Today I read an article about yet another prophesy of Isaiah fulfilled. Snow fell in the Sahara Desert. Isaiah is believed to have really seen visions about the end of days.
An even more important prophesy is being fulfilled in our times: the 12 sons of Israel meet, in modern times, in our own era, not only as individuals but as tribes and nations, but hardly relate as brethren.
The Igbo people in West Africa are descendants of the 12 Israelite tribes (12 sons of Jacob).
It would be singing to the choir to start retelling that among the Igbo are thousands of Levites who do exactly what the Levites were obligated to do in biblical Israel. Among the Igbo if one hangs himself, Igbo belief is that he offended G-d and the society. Accordingly he must be denied normal burial and mourning. However, because he profaned the society, the land has to be purified. The Levites among the Igbo carry out this purification which the Igbos call ikpu aru.
Deuteronomy 21:23-“his body shall not remain all night upon the tree, but thou shalt surely bury him the same day; for he that is hanged is a reproach unto God; that thou defile not thy land which the LORD thy God giveth thee for an inheritance.”
We know who Jews are as they have always been in the news so it suffixes to simply say that the Jews are constituted of descendants of Israel too.
The Igbos and the Jews have been meeting but the chiefmen of both groups do not recognize that they are jointly representatives of all the progeny of Israel. The visions of the elites who should take very crucial decisions have been blurred by artificial barriers like skin color, African, European, Middle Eastern, black, white, race, etc, which have all radically divided the progeny of Jacob.
As I thought about this I wished that we have Joseph, who recognized his brothers in Egypt among us. As we wait, we pray for the likes of Joseph to come again.
Remy Ilona is a lawyer, author of 10 books including the influential “The Igbos And Israel: An Inter-cultural Study of the Largest Jewish Diaspora.”