In part one of this article, we saw that finding the “lost sheep of the House of Israel” does matter to God because of Christ’s very words: “I was sent only to the lost sheep of Israel” (Matt. 15: 24 NIV). That is who Christ is sent to, to the twelve tribes of Israel. If they are not in the earth today, then Christ cannot fulfill His own calling! For being sent to them is part of His calling.
Furthermore, the Spirit of God in Jeremiah promises to bring them back to Jerusalem (32: 37-40). He is pouring out His heart to “the children of Israel and the children of Judah,” (v. 30) telling them that their sins have provoked His anger, that He should remove them from the Promised Land. Only because of “all the evil” that they have done did God exile them to the four corners of the earth. But, He says that He will bring back a remnant of them and “will gather them out of all countries…and they shall be my people, and I will be their God.” He goes on to say that He will plant them back into the promised land.
The Lost Sheep Are Not the Israelis
To the untrained eye, it looks like that the Israelis have fulfilled the above prophecy. But this cannot be because the Jews were never lost! They have always called themselves Jews. It is the ten tribes of the Northern Kingdom of Israel that were lost in history. Where did they go? Where are they today? That is one of God’s mysteries that He is revealing today.
God’s servants knew in their day. The apostle James wrote to them 700 years after their captivities: “To the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting” (James 1: 1). Many Christians today believe that they are Gentiles and not Israelites. If they are
Gentiles, then the book of James is not written unto them. Why then do they persist in reading someone else’s mail? James wrote a letter to the twelve tribes. James would not have written to them had he not known of their existence and their location.
Huge Proof that Lost Sheep Are in the Earth Today
But some will persist in saying, Oh that is all ancient history. What difference does it really make whether the lost sheep of Israel exist or not? The answer is that the destiny of a remnant of all 12 tribes of Israel is literally spelled out in the Book of Revelation–twice!
Thousands of Israelites are sealed by God and are given a special calling in Revelation. If it really doesn’t matter about the literal offspring of Israel being around today, then why does Christ make reference to them by name twice in the book of The Revelation?
“The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto Him, to shew unto His servants things which must shortly come to pass” (Rev. 1: 1). And a part of these eminent things to happen is the appearance of thousands of descendants of fleshly Israel being called out to do a special spiritual work in these last days.
Where in Revelation Are They?
We find them mentioned in the 7th and 14th chapter. These cannot be the modern-day Jews, for the Jews only came from the House of Judah, which only had two of the 12 tribes, and they were never lost; they along with everyone else knew they were Jews.
During the tribulation period, the four angels on the corners of the earth are admonished to “hurt not the earth…till we have sealed the servants of God in their foreheads…an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of Israel” (Rev. 7: 4). Then they are all cited by their specific names: 12,000 from each tribe. “Of the tribe of Judah were sealed twelve thousand,” and so on for the rest: Reuben, Gad, Aser, Nepthalim, Mannaseh, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zabulon, Joseph, and Benjamin. Twelve thousand from each tribe with a very special calling for the latter days.
They appear again in Revelation 14 where we see these 144,000 with the Lamb of God Himself! They are about to do a great work in the earth. They meet Christ on Mt. Sion, “which is Mt. Hermon,” 125 miles north of Jerusalem. Again: These are not the Jews because they come out of all twelve tribes!
Now the Big Question
If it doesn’t matter whether the Lost Tribes are still in the earth, then why are they the very ones whom God will seal ? How will they be called? How will God’s prophecy concerning them be fulfilled if it doesn’t matter?
Bottom line: It does matter to the Creator. We are told to “let this same mind be in you that was in Christ.” As we get more of His thoughts and mind and Spirit, then we will begin to grasp the significance of finding and alerting the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel as to their destiny. [To read more on this go here: https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/2010/12/06/finding-the-lost-sheep-of-the-house-of-israel-why-it-matters/ and here: https://immortalityroad.wordpress.com/2010/03/21/abraham-father-of-many-nations-but-which-nations-are-they/ They are just two of several articles on this subject. For more go to “Categories” and scroll down and click “Lost Sheep of the House of Israel.”] Kenneth Wayne Hancock