The Early Migrations of the House of Israel
The Divine Mission to Restore the Lost Sheep (Tribes) of the House of Israel
By Robert Mock M.D.
This passion for education, according to the Traditional Annals of the Cymry, went back to the year of 1800 BCE when Hu the Mighty (Hu Gadaru Hysicion (Isaacson) led the first Cymry colony from the city of Defrobane, at the ancient site of Constantinople, to the western Isle of Britannia.
As celebrated in the Welsh
the Mighty “mnemonically systematized the wisdom of the ancients
of these people whom he led west from the Summerland.” According
to Welsh traditions, Hu Gadaru began the culture
of the intellect by the use
of memorization, where poetry to Hu was the “vehicle of memory”
for the reputed inventor of the Celtic Triads. Like the historical
orthodox Jew, who memorizes the complete Torah by his twelfth birthday, so the ancient Cymric
used memorization to increase the intellect and honor his
creation in the “Image” of God.
It was Hu Gadaru Hysicion who in Celtic traditions was the architect of Stonehenge and established the Assembly of the Druids and Barbs. It was they, who only met in a place open to the visualization and hearing of all people in an open, uncovered and grassy site. To “Hu the Mighty” was also attributed the inventions of glass-making and the writing of Ogham characters. It was Hu Gadaru, whose “standard” was the depiction of the “Ox”, but was it in a year more akin to the Great Exodus from Egypt?
From the traditions in Jewish lore, we today know that a larger portion of the Israelites escaped on their own, fleeing northwest from Egypt during the midst of the plagues against Pharaoh. Many of these ancient Israelites went directly to Britain, Ireland and the continent of Europe. Was it Hue the Great who began the great Cymric exodus from Egypt, while Moses with the remaining Israelites headed towards the Promised Land?
The Ox also had another significant meaning in the archives of history; for the “Ox” was the “Standard or Banner” for the future identity of the Tribe of Ephraim. As we explore deeper, the Tribe of Ephraim was one of four of the “Chief Tribes” whose group of three tribes was encamped on one of the four cardinal points surrounding the location of the Sanctuary of the Dwelling. The Ox tribe of Ephraim was also encamped in opposition to the Lion Tribe of Judah. The Tribe of Ephraim was located to the West of the Tabernacle, and the Tribe of Judah was located to the East.
It is of significance that Hu Gadaru, whose standard was the “Ox” could have been a tribal leader of the Tribe of Ephraim. Is it of any wonder that the land of Britain that lays to the west of Jerusalem is where Hu Gadaru took his Cymric exiles is noted today as the land most identified with the identity of the Tribe of Ephraim.
One of the more astute researchers of the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel is Yair Davidiy, who in his commentary on the “Book of Zechariah” wrote:
Yair Davidiy – “Welsh tradition claimed that their ancestors the Cymry (i.e. "Cimmerian") led by Hu Gadaru of the Sons of Don had come across the "Lazy Sea" (i.e. Mediterranean) to the British isles from Defrobane which they said was just opposite Byzantium. In other words Defrobane stood on the Asiatic side of the Bosporus in the place where the port of Defen was reported to be. Defrobane may be some kind of linguistic derivation of Daphne.
The British Welsh who came from DEFROBANE opposite Byzantium called themselves CYMRY and the Scandinavian peoples contained an underlying ethnic stratum from the similarly named CIMBRI of Celtic culture. In Scandinavian mythology one version (reported by Saxo Grammaticus) concerning the origins of their ancestral gods said that they too came from the area of Byzantium, and that one of their ancestors ruled over a city in the nearby Hellespont called Dana!
In Celtic Britain the region of southern Wales, Devon, and Cornwall was referred to as Defenia and from this name comes the modern day appellation of "Devon"! This region of Defenia on Ptolemy's map of Britain is called Damnonia which is similar to the ethnic name Damnonii in Scotland within whose region was the northern Don River. There was another (second) Don River in Scotland further south and to the east upon his banks stood the city of Danum. Defenia (Damnonia) in the south was also known as Daunonia and as Dannonia. Defenia also encompassed or adjoined the Deni. Hu Gadaru who led the Cymry over the seas to Britain was descended from the Children of Don who paralleled the Tribe of Dana in Irish legend.”
Here we are seeing a great phenomenon. The Tribe of Dan was proud of its accomplishments and migrations so much that they placed their name across the face of this planet from the Middle East to the Isles of the West in Britannia, Scotland, and Ireland. Yair Davidiy points out the obvious; Hu Gadaru was of the Tribe of Dana (Dan) and led the Tribe of Dan from the area of the Bosphorus Strait, near also to the ancient site of Troy, but was Hu Gadaru truly of the Tribe of Dan?
