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Brit-Am Now no. 1547
The Lost Ten Tribes of Israel Movement
25 July 2010, 15
Ab 5770
Contents:
1. Hosea 12 and Summary of Brit-Am Commentary
2. Answers to Questions About Adoption and Tribal Affiliation; Dutch People in Canada
 3. Was "Lost Israelite Identity" our best book??


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1. Hosea 12 and Summary of Brit-Am Commentary
Hosea 12
 1 Ephraim feeds on the wind,
     And pursues the east wind;
     He daily increases lies and desolation.
     Also they make a covenant with the Assyrians,
     And oil is carried to Egypt.
 
      2  The LORD also brings a charge against Judah,
     And will punish Jacob according to his ways;
     According to his deeds He will recompense him.

      3 He took his brother by the heel in the womb,
     And in his strength he struggled with God.

      4 Yes, he struggled with the Angel and prevailed;
     He wept, and sought favor from Him.
     He found Him in Bethel,
     And there He spoke to us.

      5 That is, the LORD God of hosts.
     The LORD is His memorable name.

      6 So you, by the help of your God, return;
     Observe mercy and justice,
     And wait on your God continually.

      7  A cunning Canaanite!
     Deceitful scales are in his hand;
     He loves to oppress.

      8 And Ephraim said,
     Surely I have become rich,
     I have found wealth for myself;
     In all my labors
     They shall find in me no iniquity that is sin.

      9 But I am the LORD your God,
     Ever since the land of Egypt;
     I will again make you dwell in tents,
     As in the days of the appointed feast.

      10 I have also spoken by the prophets,
     And have multiplied visions;
     I have given symbols through the witness of the prophets.

      11 Though Gilead has idols,
     Surely they are vanity.
     Though they sacrifice bulls in Gilgal,
     Indeed their altars shall be heaps in the furrows of the field.

      12 Jacob fled to the country of Syria;
     Israel served for a spouse,
     And for a wife he tended sheep.

      13 By a prophet the LORD brought Israel out of Egypt,
     And by a prophet he was preserved.

      14 Ephraim provoked Him to anger most bitterly;
     Therefore his Lord will leave the guilt of his bloodshed upon him,
     And return his reproach upon him.

Summary of Brit-Am Commentary to Hosea 12
http://britam.org/hosea12.html
Ephraim going to Mitsraim (Egypt or Russia) and Assyria (Germany, the EU?) for alliance is a mistake. It will end in disaster. Ephraim was meant to be alone and subdue all adversaries. The Divine Protection that was given him and the special talents he was imbued with to fulfill his destined role are misdirected when Ephraim strays from God. Ephraim quarrels with Judah concerning the nature of the Almighty and the validity of the Law. Ephraim is a devious merchant, a "nation of shopkeepers". When Ephraim returns he will dwell in tents just as many of the Jews did after 1948. Ephraim links to "Aram" meaning the Scythians. They will be keepers of sheep and cattle. Prophecy will be restored and a Prophet will arise to lead Ephraim back.



2. Answers to Questions About Adoption and Tribal Affiliation; Dutch People in Canada
Elizabeth wrote:
 

Hello Yair!
 
I received the Tribes book last week and have read it.  I found it very interesting and convincing.  However, I have a couple of questions. 
 
You said that Judah consists mostly of Judah, Benjamin, Levi and those who have voluntarily chosen to keep the Law.  For example, Ruth the Moabitess bound herself to Naomi, and therefore to Judah, and the LORD honoured her by making her an ancestor of King David.  If people who choose to keep the Law can bind themselves to Judah, can people without Israelite blood choose to bind themselves to Israel?
 
This grafting into a family tree is important to me... Unlike the Biblical Elizabeth and Hannah, the LORD has graciously given me my son John, through adoption.  In addition, we have hosted 7 international exchange students (each for a year), five of whom consider themselves to be permanent members of our family.  One even returned, married a Canadian and has provided me with granchildren, 2 km away.  This barren woman can rejoice because LORD has given her more children than the fertile woman!
 
The second question is regarding the homing instinct.  In this part of Canada, we have a large number of Dutch people.  I would have thought them to be of the tribe of Zebulon, but are you saying that they may have immigrated to Canada because they were really a part of Ephraim?
 
Thank you for what you are doing.  I have always known that I was set apart for the LORD's work as part of spiritual Israel, but had no idea that I was likely part of physical Israel.  I have started to read scripture differently!
 
Elizabeth

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Brit-Am Reply:
Shalom,
Regarding:

 (a) Adoptions and Belonging to Israel:
Moses was given his name by Batya, the daughter of Phaoah, who adopted him.
Exodus 2:10 And the child grew, and she brought him to Pharaoh?s daughter, and he became her son. So she called his name Moses, saying, ?Because I drew him out of the water.?


The Midrash says that Moses actually had other names. His parents gave him a name; his sister had a name for him; Pharoah gave him a name. Even so, the only name we know him by is "Moshe" (i.e. Moses). The Rabbis said this is to show us that sometimes the connection between an adopting parent and their child is closer than any other linkage.

We also have the spiritual-mystical side. It may be that one has a family of souls parallel to biological family. Most of the time the two families will more or less reflect each other but sometimes they will not. Divine Providence may bring about adoptions etc in order to reconcile the family of souls with the family
in physical reality. This is not our field and we are speculating. It is known however that people who group together often have something in common far beyond that which the laws of statistical chance would require. This is most obvious with married couples but it also applies with other familial associations.
Non-Israelites who identify with Israelites will be accepted as Israelites.

Ezekiel 47:
21 ?Thus you shall divide this land among yourselves according to the tribes of Israel.
22 It shall be that you will divide it by lot as an inheritance for yourselves, and for the strangers who dwell among you and who bear children among you. They shall be to you as native-born among the children of Israel; they shall have an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel.
23 And it shall be that in whatever tribe the stranger dwells, there you shall give him his inheritance,? says the Lord GOD.
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(b) Dutch people in Canada
We identify the Netherlands with Zebulon BUT many from Zebulon were to be found elsewhere and many from other Tribes (especially Manasseh) were also to be found in the Netherlands. It may that those Dutch people you speak of now in Canada really are descended from Ephraim? Or maybe not? Perhaps they too are from Zebulon? We study and research and present our findings. We aim to reach decisions together with those who are being decided about. In the Messianic Ages matters concerning who belongs to which specific Tribes will be definitive. In a sense we may be helping to prepare the way.
God bless you
Yair




 3. Was "Lost Israelite Identity" our best book??
Do you have any plans to reprint "Lost Israelite Identity"? I still think that is your best book and there are several individuals I would like to gift a copy of it to but unfortunately it has been Out Of Print for many years.
 
Kindest regards,

Steven Dotson
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