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Brit-Am Now no. 1383
The Lost Ten Tribes of Israel Movement
2 September 2009, 13 Elul 5769
1. David Tempelhoff
: prayer, fasting, repentance and worship
2. Ancient Israel and Cyprus
3. Upsurge Funds Needed


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1. David Tempelhoff: prayer, fasting, repentance and worship
Re: Brit-Am Now no. 1382

Hi Yair,
Last week I came across an article worth mentioning.
There are young Jews from the USA going to Isreal and taking up residence on land that Pres Obama, UK and other nations are pressuring Isreal to leave.
These young Jews are bravely standing there ground lving in rough conditions and arming themeselves with small arms.
They are young, brave and passionate.
The article said its only a matter of time before there will be a confrontation with the Isreali Military.
Judah vs Judah.
Perhaps a time will come when all the 10 tribes will return to the land and take up residence in Areas that are inhabited by Palastinians, Egyptians, Jordanians, Lebonese and Iraqis ( Kurds).
There is a belief among many people that they will return to the land after the Messiah returns and there is peace.
I do not think this will be the case. It takes effort and sacrifice to change things in this world.
Judah wandered for 2000 years, praying and suffering until brave men and women returned to Isreal and carved out a civilized state.
I have been to war. Its harsh and its better to avoid it. The death of women and children, friends, allies even your enemies at times is hard to bear but sometimes there is no other alternative.
People accuse the USA of being a war mongering nation but the truth is Americans understand that freedom is not free. It takes blood and effort to stand up for what is right.
There is another way to defeat your enemies without the use of arms and that is thru prayer, fasting, repentance and worship.( Story of Jehosaphat) This is by trusting God Almighty to intervene and fight for you. The chance of this happening on a national scale in an age of secularism is slim to none. Despite people saying they hate the war they will still trust in weapons. If all Isreal ( 12 tribes) put on sack cloth and ashes and repented of their sins and humbly wept and cried out to God asking for strength to keep His commandments and walk righteously amazing things would happen. The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is our Rock.
The best way to avoid conflict is to repent of our sins and cry out to our Father in heaven and thank Him for His loving kindness.
Its all about Abba Father. How can it not be? Everything we study at Brit Am is about the 12 Tribes. Who created the tribes? Who nurtured them and feed them? Who divided them? Who has sworn to bring them back? Who choose Abraham out of a dry desert desolate place and chose to raise a nations out of him?
Abba Father is still alive. He is still real and He deserves our worship not only because He is God but because He is the best friend anyone could have. The road block between us comes because He hates sin and He cannot dwell in it. That is why we have to repent and obey His commandments.


2. Ancient Israel and Cyprus
George Orphanos wrote:
I read with great interest all the information you presented regarding Cyprus beeing a part of the land of Israel.
It is also true that almost 3000 years ago the Greeks arrived in Cyprus bringing with them their civilazation, culture and language and since then Cyprus has been considered a part of the Greek territory (ancient Greek,Byzantine etc).
Do you believe that the native people were Hebrews that later were affected by the Greeks or Hebrews who left the island after the advent of the Greeks?

George Orphanos

Brit-Am Reply:
Our notes on Cyprus
concern the borders of Israel.
Cyprus was a major source of copper and just recently in our studies of the Torah Portion we came across a reference to "nechoshet" translated as "brass"
but actually meaning copper.
We hold that Cyprus was part of the Promised Land and that Israelites at different times ruled over it and probably settled there.
Beyond that we cannot really say.

  Excerpts from the
Wikipedia article (followed by Brit-Am Commentary)
History of Cyprus

In the Bronze Age the first cities, like Enkomi, were built. Systematic copper mining began, and this resource was widely traded.

LCIIC (1300-1200 BC) was a time of local prosperity. ...Both the regular layout of the cities and the new masonry techniques find their closest parallels in Syria, especially in Ras-Shamra (Ugarit). Rectangular corbelled tombs point to close contacts with Syria and Palestine as well. The practice of writing spread and tablets in the Cypriot syllabic script have been found at Ras Shamra which was the Phoenician city of Ugarit. Ugaritic texts from Ras Shamra and Enkomi mention Ya, the Assyrian name of Cyprus, that thus seems to have been in use already in the late Bronze Age.

Copper ingots shaped like Ox hides have been recovered from shipwrecks such as at
Ulu Burun, Iria and Cape Gelidonya which attest to the widespread metal trade. Weights in the shape of animals found in Enkomi and Kalavassos follow the Syro-Palestinian, Mesopotamian, Hittite and Aegean standards and thus attest to the wide ranging trade as well.

Late Bronze Age Cyprus was a part of the Hittite empire but was a client state and as such was not invaded but rather merely part of the empire by association and governed by the ruling kings of Ugarit[4]....However during the reign of
Tudhaliya the island was briefly invaded by the Hittites for either reasons of securing the copper resource or as a way of preventing piracy. Shortly afterwards the island was reconquered by his son around 1200 BCE

In the later phase of the late Bronze Age (
LCIIIA, 1200-1100 BC) great amounts of 'Mycenean' IIIC:1b pottery were produced locally. New architectural features include cyclopean walls, found on the Greek mainland, as well and a certain type of rectangular stepped capitals, endemic on Cyprus. Chamber tombs are given up in favour of shaft graves. Many scholars therefore believed that Cyprus was settled by Mycenean Greeks by the end of the Bronze Age. But this view has increasingly been criticised in recent years, as there is no distinct break in most areas of material culture between the LCIIC (1400-1200 BC) and LCIII. Large amounts of IIIC:1b pottery are found in Palestine during this period as well. While this was formerly interpreted as evidence of an invasion ('Sea Peoples'), this is seen more and more as an indigenous development, triggered by increasing trade relations with Cyprus and Crete. Evidence of early trade with Crete is found in archaeological recovery on Cyprus of pottery from Cydonia, a powerful urban center of ancient Crete.[5]

There are finds that show close connections to Egypt as well.

