River of Jacob

The Watercourse Border Named After Jacob Between Israelite Norway and non-Israelite Russia

(21 May, 2014, 21 Iyar, 5774)

YouTube Clip. Norway and Jacob.
1. Introduction. Norway.
2.The River of Jacob.
3. The Name Jacob and Israel.
4. Conclusion. Divine Providence and Place Names.



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Norway is one of the nations in which we find a significant number descended from Israel. Norway in general may be identified with the Israelite Tribes of Naphtali. It was part of the Lost Ten Tribes. These are associated in Biblical prophecy with Jacob. The Tribes of Jacob (Isaiah 49:6) are those of the Ten Tribes. They are at the Ends of the Earth (Isaiah 49:6) as Norway is. The Border between Israelite Norway and non-Israelite Russia is known as the River of Jacob (Jacobselv). Names have significance.

Introduction. Norway.

We identify Norway as one of the nations amongst whom a significant proportion of Israelites from the Ten Tribes are to be found. This does not mean that all the Norwegians are Hebrews by ancestry but many of them may well be.
We consider the Israelites of Norway to have been dominated by the Israelite Tribe of Naphtali but descendants of other Tribes were also present.
Dan and Co. Asher, Dan, and Naphtali. Israelite Tribal Parallels of Location in North Europe

Tribal Identifications: Naphtali

2. The River of Jacob

The Border of the River of Jacob Between Norway and Russia west of Murmansk.

An interesting point concerning Norway is its borderline in the north with Russia. Here we find Jacob's River (Jakobselva) and Border of Jacob's River (Grense Jakobselva).


Grense Jakobselva  means Border of Jacob's River. It is a small village in Sor-Varanger Municipality in Finnmark county, Norway.

Source of Map:
FINLAND 2012 - WEEKS 10~12


Grense Jakobselva is located on the shore of the Barents Sea at the mouth of the Jakobselva river, i.e. River of Jacob. It lies about 54 kilometres (34 mi) by road east of the town of Kirkenes. The area was settled by Norwegians in 1851.

The Jakobselva (River of Jacob) river forms the border with Russia, it is to the east of Grense Jakobselva which name means Border of Jacob's  River.


Here, there is a small post of the Garrison of Sor-Varanger of the Norwegian Army, from where soldiers patrol the border. In this area, however, there is no public border crossing.

Orjan Svennson of Sweden first brought our attention to this river, "which since the end of World War-II marks the border between Norway and Russia".


Border Border


Source of Illustrations:
Nordkinn - Grense Jacobselva (Russland)

3. The Name Jacob and Israel

We thus find the name Jacob associated with the border between Israelite Norway and non-Israelite Russia.
Jacob is another name for Israel.
Hebrew Patriarchal Names: Jacob

The Ten Tribes in the End Times are referred to in connection with the raising up of the Tribes of Jacob:

Isaiah 49:
5 And now the Lord says,
   who formed me in the womb to be his servant,
to bring Jacob back to him,
   and that Israel might be gathered to him,
for I am honoured in the sight of the Lord,
   and my God has become my strength,
6 he says,
'It is too light a thing that you should be my servant
   to raise up the tribes of Jacob
   and to restore the survivors of Israel;
I will give you as a light to the nations,
   that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.'

The name Jacob is also associated with Britain whose flag is called the UNION JACK i.e. union or covenant of Jacob.
So too, the nickname Yank or YANKEE for North American derives from a form of the name Jacob.

The passage (Isaiah 49:5-6) links the Tribes of Jacob with the Ends of the Earth. We found Nations such as Norway and other Israelite countries at the Ends of the Earth (edges of Continental masses) and nearly all located to the north and west of the Land of Israel. Australia and New Zealand were amongst the exceptions but these too are mentioned elsewhere.

Land of Sinim means Australia and New Zealand.

Ends of the Earth

4. Conclusion. Divine Providence and Place Names.

We do not know why the Border between Norway and Russia bears the name Jacob.
Perhaps there was a farmer in the region by that name?
It does not really matter.
Jacob means Israel.
It is often used in relation to the Ten Tribes and in other cases of Lost Israelites we find it applied, e.g. Yank, Union Jack, and Jock meaning a Scotsman.
Here too, the Jacobselva is a border-marker for peoples of Israelite descent versus those who are non-Israelites. The Jacobselva River bears the name Jacob.
This is an example of Divine Providence such as we often find in Place-Names amongst Israelite Nations.

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