Prophecies Pointing to the Return of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel
Note: Below are a series of quotations put together by Kitty (Mary Lou) Corbett. Here and there Kitty has placed her own commentary to the verses in parantheses.
Brit-Am does not necessarily agree with this commentary in every case.
Return of the Ten Tribes
Return of the Ten Tribes
The Ten Tribes are Prophesied to Return from the West
(17) When Joseph saw that his father (Jacob/Israel) was placing his right hand on Ephraim's head, he thought it wrong; so he took hold of his father's hand to move it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's. (18) Not so, Father, Joseph said to his father, for the other is the first-born; place your right hand on his head. (19) But his father objected, saying, I know, my son, I know. He too shall become a people, and he too shall be great. Yet his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his offspring shall be plentiful enough for nations. (20) So he blessed them that day, saying, By you shall Israel invoke blessings, saying: God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh. Thus he put Ephraim before Manasseh. (2w1) Then Israel said to Joseph, I am about to die; but God will be with you and bring you back to the land of your fathers. (22) And now, I assign to you one portion more than to your brothers, which I wrested from the Amorites with my sword and bow.
(20) And in that day, the remnant of Israel and the escaped of the House of Jacob shall lean no more upon him that beats it (footnote: I.e., upon Assyria/Iraq), but shall lean sincerely on THE LORD, the Holy One of Israel. (21) Only a remnant shall return, only a remnant of Jacob, to Mighty God.
(11) In that day, My Lord will apply His hand again to redeeming the other part (footnote: the part outside the Holy Land) of His people from Assyria, as also from Egypt, Pathos, Nubia, Elam, Shinar, Hamath, and the coastlands. (12) He will hold up a signal to the nations and assemble the banished (lost tribes) of Israel, and gather the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. (13) Then Ephraim's envy shall cease and Judah's harassment shall end; Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not harass Ephraim. (14) They shall pounce on the back of Philistia to the west (Gaza) and together plunder the peoples of the east; Edom and Moab (central Jordan) shall be subject to them and the children of Ammon (Jordan) shall obey them. (15) THE LORD will dry up the tongue of the Egyptian sea. He will raise His hand over the Euphrates with the might of His wind and break it into seven wadis, so that it can be trodden dry-shod. (16) Thus there will be a highway for the other part (footnote: the part outside the Holy Land; lit. The rest that will remain.) of His people out of Assyria, such as there was for Israel when it left the land of Egypt.
(20) The children you thought you had lost shall yet say in your hearing, The place is too crowded for me; make room for me to settle. (21) And you will say to yourself, Who bore these for me when I was bereaved and barren, exiled and disdained. By whom, then, were these reared? I was left all alone, And where have these been? (22) Thus said the Lord THE LORD: I will raise My hand to nations and lift up My ensign to peoples; and they shall bring your sons in their bosoms, and carry your daughters on their backs. (23) Kings shall tend your children, their queens shall serve you as nurses. They shall bow to you, face to the ground, and lick the dust of your feet, and you shall know that I am THE LORD. Those who trust in Me shall not be shamed.
Shout, O barren one, You who bore no child! Shout aloud for joy, you who did not travail! For the children of the wife forlorn (House of Israel) shall outnumber those of the espoused (House of Judah), said THE LORD. (2) Enlarge the site of your tent, extend the size of your dwelling, do not stint! Lengthen the ropes, and drive the pegs firm, (3) For you shall spread out to the right and the left; your offspring shall dispossess nations (Footnote: the foreigners who had occupied regions from which Israelites had been exiled; cf. 2 Kings 17:24). And shall people the desolate towns. (4) Fear not, you shall not be shamed; do not cringe, you shall not be disgraced. For you shall forget the reproach of your youth, and remember no more the shame of your widowhood. (5) For He who made you will espouse you His name is THE LORD of Hosts. The Holy One of Israel will redeem you. He is called God of all the Earth. (6) The LORD has called you back as a wife forlorn and forsaken. Can one cast off the wife of his youth? said your God. (7) For a little while I forsook you, but with vast love I will bring you back. (8) In slight anger, for a moment, I hid My face from you; but with kindness everlasting I will take you back in love, said THE LORD your Redeemer. (9) For this to Me is like the waters of Noah: As I swore that the waters of Noah nevermore would flood the earth, so I swear that I will not be angry with you or rebuke you. (10) For the mountains may move and the hills be shaken, but my loyalty shall never move from you, nor My covenant of friendship be shaken, said THE LORD, who takes you back in love. (11) Unhappy, storm-tossed one, uncomforted! I will lay carbuncles as your building stones and make your foundations of sapphires. (12) I will make your battlements of rubies, your gates of precious stones, the whole encircling wall of gems. (13) And all your children shall be disciples of THE LORD, and great shall be the happiness of your children; (14) You shall be established through righteousness. You shall be safe from oppression, and shall have no fear; from ruin, and it shall not come near you. (15) Surely no harm can be done without My consent: Whoever would harm you shall fall because of you. (16). For it is I who created the smith to fan the charcoal fire and produce the tools for his work; so it is I who create the instruments of havoc. (17) No weapon formed against you shall succeed, and every tongue that contends with you at law you shall defeat. Such is the lot of the servants of THE LORD, such their triumph through Me, declares THE LORD.
