Just the other day, an Apostle reached out to me to share a dream that she had in 2018. Although she was unable to remember the details of the dream, she recalled someone saying to her “the 12 tribes of Israel are coming!”
I was both blessed and encouraged by what she had shared. Why? For the simple fact that it ties in with both history and prophecy, as well as with the mandate that HaShem has given to this ministry. Let’s begin by taking a look at history…
After King Solomon’s death, the Kingdom of Israel became split with 10 tribes going off to live in the north. This kingdom, under the rule of king Jeroboam became known as the Northern Kingdom, the House of Israel, Joseph or Ephraim. The remaining 2 tribes comprising of Judah and Benjamin, and Levi (who is not counted among the tribes since they belong to God), lived in the south, and became known as the Southern Kingdom, the Jews or the House of Judah. The 10 tribes in the north fell into idol worship, and as such, they were exiled from the promised land. They were taken by the Assyrians, and were later scattered into the nations of the world. (see 2 Kings 17:7-23)
Later, the southern tribe of Judah also fell into idolatry. They too were taken into exile, this time by the Babylonians (2 Kings 24-25). However, God had promised Judah that after 70 years, they would be returned to their land (Jer. 29:10). After the time of their exile had passed, some of the Jews returned and rebuilt, however the majority of the Jewish people continued to live in Babylon.
Years later, in 70 AD the Romans under the leadership of Titus, marched on Jerusalem, destroyed the city and burnt the Temple to the ground, in keeping with a prophecy that Yeshua spoke to his Apostles in Matthew 24:2; “not one stone will be left upon another”. This would trigger the third wave of exile, and the Jewish people were once again expelled from their land.
In 1948, the modern State of Israel was born and some of the Jewish people, including some from the 10 Northern Tribes, began returning to the land. However, there remains a large number of Israelites (all 12 tribes) scattered across the nations of the earth. Sadly, many of these people are totally unaware of their Hebrew identity, but there is hope!
In Ezekiel chapter 37 we read about two powerful prophecies concerning the 12 tribes of Israel in the last days. First, the Prophet was told to prophesy to a valley filled with dried bones. As he prophesied, life returned to the bones. God explained the meaning of the prophecy:
“Human being! These bones are the whole house of Isra’el; and they are saying, ‘Our bones have dried up, our hope is gone, and we are completely cut off.’ Therefore prophesy; say to them that Adonai Elohim says, ‘My people! I will open your graves and make you get up out of your graves, and I will bring you into the land of Isra’el. Then you will know that I am Adonai — when I have opened your graves and made you get up out of your graves, my people! I will put my Spirit in you; and you will be alive. Then I will place you in your own land; and you will know that I, Adonai, have spoken, and that I have done it,’ says Adonai.” (Ezekiel 37: 11-14)
After 70 AD, the entire world believed that Israel was “dead” and had ceased to be a nation. However, as the passage above states, God made the dry bones live again! Today, many people are making Aliyah and returning to the Land. But there is more to be gleaned from Ezekiel 37.
Ezekiel was later instructed:
“You, human being, take one stick and write on it, ‘For Y’hudah and those joined with him [among] the people of Isra’el.’ Next, take another stick and write on it, ‘For Yosef, the stick of Efrayim, and all the house of Isra’el who are joined with him.’ Finally, bring them together into a single stick, so that they become one in your hand.” (37:16-17)
what was the significance of this act? HaShem continued:
“Then say to them that Adonai Elohim says: ‘I will take the people of Isra’el from among the nations where they have gone and gather them from every side and bring them back to their own land. I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Isra’el; and one King will be king for all of them. They will no longer be two nations, and they will never again be divided into two kingdoms.” (v21-22)
God’s promise to His people was that one day, He would gather them back from the four corners of the earth and restore them to their land, under one King, Messiah Yeshua!
FULFILLMENT OF PROPHECY
As God had instructed Ezekiel, a human being, to bring the two sticks together, so too, He is calling human beings today to bring Israel together. As a ministry, we have been called to teach Torah and to “bring back the lost sheep of the house of Israel” who have been scattered into exile. Through the Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit), many persons are being awakened to their Hebrew identity and are returning to Covenant through Yeshua. Many have begun the journey of rejecting Idolatry and paganism, and are returning to God’s instructions for His holy people as written in His Word. Indeed, as the Apostle had seen in her dream “The 12 Tribes of Israel are coming!” and to you reading this; you could probably be one of the many persons that the LORD is calling back to the path of Covenant!
Credit: Image from myjewishlearning.com – Judah and Israel: A Divided Monarchy.