Preaching the Gospel, Preparing a People
Hello again Clive,
Very interesting. Your DNA map sounds like a migration map for most of the lost 10 tribes of Israel. I'd love to see a copy. -- Randy Stiver
Hello Maleesa, You are right that God punished the 10 tribes because of their disobedience, sending them into Assryian captivity by 720 BC. Likewise, He also punished Judah, Benjamin (and don't forget, most of the tribe of Levi from which came the priesthood). By 586 BC, they were in Babylonian captivity. However, God also fulfilled Gen. 49:1 and the whole chapter. He prophesied through Jacob what would happen to all the tribes--including the lot 10--"in the last days." The individual tribal prophecies in that chapter and elsewhere provide clues as to where the tribes would be near the end of this age (from before 1800 up to now). Leading the prophetic fulfillments, the tribes of Joseph (Ephraim and Manasseh) would dominate the world leading up to the end of the age (Gen. 48 & 49, Deut. 33:13-17). In Gen. 22:12, God told Abraham "In Isaac your seed shall be called." The historical etymology of Isaac leads to Scythians, Saka, Sacasone, and finally to the Saxons--who were the primary stock of England and later America. The other tribes can similarly be tracked down to our time today. As always, I appreciate your interest in this important topic! - Randy Stiver
Thank you for your comment. To cut to the chase, we look to Christ's teaching and example during His ministry and that of His apostles. Jesus was never violent toward others. When he made a whips of cords (John 2), He used it to drive out the illegal livestock dealers and moneychangers primarily by driving out their livestock and overturning the tables of the moneychangers. That was not violence. When Christ verified that the disciples had a sword with them as they left the final Passover (Luke 35:38). As He stated in that episode, with a sword present He would be considered "a transgressor" to fulfill one of the messianic prophecies in Isaiah 53:12. Thus Christ did no violence to others--nor should those who follow him. Considering several of your examples, the Spanish conquistadors were among the most violent soldiers of their day and the Aztec child sacrifice, horrific as it was, was no more and probably less violent that much of the Spanish Inquisition of the Jews. Also, spanking a child out of love with one's had or a paddle--the sense of the meaning of "rod"--is not violence--that I know from personal experience when misbehaving as a youngster. I hope this helps.