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    The Sanhedrin, the Ten Lost Tribes and Rebuilding the Temple

    The Sanhedrin, The Ten Lost Tribes & Rebuilding The Temple

    BY ADAM ELIYAHU BERKOWITZ/BREAKING ISRAEL NEWS JANUARY 13, 2020

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    The Sanhedrin, The Ten Lost Tribes & Rebuilding The Temple


    In its effort to establish an Organization of 70 Nations, the Sanhedrin reached out to an ethnic group that represents the most likely candidate to be the actual descendants of the 10 tribes of Israel that were taken away in captivity in the eighth century BCE.


    TEN LOST TRIBES


    The Jews of today are descended from the tribes of Judah and Benjamin. The Kohanim (priestly caste) and Levites, who served in the Temple, did not receive a portion of land in Israel but their identities are preserved by family tradition.



    The Bible records that when the Assyrian King Tiglath Pileser III and later Sargon II invaded Israel, ten tribes were taken captive from Gilead and Samaria respectively and resettled in Halah and Gozan on the Khabur River in the Aram-Naharaim region.


    In the ninth year of Hoshea, the king of Assyria captured Shomron. He deported the Israelites to Assyria and settled them in Halah, at the [River] Habor, at the River Gozan, and in the towns of Media. II Kings17:6


    The Pashtun, an Iranic ethnic group of 50 million Muslims refer to themselves as the "Bani Israel," very similar phonetically to the Hebrew term for the "children of Israel," Bnei Yisrael. With an intricate and strong tribal system, all Pashtun are meticulous about family genealogy (Shijra), but within this tribal framework is a strong oral tradition that they are descended from the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel.


    SANHEDRIN MEETS WITH REPRESENTATIVES OF THE PASHTUN


    The Sanhedrin was contacted four years ago by a respected academician from Afhanistan who represented a group of Pashtun who wish to reconnect with Israel. The organization represents many influential thinkers and even one former Member of the Parliament of Pakistan. Since there are officially no diplomatic relations between Israel and Afghanistan, this connection had to be built in secrecy and the Afghani Pashtuns have to remain anonymous.


    Rabbi Hillel Weiss, the spokesman for the Sanhedrin, traveled to India to meet with representatives of the Afghani Pashtun.


    "This meeting and its necessarily oblique format highlight why a formal Sanhedrin has to be established," Rabbi Weiss said. "Relations between Israel and the lost ten tribes, indeed with all the 70 nations, must be carried out within a Torah context. The official Chief Rabbinate does not deal with foreign relations."


    Rabbi Weiss explained that much of the discussions between the Sanhedrin and the Pashtun dealt with matters that were not entirely religious. Some issues, such as helping the Pashtun with practical matters where they live and immigration to Israel, will require communication with the Israeli government, something the Sanhedrin is not currently equipped to do.


    "It would greatly benefit the Israeli government to help us in our work with the Pashtun," Rabbi Weiss said. "The Pashtun are found throughout the region and could act as a line of communication with Afghanistan and Pakistan and other Muslim nations that currently have no direct relations with Israel."


    "We discussed economic and technological cooperation in projects that the Pashtun are currently involved in," Rabbi Weiss said. "Also, the Pashtun are very strongly attached to their traditions and history. Many of the Pashtun expressed a desire in learning Hebrew and the Bible to further this. This is not intended as a first step in converting them. That is not our intention. Our intention is to reconnect them with their past, which they see as Israel."


    "It is possible to discuss each issue individually without becoming mired in the overall political and spiritual complexities that may only serve to prevent any dialog. There is a clear and strong connection based on our common past in Israel, ethnic and spiritual. The return to Israel has created similar difficulties in the past concerning Jewish identity and this connection with the Pashtun must be dealt with in kind."


    "The status of the Arabs, the sons of Ishmael and one of the 70 nations, also needs a solution and where secular diplomacy has failed, the Sanhedrin is making progress as well."


