---source Joe Crews and the Word of GOD.