At the time of the Great Revelation of HaShem (God of Israel), when the Torah was given upon the Mount called Sinai, that the tribes of Israel, twelve in number were organized into a national force surrounding the “House of the Lord” called the “Wilderness Tabernacle”. Twelve tribes, put into groups of three, were divinely guided in their placement around the tabernacle edifice. There were four of the tribes that were placed as leaders of their group; Judah, Reuben, Ephraim, and Dan. Each one of them had its own banner or standard designating their role as a tribal leader and the other two tribes in each group had their own ensign. The leader of all the Israelites had prophetically been designated within the prophecy spoken by Yacov Rabenu (Patriarch Jacob later called Israel).
Genesis 49:10 – “The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and to Him shall be the obedience of the people.”
With the Tabernacle of the Congregation in the center, all of the twelve tribes were in orderly fashion encamped around the Sanctuary.
· First, to the East of the Sanctuary they had the Governing Tribal Sector of Judah, with the Tribe of Issachar to the right and the Tribe of Zebulon to the left, a total of 186,400 men.
· Second, to the West of the Tabernacle they had the Governing Tribal Sector of Ephraim with the Tribe of Manasseh to the right and the Tribe of Benjamin to the left, a total of 108,100 men.
· Third, to the North of the Sanctuary they had the Governing Tribal Sector of Dan, with the Tribe of Asher to his right and the Tribe of Naphtali to his left, a total of 157,600 men, and
· Fourth, to the South of the Tabernacle they had the Governing Tribal Sector of Reuben, with the Tribe of Simeon to his right and the Tribe of Gad to his left, a total of 151,450 men.
In front of each tribal camp was placed the banner of the chief tribe and the ensigns to the two lesser tribes encamped to the right and left side of the larger governing tribe.
Numbers 2:2 – “Everyone of the Children of Israel shall camp by his own standard, beside the emblems of his father’s house; they shall camp some distance from the tabernacle of meeting.”
According to the Jewish traditions, the Banners for each of the four Tribal leaders, Judah, Ephraim, Reuben and Dan were as follows:
Judah to the East had the; Banner of a Lion in Gold with a Scarlet backdrop.
Ephraim to the West had the; Banner of an Ox in Black over a backdrop of Gold.
Dan to the North had the; Banner of an Eagle of Gold against a Blue backdrop.
Reuben to the South had the; Banner of a Man against the background of Gold.
Judah was in opposition to Ephraim and Dan was in opposition to Reuben. If the future Greater Israel is to become a reality of the proto-type shadow picture of the ancient Tabernacle of the Dwelling, and then can we imagine the expansion of the Tribe of Judah along with the Tribes of Issachar and Zebulon extending beyond the borders of the Dead Sea into Nation of Jordan and present day Iraq?
Seeing the migrations of the Lost Tribes of Israel, can we envision the Tribe of Ephraim migrating from the lands where the Assyrians displaced them to the Isles of ancient Britannia to the West, with Tribe of Manasseh continuing this migration to the farthest west into the wilderness of the Americas and evolve into the United States, Canada, and Mexico? Can we image the Tribe of Benjamin, who remained loyal to Judah from the apostasy of Dan, and eventually claim her inheritance from Bethlehem to the west of the Temple and Jerusalem towards Gaza and the Great Mediterranean Sea?
Can we also envision the Tribe of Dan, the great apostate, settling upon land surrounding the Seat of Satan at Pergamum to the north and become the prototype of apostasy through modern Rome and the Vatican? Was it not she, who led with the apostasy of the “Golden Calf”, with King Ahab and Queen Jezebel, with the priests of Baal, and were punished with exile and the loss of their own tribal identity? Yet, we see the traces of the Tribe of Dan as they migrated to the farther reaches of the north as the Tuatha Danan in Ireland, and leaving the legacy of their name in D(a)nmark in Scandinavia and to the outer reaches of the Danube and the D(a)nieper River to the north in the region of the Holy Roman Empire upon the European continent. Can we envision the Tribe of Reuben migrating from their lands of dispossession by the hands of the Assyrians conquerors and heading south of Jerusalem to Egypt, with the tribal remnants of Simeon and Gad through the gateway into the heartland of the South Continent of Africa?