Another wave of Greek settlement is believed to have taken place in the following century (
LCIIIB, 1100-1050), indicated, among other things, by a new type of graves (long dromoi) and Mycenean influences in pottery decoration.

Foundations myths documented by classical authors connect the foundation of numerous Cypriot towns with immigrant Greek heroes in the wake of the Trojan war.

The first cremation burial in Bronze vessels has been found at
Kourion-Kaloriziki, tomb 40, dated to the first half of the 11th century (LCIIIB). The shaft grave contained two bronze rod tripod stands, the remains of a shield and a golden sceptre as well. Formerly seen as the Royal grave of first Argive founders of Kourion, it is now interpreted as the tomb of a native Cypriote or a Phoenician prince. The cloisonn?enamelling of the sceptre head with the two falcons surmounting it has no parallels in the Aegean, but shows a strong Egyptian influence.

In the 8th century, several Phoenician colonies were founded, like Kart-
Hadasht ('New Town'), present day Larnaca and Salamis. The oldest cemetery of Salamis has indeed produced children's burials in Canaanite jars, clear indication of Phoenician presence already in the LCIIIB 11th century. Similar jar burials have been found in cemeteries in Kourion-Kaloriziki and Palaepaphos-Skales near Kouklia. In Skales, many Levantine imports and Cypriote imitations of Levantine forms have been found and point to a Phoenician expansion even before the end of the 11th century.

The first written source shows Cyprus under Assyrian rule. A
stela found 1845 in Kition commemorates the victory of king Sargon II (721-705 BC) in 709 over the seven kings in the land of Ia', in the district of Iadnana or Atnana. The former is supposedly the Assyrian name of the island, while some authors take the latter to mean Greece (the Islands of the Danaoi). There are other inscriptions referring to Ia' in Sargon's palace at Khorsabad. The ten kingdoms listed by an inscription of Esarhaddon in 673/2 BC have been identified as Salamis, Kition, Amathus, Kourion, Paphos and Soli on the coast and Tamassos, Ledra, Idalium and Chytri in the interior.

Cyprus gained independence for some time around 669 but was conquered by Egypt under
Amasis (570-526/525). The island was conquered by the Persians around 545 BC.

Cyprus gained independence for some time around 669 but was conquered by Egypt under
Amasis (570-526/525). The island was conquered by the Persians around 545 BC.

Hellenisation only took place under Ptolemaic [i.e. Greek Egyptian] rule. Phoenician and native Cypriot traits disappeared, together with the old Cypriot syllabic script.

Cyprus became a Roman province in 58 BC

After the division of the Roman Empire into an eastern half and a western half, Cyprus came under the rule of Byzantium.

When the Arabs invaded Cyprus in 688, the emperor Justinian II and the caliph
Abd al-Malik reached an unprecedented agreement. For the next 300 years, Cyprus was ruled jointly by both the Arabs and the Byzantines as a condominium, despite the nearly constant warfare between the two parties on the mainland.

This period lasted until the year 965, when a resurgent Byzantium conquered the island.

In the 12th century A.D. the island became a target of the crusaders. Richard the Lionhearted landed in
Limassol on the 1st of June 1191 in search of his sister and his bride Berengaria, whose ship had become separated from the fleet in a storm. Richard married Berengaria in Limassol on the 12th of May 1192. She was crowned as Queen of England by John Fitzluke, Bishop of ?reux. The crusader fleet continued to St. Jean d'Acre (Syria) on the 5th of June. The army of Richard the Lionhearted continued to occupy Cyprus and raised taxes. He sold the island to the Knights Templar, before they moved to Rhodes and finally to Malta. Soon after that, the Franks (Lusignans) occupied the island, establishing the Kingdom of Cyprus.

Maronites settled on Cyprus during the crusades and still maintain some villages in the North.

In 1878, as the result of the Cyprus Convention, the United Kingdom took over the government of Cyprus as a protectorate from the Ottoman Empire. In 1914, at the beginning of World War I, Cyprus was annexed by the United Kingdom. In 1925, following the dissolution of the Ottoman Empire, Cyprus was made a Crown Colony. Between 1955-59
EOKA was created by Greek Cypriots and led by George Grivas to perform enosis (union of the island with Greece). However the EOKA campaign did not result union with Greece but rather an independent republic, The Republic of Cyprus, in 1960.

In 1960, Turkish Cypriots were only the 18% of the Cypriot population.

Internal conflicts turned into full-fledged armed fighting between the two communities on the island which prompted United Nations to send peace keeping forces in 1964 (These forces are still in place today). Turkey invaded the island in 1974 and seized the northern third of the island, Turkish Cypriots in the south would travel north and Greek Cypriots in the north would move to the south. The de facto state of Northern Cyprus was proclaimed in 1975 under the name "Turkish Federated State of Northern Cyprus".

After the southern, Greek speaking part of Cyprus became a member of the European Union, it adopted the Euro as its currency on January 1, 2008, replacing the previously used Cypriot Pound; whilst the northern area began using the New Turkish Lira.
Brit-Am Commentary
We see from the Wikipedia excerpts above that:
Cyprus was in contact with "Syria and Palestine" i.e. the Land of Canaan-Israel from the beginning.
Phoenician influence was important and in our opinion findings classified as Phoenician in some cases are actually Israelite.
In  addition to that (as also noted in the Wikipedia article) some of the findings classified as Mycenean Greek could just as well have been from the Land of Israel.

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