Switzerland: The ‘Lost’ Tribe of Gad?

Could the Swiss be descendants of this ancient Israelite tribe?
“Battle of Sempach,” by Karl Jauslin (1889), depicting Austrian knights fighting the Swiss Confederacy at the Battle of Sempach (1386). Swiss hero Arnold von Winkelried is depicted in the center, sacrificing himself by throwing his body into the impenetrable pike wall in order to pull down as many pikes as possible, thus creating an opening. His legendary action turned the tide of the battle, which the Swiss went on to win.
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The identity of the “Lost 10 Tribes” of Israel has intrigued people for millennia. While the identity of the Jews—those of the southern Kingdom of Judah—remains known, what about those 10 tribes of the northern Kingdom of Israel, conquered and deported long before by the Assyrian Empire? Genesis 49 contains detailed prophecies for each these tribes, identifying their national characteristics “in the last days” (verse 1). So they must be on the scene, somewhere.

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In his seminal work The United States and Britain in Prophecy, Herbert W. Armstrong established that the United States and British Commonwealth represent the tribes of Manasseh and Ephraim, respectively—one tribe prophesied to become a great nation, and the other, a company, or commonwealth, of nations. While his book focused primarily on those two birthright tribes, Mr. Armstrong identified the Swiss as descendants of these ancient Israelites.

On today’s program, host Christopher Eames examines the evidence for identifying modern-day Switzerland with the “troop” tribe of Gad.

Show Notes:

Book: The United States and Britain in Prophecy

Article: Why Switzerland Will Not Remain Neutral