This still does not answer the questions about the legendary identity of Hu Gadaru Hysicion coming to Britain during the years around 1800 BCE. It is easy to suggest that the ancients did not know their dating systems well and the 400 year later, around the year of 1435 BCE, during the era of Moses confronting the Israelites just prior to the great plagues the preceded the Exodus, Hu Gadaru led a group of the Tribe of Ephraim and escaped from bondage and left out of Egypt, and headed to Britain. But why the isle of Britannia did they head that was on the other side of the visible “then known world?”
It was R.W. Morgan in the book titled, “St. Paul in Britain” who identified Hu Gadaru as associated with the Biblical Seth, the Melchizedek. The Patriarch Abram paid a tithe of the booty recovered from his defeat of the five kings from the East who raided Sodom and captured his nephew, Lot and his family. Yet Morgan added a new dimension. According to him, Hu Gadaru, took “Druidism”, the spiritual life system of the Patriarch Seth and his father, the Patriarch Noah, and established primitive Druidism as a worship of the Almighty Creator in the isles of the far west in its most primitive and spiritual form. As Morgan wrote:
R.W. Morgan – “Druidism was founded by Gwyddon Ganhebon, supposed to be the Seth of the Mosaic genealogy, in Asia, in the year when the equinox occurred in the first point of Taurus, or the constellation of the Bull…When the Druidic system was founded, the equinox on the 1st of May, occurred in the first point of Taurus, which first point is now, on the 1st of May, 80 degrees from this solstitial point. It requires 72 years to recede one degree. Eighty degrees multiplied by 72 gives 5,760, the exact date when Druidism commenced, i.e., 3,903 years before the Christian era, 181 years after the creation of man, and 50 years after the birth of Seth.
The astral bull of milk-white hue, its horns crowned with golden stars, became the symbol, or visible sacrament, of Druidism. In process of time the symbol, as usual, superseded in the East the thing signified, and Druidism became a tauric religion which gave the Crimea the appellation of the Tauric Chersonese. Extending thence, this corruption became the religion of Mithras in Persia, of Baal in Syria, of Brahma in India, of Astarte or the Dea Syria in Syria, of Apis in Egypt, and in later ages, transferred from Egypt, of the two “Apis” (or calves as they are rendered in our version of the Scriptures) of the kingdom of Israel. In all these religions the bull, or Taurus, was the sacred animal, and the symbol was preserved free, as far as we can judge, from idolatry by the Gomeridae of Britain. The bull was the sign and representant of the great Druidic isle, and the name still, in common parlance, continued to indicate a Briton of Britain as distinguished from the rest of the world.”
According to Morgan, Hu Gadaru, the Mighty, was a contemporary of Abraham, during the patriarchal era in which the Patriarch Shem, the son of Noah, lived so long that he lived to see, visit, and counsel Abraham’s grandson, Jacob (Israel), the 12th generation from their primal Patriarch, Noah. It was Hu the Mighty who took the spiritual life system of Druidism and transported it from the Middle East all the way to the Isles of Britannia. Druidism in Britain was perpetuated by its successors; Plannydd, Goron, Alawn, and Rhivon. It was instituted as both an ecclesiastical as well as a civil governance and the constitution of the island. (R.W. Morgan, “St. Paul in Britain”, reprint from 1869 edition, pg. 13)
The Minotaur of the Labyrinthine Temple on the Island of Crete - Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete
The spiritual life system of the Patriarch Seth spread around the entire world. The traces of druidism and the animal symbol of the bull and its eventual corruption were revealed in the Menw-tarw or Menw-bull found on Crete with the Minotaur in the Temple of the Labyrinth, the worship of the Bull in Baal of Phoenicia, the dual Golden Calves of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, the Golden Calf at Sinai, the sacred bull in Brahmanism, plus the Apis bulls at the Seraphim at Memphis Egypt all left their legacy of corruption except in Cymric Druidic Britain.
The origin of the Cimmerians, known as the Cymry in Britain, comes from the region of the Black Sea, at least that is the opinion of an early scholar in the ancient movements of the Israelites, E.P. Ingersol, who wrote the manuscript titled, “Lost Israel found in the Anglo-Saxon Race” that was written in 1866. According to Ingersol, it all began with the Tribe of Dan, who was first to lead the northern tribes of Israel into apostasy by rebelling against Judah and refusing to collectively worship with Judah in the site appointed by HaShem their God in the Temple of Solomon in Jerusalem.
