The Lost Tribe of Judah
The Lost Tribe of Judah is Russia.
Seal Date Identification
Judah's seal date is the first in the list as recorded in Revelation chapter 7. The following is the report on this particular seal date:
|Judah's Seal Date|
|Thu||12603-01-23 AA||23 Aug 1612 NS||13 Aug 2365 AUC||4597223 AAN|
|3103-01-23 FE||13 Aug 1612 OS||13 Aug 1612 AD||2310066 JDN|
Each date like this indicates the signing of some sort of document important in her national history.
Carefully note the date given in the previous report. The Russians would not convert their calendar system from the Old Style Julian system used since the time of Jesus to the New Style Gregorian system until the time of the Communist Revolution in the early 1900s. But, in 1700 they did change New Years Day from March 25 to January 1.
In September of 1612 the Russians repelled a Polish invasion in a battle known as the Battle of Moscow. The same pattern, of the Russians repelling a foreign invasion, would happen again many more times.
After victory against the Poles, the Russians held a Zemsky Sobar (A Grand National Assembly) where they elected a new throne, called the House of Romanov, which would take office in 1613. That house remained in power until the Communist Revolution roughly 300 years later.
That meeting and election would be comparable to a Constitutional Convention in the United States... Forming as it did a dynasty that lasted 300 years.
The invitations to that Zemsky Sobar appear to be the document that most directly times to this expected prophetic date.
When I was working out the identification of the Lost Tribe of Judah I had a great deal of trouble with finding the 1612 documents. The problem was knowing where to look.
The Biblical name "Judah" is the root for the word Jude, which is normally translated Jew in English.
Because of my church upbringing I thought I was looking for a nation that had something to do with Jews.
Modern Israel is of course Jewish, but it did not exist at this seal date in 1612. I spent a great deal of time reading through Jewish History attempting to find some place where Jews were active in a way that would trigger this seal date.
Brazil was the best candidate in this era, but it was not satisfying.
Modern Israel will turn out to be a different tribe. As a group they have usurped the term Jude (Yo-Du in Paleo) because they are the world's bankers, and the Hebrew term behind Judah speaks to their holding of the world's shared purse.
Once I had given up on my church training, I worked out the Ad Hoc Identification for this tribe which quickly led to finding the documents mentioned above.
Ad Hoc Identification
The city of Rome was founded at roughly the same time as the Assyrian Invasion of ancient Israel. An excellent case can be made that the 304 day/year original Roman calendar was the calendar of the Northern Kingdom, being exactly 10/12ths of the average year length of the calendar used to write the Bible.
Rome was likely settled by refugees fleeing across the Mediterranean by boat from ancient Israel. They carried their calender, and they carried the legend of Rome being founded by Romulus and Remus. The legend of those brothers is likely a cultural memory of the 2 primary brothers that ruled ancient Israel, Joseph and Judah.
After the Civil War at Solomon's death, Joseph ruled the northern kingdom, while Judah ruled the southern kingdom. Judah had retained the original joint capital at Jerusalem. They were both hauled away by the Assyrians as I explored on the Home Page.
The Roman world itself is pictured in dream of a statue given to Nebuchadnezzar, himself a king over Israelite refugees. That dream is showing the flow of the Israelite kingdom down through history, including several intermediate kingdoms. The split in the Roman world is seen as the 2 legs of that statue.
The Roman world split in the time of Constantine, with the eastern capital first moving to Constantinople, but later moving north to Kiev and eventually to Moscow. The church world also split, with the western side becoming what today is called Roman Catholic, while the eastern side became Orthodox. For our purposes here specifically Russian Orthodox.
Because I'm telling this story in time order, I have not yet fully explored the tribe of Joseph, but as I hinted on the Home Page Joseph will become the English Speaking world.
The best Ad Hoc identification of Russia, for English speaking westerners, is as the Nemesis of the Lost Tribe of Joseph. That nemesis was and always has been Judah.
The entire modern split of the world into east and west is thus the same split caused by the civil war after Solomon's death.
Those ancient Biblical tribes are important, and documented in the Divinely Inspired word of God for all of eternity because they form the split that breaks down through all of mankind, across much of recorded history.
