Isaiah 46 to 50
The gods of Babylon along with its people will be destroyed. The persecutors of Judah will be punished. The Lost Tribes of Israel will be in the Isles, at the geographical extremities of the earth and a Brit-Am meaning a convenant of nations. Israel will free the slaves and settle desolate heritages. The Tribes of Jacob must guide the rest of humanity, be a "light to the natioons". Judah will be loathe to accept the Lost Ten Tribes, nevertheless there will be a reconciliation. Judah will be compensated for its suffering. Do good and God will reward you.
The Book of Isaiah
Chapters 46 to 50
Chapters with Brit-Am Commentary
Summary of Individual Chapters:
Chapter 46: Isaiah describes the destruction of Babylon (46:1).
God is not a mortal and not subject to mortal restraints. He can help us always.
He has no limitations. He can make up for the limitations we have or acquire (46:4).
Money can be important yet it is only a means.
Like strength, youth, and life itself, it should be seen only as a means to fulfil the tasks God
through life places upon us (46:6). Isaiah (chapter 46) spoke of the fall of the gods of Babylon.
Chapter 47: Chapter 47 speaks of the fall of the people of Babylon. God was angry at Judah his people. The Babylonians took advantage and did not show them what mercy they could have done therefore they will be punished (47:6). All your scientists will not help you, Babylon (47:13).
Chapter 48: The present State of Israel which is however primarily comprised of Judah
is condemned (48:1-2). Judah will be punished but not completely. God will have mercy on Judah for the
sake of His Name that is called upon Judah (48:3-11). Both Jacob (the Lost Ten Tribes) and Israel (usually the Ten Tribes but when juxtaposed with Jacob meaning Judah) are called upon to acknowledge the Almighty (48:12). Babylon will be punished (48:14) but before then may yet cause harm to Israel (48:20).
Chapter 49:The Isles are called upon to listen to God (49:1). Israel is the servant of God (49:3). Israel will raise up the Tribes of Jacob and restore the preserved of Israel, to be an enlightening influence on the Gentiles unto the geographical extremities of the earth (49:6). God calls to the Jews who were despised ands says HE will save them (49:7). The Ten Tribes will be made into a Brit-Am or covenant of peoples. They will settle and civilize wasted heritages (49:8) and free the prisoners while converging together along their paths of migration (49:9).
Judah will be consoled (49:13-16). Much of the troubles of Judah were caused by her own wayward sons (49:17). Judah will be compensated greatly (49:18-20).
When the Lost Ten Tribes return Judah will be reticent about receiving them.
The Jews will ask where were all those now identified as Israel when the Jews needed help and were alone? According to the Midrash (Pesikta Rabati 32;10) this reaction of the Jews will indeed take place WHEN THEY SEE THE THREE EXILES OF THE LOST TEN TRIBES RETURNING! (49:21). Judah will be elevated and her former oppressors will come bowing down to her (49:22-26).
Chapter 50: Judah has not been disowned.
Judah was not divorced and is still obligated by the Law.
Jeremiah spoke of the Lost Ten Tribes being divorced (Jeremiah 3:8).
Even so in the Last Days God will say that HE never really divorced either Judah or Israel.
They shall always belong to the Almighty and each in their own way had their task to fulfil (50:1). In the same way that God punishes or afflicts so too can He bestow blessings. Do good and ultimately good will come unto you some how or other. The good will come in the form you yourself would prefer if you knew all the options and were aware of all your culpableness (50:2). Judah was forced to become passive and bear affliction in Exile (50:6). In the end, the justification for Judah comes from God (50:8).
Chapters with Brit-Am Commentary:
Isaiah 46 to 50
Isaiah Chapter 46
[Isaiah 46:1] BEL BOWETH DOWN, NEBO STOOPETH, THEIR IDOLS WERE UPON THE BEASTS,
AND UPON THE CATTLE: YOUR CARRIAGES WERE HEAVY LOADEN; THEY ARE A BURDEN TO THE
(in "Safer Yishayahu",
says that these verses refer to the capture of Babylon by Cyrus but he
this explanation is problematic. Cyrus did not destroy the gods of
but rather respected them. Similarly the verses in Isaiah referring to Cyrus are
not exactly appropriate. The Sages themselves noticed this and suggested that
the reference was to "Another Cyrus" who would appear in the future. This fits
the direction we have been indicating.
[Isaiah 46:2] THEY STOOP, THEY BOW DOWN TOGETHER; THEY COULD NOT DELIVER THE
BURDEN, BUT THEMSELVES ARE GONE INTO CAPTIVITY.
[Isaiah 46:3] HEARKEN UNTO ME, O HOUSE OF JACOB, AND ALL THE REMNANT OF THE
HOUSE OF ISRAEL, WHICH ARE BORNE BY ME FROM THE BELLY, WHICH ARE CARRIED FROM
[Isaiah 46:4] AND EVEN TO YOUR OLD AGE I AM HE; AND EVEN TO HOAR HAIRS WILL I
CARRY YOU: I HAVE MADE, AND I WILL BEAR; EVEN I WILL CARRY, AND WILL DELIVER
God is not a mortal and not subject to
mortal restraints. He can help us always. He has no limitations. He can make up
for the limitations we have or acquire.
[Isaiah 46:5] TO WHOM WILL YE LIKEN ME, AND MAKE ME EQUAL, AND COMPARE ME, THAT
WE MAY BE LIKE?
[Isaiah 46:6] THEY LAVISH GOLD OUT OF THE BAG, AND WEIGH SILVER IN THE BALANCE,
AND HIRE A GOLDSMITH; AND HE MAKETH IT A GOD: THEY FALL DOWN, YEA, THEY
Money can be important yet it is only a
means. Like strength, youth, and life itself, it should be seen only as a means
the tasks God through life places upon us.
[Isaiah 46:7] THEY BEAR HIM UPON THE SHOULDER, THEY CARRY HIM, AND SET HIM IN
HIS PLACE, AND HE STANDETH; FROM HIS PLACE SHALL HE NOT REMOVE: YEA, ONE SHALL
CRY UNTO HIM, YET CAN HE NOT ANSWER, NOR SAVE HIM OUT OF HIS TROUBLE.
This is speaking about the
of idolatry. Sometimes these statues themselves were attributed divine
attributes. This phenomenon still exists in Latin and Slavic countries and in
Germany. There are statuettes and icons of Mary, etc, that people believe have
magical properties, shed tears, blood, perform miracles, etc., and have
adherents of their own, dedicated to the statue, etc.
[Isaiah 46:8] REMEMBER THIS, AND SHEW YOURSELVES MEN: BRING IT AGAIN TO MIND, O
[Isaiah 46:9] REMEMBER THE FORMER THINGS OF OLD: FOR I AM GOD, AND THERE IS
NONE ELSE; I AM GOD, AND THERE IS NONE LIKE ME,
[Isaiah 46:10] DECLARING THE END FROM THE BEGINNING, AND FROM ANCIENT TIMES THE
THINGS THAT ARE NOT YET DONE, SAYING, MY COUNSEL SHALL STAND, AND I WILL DO ALL
[Isaiah 46:11] CALLING A RAVENOUS BIRD FROM THE EAST, THE MAN THAT EXECUTETH MY
COUNSEL FROM A FAR COUNTRY: YEA, I HAVE SPOKEN IT, I WILL ALSO BRING IT TO PASS;
I HAVE PURPOSED IT, I WILL ALSO DO IT.
[Isaiah 46:12] HEARKEN UNTO ME, YE STOUTHEARTED, THAT ARE FAR FROM
[Isaiah 46:13] I BRING NEAR MY RIGHTEOUSNESS; IT SHALL NOT BE FAR OFF, AND MY
SALVATION SHALL NOT TARRY: AND I WILL PLACE SALVATION IN ZION FOR ISRAEL MY
The Commentary for this chapter was
inspired in part by the Commentator "Daat
[Isaiah 47:1] COME DOWN, AND SIT IN THE DUST, O VIRGIN DAUGHTER OF
BABYLON, SIT ON THE GROUND: THERE IS NO THRONE, O DAUGHTER OF THE CHALDEANS: FOR
THOU SHALT NO MORE BE CALLED TENDER AND DELICATE.
Previous chapter (ch.
46) spoke of the fall of the gods of Babylon. This chapter speaks of the fall of
Historically Babylon was conquered by the Persians and then by the Greeks.
Relatively speaking Babylon was respected. The fate of the Babylonians was not
as bad as the Prophet depicted. The answer to this apparent contradiction has
1. The Babylonians indeed were very cruel to Judah and to the people of Judah at
the time of exile. Later however on the whole they treated them reasonably.
Therefore they escaped immediate destruction when they were conquered.
2. The main thrust of the prophecy is directed to the future. Babylon was often
taken as overlapping Rome and Edom.
[Isaiah 47:2] TAKE THE MILLSTONES, AND GRIND MEAL: UNCOVER THY LOCKS, MAKE BARE
THE LEG, UNCOVER THE THIGH, PASS OVER THE RIVERS.
"GRIND MEAL": Hebrew commentators took
this to mean that the Babylonians only ground seed that had already been
grounded up beforehand, i.e. they would not have defeated Judah if God had not
delivered Judah over.
[Isaiah 47:3] THY NAKEDNESS SHALL BE UNCOVERED, YEA, THY SHAME SHALL BE SEEN: I
WILL TAKE VENGEANCE, AND I WILL NOT MEET THEE AS A MAN.
