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Lost Tribes and Other Signs

This is the third in a three-part series on another fabulous end-times prophecy fulfilled before our eyes: God’s regathering of the “lost tribes” of Israel. But before I go there, as a watchman, I have a job to do. I am compelled to say a few words about the significance of the time period we’re in right now.

If you visit my blog often, you’ll know that I tend to draw inspiration from the Hebrew calendar. I laid this out in more detail in my post two weeks ago, but we’re currently in Elul, the last month of the Jewish civil year. Elul leads up to the month of Tishri, which kicks off with the Jewish High Holidays, also called the “Days of Awe”:

  • Tishri 1: The Jewish New Year, Rosh Hashana, the Feast of Trumpets
  • Tishri 10: Yom Kippur, the Day of Atonement

These forty days between Elul 1 and Yom Kippur are very significant in rabbinic teaching. During the month of Elul it’s customary to blow the shofar daily. Why? To remind the people to look to the state of their souls in preparation for the High Holidays.

During these Forty Days of Repentance, easily more than 450 trumpet blasts will echo! This culminates in the Feast of Trumpets itself, when one hundred trumpet blasts are blown.

Shofar: God's Trumpet

According to Paul, “the last trumpet” will sound before we’re caught up in the air.

Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed—in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. (1 Cor 15:51)

Many believe Paul’s language in this key passage regarding the Rapture may be a reference to this Feast. And accordingly, many also believe that the Rapture may occur on the Feast of Trumpets, some year, soon and very soon.


Elul 2017: The Sound of God’s Shofar

I talked two weeks ago about all the stunning signs and “birth pangs” that accompanied the Forty Days of Repentance last year. I’ll summarize them here.

  • Last year, the Forty Days of Repentance opened with a spectacular total solar eclipse that split the United States, with an estimated audience of 220 million people—perhaps the largest audience for a total eclipse ever.
  • They also featured the magnificent Revelation 12 Sign; and
  • A stultifying list of natural disasters. Hurricanes Harvey… Irma… Maria. The “Super Bomb Storm.” (Maria has now been named the deadliest U.S. natural disaster in over one hundred years.) An unusually destructive monsoon season. Earthquakes in Mexico: 8.1, 7.1 and 6.1 on the Richter scale. Volcanoes: The Ring of Fire was remarkably active. Bali’s Mount Agung spent weeks rumbling. 186,00 people evacuated out of its vicinity. And while the world waited to see what would happen in Bali, neighboring Mount Sinabung on Sumatra erupted. The start of what became a nightmarish series of wildfires–tragically, California is still burning. Solar flares: The most active in a decade.

Forty Days 2017
Last year in the midst of Elul: Katia, Irma, Jose

I had a weird thought at about the midpoint of last year’s forty days.

Great signs in the heavens, hurricanes, earthquakes, volcanoes, monsoons and floods, wildfires, a series of solar flares including the biggest in a decade…. Could “birth pangs” like these be the sound of the Almighty’s shofar, giving us one  more warning to look to the state of our souls?

I confess, while I stopped short of declaring it as a certainty, I did expect the Rapture last year! God will fulfill His purposes in the fullness of time, and when He does, we will stand amazed at it, as it will be exceedingly and abundantly beyond all we can ask or think!

Having said all that, with the Feast of Trumpets looming, this is a season of the year my husband and I always consider to be a “high watch period.” In Jesus’ first coming, He fulfilled the first four of the seven Feasts of the Lord (the Spring Feasts) precisely and in order. The Feast of Trumpets is up next.


Elul 2018: A Mid-Term Report

So in terms of blasts of God’s shofar leading up to the Feast of Trumpets, what have we seen this year?

