The Ten Tribes are often spoken of as The Lost Tribes of Israel. We do not, however, regard this as appropriate. We believe that the multitudes of Israelites in Russia, Poland, etc., are the descendants of a migration from Assyria, whose communities have grown up to maturity with the growth of the Muscovite nation.
The greater part of the Ten Tribes are evidently regarded by the Prophets as being in the country north from the Holy Land; for they make the exodus of Israel from the North, in their redemption by Messiah, as greatly transcending in celebrity the Exodus of the whole nation from Egypt under Moses.
“Go and proclaim these words toward the north”,
said the prophet,
“and say, Return thou backsliding Israel, saith Jehovah ” (Jer. iii. 12, 13).
“In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given them for an inheritance unto your fathers ” (Jer. iii. 18).See also Isa. xlix. 11; Jer. xxxiii. 7, 8; Zech. ii. 6;ix. 13; x. 10.
But we need not adduce more proof to show that the country north of the Promised Land is the great sepulchre in which the tribes are entombed — it is the amplest of the political graves in which the Children of Israel are buried.
Dr. John Thomas.