Scripture and Scholars say...


1 Ki. 14:15, God “shall scatter” Israel “beyond the river,” not all in one place.

2 Ki. 10:32, “In those days the Lord began to cut off parts of Israel...” –before their final complete exile.

2 Ki. 17:6, The Assyrian king “captured Samaria and exiled Israel”

Deut. 29:28, “cast them into another land, as it is this day”

Isa. 5:26 “the end of the earth”

Isa. 11:11-12, “the four corners of the earth”

Isa. 27:13 (Vulgate), “those lost from the land of Assyria”

Isa. 49:9, “say to the prisoners, Go forth; to them that are in darkness, Show yourselves.” An address to the lost ten tribes according to Jewish midrash “Pesikta Rabbati 31:10”

Isa. 49:21, (Ten Tribes:) “where had they been?”

Jer. 15:4, “I will cause them to be removed into all kingdoms of the earth”

Hos. 2:14, “I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness,” not a return to Canaan.

Hos. 8:8, “Israel is swallowed up now among the nations”

Hos. 9:17, “wanderers among the nations”

Ezra 1:15, ONLY “Judah and Benjamin” returned; remaining ten tribes did not return

“Israel and Judah... developed more or less independent of the other, Israel in the north and Judah in the south; and only gradually did circumstances bring them together, and then came the inevitable clash of interests, religious as well as political.” –"Hebrew Origins," Theophile James Meek, 1936, p.76

“Israel as a kingdom was never restored from Assyria, as Judah was from Babylon after 70 years.” –Jamieson, Faucett, Brown Commentary, p.650

“There never was a real return from the exile, although some individuals doubtless returned...the captivity of Israel did not actually terminate at 538 [B.C.], nor, in fact, ever.” –Geo. Ricker Berry, Colgate-Rochester Divinity School, “Was Ezekiel in the Exile?” pp.89, 92 (Journal of Biblical Literature 49 (1930)

“Many of the towns in southern Judah and Simeon were not reoccupied after the exile. This process was quite as disastrous as it is portrayed in the Old Testament...” –Thos. Davis, “Shifting Sands,” Oxford Univ. Press, 2004

“That the Redeemer comes ‘from Zion’ [Isa. 59:20] for Israel implies that Israel is in exile...” –G.K. Beale and D.A. Carson, “Commentary on the New Testament Use of the Old Testament,” Baker Academic, 2007, p.674

“The exile, into all lands, among all nations, was as irrevocably decreed as was the destruction of the city.” –Charles C. Torrey, Yale University, Journal of Biblical Literature 56 (1937), p.206

“...the returnees came only from the tribes of Judah and Benjamin —the exiles in Babylon. The ten tribes did not return...the loss of the [ten] tribes marked the greatest demographic defeat inscribed in Jewish memory since Biblical times.” –Zvi Ben-Dor Benite, “The Ten Lost Tribes: A World History,” Oxford Univ. Press, 2009, pp.17, 117

“Evidently it was a token return...” –Frank Moore Cross, Harvard University, “A Reconstruction Of The Judean Restoration,” Journal of Biblical Literature 94 (1975), p.15

“The tree of Israel, grown from one root with various branches, was cut into pieces.” –John Calvin, cited in Boer, “John Calvin,” pp. 190-191

“The ten [tribes] which had previously been carried away being scattered among the Parthians, Medes, Indians, and Ethiopians never returned to their native country, and are to this day held under the sway of barbarous nations.” –Sulpitius Severus (circa. 360-420 A.D.), Severus, Sacred History, bk ii, ch. Ii, in Schaff, et al., transl. Sulpitius Severus

“Jewish people often thought that ten of the twelve tribes were lost and would be restored only in the end time.” –Craig Keener, “A Commentary on the Gospel of Matthew,” Eerdmans, 1999, p.315

The ten tribes’ not returning opened “a huge wound that does not heal.” –Talmudic Haga, Sefer Ha-Berit Ha-Hadash

"The prophecy of a restored and reunited Israel and Judah...was never actually to be fulfilled... Intransigence on the part of both...produced separate and irreconcilable societies that were never able to reunite." -Bruce Vawter, "Amos, Hosea, Micah, With An Introduction To Classical Prophecy," p.81

 

 

 

 

 

 

About Us: ETHIC

 

Evangelistic Two-House Information Center




           This organization exists for the dissemination of knowledge and new research concerning the history and prophecies of the two houses of Israel (the house of Israel and the house of Judah), and specifically:

+       To promote knowledge, appreciation, and better understanding of the promises, covenants, and blessings given to physical Israel and Spiritually to believing mankind,

+       To foster friendship, goodwill, and understanding among members of the covenant community and the world at large,

+       To proclaim the Divine Word as contained in the Holy Scriptures throughout the earth, and

+       To unite our efforts in the advancement of Scriptural Truth.

