First, it is a Bible practice to only name the first-born son (no daughters unless the man had no sons). The next difference between their culture and ours is that the entire nation is named after the king. Nebuchadnezzar was not alone when he invaded Israel, nor was Titus, yet they are the only names associated with their activities. This naming practice applies equally to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and the rest of the people. The tribe of Judah names only Judah, yet there were hundreds composing the tribe during the Exodus. What gives?
The entire Bible is a Mosaic, named after Moses, because he condensed history into a string of pearls, each encapsulating only one idea or thought, completely separated from all the others by knots on each side, like a fine (real) pearl necklace or bracelet. Each main idea is totally disconnected from the others.
Now, go back to Genesis to the story where Lot was taken captive with the inhabitants of Sodom. Abraham took 318 trained warriors with him and went after an entire army. Where did the 318 trained warriors come from, and who trained them?
Here is the rest of the story.
Abraham’s father, Terah, was the commander of Nimrod’s entire army and chief prince over the people as well as the high priest over Nimrod’s temple after he set up the house of the Zodiac with it’s 360 idols, the first idols to be set up after Noah’s flood (sorry, Noah, but let’s not forget the flood in Genesis 1:1). It was at this time that the city of Babylon came into being as a nation under Ninus (thought to be Ham) with Semiramis (confused with Ishtar, also a lesser goddess, but not the grand-daughter of Enlil by Nanharzog), who was a military genius that extended the kingdom all the way to the Indus River through the impassible Bactria mountains by building roads that have never been equaled to this day (“all roads lead to Rome” was plagiarized from Babylon).
Abraham was born 32 years after his middle brother and 34 years after his older brother. Nimrod was told of an astrological prediction that this child, or his descendants, would be the cause of death of Nimrod, who tried to nip the possibility in the bud by killing Abraham, but Terah send Abraham and his mother secretly to Shem, where they lived in a cave for the first 10 years, at which time Abraham was enrolled in the school for scholars of that day, located in Shem’s home. Abraham lived there until he was 49 years old, married Susanna (her nomenclature because that was the territory she was from: no one knows her “given” or “call” name and probably couldn’t pronounce it anyway because of the differences in language), and had children by her.
When Abraham returned to Terah at age 49, he burned down Nimrod’s house of idols, in which his oldest brother, Haran, was serving as priest, and in trying to save the temple (the definition of the word is “a house where the giants live”), the roof fell in on Haran and killed him. Nimrod tried to kill him for this “offense”, and Shem judged him as becoming the heir to the responsibilities that Haran had shouldered before his death, including caring for this two children, Iscah (Sarah) and Lot. Milcah was already married and had become the responsibility of her husband’s people. Lot was to become the source of many frustrations for Abraham, and Sarah nearly got him killed by more than one king. She was given the potion administered to all “pleasure wives” and became the constant companion of Abraham, as children were not permitted within the camp (more on that later).
Terah waited until Nimrod forgot about the burning of the temple and quietly brought Abraham back into the army as head of a quick-strike force mounted on very fast camels to fight Marduk on the northern border. Terah was getting old and tired, so he talked Nimrod into letting him move from Ur to Haran, a crossroads trading center in the north-west corner of their territory, and took a number of his troops with him, including Abraham, Susanna and their children. Abraham lived there with Terah for 5 years before he was ordered by Nimrod to protect the space port (see the black spot in the middle of Israel today, that’s where it used to be, before it was decided to destroy it to keep Marduk from using it because he was winning, and eventually won the war). Abraham took his troops and went down to the space port, leaving Susanna and his children in Haran, where Marduk’s troops eventually attacked and killed all the inhabitants, including Abraham’s family, shortly after Terah’s death. The devastating effect this had on Abraham is reflected in his bitter statement, “What will you give me, seeing I go (to my grave) childless?”
So, here we have Abraham, stranded in the middle of nowhere, bereft of his family, with an army to feed. How was he going to survive and keep his army alive? He did it the way armies have been doing it for thousands of years. He lived off the land.
He became a herder of swift camels, donkeys, horses, cattle, sheep and goats. He made alliances with the local kings for mutual assistance, hence his response to the king of Sodom when it was captured, and he became a teacher of the sciences of the kings that he had learned in the University of Shem.
So, how was this army structured originally?
The “magic number” before Noah’s flood was 5. The calendar was based on 5, the Zodiac had 10 (2×5) signs. Every 50th day was a harvest festival.
