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Israel and the First Carrying Away by Assyria

The first carrying away occurred about the middle 8th century BC which is where it appears on the Bible Timeline.

God had chosen the people of Israel to be his personal representatives on the Earth. The Lord was going to use these people to reveal his truth to the world and why it is important for all of mankind to follow him. God expected his chosen people to obey his commandments and to live as a holy people set apart for his service. Unfortunately, the Israelites didn’t always live in obedience to God. By the time the Israelites had kings the people were worshipping foreign gods and conducting pagan practices. God had sent many prophets and deliverers to turn the people back from their sins but they didn’t listen. So he decided to use foreign nations to punish his people. The Lord gave some of the ancient enemies of Israel the power to defeat and to enslave them.

The Assyrians were a powerful warlike people who existed in the Middle East from 2400 B.C. to 600 B.C. They once occupied the modern day countries of Iran, Iraq and southern Turkey. When the Assyrians were in power God gave them the ability to become a fierce and conquering kingdom. Around 900 B.C. the Assyrians began to conquer many territories within the Middle Eastern and Mesopotamian region. They dominated many kingdoms and empires such as Egypt, the Hittites and the Persians. By 740 B.C. the Assyrians were used by God to judge Israel for their sins.

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A map showing the deportation of the Jews by the Assyrians

Tiglath-Pileser III was also known as Pur and in 1 Chronicles 5:26 this Assyrian king had carried away the Israeli tribes of Reuben, Gad and Manasseh. He took Israelites from the cities of Ijon, Abelbethmaachah Janoah, Kadesh, Hazor, Gilead, Galilee and Naphtali. Pur had carried away many captives back to his homeland.

When God allowed the Israelites to be captured by the Assyrians he allowed this to happen at different intervals of time. After Pur carried away the first group of Israelites back to his territory the people didn’t repent of their sins. About 20 years later God inspired the Assyrians to enslave them once again. This second deportation of Israel happened because the people refused to listen to God and his prophets.

Shalmaneser had carried out this deportation during the reign of King Hoshea. Sargon II then finished off the Israelites with a siege against the capital city of Samaria. Some of the people were placed in Halon and Harbor by the river Gozan. These areas were located in modern Iran, Iraq and Turkey as well. Assyrian cuneiforms that were discovered from this time period in history reveal that 30,000 captives were taken from Israel during the reign of Sargon II.

History has shown that many of the Israelites never made it back into their homelands since their final deportation. The people of Judah who experienced captivity at the hands of foreigners were able to come back into their homeland. The books of Nehemiah and Ezra in the Bible are historical accounts of their return. Though some Israeli’s were able to make it back home most remained inside of foreing territory for many years.

The Israelites that were able to make it back to their homeland constantly experienced defeat and captivity at the hands of foreigners such as the Greeks and then the Romans. History also points out that the 10 tribes never made it back to their homeland until the modern era. After experiencing the holocaust under the Germans the nation of Israel was formed in 1948 and many Israelites were able to return to their homeland once again.

Biblical Sources:

  •  2 Kings 17: 3 – 6 Shalmaneser sieges Samaria for 3 years before conquering the city.
  • 2 Kings 18: 11 – 12 13 King of Assyria captured Israel; placed them in Halah and Harbor.
  • 1 Chronicles 5:26 Assyria carried away Reuben, Gad and half of the tribe of Manas
  • 2 kings 15:29 Tiglathpilneser, Pul rulers responsible for capturing Israel under Assyria
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16 thoughts on “Israel and the First Carrying Away by Assyria

  1. This was a good read but the last part where you mentioned the 10 tribes never made it back to their homeland until the modern era after experiencing the holocaust under the Germans and the nation of Israel being formed in 1948 and many Israelites being able to return to their homeland was false. The current day Jews are not the same Jews in the Bible. Joel 3:2-3. I will aslo gather all nations and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel whom they have scattered among the nations and parted my land. This means the Lord is going to gather all nations and go to war with them in Jerusalem, the word plead means kill. Isaiah 66:15-16 backs that up. This also hasn’t happened yet. Joel 3:4-7 Yeah and what have ye to do with me O Tyre and Zidon and all the coast of Palestine? will ye render me a recompence? and if ye recompence me swiftly and speedily will I return you recompence upon your own head. O Tyre and Zidon are old canaanites cities which are African, and all the coast of Palestine are pretty much Arab cities. So that means Africans and Arabs had the Israelites as slaves during the sub saharan slave trade.The Jews that are in Israel right now are not the Jews that experienced what happened to the people in Joel or 1 Chronicles. Christ called the so called Jews liars and the synagogue of Satan. Why?? Because they do not fit the curses of Deuteronomy 28. The real children of Israel are the black, hispanics and native americans, they fit the curses of Deuteronomy not the Africans, not the Arabs, not the Chinese and definitely not the synagogue of Satan. The real children of Israel are starting to wake up and its just a matter of time before Christ makes his return.