This year the month of Elul also began with a solar eclipse–although this one was partial, not total, and visible only in the far Northern Hemisphere. But it intrigues me that it followed just after two other eclipses. Three eclipses within a  month:

  • 7/13/18: Partial solar eclipse
  • 7/27/18: Full lunar eclipse (Blood Moon) centered directly over Jerusalem
  • 8/11/18 (start of Elul): Partial solar eclipse

The blood moon on 7/27 was the longest blood moon of the century. The moon speaks of Israel, while the sun speaks of the nations. So such a stunning blood moon directly over Jerusalem… one hundred days after Israel celebrated its seventieth birthday on April 18… would seem to be significant. (If this info on eclipses intrigues you, you should definitely look at my previous post on the Forty Days of Repentance. There’s a lot more to tell.)

We’ve also seen some unprecedented natural disasters, as we did last year:

  • Earthquakes. Many have reported on the alarming frequency and severity of earthquakes over the past month. In the past week alone we’ve seen: Costa Rica, 5.4; Brazil, 7.1; Alaska, 6.0; Iran, 6.0; Peru, 7.1; off the Falklands, 5.6; off Indonesia, 6.2 and 5.6; off Fiji, 5.7 and 5.7; off Saipan, 6.4; and New Caledonia 7.1 and 5.6. Venezuela also experienced a 7.3 magnitude earthquake on 8/21, and Fiji an 8.2 on 8/19. Sixteen tremors with magnitude 4.5 or above hit the “Ring of Fire” on a single day last week (Mon 8/20). Fiji experienced thirteen tremors above magnitude 4.0 within the past week (three of which occurred on a single day) and 72 in the past month.
    This graphic shows earthquakes on the “Ring of Fire” since the Jerusalem blood moon–only those which have exceeded 4.5 on the Richter scale. Do I hear a “whoa”? (And please note the absence of activity through California, which is prompting fears of a pressure build-up that might trigger the proverbial “Big One.”)

Earthquakes 4.5+ Past Month

  • Wildfires. I also talked about this in more detail a couple of weeks ago, but wildfires continue to wreak havoc around the world. The fast-moving Mendocino Complex Fire became the largest in California history, tragically torching more than 450,000 acres. The Carr fire was so large and hot it created its own weather system and melted boats on Whiskeytown Lake. (And it isn’t just California. Wildfires are currently wide-spread in the Western U.S. and in British Columbia. And Greece, Norway, Sweden, Indonesia and the U.K. have all faced epic wildfire battles this year.)

Wildfires have almost become a year-round threat in some parts of the western United States…. Officials don’t refer to “fire seasons anymore but rather to fire years,” Jennifer Jones, a spokesperson for the National Interagency Fire Center, told me in an email.

Vox Media, 8/2/18

Here, a NASA visualization shows the impact of wildfire smoke on air quality in the western U.S. All major cities have experienced dangerous levels of particulate matter. Seattle’s air quality is now reportedly five times worse than Beijing. Crops are also suffering from the poisoned air and darkened skies.

 

  • Flooding. Hurricane Lane shattered rainfall records in Hawaii, with some areas receiving more than 50 inches. Within the U.S., only Hurricane Harvey has dropped more rain faster. Floods have also created a state of emergency in Wisconsin.
    India’s southern state of Kerala has suffered worst-of-the-century flooding, with more than a million people evacuated and a death toll of nearly 400 so far. 🙁 🙁 Monsoons are expected to impact additional areas of India this coming weekend. Also, 50,000 have been displaced by a dam which broke Wednesday in Myanmar.

So… I’ll leave it to you to evaluate that data, but it certainly seems to me that, once again, these Forty Days of Repentance are packing a wallop–and they’re not over. The Atlantic is just warming up.

Certainly both earthquakes and major storms are identified in Scripture as signs of the last days (Luke 21:11, 25). And think of all the passages that couple “smoke” or “thick darkness” with the wrath of the Lord:

Psalm 18:7-9, Psalm 68:2, Psalm 97:2-5, Psalm 144:5, Is 9:18-19, Is 30:27, Is 51:6, Joel 2:2, 2:30, Zeph 1:15, Acts 2:19.
I’m sure that’s not a complete list!

For me, it begs a question. Is all this visible tectonic activity one final warning, one last plea for us to sit up and pay heed?

The handwriting on the wall, if you will?