"THY NAKEDNESS SHALL BE UNCOVERED": At
the time of your destruction scandalous details about you that had been kept
secret will be revealed to everybody.
[Isaiah 47:4] AS FOR OUR REDEEMER, THE LORD OF HOSTS IS HIS NAME, THE HOLY ONE
[Isaiah 47:5] SIT THOU SILENT, AND GET THEE INTO DARKNESS, O DAUGHTER OF THE
CHALDEANS: FOR THOU SHALT NO MORE BE CALLED, THE LADY OF KINGDOMS.
in Hebrew "Chasdim".
I do not know where the equation "Chasdim=Chaldeans"
originates from but presume it is very old. The gods of
north of Assyria were known as
[Isaiah 47:6] I WAS WROTH WITH MY PEOPLE, I HAVE POLLUTED MINE INHERITANCE, AND
GIVEN THEM INTO THINE HAND: THOU DIDST SHEW THEM NO MERCY; UPON THE ANCIENT HAST
THOU VERY HEAVILY LAID THY YOKE.
God was angry at Judah his people. The
Babylonians took advantage and did not show them what mercy they could have done
therefore they will be punished.
[Zechariah 1:15] AND I AM VERY SORE DISPLEASED WITH THE HEATHEN THAT ARE AT
EASE: FOR I WAS BUT A LITTLE DISPLEASED, AND THEY HELPED FORWARD THE
Note: "THEY HELPED FORWARD THE
AFFLICTION" in Hebrew "azru
[to make worse]".
It means that because the Jews (Judah) had sinned God was angry at them and
delivered them into non-Jewish hands as a punishment BUT the non-Jews took
advantage of the situation and oppressed the Jews. Therefore God is angry at
[Isaiah 47:7] AND THOU SAIDST, I SHALL BE A LADY FOR EVER: SO THAT THOU DIDST
NOT LAY THESE THINGS TO THY HEART, NEITHER DIDST REMEMBER THE LATTER END OF IT.
[Isaiah 47:8] THEREFORE HEAR NOW THIS, THOU THAT ART GIVEN TO PLEASURES, THAT
DWELLEST CARELESSLY, THAT SAYEST IN THINE HEART, I AM, AND NONE ELSE BESIDE ME;
I SHALL NOT SIT AS A WIDOW, NEITHER SHALL I KNOW THE LOSS OF CHILDREN:
[Isaiah 47:9] BUT THESE TWO THINGS SHALL COME TO THEE IN A MOMENT IN ONE DAY,
THE LOSS OF CHILDREN, AND WIDOWHOOD: THEY SHALL COME UPON THEE IN THEIR
PERFECTION FOR THE MULTITUDE OF THY SORCERIES, AND FOR THE GREAT ABUNDANCE OF
Babylon developed sorcery to a fine art.
After the fall of Babylon sorcery never again achieved the same heights of its
[Isaiah 47:10] FOR THOU HAST TRUSTED IN THY WICKEDNESS: THOU HAST SAID, NONE
SEETH ME. THY WISDOM AND THY KNOWLEDGE, IT HATH PERVERTED THEE; AND THOU HAST
SAID IN THINE HEART, I AM, AND NONE ELSE BESIDE ME.
"THY WISDOM AND THY KNOWLEDGE":
Archaeological evidence exists that
of Babylon conquered Greece. Greek science and philosophy was the fountainhead
of western thought. Much of this derived from Hebrew or Babylonian sources.
Indian philosophy was also derived from the same two founts.
[Isaiah 47:11] THEREFORE SHALL EVIL COME UPON THEE; THOU SHALT NOT KNOW FROM
WHENCE IT RISETH: AND MISCHIEF SHALL FALL UPON THEE; THOU SHALT NOT BE ABLE TO
PUT IT OFF: AND DESOLATION SHALL COME UPON THEE SUDDENLY, WHICH THOU SHALT NOT
NOT BE ABLE TO PUT IT OFF" because you will not know where it came from and was
unprepared for it. If you had have known through Charity and Justice you could
have alleviated the coming affliction or even put it off altogether. In the
immediate sense the rulers of Babylon did make some degree of repenting and the
disaster was less at that time than IT COULD HAVE BEEN.
On the other hand there is a tradition in Talmudic Literature that all the
original seed of Babylon were exterminated. It may be that the original
Babylonians were indeed wiped out though the city remained much as it was being
populated with colonists from elsewhere who had absorbed Babylonian culture.
[Isaiah 47:12] STAND NOW WITH THINE ENCHANTMENTS, AND WITH THE MULTITUDE OF THY
SORCERIES, WHEREIN THOU HAST LABOURED FROM THY YOUTH; IF SO BE THOU SHALT BE
ABLE TO PROFIT, IF SO BE THOU MAYEST PREVAIL.
[Isaiah 47:13] THOU ART WEARIED IN THE MULTITUDE OF THY COUNSELS. LET NOW THE
ASTROLOGERS, THE STARGAZERS, THE MONTHLY PROGNOSTICATORS, STAND UP, AND SAVE
THEE FROM THESE THINGS THAT SHALL COME UPON THEE.
All your scientists will not help you.
Some people identify the USA with Babylon in prophecy but this is not so.
[Isaiah 47:14] BEHOLD, THEY SHALL BE AS STUBBLE; THE FIRE SHALL BURN THEM; THEY
SHALL NOT DELIVER THEMSELVES FROM THE POWER OF THE FLAME: THERE SHALL NOT BE A
COAL TO WARM AT, NOR FIRE TO SIT BEFORE IT.
[Isaiah 47:15] THUS SHALL THEY BE UNTO THEE WITH WHOM THOU HAST LABOURED, EVEN
THY MERCHANTS, FROM THY YOUTH: THEY SHALL WANDER EVERY ONE TO HIS QUARTER; NONE
SHALL SAVE THEE.
Your friends and allies will slip away
[Isaiah 48:1] HEAR YE THIS, O HOUSE OF JACOB, WHICH ARE CALLED BY THE NAME OF
ISRAEL, AND ARE COME FORTH OUT OF THE WATERS OF JUDAH, WHICH SWEAR BY THE NAME
OF THE LORD, AND MAKE MENTION OF THE GOD OF ISRAEL, BUT NOT IN TRUTH, NOR IN
This could be referring to the present
State of Israel whose founders and main constituting members descend from Judah.
By world standards Israel as a country is not as bad as it is sometimes
represented. There is a lot of charity, a lot of concern for the welfare of
others, a lot of good points. On the other hand there are many matters that
should be corrected. In Israel, all the left-wing "do-gooders" who in other
countries do manage now and again to effect needed reforms often seem more
concerned with the Palestinians than they are with their own people. There is no
reason why the standard of concern for others should be inferior to that of any
other nation. Left-wing bodies (such as "BeTzelem")
receive financial support from European governments (and in the past from the
USA under Clinton) and these governments pay for Palestinian concerns.
[Isaiah 48:2] FOR THEY CALL THEMSELVES OF THE HOLY CITY, AND STAY THEMSELVES
UPON THE GOD OF ISRAEL; THE LORD OF HOSTS IS HIS NAME.
The present-day Jews do acknowledge the
God of Israel.
[Isaiah 48:3] I HAVE DECLARED THE FORMER THINGS FROM THE BEGINNING; AND THEY
WENT FORTH OUT OF MY MOUTH, AND I SHEWED THEM; I DID THEM SUDDENLY, AND THEY
CAME TO PASS.
They say that everything that happens is
written somewhere in the Bible. The problem is to read it. Even without trying
to discover "secret" things concerning the present or future the Bible is worth
reading. It is in itself more interesting than any other work. The problem is
that we are all a little lazy and also have a self-destructive impulse within
[Isaiah 48:4] BECAUSE I KNEW THAT THOU ART OBSTINATE, AND THY NECK IS AN IRON
SINEW, AND THY BROW BRASS;
[Isaiah 48:5] I HAVE EVEN FROM THE BEGINNING DECLARED IT TO THEE; BEFORE IT
CAME TO PASS I SHEWED IT THEE: LEST THOU SHOULDEST SAY, MINE IDOL HATH DONE
THEM, AND MY GRAVEN IMAGE, AND MY MOLTEN IMAGE, HATH COMMANDED THEM.
[Isaiah 48:6] THOU HAST HEARD, SEE ALL THIS; AND WILL NOT YE DECLARE IT? I HAVE
SHEWED THEE NEW THINGS FROM THIS TIME, EVEN HIDDEN THINGS, AND THOU DIDST NOT
[Isaiah 48:7] THEY ARE CREATED NOW, AND NOT FROM THE BEGINNING; EVEN BEFORE THE
DAY WHEN THOU HEARDEST THEM NOT; LEST THOU SHOULDEST SAY, BEHOLD, I KNEW THEM.
[Isaiah 48:8] YEA, THOU HEARDEST NOT; YEA, THOU KNEWEST NOT; YEA, FROM THAT
TIME THAT THINE EAR WAS NOT OPENED: FOR I KNEW THAT THOU WOULDEST DEAL VERY
TREACHEROUSLY, AND WAST CALLED A TRANSGRESSOR FROM THE WOMB.
[Isaiah 48:9] FOR MY NAME'S SAKE WILL I DEFER MINE ANGER, AND FOR MY PRAISE
WILL I REFRAIN FOR THEE, THAT I CUT THEE NOT OFF.