            We welcome believers of all races and nationalities to join us in understanding the promises and covenants of the Bible. May you be inspired and blessed as you learn more about the wonderful Divine plan for mankind!


Declaration of Principles

Evangelistic Two-House Information Center (E.T.H.I.C.)


ETHIC is a clearing-house for sharing and disseminating information about the history and modern locations of all the tribes of Israel.  ETHIC will also address other specialized but related topics involving the history of the tribes of Israel and their activities in the modern world.

ETHIC acknowledges the divinely-inspired nature of the Holy Bible, both the Old Testament (the Hebrew Bible) and the New Testament. 

Many of ETHIC’s founders are Torah-observant Christians who recognize the Christian faith was founded on the biblical laws and heritage of the Old Testament.

ETHIC is not a church nor is it sponsored or funded by any church denomination. ETHIC is not a venue for churches, denominations or individuals to proselytize or recruit others to a particular faith or denomination.  It is open to people of all faiths who have a genuine interest in the history or modern whereabouts of the tribes of Israel.  However, since the subject matter on ETHIC’s website discusses and examines topics addressed in the narrative and prophetic accounts of the Bible, it will likely appeal most to those sharing and recognizing a Judeo-Christian heritage based on the Bible.

ETHIC recognizes that a person’s personal religious beliefs and perspectives may sometimes be linked to views expressed in books, articles, etc. about subjects involving the tribes of Israel, but care should be exercised to not include unrelated denominational material in such writings.

ETHIC recognizes that scholars, researchers, authors and other interested persons will have honest differences of opinion regarding topics involving the tribes of Israel (their history, migrations, modern tribal locations, etc.). 

ETHIC understands that authors and others featured on its website and in future ETHIC activities and functions will have unique perspectives and conclusions on subject matter involving the tribes of Israel. 

ETHIC encourages this diversity of scholarly viewpoints as ETHIC believes that the goal of discovering the truth about the Israelite tribes’ history and modern locations can best be served by publicizing and airing all responsible viewpoints on the subject.  Participants in ETHIC’s website and any future activities (regional seminars, tours, etc.) agree to interact with each other in a spirit of mutual respect and appreciation for the beliefs and dignity of all other participants.  Failure to do so will result in forfeiture of rights to participate in ETHIC activities.

ETHIC believes the modern descendants of the biblical ten tribes of Israel (the house of Israel) are found mostly, but not exclusively, in the nations of modern Europe, Scandinavia, the British Isles, North America, Australia, New Zealand and portions of other nations. 

ETHIC believes the modern descendants of the house of Judah are mostly, but not exclusively, found among the modern Israelis and Jews.

ETHIC recognizes that participants in ETHIC’s website will have different viewpoints regarding the use of Divine Names.  Most Christians are comfortable with such terms as God the Father, Jesus Christ, etc.  Many Messianic/Hebraic believers prefer such names as Yahweh and Yahshua (Yeshuah).  People of the Jewish faith will likely be comfortable with such terms as God and Hashem.

ETHIC is not a church denomination, but a clearinghouse where people of different faiths may share and obtain information about the ten tribes of Israel as well as the tribes in the house of Judah.  Ethic does not dictate or require the use of a particular system of Divine Nomenclature.  Participants may utilize the Divine Terms with which they are most comfortable as long as the Divine Terms are used in a respectful and reverent manner.

ETHIC acknowledges the inspired nature and modern applicability of biblical prophecies about the tribes of Israel.  ETHIC particularly notes that biblical prophecies about the modern tribes of Israel have been fulfilled among modern nations descended from the tribes of Israel, and that these fulfillments affirm that the Creator God of Israel guides and shapes human events and national destinies.

 

ETHIC’S GOALS

 

ETHIC aspires to assist and help the modern nations of the tribes of Israel to realize and recognize their biblical and Israelite history and heritage.

ETHIC seeks to promote mutual recognition, respect and good-will among the nations of the modern house of Israel and the house of Judah.

ETHIC intends to encourage all people, Israelite or non-Israelite, to observe the laws and commandments given by the Creator God who inspired the Bible.

ETHIC believes that nations and individuals who strive to serve and obey the laws and will of the Creator God will derive blessings for doing so.

 

 

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