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Two House, Ephraimites, Lost Tribes

 

Myth:  The Ephramite doctrine, also known as Two House, promotes that the Northern Kingdom of Israel [10 “lost” tribes] is the “lost” house of Israel scattered around the world.  The House of Israel is more commonly known as Ephraim which took Joseph’s place as a tribe along with Manasseh.  The premise is that Ephraim is as the sand of the sea and therefore those who have a love of going back to keeping the Mosaic Law are really the “lost” tribes of Ephraim.  The Scriptures in the OT that point to Ephraim as having an inheritance in the land of Israel is central to this doctrinal position.

A.  This doctrine is not a new one.  It was first circulated as British Israelism and also Christian Identity, in which it was believed that the lost tribes ended up in Great Britain etc..  Two House/Ephraim doctrine is just another variance of the central theme of “lost” tribes that is recognized by a select group of people as their own “geneology” [but hidden until one becomes Torah observant].  Ephramites of Two House also believe that they have a rightful share to land inheritance in Israel and if their “brother”, the House of Judah [the Jews], would recognize and accept them [as they all practice keeping Torah together by bringing the Two Houses together – House of Israel/Joseph/Ephraim/Northern Kingdom with the House of Judah/Northern Kingdom], this would complete the necessary requirement to usher in the Messiah’s return.

*  The Jews consider themselves to be all the tribes gathered into one as Israel.  They do not designate tribal affiliation other than Levitical for a future third temple.

*  Ephraim is not mentioned in the NT other than a city.  It is also missing from Revelation 7, as is the tribe of Dan.  The Ephraimites today try to force that tribal affiliation into the tribe of Joseph that is mentioned in that text.  However; it clearly says Joseph, not Ephraim.  God is not confused :)   The tribe of Manasseh has 12k, the tribe of Joseph has 12k.  There is no missing 12k to be assigned to Ephraim.  Nor are there any assigned to Dan.  Both Ephraim and Dan rebelled against God and were broken from being a people for their idolatry and the building of idols within their cities. The end of that argument, of trying to change what tribes are listed is found in Revelation 22:18 :

For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book:
19 And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.
20 He which testifieth these things saith, Surely I come quickly. Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus.

It states plainly not to change the words of this prophecy. No one can argue for the name change without violating those Scriptures.

*  The promises of Ephraim in the OT were contingent on their return to God and to His commandments, which they rejected and were destroyed.  The remnant which remained faithful to God were taken into Judah, as were the remnants of all the tribes.

We see that even during the time of Rehobam's reign those from all tribes joined themselves to Judah.

2Chronicles 11:16 And after that, out of all the tribes of Israel such as set their hearts to seek the LORD God of Israel came to Jerusalem, to sacrifice unto the LORD God of their fathers.

2Chronicles 15:9 And he gathered all Judah and Benjamin, and the sojourners with them out of Ephraim and Manasseh, and out of Simeon: for they came over to him out of Israel in abundance, when they saw that the LORD his God was with him.

During the deportation of the ten tribes, some of them were left behind, intermarried with the Assyrians and became the Samaritans. They have not forgotten who they are after these 2000 plus years. 

By the time of Ezra and Nehemiah, those of the tribes that had been scattered to Assyria and Babylon that wished to return did so.
Ezra 2:70 So the priests, and the Levites, and some of the people, and the singers, and the gatekeepers, and the Nethinim, dwelt in their towns, and all Israel in their towns.

Ezra 6:16 And the children of Israel, the priests, and the Levites, and the rest of the children of the captivity, kept the dedication of this house of God with joy,

Ezra 6:21 And the children of Israel, who had come again out of captivity, and all such as had separated themselves unto them from the filthiness of the nations of the land, to seek the LORD God of Israel, did eat,

Nehemiah 5:8 And I said unto them, We after our ability have redeemed our brethren the Jews, who were sold unto the nations; and will you even sell your brethren? or shall they be sold unto us? Then held they their peace, and found nothing to answer.
After the exile of both kingdoms, and following the return from Babylon, there followed a return of the exiles as one not two kingdoms. Note Nehemiah makes reference to those that had been sold to the nations, not just Babylon. When Babylon fell to Persia, the whole empire that had previously been under the Assyrians also came under Cyrus. Therefore not just those exiled to Babylon returned but any of those that wished to do so that were had been there from the Assyrian exile.  Also, offerings were made for Israel after they returned not just for Judah.
Ezra 8:35 Also the children of those that had been carried away, who had come out of the captivity, offered burnt offerings unto the God of Israel, twelve bullocks for all Israel, ninety and six rams, seventy and seven lambs, twelve male goats for a sin offering: all this was a burnt offering unto the LORD.
By the time of Jesus we see that there were Jews from every tribe in existence and they weren’t lost, they knew who they were. ALL of Israel was scattered abroad, not just the northern tribes. From Acts 2, it is evident that all the tribes could be found all over. As Acts 2 states, “Jews” from many countries had come to celebrate Pentecost, one of the three required feasts for men to attend. This means Jews from all 12 tribes, not one house or the other.

James wrote to the twelve tribes that were scattered, note scattered, not “lost”. To those that like to twist this to mean that James was somehow writing to the lost tribes, would have meant ten tribes not twelve. And how would James have known they existed if they were lost - how would the letter ever reach them?  

*  There are no longer “two houses”. In Christ, all Jews from all tribes and all gentiles from all the nations on earth, all are one new man in Christ. 

Romans 10:12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich to all that call on him.

Colossians 3:11 Where there is neither Greek nor Jew, circumcision nor uncircumcision, Barbarian, Scythian, bond nor free: but Christ is all, and in all.

 Ephesians 2:13 But now in Christ Jesus you who sometimes were far off are made near by the blood of Christ. 14 For he is our peace, who has made both one, and has broken down the middle wall of partition between us; 15 Having abolished in his flesh the enmity, even the law of commandments contained in ordinances; for to make in himself of two one new man, so making peace; 16 And that he might reconcile both to God in one body by the cross, having slain the enmity thereby:

Revelation 5:9-10 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation; 10. And hast made us unto our God kings and priests: and we shall reign on the earth.

* British Isrealism > http://www.SeekGod.ca/britisrael.htm

*Christian Identity > http://www.SeekGod.ca/identity.htm

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02/25/2011

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