Identifying the tribes of Israel


It is God’s plan that the House of Judah, that is: the Jewish people, remain as an identifiable people group to fulfil the tasks assigned to them.  In these present days, one task has been to replant and rebuild the Land.

But the 10 Northern tribes, that is, the House of Israel, have been lost to history.

Deuteronomy 32:26 says – I will cause the memory of them to cease among men. 

However, the Bible does give us some clues as to who and where they might be today. 

  1. Who has received the blessings promised?
  2. Where will they eventually come from to return to the Land?


  • To Abraham:   Father of many nations, exceedingly  fruitful,
  • To Isaac: numberless descendants, Land given to them.
  • To Jacob: The richness of the earth. Peoples will serve you.   Curses on those who curse you, blessing on those who bless you.
  • To the 12 sons of Jacob (Israel):   See in Genesis 49 and Deuteronomy 33:1-29

1 Chronicles 5:1-2; states that the Birthright Blessing is given to Joseph.

In Genesis 48 Jacob blesses Joseph’s sons, Ephraim and Manasseh. Both were to become great nations.

Deuteronomy 33:17   The 10,000s of Ephraim and the 1000s of Manasseh will push against the nations, even to the ends of the earth.

Only the British Commonwealth and the United States of America fulfil these prophecies. The other 8 tribes seem to be identified with the European Union nations.

 Ref: The Tribes, Yair Davidy.


There are over forty prophecies telling us of the House of Israel’s return to the Promised Land in the last days, so where they will migrate from gives the clues as to where they are now.

Jeremiah 31:8-10  See, I bring them from a Northern land … gathered from the far ends of the earth…..a vast company…I am a Father to Israel and Ephraim is My eldest son.

Isaiah 49:12 They are coming, some from far away, some from the North and West and others from the land of Sinim.   (Sinim – Hebrew: Southern land, Latin: Australi)

Hosea 11: They will follow the Lord and when He roars His sons will speed out of the West.

So, the main location of the lost ten tribes is in the Northwest and from there, spread around the world.