Warren Throckmorton quotes from a book called The Covenant: America’s Sacred and Immutable Connection to Ancient Israel by Timothy Ballard. That book has a strong endorsement from our old pal David Barton and it makes some truly loopy claims. Like that Americans are descended from the lost tribes of Israel, through Joseph:
Indeed, Joseph/Ephraim was led out to become a multitude of people. They were led to the north country, to the coastline, to the isles of the sea. They were carried over the wall of water to another land. That land is America. (Kindle Locations 1028-1030)
And this is proven, Ballard claims, by the fact that America is rich:
In the final analysis of these Old Testament promises, and with the advantage of historical hindsight, it is difficult to argue with Pastor Armstrong: “God did cause the birthright nations—and them only—to become suddenly the recipients of such national wealth, greatness and power as no nation or empire ever before had acquired! Together they—the British and Americans, descendants of only one tribe, Joseph—came into possession of more than two-thirds—almost three-fourths—of all the cultivated resources and wealth of the whole world. It sounds incredible!… The most amazing fact of all history is this sudden skyrocketing from virtual obscurity of two nations to the most fabulous wealth and economic power ever possessed by any people. Britain became Great Britain—a gigantic, stupendously wealthy commonwealth of nations—the United States, the greatest nation of history.” (Kindle Locations 1057-1065)
If I had a nickel for every group that claims to be the true descendants of the lost tribes of Israel, I’d be a rich man. This is the kind of pseudo-historical pap that a certain brand of Christian laps up. It’s catnip for morons.