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Hiding Israel: How The Hebrews Disappeared From History – Part 1

"My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge..." - Hosea 4:6

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Does the Bible tell us what happened to the “the lost tribes of Israel” or have they been lost to the pages of history forever? One of the biggest debates in Christianity is whether the tribes were destroyed or if they migrated and mixed into other nations. A second big debate is whether or not the church replaced Israel, thus making Israel irrelevant to all future prophesies.

Thankfully, the Bible has eight verses that seem to shed some light on what may have happened to the “lost” tribes of Israel. It also has a lot to say about those that have taken it upon themselves to take Israel’s place. In order to make this easier to follow, I’m going to address this in two parts.

  • Part 1: The plot to replace Israel (Conspiracy and Replacement Theology)
  • Part 2: How images were used to hide the truth.

Let’s start at the very beginning… the war on God and the plot to replace Israel as outlined in scripture.

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In the second chapter of Psalms it starts out with reference to Israel and seems to point to slavery, based on the terminology used. The words we’ll focus on are in bold.

“Why do the heathen rage, and the people imagine a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD, and against his anointed, saying, Let us break their bands asunder, and cast away their cords from us.” – Psalms 2:1-3

Exhaustive Definitions

  • Rage (Strong’s #7283): ragash – tumult, commotion (same word used in Psalms 83)
  • Vain (Strong’s #7385): riyq – empty, worthless, no purpose
  • Set Themselves (Strong’s #3320): yatsab – take a stand
  • Anointed (Strong’s #4899): Meshiac – Messiah, consecrated person
  • Bands (Strong’s #4147): moser – fetters, restraints, chains

When taken in full context, it seems that mankind has grown tired of God and want to get rid of his hold on the world, which they consider to be bondage. The verse also implies that they want Christ out of society as well.

  • There are people that think the Bible is outdated and needs to be done away with.
  • There are people that think belief in God is holding back mankind.

We can look around our current society and see the obvious push to disprove God and eliminate everything associated with the Bible. There is a full scale spiritual war raging, and it’s subtle. But in order to get rid of God, they’d have to get rid of his biggest testimony to his existence… Israel.

Asaph’s Plea To God For Future Israel

While a large portion of the book of Psalms is attributed to King David, there are a few sections that were not written by him. This particular Psalm was written by Asaph, David’s recorder (2 Kings 18:18). Sometimes writers of scripture wrote in a prophetic or futuristic tone. This is one of those times. The sections of text that we’re going to focus on are in bold, but please read the entire chapter for context.

“[[A Song or Psalm of Asaph.]] Keep not thou silence, O God: hold not thy peace, and be not still, O God. For, lo, thine enemies make a tumult: and they that hate thee have lifted up the head. They have taken crafty counsel against thy people, and consulted against thy hidden ones.” – Psalms 83:1-3

If we look into the Hebrew words used above, we begin to shed some light on why the lost tribes became “lost”. Some of the words have alternative interpretations and some have much deeper meanings conveyed in Hebrew, so let’s look at what they mean:


  • Tumult: loud commotion
  • Crafty: clever at achieving one’s aims by indirect or deceitful methods

Exhaustive Definitions

  • Consulted (Strong’s #3289): yaats – conspired, conspiracy
  • Hidden Ones (Strong’s #6845): tsaphan – treasured ones, protected ones

When we break down the verse with more information at hand, we can summarize it as follows:

  • Asaph wants God to make some noise because God’s enemies are making noise (tumult).
  • God’s enemies have entered into a deceitful (crafty) conspiracy (counsel) against God’s protected or treasured ones (Israel).

The Plan To Get Rid of Israel

In the next couple of verses we are told what this conspiracy was all about. In verse 4 we encounter a word with a strange translation, because the Hebrew definition conveys a slightly different idea than the commonly accepted interpretation of the verse.

“They have said, Come, and let us cut them off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be no more in remembrance.” – Psalm 83:4

Exhaustive Definitions

  • Cut them off (Strong’s #3582):  kachad – hide
  • No More (Strong’s #5750): od – never again
  • Remembrance (Strong’s #2142): zakar – come to mind, come to remembrance

Conventional Bible teaching tells us that this is a plot to wipe out or destroy Israel, but when we break this verse down, a different picture begins to take form:

  • The conspiracy is to hide Israel so that they never again come to mind.

