Did you know that the Book of James was specifically written to them? So this New Testament apostle recognized them and there whereabouts, didn't he?
The American Wisdom Series
Pamphlet 1854 Rev. kc 21-2
One the biggest reasons preachers and ministers of today are clueless about end-time Bible prophecies is because they don't understand that all twelve sons of Jacob/Israel were Israelites (born of Jacob, who was Israel), but they are not Jews. Only those of his son Judah were of Judah, i.e. "Jews". They don't have a clue where the 12 Tribes of Israel are today!
Following King Solomon's reign, the last king to reign over the entire 12 Tribe House of Israel, the House of Judah, along with most of Benjamin, split from the House of Israel. (Look at the maps in the back of any Bible which has them and you will see the northern House of Israel and the southern House of Judah, for they are separate). Although all those of true Judah are of the 12 Tribe House of Israel, the other 11 Tribes are not of Judah, i.e. they are not Jews, Israelites, yes, Jews, no.James 1:1
James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting.
Here's a brief synopsis of the terms Hebrew, Israelite and Jew:
Abraham was an Hebrew, which comes from the word "eber" meaning "from across the river". Abraham's nephew, Lot, was also an Hebrew. Abraham then begat Isaac, who naturally was Hebrew, too. However, neither Abraham, nor Isaac, nor Lot were Jews! Why? Judah hadn't been born yet. Furthermore, we will have Lot and his descendants growing and multiplying as Hebrews, but they will never be of Israel or Judah. So there are Hebrew people, even to this day, who are not even of Israel (Jacob) much less of Judah.
Then Isaac begat Esau and Jacob, both were Hebrews. Esau settled in the land of Edom (later moving and becoming the nation of Russia). Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel, had twelve sons who, today, have become nations, and their populations are as numerous as the sands of the sea and the stars of the sky. (If you live in Russian, you are probably Hebrew, but not Israelite. If you are living in the U.S., you are living in one of those nations of true Israel). All twelve sons of Jacob/Israel were Israelites (born of Jacob, who was Israel). But obviously only those of his son Judah were of Judah, i.e. "Jews".
Without a doubt, this is one the biggest reasons preachers and ministers of today are clueless about end-time Bible prophecies. Ask them where the United States and Great Britain are referred to in prophecy. When they can't give you an answer, or try to spiritualize (read "spin") them into the church of God, or worse yet gentiles, say"In other words, God forgot to mention the super power of super powers of the end-time in Bible prophecy?"
It is at this point that you will be told it is of little importance my child, just have love in your heart and be kind and love Jesus, and don't worry, you'll be raptured away when all these events happen anyway.
No sealing of God's Word here! And so the mark of the beast has been firmly imbedded in your forehead, i.e. Satan's seal, his teachings. You'll be first to be taken in the field.
An entire book could be written here concerning who the
12 Tribes of Israel are and where they are today, but obviously space and
time will not afford us. However, the so-called ten
lost tribes are not lost to our Father, nor to those who have the seal
of God in their foreheads.
You see, Judah is only a small part of the entire House of Israel. Of the tribe of Juda were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Reuben were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Gad were sealed twelve thousand.
If you analyze these 12 Tribes of Israel you will find that Dan and Ephraim are omitted and Levi and Joseph are substituted in their place. Why? Because of their idolatry. You can read of it in Lev. 24:10-16, Deut. 29:18-21, Judges 18:2-31, 1 Kings 12:16-33, and Hosea 4:17. However, know this: God has stated that all of Israel shall (eventually) be saved (Rom. 11:29) and therefore we find that Dan and Ephraim are restored in Ezek. 48 during the Millennium. Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand.
 Of the tribe of Simeon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Levi were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Issachar were sealed twelve thousand.
 Of the tribe of Zabulon were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Joseph were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Benjamin were sealed twelve thousand.
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