    During his meeting with Rabbi Wess, the representative of the Pashtun signed the charter in which he agreed, as Pashtun, to join with the other nations in helping Israel to bring about the Third Temple. The Organization of 70 Nations will bring together all of the nations under the common belief in the sanctity of the Bible and the sanctity of all of mankind.


    It represents a universal covenant of brotherhood of peace based on the Bible all major religions share. Diplomatic representatives from Guatemala, Mexico, El Salvador, and Honduras have already signed the charter.


    SIGNS THE PASHTUN ARE TEN TRIBES


    Many Pashtun have family traditions identifying with specific tribes. Those from the tribe of Yusufzai, for example, believe they are descended from Joseph, Lewani from Levi, Rebbani from Reuven, Afridi from Ephraim, Gaghai from Gad, and Benyamin from Benjamin.


    There is a surprisingly long list of customs among the Pashtun, which are also observed by Jews. Pashtun men wear four-cornered fringed garments that are similar, though not completely identical to, Jewish prayer shawls.


    The Pashtun are Muslims and therefore, observe the Sabbath on Friday. Nevertheless, many of the Pashtun light Sabbath candles in their homes on Friday evening like the Jewish world at large, which celebrates the Sabbath from Friday evening until Saturday evening.


    Many of the Pashtun wed under a cloth canopy as is customary for Jews. However, while the groom traditionally smashes a glass cup in a Jewish wedding in memory of Temple's destruction, at a Pashtun wedding, the bride breaks the glass. The Pashtun continue to practice Levirate marriage which rabbinic law currently forbids.


    The Pashtun also circumcise male infants on the eighth day after birth as Jews do.


    Jews and Muslims share many dietary laws including ritual slaughter but some Pashtun have a tradition of covering the blood from the slaughter with sand, as the Jews do. Islam proscribes pork products, but the Pashtun refrain from eating the meat or milk from camels, popular among Muslims of that region. They also refrain from eating crustaceans, a restriction that is unknown among Muslims. More significantly, many Pashtun do not eat milk and meat together.


    Although Muslim today, they live by a code called Pashtunwali which greatly resembles Mosaic law. When Pashtunwali conflicts with the Koran, they follow Pashtunwali.


    THE PASHTUN MAY BE JEWS


    The question of whether Pashtun have intermarried with non-Jews, which would undermine any claim of theirs to having a genetic connection with the rest of the Jewish people, is less problematic than with other nations claiming such a connection. The Pashtun do not intermarry with other Muslims and that marrying outside of their tribe is strongly discouraged.


    This connection is actually well-known in Israel. In the late fifties, Israel's second president, Itzhak Ben Zvi, referred to the Pashtun as the exiles from Samaria in his book, 'The Exiled and the Redeemed'.


    "The Afghan tribes, among whom the Jews have lived for generations, are Muslims who retain to this day their amazing tradition about their descent from the Ten Tribes. It is an ancient tradition, and one not without some historical plausibility... if the Afghan tribes persistently adhere to the tradition that they were once Hebrews and in course of time embraced Islam, and there is not an alternative tradition also existent among them, they are certainly Jewish."


    The Pashtun claim has been strengthened by scientific findings. In 2006, Dr. Navras Jaat Aafreedi, an Indian historian, conducted research at Tel Aviv University into possible Israelite descent among certain Muslim Indian groups.


    According to Aafreedi's study, which was published as an e-book, about 650 out of the 1,500 members of the Afridi Pathan clan in Malihabad, India, may possess genetic material shared by nearly 40 percent of Jews worldwide. If his results are confirmed, it will be the first genetic evidence linking the Afridis Pathan tribe to the Israelites.


    The traditions surrounding the Pashtuns being remote descendants of the "Lost Tribes of Israel" is to be distinguished from the historical Jewish community in eastern Afghanistan or northwest Pakistan which flourished from about the 7th to the early 20th century, but which has essentially disappeared due to emigration to Israel since the 1950s.