One reason they may have decided to hide Israel is because wiping them out simply doesn’t work. God always has a way to preserve his people.0Here are just a few examples of mass slaughters where God preserved his own:

  • Moses (Exodus 2:1-10)
  • Esther (Esther 9:1-16)
  • Jesus (Matthew 2:13)

This plan was devised to get rid of Israel without the hassle of mass murder. But how and where do you hide an entire nation of people that have spent their entire existence living between Africa and Arabia, and are also familiar with Asia and parts of Europe?

It also seems like the writer (Asaph) may have been  pointing out the irony of a plan to hide the Hidden Ones. The overall tone seems to be one of anger, passion, and possibly frustration at what he sees as God’s lack of action. But it comes off as more of a plea to God for help rather than a chastisement of God for lack of action.

“For they have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against thee:” – Psalms 83:5

Exhaustive Definitions

  • One Consent (Strong’s #3820): leb – one mind, one heart
  • Confederate (Strong’s #1285): berith – covenant, treaty, league

The way verse 5 is worded makes it seem that although the agreement is to hide Israel, their actual enemy is God. The text isn’t clear if they are intentionally taking the offensive with God or if it’s an attack on God unknowingly by hiding Israel. Either way, Asaph portrays it as a conspiracy against God and not just Israel.

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Who Was Involved?

Now that the Bible has laid out the plan for us, we can take a look at who was involved with the plan. Every nation appearing on the list had some kind of encounter which gave them a motive to hate Israel.

“The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes; Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre; Assur also is joined with them: they have holpen the children of Lot. Selah.” – Psalm 83:6-8

The Nations Conspiring Against Israel
  1. Edom: The children of Esau. The Bible tells us that they stood by and watched Israel be taken into slavery, and even stopped some from escaping (Obadiah 1:11-14). The post slavery feud begins when the Edomites refuse to allow Israel safe passage through their country while leaving Egypt.
  2. Ishmaelites*: The children of Ishmael. Shown in the Bible as slave traders. It was the Ishmaelites that sold Joseph to Potiphar in Egypt.
  3. Moab: Descended from Lot and his oldest daughter (Genesis 19:37). Moab was a constant spiritual snare to Israel in the Old testament. They worshiped false gods such as Molech and Israel followed their ways (Judges 10:6).
  4. Gebal: Only mentioned in Psalms 83:7 and Ezekiel 27:9. Not much is said about them in scripture.
  5. Ammon*: Descended from Lot and his youngest daughter (Genesis 19:38). Also a spiritual snare to Israel with their worship of false gods, and Israel followed their ways as well.
  6. Amalek: The Amalekites were Edomites descended from Esau (Genesis 36:12). They were constantly at war with Israel throughout the Old Testament.
  7. Philistines: The Philistines were Canaanites descended from Ham (Genesis 10:14). They occupied a portion of Israel, and are perhaps most famous for their giant warrior Goliath (1 Samuel 17:4).
  8. Tyre: One of the Canaanite cities conquered by Joshua and given to the tribe of Asher as part of their inheritance (Joshua 19:29).
  9. Assur (Asshur): Possibly an alternate spelling or misspelling for Asshur. According to the Bible, Asshur came out of Nimrod’s kingdom (Genesis 10:11), but Asshur is linked to the lineage of Shem (Genesis 10:22).

*The Hagarenes were groups of Ishmaelites that descended from Hagar, Abraham’s Egyptian wife. The children of Lot were Ammon and Moab. That is why neither of those groups appear on the list, but do appear in Psalms 83.

Where Did They Plan To Hide Israel?

 If we look at the situation with logic, based on what we already know, we can safely conclude the following:

  • They didn’t hide Israel in Africa because Israel was already familiar with Egypt, Cush, Ethiopia and other parts of Africa.
  • They didn’t hide Israel in Arabia because Israel is located in Arabia and could’ve just gone back to Israel.

The Bible tells us several times that Israel would be enslaved and scattered all over the world. This is important because some Bible researchers claim that Israel simply migrated and assimilated into other countries, without any mention of slavery. This is not what scripture teaches. The Bible says they would be enslaved, scattered, and hated within the nations they were scattered into.

Prophecies of Scattering Israel as Slaves
  • Scattered among the heathen (Psalms 44:11)
  • Scattered by Gentiles (Joel 3:2)
  • Led captive into all nations (Luke 21:24).