The “magic number” after the flood was 10, but only for a short time before two Zodaic signs separated, resulting in 12 signs. Then the “magic number” became 12. Everything in everyday life was based on 12 because it was easy to remember and universally applied, including to Abraham’s troops.
He had 12 divisions, each comprising 25 (5×5) men mounted on fast camels. Each division had 1 commanding officer for a total of 12. That makes 312 men. There were 4 generals (the same as the 4 seasons, which came into existence with Noah’s flood), each responsible for 3 commanding officers for a total of 316 men. Then there was Eliezer, the king of Damascus, son of Nimrod by a human mother, and Ido (another son of Nimrod by a human mother) who held the position of scribe and historian as well as keeping Nimrod informed of everything that happened in the field. Those are the 318 men. Now add to that the wives and children (10 per man on average, with every 25 years adding a new generation), and Abraham was responsible for quite a sizable camp, all trained in military precision, including the women and children, particularly when they moved camp, which was often as they followed the grass for their flocks and herds, which were huge. Was Abraham one man with a few sheep? Not quite. He was acquainted with all the kings, most of whom he met while he was at Shem’s university for kings, including the king of India.
This camp structure lasted until the end of the life of Isaac, when Jacob went to Syria to take a wife and left Esau to take care of a blind and bed-ridden Isaac, whom he deserted and left starving, taking all the cattle and men to Seir with him.
When Jacob/Israel returned, he was faced with the task of re-building the social structure that Abraham had in his life-time. He was faced with teaching the men the use of the bow and sword in battle (these were all raw recruits), providing leadership for the camps, and providing grazing lands for the extensive flocks they would need to survive in the land with very little trade going on, unlike the river-based cities that were conquering the known world. It took 4 wives to produce the 12 sons to replace the division heads. He gave the position previously held by Eliezer to Joseph, which caused a rift in the family that has not been healed to this day, resulting in the northern 10 tribes and the southern Judah and Simeon (whose territory was completely surrounded by Judah).
Again, following the traditions of the day, only the lead man was named, so that when Jacob/Israel went down into Egypt, only 70 descendants are listed by name, because Joseph and Asenath (Dinah’s daughter by Shechem, whom Jacob had sent to Egypt to “hide Dinah’s shame” since Asenath was conceived out of wedlock) were already there (and married to each other, because Joseph recognized her by the necklace that Jacob had placed around her neck when he sent her away to be brought up by Potiphor, the chief prince of Egypt whom he knew personally from his many years at Shem’s University).
Each of the 12 sons were responsible for training and maintaining a fighting force in the tradition of Abraham, a practice still existent when the United States was founded, and each man of fighting age was required to own and be able to efficiently use a rifle for the defense of the country.
Recognizing that these original 12 divisions were made up of unrelated men whose families eventually (usually) intermarried within their own division explains a lot about the variation in the hair color, physique, and disposition of the individual 12 tribes, and puts the stamp on the fact that they are 12 separate and distinct families, not one tribe, such as the Ethiopians or the Chinese, each with the distinguishing characteristics of their one leader that has been practiced for so many generations that it has become genetically encoded.
What proof do we have of this structure? First, there had to be a sizable “breeding population” to produce six million people in the Exodus, which occurred 210 years after Jacob went to Egypt and 430 years after Abraham and his God cut the covenant where the so-journ in Egypt was laid out to Abraham.
Second, tribes from one patriarch do not have inter-tribal conflicts like the 12 tribes of Israel, where the 10 northern tribes and the 2 southern tribes are trying to annihilate each other, conflicting in everything from religion (Judaism vs. Christianity) to who rules what (Judah was given ruler-ship over the internal affairs of Israel vs. Joseph, who was given ruler-ship over Israel’s external enemies).
Third, who has enjoyed the lion’s share of the world’s wealth? Only 3 percent of the world’s population have been partakers of over half the world’s resources, which was the “blessing of Abraham” that was divided and passed on to Joseph’s sons (and Jacob’s adopted sons by the Egyptian tradition of passing between the legs of the adopter symbolizing birth: Joseph remained a slave all his life so was ineligible to inherit, it would have all gone to Pharaoh as owner of Joseph) at the death of Jacob.
If that is not sufficient, look up the prophecy of the iron pans, where the prophet was ordered to lay on one side for a number of days (representing years) for Judah and the other for a number of days (representing northern Israel). Both were to be persecuted until the “end of the age (of Pisces)” when they would be returned to their former glory.
Don’t believe the northern tribes have been gathered? Read world history between the years of 1795 and 1805. What do you see?