Stewarton Bible School does not subscribe to the view that the
British, American and several other European nations are the lost 10
Tribes of Israel. Our reasons are as follows:
1. Population Increase
In Jacob's day, the patriarch was, at a very, very conservative
estimate, one man in a world population of at least 6,000,000.
The world's population in Jacob's day was probably a lot greater than
that, but for the purpose of this discussion we'll say Jacob was
one in six million people on earth. The present combined
populations of the alleged British-Israel nations: Britain (Ephraim),
the USA (Manasseh), Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and
western Europe (France (Reuben) Denmark (Dan) Saxony (Isaac's sons)
etc.) is about 1,000,000,000 (one UK billion): which is
approximately one sixth of the world's present population of
about 6,000,000,000 (six UK billion).
Now consider for a moment this astonishing fact. If the British
Israel theory were true, it would mean that Jacob's descendants
somehow grew from being one in six million to one in
six! Statistically that is impossible. History provides no
evidence whatsoever that the birth rate of other nations (China,
India, Africa etc.) virtually stood still whilst Jacob's descendants
(Britain, USA and western Europe) out-stripped them to such an extent.
If anything, history tells us the very opposite was true: the
population explosion occurred elsewhere (China, India and Africa); not
amongst the white races. In other words, statistically the theory
about Britain, the USA and western Europe being the Lost 10 Tribes of
Israel is a non-starter. It cannot be true.
2. Language Loss
The second reason concerns language loss. When Israel was
scattered around the world, the language its people spoke was
basically Hebrew (or Aramaic). How is it that the peoples of Britain,
the USA and western Europe now speak so many different languages
(English, French, Spanish, Dutch, Danish, Flemish, German etc.) and
not Hebrew? Shouldn't they all be speaking the same language if they
are all descendants of the same nation - Israel? Here we have a twin
Is that likely? Can any nation, numbering millions, just forget its
language and each of its 12 tribes invent a new language? To suggest
that the lost 10 tribes invented so many new languages
(English, French, Dutch, Flemish, German and Danish) and also all
forgot Hebrew is stretching credulity to its limits.
- All these so-called Israelites lost their ability to speak their
native tongue - Hebrew.
- Instead they invented new languages - each tribe inventing its
3. Regathering of Israel
The third reason for rejecting the British Israel theory is based on
Bible prophecies concerning Israel in the last days. Bible prophecy
tells us that the people of Israel (who were scattered to the far
corners of the earth after the fall of Jerusalem) would be re-gathered
at the end of this age. The scattering (Diaspora) began about
two thousand years ago. The re-gathering began in this century.
In the past few decades, millions of Israelites have returned to
the new-born state of Israel. The population is now heading for the
6,000,000 mark. But, strangely enough, we do not see millions of
British, Americans, Canadians, Australians, Danes, French or Saxons
going to live in the land of Israel. Why not? If they are the
descendants of the Lost 10 Tribes why are these people not
going back to Israel as Bible prophecy said they would? The answer is
obvious. These people are, in the main, not the descendants of the
Lost 10 Tribes. Some of them may be: but certainly not the vast
Instead we see Israelites from Russia, Yemen, Hungary, Poland,
Ethiopia and the eastern European countries returning in plane, ship
and bus loads to the land of Israel. Tens of thousands have literally
walked into Israel. This cannot be said of the British, the Americans
and the western Europeans: simply because they are not the blood born
descendants of Jacob.
4. The Chosen Race
Israel is the chosen race, Yahweh's People, chosen because of
Yahweh's promise to Abraham and his "seed" - Yeshua
(Jesus). Throughout scripture Israel is called "my people"
by the Most High (Exodus 5:1, 7:4, 7:16, 8:1, 8:8, 8:20-21). There is
absolutely no doubt about this fact. The Bible also says that:
|Galations 3:7 & 29
||"If you are Christ's, then are you Abraham's seed."
This statement includes Gentile believers: they too are reckoned as
real Israelites, spiritual Jews, true descendants of Abraham.
In Romans chapter 11 Paul further explains how unbelieving Israelites
are pruned off and newly converted Gentiles (wild branches) grafted
onto the Olive of Israel. True believers in Israel's Messiah
(Yeshua) are, in other words, reckoned as true Israelites,
whatever their race. This fact is also made plain in this passage:
||"For he is not a Jew, which is one outwardly; neither is that
circumcision, which is outward in the flesh: But he is a Jew, which
is one inwardly; and circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit,
and not in the letter; whose praise is not of men, but of
This means that there is no Master Race of whites, blacks,
browns or yellows. The only Master Race on earth at the moment is made
up of those who believe in the Master. This verse describes the
Master Race, or shall we say the Royal Family of God.
||"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us,
that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world
knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the
sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we
know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall
see him as he is."
In view of these facts, let all lay aside the false notion of being
superior to other peoples or races: be they black, brown (as the
Saviour was) yellow or white. The British Israel theory
collapses on several other scores; but enough proof is given here to
discard it as a dangerous fallacy. Having to fall back on appearance,
colour, race, education, accent, wealth or social standing is at best
- a poor substitute for faith and holiness.
Last Updated: November 1996