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The Daughter of Babylon

This is an interesting phrase because there are WHITE BIBLE TEACHERS that believe that it refers to the United States. By going through great lengths to prove that America is “the daughter of Babylon”, they also confirm that Israel was the target of the slave trade and many black people in America are descended from true Israel. The Bible puts the nail in the coffin:

“Ho, ho, come forth, and flee from the land of the north, saith the LORD: for I have spread you abroad as the four winds of the heaven, saith the LORD. Deliver thyself, O Zion, that dwellest with the daughter of Babylon.” – Zechariah 2:6-7

Scripture clearly tells us that Israel will dwell with “the daughter of Babylon”. If the daughter of Babylon is indeed the United States, we have to ask three questions:

  1. Were those Hebrews brought to the United States in slave ships as Deuteronomy 28 suggests?
  2. When did Hebrews get to the United States?

What we know based on history is that something more seemed to be at play with slavery in America.

  • The native population was slaughtered, and then Europeans spent millions (possibly billions in today’s money) and risked their lives to cross the Atlantic Ocean to take people from Africa.
  • Specific groups of people were targeted for slavery, and not Africans in general.
  • Those groups were rounded up and put on slave ships.
  • Those slave ships dispersed them to Europe, Asia, North America, South America, and the Caribbean Islands.
  • Slaves were stripped of their language, names, and culture.
  • Slaves were not allowed to read or write in their own language.
  • Slave could only hold church and teach the Bible under close supervision.

What was the point of completely stripping the slave’s original culture and language? This was different than other forms of slavery that we see throughout history. Most slave traders didn’t concern themselves with completely revamping the entire religion, language, culture, and history of those captured.

Jeremiah and The Daughter of Babylon

Many people believe that Jeremiah the prophet was the writer of Psalms 137 and it would definitely explain his subject matter. The context of the chapter is mourning over slavery, but the slavery is not being enforced by the Babylon that Jeremiah was in, but by the “daughter of Babylon” at a future date.

“By the rivers of Babylon, there we sat down, yea, we wept, when we remembered Zion. We hanged our harps upon the willows in the midst thereof. For there they that carried us away captive required of us a song; and they that wasted us required of us mirth, saying, Sing us one of the songs of Zion. How shall we sing the LORD’S song in a strange land?” – Psalms 137:1-4

During slavery, the slave masters would force slaves to sing songs in their native tongue and perform their native dances for entertainment. These were songs of history and praise, but the masters only wanted entertainment.

If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand forget her cunning. If I do not remember thee, let my tongue cleave to the roof of my mouth; if I prefer not Jerusalem above my chief joy.” – Psalms 137:5-6

Here we see the writer, possibly Jeremiah, mentioning the possibility of forgetting Jerusalem. This future prophecy seems to loosely confirm the conspiracy to make Israel forget, mentioned in Psalms 83 by Asaph.

Remember, O LORD, the children of Edom in the day of Jerusalem; who said, Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.” – Psalms 137:7

Once again we see Edom tied to being cheerleaders for the destruction of Israel (Obadiah 1:11-14). Jeremiah packs a lot of information into the first seven verses, but it is the last two verses in which he reveals the subject of his writing:

“O daughter of Babylon, who art to be destroyed; happy shall he be, that rewardeth thee as thou hast served us. Happy shall he be, that taketh and dasheth thy little ones against the stones.” – Psalms 137:8-9

Whatever country the text is referring to will be destroyed by God. If that is indeed America, then this verse represents just one more piece of evidence that America did take Hebrews as slaves.

Map of The Kingdom of Judah on The Slave Coast of Africa
Map of The Kingdom of Judah on The Slave Coast of Africa

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The Timing of Israel’s Slavery

One of the most important clues to the timing of Israel’s slavery is found in the New Testament during the Olivet Discourse. After coming to Christ and asking him to tell them the signs of the end of the age, Christ gave the disciples the following statement as just one of the signs:

“For these be the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled. But woe unto them that are with child, and to them that give suck, in those days! for there shall be great distress in the land, and wrath upon this people. And they shall fall by the edge of the sword, and shall be led away captive into all nations: and Jerusalem shall be trodden down of the Gentiles, until the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.” – Luke 21:22-24

In order to understand the significance of this response, we have to first put it into the context of time. Christ lived during the time of Roman rule, and he is referencing the FUTURE slavery of Israel as a nation. If we accept the general date of 32 A.D. – 35 A.D. as the end of Christ’s time on earth, we need to look for the following events occurring sometime after that date:

  • Israel taken as slaves.
  • Israel scattered into all nations via slavery.
  • Gentiles taking control of Jerusalem.

