The patriarch of the Israelites was Abraham, the Hebrew, who was called out of Chaldea by Jehovah God, and passed over the Euphrates to enter the land of Canaan, circa 1921 BC—the name “Hebrew” means “to pass over”. Abraham was the grandfather of Jacob, the patriarch of the twelve tribes of Israel, who were called out of Egypt and passed through the Red Sea under Moses, and ultimately Jordan under the general Joshua, to enter Canaan and possess the land God gave to his “friend” Abraham and his descendants, via his son Isaac and grandson Jacob, by an everlasting covenant.
The Israelites that came out of Egypt in the Exodus under Moses, circa 1491 BC, were accompanied by a “mixed multitude” of diverse ethnicity; and they formed marriages with some of them. However the twelve Israelitish tribes were definitely distinguishable at that time, because the general Joshua shortly after divided the land of Canaan among them.
The Israelites retained their inherited land until the king of Assyria took captive the northern tribes of the kingdom of Israel and the two and half tribes that had settled east of Jordan, beginning circa 750 BC. An exodus of Israelites that culminated in the fall of Samaria circa 721 BC.
The fall of Samaria ended the united commonwealth of Israel; and at that time the Assyrian king decreed that the cities of Samaria should be colonized by people of diverse ethnicity from the Assyrian Empire, who became known as Samaritans and were despised by ethnic Jews in Judea.
Not long after the northern kingdom of Israel had been taken captive by the king of Assyria, the remaining Israelites, predominantly of the tribe of Judah, were led away captive by the Chaldeans, beginning circa 606 BC.
The Israelites taken captive by the Chaldeans were predominantly of the tribe and kingdom of Judah; and by that time they were called the Hebrew equivalent of a Judaean, which, via the Middle English Jeu, from Old French giu, from Latin Iudaeus, from Greek Ioudaios, from Aramaic yehuday, is the source of the English word Jew.
The name Jew was retained by a remnant of Israelites who later returned from the captivity in Chaldea to Jerusalem, which was appropriate because they were not only predominantly of the tribe of Judah but had also settled largely in the land of Judea or what had been the kingdom of Judah. The northern tribes and those from east of Jordan remained at large, with the exception of a few that returned with a remnant of Judah to Jerusalem under the governor Nehemiah, as is related in the Old Testament books of Ezra and Nehemiah.
After suffering the degradation of captivity to the pagan Assyrians and Chaldeans, because of their wickedness in departing from the law given to Moses by Jehovah God, the Jews back in their land were understandably careful to abhor idolatry and shun marriages with the heathen, lest something worse should befall them at the hand of the Holy God who’d called and chosen them for his own.
The Jews who returned to dwell in the land of Judea naturally sought to establish their dominance again in the land of Israel; and they set about to rebuild the destroyed Temple of Solomon, and gained a measure of independence under the Maccabeans. By the second century BC the religious sect of the Pharisees had been formed among the Jews, and doubtless by elders and scholars predominantly of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. For Saul of Tarsus (later named Paul the apostle) was a Benjamite, a ”Pharisee, the son of a Pharisee” (Acts 23.6; Philippians 3.5); and by the time of Christ they competed with the sect of the Sadduceans for control of the Jewish people according what the gospels call “the Jews’ religion”.
It’s plain, therefore, that by the time of Christ the twelve tribes of Israel had by no means been “lost”, as either dwelling among or hopelessly mingled by marriage with the Gentiles, even though the northern tribes and two and half tribes that had settled east of Jordan were still largely in dispersion. Especially since the New Testament says Jesus Christ was of the tribe of Judah (Mi. 5.2; Matt. 1.2; Rev. 5.5), the widow Anna who spake of Jesus in the Temple was of the tribe of Asher (Lk.2.36), the priest Zacharias and his wife Elisabeth, the parents of John the Baptist, were of the tribe of Levi (Lk.1.5), and Saul of Tarsus (Paul the apostle) was of the tribe of Benjamin, etc.
In fact the apostle Paul specifically mentions the twelve Israelitish tribes in the biblical book of the Acts of the Apostles, and says they were ”instantly serving God day and night” in the first century (Acts 26.7); and the apostle James addresses the “twelve tribes scattered abroad” in his general New Testament epistle, as does the author of the book of the New Testament book of Hebrews.
Paul also says, in his epistle to the Romans, that God is able to “graft” the twelve tribes of national Israel back into the promises and blessings in Christ after the “fullness of the Gentiles has come in” and the church age has closed. The grafting of national Israel back into the promises and blessing of God in Christ will, of course, begin when God calls and chooses a remnant from out of the twelve tribes to witness to Jesus during the imminent last great social cataclysm (Rev. 7. 3-8) ; and it will culminate in the conversion en masse of all true tribal Israelis on earth, when they ”look upon him whom they pierced”, when they see Jesus coming in the clouds with great glory at the end of that cataclysm (Rom. 11.7-25; Zech. 12.9-14; Rev.1.7).
