Prophecy on Jacob and Judah

From: Ernest Moyer
To: Preston Thomas <>
Date: 7/21/2012 3:47:46 PM
Subject: Re: Emailing: The Jewish Contribution to World Civilization.htm

We cannot be informed about the plans of God if we do not recognize the division he made with the children of Abraham.
In my previous email I showed how this division came about.
They were divided into two major parts: Jacob and Judah.
The upper ten tribes (now identified as Jacob or Israel) were deported from their settlements and carried away to the cities of the Medes.
  • 2 Kings 17:6 --  In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria captured Samaria, and he carried the Israelites away to Assyria, and placed them in Halah, and on the Habor, the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes.

Judah and Benjamin, the Jews, remained in their settlements in the southern part, Jerusalem, and so on. Historically you remember them as "Israel" but that denomination is a misnomer.

Now pay attention to what the prophets said:

  • And Yahweh will scatter you among all people, from one end of the earth to the other, and there you shall serve other gods, of wood and stone, which neither you nor your fathers have known, Deut 28:64.

This statement is true for both Jacob and Judah, Israel and the Jews. Both parts have been scattered around the world.

  • For lo, I will command and shake the house of Israel among all the nations as one shakes with a sieve, but no pebble shall fall upon the earth, Amos 9:9.

If here Amos speaks of a difference between the Jews and Israel, we can see how Jacob, not the Jews, was scattered among the nations.

  • Jer 32:37 -- For behold, days are coming, says Yahweh, when I will restore the fortunes of my people, Israel and Judah. I will bring them back to the land which I gave to their fathers and they shall take possession of it.

Now we can see how the prophets began to distinguish between Israel and Judah, Jacob and the Jews.

This is explicitly stated in Ezek 37:

  • Son of man, take a stick and write on it, "For Judah and the children of Israel associated with him." 
  • Then take another stick and write upon it, "For Joseph (the stick of Ephraim) and all the house of Israel associated with him." Join them together into one stick that they may become one in your hand. 
  • . . . Behold, I will take the people of Israel from the nations among which they have gone, and will gather them from all sides, and bring them back to their own land. And I will make of them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be over them, and they shall no longer be two nations and no longer divided into two kingdoms.

As Isaiah said in 11:12-13:

You cannot understand biblical prophecy without recognition of these passages. And you cannot understand where God is going with us without penetrating these prophecies.