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Background of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel

The 10 Lost Tribes of Israel

The phrase “Lost Ten Tribes of Israel” refers to the ancient Northern Kingdom of Israel, typically thought to be composed by the tribes of Reuben, Simeon, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, Asher, Issachar, Zebulun, Ephraim, and Manasseh (not including Judah, Levi, or Benjamin).

These tribes disappeared from the text of the Hebrew Scriptures after they were invaded, conquered, enslaved, and deported (numerous times) by the Neo-Assyrian Empire between 740 and 722 BCE. Several theories suggest many 10-Israelites fled voluntarily to less hostile European and African settlements before being caught and deported during the looming years of defeat.

Many Jewish groups (largely descending from the ancient Southern Kingdom of Judah) have Messianic hopes intimately woven into the continued hidden existence and future restoration of the lost ten tribes. Finding their modern descendants is a hotly debated subject, shrouded in much unnecessary mystery. Unnecessary in that there are many Biblical clues and historical way-marks which make finding the bulk of the so-called “lost” tribes a profoundly less complicated effort.

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2 Responses to Background of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel

  1. Jeff

    August 30, 2010 at 10:18 pm

    Here’s my take on the Ten Tribes.


    • Michael Young

      August 31, 2010 at 12:34 am

      Jeff, I do realize I do hold a minority view. That was a very dynamic article and it is now posted so others can read it. Thanks.

      Perhaps I might be in contact with a world wide unconsolidated group of DNA proven of the “Lost Tribes of Israel” and recently met a humble individual who is an old man who lives on the East Coast who gives legal advice to these tribes? Suppose they might have a University with 60,000 students world wide. Perhaps that during my middle east travels the Lord has opened up doors and introduced a few of these hidden groups to me? I realize they know who they are?


      I believe that the so called “Lost Tribes” have at least 12,000 from each tribe who are living in Israel prior and during the 7 years of Jacob’s Trouble. So I think no matter who thinks what I am in the majority position. This marking occurs on the Seder meal of Passover.

      Revelation 7:2
      2And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea,

      3Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads.

      4And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

      Revelation 7:8
      8Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.

      9After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

      10And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.

      11And all the angels stood round about the throne, and about the elders and the four beasts, and fell before the throne on their faces, and worshipped God,

      12Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

      13And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

      14And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

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