Many scholars believe that the Druids and the Celtic or Cymric people were a part of the Tribe of Simeon. These peoples were known by the Romans as the Simeni, the Latin derivation of Simeonites. (Rutherford, pg 28 cited by Bethelcog) This pre-Christian civilization settled in its routes in the northern regions of Gaul, the Isles of Britannia, and Ireland.
According to Rutherford, the Cymry traveled from the Black Sea, north of the Northern Kingdom of Israel, from the southeast to the northwest, through the Low Countries until they made their final home in the western and Atlantic Regions of Wales and Ireland. One interesting resource to understand in part the origins of the “Lost Tribes of the House of Israel” was the 1886 manuscript by E.P. Ingersol titled, “Lost Israel found in the Anglo-Saxon Race”.
The first of the tribes to engage in their wandering far from their homeland in Israel was the Tribe of Dan. Long familiar and associated with many of the international voyages with the ancient Phoenician people, members of the Tribe of Dan sailed beyond the Strait of Hercules at Gibraltar, setting sail up the coastline of Western European where we find their traces with Tuatha Danan tribe on the Island of Ireland. More frequent voyages were made to Egypt and according to early scholars, the Danai were accounted as among the first of the settlers to the Isles of Greece. It was there that the Danai was engaged in the destruction and sacking of the ancient city of Troy.
They went on to conquer Macedonia and from this ancestral lineage, it was reported that Alexander the Great was a descendant of the Tribe of Dan.
As BibleSearchers reported in the article titled, “Daniel’s Vision of the Ram and the He-Goat – Chapter Eight”, the scientific research on the genetic variations between the Macedonian Greeks and the neighboring Greeks living on the Islands of Greece documented that the Macedonian Greeks belonged genetically to an “older” Mediterranean substratum that included; Jews, Lebanese, Turks (Anatolians) Armenians, Iranians, Iberians and the Basques, North Africans, Italians, French and the Cretans from the Island of Crete. As reported:
BibleSearchers Reflections – “Spanish Genetic Research Study of Macedonian Genes - “HLA alleles have been determined in individuals from the Republic of Macedonia by DNA typing and sequencing. HLA-A, -B, -DR, -DQ allele frequencies and extended haplotypes have been for the first time determined and the results compared to those of other Mediterraneans, particularly with their neighbouring Greeks. Genetic distances, neighbor-joining dendrograms and correspondence analysis have been performed. The following conclusions have been reached:
1. Macedonians belong to the "older" Mediterranean substratum, like Iberians (including Basques), North Africans, Italians, French, Cretans, Jews, Lebanese, Turks (Anatolians), Armenians and Iranians;
2. Macedonians are not related with geographically close Greeks, who do not belong to the "older" Mediterranean substratum, and
3. Greeks are found to have a substantial relatedness to sub-Saharan (Ethiopian) people, which separate them from other Mediterranean groups.”
This must have been quite a homecoming when Alexander arrived in the magnificent city of Jerusalem by the invitation of Onias the High Priest and there offered sacrifices upon the altar in the Temple of Zerubabbel.
It is with interest about the Tribe of Dan’s involvement with the destruction of Troy, and opens up a new line of investigation. Outside of an Israelite tribe being part of the Aegean military forces that destroyed that famed citadel in the great Trojan Wars, which a few years ago were thought of as only mythology, we begin to bring the history of the Dardanelles region in synchronization with the history of the Hebrews. One of the writers of antiquity was called Sanchuniathon. He was a Phoenician author who lived in the era of 600 BCE and was quoted by Philo of Alexandria, Egypt in 54 BCE, quotes as follows:
Sanchuniathon quoted by Philo of Alexandria – “Kronos, whom the Egyptians call Thouth, excelled in wisdom among the Phoenicians ...Kronos then, whom the Phoenicians call Israel, who was king of the country and subsequently after his decease was deified as the star Saturn had an only begotten son…called Jehud...he arrayed his son ...in royal apparel and sacrificed him.”
