How will the Lost Ten Tribes known who they are? Who will Judah recognize them? 14 March, 2022; 11 Adar-B , 5782.
See Also "Lost or Found?"
Mark Williams wrote:
The Ten Tribes return of their own volition and no one in Israel knows
who they are. Seems like there's a contradiction between prophecies
here. How best to resolve it?
How things will turn out we do not know. What we ourselves do changes according to the possibilities at the time in question. Our understanding of the Bigger Picture keeps evolving.
(1) What Does "Return" Mean?
The Bible says the Lost Ten Tribes will return.
The exiles of Judah and Benyamin [i.e. the present-day “Jews”] are destined to go unto the Lost Ten Tribes and bring them back in order to merit with them the Messianic Era and life in the World-To-Come. This is as it says, “In those days the house of Judah shall go unto the house of Israel and they shall come together out of the land of the north unto the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers” (Jeremiah 3:18). -Midrash Yalkut Shimeoni, Song of Solomon 905.
Eventually the Ten Tribes will re-unite with their brethren the Jews of "Judah" (Hosea1:11), but until then they each have roles of their own to fulfill.
It was prophesied that the Ten Tribes will come out of their Exile in a great Exodus (Jeremiah 16:14-15):
Jeremiah (NIV) 16: 14 “However, the days are coming,” declares the LORD, “when it will no longer be said, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,’ 15 but it will be said, ‘As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.’ For I will restore them to the land I gave their ancestors.
Jews from Judah will be instrumental in the return of the Ten Tribes (Jeremiah 3:18 -Midrash Yalkut Shimeoni, Song of Solomon 905).
The verse above (Jeremiah 3:18) should be read according as:
THE HOUSE OF JUDAH SHALL GO UNTO [rather than 'WALK WITH'] THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL. People from Judah and Benjamin (i.e. legal Jews) shall go unto the Lost Ten Tribes who are beyond the Sambation River.
Sambation in the West?
What exactly "return" entails is not clear.
A simple reading would suggest that it means the Lost Ten Tribes realize who they are and go back to the Land of Israel.
Taking other sources into account it could mean the following:
The Lost Ten Tribes are told who they are and accept it.
A portion of them return to the Land of Israel, from the Nile to the Euphrates, which will be divided between the Tribes (Ezekiel 47).
The Lands overseas that the Tribes are living in are sanctified, in whole or in part, so that they too are considered pieces of the Land of Israel (Hatam Sofer, Rabbi Moshe Valle).
These places may according to some sources be considered part of the Land Promised to Abraham.
(2) How can they return if they do not know who they are and Judah does not recognize them?
In the latter Times Jews from Judah shall go unto the Ten Tribes in the 'North Country' and urge them to return to the land of Israel (Jeremiah 3:18).
Isaiah describes the Jews of Judah as finding it difficult to accept the Ten Tribes when they return:
21 Then you will say in your heart,
Who has begotten these for me,
Since I have lost my children and am desolate,
A captive, and wandering to and fro?
And who has brought these up?
There I was, left alone;
But these, where were they?
It happens that people receive information, only half accept it at first, but then due to some experience or other realize its importance.
Once in some way or other enough people realize that the possibility exists as to the LTTs are changes may take plce to make it generally accepted.
Our task in Brit-Am is to get the information concerning the Ten Tribes to as many people as possible, both Jews and Israelites. Since not that many relatively speaking have heard of us we have not had great success. Nevertheless, something may yet come of our efforts and we are doing something.
Logically it could be said that we should have begun with the Jews and Judah But Divine Providence wanted it to begin as it did.
We are preparing to open up more in spreading the knowledge to other Jews.