Today’s Jews are made up of the 12 tribes.
Some, in clear contradiction to the Holy Bible, claim that the twelve tribes of Israel are Jewish. Such woefully ignorant or deceptive people deny the Biblical distinctions between the 12 tribes and pretend that there is only one tribe: Judah.
Jacob-Israel had 12 children. Each son became the patriarch of the tribe that bears his name. For example, there is Judah, whose descendants are Jews. There is also José, whose descendants are Joes. Joseph is not a Jew!
The 12 tribes of Israel became the nation of Israel which later split into two: Joseph was the leader of the Northern Kingdom with its 10 tribes, the capital Samaria, and Judah was the leader of the Southern Kingdom, the capital Jerusalem.
The northern kingdom of Israel was defeated and deported by the Assyrians 130 years before the southern kingdom of Judah was defeated and deported by the Babylonians. Two pull apart kingdoms with separate tribes. The Northern Kingdom of Israel became known as the “Lost Ten Tribes”. Jews continued to be known as Jews (including exceptions including the general government of the relatively few Israelites who resided with them).
The first time in the Bible the words “Jews” are used is when the Northern Kingdom of Israel allied itself with Syria. against the Jews! This is important to note as some deny these great distinctions! The Joes are not and never were Jews! It’s Joes!
2 Kings 16: 5-6
5So Rezin, King of Syria and Peka son of Remaliah king of Israel went up to Jerusalem to war: and besieged Ahaz [king of Judah], but he couldn’t beat it.
6 At that time Rezin king of Syria returned Elath to Syria, and get the Jews out of ElathAnd the Syrians came to Elath, and have lived there to this day.
Further proof that there are TWELVE TRIBES and not just Jews / Judah can be found in the various blessings of the 12 tribes by Jacob (Genesis 48-49) and later by Moses (Deuteronomy 32). They are directed at each of the 12 tribes of Israel and not just Judah! the Ten lost tribes “ they are not Jewish.
The High Priest had 12 precious stones representing the 12 Tribes of Israel, not just one stone on his breastplate, and he carried on his shoulder two stones with six tribal names on one stone and six tribal names on the other (Exodus 28).
The Promised Land of Israel was divided among the 12 tribes of Israel, as any biblical map will clearly reveal, not just a great inheritance for Judah!
Ezekiel 47-48 reveals a future division of the Land of Israel again among the 12 Tribes. The New Jerusalem mentions 12 tribes, not just Judah (Revelation 21:12).
Those who dare to deny these God-given distinctions mentioned in the Bible from Genesis to Revelation claim that the 12 tribes of Israel have merged into a single tribe of Judah, denying the distinct Biblical prophecies for each of the separate tribes.
Some Jews have a haughty attitude against other tribes, even some Jews, and reject the “prodigal son” and disinherit them against the Word and Will of God:
15 Son of man, your brothers, your relatives, your countrymen, and the entire house of Israel as a whole, are those of whom the inhabitants of Jerusalem have said: ‘Away from the LORD; this land has been given to us as a possession. ‘
They want the gentile Israelites to remain lost and far away, feeling proud and exclusive, rather than acknowledging that they are just a small part of the Chosen People, the Servant Nation, and must seek reconciliation, our family reunion, not further alienation.
Those who pretend that the 12 tribes are now with Judah speak against the Law and the Prophets who reveal the opposite, as the Law states that the People (I am israel the Nation or People of Israel – the 12 Tribes) will be restored under King Messiah, and the Prophets speak of two branches representing the two main tribes of Joseph and Judah reconciled and reunited.
Conclusive proof Jose and Judah are still separate and unique identities and tribes:
Ezekiel 37: 15-22
15 The word of the Lord came to me, saying,
16 Moreover, son of man, take yourself a stick, and write about it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write about it, For Joseph, the rod of Ephraim and for all the house of Israel his companions:
17 And join them one to another in one stick; and they will be one in your hand [they’re two sticks, separate but brought together and joined by God].
18 And when the sons of your people speak to you, saying, Won’t you show us what you mean by this?
19 Say to them: Thus says the Lord GOD; Behold, I’ll take the joseph stickwho is in the hands of Ephraim and his companions of the tribes of Israel, and will put them with him, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in my hand.
20And the sticks you write about will be in your hand before their eyes.
21And tell them: Thus says the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the nations where they have gone, I will gather them everywhere and bring them to their own land.
22 And I will make them a nation in the land on the mountains of Israel; and a king will be king for all of them; and they will no longer be two nations, nor will they be divided into two kingdoms anymore. [which division still remains to this day until the restoration of all things].
Some Jews deny that the Joes are Israelites, and some Joes deny that Judah is legitimate, accusing them of being Khazarian converts and unworthy of the Jewish homeland. I refute both hateful teachings with the plain truth of the Bible.
In Judaism, there is a concept, “Ma’ase Avot, Siman L’Banim” the works of the parents are guides for the children. The actions of the ancestors are reflected in the lives of their descendants.
Joseph and Judah fought before and they don’t always agree today. Joseph’s brothers were blind to their identity and Joseph was a world ruler who fed the nations. Some still do not recognize Joseph as the Anglo-Saxons or perceive that Joseph represented Yeshua the Pierced One, but in God’s good time everything will be revealed beyond any shadow of a doubt.