Maggid ben Yoseif / Jerusalem Torah Voice in Exile
December 24, 2005 / 12 Tevet 5765
 
Ephraim:
The Scattering and the Regathering
As a young boy I would often climb high into a sweet gum tree in an alley near our house to hide from my sisters with my favorite toy, a Yo-Yo, in hand.  It amazed me that this disc wound with string would "hesitate" or spin around and around and around awaiting a jerk of my finger to return to my hand. 
 
We are at that moment in spiritual history where the Torah in Genesis 48:19 predicted Ephraim would become "the fullness of the Gentiles."  Hashem's "Yo-Yo," the proverbial instrument of His scattering is hesitating. Just the twitch of Hashem's finger will call the House of Israel, led by Ephraim, home.
 
Ephraim identified by 'the fullness'
 
There are several excellent documentaries and books written about the location of the tribes of Israel in exile based on physical evidence, DNA, cultural ties and linguistic similarities. But none of them identify Ephraim according to the biblical parameters or explain the purpose of this return in the context of "the fullness."
 
Elsewhere in this website is explained the enmities and vexations that led to the split of Israel into two kingdoms, the House of Judah led by the monarchy of the House of David to the south, and the House of Israel led by the monarchy of the House of Joseph to the North.
 
The Rov of the myriads of Ephraim
 
This article will trace the migration of the Rov -- or the majority -- within the House of Israel called the House of Joseph or the myriads of thousands of Ephraim.  This is documented below with etymological evidence.
 
Jerusalemite Yohanan Hevroni ben David, also known as John Hully is the retired UN World Bank senior economist who first discovered the physical links between Israelites exiled to Assyria in 722 BCE and the Cimmerian root stock that mingled with indigenous populations throughout Europe.
 
Ancient Assyrian inscriptions rewrite Cimmerian history
 
ben David relied on ancient Assyrian inscriptions that rewrite existing histories of the Cimmerian peoples.  The Cimmerians are descendants of the tribe of Gomer (a son of Yapheth) or Japheth, who mixed with Israelites exiled to Assyria, ben David concluded.
 
They are the Beit 'Omri whom the Greeks called Kimmeri, hardening the gutteral ayin which began their name into a "k."  Kimmeri is an early name by which the Greeks referred to the Cimmerian peoples.  Later they were called Kymri (which is the proper noun describing citizens of Wales). 
 
The marriage of Hosea and Gomer
 
ben David, with whom I met for about 30 hours in 1993, concluded that early writers of history could not have determined the link between Cimmerians and Israelites because they (the historians) did not have access to Assyrian inscriptions and also discounted the biblical marriage of Israel to Gomer as prophesied by the example of the prophet, Hosea.
 
ben David's research also identifies the Talmud's Sanbatyon as the Bosporus Strait between the Sea of Marmora and the Black Sea.  According to the Talmud, the Northern Tribes crossed the mysterious Sanbatyon, which "stood still one day a week" according to the legend on Shabbat, "thus it was also called the Shabbatyon."
 
Lubavitch editors do not dispute Sanbatyon identity
 
His research was first published in the early 1990s   by B'or HaTorah under the title, "Did any of the Lost Tribes Go North?" after the Lubavitch editors spent more than a year double-checking ben David before printing his work virtually as he submitted it.
 
ben David said he was able to identify the Sanbatyon because the Assyrian inscriptions helped him determine that the Israelites were in the region of Lydia and Bithynia.  In the language of that region, san meant river, so the San Batyon was naturally the river of the Bithynians (the Bosporus).  In the New Testament, the Apostle Paul is in Bithynia when pondering whether he should go east into Asia to look for the Assimilation of Israel.  He has a vision or dream in which he is told by a man from Macedonia -- on the other side of the Bosporus -- to cross over and help there instead.  Thus the Gospel -- of the restoration of the Kingdom to Israel -- followed on the heels of the Israelite exodus out of Asia Minor.
 
'Here lies the Sanbatyon'
 
Tumulary inscriptions, including one reading "Here lies the Sanbatyon," found in the area confirm the identification.  And true to the Talmudic writing, the Bosporus does stand still on the average of 4.5 days a month from April through September as the prevailing SW winds from the Dardanelles back up the water coming through the strait.
 
His discovery coincides with the recognition by some rabbis and Torah scholars that God's vision of biblical Zion is more than a purely Jewish state.  Zion may especially include Joes who share the Jews' love and devotion to the God of Israel, the Torah of Israel and the Land of Israel ... especially those who hail from Cimmerian roots ... Scandinavian, Welsh, Irish or Scottish ancestry or any with Cimmerian root stock who hail from Europe or European colonization.
 
How the majority (Rov) of the House of Israel
became the Cimmerian peoples:
 
In 722 BCE, the House of Israel was exiled into Assyria and judged with three judgments from Creator.

1) The name of the House of Israel would be changed from "Yisrael" (Israel) to "Yizra'el" (Jezreel) or the "seed" Creator would scatter.

2) Creator would remove His Mercy from the House of Israel and cause the kingdom of the House of Israel to cease but would not do this with the House of Judah, who would be judged according to their deeds.

3)  Creator disowned the Northern Tribes altogether calling them Lo-Ami (Not My People) and declaring He was "not their God."

