To see Genesis 49:19-33 without my comments click HERE.
Continuing with Genesis 49 and the tribes of Israel in the final days, we continue with Gad, Asher, Nephtali, and Benjamin. These tribes are a little less obvious of their present locations. Because of this, I am using the book called “The Lost Ten Tribes of Israel...Found!” by Steven M. Collins as a reference. I have personally read his series of books and know that he has put the time in to study the migrations of Israel. For the sake of brevity, and I will try to keep it brief, I am sure I will inadvertently omit information that others may want to know about. For those who wish to read the complete sections about each tribe, or want more information I can recommend this book and the other books by Steven Collins.
The major difference I have with is that Steven Collins is that Steven believes that the Ashkenazi proselytized Jews of Khazaria came from the tribe of Judah which of course we know is untrue (about 90% of the people we call Jews today are Ashkenazi Jews). My guess is that he probably couldn't have had his books published otherwise. The Ashkenazi are descended from the Assyrians which mixed with the Russian Tartar's after they fled from the Babylonians during the Battle of Carchemesh. This mixing of the Assyrians with the Russian Tartar's is described in the book “Chemevision” on pg. 102-103 by William J Hale.
Each tribe has their own individual characteristics that are separate from one another. Because there is a failure to understand this fact, men have declared that all of the tribes have lost their identity and somehow believe the people we call “Jews” today posses all the blessings from Jacob-Israel when the Bible tells no such story.
When trying to identify the location of the tribes today, we have to keep in mind that the time frame of the vision of Jacob-Israel was in the last days. Are we in the last days one may ask? Many times in history Christians have thought we were in the last days and that the return of Yashua Messiah would be eminent. One such example I can readily give is during the 14th Century Bubonic Plague of Europe when Christians witnessed wholesale human death by pestilence. Pestilence is described by the Messiah as being one of the signs of the approaching latter days (Matt 24:7, Luke 21:11). Anyway, the point I am trying to make is that the characteristics of the individual tribes will become much more pronounced as the actual Day of The Lord approaches (whenever that time may be).
Gad “Gad, a troop shall overcome him: he shall overcome at the last.” In Hebrew the word Troop also means “an invading force” (Gen 49:19). To try to understand where Gad will be in the last days we look for a country that can survive from invading forces. The only way that a nation could survive in such adversity is to try to remain neutral. A possible nation in our time that could fit this description is the country of Switzerland. Switzerland is a country that has been formed from the influence of Italians, Germans, and French. Switzerland is a small mountainous country that is well capable of defending itself against foreign invaders. In our time this prophecy may play out with the invasion of Switzerland by other countries seeking Swiss gold. This exact scenario of such an event is currently being prepared for by the Swiss in their mountains to repel French invaders due to the collapsing Euro. If the Swiss are invaded then this will be the fulfillment of Bible prophecy.
Asher “Out of Asher his bread shall be fat and he shall yield royal dainties.” Gen 49:20 Although this is seemingly a benign verse, it does have meaning when looked at closer. His bread being fat is a clue that is is a prosperous European nation. With the term “royal dainties” comparing it with the original Hebrew words the word royal comes from “melek” Strong's Concordance #4428 which literally means a king and the word yield means “to give” #5414 and dainties means means “delightful” #4574. The countries of Belgium and Luxembourg are noted for their pastries that are enjoyed by kings and other royalties throughout Europe.
Nephtali “Nephtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words.” Gen 49:21 Nephtali is the tribe that was taken into captivity all at once and not in sections as the other tribes. History records the Naphtalites as being the people of the Ephtalite, also known as the white Huns because they were from the fair skinned Caucasian race and were referred to as their Israelite tribal name as late as the 6th century A.D.
Benjamin “Benjamin shall ravenous as a wolf: in the morning he shall devour the prey, and at night he shall divide the spoil.” The tribe of Benjamin is famous for their wars against the other tribes of Israel such as in JudgesChapters 19-21. They have become a seafaring people that also used ships to attack from the sea. Today we would refer to these Benjaminites as “Vikings.” The Viking homeland of Norway fills the end time prophecy for the tribe of Benjamin the best.
Another significant verse in Chapter 49 is when Jacob-Israel charged the tribe of Judah with the responsibility for the custody of "Jacob's Pillar" (stone of Bethel) in V. 24.
This Chapter ends with Jacob-Israel telling his sons to of bury him in the Cave of Machpelah, then afterward died. The cave of Machpelah is the same place where Abraham, Sarah, Isaac, Rebekah, and Leah are buried.
I praise the Lord that we have a living Bible that reveals not only the Bible as being true, but, history and science as being true also!