Question: I recently discovered that friends have become part of a growing group of professing Christians who sincerely believe that the so-called “white races” are the ten lost tribes. How can I convince them otherwise?
Answer: This is a revival of the old “British-Israel” myth based upon the unbiblical idea of “Ten Lost Tribes” (see TBC, Nov. ’92, May ’96). Anyone who wants the truth need only read 2 Kings 15-17 re the carrying away by Assyria of the ten tribes, together with 2 Chronicles 30-34, to see that many if not most of the members of those tribes had returned, and took part in the revivals under Hezekiah and Josiah. Though some individuals have intermarried with Gentiles, the ten tribes continue to this day, and not in hidden form, but recognizable as Jews—though we don’t know to which tribe each person belongs.
Nearly 200 years after the ten tribes were carried into Assyria, God gave Ezekiel a vision of the future division of the promised land “according to the twelve tribes of Israel” (Ezk 47:13). Christ told his disciples they would judge “the twelve tribes of Israel” (Mt 19:28; Lk 22:30). Paul referred to the “twelve tribes” as all in existence in his day (Acts:26:7); and James addressed his epistle to “the twelve tribes...scattered abroad” (Jas 1:1).
Ezekiel 38 and 39 refer to the battle of Armageddon as involving what God calls “my people of Israel.” The term “Israel” is used throughout Isaiah, Jeremiah and Ezekiel as a designation for all twelve tribes. In 39:28 God declares: “I...caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.”
This can only be the final gathering of every Jew left on earth back to the promised land of Israel for the Messiah’s millennial reign (Mt 24:31). No one can say that “the white races” were taken out of the land of Israel, were scattered among “the heathen,” are now in the process of returning there (Ezk 38:12)and will at the Second Coming all be taken there by the angels, leaving none of them outside of Israel. There wouldn’t be room for “all the white races” in Israel!