Just as we have seen in our study of the Sefer Hoshea, Ch. 13; Vs. 15 and 16 are further explanation of the curse put upon The House of Yisra’el and Samaria (their allotted territory in Northern Yisra’el); for their outright disobedience to the Torah of YHVH (B’H).
The judgment of Samaria
15 “Though he bears fruit among his brothers, an east wind comes, a wind from יהוה comes up from the wilderness, and it dries up his fountain, and his spring becomes dry – it plunders a treasure of all desirable objects. 16 “Shomeron is held guilty, for she has rebelled against her Elohim – they fall by the sword, their infants are dashed in pieces, and their pregnant women ripped open.” (TS 2009)
Vs. 15 begins by telling us who it is that will execute this prophecy against Samaria (The dwelling place of Ephraim), and it is none other than יהוה Himself. (Of general interest is the direction this prophetic wind will come from, which is from the East.) The verse continues by declaring that their source of water, from which all living things must have to sustain life, will be taken away; dried up by Him who provides it. Man cannot live, his society cannot develop, without water. The last part of this verse takes away the wealth of his nation, destroying whatever riches it may be built upon. So the situation for Ephraim is Grim. There will be no water to sustain life, and the wealth of a nation is destroyed, leaving them in a severe crisis.
Vs. 16 Now comes the ‘Cu-degras’ for The House of Yisra’el. and Shomĕrown (The transliterated Hebrew name for Samaria and the capital of the Northern Kingdom of Yisra’el). Their water and their wealth which were both once plentiful, have now be taken away, but what of their future? If a nation is to survive, it’s population must continue to grow, but now יהוה continues His prophetic curse upon them. For her rebellion against Him, great violence will come upon them, causing the end of the House of Yisra’el. This is portrayed through the prophetic and actual destruction of their children even while in the womb. This, as explained, is carried out upon them by their enemies.
23 “And the nations shall know that the house of Yisra’ĕl went into exile for their crookedness, because they have trespassed against Me, so that I hid My face from them, and I gave them into the hand of their adversaries, and they all fell by the sword. 24 “According to their uncleanness and according to their transgressions I have dealt with them, and hidden My face from them.” (TS 2009)
But with great chesed (unmerited mercy) eventually extended again to those of the Lost 10 Tribes, YHVH (B’H) continues His prophetic word in Yetzeki’el (Ez) 39:25-29
25 “Therefore thus said the Master יהוה, ‘Now I am going to bring back the captives of Ya‛aqoḇ. And I shall have compassion on all the house of Yisra’ĕl, and shall be jealous for My set-apart Name. 26 And they shall have borne their shame, and all their trespass they committed against Me, when they dwell safely in their own land, witi none to make them afraid, 27 when I have brought them back from the peoples and gathered them out of the lands of their enemies. And I shall be set apart in them before the eyes of many nations. 28 And they shall know that I am יהוה their Elohim, who sent them into exile among the nations, and then gathered them back to their own land, and left none of them behind. 29 And no longer do I hide My face from them, for I shall have poured out My Spirit on the house of Yisra’ĕl,’ declares the Master יהוה.”
Our brothers of the Ultra-Orthodox movement of “Chabad’, who consider all Yisra’el to be ‘Jewish’, have stated that the 10 Tribes of the Northern Kingdom have been so assimilated into the Goyim (Nations), so as to be no longer considered, ‘Jewish’. In other words, they can no longer identify them.
We as Natsarene of Beit Echad, believe that those who were assimilated carried the blood of the very Hebrew House of Yisra’el, forward to today; and it can be found primarily in those who identify themselves as ‘Christian’.