Jacob's pronouncement over Judah:
8Judah, your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father's sons will bow down before you. 9Judah is a lion's whelp; from the prey my son you are gone up; he stooped down, he crouched as a lion, and as a young lion who will rouse him up?10The scepter will not depart from Judah nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until the coming of the one to whom the scepter belongs, to whom the nations will look forward. 11He will tie up his foal to the vine and his donkey's colt to a branch; he will bleach his garments with wine and his robe with the juices of the grape; 12his eyes will be radiant with wine and his teeth white with milk?Genesis 49:8-12
This blessing is often linked by Christians to Jesus, as Jesus was descended from David, himself from the tribe of Judah. This blessing appears to go deeper, and has fulfilled in at least 2 key ways in the modern era.
The first is the general nature of the Russian empire, formed by military conquest of lands surrounding Russia. The kingdom implied in Jacob's blessing.
The second, and perhaps more interesting application, is the United Nations. The general structure of the United Nations follows the structure of Soviet governments. To reflect that pattern, the general iconography of the United Nations also follows traditional Soviet types and patterns.
This is no accident, the United Nations is the government that if Jesus came back today he would take the reigns of... It is Judah's government, the one being prepared for Jesus to take control of.
As I review this material in late 2016, I also find it interesting that the Russian attitude towards international relations is far more sane than anything that has come out of western leaders since at least 2001.
Jacob's blessing deals with the right to rule, and the Communist history of the Russian peoples has given them an attitude missing in the west.
Judah was the prominent son of Leah. Depending on English translation word choices, Leah may have had bad eyes. That seems to be reflective of an inability to see what God is doing. There is a history of religious persecution across Russia and that history appears to be hinted at in the way Judah could not correctly handle Tamar. Tamar is also interesting, as the name is associated in scripture with the richly ornamented robe and the story in Genesis of Judah's dealing with Tamar is a prophetic story of Russia dealing with the English speaking west. In general Judah wants to stone and burn Tamar, but eventually relents.
1000 years of Christianity in Russia
Understanding Russia's history with Christianity is important to understanding her prophetic place in future history. Her conversion to Christianity was dated and that date patterns the fall of the USSR in 1991.
About the year 990 the premier of the city of Kiev baptized the citizens of the city, bringing Eastern Orthodox Christianity to that nation.
Kiev would become known as the "Jerusalem of Russia" and would be the center of the Christian religion through that part of the world. Within 20 years the temple of Russia, St. Sophia's Cathedral, would be built in Kiev. Russia settled down as a Christian country.
Of course this is at the national level, a topic not covered much in the New Testament. A condition that is some how parallel to personal salvation, but not exactly the same...
By 1991, the 1000th anniversary of Russia's first Christian conversions was happening.
The main passage where this historic episode is recorded is in Revelation 20. The following is the relevant text:
1And I saw a king come down from the skies, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand. 2And he seized the dragon, that old serpent, which is an adversary and accuser, who deceived the whole world, and bound him 1,000 years, 3and cast him into the bottomless pit and shut him up and set a seal over him, that he should not deceive the nations any longer until the 1,000 years should be past; after that, he will be loosed for a short time.Revelation 20:1-3
The big event in 1990 and 1991 was the First Persian Gulf War. After Iraq invaded Kuwait, a western lead coalition attacked Iraq and freed Kuwait.
At the same time, the USSR was collapsing from within. This may have been because of a military defeat-by-proxy in Kuwait, or because of banking infiltration, hard to tell.
In any case, the USSR collapsed, Russia entered a time of internal turmoil and corruption, and then stopped being a serious check on western power.
What this released would be called the Neocons in western governments who would set out to use the American military to conquer the world without significant restraint.
For how long would Satan be released? A "short time".