In the Biblical narrative, we read about Abraham who received the command of the Lord to sacrifice Isaac, his only begotten son, who was saved by divine angelic intervention. It is believed by Yair Davidiy of Brit Am that the stories of the ancients heavily influenced the nations around Israel, and especially in Phoenicia who amalgamated the Hebrew traditions with their pagan traditions. And so, to the Phoenicians, Kronos the Canaanite Phoenician god of Baal was confused with the Hebrew God, YHVH. In reality the name of the god, Baal, really meant only “Lord” and “Master” and was used even in non-idolatrous uses in the Canaanite social life. As Yair Davidiy also wrote:
Yair Davidy – “Saturn was called Baal Zephon (the two names "Saturn" and "Zephon" both mean "hidden one" in Hebrew) which the Greeks rendered as Typhon. It was also said that Kronos (i.e. Saturn) fled to the west and eventually to Britain. Other traditions also located the Titans and Saturn in the west. One version said that the Titans had been thrown into Tartarus meaning an underground region located (said Homer) in the Atlantic Ocean. Strabo understood Homer as connecting Tartarus with the vicinity of Tartessus (i.e. Tarshish on the Spanish Atlantic coast) and the west.”
In accordance with the writings of Sanchuniathon, Saturn (Typhon) who was identified later, according to Grecian mythology with the interpretation of the English poet, translator, and novelist, Robert Graves:
Robert Graves – “Cronus, and all the defeated Titans, except Atlas, were banished to the British Island in the farthest west”
This same Kronos, Saturn, or Typhon, according to classical mythology, when according to Plutarch (Isolde and Osira 31, no. 259, cited by Yair Davidiy, in “BritAm”) was reputed to have fathered “Hierosolymus (Jerusalem)” and “Iudaeus (Judah)”. Even in the writings of “Isaiah, the Catastrophic Prophet” we find the root word, STR, the root word of Saturn, was also the Hebrew root for “SaTeR” meaning “to hide”, when Isaiah speaks the Hebrew word, miStaTeR:
Isaiah 45:15 – “Verily thou are a God that hides thyself (Saturn), O God of Israel, the Savior.”
This appellation of Saturn = Israel also had ramifications way off to the far west, for the British Celts, known by the ancients as Trojan followers of Kronos, the ancient Israelites, who were exiled in the east and migrated to their new home towards the west.
The Danites, upon the destruction of the Citadel of Troy, that powerful city on the Bosporus Straits, settled in the region and there they populated twelve cities. In the “Antiquities of the Jews”, it was Flavius Josephus who wrote that the Lacedemonians, who lived in the Greek provinces were relatives of the Jews (Josephus, Antiquities, XII, IV, 10 and XIII, V, 8.). This was also confirmed by the author of the 1st Book of the Maccabees who wrote:
I Maccabees 12:5-6, 20-21; 14:20 – “And this is the copy of the letters which Jonathan wrote to the Lacedemonians: Jonathan the high priest, and the elders of the nation, and the priests, and the other of the Jews, unto the Lacedemonians their brethren send greeting:…Areus king of the Lacedemonians to Onias the high priest, greeting: it is found in writing, that the Lacedemonians and Jews are brethren, and that they are of the stock of Abraham:…And this is the copy of the letters that the Lacedemonians sent; The rulers of the Lacedemonians, with the city, unto Simon the high priest, and the elders, and priests, and residue of the people of the Jews, our brethren, send greeting:…”
With the fact that the Tribe of Dan along with the Tribe of Simeon, most of whom had migrated to the north and west, sacked and plundered the famed city of Troy and resided in that region in a confederation of twelve cities, we now revisit Ingersol, who recounts:
E. P. Ingersol – “Now, with these historic
data before us, is it strange that Dan and Simeon,
having been left by Shalmaneser, undisturbed in their own lot,
yet cut off from all connection with the Kingdom of Israel,
to which they belonged, from which they were now separated
eternally, so far as they knew -- that they should flee to some
far distant land beyond the reach of their oppressors, where they might
form for themselves a kingdom of their own, beyond all
fear, and beyond all knowledge of their enemies?
Accordingly, we find this the very resolution they adopted. Having been long acquainted with the (to them) far-western lands, and having ships of' their own, it is found that, having embarked with whatever of their effects they could carry, they set sail, (B.C. about 720) and going westward, by the way of Tarshish, now Tartessus; thence through the straits of' Hercules, and around into the great Atlantic, northward.” (Ingersol, “Lost Israel found in the Anglo-Saxon Race; “The Migration of Dan”
The ultimate destination of the migrants of the elder tribes of Dan and Simeon, as recorded by Ingersol, was not recorded in history, but during this voyage, a large storm set upon them and blew them to the north and to the east where they ultimately landed on the coastline of Norway. This would not be their ultimate destination, for they headed back south and to the west where they landed upon the shores of Northern Ireland. Here the Danites remained, ultimately becoming known in history with their own government as the Tuatha Danan.
