Lead better Lives According to the Bible and Much of the Conundrum Involving Ancestry will Resolve itself!" (15 March 2016, 5 Adar-B, 5776)
Preliminary Note by Brit-Am:
Charlotte Mecklenburg in the message below in effect seems to say that beyond the wish to know of our ancestry we all need to lead better lives.
If we do this the problem of our Israelite Ancestry or lack of it will resolve itself.
This is part of the Biblical message. In the End Times the Ten Tribes and Lost Ones of Israel will begin to return.
the Story of the Lost Ten Tribes NEEDS to be made known.
The attitude of the Jews and of the physical descendants of Israel in the west towards themselves, towards the Bible, their fellows, and their brother Israelites (of both Judah and Joseph) will change once the probability of Israelite Ancestry is made clearer.
We all have a MORAL AND PATRIOTIC DUTY to further these studies!
This appears to be the will of God as HE reveals HIMSELF in the Bible.
Dear Yair and Brit-am readers,
We appreciate what you are doing to awaken people to their possibilities. It is a way of calling them to come home. Lineages are important, and names help and from my own experience Hashem has used these things to confirm what He had already impressed on me in my heart. However, as I read from time to time your readers' messages, I get the impression that it all hinges on whether they can come up with a firmly produced record to prove they are from 10 Israel. For most that is highly unlikely.
The scripture gives a message for those who will never find out whether they are physically a descendant from a tribe in Israel. Let's start with Amos 9:9, For I will give the order And shake the House of Israel, Through all the nations; As one shakes [sand] in a sieve, And not a pebble falls to the ground." JPS
This is saying to me that 10 Israel, because Amos directed his message to them, is totally scattered through all the nations even though the concentration of them ended up in Europe and America. Sand gets too mixed to sort through it and identify one grain from another as to its source, the rock, from which it came. The pebbles that didn't fall to the ground were those of 10 Israel that joined themselves to Judah at any juncture between when they split off and when Judah was in Babylon and came back. They were the righteous of 10 Israel; the others were the wicked. Some do not believe that God will ever bring them back. However, from my perspective Ezekiel says, God does not rejoice in the destruction of the wicked, but rather that they repent. So the generation that was taken out perished except for the pebbles that didn't go through the sieve. Then how does God who promises in Deuteronomy 30 and Ezekiel 34 gather up these descendants who stood before God in the desert from among the nations and are also descended from the wicked that were dispersed?
Isaiah 56:3 gives us the answer. 'The foreigner who attaches himself to God should not say, 'God has separated me from His people,'' Vs. 6 As for the foreigners who attach themselves to God to serve Him, to love God's Name and to be His servants, whoever keeps the Sabbath and does not profane it, and holds fast to My covenant,--7. I will bring them to My holy Mount and let them rejoice in My house of prayer....8. I will gather still more, aside from those already gather, says the Lord God, Who gathers the dispersed of Israel. All you wild beasts, come to eat all the beasts of the forest! Living Nach
In the soul of each Israelite God placed that longing to be a part of Israel. So that no matter how long it has been He can draw upon that soul to come home. Even though the sand that went through the sieve and mixed with the world became foreigners to God and His people, He can put this longing in them to come home. So the foreigner who attaches himself to God in these verses is 10 Israel regardless of whether it can be proved. They themselves will prove it by their actions. They will repent of the sins of their fathers who didn't want to have anything to do with Judah. However, by coming under the authority of God's government outlined in the covenant He made with His people in the wilderness, then recognizing Judah as the one that was given the right to hold the scepter/rod that Ezekiel 20 says they will come under when God brings them out from the nations. True repentance, conversion is being willing to attach yourself to God, His covenant, His people and be willing to do this even though you cannot be identified physically as one of them. When God has gathered His whole house of Israel to the land and they are living in the places of their choice, the lines will be drawn across the land into 12 slices and your place of residence will determine your tribe. Some people in that block of land will know their Israelite origin but the foreigner living among them are to be treated as a native born. All of this found in Ezekiel in the write up of the temple and the land arrangements.
God shapes our life and soul, that determines who we are. Who we are will guide and determine where we will live and contribute to the nation. We will be home. Therefore, God is choosing and we are choosing. Repentance and walking the long road back and going though the process of humbling ourselves to go under the rod, submitting to Judah who is not perfected yet either is the process.
I included in the quoted verses from Isaiah about God inviting the wild beasts to come. He gathers, those who are willing and respond to that initial tug in their heart, if the 10 Israel doesn't respond to that He gathers others by sending the wild beasts. This matches with Jeremiah where He sends fishers first then the hunters. God's intention is to gather the dispersed of Israel not just the pebbles that stayed with Judah. It behooves all who have that longing to come home to connect with Judah outside the land and do something about it now because right now you are hearing the fishers, like Yair. We don't know whom the hunters will be like except to say wild beasts. These wild beasts could be Gog and Magog coming to get rid of Israel. The circumstances will not be good for anyone anywhere. Rashi , R. Josef Kara, R. Josef Kimchi and Ibn Ezra, Abarbanel have a variety of things they say about this gathering and the beasts.
Keep researching, and documenting, but 10 Israel must take their own steps to return home. God is our Redeemer, our Savior and King, follow His word and repent and come home.