[Isaiah 48:10] BEHOLD, I HAVE REFINED THEE, BUT NOT WITH SILVER; I HAVE CHOSEN
THEE IN THE FURNACE OF AFFLICTION.
[Isaiah 48:11] FOR MINE OWN SAKE, EVEN FOR MINE OWN SAKE, WILL I DO IT: FOR HOW
SHOULD MY NAME BE POLLUTED" AND I WILL NOT GIVE MY GLORY UNTO ANOTHER.
Even if Judah is not worthy the name of
the God of Israel is called upon them in the eyes of the peoples of the earth.
God will therefore not destroy them but rather deliver them for the sake of HIS
[Isaiah 48:12] HEARKEN UNTO ME, O JACOB AND ISRAEL, MY CALLED; I AM HE; I AM
THE FIRST, I ALSO AM THE LAST.
[Isaiah 48:13] MINE HAND ALSO HATH LAID THE FOUNDATION OF THE EARTH, AND MY
RIGHT HAND HATH SPANNED THE HEAVENS: WHEN I CALL UNTO THEM, THEY STAND UP
[Isaiah 48:14] ALL YE, ASSEMBLE YOURSELVES, AND HEAR; WHICH AMONG THEM HATH
DECLARED THESE THINGS" THE LORD HATH LOVED HIM: HE WILL DO HIS PLEASURE ON
BABYLON, AND HIS ARM SHALL BE ON THE CHALDEANS.
According to simple meaning He is
speaking of Cyrus the King of Persia who has been called to conquer Babylon. If
speaking of the future he is apparently speaking of a future leader of the Ten
Tribes ("Messiah the son of Joseph"") spoken of elsewhere. If so however he is
not speaking so much of Judah.
[Isaiah 48:15] I, EVEN I, HAVE SPOKEN; YEA, I HAVE CALLED HIM: I HAVE BROUGHT
HIM, AND HE SHALL MAKE HIS WAY PROSPEROUS.
[Isaiah 48:16] COME YE NEAR UNTO ME, HEAR YE THIS; I HAVE NOT SPOKEN IN SECRET
FROM THE BEGINNING; FROM THE TIME THAT IT WAS, THERE AM I: AND NOW THE LORD GOD,
AND HIS SPIRIT, HATH SENT ME.
[Isaiah 48:17] THUS SAITH THE LORD, THY REDEEMER, THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL; I AM
THE LORD THY GOD WHICH TEACHETH THEE TO PROFIT, WHICH LEADETH THEE BY THE WAY
THAT THOU SHOULDEST GO.
[Isaiah 48:18] O THAT THOU HADST HEARKENED TO MY COMMANDMENTS! THEN HAD THY
PEACE BEEN AS A RIVER, AND THY RIGHTEOUSNESS AS THE WAVES OF THE SEA:
[Isaiah 48:19] THY SEED ALSO HAD BEEN AS THE SAND, AND THE OFFSPRING OF THY
BOWELS LIKE THE GRAVEL THEREOF; HIS NAME SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN CUT OFF NOR
DESTROYED FROM BEFORE ME.
This is what could have been and can
still be on a national level if we do
[Isaiah 48:20] GO YE FORTH OF BABYLON, FLEE YE FROM THE CHALDEANS, WITH A VOICE
OF SINGING DECLARE YE, TELL THIS, UTTER IT EVEN TO THE END OF THE EARTH; SAY YE,
THE LORD HATH REDEEMED HIS SERVANT JACOB.
"FLEE YE FROM THE
suggests that it means to flee from the Land of the
lest you be overcome with the disaster that will befall that area.
"END OF THE EARTH" An expression frequently linked to the Lost Ten Tribes as we
have explained elsewhere. Perhaps the Lost Ten Tribes will be subjugated to
"Babylon" for a period prior to the end?
Babylon and Assyria may sometimes interchange. The Assyrian Empire recognized the separate existence of Babylon. The King of Assyria was sometimes coronated separately in Babylon as Monarch of that city.
[Isaiah 48:21] AND THEY THIRSTED NOT WHEN HE LED THEM THROUGH THE DESERTS: HE
CAUSED THE WATERS TO FLOW OUT OF THE ROCK FOR THEM: HE CLAVE THE ROCK ALSO, AND
THE WATERS GUSHED OUT.
Water was very important. I was just
reading an account of the Holocaust. One of the ways the Germans subjugated the
Jewish population before exterminating them was by denying them sufficient
water. A person constantly on the edge of collapse through thirst can become
[Isaiah 48:22] THERE IS NO PEACE, SAITH THE LORD, UNTO THE WICKED.
[Isaiah 49:1] LISTEN, O ISLES, UNTO ME; AND HEARKEN, YE PEOPLE, FROM FAR; THE
LORD HATH CALLED ME FROM THE WOMB; FROM THE BOWELS OF MY MOTHER HATH HE MADE
MENTION OF MY NAME.
[Isaiah 49:2] AND HE HATH MADE MY MOUTH LIKE A SHARP SWORD; IN THE SHADOW OF
HIS HAND HATH HE HID ME, AND MADE ME A POLISHED SHAFT; IN HIS QUIVER HATH HE
[Isaiah 49:3] AND SAID UNTO ME, THOU ART MY SERVANT, O ISRAEL, IN WHOM I WILL
The Prophet is personifying Israel, i.e.
the "servant" is both the Prophet and Israel.
[Isaiah 49:4] THEN I SAID, I HAVE LABOURED IN VAIN, I HAVE SPENT MY STRENGTH
FOR NOUGHT, AND IN VAIN: YET SURELY MY JUDGMENT IS WITH THE LORD, AND MY WORK
WITH MY GOD.
Israel runs the course of history and at
the end is uncertain of his
[Isaiah 49:5] AND NOW, SAITH THE LORD THAT FORMED ME FROM THE WOMB TO BE HIS
SERVANT, TO BRING JACOB AGAIN TO HIM, THOUGH ISRAEL BE NOT GATHERED, YET SHALL
I BE GLORIOUS IN THE EYES OF THE LORD, AND MY GOD SHALL BE MY STRENGTH.
[Isaiah 49:6] AND HE SAID, IT IS A LIGHT THING THAT THOU SHOULDEST BE MY SERVANT
TO RAISE UP THE TRIBES OF JACOB, AND TO RESTORE THE PRESERVED OF ISRAEL: I WILL
ALSO GIVE THEE FOR A LIGHT TO THE GENTILES, THAT THOU MAYEST BE MY SALVATION
UNTO THE END OF THE EARTH.
The prophet Isaiah addressed himself frequently to the Lost Ten Tribes of
Israel. One of his several addresses to the Ten Tribes is found in chapter 49:
"Isles" and "isles of the sea" meaning mainly Isles in the
Atlantic Ocean (Isles of Britain and coastlines of northwest Europe and North
America) are several times mentioned in Scripture in a context recalling the
Lost Tribes of Israel.
"The Tribes of Jacob" (recalled above in ISAIAH 49) remind one that the flag
of Britain is called the UNION JACK (i.e. union or covenant of Jacob) and the
nickname "YANKEE" for North American is derivable from a Hebrew form of Jacob.
"A light to the Gentiles" is what the British descended peoples and
northwest European peoples comparatively speaking have been despite frequent
moral mistakes. On the whole these nations have been the best civilizing
influence the world has ever known and they still are despite everything!
"End of the earth", or "ends of the earth" is a frequent expression in the
Prophets concerning the Lost Ten Tribes and nearly all of these peoples dwell at
the geographical extremities of Continental masses when the Biblical view of the
Holy Land of Israel as the center is taken into account. The next verse in
ISAIAH (49;7) has the nature of an aside and refers to Judah:
JUDAH: THE LAWGIVER AND SUFFERING
ISAIAH (ch.49:7) continues,
[Isaiah 49:7] THUS SAITH THE LORD, THE REDEEMER OF ISRAEL, AND HIS HOLY ONE, TO
HIM WHOM MAN DESPISETH, TO HIM WHOM THE NATION ABHORRETH, TO A SERVANT OF
RULERS, KINGS SHALL SEE AND ARISE, PRINCES ALSO SHALL WORSHIP, BECAUSE OF THE
LORD THAT IS FAITHFUL, AND THE HOLY ONE OF ISRAEL, AND HE SHALL CHOOSE THEE.
This verse is arranged in the Hebrew
Traditionally scripted) Bible as a Paragraph in its own right having the
equivalent significance of parentheses.
The expression "TO HIM WHOM THE NATION
in Hebrew "Mita-aev
can be understoood
to mean "He whom other peoples despise", i.e. the people of Judah as a whole
from the historical perspective.
The whole verse is a momentary aside
and is referring to the Jews of JUDAH who were despised and persecuted but in
the END TIME will be rehabilitated in the eyes of the nations and recompensed
for the indignity they were forced by others to suffer ultimately BECAUSE THEY
REFUSED TO DENY THE ONE TRUE GOD!
Other Passages in Scripture elaborate on
this matter. We have discussed this elsewhere several times.
These notes are based on Chapter Four in
"Ephraim". A few additional comments and additional information have been added
here and there.