The Simeonites traversed the strait over to Scotland, and there remained for unknown years but ultimately migrated south to Wales on the western coastline of the Isle of Britannia. This is of interest because the Tribe of Simeon was initially surrounded by the Tribe of Judah. Evidently there was a symbiotic relationship between the two, for the western part of the Isle of Britannia appeared to be the one part of the isles of the West that were most willing to invite and accommodate the band of refugees, “the Culdees”, to their homeland. Here upon the Cornish peninsula the ancient “Saracens” who might have been from the Tribe of Simeon, or of Jewish descent, for they were responsible for the extraction, smelting, exportation of the tin and lead from Cornwall that was used to make the brazen vessels for the Temple of Solomon. When we later see Joseph of Arimathea becoming a metal merchant in tin and lead from this same region, we realize that this Prince of David was earning a living like the ancient tribe of Simeon once did, and later lost their identity of whom they were, except their affinity with Joseph, the Prince of David resonated deeply within their souls.
It would be on the Island of Ireland that the Tribe of Dan would make his most permanent homeland. It was the Tribe of Dan, whom the Book of Judges proclaimed had the love of the sea at heart, for “he abode in his ships.” (Judges 5:17) Dan was the tribe of the Israelites who assisted King Hiram of Phoenicia when he was given a contract by King Solomon to build the Temple of the Lord in Jerusalem. They were also employed with the Phoenicians not only in building but transporting raw materials for the temple.
The second migration, called the “younger Dan”, moved out of their tribal lands near the Tribe of Simeon, for they wanted more land for growth and development so headed north to the base of Mount Herman. It was also there where their forefathers noting its fertility proclaimed in Judges:
Judges 18:9 – “For we have seen the land, and behold, it is very good.”
According to the Jewish Virtual Library article titled, “Dan, the Biblical City”, the Canaanites were still occupying the land at the city of Laish (Judges 18:29) or Leshem (Joshua 19:47). Large earthen embankments surrounded the city creating ramparts encircling the entire city that was sitting on the main trade route from the region of Galilee to the city of The. Here on the eastern side was discovered a city gate complex completely intact with two large towers protecting a recessed flanked gateway during the era in which Abraham entered the city, after defeating the kings of the north in whose custody they had taken hostage Abraham’s nephew, Lot.
Yet, here was a city in which Joshua had commanded the Israelite armies earlier to destroy but they had not. There 600 of the younger Danites captured the city, and destroyed all its inhabitants. Upon the ruins of the city of Laish, they built their city called “Dan”. There at this site, the River Dan emerged from Mount Herman and ran by the northern walls of the city flowing south to the Sea of Galilee becomes one of the rivers that flowed to Galilee.
Dan was a city of about 50 acres perched on a raised mound. To the north of the city was a secondary mound in which a cultic site has now been exposed by the archeologist’s shovel and pick. This city early on in the rebellion against Judah, apostatized with King Jeroboam II and there in the two cities of Beth-el (Beit-El) and Dan. Jeroboam placed the “Golden Calf” on the Bimah (high place) as a national site of worship devoted to the worship of the “Golden Calf” (Judges 18:30). The sanctuary adjacent to the cultic mound was about 60 x 45 meters in area with a broad courtyard, and a wall that enclosed and protected the site. There were rooms within the walls somewhat akin to the construction of the Temple of Solomon.
I Kings 12:29-30 – “He set one in Beth-el and the other he put in Dan… and the people went up to worship…even to Dan.”
For this apostasy, the younger “Dans” were captured and deported into the region of the cities of the Medes along the Gozan River by Tiglath Pileser, the king of Assyria in the year of 732 BCE and destroyed the high place (bimah). Archeological proof on the cultic services on the bimah of Dan (high place of Dan) a Hellenistic era flat limestone slab was found within the city and written in Greek and Aramaic. It records a pilgrim called Zoilos who made a vow, “to the god who is in Dan.”
Today, the archeological site is witnessed to the monumental city gate complex including a long section of the Israelite wall. Here from a square, it leads to a gate complex complete with an inner and outer gate of large basalt stones. A splendid processional road leads beyond the gates to the inner gate with four guard rooms, two on each side. Also exposed is a threshold of basalt stone, a doorstop with hinge-sockets that once included two huge wooden doors. Outside are five undressed stones, up to sixty cm in height that served as erect cultic stones (matzevot). As we look upon this ancient Israelite city, we are reminded of King Josiah of whom it was written”
2 Kings 23:8 – “He broke down the high places at the gates which were at the entrance of the Gate of Joshua, the governor of the city.”
