The diving of Kingdom of Israel
After king Solomon died, the kingdom of Israel was divided into two, known as the House of Israel – representing the ten northern tribes – and the House of Judah – with the Levis and the remain two tribes. All the kings of the House of Israel were evil in God’s eyes and finally they were sent into captivity in 3-4 phases. The first was the two and a half tribes east of the Jordan about 740BC.
The Half-Tribe of Manasseh 1 Chronicles 5
…25 But they acted treacherously against the God of their fathers and played the harlot after the gods of the peoples of the land, whom God had destroyed before them. 26 So the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul, king of Assyria, even the spirit of Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away into exile, namely the Reubenites, the Gadites and the half-tribe of Manasseh, and brought them to Halah, Habor, Hara and to the river of Gozan, to this day.
Many people believe that Halah, Habor, Hara and to the river of Gozan are in and around the area of modern day Afghanistan. Robert Mock M.D. from http://www.bibleresearchers.com states…..
River Go’zan – According to Saadia Gaon, the Lost Tribes of Israel were sent to the “River Go’zan” which is “the river north of the city of Balach in the north of Afghanistan. The river is known today as the “Amufi Darya”, and is the border between Afghanistan and Russia. Afghanistan tradition states that the whole river was once known as the Gozen River.
Habor – The area of Habor’s location is found in the mountainous pass (Habor) between Afghanistan and Pakistan that is called “Pesh-Habor”. It is believed that this is the famous mountainous pass, Khyber Pass. That city today is known as Peshawar, on the Pakistani side of the Khyber Pass is called the “city after the pass”.
Hara – The city of Hara is located near the Persian border called Harat. Today, it is the third largest city in Afghanistan. The prophecy of Isaiah gives some identification for it alludes that the deportation of the Israelites brought the 10-Israelite tribes to the land of “Sinim”.
As we analyze the following text we get the impression that the wanderings of the Lost tribes initially moved eastward towards the land of Pakistan, the mountainous land of Kashmir that is disputed by Pakistan and India today, and the mountain Buddhist kingdom of Tibet high in the Himalayas being fought over by China and the huge Nation of China beyond. Into all of these nations the Lost Tribes left their progeny and their spiritual traditions behind.
Isaiah 49:12 – “In an acceptable time I have heard you, and in the day of salvation I have helped you; I will preserve you and give you as a covenant to the people to restore the earth…Surely these shall come from afar; Look! Those from the north and the east, and these from the land of Sinim.”
After they were taken captive around 740BC they became part of the Assyrian military guard in the far east of the empire. As Assyria weaken they broke away and become their own tribal groups. Manasseh was known as the Massaga. They were located in the Swat Valley in Northern Pakistan and eastern Afghanistan.
Ten tribes beyond the Euphrates an immense population
The Jewish historian, Josephus, states in the 1st Century, concerning the ten tribes of Israel in Asia during his day,
“wherefore there are but two tribes in Asia and Europe subject to the Romans, while the ten tribes are beyond Euphrates till now, and are an immense multitude, and not to be estimated by numbers.”
Cyrus defeated by the children of Isaac
History tells us that in 530BC Queen Tomyris of the Massagetae (Manasseh) [also known as Ar-Sakes or Saccae or Ruling Saks] to the east of the Caspian Sea counselled Cyrus the Great of Persia to leave them alone. Cyrus would not listen to her and the invading Persian army was “virtually” wiped out, including Cyrus. The Massagetae spoke an Iranian tongue indicating they were originally from the Fertile Crescent region. This battle was fought on the Jaxartes River east of Oxus in modern day Afghanistan.
Alexander the Great in Afghanistan 326BC
The next great ruler to contend with the children of Isaac, in this region, was Alexander the Great. He invited all chieftains of the satrapy Gandhara to submit to his authority. It was the hill clans of the Pashtun Tribes of the Bani Israel that refused. They were the Aspsioi, the Assakenoi clans of the Kamboijas. In Indian literature they were the horse tribes also called Ashvayanas or Ashvakayanas. Alexander was understandably furious engaging them in battle along the Kunar River and the Alishang Valley, north-eastern Afghanistan, also the Peshawar Valley where the Pashtun live today. The fighting was fiercest at the cities of Ora, Bazira and Massaga. At the Fort of Massaga the city fell after several days of siege followed by fierce fighting that caused the Massagan chieftain’s death and command passed to his mother Cleophis. Women fought by the sides of their husbands and sons. It was the siege of the winter of 327/6BC on a highly defensible spur known as Pir-Sat at Swat.
Sons of Isaac massacred or escaped up the mountains
All defenders were massacred and the city reduced to rubble. In another valley the terrorized population fled, burning everything in their wake. Alexander’s men, burning small boxes to keep themselves warm, found them later to be coffins to the horror of all.
Where did the survivors go?
Well the stories of the Ch’iang Min and the Sgaw Karen may hold the key! And legends of the Sambatyon River running with sand and rocks rather that water, that the ten tribes of Israel went across, may also be true.
The Jews carry stories of their long lost brothers from the northern kingdom, the House of Israel, the Ten Lost Tribes, being carried beyond the Sabbath River, or Sambatyon River. It was said to be a mythical river that flowed with sand and rocks but rested on the seventh day so that it could be crossed over. They said that their kinsfolk had crossed and could never return. It was said that they lived with a powerful prince amongst people with no noses – just two holes.
