In the article below, the author (John Carrington Richards [aka John Hulley]) sees the liberation in 1918 from the Turks of what was then Palestine as the fulfilment of Prophecy. He also considers it a proof as to the Israelite Origin of the participating nations. We ourselves are not certain on this point but it is worth considering.
The author suggests that a force or a colonizing outpost of the nations in question should be set up in the Land of Israel.
We understand that such will in fact be done BUT in the borderlands of Great Israel i.e. in Syria, Jordan, and Lebanon as predicted in Zechariah 10:10 and in Micah 7:14.
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In those days the House of Judah shall join the House of Israel.
And together they shall come from the land of the north,
To the land I gave your fathers for a heritage (Jeremiah 3:18).
He will . . . assemble the outcasts of Israel (House of Ephraim),
And gather the dispersed of (the House of) Judah
From the four corners of the earth . . .
The jealousy of Ephraim shall depart,
And those who harass Judah shall be cut off . . .
They shall swoop down upon the shoulder of the Philistines (inhabitants of Palestine) in the west;
And together they shall plunder the people of the east (Isaiah 11:12,14)
For the Lord of hosts has visited his flock, the House of Judah,
And will make them like his majestic horse in battle . . .
And they will be as mighty men,
Treading down the enemy in the mire of the streets in battle . . . And (the House of) Ephraim will be like a mighty man . . .
I will bring them into the land of Gilead and Lebanon (northeast and north of Israel today) (Zechariah 10:3,5,7,10).
Then the House of Jacob (Judah) will be a fire
And the House of Joseph (Ephraim) a flame;
But the House of Esau (Edom) will be as stubble.
And they will set them on fire and consume them,
So that there will be no survivor of the house of Esau.
For the Lord has spoken (Obadiah 18).
These Biblical prophecies make clear that the Houses of Ephraim and Judah -- the lost tribes and the Jews -- will collaborate in the reconquest of the land of Israel. So which are the nations involved in that military action?
Most of the force was British, but several other nations also took part indirectly. The reconquest was part of World War I (1914-18), as the Turkish Empire (including Palestine) was allied to Germany and Austria. Because the heaviest fighting in that war was taking place in Europe, a large-scale diversion of British troops to the Near East required consent of the Allies. For the Allied forces would have to take the place of the British forces which were diverted from Europe.
So British Prime Minister David Lloyd George sought and obtained the consent of France, Italy and the U.S. To symbolize their involvement France and Italy (but not the U.S.) sent small detachments to join the British in Palestine. The backing of these Allies was high-lighted in British General Allenby's description of his formal entry into Jerusalem after its conquest late in 1917:
I entered the city officially at noon, December 11th, with a few of my staff, the commanders of the French and Italian detach-ments, the heads of the political missions, and the Military Attaches of France, Italy, and America . . . The procession was all afoot, and at Jaffa gate I was received by the guards representing England, Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Australia, New Zealand, India, France, and Italy.
But what about the Jews? Why were they not mentioned in Allenby's statement? The reason was that all the forces in action from the start in Egypt up through Jerusalem were non-Jewish (although of course some individuals within the Allied forces would have been Jewish). The Jews only succeeded in organizing small units to play a role in 1918 north of Jerusalem. In the latter part of the campaign Jews from the U.K., U.S. and Palestine made up the 38th, 39th, 40th and 42nd battalions of the Royal Fusiliers, which helped drive the Turks back toward the Turkish border. Later on, during the British Mandate (1923-1948) the local Jews formed a force, eventually known as the Haganah, the purposes of which included cooperation with British forces in combating the Arab Revolt (1936-39). They thus helped fulfill the prophecy about both Houses taking part in the reconquest of the land.
The peoples mentioned in Allenby's statement took part, directly or indirectly, in the reconquest. To what extent the participation of all of them was voluntary however is open to question. Later on, in World War II (1939-45) when the Irish had won their independence, they chose to remain neutral. India is another case; one of their first actions after gaining their own independence was to vote in the U.N. in 1947 against Israeli independence from the Arabs in Palestine. The prophecies may therefore refer only to some of the nations listed.
Another question is whether they refer to all the citizens of these nations, or just to some of them. Do they refer only to ethnic members of the majority peoples of these countries or to the minorities as well? Other questions include: whether every member of an ethnic group qualifies, or only some of them; whether the nations listed above include all the lost tribes (implying that some nations include several tribes), or whether other nations are lost tribes (and, if so, which ones).
All of these and other questions are probably best left for later consideration. For it is prophesied that sensitivity to Divine Inspiration will become much stronger. It is further prophesied that correction of errors in the religious beliefs of Christians and Jews in the land will permit their unification; and that they will then be able to accept a common messianic leader. These steps forward should make it possible to answer the more detailed questions about the identification of peoples and individuals who are members of the tribes of Israel.
In the meantime we may envisage the fulfilment of prophecy by proceeding simply with the assembly in Israel of members of the nations which participated of their own free will in the reconquest of the land, - Australia, France, Italy, New Zealand, U.K. and U.S. This might perhaps best be done by establishing in Israel a large and growing settlement, including a military base, with its own separate boundaries to be maintained until spiritual purification makes religious unification possible.
 Source Records of the Great War, Vol. V, ed. Charles F. Horne, National Alumni 1923
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