For the day of the Lord is coming;
Surely it is near,
A day of darkness and gloom,

A day of clouds and thick darkness. (Joel 2:1-2)


Another Sign: The Prophetic Regathering of the Lost

Well, now that we’re talking about last-days signs, let me move to a more cheerful topic–the punchline of the story of the regathering of Israel’s “lost tribes,” which I’ve been promising for about three weeks now!

“Fear not, for I am with you;
I will bring your descendants from the east,
And gather you from the west;
I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
And to the south, ‘Do not keep them back!’
Bring My sons from afar,
And My daughters from the ends of the earth—”
(Is 43:5-6)

Today is the last of three posts on this much-overlooked prophecy we’re seeing God fulfill dramatically in our day.

My first post recounted how Isaiah’s prophecy that gentiles (“the nations”) would carry Jewish people back to the land received a literal fulfillment shortly after Israel became a nation. And how scrappy little Alaska Airlines played a major role in the process. Beginning in late 1949, Alaska airlifted an ancient people group of Jewish nomads from Yemen to Israel in its steel “eagles” (a.k.a., WWII surplus aircraft). Tens of thousands of nomads who had never seen an airplane were induced to board one after their rabbis reminded them of God’s promises that they would be carried home by Gentiles (Is 49:22), and mount up on wings like eagles (Is 40:31).

My second post continued the story. The Jewish population threatened by pogroms wasn’t limited to Yemen. It spread throughout the Arab word. In the years after WWII, Egypt, Iraq and other Arab nations became havens where escaped Nazis received heroes’ welcomes. Jews who had lived comfortably beside their Muslim neighbors for generations (2500 years, in the case of Iraq) became targets of vicious pogroms.

The scenario that played out in Yemen would soon be repeated across Iraq, Lebanon, Egypt, Morocco and Libya. During those first years, the infant Jewish state, with a total population of only one million in 1949, absorbed some 850,000 Arab Jews from the surrounding nations. (The most recent population figure is an astonishing 8.6 million, of which more than two million are non-Jews, principally Arab Muslims.)

Israel turned again and again to American Airlines’ Wooten and Maguire, who played such prominent roles in rescuing the Yemeni Jews.

El Al, Wooten, and Alaska formed a new airline with a new identity called Near East Air Transport (NEAT). Israeli ownership was hidden, so NEAT appeared to be strictly an Alaska Airlines venture….

Between January 1950 and December 1951, Israel airlifted, bused, or otherwise smuggled out 119,788 Iraqi Jews — all but a few thousand…. This dispossessed group, who arrived in Israel with nothing but their memories, rose to become some of the Jewish state’s most productive citizens.

– Edwin BlackThe Times of Israel, 5/31/16

Iraqi Immigrants with Plane

Iraqi Jews arrive in Israel. Near East Air
Transport plane is in the background.

“For more are the children of the desolate
Than the children of the married woman,” says the Lord.
“Enlarge the place of your tent,
And let them stretch out the curtains of your dwellings;
Do not spare;
Lengthen your cords,
And strengthen your stakes.
For you shall expand to the right and to the left…” (Is 54:1-3)

Pardes Hanna Camp, 1951

An immigration camp in Israel, 1951

But the story of the Jews’ regathering doesn’t end in the 1950s. Nor does it stop with the Middle East. It keeps getting more astounding, reaching to the very “ends of the earth.” Prominent Messianic Rabbi Jonathan Bernis explains:

It reads like a modern-day suspense movie screenplay.

A mysterious tribe in a remote corner of the world makes an astonishing claim about its members’ historic identity. Ostracized by their neighbors, these lowly outcasts stubbornly insist they’re descended from the world’s most storied race of people—the Israelites.

Skeptical investigators discover an ancient heritage of names, words and idioms foreign to any local tongue but do indeed bear a striking resemblance to Hebraic ones. They also observe rituals and traditions seemingly right out of the first five books of the Old Testament. Even so, these astonishing assertions are dismissed by most as too fantastic to be true—until cutting-edge breakthroughs in genetic analysis suddenly added scientific credence to their claims.