    "They see themselves as part of Israel. This could be a tsunami of Jews or at least support for Israel from a totally unanticipated source. This certainly conforms to prophecy."


    Originally published at Breaking Israel News - reposted with permission.

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    Yes, "God" in his infinite wisdom gave us Hitler so the tribes of Israel could be reunited and Israel returned to the world of men. Amen
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    Quote Originally Posted by Morning Star View Post
    Yes, "God" in his infinite wisdom gave us Hitler so the tribes of Israel could be reunited and Israel returned to the world of men. Amen
    Why do you perpetually blame God for what man perceives and and initiates. God does not interfere with the human Will...similar to your rationale on God himself.
    What is common knowledge to some is a revelation to others...
    For the sake of his sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and the whole world

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    information in post...

    OP...wealth of information in your post....thanks!
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    Given the low credibility of jews familiar, I put no weight in this stuff. Zero.

    They're dragging their own religion to hell. Hmm ...
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    Interesting history, thanks for the link. Apparently the Assyrians didn't remove all of the Samaritans, since the Babylonian exiles returned to oppress the Jewish Samaritans, who had their own temple and Torahs, which the returnees destroyed, though. They're still around today, too; the first English translation of their Pentateuch was published in 2012 or so, by Benjamin Tsedaka, a Samaritan priest.
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    The "Ten Lost Tribes" Is An Erroneous Suggestion...

    WHAT happened to the ten tribes of Israel after their being taken captive in 740 B.C.? Did they become wholly extinct? Or did some members of them unite with the remnant of the two-tribe kingdom of Judah and thus survive? Or did they get lost to reappear as the ancestors of the English-speaking people of the world?

    Among those who called the attention of Christendom to the ten “lost” tribes in times past was one David Reubini, a sixteenth-century impostor. Because of his scheme for freeing Palestine from the Turks he succeeded in gaining an interview with the pope and persuaded him that he was of the tribe of Reuben and that the other nine tribes also were extant. Reubini received letters of recommendation from the pope for his project. However, his prestige in Roman Catholic circles was short-lived when it became apparent that his messianic ambitions as a Jew were his chief concern!

    On the basis of the theory that the British were descendants of the ten “lost” tribes many Jews emigrated to England in the seventeenth century. The modern apostle of this theory was one Richard Brothers, an Englishman, who in 1822 published a treatise entitled “Correct Account of the Invasion of England by the Saxons, Showing the English Nation to Be the Descendants of the Lost Ten Tribes.” Today well over two million persons hold to this theory and are known as Anglo-Israelites.

    The Anglo-Israelite theory is that shortly after the Assyrians took the ten tribes captive in 740 B.C. the Scythians appeared for the first time in Babylonia and shortly thereafter showed up in the British Isles. A similar argument is made in behalf of certain other peoples, such as the “Khumri.” This is supposed to account for the dominating role that the British people have played in the past three centuries in politics, commerce and religion, and for their controlling one fourth of the earth’s surface and population until recent times. It is also claimed that the Hebrew and English languages are strikingly similar and that the love of liberty of English-speaking peoples goes back to these Israelites.

    It is further held that the present royal family of England has descended from certain Danites who came to Ireland long centuries ago; that these brought with them the stone on which Jacob slept, and that this stone is the very one used when a king or queen is crowned in England, the Stone of Scone in Westminster Abbey.

    The Anglo-Israelites put much stress on the similarity of names. The tribe of Dan is seen in such names as Danzig, Danube, Danish, etc. Jack is supposed to be a corruption of Jacob, and God’s words to Abram, “I will make your name great,” are said to be fulfilled in the name Great Britain. The “isles” mentioned in the Scriptures are taken to mean the British Isles.