ISAIAH Chapter 49 is Also About the Lost
[Isaiah 49:8] THUS SAITH THE LORD, IN AN ACCEPTABLE TIME HAVE I HEARD THEE, AND
IN A DAY OF SALVATION HAVE I HELPED THEE: AND I WILL PRESERVE THEE, AND GIVE
THEE FOR A COVENANT OF THE PEOPLE, TO ESTABLISH THE EARTH, TO CAUSE TO INHERIT
THE DESOLATE HERITAGES;
A Covenant of the People [Hebrew:
"BRIT-AM" i.e. Britain], to establish the earth [or in the Hebrew: "to found a
country", e.g. the U.S.A., the State of Israel], to cause to inherit the
"Desolate heritages" relatively
speaking were the regions of North America, Australia and New Zealand, and South
Africa before the nations here spoken of colonized them. Also, on a long-term
geo-political and economical level the Zionist Jewish re-settlement of part of
the Land of Israel was made possible (like and/or believe it or not), in some
measure, due to the policies of Britain (sic!) and America!!
[Isaiah 49:9] THAT THOU MAYEST SAY TO THE PRISONERS, GO FORTH; TO THEM THAT ARE
IN DARKNESS, SHEW YOURSELVES. THEY SHALL FEED IN THE WAYS, AND THEIR PASTURES
SHALL BE IN ALL HIGH PLACES.
[Isaiah 49:10] THEY SHALL NOT HUNGER NOR THIRST; NEITHER SHALL THE HEAT NOR SUN
SMITE THEM: FOR HE THAT HATH MERCY ON THEM SHALL LEAD THEM, EVEN BY THE SPRINGS
OF WATER SHALL HE GUIDE THEM.
[Isaiah 49:11] AND I WILL MAKE ALL MY MOUNTAINS A WAY, AND MY HIGHWAYS SHALL BE
[Isaiah 49:12] BEHOLD, THESE SHALL COME FROM FAR: AND, LO, THESE FROM THE NORTH
AND FROM THE WEST; AND THESE FROM THE LAND OF SINIM.
THE MIDRASH CONCERNING
THE THREE EXILES
Proof that the gist of this present
chapter (ISAIAH 49) really is concerned with the Lost Ten Tribes or not, is
obtainable from the Midrashic
explanation of the above verses:
"THAT THOU MAYEST SAY TO THE PRISONERS, GO FORTH; TO THEM THAT ARE IN
DARKNESS, SHEW YOURSELVES. THEY SHALL FEED IN THE WAYS, AND THEIR PASTURES SHALL
BE IN ALL HIGH PLACES" (ISAIAH 49;9).
Sanhedrin ch.17, L.6,29) on these verses, comments:
and Rabbi Chelbo
in the name of Rabbi Shmuel
said: To three places was Israel exiled, one to beyond the
River, one to Daphneh
and one to where the Clouds came down and covered them; in the same way that
they [i.e. the northern Israelites west of the Jordan River] were exiled to
three places, so too were the Tribes [east of the Jordan River] of Reuben, Gad,
and half Menasseh,
exiled to three places. When they shall return so too will Reuben, Gad, and half
return with them. How do we know all this?
~` From the verse, "SAY TO THE PRISONERS GO FORTH" (ISAIAH 49;9):
These are those exiled beyond the
"TO THEM THAT ARE IN DARKNESS, SHEW YOURSELVES" (ISAIAH 49;9):
are those whom the cloud descended upon and covered.
"THEY SHALL FEED IN THE WAYS, AND IN ALL HIGH PLACES THEIR PASTURES" (ISAIAH
are those who were exiled to Daphne of
A Geographical explanation showing the present day pertinence of this
on Isaiah 49;9 described above said that the Ten Tribes were exiled to three
places: Beyond the Sambation
River; To within the Clouds of Darkness; and to Daphne of
River has a name meaning in Judeo-Greek, Ethiopic, and other dialects, "THE
RIVER OF SABBATH". Its original application was probably to the Lower
River which is an eastern tributary of the Tigris River. In local dialects the
was rendered as SABATUS or Zabitha. In this region Ptolemy recorded the
people whose name is reminiscent of
could be attributed the same meaning as "Sabbath". Here (according to the Map of
Ptolemy) was the city of "Gomara"
of Cimmerian Gimri
association. This city is located on the site of
the Scythian capital. This was the region of
whereto part of the exiled Israelites had been taken according to Amos ch.4. From this first area of
the Israelite Scythians were to be forced northwards onto the South Russian
The land of southern Russia into which the Scythians moved became known as
Scythia. In Scythian times there were early Greek settlements at the estuary of the Don
River in Scythia and there the personal name "Sambation"
has been recorded. From Scythia the Scythians moved westwards into Europe and
the British Isles. A remnant of the Scythians were the
During the Khazar
domination, a city on the site of modern Kiev was called "Sambat". This in
some opinions was the original
Asgard where a portion of
Scythian-Israelites settled before continuing northward to Scandinavia. The Don
Rivers were both at some time or other nicknamed the "River of Sabbath".
in his important study of the
Khazars says that early post
exilic Jewish Writings referred to the Don River as the Sambation. The name
was understood to be another form of the term Sabbath. This strengthens the Medieval equation of
the Don River with the Sambation.
From the Don River and the region north of it the
had migrated north and westward partly reaching Scandinavia, which was
originally, named Scathanavia in their honor. Britain too in at least one Roman
source was later considered a colony of Scythia.
According to the Midrash
the River Sambation
bordered the area where the Lost Ten Tribes were to be found in.
quoted above was based on the passage:
"THAT THOU MAY
THEM THAT ARE IN DARKNESS, SHEW
YOURSELVES" (ISAIAH 49;9):
This verse refers says the
Talmud and Midrash
TO THOSE OF THE LOST TRIBES WHOM THE CLOUD CAME DOWN UPON AND COVERED. Another
17;16) says that part of the exiled Israelites went to the "Mountains of
Darkness" which is a related concept. The Mountains of Darkness were identified
(on Amos 4;3) with the Mountains of
whereas others equated them with the nearby Caucasus. The Caucasus in the Talmud
are nicknamed "The Mountains of Slug" (i.e. "The Mountains of Snow" as the
Scythians referred to them),
and identified as an area to which the Lost Ten Tribes were exiled (Talmud
Now from those places to which the Lost Ten Tribes were exiled there emerged
the Cimmerians, Scythians, and Gothic ethnic groups. There is much evidence that
these peoples were either mainly Israelite or that at least Israelites were a
significant element amongst them and that the bulk of Israelite exiles were to
be found in their midst.
Like the third part of exiled Israelites in the
so too, were the Cimmerians in Classical Literature to be associated with
Clouds, Mountains, or simply regions, of Darkness. A word root, "comer",
(reminiscent of "Cimmerian") in both Hebrew and Latin even connotes "darkness"! At one stage a portion of the Cimmerians were to be found in the
Crimean Peninsula. At that time the climate was much wetter in the Crimean
region than it is now and the area was apparently always cloudy. In Latin
Literature there existed a phrase "Af
meaning "Cimmerian Darkness" and applied to the Crimea.
The bulk of the Cimmerians via the Balkans entered Europe and moved
westward. They are identified in general with the Celts. The name "Celt" has
been interpreted as:
"Meaning hidden the word which
gives us the Irish form `ceilt',
i.e. concealment or secret, and the word which gives us the English word kilt".
ELLIS, "The Celtic Empire," London, 1990, p.9.
who from Scythia reached Ireland and from there went to Scotland were counted as
Celts. Their name ("Scotoi")
in Greek was understandable as meaning obscure or hidden. In Britain and
Brittany (Gaul) lived a people called
by the Carthaginians and Phoenicians (as recorded by Avienus) and this name also is said to mean hidden
from the Hebrew root "sater".
The god Saturn who allegedly reigned in the British Isles too has a name
derivable in Hebrew from the same root ("sater")
and connoting the "hidden god". Pagan writers identified Saturn with Israel. A
portion of the Lost Tribes was understood to be hidden by the Clouds of
Darkness. We find indeed amongst the Celts (especially those of Britain)
terminology that relates them to the associated concepts of "hidden", "clouds",
and "darkness". This could be dismissed as coincidental were it not for the fact
that too numerous other proofs from all fields point in the same direction.
Amongst the Celts, the Cimmerians are specially linkable with the
section and even more especially with the
of Scandinavia and the Cymry
of Britain. The Cimmerians have also been equated with the Western Celts on the
The Orphic Argonautica
(supposed ca.500 BCE) placed the Cimmerians far away in the north somewhere in
the British Isles:
who were hidden from the sun rising by the mountains of
in Britain near the vicinity of Hades...far away in the north on the way to the
Homer (in the "Odyssey" 11;19)
"The deep sea of
Atlantic Ocean] which is the World's boundary. There is the city of the
Cimmerian people. Night is forever spread over these unhappy mortals".
It is generally agreed that both
these above passages are placing Cimmerians in Britain and it was be noticed
that both use expressions implying darkness or
Plutarch seems to have identified the Cimmerians with the
of Scandinavia and the North sea coast as did other Roman writers. Plutarch says
of these Cimmerian descendants:
"Part of them still inhabit the remotest regions upon the outer Ocean.
These... live in a dark and woody region hardly penetrable by the
sunbeams...their days and nights being equally continuous, they divide their
year into one of Each..(Plutarch:
also noted the linkage in Classical works of the Cimmerians with the Dark in the
Caucasus, in Crimea, in Britain, and in Scandinavia. So closely associated
were the Cimmerians with darkness that a people in Italy, near Lake
who lived by robbery and dwelt in dark caves, were also named Cimmerians.
Denmark was settled at one stage by the
descendants of the Cimmerians and then later by the Danes from the Israelite
Tribe of Dan.
