Misconceptions On Israel
There are a bunch of misconceptions surrounding modern Israel. These ideas are easier to sort out once modern Israel is identified as the lost tribe of Benjamin. Read on for more
The Name Israel
A common misconception regarding modern Israel is that this little modern nation is all of ancient Israel. This misconception disregards the specific pronouncements of Moses over the Israelites that they would increase by 1000 fold.
11May the LORD, the God of your fathers, increase you a thousand times and bless you as he has promised! (Deuteronomy 1:11 NIV)
11(The Lord God of your fathers make you a thousand times so many more as ye are, and bless you, as he hath promised you!) (Deuteronomy 1:11 KJV)
May Yahvah, god of your fathers, make you 1,000 times as numerous as you are, and bless you, as he has promised you.(Deuteronomy 1:11 BRB)
That math goes something like this. There were 600,000 fighting men.
21But Moses said, "Here I am among six hundred thousand men on foot, and you say, `I will give them meat to eat for a whole month!' (Numbers 11:21 NIV)
21And Moses said, The people, among whom I am, are six hundred thousand footmen; and thou hast said, I will give them flesh, that they may eat a whole month. (Numbers 11:21 KJV)
Then Moses said before Yahvah,The people, among whom I am, are 600,000 footmen, and you have said, I will give them meat, that they may eat a whole month. (Numbers 11:21 BRB)
Each has a wife. Each has kids. So 600,000 * 2 = 1,200,000 adults. Average 2 children each, or 2,400,000 people for whom the 1000 fold blessing is pronounced.
So the predicted size is 2,400,000 * 1000 = 2,400,000,000 people. Stated more simply, the tribes in front of Moses that day will become ~2.4 billion people.
Modern Israel has about 9,500,000 population. This is off by 3 orders of magnitude from Moses' promise. That promise does not fulfill there. Modern Israel is only a small fraction.
The misconception that modern Israel is all of ancient Israel also disregards the promise to Abraham that his offspring would inherit the entire planet. Modern Israel is only a small fraction of the Lost Tribes as it does not possess the planet itself, the rest of the tribes mostly do possess the planet.
Promise To David
Additionally, there was a promise to David that there would always be a descendant of his ruling over at least a part of Israel.
17For this is what the LORD says: `David will never fail to have a man to sit on the throne of the house of Israel, (Jeremiah 33:17 NIV)
For Yahvah says,David will never lack an heir to sit on the throne of the house of Israel; (Jeremiah 33:17 BRB)
17¶For thus saith the Lord; David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel;David…: Heb. There shall not be cut off from David (Jeremiah 33:17 KJV)
Is not currently fulfilled in modern Israel as there is no monarchy. The continuous nature of that promise could never fulfill in Israel because it has not itself been continuous since the time of David.
All of the European monarchies are intermarried, so they function as a single family. They also trace their roots back to David, at least in a legendary way.
A European monarch is probably fulfilling this promise, say the House of Windsor. This crown rules over 15 sovereign states, 3 crown dependencies, 14 overseas territories and 2 associated states in New Zealand.
Additionally, all of the other Lost Tribes had a national conversion to Christianity by the year 1000 AD, some much earlier. The forms of expression of that Christianity varies considerably across countries, and across the centuries, and to modern evangelicals barely looks like Biblical Christianity.
But, what is a national conversion to look like?
The religion supplanted by Christianity was various forms of paganism. Modern Israel is the only lost tribe not to have accepted Jesus as the Messiah at a national level in the past 2000 years. This lack of conversion is hinted at in various scriptures dealing with Benjamin and the Jews.
This lack of national conversion was in part so that the knowledge of the Hebrew Scriptures would not be lost through time. One part of Benjamin's redemptive call was to be the keepers of the Hebrew Scrolls.
Indeed, even the switch of Sabbath from Saturday, probably done in Jeroboam's day, to Sunday by the Northern Kingdom, then Roman and then Christian world protects the mixing of these 2 religions, and thus protects the most ancient textual witnesses.
This lack of national conversion to Christianity in some form is also considered by the Bible as a national fault. In the apostle to tribe map the apostle to the tribe of Benjamin is listed as Judas, the betrayer.
Most public Jewish discourse betrays Jesus, as did Judas. No Messianic Jew, professing Jesus and yet retaining Jewish customs, is allowed to immigrate to Israel under the standard Law of Return.
Another common misconception is the idea that the church replaces the Jews in the covenants.
The christian church took root in the lost tribes. So the tribes retained their promises and adopted a religion that then included the New Testament.
God did not ignore the other Patriarchs nor did he ignore Benjamin.