What is the difference between these and the B’nei Menashe?

What is the difference between these and the B’nei Menashe?

This was the question that Christine Darg, from Jerusalem TV, asked when she first saw the three Mizos that had accompanied me. We were in the UK and the two girls had missionary visas so they could take the gospel back to the Welsh people, of whom they owed such a great debt. The man was a pastor and teacher at a bible college in Birmingham.

My reply was, “Nothing, except they haven’t converted to Judaism yet, they’re still Christian.”

“What!” she exclaimed, “why hadn’t I been told.” This was her reaction after ascertaining from the three Mizos present that it was indeed the case. The B’nei Menashe were simply a subset of the Mizos [or Kuki, if they come from Manipur] that were no longer Christian, but had converted to Judaism.

Each of the Mizos knew someone who had converted to Judaism, whether friend or relative, whilst the remainder of the person’s family stayed within the walls of the church.

The uncorrected assumption is that a small remnant of ‘Jews’ of the Tribe of Manasseh has been found in the NE of India.

The reality is that the people group are quite large [900,000 Mizos in Mizoram; 250,000 Kuki in Manipur; and 2,500,000 Chin in Myanmar]. They are known by different names in their respective states or nations. In the past they would have been called the Chhinlung.

The early missionaries [mostly Welsh out of the Welsh revival] had noticed Israelite characteristics and had not disclosed these to the people. Never the less, a prophet in 1952, heard from God that they were indeed Israel. I write about that history in the article Don’t Change Sticks. Within five decades of the first missionaries, in 1894, almost all the Chhinlung had become Christian. When they realized that it was the prophecy -they evangelized themselves. What was God thinking???? Allowing ‘Jews’ to convert to Christianity en-masse!

Extraordinary! Eighty years earlier a similar thing had happened to the Hill Tribes in Burma. Don Richardson writes about it in his book Eternity in their heartschapter 2. It is no coincidence that these people groups are neighbours. You can read about the Peoples of the Lost Book at this previous blog.

Visiting rabbi

Rabbis visit regularly, now, to help complete the conversion process to those 7,000 who have or are wanting to go to Israel. Many Christian groups aid these rabbis through publicity and funding. Help bring the B’nei Menashe home this article implores Christians.


If we fail to properly divide the word of God we’ll do all sorts of things that feel and look good.

As I work with this people group [over ten years now] and are now related through my son’s marriage to them, I feel I have the right to say something. That something is……

They were never Jews but were, instead, of the House of Israel. A remnant in their part of the world of the Lost Tribes of Israel, from the Tribe of Manasseh [most likely].

They have been part of an ongoing relentless GRACE that has been finding the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel since Yeshua first sent out his disciples to go and find them.

There was no mistake when the entire Mizo people became Christian. They were simply being grafted back into the family. They are simply the last example in a long list. In fact their Welsh missionaries would mostly have been unaware that they, themselves, were part of that same GRACE. The Khumri from the Assyrian captivity that became that Great Celtic migration. Khumri being the name the Assyrians used of the Israeiltes, referring to them as the Sons of Omri. You can read about that here. The Welsh still refer to themselves by the name Khumri.

Without understanding that there are two houses of Israel then seven-eighths of scripture is lost to the reader.

Prof. C.A.L. Totten, of Yale University, Says: “I can never be too thankful to the Almighty that in my youth he used the late Professor Wilson to show me the difference between the two houses. The very understanding of the KEY by which almost the entire Bible becomes intelligible, and I cannot state too strongly that the man who has not yet seen that Israel of the Scripture is totally distinct from the Jewish people, is yet in the very infancy, the mere alphabet, of Biblical study, and that to this day the meaning of seven-eighths of the Bible is shut to his understanding.” [1]

The prophet Ezekiel continually made the distinction between the Two Houses. In chapter 4 he prophesies that there will be two sieges of Jerusalem. The first related to the sin of Israel that preceded it by 390 years. That sin was the sin of Jeroboam that caused Israel to turn away and worship other gods. The second siege in 70 AD was preceded by Judah’s sin 40 years earlier. This is unambiguously the failure to recognize their messiah, for what other world changing event happened in 30 AD?

How do these Two Houses of Israel come back together? We of the House of Israel are hearing the call to reverse the sins of Jeroboam. The House of Judah is seeing that and responding. See Hanoch Young on this video, starts about 34:34 mark. See also…..Torah Awakening Among the Nations Book Launch by Dr. Rivkah Lambert Adler.

What will their reconciliation be but Life from the dead!

Paul is seeing the grafting in of the gentiles – that we now understand are the House of Israel, divorced, Not My People, intermarried and scattered to the four corners of the earth – being found but the gospel of GRACE; and a removal of the middle wall of partition, as we read in Ephesians. Ezekiel sees the two sticks coming together in Messiah ben David’s hand.

Prayer shawl
Mizo baby shawl. Previously a garment taken into battle and worn by one of the men.

[1]Judah’s Sceptre and Joseph’s Birthright” 1902 by J.H.Allen Chapter VI

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