Where are the 12 Nations of Israel Located
We already understand the undeniable identity of Ephraim and Manasseh -see note below. By a process of elimination, the other nations appear quickly knowing first that the Scandinavian peoples and those of Western Europe are descended from Israel. In these nations we have all the required characteristics which we find in no other group. To prove which each is today, we need to have the identifying signs of each tribe and prove no other country has such signs.
In Genesis 49 we have a prophecy concerning the state of each in the latter days of man’s rule and also in Deuteronomy 33, a chapter dealing with the blessings. With these two main chapters as guides, we can rightly interpret obscure historical evidence that no history book yet clarifies.
1 and 2: Ephraim and Manasseh are already designated. Note: See ‘The United States And Britain In Prophecy’ also the extensive ‘America And Britain in Prophecy’ on Page1 of the America And Britain’s Future Free Library.
3: Judah constituted mainly the House of Judah, to be scattered among all nations. We are not to expect them as a separate nation among the 12 Nations of Israel today, defying all who would come against them. A small part of Judah was carried captive with Israel -II Kings 18:13, as found in the records of the Assyrian kings. Among Israel we should find a small remnant of Judah. We locate the name as Jutes, and living in Jutland, Denmark. Some migrated to England-and the U.S. The modern State of Israel was founded in 1948.
4: Levi, the priestly tribe, was to be scattered in Israel. Gen. 49:5-7. God never gave them land to inherit as the other tribes. Therefore, we should not expect them to be given territory today. Nothing is said in Deut. 33 about inheriting land. Among the Jews today we find many bearing the names: Levi, Levy, Levine. Others bear the name "Cohen" and its variations. The Hebrew word "Kohen" means priest and is so translated 725 times in the King James version. Here then, we have the great bulk of Levi-scattered among Judah because they left their priestly functions in Israel almost totally. I Kings 12:31.
5: Simeon received no blessing from Moses. In fact, he does not even mention the tribe! Jacob said God would scatter them throughout Israel. How? Take a map of Palestine for the time of the division of the land. Notice that Simeon did have an inheritance south of Judah. When Judah separated from Israel, Judah occupied that territory, yet Simeon went with Israel! The only explanation is that Simeon migrated into Israel generally, but no new territory was assigned to Simeon. This tribe became scattered. It is possible that the small scattered tribes in Western Europe, variously called the Senones or Semaones or Sennones, represented the fragments of the tribe of Simeon. -The Scottish names Simpson and Fitsimon may relate.
6: Reuben, having the excellency of greatness, we have recognized as France, sets the style for the world. Southern France, settled by the descendants of Javan (the Greeks), is gentile. When rightly translated, Moses says: "Let Reuben live, and not die in that his men become few." Deut. 33:6. Of all the western nations, France had the lowest birthrate, although at one time France was the most populous country in all Europe, outnumbering England nearly 6 to 1. No other country fits these qualifications. And is it not significant that the very country at war with England around 1800 should be France (Reuben), who would lose their dominance in the Napoleonic war? Napoleon was Italian. Reuben was the First Born son of the 12.
7: Dan was originally divided into two parts, one about Joppa, a seaport, and the other in the north of Palestine. Dan refused to fight along side the other tribes against the Gentiles. Judges 5:17. Dan would judge, or stand up to rule, his own people as one of the separate tribes of Israel-indicating he would gain self-government in the following manner: "Dan shall be a serpent in the way, a snake in the path, that bites the horse’s heels, so that his rider falls, backward." Ireland has done just that to England. In fact, the symbol of the illegal Irish Republican Army was the coiled snake!
Dan would also be like a young lion leaping forth, an apt description of Denmark which acquired the Virgin Islands, Greenland, Iceland and other islands in her heyday. Especially unique is the fact that of all the tribes Northern Dan still preserves their father’s name-the Danes!
8: Benjamin constitutes Norway and Iceland. The Icelandic people in reality a colony of Norwegians. Benjamin was given to David because Jerusalem, David’s capital, was in the tribe of Benjamin, not Judah. God said He would give David light in Jerusalem. I Kings 11:36. This verse could not refer to Judah which did not have to be given to the Jewish House of David. Benjamin was told to flee the destruction of Jerusalem -Jer. 6:1- which many of them did.
