There are a lot of theories as to what happened to the 10 Lost Tribes of Israel—most of them improvable—some of them outright wacky (Joseph Smith, founder of Mormonism, believed they, along with the Apostle John, are floating in space on a piece of earth that broke off). Recently popular radio host and sometimes Trilateral-Commission-like conspiracy theorist, Glenn Beck taught his listeners that the 10 Tribes were the founders of the United States—at least I think that is what he was saying.
He presented a history lesson (that had as much congruity as Ahmadinejad’s teachings on the Holocaust) backed up but no sources, no quote from any reputable historian—not even a Wikipedia reference. It simply left me dumbfounded and truthfully unable to figure what his point was.
I have a lot of respect for Mr. Beck. Over the years he has confronted America on key issues. He has called out those in the political world who don’t share American values. He has revealed socialists and anti-Semites in the Obama administration. And most importantly, he’s funny. But every now and then he will share something that is so far out in left field that I am left to wonder if he doesn’t have two personalities.
- Powerful prophetic voice to America.
- Mel Gibson in Conspiracy Theory before he gets his mind back.
Beck’s theory on the US being founded by lost members of the 10 Tribes of Israel went something like this:
- There were two kingdoms in Israel.
- The Northern Kingdom Israel was made up of 10 Tribes.
- The Southern Kingdom “was Judah, that has Jerusalem… root, Jew!” (Ron: Actually the word Jerusalem is not at all connected to the word Jew [Yehuda], and the southern kingdom was made up of Judah, Benjamin and half of Levi.)
- He then says that God speaks against the northern tribes through Jeremiah. (Ron: In fact, the northern tribes had already been conquered by Assyria before Jeremiah was born—86 years before!)
- Then Israel (the northern tribes) is taken into captivity by the Assyrians.
- “The Kingdom of Judah was not scattered.” (Ron: Wrong! They were the ones to whom Jeremiah prophesied. In 586 BC Judah went into captivity. However, unlike the northern tribes, they remained an identifiable people group and returned to Jerusalem 70 years later.)
- When the Assyrians were defeated, they along with the 10 Tribes of Israel fled together. (Ron: Which is nuts! He just explained how ruthless the Assyrians were, but then they flee hand and hand with their buddies, the Israelites?)
- They flee together to the Caucasus Mountains, (Ron: I am not sure if Glenn knows where the mountains are, based on his next comments. They are in fact in northeastern Turkey, bordering Russia, Iran and a few other countries.)
- Then, the Assyrians, settled in Italy, Germany (Ron: very, very far form the Caucasus Mountains) and Russia. Glenn shares that the Assyrians were meticulous record keepers, but doesn’t cite any of those records to prove his theory.
- But the Israelites went north and settled on the coastlines referring to the area where our pilgrims came from—(Ron: that would be England Mr. Beck. Please go to a map friends and locate the Caucasus Mountains and then go north—you will be in northern Russia. London is 2500 miles west of the Caucasus Mountains.)
- From there it seems like Beck is claiming that the Israelites then populated western Europe (Ron: forgetting that according to his theory, the much larger group of Assyrians were also populating the region).
- He doesn’t come out and say it, but it seems that he is claiming that the Pilgrims (Ron: who in reality were separatists from the Anglican church in England) were in fact, part of or the entire Lost Ten Tribes.
- Or maybe he is simply saying that the Lost Ten Tribes (who were idol worshippers, by the way) had a profound influence on the west, and inspired the Pilgrims (which would be difficult, because if the Ten Tribes were actually in Europe, they didn’t know it—they had long ago assimilated.)
You watch the clip and tell me in the comments sections if you can figure out what he was saying! Start watching at 5:40.
There are so many Biblical inaccuracies in Glen’s teaching, that it is clear he has not studied this issue. It appears he is simply repeating by memory a theory that he read in a book. With such a large audience, he was very reckless handling the word of God.
There is evidence that suggests that some of these Israelites did end up in an area near the Caucuses to which Beck refers. Some believe that Peter was writing to them (To the pilgrims of the Dispersion [as in exile] in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia). There is also evidence that some fled to India, China and some are even tribes in Africa. I am not an expert on this. However, Becks assertion (again, he was all over the place, so I am not sure what he said) that Caucasians come from Jews who fled with Assyria and then either were the pilgrims or influenced them, is fantasy.
What About the Ten Tribes?
When Assyria conquered the Northern Kingdom, without a doubt many fled to Judah—the southern Kingdom. Plus, there was intermarriage within the tribes. My point being, that every tribe to some degree has been preserved. Luke 2:36 says that Anna the prophetess came from the tribe of Asher and this was over 700 years after the Assyrian captivity.
Glen does get one thing right. At about 6:20 in the clip, he says, “I am not the guy to go to on [Middle East History].” Sadly he then went on to teach utter nonsense with an air of authority.