Outside the gate is also a bench where the elders of the city sat in biblical times and nearby, four decorated stones that appear to hold four pillars that could support a canopy, reminiscent of this text:
2 Samuels 19:8 – “Then the king arose, and sat in the gate and they told all the people, saying behold, the king doth sit in the Gate. And all the people came before the king.”
Yet, the pioneering spirit of the younger tribe of Dan had not reached its ultimate fulfillment. Over the centuries, the younger Tribe of Dan, still living in northern Samaria, was captured by Shalmaneser V of Assyria, who had invaded the Kingdom of Israel and laid siege to the capital of the Northern Kingdom at Samaria. During the siege, Shalmaneser V on the 12th of Tebet, 722 BCE died. The throne was taken over by Sargon I who conquered the city and completed the deportation of the imprisoned Israelites to other parts of the empire.
Yet, a third section of Dan remained at the lands of their initial inheritance. This Dan was not satisfied. They had stayed home on their tribal lands and now, with the evacuation and deportation of their brethren and the rest of the tribes in the Galilee area, they were all alone. It was as if the God of Israel had abandoned them.
The first section of the Tribe of Dan wandered towards the region of the Bosphorus Strait where the Citadel of Troy loomed over the landscape in domination and then they disappeared towards the mysterious lands of the far west. The second section of Dan moved north to the base of Mount Herman, apostatized with the cultic Golden Calf worship and was captured and deported out of the land of Israel.
The captured and deported younger tribe of Dan migrated to the lands between the Caspian and the Black Sea near where the country of Georgia resides today. To the south was Assyria, the land of Dan’s captors, so to the north and west they continued to travel. The first river that the younger Danites crossed they named the “Don River” as a memorial to their memory; the Tribe of Dan.
The next river was the “Danieper River” (modern Dnieper) that flowed from modern Russia through Belarus and Ukraine. Then they arrived at the “Danube River” (“settlements of Dan”) that flowed not north and south like the Don River, and the Danieper River, but flowed east to west; from the Black Sea north of Constantinople, across Bulgaria, Romania, Serbia, Hungary, and Austria to the Rhine River at the border of Switzerland, Germany and France.
Everywhere they went they left their landmark and legacy, the name of “Dan.” And so the younger tribal brothers of Dan that were deported by Sargon, also made their transcontinental pilgrimage, like a “homing instinct” to find their lost elder brothers in the west, for unknown to them, they were guided by the Unknown One of the Universes.
Yet at the source of the great River Danube, whose waters rushed off the snowy mountain peaks of the Alps in Austria and Switzerland, they searched but still moved on. To the north the Danites went, this time until they made their final resting place and settlements in the lands at Danemarsch, the modern nation of Denmark. From there the House of Dan spread out its wings to Holland, Norway, and Sweden.
We appealed to the history of the Israelites as recorded in the book called, “Israel’s Wanderings” by the Oxonian author John Heywood (11 Paternoster Building; W.H. Guest, Paternoster Row, London), who gave insight into the wanderings of the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel 2,500 years ago as they migrated across the vast wastelands of EuroAsia. We learned that the Tribes of Dan and Simeon, who settled in the native land of their tribal inheritance, were not touched by the invasion and deportation of Assyria. With no other Hebrew cousins around, except Judah, and the animosity still heightened between the two, the elder tribal members of Dan picked up their material possession and also headed to the west. As the Hebrew writer, Eldad the Danite wrote in his travelogue:
Eldad the Danite – “In Jeroboam's day, 975 B. C., Dan refused to shed his brother's blood; and rather than go to war with Judah, he left the country and went in a body to Greece, to Juvan and to Denmark." (Cited by Ingersol, “The Other Dan”)
And so, the Tribe of Dan apparently had three migrations to the west; the first migration was in exploring and plundering, for when they participated in the downfall of Troy, they later settled in that land with a federation of twelve Danish cities. The second migration and most mysterious were those that apostasized at the northern settlement of Dan. We know so little, but do know that they were with the majority of the Israelites that were deported to the land of the Medes. From there they began their wandering towards the west.