(3) Let not the foreigner say, who has attached himself to THE LORD, THE LORD will keep me apart from His people; and let not the eunuch say, I am a withered tree. (4) For thus said THE LORD: As for the eunuchs who keep My sabbaths, who have chosen what I desire and hold fast to My covenant (5) I will give them, in My House and within My walls, a monument and a name better than sons or daughters. I will give them an everlasting name which shall not perish. (6) As for the foreigners who attach themselves to THE LORD, to minister to Him, and to love the name of THE LORD, to be His servants, All who keep the sabbath and do not profane it, and who hold fast to My covenant (7) I will bring them to My sacred mount and let them rejoice in My house of prayer. Their burnt offerings and sacrifices shall be welcome on My alter; for My House shall be called a house of prayer for all peoples. (8) Thus declares THE LORD GOD, who gathers the dispersed of Israel: I will gather still more to those already gathered.
1 The word of THE LORD came to me as follows: If a man divorces his wife, and she leaves him and marries another man, can he ever go back to her? Would not such a land be defiled? Now you have whored with many lovers: can you return to Me? says THE LORD. (2) Look up to the bare heights, and see: Where have they not lain with you? You waited for them on the roadside like a bandit (footnote: Arab) in the wilderness. And you defiled the land with your whoring and your debauchery. (3) And when showers were withheld and the late rains did not come, you had the brazenness of a street woman, you refused to be ashamed. (4) Just now you called to Me, Father You are the Companion of my youth. (5) Does one hate for all time? Does one rage forever? That is how you spoke; you did wrong, and had your way. (6) THE LORD said to me in the days of King Josiah: Have you seen what Rebel Israel did, going to every high mountain and under every leafy tree, and whoring there? (7) I thought: After she has done all these things, she will come back to Me. But she did not come back; and her sister, Faithless Judah, saw it. (8) I noted: Because Rebel Israel had committed adultery, I cast her off and handed her a bill of divorce; yet her sister, Faithless Judah, was not afraid. she too went and whored. (9) Indeed, the land was defiled by her casual immorality, as she committed adultery with stone and with wood. (10) And after all that, her sister, Faithless Judah, did not return to Me wholeheartedly, but insincerely, declares THE LORD. (11) And THE LORD said to me: Rebel Israel has shown herself more in the right than Faithless Judah. (12) Go make this proclamation toward the north, and say: Turn back, O Rebel Israel, declares THE LORD. I will not look on you in anger, for I am compassionate, declares THE LORD; I do not bear a grudge for all time. (13) Only recognize your sin; for you have transgressed against THE LORD your God, and scattered your favors among strangers under every leafy tree, and you have not heeded Me, declares THE LORD. (14) Turn back, rebellious children. declares THE LORD. Since I have espoused you, I will take you, one from a town and two from a clan, and bring you to Zion. (15) And I will give you shepherds after My own heart, who will pasture you with knowledge and skill. (18) In those days, the House of Judah shall go with the House of Israel; they shall come together from the land of the north to the land I gave your fathers as a possession.
If you return, O Israel, declares THE LORD. If you return to Me, if you remove your abominations from My presence and do not waver, (2) And swear, As THE LORD lives, in sincerity, justice, and righteousness, Nations shall bless themselves by you and praise themselves by you.
(7) For thus said THE LORD: Cry out in joy for Jacob, shout at the crossroads of the nations! Sing aloud in praise, and say: Save, O THE LORD, Your people, the remnant of Israel. (8) I will bring them in from the northland, Gather them from the ends of the earth, the blind and the lame among them, those with child and those in labor, in a vast throng they shall return here. (9) They shall come with weeping, and with compassion will I guide them. I will lead them to streams of water, by a level road where they will not stumble. For I am ever a Father to Israel, Ephraim is My first-born.