This overlapping of Cimbri
with the Danes of Dan is interesting. A
commented on the Tribal Order of Marching forward in the Wilderness when the
ancient Israelites had escaped from Egypt yet still had not been allowed to
enter the Promised Land. The
Midrash infers that this
positioning was indicative of future developments. The Position of Dan, says the
2), "was in the north, whence darkness comes".
claimed Plutarch, in their migrations carried a metal bull with them. The
in Scandinavia are known to have had a bull cult of Mediterranean origin. The
Israelites in the Wilderness were punished for making a golden bull calf
which they intended to go before them in their wanderings (Exodus 32;1 4).
Excavations in the area of northern Israel have unearthed metallic statuettes of
bulls that are dated to the period of Israelite occupation prior to their
exile. King Jeroboam 1 from the Tribe of Ephraim was the first king of
northern Israel after it broke away from the south. He set up a bull calf cult
with golden statues and cultic centers at Dan and in Beth-el (2-Kings 12;28 29).
These golden statues, according to one source, were later smashed. They may have
been exchanged for metallic ones. Sargon, the Assyrian king after defeating
northern Israel said, "I counted the gods on whom they trusted as spoil". The
statue at Beth-el (Beth Aven)
was captured by the Assyrians and "carried unto Assyria" (Hosea 10;6). The
practice of carrying a metallic bull with them may have been a carryover from
their North Israelite paganism.
were later to be found throughout Scandinavia especially in Jutland of Denmark ,
("Gothic Wars 2.1.7) referred to as "Brittania"
whereas the isle of Britain (home of the British
he called "Brittia".
Part of the Cimbri
reached Holland in their wanderings and there too the presence of a tribe of
"Bretons" was reported (Pliny N.H.4;17). ISAIAH (ch.49) placed the Lost
Israelites in "Isles of the Sea" and said they would establish a "Brit-Am" i.e.
A People's Covenant or Commonwealth.
1913) showed that in Classical Literature the Islands of Britain were considered
the edge of the world, the last section of Scythia, and associated with
Cimmerian darkness. The same characteristics were ascribed to Scandinavia and
then later Scandinavian writers said the same things about North America wherein
Viking Scandinavians attempted to settle!
in the 1100s CE visited the coasts of North America and an effort at
colonization was made. A Chronicle of the event gave the names
to the countries visited.
Whatmore equated "Markland"
with North America. After drawing parallels between the Danish Norwegian word
and the Russian "mrak",
he said that the name "Markland"
(given to North America) signified DARKNESS.
The Scandinavian Chronicler was continuing the Classical tradition and
concludes that "Markland"
(i.e. the name given to North America),
"is quite as likely an echo of the
Another word for "dark" in Hebrew is
was a son of Ishmael (Genesis 25;13). Part of the sons of
assimilated amongst the Arabs, others became the
who were once important in Central Asia. As We explained in our work "Ephraim" the descendants
also reached North America and intermarried with the Red Indians.
It follows that in Biblical and
Rabbinical tradition the Lost Ten Tribes or at least a portion of them were
associated with Darkness, Clouds, and Concealment in general. Both
linguistically and conceptually these same attributes were attached to the
Cimmerians and to those who emerged from them. Proofs from other fields confirm
that these same entities were descended largely from Israel.
"FEAR YOU NOT, JACOB MY
SERVANT....FOR I AM WITH YOU; FOR I WILL MAKE A FULL END OF ALL THE NATIONS
WHITHER I HAVE DRIVEN YOU: BUT I WILL NOT MAKE A FULL END OF YOU, BUT CORRECT
YOU IN MEASURE: YET I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU WHOLLY UNPUNISHED (Isaiah 46:28).
One of the places to which the Ten
Tribes were exiled was Habor
(2-Kings 17;6) which lay by a River (modern
in Iraq) of the same name. For the ancient Sumerians of Mesopotamia, the "Hubur"
had been a mythical river in the west over which the dead had to cross.
(in the 500s CE) reported that fishermen on the North
coast were traditionally exempt from taxation since they had the task of rowing
the souls of the dead across the Channel to Britain. In Classical Literature
Britain was known as the "Isle of the Dead" and Saturn (Dis
the god of the dead) was said to rule there. On the Metaphysical level these
notions fit Britain being the Place of the Lost Ten Tribes who in some late
Jewish traditions had been taken away to an
place and their whereabouts was a mystery.
The Celts believed in two worlds: This world and the "otherworld",
"A constant exchange of souls took place between the two worlds: death in
this world took a soul to the Otherworld; death in that world brought a soul to
These notions were appropriate for Israelites who had been uprooted from one
sphere of existence and artificially transplanted into another, stranger, one.
Jewish and Biblical sources indicate that it will be difficult for all of
the Jews to accept the Lost Israelite Identity of their brothers from the Ten
Tribes who were exiled by the Assyrians. Even so, it is these very sources that
provide some of the most telling evidence. Despite everything it will be Jews
who will bring the Lost Ten tribes back. To some extent Jewish notions
complement those held by the Israelite Celts who were associated with dolmens
and other Megalithic monuments and these too reveal a linkage between ancient
Israel and the extremities of northwest Europe. Much of the population of
Britain is of Celtic origin. Even most of those who are considered Anglo-Saxon
are probably more Celtic than anything else.
THE RED AND WHITE ROSE OF ISRAELITE
makes additional remarks of significance concerning the Northwest European
identity with Israel and amongst other matters speaks of a rose of alternate red
and white petals which symbolizes Israel:
In the beginning of the "Zohar"
"`As the rose among the thorns, so
is my love among the maidens' (Song of Solomon 2;2): What is the rose? It is the
Assemblage of Israel, the Community of Israel. For there is a rose (above) and a
rose (below). Just as the rose which is among the thorns has red and white, so
does the Assemblage of Israel have justice and mercy. Just as a rose has
thirteen petals, so does the Assemblage [Hebrew: "Knesset"] of Israel have
thirteen measures of compassion encompassing it on all sides.
"...Five strong leaves surround the rose..."
In ENGLAND BETWEEN THE YEARS 1450 to
1485 there occurred a series of civil wars, known as "Wars of the Roses" between
the rival Houses of York and Lancaster. Each side was represented by a rose,
York by a white rose, and Lancaster by a red one. At the end of the struggle a
partly Welsh contestant named Henry Tudor became king. Henry claimed to unify in
his person the two rival sides. He chose as his symbol a rose with both red and
white petals (i.e. a large white rose with a smaller red rose
on it) and with five green leaves around it. Paintings from Elizabethan times
show that there then existed in England a real breed of rose that looked like
this. This rose, unbeknown to Henry, was (says the above-quoted
the symbol of Israel. Henceforth the red and white
"Tudor Rose" became the symbol of the English monarchs and therefore of England
itself. It still is an official symbol of Britain". The Tudor Rose admittedly
has only ten petals whereas the "Rose of Israel" described in the
has thirteen but then England being dominated by the tribe of Ephraim represents
only ten out of the original thirteen Israelite Tribes.
Henry Tudor was a great man: He came from a Ruling House legendarily
connected with King Arthur and he may have been descended (as some believe) from
King David. "He has been called the Solomon of England" (M-C p.5). He asserted
the independence of England from Europe. The history of modern England as an
outwardly looking independently minded great nation begins with him. His reign
marks the beginning of that period in which the blessings promised to the seed
of Israel would be realized in the British and British descended peoples! Under
the Tudor monarchs, Newfoundland (in Canada) was first settled laying the basis
for the "Anglo-Saxon" (i.e. of British-descent) colonization of North America
and of the British Empire. The Tudor monarchs broke away from the Roman Church
causing a re-orientation of British thought towards the Bible. They also
defeated the Spaniards who at that time were the Pre-eminent world power. The
Spaniards had sent a vast fleet of immense manned boats to invade England but
were beaten due to the English
seamens' courage and inspiration
and several miraculous changes of the wind and weather. The very elements seemed
to fight on the English side. It may be said that Divine Providence became more
evident in the Tudor Period.
The U.S.A. Congress in 1986 chose the rose as the national flower of the
In the precincts of the HOLY TEMPLE in Jerusalem before its destruction
there was a special rose garden situated between the present Western ("Wailing")
Wall and the actual Temple (i.e. Holy of Holies,
ch.1). The Presence of God never left the Western Wall. This wall is only a
remnant of the wall that surrounded the whole Temple complex. The Temple complex
is on the Temple Mount, which must be re-sanctified. The Temple should be
Some sources of Jewish Rabbinical thought say that in order for the Third
Temple to be rebuilt the participation of the Lost Ten Tribes is necessary. The
rose garden will have to be re-planted.
We have seen how the
relates this section of ISAIAH to the Lost Ten Tribes. This applies to more verses in
ISAIAH 49 which is replete with references concerning the Ten Tribes.
"THEY SHALL NOT HUNGER NOR THIRST;
NEITHER SHALL THE HEAT NOR THE SUN SMITE THEM: FOR HE THAT HATH MERCY UPON THEM
SHALL LEAD THEM, EVEN BY THE SPRINGS OF WATER SHALL HE GUIDE THEM.
"AND I WILL MAKE ALL MY MOUNTAINS A
WAY, AND MY HIGHWAYS SHALL BE EXALTED (ISAIAH 49:10-11)..