This isn’t fiction. Indeed, in recent years this very scenario has been playing out in numerous unlikely spots in far-flung corners of the world—from Africa, to India and even China….

While many rightly view the rebirth of the state of Israel and the re-unification of Jerusalem as key fulfillments of end-time prophecy, too few Christians have taken note of another astonishing prophetic fulfillment unfolding before our eyes. I’m referring to the identification of these various fragments of lost Israelite tribes and the re-gathering of some back to Israel. Isaiah 11:11 reveals that in the last days, God will “reclaim the surviving remnant of His people” from a list of African nations, including Ethiopia—home to many of the Beta Israel.

In my opinion, these are some of the most significant signs of the Messiah’s imminent return.

Rabbi Jonathan Bernis

Here’s a list of far-flung Jewish people groups I’ve learned of. I’m sure my list is not complete!

  • The Bnei Menashe of India, believed to descend from the tribe of Mannasah.
  • The Lemba of Zimbabwe–DNA testing has indicated that up to 70% of the Lemba are descendants of the Cohanim, the Levitical priests, which is a big deal in light of the movement within Israel to revive the Temple sacrifices.
Israeli PM Yitzhak Shamir Greets "lost tribes" immigrants

Israeli PM Yitzhak Shamir Greets new Ethiopian immigrants, 1991. Photo: Israel GPO, Wikimedia commons

  • The Beta Israel and Beta Avraham of Ethiopia–Tradition traces their ancestry to wanderers from the tribe of Dan, or alternatively to a union between Solomon and the Queen of Sheba. Tens of thousands of Beta Israel were emergency airlifted to Israel between 1984 and 1991. 130,000 of them now reside in Israel–by far the majority of this ancient people group.
  • Kaifeng, China–The exact origin of this Jewish community is shrouded in mystery, but most scholars agree that Jews have lived in this former capital of Imperial China for a millenia.
  • Italy–Jews have lived in Southern Italy since the time of the Maccabees.
  • The Bnei Anousim of Spain–A once-thriving Jewish community was driven underground by the Spanish Inquisition in the 14th and 15th centuries. Anousim means “forced ones,” as this group was forced to practice their Judaism in secret, and to adopt some outward appearances of Catholicism to save their lives. The Bnei Anousim are now spread through Spain, Portugal, Brazil, Colombia, Mexico, Costa Rico and El Salvador.
  • Jewish people groups have also come to light in Somalia, Afghanistan and Nigeria.

The “lost tribes” were the people of the Northern kingdom, taken into captivity by the Assyrians. While a remnant of Jews from the Southern Kingdom (tribes of Judah, Simeon and Benjamin) returned after the Babylonian conquest, those taken by the Assyrians two centuries earlier never returned.

But the Lord has promised to regather them all in the last days–one of the many stunning prophecies we’re seeing fulfilled in modern Israel.

Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again. (Ezek 37:21-22)

Many of these scattered Jewish people live in desperate poverty under religious persecution. If you’d like to help–and also help bring them the message of their Messiah–Rabbi Jonathan Bernis’ Messianic ministry has an outreach here.

Bnei Manashe in Israel

Members of India’s Bnei Menashe celebrate Purim in Israel. Photo credit: Jusmine, Wikimedia commons

Under Israel’s “Law of Return,” Jews who have not converted to another religion are afforded Israeli citizenship. Over three million Jews from 90+ countries, descendants of those scattered abroad–in some cases, millenia ago–have taken advantage of this provision to return to the land.

Brothers and sisters, we’re in the last days! I’m not saying the Lord will rapture His true church on the Feast of Trumpets at the coming new moon–but He could, couldn’t He?
Are you ready?

If you’ve never opened God’s free gift of salvation through Jesus (Rom 3:23, 6:23), please please please be persuaded to do it now! It’s simple. Just tell God from your heart that you admit you’re a sinner that needs a Savior (“For all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.” Rom 3:23) that you’re done running your own life, and that you’re ready to make Jesus Lord of your life.

