Question: "What happened to the lost tribes of Israel?"

There are many mysteries, legends, and traditions as to what happened to the 10 lost tribes of the Northern Kingdom. The truth is that the tribes were never lost. Most of the people of the Northern Kingdom were deported to ancient Assyria (2 Kings 17:6). Many of those who remained in the land re-united with Judah in the south (2 Chronicles 34:6-9). Assyria was then conquered by Babylon, who then went on to conquer and deport the two remaining tribes of the Southern Kingdom, Judah and Benjamin (2 Kings 25:21). When King Cyrus allowed the Israelites to return to Israel (Ezra chapter 1), many from the ten northern tribes and two southern tribes returned to Israel.

In the New Testament, the prophetess Anna (Luke 2:36) was from the tribe of Asher (one of the 10 supposedly lost tribes). In Jesusí day, Israel was a mix of those from the former Northern and Southern Kingdoms. In the end times, God will call out witnesses from each of the 12 tribes (Revelation 7:4-8).

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