Left Western part of the Silk Road that goes around the Taklamakan Desert.
Right The Taklamakan Desert looks like a river of sand.
Travel from the west to China
Reverend Thomas T Torrance, in his book, says that the Chiang or Q’iang (a Chinese word meaning outsider or ‘those people in the west who are not one of us’) Min who lived near the Min River, east of Tibet, remembered that they came from the Mediterranean several hundred years before Christ and the journey took three years and three months. The Karen have a story of crossing a river of sand and they date themselves in 2014/5 to their year 2,754 This means that they reckon the year 739 BC as their founding. Or could it be the beginning of their captivity and expulsion from their homeland in Israel.
Celtic Mummies in Taklamakan Desert, Tarim Basin
Another piece of the puzzle maybe the Celtic Mummies found buried in the Tarim Basin dressed in tartan. Whilst many people including Yair Dividiy, Lost Tribes researcher, publish works on the ten tribes on their western dispersion as being Celtic today; there is evidence that say these same people went east also. If it is true that part of the Ten tribes of Israel are known as Celts today, then finding ‘Celtic mummies’ in the Tarim Basin may be an added link of tracing the Ten Tribes as they went east.
The Taklamakan Desert is a large sandy expanse, part of the Tarim Basin, a region roughly between Tibet and Mongolia, in western China, and crossed at its northern and southern edge by the Silk Road.
Conditions are so harsh that travellers avoided the desert as much as possible, but in millennia gone by, the region was populated and habitable. The southern Taklamakan Desert, in 3800 BC, was an area where the Silk Road once flourished and prosperous cities were built. However, by 300BC, the desert had taken over. Studies confirm the assertion of Han  that the occupants of digs in the Tarim Basin are not derived from proto-European steppe populations, but share closest affinities with Eastern Mediterranean populations. Mallory and Mair associate mummies dating (700 BCE–200 CE) to be Europoid in appearance and of the peoples who introduced the Iranian Saka language to the western part of the Tarim basin. Further, the results demonstrate that such Eastern Mediterraneans may also be found at the urban centres of the Oxus civilization located in the north Bactrian oasis to the west in Afghanistan. These people were in Afghanistan.
At their peak, around 300BC, the influence of the Celts stretched from Ireland in the west to the south of Spain and across to Italy’s Po Valley, and probably extended to parts of Poland and Ukraine and the central plain of Turkey in the east. These mummies seem to suggest, however, that the Celts penetrated well into central Asia, nearly making it as far as Tibet. Celtic traditions tie themselves also to Israel.
The Chiang Min
Rev. Torrance surmised that they were a powerful force in the west for many centuries. He also surmised that they were the originators of many redemption truths that were later found within the Chinese culture.
Hill Tribe peoples of Myanmar, Thailand, India, Laos etc.
Dr and Mrs Mason, missionaries to the Sgaw Karen in Myanmar in early 1830’s commented, “we found very remarkable and accurate traditions regarding the creation, the fall, and future regeneration of man.” They supposed them to be part of the Lost Tribes.
In their legends, Karen speak of coming from the land of ‘Thibi Kawbi”, which some have thought may indicate Tibet and the Gobi desert. Some Karen oral traditions refer to crossing a river of “running sand” as an important event in their history. There are Chinese sources which refer to the Gobi Desert as the “river of sand,” and it is probable that the Karen originated in an area bordering Tibet. They crossed the Gobi Desert into China, and gradually made their way into the mountainous areas of Burma.
The Lost Book
The Karen have this story…After Y’wa created the earth he decided to go on a long journey, and so he called his sons together and gave each a book of life. To the Karen, the eldest, he gave a Golden Book of Life. In his carelessness, the Golden Book of Life was burned, chickens and pigs ate it.
Other tribes who have Lost Book Stories
Lahu, Lisu, Wa, Naga, Mizo, Kachin, Shan, Kui, Palaung are, with the Karen, ten differing tribes that all had a Lost Book story in the hill regions surrounding Myanmar. They were all ready and waiting for the gospel, according to Don Richardson, from his book “Eternity in their hearts.” All these people east of the Taklamakan desert became Christian in huge numbers when the gospel arrived with missionaries in nineteenth and twentieth centuries.
Conclusion – Ancient Israelites in Myanmar, NE India Thailand
Their parent group are no doubt the Q’iang Min of Szechwan, China, who also became Christian when their Lost Scriptures were found to be the Books of Moses and the One they were waiting for was Jesus the Messiah. The Q’iang Min as we have shown came from Afghanistan about 2,300 years ago fleeing Alexander the Great and his men. They were known as Ar-Sakes or Isaac’s sons and were part of the Scythians Circa 8th – 1st century BC. They had either been taken or fled the Assyrian captivity to the mountains of Afghanistan.
From 64BC until 225AD the Parthian Empire became a second world power to that of Rome. It arose shortly after and in an adjacent location as the Scythian Empire collapsed giving rise to the idea that they were mostly the same people – the sons of Isaac.
Lost Tribes in Afghanistan, Pakistan & Kashmir
The Pashtuns of Afghanistan and Pakistan and most of the Kashmiris reckon themselves to be descended from the Lost Tribes Israel. They know they were Parthians. They are predominantly Muslim today.