For thousands of years the Jewish people have longed for the restoration of Israel. This restoration is the ingathering of all the tribes of Israel both from the Northern Kingdom from the House of Joseph (also called the House of Israel in prophetic passages. This group is generally spoken of as Ephraim as well) and the House of Judah into one kingdom lead by the House of David. The northern kingdom, centered in Samaria, consisted of the 10 tribes which went into exile for rebellion against the House of David and for idolatry. While many of the people of the northern kingdom remained in rebellion, many of the loyal priesthood who resided in the territory of 10 Israel withdrew and moved to Jerusalem to unite with the House of Judah. There were also groups from the various northern tribes who joined the House of Judah in protest to Jeroboam’s rebellion and institution of idolatrous worship. Also during the days of King Hezekiah, a righteous Jewish king, attempts were made to reach out to those of the idolatrous northern kingdom and invite them to repent and partake of the Pesach offerings. Some people of 10 Israel did respond, but most did not.
The House of Judah, as proclaimed by HaShem, is the legitimate caretakers of the kingdom, having not only the right to rule but also having all the legitimate priesthood. The Temple was located in Jerusalem in the territory of Benjamin, a member tribe of the House of Judah. The House of Judah therefore consists of the tribes Judah, Benjamin and Levi. This house has been loyal to HaShem and the faith he delivered to all the tribes on Mt. Sinai. It is called Judaism for this reason.
The prophesied return embodies all the promises of HaShem to the children of Israel. Return to HaShem their God, return to their land, return of the united 12 tribed Kingdom of Hashem through the Davidic throne.
The restoration has come in phases or waves as was foretold. The House of Judah is the first to return to the land of Israel. The so-called Lost Ten Tribes are to return at a later time and indeed this phase has already begun within the last few years with many more to come in the future. Many people who are now considered Gentiles have been awakened to their ancient past and are now beginning the process of conversion and return. The land that is in dispute in Israel referred to as Judea and Samaria, or the occupied territories, is in reality the homeland of this ancient people. Samaria is the territory of the 10 tribes, taken over by thieves and squatters. Even during our exile, no other people’s were given that land but have taken it for themselves as was prophesied in the Tanakh in such places as Tehillim 83 (Psalm 83).
“The word which came to Jeremiah from HaShem: Thus says HaShem, the God of Israel: Write in a scroll all the words I have spoken to you. For the days are coming-declares HaShem – when I will restore the fortunes of My people Israel and Judah, said HaShem; and I will bring them back to the land that I gave their fathers, and they shall possess it. And these are the words that HaShem spoke concerning Israel and Judah.” (Jeremiah 30:1-4)
“I will bring them from the northland, gather them from the ends of the earth-the blind and lame among them, those with child and those in labor –in a vast throng they shall return here. They shall come with weeping, and with compassion I will guide them. I will lead them to streams of water, by a level road where they will not stumble. For I am a Father to Israel, Ephraim is My first-born.” (Jeremiah 31:8-9)
“Therefore, behold, I will allure her, and bring her into the wilderness, and speak comfortingly unto her And I will give her her vineyards from thence, and the Valley of Achor for a door of hope; and she shall sing there, as in the days of her youth, and as in the day when she came up out of the land of Egypt. “And it shall be at that day,” saith HaShem, “that thou shalt call Me `Ishi’ [that is, My husband], and shalt call Me no more `Baali’ [that is, My Lord]. For I will take away the names of the Baalim out of her mouth, and they shall no more be remembered by their name. And in that day will I make a covenant for them with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of the heavens, and with the creeping things of the ground; and I will break the bow and the sword and warfare out of the earth, and will make them to lie down safely. And I will betroth thee unto Me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto Me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies. I will even betroth thee unto Me in faithfulness, and thou shalt know HaShem.”And it shall come to pass in that day I will hear,” saith HaShem, “I will hear the heavens, and they shall hear the earth. And the earth shall hear the corn and the wine and the oil, and they shall hear Jezreel. And I will sow her unto Me in the earth; and I will have mercy upon her that had not obtained mercy; and I will say to those who were not My people, `Thou art My people’; and they shall say, `Thou art my God.'” (Hosea 2:14-23)
“For the children of Israel shall abide many days without a king, and without a prince, and without a sacrifice, and without an image, and without an ephod, and without teraphim. Afterward shall the children of Israel return, and seek HaShem their God and David their king, and shall fear HaShem and His goodness in the latter days.” (Hosea 3:4-5)
“…say unto them, `Thus saith HaShem: Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in Mine hand.’ And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.And say unto them, `Thus saith HaShem: Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen whither they have gone, and will gather them on every side and bring them into their own land. And 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. Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will save them out of all their dwelling places wherein they have sinned and will cleanse them. So shall they be My people, and I will be their God. And David My servant shall be King over them, and they all shall have one Shepherd. They shall also walk in My judgments, and observe My statutes, and do them. And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob My servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they and their children and their children’s children for ever. And My servant David shall be their Prince for ever. Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them. It shall be an everlasting covenant with them. And I will place them, and multiply them, and will set My sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore. My tabernacle also shall be with them. Yea, I will be their God, and they shall be My people. And the heathen shall know that I, HaShem, do sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.'” (Ezekiel 37:19-28)
And I will set up one Shepherd over them, and He shall feed them, even My servant David. He shall feed them, and He shall be their Shepherd. And I, HaShem, will be their God, and My servant David a prince among them. I, HaShem, have spoken it. (Ezekiel 34:23-24)