Either this has happened already or it is yet to happen. All we have to do is look for historical events that fit the above requirements.

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The Blasphemy of Replacement Theology

Both the Old and New Testaments speak of a plot to not only hide Israel, but to replace Israel with Gentiles. There are actually two major doctrines held by many people in the Church, and others that espouse portions of these beliefs without knowing their origin:

  • British-Israelism: British Israelism (also called Anglo-Israelism) is a religious movement that claims that people of Western European and Northern European descent are the direct lineal descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes of the ancient Israelites, particularly in Great Britain.
  • Replacement Theology: Supersessionism, also called Replacement Theology or Fulfillment Theology, is a Christian theological view on the current status of the church in relation to the Jewish people and Judaism. It holds that the Christian Church has succeeded the Israelites as the definitive people of God or that the New Covenant has replaced or superseded the Mosaic covenant.

Although neither of the above have any Biblical backing, there are people that fully believe them to be true. Those that believe British-Israelism have no need to check into the identity of true Israel because they believe them to be European. Those that believe in Replacement Theology have no reason to check into the identity of true Israel because they believe the Church has taken their place. They also believe that God cast away Israel, which is just plain false teaching:

“Thus saith the LORD, which giveth the sun for a light by day, and the ordinances of the moon and of the stars for a light by night, which divideth the sea when the waves thereof roar; The LORD of hosts is his name: If those ordinances depart from before me, saith the LORD, then the seed of Israel also shall cease from being a nation before me for ever.” – Jeremiah 31:35-36

We know that none of those ordinances have ceased and therefore Israel is still a nation as far as God is concerned. These two verses completely dismantle all Replacement Theology.

“I say then, Hath God cast away his people? God forbid. For I also am an Israelite, of the seed of Abraham, of the tribe of Benjamin. God hath not cast away his people which he foreknew. Wot ye not what the scripture saith of Elias? how he maketh intercession to God against Israel, saying” – Romans 11:1-2

Misinterpreting and Misapplying Scripture

Both Paul and Jeremiah confirm that Israel has not and will never be replaced by God. Not only is Replacement Theology false, but it calls scripture a lie, which is blasphemy. Believers in this false doctrine often hang their entire belief on the following:

“There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus.” – Galatians 3:28

They falsely interpret this to mean Israel was done away with. What they ignore is that this only applies to those that accept Christ. It does not apply to those that don’t. They also don’t account for the figurative speech referring to the “body” (all believers as a collective), which is not literal.

Further proof of the relevance of Israel is found in the book of Revelation. Christ himself points out that it was considered blasphemy to claim to be a Jew if you really aren’t.

“Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.” – Revelation 3:9

If Israel was done away with, there would be no need for Christ to even care if people were pretending to be Jews or not. It would be completely irrelevant to prophecy, but its not. He is clear that he will make fake Jews worship before real Jews.

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  • Phillipa

    Under the section The Daughter of Babylon you state that possibly billions of dollars were spent to transport Hebrew Slaves across the Pacific Ocean but that is not correct. It was the ATLANTIC Ocean.

  • pb

    The truth is out. But what people ignore is that Hebrews sold other Hebrews into slavery. The dna shows that the descendants of former slaves in North and South America share the same male/paternal lineages as people in West Africa. This either means:

    A. Most Black Americans are Africans (false) or

    B. Most West Africans are in fact Hebrews who sold their brothers and sisters. (True)

    It’s a very harsh reality to deal with. But if the Jews could kill Jesus Christ the Messiah. What makes you think they couldn’t sell each other to the heathens? Wasn’t the Messiah sold out by Judas Iscariot for a few pieces of silver? Didn’t the Saduccees and Pharisees deliver the Messiah to the heathens (Romans)?

    Also when we look at many parts of Africa we can see that the curses are also being fulfilled.

    Zephaniah 3:10:

    ”From beyond the rivers of Ethiopia my suppliants, even the daughter of my dispersed, shall bring mine offering.”

    When you keep travelling in a South-Western Direction From Israel into Africa and go past the rivers of Cush (Which is referring to the Nile and it’s tributaries). You automatically end up in West/Central-Africa.

    I’ve done quite a bit of study on this topic and would like to share it with you. You can correspond with me through my email.

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