The story in Revelation continues, telling us that the first resurrection takes place after this 1000 year period:
4And I saw thrones and those who sat on them, and judgment was given to them; and the souls of those who were beheaded for the witness of Joshua and for the word of god and who had not worshiped the wild animal, neither his image, nor had received his mark on their foreheads or on their hand, lived and reigned with an anointing these 1,000 years.Revelation 20:4
As with other visions in Revelation, a composite picture is being given that those who reign with Christ, who follow his leading and will here on earth, will take part in the resurrection of the dead. When will this be? After this 1000 year period he is being shown in this vision:
7And when the 1,000 years come to an end, the accuser will be loosed out of his prison, 8and will go out to deceive the nations which are in the 4 corners of the land, even to Gog and Magog, to gather them together for war; the number of them is as the sand of the sea. 9And they went up on a broad plain and surrounded the camp of the holy and the beloved city, and fire came down from god out of the skies and consumed them. 10And the adversary who deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where also the animal and the false prophet are; and will be tormented day and night, forever and ever.Revelation 20:7-10
The headlines in 1991 where euphoric over the end of the Soviet Union. This was not what American leadership was trained to expect. They had seen the Soviet Union first hand since the end of World War II, and now they were self destructing. Could this be? Well, in a way, yes, but will it be? Not before the end of this story. They still have much to accomplish on God's calendar. It will take a full 20 years to finish, completing early in 2010.
Daniel, using the symbol for Russia of the bear, says he will get up and "eat his fill of flesh."Daniel 7:5 Ezekiel, using the same people group names we saw in Revelation adds that it will be against their will and he uses the illustration of a horse's bitEzekiel 38:4 suggesting that someone else pulls him into this adventure.
The Commonwealth of Independent States.
Extent of Judah
Several countries outside of the traditional Soviet Empire are included here. These countries are included for various reasons, primarily because Russian communism was imported into these countries.
At the Judah seal date of 1612, power is being consolidated in China by Nurhaci, which supports this claim and adds support for a wider tribal alignment, including Korea and Japan.
There is also widespread enslavement of average Chinese, a match to Judah and a forerunner to modern Communism.
Poland, Czech Republic and Slovakia are listed here as part of Judah. These nations share the same Slavic language family with Russia, which is the basis for this match. Note that Poland, in particular, is Catholic, a distinct departure from the rest of Judah which is Russian Orthodox.
Original Account of Russian Christianization
The Christianisation of Russia (988)
987 (6495): Vladimir summoned together his vassals and the city elders, and said to them: "Behold, the Bulgars came before me urging me to accept their religion. Then came the Germans and praised their own faith; and after them came the Jews. Finally the Greeks appeared, criticising all other faiths but commanding their own, and they spoke at length, telling the history of the whole world from its beginning. Their words were artful, and it was wondrous to listen and pleasant to hear them. They preach the existence of another world. 'Whoever adopts our religion and then dies shall arise and live forever. But whosoever embraces another faith, shall be consumed with fire in the next world.' What is your opinion on this subject, and what do you answer?" The vassals and the elders replied: "You know, O Prince, that no man condemns his own possessions, but praises them instead. If you desire to make certain, you have servants at your disposal. Send them to inquire about the ritual of each and how he worships God. " Their counsel pleased the prince and all the people, so that they chose good and wise men to the number of ten, and directed them to go first among the Bulgars and inspect their faith. The emissaries went their way, and when they arrived at their destination they beheld the disgraceful actions of the Bulgars and their worship in the mosque; then they returned to their own country. Vladimir then instructed them to go likewise among the Germans, and examine their faith, and finally to visit the Greeks. They thus went into Germany, and after viewing the German ceremonial, they proceeded to Constantinople where they appeared before the emperor. He inquired on what mission they had come, and they reported to him all that had occurred.. When the emperor heard their words, he rejoiced, and did them great honour on that very day.
On the morrow, the emperor sent a message to the patriarch to inform him that a Russian delegation had arrived to examine the Greek faith, and directed him to prepare the church and the clergy, and to array himself in his sacerdotal robes, so that the Russians might behold the glory of the God of the Greeks. When the patriarch received these commands, he bade the clergy assemble, and they performed the customary rites. They burned incense, and the choirs sang hymns. The emperor accompanied the Russians to the church, and placed them in a wide space, calling their attention to the beauty of the edifice, the chanting, and the offices of the archpriest and the ministry of the deacons, while he explained to them the worship of his God. The Russians were astonished, and in their wonder praised the Greek ceremonial. Then the Emperors Basil and Constantine invited the envoys to their presence, and said, "Go hence to your native country," and thus dismissed them with valuable presents and great honour. Thus they returned to their own country, and the prince called together his vassals and the elders. Vladimir then announced the return of the envoys who had been sent out, and suggested that their report be heard. He thus commanded them to speak out before his vassals. The envoys reported: "When we journeyed among the Bulgars, we beheld how they worship in their temple, called a mosque, while they stand ungirt. The Bulgarian bows, sits down, looks hither and thither like one possessed, and there is no happiness among them, but instead only sorrow and a dreadful stench. Their religion is not good. Then we went among the Germans, and saw them performing many ceremonies in their temples; but we beheld no glory there. Then we went on to Greece, and the Greeks led us to the edifices where they worship their God, and we knew not whether we were in heaven or on earth. For on earth there is no such splendour or such beauty, and we are at a loss how to describe it. We know only that God dwells there among men, and their service is fairer than the ceremonies of other nations. For we cannot forget that beauty. Every man, after tasting something sweet, is afterward unwilling to accept that which is bitter, and therefore we cannot dwell longer here." Then the vassals spoke and said, "If the Greek faith were evil, it would not have been adopted by your grandmother Olga, who was wiser than all other men." Vladimir then inquired where they should all accept baptism, and they replied that the decision rested with him.
