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Does the Bible tell us what happened to the “the lost tribes of Israel” or has an entire culture been lost to the pages of history forever? One of the biggest debates in Christianity is whether the tribes were destroyed or 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 (Replacement Theology). The following podcast also provides additional insights into the conspiracy to get rid of Israel.
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. Let’s start at the very beginning… the kidnapping of the chosen people and the plot to replace Israel as outlined in scripture.
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Mankind Rejects God and The Messiah
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
- 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- There are people that think the Bible is outdated and needs to be done away with.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
- 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 Conspiracy To Erase Israel From History
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
- 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:
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
- 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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The Bible Names The Conspirators
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 List of Nations That Conspired Against Israel
- 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.
- Ishmaelites*: The children of Ishmael. Shown in the Bible as slave traders. It was the Ishmaelites that sold Joseph to Potiphar in Egypt.
- 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).
- Gebal: Only mentioned in Psalms 83:7 and Ezekiel 27:9. Not much is said about them in scripture.
- 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.
- Amalek: The Amalekites were Edomites descended from Esau (Genesis 36:12). They were constantly at war with Israel throughout the Old Testament.
- 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).
- Tyre: One of the Canaanite cities conquered by Joshua and given to the tribe of Asher as part of their inheritance (Joshua 19:29).
- 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 above, but do appear in Psalms 83.
Where Did The Nations 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.
- They didn’t hide Israel in Europe because Israel was familiar with parts of Europe.
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).
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:
- Were those Hebrews brought to the United States in slave ships as Deuteronomy 28 suggests?
- When did Hebrews get to the United States?
- Is there any evidence that the first generation of American slaves were Hebrew?
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.
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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.
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:
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.
The Intentional White Washing of History
Not only was the multinational plot to hide Israel carried out during the Transatlantic Slave Trade, but the ongoing white washing of all things ethnic continues to play a major role in hiding the truth about who the Hebrews were and are.
Pictures Worth More Than A Thousand Words
One of the most amazing things about scripture are the warnings that were given far in advance. While some books that use to be part of the official canon were removed, their warnings still ring true. One warning in particular points to a campaign of outright deception through the painting of false images:
“Wherefore the Israelites assembled themselves together, and came to Maspha, over against Jerusalem; for in Maspha was the place where they prayed aforetime in Israel. Then they fasted that day, and put on sackcloth, and cast ashes upon their heads, and rent their clothes, And laid open the book of the law, wherein the heathen had sought to paint the likeness of their images.” – 1 Maccabees 3:46-48
Many people ask “what difference does it make what color they were?” Here’s the problem with that question: if it didn’t make a difference, there would be no need to change their depictions to begin with. The only reason to change the race of a person is to change the perception that people have of that person. Here are a few examples for you to think about:
- Changing the Hebrews from black to white.
- Changing Christ from black to white.
- Changing Egyptians from black to white.
Based on my own personal experiences with this website and posting on Facebook, there is a clear difference in the way people respond to a black Christ vs a white Christ. By simply posting a picture of a black Christ without any commentary other than “oldest known picture of Christ”, I received the following comments:
- You’re making salvation about race.
- You’re being divisive.
- Does that mean God loves white people less?
- Are you saying God loves black people more?
- Are you saying only black people can be saved?
There were lots more comments, but the notion of a black Christ completely changes most people’s perception of salvation, as if Christ couldn’t still be loving and forgiving to all people because he had black skin.
Changing The Image of Christ Is Blasphemy
So let’s ask an honest question: how many of the facts are people allowed to change before it is considered blasphemy? Here’s what I mean:
- If Jesus was a man, is it OK to change his gender to a woman?
- If Jesus was heterosexual, is it OK to change his sexual preference to homosexual?
- If Jesus had black skin, is it OK to change his skin color to white?
Many of the same people that would firmly stand against the first two, are usually willing to make an exception for the third, even though they may admit that Jesus was not white. There is a clear double standard when it comes to the ethnicity of Christ, that we simply wouldn’t allow in other areas. Part of the reason for this is that people have become so desensitized to the false image of a white Christ, that it has become acceptable. The Renaissance Period was largely responsible for what has now become the “truth” for many believers.
The Renaissance Period
From 1300 A.D – 1700 A.D. European painters spent their time repainting every black image of Biblical people as white. During this 400 year period, a people that were always viewed as black were essentially erased from history and replaced by Gentiles (European descendants of Japheth).
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Images of Deception
The white washing of Hebrew figures wasn’t an accident. It was a 400 year plan to erase true Israel from the pages of history and replace them with Gentile images. While we don’t see this plot to subvert the truth via images in official canon, it does appear in the Apocryphal book of 1 Maccabees, written in the 2nd century A.D.