    The Anglo-Israelite theory also puts great confidence in the Pyramid of Giza as being of divine origin although their pyramid theories received a great setback in 1953, when something unusual was supposed to happen on the basis of pyramid measurements. The Anglo-Israelites also hold that, after the division of the nation of Israel into two kingdoms, Israel always refers to the ten-tribe kingdom and Judah to the two-tribe kingdom. The Messianic prophecies as well as those telling of Israel’s restoration and prosperity are made to apply to the English-speaking nations. Incidentally, the Anglo-Israelites are not agreed among themselves as to who in all are included in the descendants of the ten “lost” tribes, some including practically all the Nordic peoples of Europe while others only the English-speaking people.

    ANGLO-ISRAELITE THEORY DISCREDITED

    Regarding this theory The Encyclopędia Britannica, Vol. I, p. 686, states: “It assumes that the English are descended from the lost 10 tribes of Israel; but the theory is untenable on any scientific grounds, for the tribes vanished through absorption in neighboring peoples and were not lost in any real sense.”

    After summing up the arguments in favor of the theory, the Jewish Encyclopedia, Vol. I, p. 60, states: “Altogether, by the application of wild guesswork about historical origins and philological analogies, and by slavishly literal interpretation of selected phrases of prophecy, a case was made out for the identification of the British race with the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel sufficient to satisfy uncritical persons desirous of finding their pride of race confirmed by Holy Scripture.” It also shows that the term “isles” does not refer to the British Isles, as the original word simply means distant lands, not islands.

    And says another: “Using the same method of the similarity of names, it is possible to ‘prove’ that the American Indians are descendants of the ancient Greeks: the Kiowas came from Chios, the Croatans from Crotona, the Aleuts from Eleusis, the Chilkats from Chalkis! . . . Actually, there is no mystery about the fate of the Ten Tribes. Most of those exiled to Media died of harsh treatment; the Assyrians were the Nazis of their day; the few survivors intermarried with and were swallowed up by the natives of the region.”—Time, September 28, 1953.

    NO TRIBES LOST

    However, the strongest proof that the Anglo-Israelite theory is not true is found in the Bible itself, for it shows that at all times there were some of the ten tribes associated with the two-tribe kingdom of Judah. Thus we read that after the cleavage into two kingdoms King Rehoboam of Judah continued to reign over “the sons of Israel that were dwelling in the cities of Judah.” Also of King Asa’s reign, more than thirty years later, we read that because of his instituting reforms a “great number” from various tribes of Israel deserted to him because “they saw that Jehovah his God was with him.” So, long before Israel was led away captive, Israelites in great number were living in the kingdom of Judah.—1 Ki. 12:17; 2 Chron. 15:9.

    Secondly, the Scriptures leave no doubt that both Israel and Judah were involved in the return from Babylonian captivity. Perhaps not many of the ten-tribe kingdom returned, but not many of the two-tribe kingdom did either, that is, comparatively speaking. Thus we read: “For though thy people, Israel, be as the sand of the sea, only a remnant of them shall return.” (Isa. 10:22, AS) It would seem therefore that the some 55,000 that returned to Palestine were only a small part of the number of Israelites living in Babylon at the time Cyrus issued his liberation decree.

    That the return from Babylon was understood to be a representative return of all the twelve tribes is apparent from a number of facts. For example, we find far more references to Israel than to Judah in the postexilic books of Ezra and Nehemiah. We should not find any references to Israel if the Anglo-Israelite theory were correct. Then again, we repeatedly find the expression “all Israel” applied to the returned exiles, in just the same style that Nehemiah speaks of King Solomon’s being made king over “all Israel.” (Ezra 2:70; Neh. 13:26) And that the returned exiles considered themselves as one, as representatives of all the twelve tribes, is further seen by their presentation at the temple’s inauguration “as a sin offering for all Israel twelve male goats, according to the number of the tribes of Israel.”—Ezra 6:17.

    This uniting of the two kingdoms was foretold in prophecies that had a miniature fulfillment at that time: “Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his companions; and I will put them with it, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in my hand. . . . I will make them one nation in the land, upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all; and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.” Then also the prophecy was true that “Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim.”—Ezek. 37:19, 22; Isa. 11:13.