In that day will I raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close up the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old, that they may possess the remnant of Edom, and of all the heathen that are called by My name,” saith HaShem that doeth this. Behold, the days come,” saith HaShem, “that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and all the hills shall melt. And I will bring back the captives of My people of Israel, and they shall build the wasted cities, and inhabit them; and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them. And I will plant them upon their land, and they shall no more be pulled up out of their land which I have given them,” saith HaShem thy God. (Amos 9:11-15)
The prophecy of Ovadyah (Obadiah) openly condemns Edom (descendants of Esau) and Teman (northern Saudi Arabia) to annihilation for not only gloating over Israels misfortunes but for murder (vs 14). Historically, when Israel was sent into captivity, Edom also came in to possess their land. As many bible students know, Edom or Esau intermarried with Ishmael and other Arab people’s. Many of the Arabs in the Middle East have Edomite blood and Esau’s hatred. The land that the Palestinian Arabs have claimed and stolen is according to this prophecy going to be wrested from their grip and they will be destroyed:
The vision of Obadiah. Thus saith HaShem concerning Edom: We have heard a word from HaShem, and an ambassador is sent among the heathen: “Arise ye, and let us rise up against her in battle”: Behold, I have made thee small among the heathen; thou art greatly despised. The pride of thine heart hath deceived thee, thou that dwellest in the clefts of the rock, whose habitation is high, that saith in his heart, `Who shall bring me down to the ground?’ Though thou exalt thyself as the eagle, and though thou set thy nest among the stars, from thence will I bring thee down,” saith HaShem. If thieves came to thee, if robbers by night (how thou art cut off!), would they not have stolen till they had enough? If the grape-gatherers came to thee, would they not leave some grapes? How the things of Esau are searched out! How his hidden things are sought out! All the men of thy confederacy have brought thee even to the border; the men that were at peace with thee have deceived thee and prevailed against thee. They that eat thy bread have laid a wound under thee; there is no understanding in him. Shall I not in that day,” saith HaShem, “even destroy the wise men out of Edom, and understanding out of the mount of Esau? And thy mighty men, O Teman, shall be dismayed, to the end that every one of the mount of Esau may be cut off by slaughter. For thy violence against thy brother Jacob, shame shall cover thee, and thou shalt be cut off for ever. In the day that thou stoodest on the other side–in the day that the strangers carried away captive his forces, and foreigners entered into his gates and cast lots upon Jerusalem” even thou wast as one of them. But thou shouldest not have looked on the day of thy brother in the day that he became a stranger; neither shouldest thou have rejoiced over the children of Judah in the day of their destruction; neither shouldest thou have spoken proudly in the day of distress. Thou shouldest not have entered into the gate of My people in the day of their calamity; yea, thou shouldest not have looked on their affliction in the day of their calamity, nor have laid hands on their substance in the day of their calamity. Neither shouldest thou have stood in the crossway to cut off those of his that did escape; neither shouldest thou have delivered up those of his that remained in the day of distress. For the day of haShem is near upon all the heathen. As thou hast done, it shall be done unto thee: thy reward shall return upon thine own head. For as ye have drunk upon My holy mountain, so shall all the heathen drink continually; yea, they shall drink, and they shall swallow down, and they shall be as though they had not been. But upon Mount Zion shall be deliverance, and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions. And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble; and they shall kindle them and devour them. And there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau, for HaShem hath spoken it.” And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau, and they of the plain the Philistines. And they shall possess the fields of Ephraim and the fields of Samaria, and Benjamin shall possess Gilead. And the captives of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captives of Jerusalem who are in Sepharad shall possess the cities of the south. And saviors shall come up on Mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be HaShem’s.
The Isaiah Wars
The Prophet Yeshayahu (Isaiah) foretells of the re-unification when Judah and the 10 tribes are re-united. This re-unification can only come about once 10 Israel has repented of their past rebellion and idolatry and has returned to the covenant. Once that occurs, according to Yeshayahu they join forces and plunder Edom, Moav, and Ammon. Moav and Ammon is today the nation of Jordan, ruled by the Sunni Islamic Hashemite clan. Edom is a reference to the mixed Edomite/Palestinian people who are now occupying the territories of Judea and Samaria, not to mention the Gaza strip.
And it shall come to pass in that day that HaShem shall set His hand again the second time to recover the remnant of His people who shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea. And He shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth. The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off; Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim. But they shall fly upon the shoulders of the Philistines toward the west; they shall despoil them of the east together. They shall lay their hand upon Edom and Moab, and the children of Ammon shall obey them. And HaShem shall utterly destroy the tongue of the Egyptian Sea; and with His mighty wind shall He shake His hand over the river, and shall smite it in the seven streams and make men go over dryshod. And there shall be a highway for the remnant of His people who shall be left from Assyria, as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt. (Isaiah 11:11-16)
Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah, this that is glorious in His apparel, traveling in the greatness of his strength? “I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.” Why art thou red in Thine apparel, and Thy garments like him that treadeth in the wine vat? I have trodden the wine press alone; and of the people there was none with Me. For I will tread them in Mine anger and trample them in My fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon My garments, and I will stain all My raiment. For the day of vengeance is in Mine heart, and the year of My redeemed is come. And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold. Therefore Mine own arm brought salvation unto Me, and My fury, it upheld Me. And I will tread down the people in Mine anger, and make them drunk in My fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.” (Isaiah 63:1-6)
Though it seems like the State of Israel is floundering about currently, the Tanakh makes it clear that in the days to come she will be transformed from the mostly faithless nation it is now – 80% of Israeli’s are secular – to a beacon of righteousness and light for the nations to behold and witness the Arm of HaShem as He tends the “Branch of His Planting.”