The above two verses could be
understood to suggest that the exiled Israelites would be led to an area not
lacking in food supply nor in water, moderately cold and wet, a place of rivers
and springs, and that possibly their migratory path would follow the heights of
a mountain range. To some degree this was true of part of the Celts who via the
Carpathian and Alpine Mountain Ranges penetrated Europe. The climate and
described conditions fit those of north and northwest Europe. The bulk of the
Lost Ten Tribes were re settled north of Assyria a good portion of them in the
Caucasus area and the above verses are also applicable to that region. From the
Caucasus they were destined to advance into Europe.
"BEHOLD THESE SHALL COME FROM
FAR: AND, LO, THESE FROM THE NORTH AND FROM THE WEST; AND THESE FROM THE LAND OF
Regarding the above verse the
following points are of interest:
b: cf. Lev.Rabah
29;2) implies that those exiled "AFAR" or in a "faraway land" means those who
were exiled to Gaul (i.e. France) (Gallia) and its
"FROM FAR: AND, LO, THESE FROM THE NORTH AND FROM THE WEST" : "from distant
places such as Spain" (Pesikta
32;10). In "Lost Israelite Identity" we proved how part of the Israelite Exiles
were taken overseas in ships by Phoenicians acting as agents for the Assyrians.
They were settled in Spain and probably also in Gaul and Britain. At all events
those in Those in Spain later moved to Ireland, Britain, and Gaul (France).
Israelites will return "FROM THE NORTH AND FROM THE WEST", i.e. from areas to
the northwest of the land of Israel.
will also return "FROM THE LAND OF
This means (says Rashi
and the Aramaic transliteration of
"From the Land of the South". According to the Latin Vulgate translation the
intention is that they will return "From Australia" (or "Australis"):
"Australia" is a Latin translation for "the land of the south".
is an an Ancient Hebrew and Phoenician term for Australia. The Phoenicians
sailed to every corner of the globe. They circumnavigated Africa and Britain.
They also reached Scandinavia and the Americas. The Phoenician script was
introduced to Indonesia from before 600 BCE. The Ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians,
and Hebrews had knowledge of Australia.
Professor Barry Fell of Harvard University maintains that Egyptian voyages into
the Pacific touched upon New Zealand during the Ptolemaic period around 238 BC.
Numerous finds in Australia and New Zealand indicate that these islands had been
visited by the Ancient Egyptians, Phoenicians, and Israelites.
The Egyptians referred to the southernmost known area of land as "sin-wu"
(Jurgen p.29). This corresponds to the Land of "Sinim"
There are reports of Egyptian and Phoenician remains being found in Australia.
Some of these may be forgeries or simply mistaken conclusion made by
over-enthusiastic and under-trained amateurs. The same may be said concerning
similar findings in North America.
EVEN SO, in both cases the impression is that some of the reports are genuine
and for our purposes this is enough.
Paul White (Ancient Egypt ~ Link with Australia, 1996) reports numerous findings
confirming contacts between the Ancient World and Australia. For example:
In Toowoomba (Queensland, Australia): A group of seventeen granite stones were found with
Phoenician inscriptions. One had been translated to read, "Guard the shrine of
Y's message" and "Gods of Gods". Another inscription reads, "This is a place of
worship of Ra" and "Assemble here to worship the sun." (Ra was the Egyptian sun
god) Source: Maggie's
Farm No.37 1988.
[This could indicate either a combined Egyptian-Israelite expedition or just
Northern Israelites. Excavations of Samaria do show the adoption of Egyptian
culture. The Phoenician dialect of Ancient Hebrew was used by some Israelites.]
A large ironstone slab (in Rex Gilroy's Museum) at Tamworth NSW
bears a Phoenician inscription that reads: "Ships sail from this land under the
protection of Yahweh to Dan." British museum scientists discovered that from
1000 BC onwards eucalyptus resin was employed in the embalming of the dead in
Egypt. Eucalyptus was only found in Australia and New Guinea at that time. The
ancient tomb of a woman that contained eucalyptus resin was uncovered in
February 1964 in the Jordan Valley.
Additional evidence was reported by
Marilyn Pye from Australia:
<<RE: "Egyptian artifacts found in Australia. The most important being 2
Egyptian scarab beetles. These scarabs are inscribed with the names of an
unknown Egyptian Pharaoh. One was found in 1911, the other was found in
the1960s. The first one has the royal cartouche, the name inside..Usi men ma re...beneath the cartouche is the golden symbol...either side has 2 truth
feathers and above the cartouche is an unusual Horus symbol. This was found in 1911 in a remote part of Australia buried 6 feet
under. The other scarab was found in the 1960s near a river in North West
Australia. This scarab has 2 cartouche names, one looks like Ramesses AriHotep...the
other reads Usi ma ra setepnra.
2 golden symbols are beneath the cartouches, above them is a winged disk, and 2
other symbols. These are just 2 of the Egyptian artifacts found in Oz.
<<The second scarab was authenticated by an expert in South Australia although I
have no idea where it is now. Regarding the pottery sherds...others
have been found....some in central oz in the 1960s by a prospector...Monash University said they were ancient Semitic....similar pottery
sherds have been reported in Arnhem land, I say similar because I have not seen them, an aboriginal friend said they were
the same as the ones in my photos....he has also seen more sherds on the other side of the river to where mine were found....I did not find them.
They were found in 1984 inland from where I do some digging....if they had been
found on my diggings i would have been over the moon, they were found in sand. The river has changed
course but about 3000 years ago it would have run close to where the sherds were found. I did find the Egyptian Horusat the diggings in 1992, Shalom, Marilyn
When Isaiah referred to the Land of
he intended the Continent of Australia. Australia was destined to be an area
from which part of the Lost Tribes will return in the Messianic Era. We are
therefore justified on this point alone in searching for the rest of the Lost
Ten Tribes in areas whose inhabitants are kinfolk of the people of Australia.
THE JEWS CONSOLED
ISAIAH now turns his attention again directly towards the Jews from the
Tribe of Judah.
[Isaiah 49:13] SING FOR JOY, O HEAVENS, AND EXULT, O EARTH; BREAK FORTH, O
MOUNTAINS, INTO SINGING! FOR THE LORD HAS COMFORTED HIS PEOPLE, AND WILL HAVE
COMPASSION ON HIS AFFLICTED.
God will have compassion on those of
his people who were afflicted. He will comfort Judah.
[Isaiah 49:14] BUT ZION SAID, "THE LORD HAS FORSAKEN ME, MY LORD HAS FORGOTTEN
Zion stands for Judah and the Jews and
for Jerusalem. Jerusalem was the capital of all Israel at first and later of the
remnant of Judah. Zion and Jerusalem in Scripture are usually synonymous with
[Isaiah 49:15] "CAN A WOMAN FORGET HER SUCKING CHILD, THAT SHE SHOULD HAVE NO
COMPASSION ON THE SON OF HER WOMB" EVEN THESE MAY FORGET, YET I WILL NOT FORGET
Due to persecutions and oppression
the Jews often could have felt as if they had been abandoned. God says it is not
[Isaiah 49:16] BEHOLD, I HAVE GRAVEN YOU ON THE PALMS
OF MY HANDS; YOUR WALLS ARE CONTINUALLY BEFORE ME.
Assisting the Jews and assisting the
Zionist aims of rebuilding the Land of Israel embodies the will of
[Isaiah 49:17] YOUR BUILDERS OUTSTRIP YOUR DESTROYERS, AND THOSE WHO LAID YOU
WASTE GO FORTH FROM YOU.
The KJ has translated Isaiah 49;17 above
according to the simple meaning that the oppressors and destroyers of Judah will
depart. Actually, the Hebrew original can also be understood to say that the
destroyers of Judah came out from them themselves and so the verse is often
traditionally understood and quoted. Instead of "THOSE WHO LAID YOU WASTE GO
FORTH FROM YOU" it can be translated to say "THOSE WHO LAID YOU WASTE CAME FORTH
FROM YOU". The enemies of the Jewish people have often found friends and allies
amongst the Jews themselves. Every nation has its traitors only the Jews
historically were always more vulnerable to treacherous influences since they
lacked their own kingdom. Also their real self-interest was often not
sufficiently clear-cut even to themselves and wherever they turned enemies
surrounded them. Negative influences from outside were much greater.
Even so vengeance will be taken
against those who oppressed the Jews and many peoples who had wronged them will
be ashamed of themselves: The exiles of Judah and descendants of Jewish captives
shall return to Judah.
[Isaiah 49:18] LIFT UP THINE EYES ROUND ABOUT, AND BEHOLD: ALL THESE GATHER
THEMSELVES TOGETHER, AND COME TO THEE. AS I LIVE, SAITH THE LORD, THOU SHALT
SURELY CLOTHE THEE WITH THEM ALL, AS WITH AN ORNAMENT, AND BIND THEM ON THEE, AS
A BRIDE DOETH.
Newcomers and those who were "lost" will
[Isaiah 49:19] FOR THY WASTE AND THY DESOLATE PLACES, AND THE LAND OF THY
DESTRUCTION, SHALL EVEN NOW BE TOO NARROW BY REASON OF THE INHABITANTS, AND THEY
THAT SWALLOWED THEE UP SHALL BE FAR AWAY.
There will be so many people that at
first it will feel as if there is not enough room for all of them.
[Isaiah 49:20] THE CHILDREN BORN IN THE TIME OF YOUR BEREAVEMENT WILL YET SAY IN
YOUR EARS: THE PLACE IS TOO NARROW FOR ME; MAKE ROOM FOR ME TO DWELL IN.
ISAIAH AND THE RETURN OF THE LOST TEN
The Lost Ten Tribes will also return.