    And thirdly, the fallacy of the Anglo-Israelite theory is further demonstrated by the Christian Greek Scriptures, in which the Jews are referred to as Israel some seventy-five times. Jesus repeatedly stated that he was sent to the “lost sheep of the house of Israel,” not just to the lost sheep of the house of Judah, but to all twelve tribes. There is also record of a prophetess Anna, “of Asher’s tribe,” serving at the temple. And when Jesus was put to death we find the terms “King of the Jews” and “King of Israel” used interchangeably.—Matt. 10:6; Luke 2:36; Matt. 27:37, 42.

    Consider: if only those of the two tribes had returned to Palestine, why would Peter on the day of Pentecost say: “Therefore let all the house of Israel know for a certainty that God” made this Jesus Lord and Christ? And if ten of the twelve tribes had gone to the British Isles and were lost, why would James, under inspiration, address his letter to the twelve tribes? Note also Paul’s words: “Our twelve tribes are hoping to attain to the fulfillment of this [resurrection] promise by intensely rendering him sacred service night and day.” How could Paul make such a statement if ten of the twelve tribes were lost and no longer trying to serve God?—Acts 2:36; 26:7; Jas. 1:1.

    PROMISES TO SPIRITUAL ISRAEL

    An Anglo-Israelite writes: “Every Briton is born to a great inheritance, and therefore a great responsibility.” But God’s Word shows that ties of flesh are no grounds for boasting: “There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor freeman” in the Christian congregation. Yes, “from now on we know no man according to the flesh.”—Gal. 3:28; 2 Cor. 5:16.

    The Scriptures further show that Jesus proved to be a stone of stumbling and “a rock of offence to both the houses of Israel.” Jesus’ words, “Your house is abandoned to you,” apply to the temple of both the houses of Israel; all twelve tribes were rejected and not just the two tribes of Judah and Benjamin.—Isa. 8:14, AS; Matt. 23:38.

    The law arrangement was but a “shadow of the good things to come,” it was merely a “tutor leading to Christ.” (Heb. 10:1; Gal. 3:24) As it was replaced by a “new system of things,” so natural Israel was replaced by spiritual Israel. The promised seed of Abraham is not the ten “lost” tribes any more than it is the two tribes. The inspired apostle Paul identifies the Seed as Christ, and says to Christians: “If you belong to Christ, you are really Abraham’s seed.” (Gal. 3:16, 29) At Revelation, chapters 7 and 14, we see that this seed of Abraham consists of the Lamb of God and a spiritual Israel of 144,000 members. These “will be priests of God and of the Christ, and will rule as kings with him for the thousand years.”—Rev. 20:6.

    Anglo-Israelites may apply Isaiah 54 to English-speaking nations, but the apostle Paul under inspiration applies that prophecy to God’s wife or heavenly organization that brings forth so many spiritual children in God’s due time that she has to spread out her tents(Acts 4:11, 12; 1 Pet. 2:7, 8) Anglo-Israelites may arrogate to themselves Isaiah 43:10 (Gal. 4:26, 27) Anglo-Israelites may apply the prophecies regarding the “Rock” and “Stone” to Britain and the United States, but the inspired apostle Peter applies such prophecies solely to Christ Jesus.), but the facts show that no worldly nations but only the true Christian witnesses of God are serving mankind.

    No, the ten tribes of Israel were not lost to reappear as the English-speaking nations. Many of them were found right along with the two-tribe kingdom before, during and after the Babylonian exile down to the time of Jerusalem’s desolation of A.D. 70, since which time no descendant of Jacob can prove to which tribe he belongs. And God’s prophecies concerning Israel’s restoration and prosperity apply to his spiritual Israel, a heavenly organization whose head is Jesus Christ.
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    Quote Originally Posted by drifter106 View Post
    Why do you perpetually blame God for what man perceives and and initiates. God does not interfere with the human Will...similar to your rationale on God himself.
    What is to blame? "God" sends men to fulfill his prophesy.

    Your problem is that you can not accept that "God" is all things. Good and Evil.

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