Promise of regathering in the Last Days

Yet, Creator promised in the Last Days to regather Israel.  In the same place where it was said of them -- believed to be the valley of Jezreel -- "You are not My people," there it would be said of them, You are the b'nei El Chai, sons of the living God.  This and dozens of other Scripture indicate the return of the House of Joseph is prophesied and anticipated.

Infancy prophesies of Y'shua's mission

It is my belief that the prophesies about Y'shua before his birth and at his infancy by his uncle, Zecharias, his aunt, Elizabeth, his mother, Miriam, Simon who was waiting for the Consolation of Israel and Hannah all point to his role in rectifying these three judgments and God remembering "His Mercy for His People Israel." (See especially the infancy account in Luke 1-2).  When his suffering and atonement is understood in the traditional role as a tzadik (instead of deity), there should be no stumbling block preventing the reconciliation of Joseph and Judah.

Waymarks help remnant return

To locate the House of Israel in exile, it becomes necessary to trace the route of their exile.  The prophet Jeremiah wrote that the House of Israel should leave waymarks or markers on the way so they can return "in the same manner in which they were exiled."

The prophet Hosea who issued this "beginning of the Word of the Lord" first describing Hashem's intent to scatter part of Israel among the Gentiles but then in the Last Days to regather a remnant of these peoples, married a harlot named, Gomer.

Noah's prophesy about Shem and Yaphet dwelling together

Similarly, the House of Israel in exile was settled in three Assryian regions, which were the biblical  inheritance of Gomer, the eldest son of Yahphet (Japheth).  This was to fulfill one of the most ancient prophesies in Scripture that descendants of Shem (through the Northern Tribes) would intermarry with descendants of Yahphet, the two sons of Noah who did not gaze on their father, Noah's nakedness.  But the Torah forbids such intermarriage, meaning that the Northern Tribes would first be removed from covenant and this prophecy would not apply at all to faithful Judah, who was not removed from its covenant.

People of Gomer intermarry with 'House of 'Omri'

The Asssyrians respected the military prowess of one Israelite leader in particular, King 'Omri.  More than 100 years after the king's death, the Israelites who went into exile were called in the Assyrian inscriptions, "the House of 'Omri," in honor of this respect.  However, as explained above, 'Omri, to a non-Hebrew speaker usually comes out "Gomri" (Heb. My Gomer) as the ayin which begins the name is often articulated as simply a "g".

Driven across Bosporus

A battle fought in 450 BCE between the kingdom of the Medes who were allied with the Gomeri (by now an admixture of Israel and Gomer) and the kingdom of Lydia was won by King Gyges of Lydia, who drove the "Gomeri" out of Asia Minor across the Bosporus and into Eastern Europe.

The Gomeri went through the name changes mentioned above in migrating across Europe along three primary routes:

1) A northern route evading the high mountains of the Himalayas was a relatively straight path to Scandinavia where a large contingent of Gomeri-Kymri-Cymri-Cimmerians settled.

2) A second contingent traveled west along the northern Mediterranean coastline eventually settling in the region of the Normandy coast (of modern France).

3) A third contingent migrated from Scandinavia and from Normandy across the English Channel south to Scotland and north to Wales eventually defining today's Scots, Welsh and Irish.

European colonization grafts fullness from Cimmerian root stock

Through EUROPEAN -- not just British colonization -- the fullness of Ephraim now occupies every nation that was colonized by European nations, in other words, every nation, language, race and tongue.

This defines the "fullness of the Gentiles" into which Ephraim has been grafted and the purpose for this assimilation into all nations.  According to Chizchuni, Da'as Zekeinim, Rashbam, Tzur and other Jewish sources, the promise in Genesis 12:3 that Abraham's seed would nivrecu usually mistranslated "be blessed" should properly be translated "will be grafted or intermingled" into every family of the earth.

Torah forbids Judah to assimilate meaning promise of Rov is fulfilled in Joseph

This is fulfilled not through Judah, who by the Torah is forbidden to intermarry or asssimilate, but through Joseph and in Joseph's exile.  Joseph's name means "multiplier so as to remove the disgrace of barrenness" and specifically his youngest son, Ephraim, whose name means "double-fruitful."   The fullness of the Gentiles therefore relates to Ephraim's assimilation into all nations, kindreds, peoples and tongues.

Of nations, kindreds, peoples and tongues

After listing all the tribes but Dan and Ephraim, and listing "Joseph" as only one of the 12,000, this curious statement is found following the description of the 144,000 in Revelation 7:9:

After this, I beheld and lo a great multitutde which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people and tongues stood before the throne ...

Ephraim cannot ever be called thousands -- as in 12,000 -- but rather myriads of thousands that cannot be counted just as the "Israel" Abraham was told would be so numerous they could not be counted.  Is there a better example of the "fullness of the Gentiles" as it pertains to Ephraim?

Remedy of the 'Bread of Shame'

 
It appears from a spiritual view, that it was necessary for Creator to share with the Nations, the free gifts to Israel of the land of Israel and the Torah.  Some among the nations would mix with Ephraim and return to this heritage, thus remedying the Bread of Shame associated with gifts that are not shared.
 
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