The Jews of Judah will meet the return of the Lost Ten Tribes with mixed
[Isaiah 49:21] THEN SHALT THOU SAY IN THINE HEART, WHO HATH BEGOTTEN ME THESE,
SEEING I HAVE LOST MY CHILDREN, AND AM DESOLATE, A CAPTIVE, AND REMOVING TO AND
FRO? AND WHO HATH BROUGHT UP THESE? BEHOLD, I WAS LEFT ALONE; THESE, WHERE HAD
In other words, the Jews will ask where
were all those now identified as Israel when the Jews needed help and were
alone? According to the Midrash
32;10) this reaction of the Jews will take place WHEN THEY SEE THE THREE EXILES
OF THE LOST TEN TRIBES RETURNING!
On the one hand those few people among the Gentiles who have helped the Jews
have more often than not belonged to the Lost Ten Tribes. On the other hand
these nations were powerful and rich ones and they could have done much more to
help than they did. There were times even when the Lost Ten Tribes had acted as
the adversaries of Judah.
A reflection on this future conundrum is provided by a passage in the
is a collection of writings mainly purporting to transcribe the ethical and
mystical teachings of certain Talmudic sages of the 2nd century CE. Some modern
scholars now claim it was written in Spain in the 1270s CE when it was first
revealed. This claim is either mistaken or a some re-writing of much older
material did take place. Previously "The
was thought by savants to be the culmination over many decades, even centuries,
of a continuous editing process of mystical works. The present general orthodox
view is that it was written close to the events it purports to describe, i.e.
around the 100s CE. The Zohar
certainly does reflect ancient traditions and insights of a primordial nature.
Most Orthodox Jews who study "The
consider it to be inspired. It contains observations of value for the
understanding of Scripture and also concerning the LOST TEN TRIBES. The
edition) comments on the expression "WHO HATH BEGOTTEN ME THESE" in the verse we
are here concerned with (ISAIAH 49;21). The
notes an emphasis in the question on the Hebrew word "EYLEH"
The verse says: "THEN
THOU SAY IN THY HEART, WHO HATH BEGOTTEN ME THESE, SEEING I HAVE LOST MY
CHILDREN, AND AM DESOLATE, A CAPTIVE, AND REMOVING TO AND FRO? AND WHO HATH
BROUGHT UP THESE? BEHOLD, I WAS LEFT ALONE; THESE WHERE HAD THEY BEEN?" (ISAIAH
emphasizes the emphasis on the expression these: "WHO HATH BEGOTTEN ME
THESE.....? AND WHO HATH BROUGHT UP THESE...THESE, WHERE HAD THEY BEEN?"
then refers back to the time when the Patriarch Israel was about to die and his
son Joseph had brought his grandsons, Ephraim and
to him to receive a final blessing.
"WHEN ISRAEL SAW JOSEPH'S SONS, HE
SAID, WHO ARE THESE?" (Genesis 48:8).
bar Shalom, "And why did he did he not recognize them?" Had he not been
familiar with them?... "And now he asks, Who are these?"..."But rather he must
have foreseen [through Divine Inspiration] Jeroboam son of
and Ahab son of Omri
[both future kings of the northern separated Ten-Tribes of Israel] who would
arise from Ephraim and worship idolatry"
"Rabbi Abba began to explain [the above question of the Patriarch Israel,
"Who are these""] by relating it to [the verse in Isaiah 49;21] "then
thou say in thy heart: `Who hath begotten me these?': What does this verse
-That the Heavenly Patriarch Israel foresaw the Children of Israel
assembling before him in the future: `In that day the LORD shall set his hand
again the second time to recover the remnant of his people which shall be left
[FROM ASSYRIA, AND FROM MITSRAYIM,
AND FROM PATHROS,
AND FROM CUSH,
AND] FROM ELAM, AND FROM HAMATH,
AND FROM THE ISLES OF THE SEA" (ISAIAH 11;11).
The above place names are those to
where the Lost Ten Tribes were taken or went shortly after their Exile. Isaiah
continues to speak of the ingathering of the Lost Tribes as well as that of
Judah and of reconciliation between the Lost Tribes and Judah:
[Isaiah 11:12] HE WILL RAISE AN ENSIGN FOR THE NATIONS, AND WILL ASSEMBLE THE
OUTCASTS OF ISRAEL, AND GATHER THE DISPERSED OF JUDAH FROM THE FOUR CORNERS OF
[Isaiah 11:13] THE JEALOUSY OF EPHRAIM SHALL DEPART, AND THOSE WHO HARASS JUDAH
SHALL BE CUT OFF; EPHRAIM SHALL NOT BE JEALOUS OF JUDAH, AND JUDAH SHALL NOT
The question concerning "these"
therefore refers to the Lost Ten Tribes (Ephraim) in the End Times.
goes on to explain Isaiah 49;21, the question `WHO HATH BEGOTTEN ME THESE?'
"And they shall assemble together
and be mutitudinous;
the Divine Presence [i.e. Heavenly Israel] will wonder and ask, `Where did you
all come from&?'
`And is it not possible that there
exists amongst you someone blemished, of foreign seed?' "They will answer, `We
are all your sons. There is no foreigner amongst us'.
"And they will divide off from each other. The foreign non-Israelite element
will voluntarily separate from them, and they [i.e. the returning Israelites]
will be circumcised, and convert, and these converts will return with [and to]
Israel, and they shall be one."
In other words the
says that the returning Israelites will be renew the Covenant and be re-united
with Israel meaning (in terms of the
with the Jewish people. In Biblical terms Israel can mean all of the 12 tribes
together or it can mean the Lost Tribes ("Israel") as distinct from "Judah" or
it can stand for the Jews and Judah alone. In religious terms "Israel" can mean
those of Israel who did not lose their identity meaning Judah. In this case
members of the Lost Ten Tribes will be rejoined to the spiritual reality of
Israel represented by the Jews of Judah.
states above that the non-Israelites will have to be separated out from the real
returning descendants of Israelites. The non-Israelites referred to in this case
are of a specific type that never really wanted to belong to Israel anyway. They
belong to the "mixed multitude". The real and proper attitude that will hold
towards the non Israelite stranger (who previously of his own volition had
joined himself to Israel) will be to accept him as a full-fledged citizen as
stated in the Book of Ezekiel:
Ezekiel (ch.47) spoke of the future apportionment of the Promised Land
amongst the Twelve Tribes of Israel in the Messianic era. The area spoken of
includes modern day Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, and Israel, and additional parts of
neighboring lands. This final re-division of the land takes place after certain
physical geographical and climatic changes occur. Ezekiel also speaks of
apportioning The Land to "The strangers [i.e. non Israelites] that sojourn
amongst you": The strangers who identify with you will be counted as the same as
you. "So shall ye divide this land among you according to the tribes of Israel"
"AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS, THAT YE SHALL DIVIDE IT BY LOT FOR AN
INHERITANCE UNTO YOU, AND TO THE STRANGERS THAT SOJOURN AMONG YOU, WHICH SHALL
BEGET CHILDREN AMONG YOU; AND THEY SHALL BE UNTO YOU AS BORN IN THE COUNTRY
AMONG THE CHILDREN OF ISRAEL.
"AND IT SHALL COME TO PASS, THAT IN WHAT TRIBE THE STRANGER
THERE SHALL YE GIVE HIM HIS INHERITANCE.."
(Ezekiel 47;22 23).
[Isaiah 49:22] THUS SAITH THE LORD GOD, BEHOLD, I WILL LIFT UP MINE HAND TO THE
GENTILES, AND SET UP MY STANDARD TO THE PEOPLE: AND THEY SHALL BRING THY SONS IN
THEIR ARMS, AND THY DAUGHTERS SHALL BE CARRIED UPON THEIR SHOULDERS.
The rest of Isaiah chapter 49 speaks of how God will restore the Jewish
people, and vastly multiply their numbers. They shall be honored by rulers of
the world, and see their oppressors punished. Those who oppressed the Jews had
in effect denied the existence of the LORD God of Israel (v.49:26).
[Isaiah 49:23] AND KINGS SHALL BE THY NURSING FATHERS, AND THEIR QUEENS THY
NURSING MOTHERS: THEY SHALL BOW DOWN TO THEE WITH THEIR FACE TOWARD THE EARTH,
AND LICK UP THE DUST OF THY FEET; AND THOU SHALT KNOW THAT I AM THE LORD: FOR
THEY SHALL NOT BE ASHAMED THAT WAIT FOR ME.
[Isaiah 49:24] SHALL THE PREY BE TAKEN FROM THE MIGHTY, OR THE LAWFUL CAPTIVE
[Isaiah 49:25] BUT THUS SAITH THE LORD, EVEN THE CAPTIVES OF THE MIGHTY SHALL
BE TAKEN AWAY, AND THE PREY OF THE TERRIBLE SHALL BE DELIVERED: FOR I WILL
CONTEND WITH HIM THAT CONTENDETH WITH THEE, AND I WILL SAVE THY CHILDREN.
[Isaiah 49:26] AND I WILL FEED THEM THAT OPPRESS THEE WITH THEIR OWN FLESH; AND
THEY SHALL BE DRUNKEN WITH THEIR OWN BLOOD, AS WITH SWEET WINE: AND ALL FLESH
SHALL KNOW THAT I THE LORD AM THY SAVIOUR AND THY REDEEMER, THE MIGHTY ONE OF
[Isaiah 50:1] THUS SAITH THE LORD, WHERE IS THE BILL OF YOUR MOTHER'S
DIVORCEMENT, WHOM I HAVE PUT AWAY? OR WHICH OF MY CREDITORS IS IT TO WHOM I
HAVE SOLD YOU? BEHOLD, FOR YOUR INIQUITIES HAVE YE SOLD YOURSELVES, AND FOR
YOUR TRANSGRESSIONS IS YOUR MOTHER PUT AWAY.
