The Twelve Tribes and Christendom:
Joel 3:6. “ . . . and sold the sons of Judah and Jerusalem to the Greeks in order to remove them far from their territory.” Europe was the ultimate destination of the tribes of Israel although they stopped many places a long the way including Babylon and what is now the Empire of Persia from India to Ethiopia (read the story of Esther).
John 7:35 “He is not intending to go to the Dispersion among the Greeks, and teach the Greeks, it He?” The Jews knew where the tribes dispersed to to. They knew it was to Europe. Just like Ananias prophesied the Jesus had to die for the nations, the Jews prophesied that Jesus was going to the dispersion among the Greeks, and to teach the Greeks. By extension, this is to all of Europe. All the Scriptures written since the Resurrection are in a European language (Greek).
James 1:1. “To the twelve tribes who are dispersed abroad: Greetings!”
All twelve tribes were alive and well at the time James wrote this, less that twenty years after the Resurrection. He would not offering the Tribes “Greetings” had they all died out.
Gen 9:27: “May God enlarge Japheth, and let him swell in the tends of Shem.” Japheth is the father of the Europeans; God greatly enlarged his descendants. It was to the Europeans that God gave the care of the vineyard after stripped it away from those who called themselves Jews (Matthew 21:33-45), and they did in fact provide the Lord with a return by evangelizing the whole world! They conquered nations and brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ to every continent. Europeans Christianized the Western Hemisphere. European missionaries brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ to Africa and China.
Is not a tent a covering? Was not that descendant of Shem, Jesus Christ, our covering for sin and guilt and shame? Is not the skins of animals the covering of sin for Adam and Eve? Is not a tent a covering from the rage of heaven?
The sons of Japheth welcomed the ancient sons of Israel (who are not Jews at all) and the the Apostles are specifically sent to Europe. Europe becomes Christendom. And thus the Sons of Japheth dwell in the tents of Shem.
Fritz Berggren, PhD
March 18, 2023 A.D.