Many Christians preached about the divorced woman in Samaria that Jesus deliberately visited in the heat of the mid day whose love and compassion for the sinner is contrasted with the law based Jewish religious zealots of the day. The liberals took a step further by talking about Jesus accepting minority groups, but conveniently ignored that the Samaritans did not worship pagan gods but the God of Israel. There is however, a far deeper meaning for Samaria represented a deep shame for the Jews and the lost into history of the 10 tribes who had never returned.
The Northern kingdom of Israel was exiled by the Assyrians in 722 BC. In the Southern Kingdom of Judah, the Jews were themselves a returning remnant. Judah was exiled by the Babylonians in 586 BC, and returned from Babylon to Jerusalem in 538 BC during the Persian rule of Cyrus. The Jews found that the Samaritans were camping in their land in the North where Israel had been whilst they were gone with local Jews intermixed with Gentiles. This was a deep insult and betrayal, a divorce per say. They were considered traitors against the Jews.
When Jesus went to Samaria, He visited Sychar, near the field which Jacob gave his son, Joseph. The Northern Kingdom or the Kingdom of Samaria is synonymous of the Lost tribe of Israel which once resided the area as part of the Kingdom of Israel having their capital in the city of Samaria. Sychar was on the main road between the sea of Galilee in the far north near Golan where Jesus has his ministry and Jerusalem.
Sychar was also the place where Abraham first entered Canaan from Babylon, and where God first revealed Himself to Abraham in Gen 12:6 and 12:7. In the last days, the God of Israel will be revealing himself to the lost northern tribes of Israel which Samaria represents.
Forgotten amongst all the focus on love and Jesus’ compassion on the outcasts, was that Samaria was the place where the exiled 10 tribes or the Northern Kingdom of Israel had previously resided in 722 BC. Essentially, Jesus was talking to a remnant whose faith was wilted down to the Torah, or the five books of the bible, and to Mt Gerizim instead of the temple Mt.
When Jesus entered into Samaria meeting the divorced woman with five husbands, it was a spiritual reflection that Samaria a type of people representing the Northern kingdom of Israel being divorced from Judah and had intermixed with the Gentiles and their faiths. Hence, Jesus meeting the woman at the well goes to a very deep level of the women bringing up water to serve the living God hence reconciled the sins of pagan worship of the Northern Kingdom. It was an act of reconciliation by God of Israel to the “lost tribes”.
Jesus did not reveal to Nicodemus, a learned Jewish theologian that He was the Messiah, but rather to the Samaritan women. He sought Jesus in the middle of the night, whilst Jesus sought the woman in the middle of the day. The Samaritans had deserted and betrayed Israel and even after their return did not stand as one against the Roman rule of Jerusalem. But the woman accepted Jesus in the light of day whilst the Jews rejected Jesus only coming in the night.
Why did Jesus have to go back to Jerusalem? It was His decision to be crucified. When Jesus made His way through Samaria, likewise when Jesus returns, He will also return via Samaria, ie the return to the God of Israel of the lost tribes who are now mixed with the Gentiles. In the last days, Jesus will reveal Himself to the lost tribes many who are now worship pagan gods.
We are now at the threshold of history. Judah returned in AD 1967 (2 days or 2,000 from the fall) to Jerusalem where the God of Israel had gathered the remnants of Judah from Europe. It was 70 years after the birth of the Zionist movement for the return in 1897, just as it was 70 years from the birth of Jesus to the fall of the 2nd temple with the destruction of Jerusalem by the Romans. The land was wrenched out of the rule of the Ottomans in 1917 and 50 years later in 1967, the return of Jerusalem. The period of 50 years of grace of world peace and peace in Israel from 1973 to 2023 will soon be over. The next 20 years from 2017 to 2037 will be world shaking, just as the world trembled from 1897 to 1917, from Zionist Conference, through WW1 and the capture of Israel. The events will be centered on the missing tribes in the middle east.
Incredible tribulation is coming upon the nations who have conquered, exiled and persecuted Judah and Israel. The God of Israel is shaking the nations for their return including the lost tribes from the ends of the world whilst shaking the Romans, Ottomans, Persia, Assyrian and the Arab Calipths. For the return of Jesus would also have to come back in the way of Samaria where the Holy Spirit is moving.
The meaning of town Samaritan Sychar where Jesus visited is “the End”. The woman had 5 husbands representing the fact that the lost tribes went to bed with many other nations until their unique existence with their first husband, who is the God of Israel, had almost been lost in history. So as we see a stirring up of the lost tribes by the God of Israel there would be havoc in the land and downfall of great nations and powers, just as the nations had hitherto conquered and destroyed Samaria and Jerusalem and exiled her peoples to the ends of the World. The return of the lost tribes and tulmultous events in the next decades will shake the nations and bring down many faiths.
Jesus will again go out to find the lost sheep and redeemed the deep shame that the Jews had suffered by the loosing the entire kingdom of the North, or the Kingdom of Israel, whom the modern namesake of Israel bears her name from yet not having any of the returning remnants. But the God of Israel, the Messiah, will visit the lost tribes and bring them back from Mt Gerizim to Mt Zion in Jerusalem. Jesus took the very little water that the woman could give from a well that really doesn’t belong them, and return gave her ever living water. This is God’s amazing grace to the remnant.
The End is coming, and Jesus is reaching out to the Lost tribes of Israel and they will repent and return, for the building of the 3rd temple is near. For God is faithful and a God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob with an everlasting Covenant. It was Jacob’s well that the Samaritan women took from, essentially reminding God of the Abrahamic Covenant when Jesus drank from the well. Great wars and tribulations are coming.