(18) I can hear Ephraim lamenting: You have chastised me, and I am chastised like a calf that has not been broken. Receive me back, let me return, for You, O THE LORD, are my God. (19) Now that I have turned back, I am filled with remorse; now that I am made aware, I strike my thigh (footnote: as a gesture of self-reproach). I am ashamed and humiliated, for I bear the disgrace of my youth. (20) Truly, Ephraim is a dear son to Me, a child that is dandled! Whenever I have turned (footnote: spoken) against him, my thoughts would dwell on him still. That is why My heart yearns for him; I will receive him back in love. declares THE LORD.
(21) Erect markers, set up signposts, keep in mind the highway, the road that you traveled. Return, Maiden Israel! Return to these towns of yours! (22) How long will you waver, O rebellious daughter?
(27) See, a time is coming, declares THE LORD, when I will sow the House of Israel and the House of Judah with seed of men and seed of cattle; (28) and just as I was watchful over them to uproot and to pull down, to overthrow and to destroy and to bring disaster, so I will be watchful over them to build and to plant, declares THE LORD. (29) In those days, they shall no longer say, Parents have eaten sour grapes and children's teeth are blunted. (30) But every one shall die for his own sins: whosoever eats sour grapes, his teeth shall be blunted.
(31) See a time is coming, declares THE LORD, when I will make a new covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah.
(16) The word of THE LORD came to me: (17) O mortal, when the House of Israel dwellt on their own soil, they defiled it with their ways and their deeds; their ways were in My sight like the uncleanness of a menstruous woman. (18) So I poured out My wrath on them for the blood which they shed upon their land, and for the fetishes with which they defiled it. (19) I scattered them among the nations, and they were dispersed through the countries: I punished them in accordance with their ways and their deeds. (20) But when they came to those nations, they caused My holy name to be profaned (footnote: the exile of Israel was taken by the nations to be evidence of THE LORD's weakness), in that it was said of them, These are the people of THE LORD, yet they had to leave His land. (21) Therefore I am concerned for My holy name, which the House of Israel have caused to be profaned among the nations to which they have come. (22) Say to the House of Israel: Thus said the Lord THE LORD: Not for your sake will I act, O House of Israel, but for My holy name, which you have caused to be profaned among the nations to which you have come. (23) I will sanctify My great name which has been profaned among the nations. among whom you have caused it to be profaned. And the nations shall know that I am THE LORD, declares the Lord God, when I manifest My holiness before their eyes through you. (24) I will take you from among the nations and gather you from all the countries, and I will bring you back to your own land. (25) I will sprinkle clean water upon you, and you shall be clean: I will cleanse you from all your uncleanness and from all your fetishes. (26) And I will give you a new heart and put a new spirit into you. I will remove the heart of stone from your body and give you a heart of flesh, (27) and I will put My spirit into you. Thus I will cause you to follow My laws and faithfully to observe My rules. (28) Then you shall dwell in the land which I gave to your fathers, and you shall be My people and I will be your God.
The hand of THE LORD came upon me. He took me out by the spirit of THE LORD and set me down in the valley. It was full of boes. (2) He led me all around them; there were very many of them spread over the valley, and they were very dry. (3)He said to me, O mortal, can these bones live again? I replied, O THE LORD God, only you know. (4)And He said to me, Prophesy over these bones and say to them: O dry bones, hear the word of THE LORD! (5) Thus said the Lord THE LORD to these bones: I will cause breath to enter you and you shall live again. (6)I will lay renews upon you, and cover you with flesh, and form skin over you. And I will put breath into you, and you shall live again. And you shall know that I am THE LORD! (7) I prophesied as I had been commanded. And while I was prophesying, suddenly there was a sound of rattling, and the bones came together, bone to matching bone. (8)I looked, and there were sinews on them, and flesh had grown, and skin had formed over them; but there was no breath in them. (9)Then He said to me, Prophesy to the breath, prophesy, O mortal! Say to the breath: Thus said the Lord THE LORD: Come, o breath, from the four winds, and breathe into these slain, that they may live again. (10)I prophesied as He commanded me. The breath entered them, and they came to life and stood up on their feet, a vast multitude. (11) And He said to me, O mortal, these bones are the whole House of Israel. They say, Our bones are dried up, our hope is gone; we are doomed. (12) Prophesy, therefore, and say to them: Thus said the Lord THE LORD: I am going to open your graves and lift you out of the graves, O My people, and bring you to the land of Israel. You shall know, O My people, that I am THE LORD, when I have