This message can be applied to both
Houses of Israel but from the context (end of PREVIOUS CHAPTER AND NEXT CHAPTER)
it would appear to be expressly directed in this case to Judah. Judah has not
been disowned. Judah was not divorced and is still obligated by the Law.
Jeremiah spoke of the Lost Ten Tribes being divorced:
[Jeremiah 3:8] SHE SAW THAT FOR ALL THE ADULTERIES OF THAT FAITHLESS ONE,
ISRAEL, I HAD SENT HER AWAY WITH A DECREE OF DIVORCE;
The Lost Ten Tribes were not obligated by the Law for the period of their
"divorce". They did however have a task of their own in world history to
On the whole they will haver
fulfilled this task and then God will be reconciled to them.
[Jeremiah 3:8] SHE SAW THAT FOR ALL THE ADULTERIES OF THAT FAITHLESS ONE,
ISRAEL, I HAD SENT HER AWAY WITH A DECREE OF DIVORCE; YET HER FALSE SISTER JUDAH
DID NOT FEAR, BUT SHE TOO WENT AND PLAYED THE HARLOT.
[Jeremiah 3:9] AND IT CAME TO PASS
THROUGH THE LIGHTNESS OF HER WHOREDOM, THAT SHE DEFILED THE LAND, AND COMMITTED
ADULTERY WITH STONES AND WITH STOCKS.
[Jeremiah 3:10] AND YET FOR ALL THIS HER
TREACHEROUS SISTER JUDAH HATH NOT TURNED UNTO ME WITH HER WHOLE HEART, BUT
[Jeremiah 3:11] AND THE LORD SAID UNTO
ME, THE BACKSLIDING ISRAEL HATH JUSTIFIED HERSELF MORE THAN TREACHEROUS
[Jeremiah 3:12] GO AND PROCLAIM THESE
WORDS TOWARD THE NORTH, AND SAY, RETURN, THOU BACKSLIDING ISRAEL,
THE LORD; AND I WILL NOT CAUSE MINE ANGER TO FALL UPON YOU: FOR I AM MERCIFUL,
THE LORD, AND I WILL NOT KEEP ANGER FOR EVER.
This did not happen in history according to the simple sense of the passage. The
passage implies that the northern kingdom of Israel sinned and was
Judah was not divorced but Judah sinned. A messenger
to the north to reconcile them.
What actually happened was that the north became steeped in idolatry and in many
respects were complete pagans long before their exile. They were then exiled and
their identity lost. The passage is referring to the Latter Days and in effect
that the northern kingdom had its own historical mission to fulfill and in
effect will have done so. It will have fulfilled its own mission in its own way
better than Judah has fulfilled his. The Northern Tribes IN THEIR PLACES OF
EXILE will be sent unto to come back.
The emissaries will be from Judah:
Yalkut Shimeoni on Shir HaShirim (Song of Solomon)
These are the "Ten Tribes." ". The exiles of Judah and Benyamin
[i.e. the present-day "Jews"] are destined to go unto them and bring them back
in order to merit with them the Messianic Era and life in the World-To-Come.
This is as it says, "In those days the house of Judah shall go unto the house of
Israel and they shall come together out of the land of the north unto the land
that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers" (Jeremiah 3;18).
Song of Solomon 905.
The task of Judah was primarily to keep
the Law and Torah. Towards the latter days (our time?) there will be a stage
when Judah will fall down somewhat in this task. This will enable an opening up
to be made to the northern kingdom. The temporary laxity of Judah in some way
will actually assist the process of reconciling the Ten Tribes. Even so Judah
will be punished for their sins and rewarded nevertheless for his persistence.
Judah will be compensated for having to suffer throughout history due to his
keeping the Torah and remaining separate from others.
[Isaiah 50:2] WHEREFORE, WHEN I CAME, WAS THERE NO MAN? WHEN I CALLED,
WAS THERE NONE TO ANSWER? IS MY HAND SHORTENED AT ALL, THAT IT CANNOT
REDEEM? OR HAVE I NO POWER TO DELIVER? BEHOLD, AT MY REBUKE I DRY UP THE SEA, I
MAKE THE RIVERS A WILDERNESS: THEIR FISH STINKETH, BECAUSE THERE IS NO WATER,
AND DIETH FOR THIRST.
In the same way that God punishes or
afflicts so too can He bestow blessings. Do good and ultimately good will come
unto you some how or other. The good will come in the form you yourself would
prefer if you knew all the options and were aware of all your culpabilities.
[Isaiah 50:3] I CLOTHE THE HEAVENS WITH BLACKNESS, AND I MAKE SACKCLOTH THEIR
[Isaiah 50:4] THE LORD GOD HATH GIVEN ME THE TONGUE OF THE LEARNED, THAT I
SHOULD KNOW HOW TO SPEAK A WORD IN SEASON TO HIM THAT IS WEARY: HE WAKENETH
MORNING BY MORNING, HE WAKENETH MINE EAR TO HEAR AS THE LEARNED.
The Bible has the power to
and strengthen all of us, in every situation.
[Isaiah 50:5] THE LORD GOD HATH OPENED MINE EAR, AND I WAS NOT REBELLIOUS,
NEITHER TURNED AWAY BACK.
The Sages said that God speaks to us
every day, all day. We must train ourselves to listen. Nothing is by chance.
[Isaiah 50:6] I GAVE MY BACK TO THE SMITERS, AND MY CHEEKS TO THEM THAT PLUCKED
OFF THE HAIR: I HID NOT MY FACE FROM SHAME AND SPITTING.
Judah was forced to become passive and
bear affliction in Exile. Their families and communities were held ransom to
their subjective indiviaul
behavior. The Jews in Exile (especially in Central and Eastern Europe) were
physically much smaller and physically stunted than their Jewish children in
the State of Israel. This has been statistically proven. Those who are
seriously interested in the Lost Ten Tribes should also in my opinion know
something about Jewish History and anti-semitism.
This is part of Biblical knowledge and explains many passages in Prophecy.
[Isaiah 50:7] FOR THE LORD GOD WILL HELP ME; THEREFORE SHALL I NOT BE
CONFOUNDED: THEREFORE HAVE I SET MY FACE LIKE A FLINT, AND I KNOW THAT I SHALL
NOT BE ASHAMED.
[Isaiah 50:8] HE IS NEAR THAT JUSTIFIETH ME; WHO WILL CONTEND WITH ME" LET US
STAND TOGETHER: WHO IS MINE ADVERSARY" LET HIM COME NEAR TO ME.
In the end, the justification for Judah
comes from God.
[Isaiah 50:9] BEHOLD, THE LORD GOD WILL HELP ME; WHO IS HE THAT SHALL CONDEMN
ME? LO, THEY ALL SHALL WAX OLD AS A GARMENT; THE MOTH SHALL EAT THEM UP.
" THEY ALL SHALL WAX OLD" but Judah
will keep going, always a young nation.
Cf. Mark Twain (1899):
CONCERNING THE JEWS ...
"If the statistics are right, the Jews constitute but one percent of the human
race. It suggests a nebulous dim puff of star dust lost in the blaze of the
Milky Way. Properly the Jew ought hardly to be heard of, but he is heard of, has
always been heard of. He is as prominent on the planet as any other people, and
his commercial importance is extravagantly out of proportion to the smallness of
his bulk. His contributions to the world's list of great names in literature,
science, art, music, finance, medicine, and abstruse learning are also away out
of proportion to the weakness of his numbers. He has made a marvelous fight in
the world, in all the ages; and has done it with his hands tied behind him. He
could be vain of himself, and be excused for it. The Egyptian, the Babylonian,
and the Persian rose, filled the planet with sound and splendor, then faded to
dream-stuff and passed away; the Greek and the Roman followed, and made a vast
noise, and they are gone; other peoples have sprung up and held their torch high
for a time, but it burned out, and they sit in twilight now, or have vanished.
The Jew saw them all, beat them all, and is now what he always was, exhibiting
no decadence, no infirmities of age, no weakening of his parts, no slowing of
his energies, no dulling of his alert and aggressive mind. All things are mortal
but the Jew; all other forces pass, but he remains. What is the secret of his
[Isaiah 50:10] WHO IS AMONG YOU THAT FEARETH THE LORD, THAT OBEYETH THE VOICE
OF HIS SERVANT, THAT WALKETH IN DARKNESS, AND HATH NO LIGHT" LET HIM TRUST IN
THE NAME OF THE LORD, AND STAY UPON HIS GOD.
The Servant is Israel or Judah in their
capacity of revealing the Word of God in Instruction.
[Isaiah 50:11] BEHOLD, ALL YE THAT KINDLE A FIRE, THAT COMPASS YOURSELVES ABOUT
WITH SPARKS: WALK IN THE LIGHT OF YOUR FIRE, AND IN THE SPARKS THAT YE HAVE
KINDLED. THIS SHALL YE HAVE OF MINE HAND; YE SHALL LIE DOWN IN SORROW.
If you have done evil and do not repent
you shall eat the fruits of your actions. We should endeavor to know the truth.