Finding the “Lost Sheep of the House of Israel”–Why It Matters, Part II

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: and here: 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


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8 responses to “Finding the “Lost Sheep of the House of Israel”–Why It Matters, Part II

  1. vleonh

    Well said, thanks for bringing Israel in the last days to the forefront. Since Israel is that important to God and his kingdom it should make us all want to understand his reasdons.

  2. Gene R. Smith

    If one were destined to become one the 144,000, would they have any knowledge of it beforehand? It would see to me that that alone could exceed the priviledge and joy of witnessing the coming of Christ and submitting to His “rod-of-iron” millennial rule, admininstered by these resurrected Saints.

    • Gene, I think the pre-knowledge of that kind of spiritual growth is shown by how much spiritual comprehension one has of His vision of His kingdom. Spiritual insight, which is a total gift of grace on His part to us-ward, is the key factor. wh

  3. William

    Wayneman…When I read what you say I’m left feeling like, could I be that fortunate, to be one of His? That questioning or wondering if I am, or what if I am not, scares me, leaving me feeling how horrible to not be chosen of Him. Like when I was a young boy and teams were being picked, and I was not one of the ones picked on the team, the team I desired to be on.
    I know the God I believe in is perfect in everyway and will not break a promise, but there is that part of me that says…it is not to you.
    Are these the words of the enemy? Or can you answer this?
    If I am not chosen, there is nothing I or you or anyone can do. I will continue to fight these thoughts and see them as the works of the devil…
    I do believe His Word is the truth; that Jesus is God’s ONLY begotten Son, and there are many things I realize about myself and this world and where my heart was when this world and all its treasures was where I spent my efforts in pursuit of…and how he has changed me in so many ways…but at the same time when I come upon the passage where he tells us, “if any man does not have His spirit, he is not one of His? And there the question mark arises?
    Are these the words of a man not chosen?

    • William, these are very profound questions of a sincere heart. First, let me say that God’s arms are open wide for anyone who will humble themselves and repent of their sins and turn from their wicked ways, trust Him for His Spirit. This takes a complete renunciation of self, of course, when the old ego dies with Christ in revelation on the cross, buried with Him, and then through faith in His resurrection, we too receive a new heart and Spirit–a new life in Christ. That’s open to all. Everyone has that opportunity to become a little child of God, a little babe in Christ, spiritually speaking. For He has opened it up to the Gentiles, or rather the heathen nations spoken of in Romans 9-11….It is because the preachers never teach on Christian growth a la Matthew 13, where the “good ground” brought forth fruit, some “thirty fold, some sixty fold, and some 100 fold. Which is the “children, young men, and fathers” that the apostle John talks about in his First Epistle…Granted, God has total and complete foreknowledge about us, for He has “predestinated us” according to the knowledge of Himself. William, we need to realize that there are three growth levels of the Spirit within the members in particular of His body. You and I may not be destined for the “glorification” growth, for example, which is the 100 fold or being a “father” in the gospel, doing miracles like the early apostles. These are called the “manifested sons of God.” That will take place again by some in the body. We may be destined to be spiritual 60 fold or “young men.” This is a phase called sanctification…I hope you get the idea of what I am saying. Understanding the growth levels in the Spirit will free you from these thoughts, for you will be able to see more clearly whether or not you have come into Christ, grown up into Him, and finally He fully formed in you. See chapter 19, 20, and 21 of my book, Yah Is Savior: The Road to Immortality found here: I hope this helps. The truth always makes us free…wh

      • William

        Thank you wayneman…it is about loving God and knowing that the flesh; the devil and self are all our enemies…as you have continued to proclaim…those enemies…the things we love that we are to let go of, as well as the doubts and fears…that are out to keep us from obeying God…but where I am…and I believe where you are but from a much higher part of the mountain…we are children of God by faith in Christ Jesus…our hope is in Jesus and in what He did…and in time maybe I too can be an encourager such as you in our desire to show the world what awaits those who will love Him…for…and I believe I am speaking for you…who are we to have been chosen? Why has He put within me the yearning to be closer to Him, if it isn’t as you have said…if we want to know Him better…we must climb

      • You are totally right, William, that it is totally by faith, which means that we believe the invisible spiritual things having not actually seen them with our earthly eyes. It is substance for us, for His Spiritual presence is real and tangible at times, but He is, after all, an invisible Spirit and we hope in Him because we have not seen Him as of yet. “Now faith is the substance of things hoped for [the spiritual things: growth, gifts of the Spirit, fruit of the Spirit, etc.], the evidence of things not seen.” Thanks for reading and especially commenting on these difficult to discuss matters. Wayneman

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