opened your graves and lifted you out of your graves. (14) I will put My breath into you and you shall live again, and I will set you upon your own soil. Then you shall know that I THE LORD have spoken and have acted, declares THE LORD. (15) The word of THE LORD came to me: (16) And you O mortal, take a stick and write on it, Of Judah and the Israelites associated with him; and take another stick and write on it, Of Joseph. the stick of Ephraim, and all the House of Israel associated with him. (17) Bring them close to each other, so that they become one stick, joined together in your hand. (18) And when any of your people ask you, Won't you tell us what these actions of yours mean? (19) answer them, Thus said the Lord THE LORD: I am going to take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and of the tribes of Israel associated with him, and I will place the stick of Judah upon it and make them into one stick; they shall be joined in My hand. (20) You shall hold up before their eyes the sticks which you have inscribed, (21) and you shall declare to them: Thus said the Lord God: I am going to take the Israelite people from among the nations they have gone to, and gather them from every quarter, and bring them to their own land. (22) I will make them a single nation in the land, on the hills of Israel, and one king shall be king of them all. Never again shall they be two nations, and never again shall they be divided into two kingdoms. (23) Nor shall they ever again defile themselves by their fetishes and their abhorrent things, and by their other transgressions. I will save them in all their settlements where they sinned, and I will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God. (24) My servant David shall be king over them; there shall be one shepherd for all of them. They shall follow My rules and faithfully obey My laws. (26) and I will place My Sanctuary among them forever. (27) My Presence (footnote: dwelling place) shall rest over them; I will be their God and they shall be My people. (28) And when My Sanctuary abides among them forever, the nations shall know that I THE LORD do sanctify Israel.
(13) And just as you were a curse among the nations, O House of Judah and House of Israel, so, when I vindicate you, you shall become a blessing. Have no fear, take courage!
(20) Thus said THE LORD of Hosts: Peoples and the inhabitants of many cities shall yet come (21) the inhabitants of one shall go to the other and say, Let us go and entreat the favor of THE LORD, let us seek the LORD of Hosts; I will go, too. (23) The many peoples and the multitude of nations shall come to seek THE LORD of Hosts in Jerusalem and to entreat the favor of THE LORD. (23) Thus said THE LORD of Hosts: In those days, ten men from nations of every tongue will take hold, they will take hold of every Jew by a corner of his cloak and say, Let us go with you, for we have heard that God is with you.
(13) For I have drawn Judah taut, and applied [My hand] to Ephraim as to a bow, and I will arouse your sons, O Zion, Against your sons, O Javen (Greece, sea people, aka Palestinians), and make you like a warrior's sword.
(6) I will give victory to the House of Judah, and triumph to the House of Joseph. I will restore them, for I have pardoned them, and they shall be as though I had never disowned them; for I THE LORD am their God, and I will answer their prayers. (7) Ephraim shall be like a warrior, and they shall exult as with wine; their children shall see it and rejoice, they shall exult in THE LORD, (8) I will whistle to them and gather them, for I will redeem them; they shall increase and continue increasing, (9) for though I sowed them among the nations, in the distant places they shall remember Me, they shall escape with their children and shall return.
(1) The number of the people of Israel shall be like that of the sands of the sea, which cannot be measured or counted; and instead of being told, You are Not-My-People, they shall be called Children-of-the-Living-God. (2) The people of Judah and the people of Israel shall assemble together and appoint one head over them, and they shall rise from the ground, for marvelous shall be the day of Jezreel (footnote I.e., the day when the name Jezreel will convey a promise instead of a threat)!
(21) And I will espouse you forever: I will espouse you with righteousness and justice, and with goodness and mercy, (22) And I will espouse you with faithfulness; then you shall be devoted to THE LORD. (23) In that day, I will respond, declares THE LORD, I will respond to the sky, and it shall respond to the earth; (24) And the earth shall respond with new grain and wine and oil, and they shall respond to Jezreel (footnote: I.e., God sows. The names of Hosea's children are applied here to Israel.). (25) I will sow her in the land as My own; and take Lo-ruhamah back in favor; and I will say to Lo-ammi, You are My people, and he will respond, [You are] my God.
(4) For the Israelites shall go a long time without king and without officials, without sacrifice and without cult pillars, and without ephod and seraphim. (5) Afterward, the Israelites will turn back and will seek THE LORD their God and David their king, and they will thrill over THE LORD and over His bounty in the days to come.