    1. Your writings are on point. But I would like to add a few things. We, the Israelites must move away from using names like Christ and Jesus. Yahushua was never ever called Christ nor was he ever called Jesus.He was called the Messiah or Yahushua. The Christ name and that jesus name came from the Gentiles. The name jesus is less than 500 years old and to be more exact it is right about 493 years old in the Italian language and only 384 years old in the English language. Gentiles do not know the Heavenly Father YHWH nor do they know the Israelites or his commands and judgements. Psalms 147:19-20, 1st John 3:1, Yahushua is salvation. Look up the word salvation in the concordance and the first name you should see there is Yahushua/ Yahshua/ Yeshuwa (H3443). A variant in spelling because His Name is transliterated not translated.

      1. Yahshua is Joshua in English. Joshua, in the battle of Jericho, is a picture of Jesus Christ. Jesus had many names Messiah, Lord, the Christ, the I Am, Master, God’s Beloved, the Lamb of God, Immanuel, the Cornerstone, the Word, the Bright and Morning Star… and many more…

    2. It’s comments like these that make me weep for the church! You are so wrong on so many counts! I don’t know where you are buying your “crazy” from … but, Dude! Get a grip and study the WORD and quit twisting the Scriptures to fit your agenda! And maybe try reading the book of Romans a few times! God help us all with people like you spouting off nonsense!

  2. Agree with the comment above from Israel. COULD NOT HAVE SAID IT BETTER. Amalek is in Israel in the Modern Times, NOT the “Lost 10 Tribes”. Time for TRUTH, Biblical ACADEMIC and INTELLECTUAL HONESTY must prevail!
    John 8:32

    Shalom, Shalawam.

  3. ” Strictly speaking it is incorrect to call an ancient Israelite a ‘Jew” or to call a contemporary Jew an Israelite or a Hebrew.
    ( 1980, Jewish Almanac p.3)

  4. These comments are all foolishness! All Jewish descendants of Jacob are Israelites, but not all Israelites are Jews.
    There were twelve tribes in Israel, and that of Joseph was divided into two– Ephraim and Manassah, making thirteen. Each tribe exists today,somewhere, as a people, but only the Jews have retained their identity, so the rest are ” lost”, but they are not lost to God. He said that they would be scattered among the nations but that not one grain would fall to the ground. God knows His own,, and in due time Israel will once again be united in their homeland with the Triumphant Christ as their King and God and from there He will rule the world as King of Kings and Lord of Lords!

    1. OK , keep believing that lie! There is no such thing as a Jewish descendant of Jacob. Yisrael ( the man) was not Jew or Jewish. He was a Hebrew. His descendants were and still are Hebrew-Israelites. Not Jews. The word Jew is just an insertion placed in the bible by the Gentiles to confuse and try to make claims to YHWH. The Israelites are not Jews and there never was a tribe called Jew. They are Yahudim, and there is a distinction between Yahudim and Jews. Jews are from Japheth and the Yahudim are from Shem. There is no tribe called Jew, Yisrael did not have a son named Jew. Rev 2:9 and Rev 3:9 makes it clear that the the ones in Israel claiming to be Yahudim are not and are liars from the synagogues of Satan. All this talk about the Jews this and the Jews that is nothing but lies being perpetrated. The Jews are pretenders/imposters it all started with King Bulan when he wanted to convert all Jews to the belief of the Israelites. They’ve been carrying their lies from that point until now.

      1. Truth to Power. They have corrupted the scriptures and stolen an ifentity thst does not belong to them. Messiah said that when He returns, thst He will gather His people from the 4 corners of this universe and return them to their land. Ben Gurion was not the Messiah, Brittsin, Ben Gurion? The UN snd Rockefeller are ehy the imposters have stolen the land in 1948, called themselves Jews and converted to Judaism. The Bslfour Declaration is how these imposters acquired Israell in 1948. According to prophecy, YAH will destroy Israel and take His Beloved Israelites back home. Enjoy your last days. Shalom.

      2. “Jew” is short for Judah.

    2. I mostly agree with you. I am a Jew, I am also a citizen of Israel which makes me , in modern terms, an Israeli, even though I was born in Virginia.

      1. You are not a Jew. You are Israeli.

    3. The personality of the original descendants of Jacob would not care to be Kings, they are much happier being servants. They want to live in the wilderness where they can grow grain and herd sheep. They are gentle people who are not interested in wearing a gold crown. You can’t eat a gold crown, it has no value.

  5. I would like to know how many years according to the Roman Calendar it was from the time the Jews were carried away into Babylon until the birth of Jesus Christ. (Matthew 1:17) The purpose of my question is to determine how long one generation is in years. If you can’t determine how many years it was according to the Roman Calendar then how many years was it according to the Jewish calendar.

  6. They definitely wasn’t carried to America

  7. Lost Israelites are not able now to back their land because they mostly dont know who they are. Ashkenazi Jews are fake and they are getting everything after Holocaust. They Actually invented Holocaust and funded Hitler.

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