The Scriptural Statement
Ezek. 37:15 “The Word of YHVH was addressed to me* as follows: ‘Son of Man, take a stick and write on it, “Judah and those Israelites loyal to him:. Take another stick and write on it, “Joseph, the wood of Ephraim and all the House of Israel loyal to him.” Join one to the other to make a single piece of wood, a single stick in your hand. And when the members of your nation say, ‘Tell us what you mean’; say. ‘The Lord YHVH says this: I am taking the stick of Joseph … and I am going to put the stick of Judah with them. I shall make one stick out of the two, and I shall hold them as one … I am going to take the sons of Israel from the nations where they have gone. I shall gather them together from everywhere and bring them home to their own soil. I shall put My Spirit in them – … they shall no longer form two nations nor be two separate kingdoms … My Servant David will reign over them … they will follow My Observances, respect My Laws and practice them. They will live in the Land that I gave My servant Jacob … I shall make a Covenant of Peace with them, an Eternal Covenant … I shall settle My Sanctuary among them for ever … I shall be their God, they shall be My people. And the nations will learn that I am YHVH the Sanctifier of Israel, when My Sanctuary is with them for ever.” (also Jer. 3:18) Note: ref. also to the foregoing chapters in both refs.
‘me’– the writer, Ezekiel the Hebrew prophet (6th cent. BCE – at the time of the Babylonian captivity). Some 4 centuries earlier, the 12-tribe nation of Israel had split into the Northern Kingdom, (10 tribes, incl. the tribes of Joseph and Ephraim) hence forth known as “Israel’ , and the southern Kingdom (Judah and Benjamin). These ‘two nations’ often warred with each other. Judah carried the Oracles of God from Jerusalem. Israel (the 10 northern tribes) degenerated into paganism and disappeared from history.
Both Houses were exiled from the Land.
Each stick represents one section of the divided Israel God promises to re-unite the 2 houses but only after the ingathering – which started for Judah since World War 1. The State of Israel (consisting of the returned House of Judah & Benjamin) was declared in 1948 The 10 Tribes totally lost their Identity as they probably migrated to new countries across the globe. To date, they have not yet been identified and has not returned to the Land of Israel.
The re-identified 10 tribes, will return to Israel, as Judah did. They will be re-united with Judah and will also accept and abide by the Laws of God, which had been protected throughout the centuries by Judah (the Jews), even in exile.