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A SUMMARY OF ISRAEL’S MIGRATIONS
The Bible in First Kings chapter 12 tells us that the ancient nation of Israel was divided after the time of Solomon (about 925 BC) into two kingdoms: the ten-tribed HOUSE OF ISRAEL, and the two-tribed HOUSE OF JUDAH. These two houses had a dual legacy in Bible history and prophecy, and would be rejoined only in the end times. Speaking of this ultimate reunion, Dr. Brian Smith, in Bibliotheca Sacra Journal says, "The reconciling of Joseph and Judah turns out to be a microcosm of the history of the Israelites." Yes, the story of the Two Houses of Israel, their conflicts, their division into two separate nations and peoples, their separate national collapses, exiles, and dispersions, and ultimate reunion at the arrival of Messiah’s earthly kingdom, according to Ezekiel 37:15-28, are the story of Israel in microcosm, in miniature, in a nutshell. Without an understanding of these Two Houses of Israel and their separate histories and prophecies, you cannot understand the Bible story of Israel and the Covenants.
It is therefore important to understand that these two divided nations, southern Judah and northern Joseph-Ephraim, engaged in a long rivalry with each other, a conflict that evaded reconciliation between them during Old Testament history. They had a bitter division after King Solomon’s death, and two centuries later, due to their sins in disobeying God’s Word and Laws, He punished first the HOUSE OF ISRAEL by removing them from their inheritance in Palestine. The Bible tells us that these Ten Tribes were conquered in three invasions by the Assyrians (between 732-676 B.C), who “placed them in Halah and in Habor, by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes,” (II Kings 17:6), south of the Caspian Sea, near the Caucasus mountain southeastern gateway to Europe. Dr. Isaac Rabinowitz in Vetus Testamentum Journal says, "All that will be left of the Israelites in Samaria...will consist of just enough pieces of debris to afford mute evidence of their utter destruction."
THE EXILE OF EPHRAIM-ISRAEL:
The ten tribes did not remain in Assyria. In Hosea 8:8-10, Ephraim, in contrast to their heraldic emblem of a stag, is condescendingly depicted as a wild ass wandering the nations. Dr. Robert Chisholm, Jr. in Bibliotheca Sacra Journal tersely states, "Since Israel was so determined to wander from the Lord, He would make wandering their way of life." Dr. Andor Szabo, a Reformed Church scholar stated in Vetus Testamentum Journal, "...ten tribes have disappeared in the sea of the nations."
WHAT DOES THIS MEAN TO YOU?
Thousands of years ago, about 1900 B.C., God confirmed an unconditional covenant with Abraham and his descendants, changed his name from Abram to Abraham (meaning “father of many nations,” Gen. 17:5), and gave specific promises to him and his posterity. Among these, Israel was to be a Servant People unto their God (Isa. 41:8-9), and through them the rest of the world was to be blessed. (Genesis 12:3) When combined with faith in Christ, this may be referred to as, “The High Calling.” Dear friend, “give diligence to make your calling and election sure; for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall. For so an entrance shall be ministered unto you abundantly into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.” (I Peter 1:10-11) This is our prayer for you!
A more complete explanation of the migrations of Israel is found on the main page of our migrations.info website, complete with documentation from recognized leading scholars. Also included on this site are a wide variety of recommended books, charts, posters, pins, videos and music. We invite you to study this subject further with the many resources available at migrations.info, so that you can gain a renewed appreciation for your divine heritage and responsibilities as children of God! Thanks and God bless!