If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart a person believes, resulting in righteousness, and with the mouth he confesses, resulting in salvation. For the Scripture says, “Whoever believes in Him will not be disappointed.” (Rom 10:9-11)

The decision that saves you is that simple!

Simple… But no one said living it out will be easy. Especially now, in these last days.

16 Comments

  1. Thank you sister Linda for this wonderful exposé on Israel and the end times prophecies. I really appreciate the great effort you have put into this. May God bless you real good in Jesus name, Amen. I pray that the Holy Spirit will use these write ups to draw people to himself. I believe with all my heart that Jesus is coming soon. We all need to be prepared. Thank you once again and may God bless you.

    • Hi, Edith! I’m sorry… I really thought I had responded to you sooner. 🙁 I appreciate your real good blessings very much!! And may God pour out blessings on your head as well. Thanks so much for your prayers for God’s church to wake up. It’s exactly what we need right now. In His love, Linda

  2. Jan Kruzel says:

    Wow wow wow! Love this! I’m ready!

    • Thanks so much, Jan! Appreciate your encouraging note–and I’m very sorry I didn’t respond sooner. I was out of office for a few days and got further behind than I realized. 🙁 Ready over here, too! Come Lord Jesus!

  3. rose says:

    Yes, Linda, we are preparing for the same thing! And praying it will be soon! Come, Lord Jesus! Thanks for another great post!

    • Rose, I’m sorry!! I really thought I replied to you. I got a little off my rhythm since Michael and I did a little vacay for our anniversary. Not that my “rhythm” keeps me all that well on top of things anyway… 🙁 Thanks for the encouraging word, as always. And yes! Come Lord Jesus! We are so soo ready. But You know best, of course!

  4. Sunny Patole says:

    Dear Sister Linda, Shalom !
    Thank you very much for ‘alarming and alerting’about the ‘soon coming’ of our Lord.
    It is great to know about the lost tribes and to know how our Almighty God is bringing them back to their home land.
    In India – the North East Indian Stgates of Naga Land,Meghalaya, Mizoram… also claim that they also Lost Tribes. Can you throw’ some light on it.
    Thank you very much. God bless you and your ministry of awakening christians ‘to be ready’ for the Master.
    Sunny Patol
    (India).

    • Hi, Sunny! Thank you for the kind and supportive message. 🙂 I’m not aware of the Indian tribes you mention, so I’m afraid I can’t shed any further light. But it is remarkable how the Lord is working to reveal them in our day, isn’t it? God bless you, Sunny!

  5. Bege Layyas says:

    I am from Nigeria Linda and was thrilled to understand a Jewish community exist here. Will u kindly throw some more light on this Jewish community in Nigeria. May God bless your ministry and con tinue to use u to awaken the Church.

  6. Alfred Raman says:

    Thank you for this message. Our family is looking forward for the return of the Messiah. I am helping through Christian and Jew movement Rabbi Elckstien, to bring the Jewish people home. It is a great burden and yet it is great to see the prophecy come true in our time.

    I am glad that my mom was the first Indian Lady to give her to the Lord Jesus Christ in 1936 when she was only 16. She was beaten, but she stood strong for the Lord. Amen
    God bless you for what you do.

    • Hi, Alfred! That is fabulous! Congratulations on your very important work, which I know will bring God’s rewards in heaven. And praise God for the example of your mother. Unfortunately her story is being repeated so often all around the world right now. 🙁 Maranatha!

  7. Joyce says:

    Thank you for this timely message. I just found your site yesterday and find the ring of truth in it. I have been following “Behold Israel” for awhile now and this Christian Jewish gentlemen gives a lot of up to the minute info. You bring a different view concerning Christ’s return.

    • Hi, Joyce! Well, welcome! And thanks for leaving such a kind comment. 🙂 We watch Amir Tsarfati’s broadcasts regularly, too, and in fact we’re joining his tour of Israel in a few weeks, Lord willing. So excited!

  8. Andrew Raepa says:

    Hi,Linda may the good lord bless you in all that you doing.we are living in the last days of the end times, where prophecies been fulfilled before our very eyes amen..so be it..shalom.

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