“Then they fasted that day, and put on sackcloth, and cast ashes upon their heads, and rent their clothes, And laid open the book of the law, wherein the heathen had sought to paint the likeness of their images.” – 1 Maccabees 3:47-48
As we can see, The Renaissance Period didn’t just happen by coincidence. Chances are it was very much planned because images are more powerful than words will ever be. This is a subject I’m covering picture by picture on Minister Fortson.com. Here are the first three images I’ve addressed so far:
- Images of Deception: Hebrew Slaves In Egypt – Part 1
- Images of Deception: David and Goliath – Part 2
- Images of Deception: The Virgin Mary – Part 3
- Images of Deception: Christ – Part 4
- Images of Deception: The Apostle Paul – Part 5
- more to come…
Part of the reason for changing images instead of the words in the Bible is because they still held the text itself sacred, and may even have feared changing God’s word. However, the images are separate from scripture, but the association of the images is enough to change the perception of who the Hebrews and Christ were. With the paintings in place, an ancient deception has turned into a modern deception.
With the invention of the TV and later the internet, we can now see continuous images of a European Christ in TV shows and movies. Mel Gibson was praised for Passion of The Christ because he cast and somewhat ethnic looking, but very much Eruopean Jim Caviezel to play the role of Christ.
On the flip side of that, when we finally did get the chance to see a black Christ on TV, it came in the form of “Black Jesus”, which was a blasphemous depiction of Christ as a ghetto, homeless, black man without a job. It’s images like these that constantly reinforce people’s subconscious prejudices concerning a black Christ.
Shows like the above only push those on the fence further away, while adding credibility to the claims that Christ wasn’t black, and ultimately leads non black people to reject the idea of a black Christ as foolishness. Unfortunately, there’s only so much we can do without multi-million dollar budgets to wage a counter campaign to fight against shows like Black Jesus.
While we don’t have ridiculous budgets to spend fighting false perceptions, what we do have are friends and social media. The best thing we can do is share information whenever we find it. If everyone just shared the information they found with people in their circle, and so on, we could awaken many more people to who the Hebrews really are. So please take a moment and share this study or any other study on any of your social media pages. Knowledge is freedom and power.
The Fruits of Deception
The deception of a white Israel has endured for over 700 years and as a result, many people of all colors are content with believing in a white Israel, but are completely opposed to the notion of a black Israel. Even some black people refuse to believe that Christianity is anything other than the white man’s religion, and do not believe that the Bible was written by black people. This lack of recognition wouldn’t come as a surprise to us if we listened to scripture more often:
“For the punishment of the iniquity of the daughter of my people is greater than the punishment of the sin of Sodom, that was overthrown as in a moment, and no hands stayed on her… Their visage is blacker than a coal; they are not known in the streets: their skin cleaveth to their bones; it is withered, it is become like a stick.” – Lamentations 4:6-8
Jeremiah wrote too much to cover in depth in this study, but if you’re interested check out the suggested reading.
How Judah Became One of The Lost Tribes
Why did the Kingdom of Judah suddenly disappear from all maps in the mid to late 1700s? Not only did the Kingdom of Judah appear on maps prior to the mid 1700s, but they appeared on multiple maps made by multiple cartographers, and always in the same location… the “slave coast” of West Africa.
Scattered By Slavery vs Migration
The common myth within the Christian church is that Israel migrated all of the world and mixed in with other people, but that’s not what scripture says. Scripture makes it 100% clear that the Hebrews would be scattered via slavery and not migration.
“The cities of the south shall be shut up, and none shall open them: Judah shall be carried away captive all of it, it shall be wholly carried away captive.” – Jeremiah 13:19
“And I will be found of you, saith the LORD: and I will turn away your captivity, and I will gather you from all the nations, and from all the places whither I have driven you, saith the LORD; and I will bring you again into the place whence I caused you to be carried away captive.” – Jeremiah 29:14
“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 21:24
As we can see, there is no mention of migration and mixing. The Hebrews were led away as slaves and God also promises to regather them out of the nations where they were held as slaves. This means that they did not assimilate into those populations until they ceased to exist. That is a lie that the world has been fooled into believing.
The Disappearance of A Nation
According to history, the English, French, and Portuguese knew that Judah was located on the Western coast of Africa. It was known by the following names as well:
- Ajuda (Portuguese)
- Juda (English)
- Juida (French)
- Ouidah (English)
- Widah (English)
- Whydah (English)
Click on any of the following maps to enlarge.
The maps help us fill in some of the pieces of this ever growing puzzle. Europeans were very aware that Judah was in Africa, as proven by the maps ranging from 1710 – 1747. If all of these maps had been made by the same cartographer, it could be explained as duplicating an error or brushed off as meaning something else. However, that is not the case. At least 4 different map makers and 1 artist are represented in the images above.
Its also worth pointing out that Judah had been replaced on the map by The Kingdom of Dahomey by 1805 and possibly before. According to historical references, it was Dahomey and Benin that were responsible for rounding up and selling Judah to European and Arab slave traders.
Strand by strand we are beginning to unravel the web of lies that has been laid out before us. Everything done in the dark will be revealed in the light, and that’s what we’re experiencing now. We know from scripture that there was a conspiracy to hide Israel (Psalms 83), we know from history that Judah was located on the slave coast of Africa, and we also know that at some point between 1747 and 1805, at the heights of the Transatlantic Slave Trade, Judah disappeared from the west coast of Africa.
What’s On Your Mind? – Share Your Thoughts
- Were you aware of this information before now?
- How do people respond when you share this information with them?
- Do you have any other evidence that isn’t mentioned in this study?
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