Evidence of Migration to Britain
Somewhere in the world today lost Israel exists as God's servant nation. The Jews are not the only descendants of the ancient 12-tribed nation of Israel, which includes the Anglo-Saxon-Celtic people and the British Commonwealth and certain countries in north-western Europe. "British" means "covenant man", being derived from two Hebrew words, "Brith", meaning covenant, and "ish", man. Israel were the covenant people of God, and signs of their migration to Britain are visible in other continental countries.
The Danes are of particular interest because of the ease with which they can be identified. One of the lost ten tribes was the tribe of Dan. In the Old Testament the tribe of Dan was noted for naming the places that they inhabited after their father, Dan. The tribe of Dan has never lost this trait. We find that they have left their marks right across the face of Europe as they progressively migrated towards the Isles of the West. Thus we have the River Danube, the D(a)neiper and D(a)neister, the city of Danzig, and Denmark, or as spelt by the Danes, Danmark. As we know from history, many of the Danes, or the men of Dan, moved into the British Isles. Even today the Danes still have this characteristic. Most Australians have heard of the ships obtained from Denmark for her Antarctic stations, bearing the names of Kista Dan, Thala Dan and Magga Dan.
Hebrew Names in Britain
The Israelites were also known in the Bible as Hebrews, and the language they spoke is known even today as the Hebrew language. The name Hebrew is derived from Eber, or Heber, a great grandson of Noah and an ancestor of Israel.
Today, in the British Isles there are a number of place names derived from Eber, Heber, or Hebrew. For example, there are the Islands of The Hebrides. The prefix "aber", it is believed, is derived from Eber, and is to be found in Scottish names such as Aberdeen, Abernethy and Aberfeldy.
The early settlers of Ireland also bore names of Israel-Hebrew origin. Irish history goes back to about 1,000 B.C. In those early days quite a lucrative trade was conducted between Ireland and the land of Israel in the ships of Dan; Dan being the seafaring tribe. Irish history recorded the migration of the Danites about 1,000 B.C. into Ireland. These people were called Tuatha de Danaan, or the tribe of Dan.
In Ptolemy's ancient map of Ireland we find in the north-east corner of Ireland two places with the following names: Dan Sowar (Dan's Resting Place) and Dan Sobairse (Dan's Habitation). This is, of course, characteristic of the tribe of Dan as discussed in the previous paragraph. Some of these early Irish settlers were also called Iberians, which is derived from Heber, father of the Hebrews. Even today we still have the name Hibernian associated with Ireland.
God's Word Verified by History
So far we have considered some historical facts which link lost Israel with the Anglo-Saxon nations today. However, the prophecies of the scriptures provide us with indisputable proof of this great truth. The various prophecies of the Bible when taken together find their fulfilment in only one people upon the face of the earth, namely, the Anglo-Saxon nations. They have not been fulfilled in the Jews. If the Jews are all Israel then God has failed and the Bible is not true! But when we see that lost Israel is refound today in Anglo-Saxondom, what a mighty Book the Bible becomes! Its accuracy is staggering; its fulfilled predictions become nothing short of miraculous. We see that God's faithfulness has never failed, and we know that it never will. The key is found that unlocks the great plan of God among the nations, and the Bible becomes one absolute testimony to the great God of all creation, who said: "
I am God, and there is none like me, declaring the end from the beginning, and from ancient times the things that are not yet done, saying my counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure." (ISAIAH 46:9-10).
|Chief Rabbi's opinion
The leaders of Jewry, who are aware of their historical and prophetical background, rightly claim to have the most consecutive and complete historical records of any nation or people in the world.
In 1918, Dr. Hertz, Chief Rabbi of the British Empire, said: "The people known at present as Jews are descendants of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, with a certain number of the descendants of the tribe of Levi. As far as is known there is not any further admixture of other tribes. The ten tribes have been absorbed among the nations of the world. We look forward to the gathering of the tribes at some future day
Source: 'Voice of Revival'