The third migration of Dan, in league with the Tribe of Simeon, set off to find Dan’s brothers who wandered to the regions of the distant isles of the northwest. They were the “left behind” older Danites still living in their tribal lands along the Mediterranean Sea and not disturbed in the invasion of the Assyrian hordes. All their children and tribal cousins had been deported to the land of the Medes and only the Judaites were preserved behind the walls of Jerusalem with a few of the Tribe of Benjamin. Yet, the older tribal members of Dan refused to consider reconciliation with Judah, reaffirm their loyalty to the God of Israel whose presence resided in the House of the Lord in the Temple of Solomon. They refused to reunited under the authority of Judah, the “judge” of all the Israelites for with the Tribe of Judah, they were at “sword’s point”.
Did they know where the other blood brothers of the House of Dan were? We don’t know! Maybe the hand of the Divine was guiding them in their lost wanderings? Yet, by any of these three migrations, the imprint of the Tribe of Dan was literally signed upon the landscape of the Caucasus and Eastern Europe. Dan left his signature from river to river until his final resting place in the Scandinavian country of Denmark (“Danmark”). Was this signature a sign or a roadmap for the rest of his brethren?
Yair Davidiy, noted international researcher on the Lost Tribes of the House of Israel gives us additional insight in his “Commentary on the Book of Zechariah”.
Yair Davidiy – “An Israeli scholar Chaim Bar Deroma (1958) wrote a very well researched work concerning the real borders of the Promised Land. He brings evidence that the ancient Israelites once controlled much of the Middle East. He also incidentally discusses many geographical points and difficulties in Jewish sources. In his opinion the Daphne referred to in the Midrash as a place to which the Lost Ten Tribes were taken or went is the port of Dephenus Portas (i.e. "Port of Dephen") also known as Defen and as Daphne. "Defen" stood on the Asiatic side of the Bosporus straits opposite European Byzantium, i.e.Istanbul in present day Turkey. The Bosporus Straits were spoken of by Jerome who translated the Bible into Latin and consulted with Jewish sages. They reported to Jerome the tradition that Israelites exiled by the Assyrians had reached the Bosporus Straits and passed over them to the north into Europe*a. At all events within fifty years of the north Israelites' exile the Bosporus had become a Cimmmerian centre and was to remain so for about 150 years…”
If the migrations spoken by Ingersol and Bar Deroma were the same migrations then they may have truly been a mixture of the first migration of the Danites who originally decades or centuries before the Assyrian exile, migrated to the region of the Bosphorus. They participated in the overthrow of the Citadel of Troy in league with their Jewish cousins the Spartans, and then settled in the regions with an Israelite league of twelve cities. The second migration possibly also by Danites with other tribes who earlier left the region of the cities of the Medes where they were exiled and then headed straight west. Finally, the third migration of the Tribes of Dan and Simeon, who lived near the Phoenicia (Dan) and south towards the Negev at Beersheba (Simeon) before leaving the progressively desolate land of Israel and heading also to the northwest through the Bosphorus Straits and onward to Europe.
One of the great mysteries of the Bible was the designation that the Lost Tribes of Israel were to be the “Battle Axe” for the God of Israel. As the biblical prophesy foretold, “You (Israel) are My battle-axe and weapons of war: for with you I will break the nation in pieces; with you I will destroy kingdoms.” We have already learned that it was Cyrus the Great (aka Darius the Mede), who may have been of Israelite descent from Media. Was there a certain Israeli affinity between Cyrus the Great and his Commanding General Guti, who was probably an Israelite from the Tribe of Gad? What history has documented, it was they who created one of the most amazing military victories in imperial history. They toppled the mighty city of Babylonian without shedding one drop of Jewish blood. Descendants of the Lost Tribes of Israel returned to destroy the imperial oppressor of their cousins the Jews.
Then there arrived Alexander the Great, a Macedonian, who may have been a Danite of Hebrew-Phoenician bloodlines, who toppled the Persian Empire. Before this series is over, we will learn how the Cymric Israelite Tribes of the Isle of Britain were one of the first to conquer a Roman army. We later will learn how the Lost Germanic Tribes of Israel overwhelmed the aging Roman Empire as earlier the Ostrogoths (East Goths) and finally King Alaric I of the Visigoths (West Goths) who toppled Rome on August 24, 410 CE. Yet, today, the Lost Tribes of Israel are alive and well as they are active in the final battles for world global domination. Yet there is one tribe, who toppled Alexander the Great of Macedonia’s Grecian Empire, resisted and defied the imperial power of Rome, drove out the mighty British Empire, sent Russia home in humiliation, drained the coffers of the United States in her bid for world domination and today is about to defeat the combined allied military forces of Europe and America in NATO. Let us continue, as we learn about the amazing tribe that calls themselves the Beni-Israelites.
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