“A people that provoketh me to anger continually to my face;…that say, stand by thyself, come not near to me, for I am holier that thou. (Isa. 65:3,5).
In recent months we have on a couple of occasions looked at and studied what had happened and what had become of the so called Lost Ten Tribe House of Israel. We have looked at their migrations after their dispersion to the land of the Medes and how they moved ever westward from there until they arrived at their allotted place. We also looked at what had become of them after they arrived there, how they embraced “the Way,” Christianity, as it was called in the beginning and how subsequently they became the Company of Nations and the Great Nation, as prophesied in the Bible. I would like to take the time of this study to now look at the two tribes of the Southern Kingdom of Judea, the two tribes that were never, so-called, lost. Those two tribes were, of course, Judah and Benjamin.
We know that Benjamin was lent to Judah when the kingdom was divided. It is safe to assume that even though the Tribe of Benjamin thus became a part of the Southern Kingdom, as a tribe they kept themselves apart from the Judahites, a point that was very apparent during our Lord’s sojourn. For whereas Judah or the Jews lived mostly in the south around Jerusalem, most of the Benjamites seem to have been concentrated toward the northern part in Galilee. It is generally believed that most of the Benjamites fled the land of Palestine prior to the Roman devastation under Titus in 70 AD. They apparently fled to other Israelite colonies and subsequently joined their Israelite brethren in their trek westward. Also we should not forget that during the several invasions of Palestine by the Assyrians a large portion of Judah’s inhabitants, including a large number of Benjamites, were deported along with the ten tribe Northern Kingdom to the lands of the Medes, from whence they joined their brethren in the initial migration and thus became “Lost” to history also, but what about the rest of Judah?
In Gen. 38 we read how the tribal Patriarch Judah took to himself a Canaanite wife by whom he had three sons, but since the Royal bloodline was to come from him, God intervened in a special way to assure that that bloodline, from which was to come the Christ, stayed pure. You can read the story of Judah and Tamar for yourselves in Gen. 38. But, it seems that the Judahites, later known as Jews had no problem with mixing their bloodlines.
The first incident I am referring to is found in the Book of Esther. Here we find how Esther, a captive, and Mordecai, her cousin, also a captive Jew, thwarted a plot by Haman to have the Jews killed for not bowing down to him according to the king’s command. To make a long story short Mordecai and Queen Esther turned the tables on Haman and had Haman hanged and were permitted by the King to kill all of Haman’s followers, some 75,000 of them. A bit of overkill it seems but such is the nature of the beast. “…and many of the people of the land became Jews; for the fear of the Jews fell upon them.” (Esther 8:17). This was the first infusion of strange or foreign blood.
At about 125 BC the Jews of Palestine, under the guidance of a warrior-priest called John Hyarcanus made war and subdued the surrounding Canaanites and Edomites, and under penalty of death, forced the survivors to be circumcised and join the Jewish community of that time. This was the second major infusion. During our Lord’s time on earth these people were known as Idumeans, and a great majority of the then Jewish hierarchy and rulers were Idumeans.
And then we jump in time to about the eighth century AD. It was at this time that an empire had arisen in South Eastern Europe, known as the Khazars. It was about the middle of the eighth century that their king, being pressured from the west by the Church of Rome and from the east by the Mohammedans, called to himself envoys from both those religious groups and also some Rabbis representing Judaism. After weighing the facts presented to him, that Khazar king opted for Judaism and declared Judaism the religion of the realm. After this the population of that whole country became Jewish by their belief. These facts are well documented in the book “The Thirteenth Tribe” by Arthur Koesler, a Jewish writer.
The Kazars were a Turkish-Mongolian people and the descendants of Japheth, the son of Noah, the brother of Shem. The descendants of these people have become known as Khazar or Ashkenazem Jews. Now I am not saying that there are no Judahites among today’s Jewry for those that fled Palestine at the time Titus destroyed Jerusalem and the Temple in 70 AD, a good number are said to have fled to what is now known as Spain. They in turn became known as Sephardic Jews and are generally considered as the Orthodox Jews, but they are but a small number in all of Jewry, constituting no more than 7 or 8 percent. So what has happened to the rest of the Tribe of Judah? Are they gone and lost forever? No! They are assimilated amongst their brethren, the other Israelite peoples that have settled in North Western Europe and elsewhere on this planet.
So, you can see that the larger part of today’s Jewish people are neither a tribe nor a race, but rather a political and religious entity that has no claim to the family and House of Jacob-Israel. In closing I would like to make one more point and it is this, since, as pointed out earlier, they, the modern Jew, is Japhetic in origin, this brings me to a peculiar statement found in Gen. 9:27. In this passage Noah is prophesying in saying, “God shall enlarge Japheth, and he shall dwell in the tents of Shem;” (Gen. 9:27). How true that is today, Japheth is dwelling where Shem should be and pretending to be Shem.
And finally I will close with the words of the Apostle Paul as found in Rom: 9 verses 1 and 6. “I say the truth in Christ, I lie not, my conscience also bearing me witness in the Holy Spirit. For they are not all Israel, who are of Israel.” Or, who say they are Israel.