Claims made by many today that the true tribal Israelis are now a hopelessly mingled and scattered (“lost”) nation are, therefore, quite clearly erroneous, and indicate not only ignorance of the record of infallible scripture, but also a secret hatred for the true tribal Israelis in Jewry, who have been chosen of God to inherit a blessing according to the everlasting Abrahamic covenant, a blessing dependent, of course, upon their personal reconciliation with God by accepting Jesus as the messiah.
Even nominal Christians, especially of the Orthodox and Roman Catholic sort, have denied that true tribal Israelis are yet in Jewry, but generally only to accommodate their dogma and heresy that their particular sect or faction in Christendom will somehow ultimately triumph and dominate an ideal Christian world in some sort of weird and wonderful way. A dogma and heresy that denies the imminent literal reign of Jesus Christ with the saints of the church age, from Jerusalem, over the twelve tribes of Israel at the end of this age, which is a promise found throughout both the Old and New Testaments.
Having said all that, it is equally plain that there are many and now doubtless a majority of false Jews in the international Jewry, or Jews with no legitimate ancestral ties to the Hebrew patriarch Abraham, via his son Isaac and his grandson Jacob; and who by reason of that will never have a biological or ethno-racial claim to the promises of the covenant God made with Abraham. For all that has ever been required to become a Jew in a nominal way has been to convert to the Jews’ religion, which has been something hundreds of thousands and doubtless millions of people from many and diverse races and nations have been doing for around three millenniums now.
The New Testament also says there have been militant satanist in the midst of and even ruling the international Jewry, who are “of the synagogue of Satan, which is a secretive assembly or cabal of ‘Jews’, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie” (Rev. 3.9), and which first appeared in the context of the churches in Smyrna and Philadelphia in Asia Minor in the first century.
For the synagogue of Satan got control the Jewish Diaspora shortly after the fall of Jerusalem in 70 AD, first by committing to writing Pharisaical oral law, and then using it to control the Jews as a nation in dispersion, after editing and commenting on it in the volumes of sacred literature the Jews call the Talmud.
The synagogue of Satan was doubtless originally constituted largely of Gentile converts to Judaism, with perhaps a predominance of descendants of the colonists left in the land of Israel by the Assyrian king, who “feared the LORD, and served their own gods” (2 Kgs. 17.24-41). However it’s likely that some of the Jews in ”the synagogue of Satan” down through the last twenty centuries have had ethno-racial affinity with the true tribal Israelis in Jewry; but Jews of that sort in the synagogue of Satan have certainly not been morally true Jews, and at best have been of the ilk of those Jews condemned by Jesus Christ as “Abraham’s seed” but not “Abraham’s children”, as not morally like or the offspring of Abraham.
For Jesus said : “If ye were Abraham’s children, ye would do the works of Abraham. But now ye seek to kill me, a man that hath told you the truth, which I have heard of God: this did not Abraham. Ye do the deeds of your father … Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do. He was a murderer from the beginning, and abode not in the truth, because there is no truth in him. When he speaketh a lie, he speaketh of his own: for he is a liar and the father of it” (Jn.8.37-44).
No doubt ‘Jews’ of the nation of Edom, and of the Benjamitish sort, have also been received into the synagogue of Satan since the first century. Along with many Jews of Khazar and European descent; and a significant number of crypto-Sabbateans, i.e., Jews (predominantly of the Hasidic sort) who are secret followers of the Jewish cabbalist and pseudo-messiah Sabbatai Zevi. There’s also no doubt that the synagogue of Satan yet rules in the international Jewry, and has tremendous political clout in Gentile nations by its vast store of embezzled capital and stooges in places of influence and power.
At this point it should also be noticed that there are four main types of Jews worldwide today. The first is the so-called Ashkenazim, which ostensibly refers to Jews of Germany, simply because modern rabbis say the person named “Ashkenaz” in the Bible was a patriarch of the German people. The name “Ashkenazim” is, however, really a misnomer for Jews of predominantly Eastern European extraction, especially of Turco-Mongol ethnicity via the Khazars, who’d adopted Judaism en masse in the eighth century, and were scattered to the north and northwest into Russia, the Ukraine, Lithuania, Poland, Germany, and Czechoslovakia, and to the west and south into Hungary, Romania, and Bulgaria, after the dissolution of the Khazarian Empire in the twelfth century.
As a result of the major wars in twentieth century Europe, many Ashkenazim emigrated to Palestine and the United States; and in the United States the majority of them settled in New York. Ashkenazim also became prominent in Chicago, Detroit, Miami, New Orleans, Las Vegas, and California, where vice and corruption has been given plenty of rein.