After a year had passed, in 988 (6496), Vladimir marched with an armed force against Kherson, a Greek city, and the people of Kherson barricaded themselves therein. Vladimir halted at the farther side of the city beside the bay, a bowshot from the town, and the inhabitants resisted energetically while Vladimir besieged the town. Eventually, however, they became exhausted, and Vladimir warned them that if they did not surrender, he would remain on the spot for three years. When they failed to heed this threat, Vladimir marshalled his troops and ordered the construction of an earthwork in the direction of the city. While this work was under construction, the inhabitants dug a tunnel under the city wall, stole the heaped-up earth, and carried it into the city, where they piled it up in the centre of the town. But the soldiers kept on building, and Vladimir persisted. Then a man of Kherson, Anastasius by name, shot into the Russian camp an arrow on which he had written: "There are springs behind you to the east, from which water flows in pipes. Dig down and cut them off." When Vladimir received this information, he raised his eyes to heaven and vowed that if this hope was realised, he would be baptised. He gave orders straightway to dig down above the pipes, and the water supply was thus cut off. The inhabitants were accordingly overcome by thirst, and surrendered.
Vladimir and his retinue entered the city, and he sent messages to the Emperors Basil and Constantine, saying: "Behold, I have captured your glorious city. I have also heard that you have an unwed sister. Unless you give her to me to wife, I shall deal with your own city as I have with Kherson." When the emperors heard this message, they were troubled, and replied: "It is not meet for Christians to give in marriage to pagans. If you are baptised, you shall have her to wife, inherit the kingdom of God, and be our companion in the faith. Unless you do so, however, we cannot give you our sister in marriage." When Vladimir learned their response, he directed the envoys of the emperors to report to the latter that he was willing to accept baptism, having already given some study to their religion, and that the Greek faith and ritual, as described by the emissaries sent to examine it, had pleased him well. When the emperors heard this report, they rejoiced, and persuaded their sister Anna to consent to the match. They then requested Vladimir to submit to baptism before they should send their sister to him, but Vladimir desired that the princess should herself bring priests to baptise him. The emperors complied with his request, and sent forth their sister, accompanied by some dignitaries and priests. Anna, however, departed with reluctance. "It is as if I were setting out into captivity," she lamented; "better were it for me to die here." But her brothers protested: "Through your agency God turns the Russian land to repentance, and you will relieve Greece from the danger of grievous war. Do you not see how much evil the Russians have already brought upon the Greeks? If you do not set out, they may bring on us the same misfortunes." It was thus that they overcame her hesitation only with great difficulty. The princess embarked upon a ship, and after tearfully embracing her kinfolk, she set forth across the sea and arrived at Kherson. The natives came forth to greet her, and conducted her into the city, where they settled her in the palace.
By divine agency, Vladimir was suffering at that moment from a disease of the eyes, and could see nothing, being in great distress. The princess declared to him that if he desired to be relieved of this disease, he should be baptised with all speed, otherwise it could not be cured. When Vladimir heard her message, he said, "If this proves true, then of a surety is the God of the Christians great," and gave order that he should be baptised. The Bishop of Kherson, together with the princess's priests, after announcing the tidings, baptised Vladimir, and as the bishop laid his hand upon him, he straightway received his sight. Upon experiencing this miraculous cure, Vladimir glorified God, saying, "I have now perceived the one true God." When his followers beheld this miracle, many of them were also baptised.
