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 The Return of Judah and the Ten Tribes in the End Times
by John Hulley
(Adapted by Brit-Am with permission of the author).
Are we waiting for the Messiah?
Or is he waiting for us?
Could there be something he is waiting for us to do?
Zionist Christians believe they know the answers: support the return of the Jews to Israel and convert them to Christianity.  Then the Christian Messiah will return.
This is their interpretation of scripture.  And for nigh on two centuries they have been patiently carrying out programs designed to make these two things happen.
But is their approach altogether correct?   The fact is it has failed to produce the desired result, the coming of the Messiah.   And so long as it has not succeeded, the question must remain: is there anything wrong with the program?   Does it need to be modified in any way? 
The Bible has quite a lot to say on the build-up to the coming of the Messiah.  Ezekiel summarizes the sequence of events: 
Thus saith the Lord God: "Behold, I will take . . . Ephraim and . . . Judah . . . from among the nations to which they are gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land.   And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel, and one king shall be king to them all; and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.  Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions, but  I will . . . cleanse them . . . [the Messiah, son of] David, my servant, shall be king over them, and they all shall have one shepherd . . . [he] shall be their prince forever  (Ezekiel 37:19-25).
Here it appears that the first step is the return to Israel of two nations, Ephraim and Judah. 

Return and purification of Ephraim and Judah
The two 'nations' are referred to elsewhere in the Bible as the two 'houses' of Israel.  They are the result of God's division of the people after the disastrous end to King Solomon's reign (1 Kings 11). Today's Jews are the modern descendants of the two tribes of the house of Judah.  Meanwhile the descendants of the ten tribes of the house of Ephraim have long been lost through assimilation among the gentiles.
Since the time of the Emperor Constantine the Church has largely ignored the question of the ten tribes.

[ Christians habitually pass over in silence the many Bible passages dealing with them.  There is good reason for this:  among Christians the lost tribes have been meant to stay out of sight and out of mind until the end-time.]

But the ongoing restoration of the state of Israel shows that we are even now entering that time.  We are therefore going to have to start bringing Ephraim back into our thinking and planning.  For, according to scripture, both houses are then to return:
"In those days [end-time] the House of Judah shall walk with the House of Israel [Ephraim], and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers" (Jeremiah 3:18).
The first step in the process of return is re-conquest of the land.  Isaiah 11:11-14,  Obadiah 18 and Zechariah 10:3, 5, 7, 10 foretell the combined military efforts of the two houses.  
Having established themselves, the Israelites settle.   Jeremiah 31:4-5 speaks of Ephraimites planting vines in their ancestral home in Samaria. Ezekiel 48 allocates territory for each tribe.
According to Ezekiel's summary (quoted above) three things will happen after the return of the two houses: purification, unification and appointment of a Davidic king or Messiah.   None of these events are to occur before the return.
The first of these is the spiritual purification of the Israelites.  The beliefs and practices of each house will be up for revision and correction:
For I will take you from among the nations, and gather you out of all countries, and will bring you into your own land.  Then will I sprinkle clean water upon you, and ye shall be clean, from all your filthiness, and from all your idols will I cleanse you (Ezekiel 36:24-26).
Another prophet says
. . . it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will cut off the names of the idols out of the land, and they shall no more be remembered . . . (Zechariah 13:2).
Who then will lead the people to recognize and discard the idols?   According to one scripture Ephraim is to be taught by shepherds sent from God: 
Turn, O backsliding children, saith the Lord . . . and I will bring you to Zion; and I will give you shepherds according to mine heart, who shall feed you with knowledge and understanding  (Jeremiah 3:14-15).
 But these words of Jeremiah are exceptional.  Isaiah, Ezekiel and Zechariah say simply that God will do it. And others quoted below say it will be done through Divine Guidance.  Perhaps the process will begin under the leadership of shepherds, but will continue under the guidance of the Divine Presence, especially when the latter grows stronger.  Then
 . all thy children shall be taught of the Lord . .  (Isaiah 54:13).
 . . in the third day [end-time] He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight . . .   He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth (Hosea 6:2-3).     
The 'latter rain' has not only a physical, but also a spiritual meaning.
'A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you; and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh.  And I will put my spirit within you . .  (Ezekiel 36:26-27)

. . . they shall not teach again, each man his neighbor and each man his brother, saying Know the Lord, for they shall all know me..   (Jeremiah 31:34).
Divine Inspiration will reach everyone -- regardless of age, sex or station (Joel 2:28-29).   Indeed it will be so clear that prophets are no longer needed.   Since every Israelite will hear, would-be prophets will have no place in the land.
. . I [the Lord] will cause the prophets and the unclean spirit to pass out of the land (Zechariah 13:2).
Zechariah is actually describing the future of his own calling when he says
And it shall come to pass that, when any shall yet prophesy, then his father and his mother who begot him shall say unto him, Thou shalt not live . .    [they] shall thrust him through . . .  in that day the prophets shall be ashamed    (Zechariah 13:3-4).
The message is that we will hear  with such clarity that we will not need prophets any more.    At this stage we will begin to grasp higher truths which we had not previously understood. 

Higher truth leads to reconciliation
Since the new understanding will be given to both houses, it should remove the religious obstacles between them.   What a time that will be!   It may be the one foreseen in glowing terms in the Talmud:
Great will be the day when the exiles of Israel will be reassembled, as the day when heaven and earth were created  (Pesach 88a, BT)
God has promised that, despite
. . . the evil of the children of Israel [Ephraim] and of the children of Judah . . . I will gather them out of all  countries, to which I have driven them in mine anger . . . I will bring them again unto this place [Jerusalem]   . . . and I will give them one heart and one way  (Jeremiah 32:32,37,39)
He will
. . . assemble the outcasts of Israel [Ephraim], and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth . . . Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim (Isaiah 11:12-13).
As the two houses unify, there will no longer be rival faiths.  No more sects!  No more denominations!   A great clarification is coming.  Everyone will agree.   How different that time will be!

Messianic rule
            The foregoing prophecies about reconquest, resettlement, purification, spiritual clarity and reconciliation include no mention of the Messiah.  In fact the progress achieved over the past century in re-conquering and resettling Israel has been achieved without messianic intervention.

It is therefore reasonable to suppose, as the prophets foretell, that Ephraim will come back in the same way.  It is only when the time comes to reunify the two houses that the Messiah appears:
Then shall the children of Judah and the children of Israel [Ephraim] be gathered together, and appoint themselves one head, and they shall come up [to Jerusalem] out of the land [other regions of Israel] . . .  (Hosea 1:11).
The reunion will be manifested in the rule of a single person?the Davidic king or Messiah.  Although the tribes remain distinct, their grouping into two houses will disappear:
The word of the Lord came again unto me, saying Moreover thou son of man, take thee one stick and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel, his companions; then take another stick and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and for all the house of Israel, his companion; and join them one to another into one stick, and they shall become one in thine hand . . . and one king shall be king to them all . .     (Ezekiel 37:16-17,22).

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