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






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Israel's Lost Empires



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Israel's Lost Empires

More information is presented documenting the worldwide scope of the Israelite/Phoenician Empire. Hebrew/Phoenician artifacts and inscriptions have been documented widely in North America, but these facts have been suppressed by a modern world that is devoted to evolutionary fables instead of historical truths that support the Bible. This book will offer readers the truth about the extensive navigational and maritime skills of the ancient Israelites and Phoenicians, and it reveals their worldwide reach. The Israelite/Phoenicians established a network of colonies throughout the Mediterranean Sea, in Western Europe, the British Isles and North America. Considerable new evidence is offered to document the extent to which they explored North America in a search for metals and raw materials to meet the need for Solomon's Temple for God and his other gargantuan, building projects.

Israel's Lost Empires book coverIsrael and Judah became two separate and often-hostile kingdoms after the United Kingdom of Israel fell apart during a very bloody civil war. The northern ten tribes of Israel increasingly adopted the religions and customs of its allies: Tyre, Sidon and Egypt. Judah, the smaller kingdom retained the capital city of Jerusalem, but they were afterwards excluded from the Israelite/Phoenician maritime alliance. The Kingdom of Israel gradually degenerated as a nation as they disobeyed God, but they remained a dominant naval power. The drought in Elijah's time stimulated waves of Israelite migrations from their homeland and they founded new colonies for their people, including Kirjath-Hadeshath (identified in modern texts by its Roman name: "Carthage").

There is a myth that the Israelite tribes all went into captivity when Samaria fell. In fact, the Bible and Assyrian cuneiform records agree that few Israelites were left in the land when Samaria fell. While many had gone into captivity in earlier Assyrian invasions, most Israelites migrated voluntarily by sea and land to several new locations to begin rebuilding their national strength. There is much evidence documenting the voluntary migrations of the Israelites out of their old homeland to avoid Assyrian invaders. The kingdom of Judah continued longer in the land, but its people also eventually were removed during invasions by the Assyrians and Babylonians.

After Israel's ten tribes relocated elsewhere, their "free" descendants build two new empires. The ancient Greeks and Romans wrote a great deal about both of the new Israelite empires, but modern texts have almost completely deleted their histories from modern textbooks. This deletion has hidden and obscured the major role of the ten tribes of Israel in all periods of world history. The first major new Israelite Empire was called "Carthage" by the Romans. Unlike the land-bound Greeks and Romans, Carthage built a maritime, commercial empire linking its colonies on several continents. Carthage's language and culture was based on its Hebrew origins. Many Carthaginian (i.e. "Punic") inscriptions confirm their presence in the ancient Americas and their connections with Meso-American cultures is also documented. The interaction of Old World civilizations with ancient New World cultures (and specific American Indian tribes) is periodically examined.

Carthage long warred against Greece and Rome, dominating Rome for centuries. The true history of the Punic Wars are detailed in this book, including an observation that it was likely God's intervention which prevented the Carthaginian General, Hannibal, from completely conquering Rome. If Carthage had annihilated Rome, as almost happened during the Second Punic War, Rome could not have risen to fulfill biblical prophecies about it. Carthage was a huge city, the richest in the ancient world at that time. Where did its population flee before the Romans finally conquered Carthage?

Simultaneous with the rise of Carthage to power in the Mediterranean world, another new power rose to prominence in Asia. This new power was Scythia, and its tribes were named the Sacae. The term "Sacae" preserves the name of the Hebrew Patriarch, Isaac, fulfilling God's promise in Genesis 21:12 that Isaac's name would be placed on Abraham's "birthright" descendants. Scythia's Israelite origin is extensively documented. The names of many Israelite tribes and clans are present and identifiable among the Sacae tribes. The Scythians also renamed all of the rivers emptying into the Black Sea, giving each one a name based on the name of the Israelite tribe of Dan. The Scythians were located to the north of the Medo-Persian Empire and twice crushed huge Persian armies that invaded Scythia. The Scythians are mentioned in both the Old and New Testaments, but they are called by their Greek name ("Scythia") only in the New Testament. The Greeks wrote extensively about the Scythians, but modern texts have almost entirely censored this ancient power out of the textbooks.

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