Benjamin is compared to "a wolf that ravens; in the morning he devours the prey, and at even he divides the spoil." Gen. 49:27. This is certainly an apt description of the Vikings who pillaged Northern Europe, and even Mediterranean regions. Almost all Viking raids came from Norway. It is also significant that Benjamin, the smallest tribe, still is the smallest today. There are fewer Norwegians, plus those from Iceland, than any other Israelite nation. Moses’ blessing in Deut. 33 has particular reference to this fact that Jerusalem was in the tribe of Benjamin.
9: Issachar "For he saw a resting-place that it was good, and the land that it was pleasant; and he bowed his shoulder to bear, and became a servant…"Gen. 49:14-15. Finland has voluntarily taken the full responsibility of her debts. She paid off a huge indemnity to Russia. Her land is pleasant and good, not extraordinarily rich. According to Deuteronomy 33:19 she derives wealth from fishing and from hidden treasures of the sand-gigantic peat bogs and the finest sand for glass-making. Issachar is not a colonizing people-they dwell pastorally "in tents," said Moses.
10: Nepthali represents Sweden-"satisfied with favor, full with the blessings of the Lord." She is compared to a prancing hind or deer and "gives good words."Gen. 49:21. From Sweden, with a well-balanced economy, come the Nobel prizes in token to great world accomplishments. Sweden, during two world wars sent her emissaries to speak words of conciliation and peace. The promise by Moses to possess "the sea and the south" is applicable both to ancient Nepthali and modern Sweden: notice the position of the Sea of Galilee and Baltic relative to the position of this tribe.
11: Zebulun settled in Holland, The Netherlands. Zebulun dwell at the "shore of the sea, and he shall be a shore for ships, and his flank shall be upon Zidon"-a Gentile country. Moses said: "rejoice, Zebulun, in your going out." She takes also treasures from the sea and the sand, Zebulun, then, is a colonizing people. She is not a pillaging people.
12: Gad, which means "the troop" certainly designates Switzerland-the only Israelite nation in which every man is mobilized for de fence. Against Gad would come the foreign troops, said Jacob, but he will "trod upon their heel." Moses declared that Gad does not "leap," a characteristic of the colonizing or pillaging tribes. Gad "tears the arm, yes, the crown of the head"-of the Holy Roman Empire, in whose territory "he chose a first part for himself, and there a portion of a ruler was reserved." To Gad come "the heads of the people"-as they do today to Geneva. No other nation on earth so perfectly fits this description of a nation of troops.
13: Asher,"his bread shall be fat and he shall yield royal dainties."Gen. 49:20. This peculiar expression could have reference alone to Belgium and the kindred state Luxembourg. From Belgium have come the finest Flemish paintings, the royal tapestries which graced the halls of kings, fine cut diamonds, porcelain and Belgian lace. Belgium and Luxembourg are blessed above many another son of Jacob-"Blessed be Asher above sons; let him be the favored of his brethren, and let him dip his foot in oil"-prosperity. Iron and brass shall by your bars; and as your days, so shall your riches increase. Because of uranium, Belgium’s prosperity will continue to grow.
SUMMARY: Here we have Jacob’s prophecy for the latter days, and of Moses’ blessings, some of which apply to the Millennium. In all the world there is no group of nations so perfectly corresponding to the prophecies. And within this extraordinary group of nations each nation has its own characteristics. To alter the placement of these tribes would obscure the proof that each of these nations does represent a tribe of Israel. True, Gentiles are found in almost every one the Indian, the Lapp, the descendants of Javan, Phoenicians and the Negro peoples, but so was it in ancient Israel. True, in some of these tribes there are to be found descendants of the other tribes but there are less variations in these continental nations than in Ephraim -Great Britain.
Notice too, that Germany does not belong among Israel although there may be some Israelites still dwelling within her borders. See: Germany in Prophecy on Page I of the America And Britain’s Future Free Library.
With Manasseh-the Unites States, God is using the same pattern as He used for the Levites. God originally gave the priests 13 cities to dwell in, and He added 35 more for the Levites. Totaling 48. So Manasseh began with 13 primary states which were added 35 others, making 48. Alaska and Hawaii came later. Is it any wonder God’s work developed in Manasseh-the United States- the only nation that can finance it? Return to Library
Note-These financial facts were true for generations before the recent world economic crisis.
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