Haftaras Vayigash – Ezekiel 37:15 - 28
A Parshah that tells of the reunification of Jacob's sons is followed by a Haftarah that prophecies the eventual unification of the twelve tribes of Israel. The prophet Ezekiel, like Jeremiah, was one of the main prophets of the Destruction, and he actually joined his exiled brethren in Babylonia. The destruction of the Temple took place 140 years after the exile of the twelve tribes, so that the prophecy of this Haftarah was a source of great comfort to the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, for if even their long-lost comrades of the Northern Kingdom were assured that they would again become part of the nation, surely the two southern tribes could be certain that Hashem was not forsaking them.I have mentioned several times that the survival rate from the prophecy of Zechariah 13:8 will be about 2.5 billion people. That means all the Jews and over 2 billion righteous non-Jews. I believe that the rate of population increase over the millennia means that the lost tribes could be over two billion, the surviving group.
According to Maharal (Gur Aryeh, Genesis 45:14), the tears that accompanied the embrace of Joseph and Benjamin when Joseph revealed himself in Egypt were tears of joy, because the long-separated brothers foresaw the prophecy of Ezekiel. Joseph was the father of Ephraim, leader of the Ten Tribes, and Benjamin's descendants remained loyal to the Davidic dynasty of Judah; thus their reunion in Egypt was a precursor of that foretold by Ezekiel.
The Haftarah goes on to make clear what sort of unified nation the twelve tribes of the future would be. The prophecy speaks not of a mere political union, free from the wars and rivalry that marred the era of the First Temple. Rather, it speaks of an era under a king from the House of David, who will be a servant of Hashem and who will unify the people in allegiance to the Torah. Idolatry will be gone and the Temple will stand; the standard of life will be obedience to the laws of the Torah and the result will be that the entire world will know that HASHEM is G-d.
The great interest that I get from my non-Jewish readers leads me to believe that all the Bnei Noach and others who have abandoned the idolatry of the many false religions of the world are actually the lost tribes. Since I see so much these days about non-Jews who have a deep love for Hashem, for Torah, for the Jewish people and for Israel, I see this all as another sign that we are close to the end and Hashem is sorting out the world population. I am seeing the prophecy of Ezekiel talked about this week happening in the world, B”H.
There is an even deeper prophecy that comes from the Parshah itself that I call one of my favorite prophecies in the Torah. I will discuss that tomorrow, B”N, since it is too detailed to continue here (my blog posts have a way of getting very long).