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.)