Ashkenazic Jews are characteristically disproportionately wicked, profane, cruel, and often brutal, which doubtless issues largely of their Turco-Mongol ethnicity. Their evil traits have notably come to the fore in the Jews’ ritual murder of Gentiles, the Jews’ traffic in drugs, guns, gambling, prostitution and White Russian sex-slaves, and the Jews’ treatment of Gentiles under Soviet regimes, and some of the more brutal and arrogant atrocities committed by Jews in the Middle East war zone.
Ashkenazic ‘Jews’ have generally retained the hypocritical and somewhat cynical attitude to the Jews’ religion that was prevalent among the Khazar converts to Judaism from the eighth to the tenth century, which is a trait carried over into Ashkenazic rabbinical commentaries on the Mishnah of the Talmud and in the general attitude of the Orthodox and Hasidic Jews who are often of that ilk.
The second principal ethnic division in Jewry is the so-called Sephardim who’re ostensibly predominantly dark-skinned Jews from Spain, simply because modern rabbis interpret “Sepharad” as a reference to Spain in the Bible. But Sephardic Jews have also included descendants of Gentile (especially Muslim) converts to Judaism under Sabbatai Zevi’s pseudo-messianic movement in Europe, Asia Minor, North Africa, Persia, and the Levant, in the seventeenth century. They’ve also included Gentiles converts to the Jew Jacob Frank’s revival of Zevi’s movement in the eighteenth century, and who’ve often had Turco-Mongol, Arabic, and North African biological characteristics and predominantly dark skin.
Having said that, the name “Sephardim” is also used as a misnomer for Jews of characteristically and predominantly white Western European ethnicity; especially the descendants of Gentile converts to Judaism from the Netherlands, Belgium, Germany, France, Italy, and Spain, whose forbears generally only adopted so-called Judaism to gain a social advantage, or so they could participate in the benefits of the international Jewry, as the largest business corporation, backed by the world’s most powerful state.
Sephardim of Western European ethnicity are now largely found in France, England, and along the eastern seaboard of the United States; and are often of the more cultured and wealthy, middle class to high society sort as seen in the images above. Sephardim of the foregoing sort invariably have a white complexion, and often an accentuated slope to the brow of their cranium and a touch of the Turks and the Orient about their eyes, and little if any biological affinity with true tribal Israelis. They also often have a long and/or high-bridged, and sometimes hooked and somewhat pointed nose, which may well be evidence of a judgment passed on them from God for sticking their noses into a foreign nation’s religion solely for self aggrandizement, or so they could to climb the social ladder and embezzle lots of money.
The third main ethnic group in Jewry after the Ashkenazim and Sephardim are the tribal Israelis who’re descendants of the northern tribes of Israel, and the tribes of Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh who’d settled east of Jordan, and were together carried away captive into “Halah, and Habor by the river of Gozar, and the cities of the Medes”, by the king of Assyria in the eighth century BC.
Jews of that sort have remained in dispersion worldwide through to the present day; but since the Assyrian captivity they appear to have retained a significant presence in Iran, Iraq, Turkey, and Syria, and the Levant in general, and to some extent to other parts of southeastern Europe; and they can probably only be distinguished from the other true tribal Israelis in Jewry today by their more profane attitude toward Jerusalem as the center of the Jews’ ideal world, if their forefathers’ spirit has had an abiding influence on and is still motivating them.
The fourth main ethnic group in Jewry has been tribal Israelis descended from the Israelitish tribes of Judah and Benjamin, who were taken captive by the king of the Chaldeans to Babylon in the seventh century BC, and returned, along with a remnant of Levi, Ephraim, and Manasseh, and a few other Israelites whose genealogy couldn’t be reckoned, to Jerusalem in the sixth century BC. Jews of that sort were, of course, dispersed abroad again after the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD; and they’ve remained in dispersion worldwide since that time.
However they appear to have retained a significant presence in Palestine, Iran, Iraq, Jordan and Syria, since 70 AD and prior to the establishment of the state of Israel in 1948; and if they can be distinguished from other true tribal Israelis in Jewry today, it would be by their pronounced and authentic interest in recovering Jerusalem as the hub of the Jews’ ideal messianic world, if their forefather’s interest in that and their spirit has had an abiding influence on them.
Something else that needs to be considered, when appraising the ethnicity of true Jews today, esepcially if one accepts the broader significance their name has taken on with time, is, of course, their ancient Semitic tribal background.
Of the five main groups of Semites today, the first is the true tribal Israelis who are descendants of the Hebrew patriarch Abraham and his wife Sarah, via the twelve sons of Abraham’s grandson Jacob. Next are the Semitic Edomites who are descendants of Esau, the twin brother of Israel’s patriarch Jacob, by Esau’s two Canaanitish wives and his Ishmaelitish wife, Bashemath.