Vladimir was baptised in the Church of St. Basil, which stands at Kherson upon a square in the centre of the city, where the Khersonians trade. The palace of Vladimir stands beside this church to this day, and the palace of the princess is behind the altar. After his baptism, Vladimir took the princess in marriage. Those who do not know the truth say he was baptised in Kiev, while others assert this event took place in Vasiliev, while still others mention other places.
Hereupon Vladimir took the princess and Anastasius and the priests of Kherson, together with the relics of St. Clement and of Phoebus his disciple, and selected also sacred vessels and images for the service. In Kherson he thus founded a church on the mound which had been heaped up in the midst of the city with the earth removed from his embankment; this church is standing at the present day. Vladimir also found and appropriated two bronze statues and four bronze horses, which now stand behind the Church of the Holy Virgin, and which the ignorant think are made of marble. As a wedding present for the princess, he gave Kherson over to the Greeks again, and then departed for Kiev.
When the prince arrived at his capital, he directed that the idols should be overthrown and that some should be cut to pieces and others burned with fire. He thus ordered that Perun should be bound to a horse's tail and dragged along Borichev to the river. He appointed twelve men to beat the idol with sticks, not because he thought the wood was sensitive, but to affront the demon who had deceived man in this guise, that he might receive chastisement at the hands of men. Great art thou, O Lord, and marvellous are thy works! Yesterday he was honoured of men, but today held in derision. While the idol was being dragged along the stream to the Dnepr, the unbelievers wept over it, for they had not yet received holy baptism. After they had thus dragged the idol along, they cast it into the Dnepr. But Vladimir had given this injunction: "If it halts anywhere, then push it out from the bank, until it goes over the falls. Then let it loose." His command was duly obeyed. When the men let the idol go, and it passed through the falls, the wind cast it out on the bank, which since that time has been called Perun's Shore, a name that it bears to this very day.
Thereafter Vladimir sent heralds throughout the whole city to proclaim that if any inhabitant, rich or poor, did not betake himself to the river, he would risk the prince's displeasure. Men the people heard these words, they wept for joy, and exclaimed in their enthusiasm, "If this were not good, the prince and his boyars would not have accepted it." On the morrow the prince went forth to the Dnepr with the priests of the princess and those from Kherson, and a countless multitude assembled. They all went into the water: some stood up to their necks, others to their breasts, the younger near the bank, some of them holding children in their arms, while the adults waded farther out. The priests stood by and offered prayers. There was joy in heaven and upon earth to behold so many souls saved. But the devil groaned, lamenting: "Woe is me! how am I driven out hence! For I thought to have my dwelling place here, since the apostolic teachings do not abide in this land. Nor did this people know God, but I rejoiced in the service they rendered unto me. But now I am vanquished by the ignorant, not by apostles and martyrs, and my reign in these regions is at an end."
When the people were baptised, they returned each to his own abode. Vladimir, rejoicing that he and his subjects now knew God himself, looked up to heaven and said: "O God, who hast created heaven and earth, look down, I beseech thee, on this thy new people, and grant them, O Lord, to know thee as the true God, even as the other Christian nations have known thee. Confirm in them the true and unalterable faith, and aid me, O Lord, against the hostile adversary, so that, hoping in thee and in thy might, I may overcome his malice." Having spoken thus, he ordained that churches should be built and established where pagan idols had previously stood. He thus founded the Church of St. Basil on the hill where the idol of Perun and the other images had been set, and where the prince and the people had offered their sacrifices. He began to found churches and to assign priests throughout the cities, and to invite the people to accept baptism in all the cities and towns. He took the children of the best families, and sent them to schools for instruction in book learning. The mothers of these children wept bitterly over them, for they were not yet strong in faith, but mourned as for the dead. When these children were assigned for study, there was thus fulfilled in the Russian land the prophecy which says, "In those days, the deaf shall hear words of Scripture, and the voice of the stammerers shall be made plain" (Isaiah, xxix, 18). For these persons had not ere this heard words of Scripture, and now heard them only by the act of God, for in his mercy the Lord took pity upon them, even as the Prophet said, "I will be gracious to whom I will be gracious" (Exodus, xxxiii, 19).
Source: Povest' vremennykh let (The Russian Primary Chronicle)
Phil Stone, Updated 2016-11-09