Notable Semites after the Israelites and Edomites are the northern, Arabian speaking descendants of Abraham and his Egyptian concubine Hagar, and the southern, Arabian speaking Sabaeans of Yemen, and last but not the least the modern Assyrians. Tribal Israelis have biological affinity with Arabs, because they have a common patriarch in Abraham the Hebrew; but they’re not generally as dark, tall, and strapping as the Arabs with their Egyptian matriarch Hagar, and usually have light to medium olive skin, predominantly black hair, pleasant and generally amicable features, and a somewhat diminutive stature.
Tribal Israelis also generally have a sleepy appearance, which can be reconciled with the New Testament, which says a “spirit of slumber” is upon them as a judgment from God for rejecting the gospel, and means they’ve almost all been reduced to a fatal complacency about the solemn implications of the advent, ministry, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ (Rom. 11.8).
Ethnoracial or tribal Israelis are, of course, the only truly biological Jews, and are yet NATIONALLY under the Abrahamic covenant with Jehovah. However no Jew is INDIVIDUALLY in the good of the blessings of the Abrahamic covenant unless personally reconciled to God by receiving Jesus Christ as Israel’s messiah. True tribal Israelis invariably have real empathy with Eretz Yisrael as their ancient homeland; and as such, they are to be distinguished from the so-called Ashkenazim who’re generally not of Abraham and only emigrated to places like Palestine and America to enjoy secular opportunities better than what they had in Germany, Poland, Russia, and the Ukraine, etc.
True ethnoracial tribal Israelis should also be distinguished from most of the so-called Sephardim in Jewry, who are often erroneously limited to Persian (especially dark skinned) Jews and/or to Jews of Arab and Berber descent. For as previously mentioned, Sephardim include the descendants of white Western European converts to Judaism, and dark-skinned Gentile converts to Sabbateanism; and most of the white Gentile ‘Sephardim’ tend to shun the land of Israel and the Middle East, because it’s hot, dry, and a war zone, and not their homeland, and offers little to a cultured person already enjoying the best in the West.
The foregoing was generally endorsed by the German Field Marshal Erwin Rommel who refused to obey Hitler’s order to liquidate the “Israelis” in Palestine, because he knew they were then of a different breed than the characteristically debased and depraved Ashkenazim, and generally two-faced, insincere, selfish, cultured, high society, non-Semitic Sephardim, the Germans were so familiar with in Europe.
True tribal Israelis in Jewry generally marry among themselves and seem to know innately who are the true tribal Israelis and who are not; and they often despise the religious hypocrisy of the Orthodox and Ashkenazim, and only tolerate the Sephardim because they’re suspicious of their ethnicity, and small numbers have received Jesus Christ as messiah and the Son of God.
There are, of course, many other ethnic groups in the international Jewry today, because by simply converting to the religion of so-called Judaism a person is left with a claim to the name of a “Jew”, and he or she automatically becomes a part of the tightly knit international Jewish community, even if he or she remains despised by other Jews as racially inferior.
For example, there are Ethiopian, Indian, and Chinese Jews, or Ethiopian, Indian, and Chinese converts to the religion of Judaism; and even Iranian Jews who are often true tribal Israelis but include non-ethnic Jews with predominantly Arabic, Turkic, and Mongol ethnicity, and who are, incidentally, of a Jewish community with up to 35,000 members, which is the largest in the Middle East outside of Israel. For the source of Iranian Jews see Esther 8.17 in the Old Testament.
Ashkenazic Jews in the state of Israel have been trying to bribe the Jews of Iran to “return to the promised land”, so they can arrange the Jews’ invasion and destruction of Iran more conveniently, and without violating Talmudic injunctions that forbid Jews to bundle their Jewish brethren with the goy cattle of the Gentiles when they besiege and destroy a place.
All offers to date have, however, been refused by the Society of Iranian Jews who have replied: ‘The identity of Iranian Jews is not tradeable for any amount of money. Iranian Jews are among the most ancient Iranians. Iran’s Jews love their Iranian identity and their culture, so threats and this immature political enticement will not achieve their aim of wiping out the identity of Iranian Jews.’
To sum up then, there’s no doubt that true Jews or tribal Israelis are yet in the international Jewry, even if they’re now reduced to a minority. The foregoing is endorsed by scripture, which says a remnant of the true tribal Israelis in Jewry are soon to be called out by God to witness to Jesus as the messiah of Israel, after the resurrection or rapture of the church, the body of Christ (Rev. 7. 3-14, etc); especially in the Land of Israel, which is where Jesus of the tribe of Judah will return with the saints from out of the church age to reign.
The foregoing would justify, in measure, the West’s support of Jews in the land of Israel today –– at least from a spiritual or Divine and biblical prophetic perspective; and it would explain how the true tribal Israelis in the international Jewry have got back into the land God gave to Abraham, now that God’s affection for his ancient covenant people is being kindled again.