The Tribe of Naphtali is Sweden and Norway

by Peter Salemi


Many people do not know that the peoples of Norway and Sweden are one and the same people. Today we see two separate distinct countries. But many times Sweden and Norway have been united as one, under one leader. Between 1814-1905 these two kingdoms were united under Charles XIII of Sweden. The events of 1814 resulted in a union of two sovereign states that had the same King, foreign policies and diplomatic representations. Each had its own independent laws, parliament, government, administration, church, army, and currency. However, the King mostly resided in Stockholm, Swedes were initially viceroys in Norway, and foreign policy was conducted by the king through the Swedish foreign ministry in Stockholm.

Sweden and Norway had previously to this had been united under the same crown on two other occasions, from 1319 to 1343, and briefly from 1449 to 1450 in opposition to Christian of Oldenburg who was elected king of the Kalmar Union by the Danes. Why do Sweden and Norway continually seek each other out? Is it because deep down inside they know they are of the same tribe?

One and the Same People

We will show through history that the Norwegians and the Swedes came from two waves of migrations from what history calls the "White Huns." The bulk of these people left the Caucasus in the 5th century A.D., then the remaining of the Huns eventually joined their brothers and migrated to the same place.

Now the Norwegians " a whole Norway has been confined to the mountain land of the west, while Sweden has comprised the lower land on the east and south." (Sweden and Norway By Francis Henry Woods, p.2, emphasis added). Interesting how these two nations are designated in this way. Is there a clue in the bible that shows this as well? 

The Boundaries of the Tribe of Naphtali

The tribe of Naphtali’s territory in Biblical times was in the northern most section of the tribal territory, along with Asher’s, Joshua says, "The sixth lot came out to the children of Naphtali, even for the children of Naphtali according to their families...And their coast was from Heleph, from Allon to Zaanannim, and Adami, Nekeb, and Jabneel, unto Lakum; and the outgoings thereof were at Jordan: And then the coast turneth westward to Aznoth-tabor, and goeth out from thence to Hukkok, and reacheth to Zebulun on the south side, and reacheth to Asher on the west side, and to Judah upon Jordan toward the sunrising...And the fenced cities are Ziddim, Zer, and Hammath, Rakkath, and Chinnereth, And Adamah, and Ramah, and Hazor, And Kedesh, and Edrei, and En-hazor, And Iron, and Migdal-el, Horem, and Beth-anath, and Beth-shemesh; nineteen cities with their villages...This is the inheritance of the tribe of the children of Naphtali according to their families, the cities and their villages. "(19:32-39).

"This fell between Asher and the upper Jordan. It reached northwards to the northern boundary of Canaan, and touched Zebulun and Issachar on the south. In Jos_19:33 and Jos_19:34 the boundary lines are given: viz., in Jos_19:33 the western boundary towards Asher, with the northern and eastern boundaries: in Jos_19:34 the southern boundary; but with the uncertainty which exists as to several of the places named, it cannot be traced with certainty." (K&D Commentary, emphasis added). The lands of Naphtali were in the North of the Promised land. Yet Moses said, "And of Naphtali he said, O Naphtali, satisfied with favour, and full with the blessing of the LORD: possess thou the west and the south." (Deut 33:23). Along with Genesis 49, this prophecy is set in the "last days" (Gen 49:1), meaning our time now. The land allotted to Naphtali in the "last days," they would dwell in the west and the south of THAT LAND. As noted above, the Norwegians dwell in west of the land, and the Swedes dwell in the lower land to the south. So the land where the Swedes and the Norwegians dwell, fulfills the prophecy given by Moses. But can we trace these people back to Naphtali as well?

The Assyrian Captivity

The people of Naphtali got taken away as a whole unit as the Bible says, "In the days of Pekah king of Israel came Tiglathpileser king of Assyria, and took Ijon, and Abelbethmaachah, and Janoah, and Kedesh, and Hazor, and Gilead, and Galilee, all the land of Naphtali, and carried them captive to Assyria...And the God of Israel stirred up the spirit of Pul king of Assyria, and the spirit of Tilgath-pilneser king of Assyria, and he carried them away, even the Reubenites, and the Gadites, and the half tribe of Manasseh, and brought them unto Halah, and Habor, and Hara, and to the river Gozan, unto this day...[and] the cities of the Medes " (2Kings 15:29; I Chron 5:26; 2 Kings 17:6; 18:11). In the Parallel account in 1 Chronicles 5:26, the reason why Naphtali was not mentioned, is for the simple reason that the whole chapter was dedicated to the genealogies of Reuben, Gad, and Manasseh, so the writer parenthetically wrote in what happened to those three tribes.

The Assyrian records comply, ": "The land of Bit-Humeria [Israel]...all of its people together with their goods I carried off to Assyria...Pakaha [Pekah], their king they disposed, and I places Ausi as King...and to Assyria I carried them" (Thomas, pp.17-18).

As mentioned, the when the Assyrians invaded, Naphtali were carried away as one unit while others "tribes, which left Palestine in a piecemeal fashion and in different locations, which were later known by their appropriate clan names." (Collins LTTF, p.239). Due to this fact it is relatively easy to find Naphtali in ancient histories, "It is likely that the tribe of Naphtali retained its exact Israelite name over many centuries because it was taken captive in one entire group" (ibid, p.239).

Who do we find en mass in the exact location where the Israelites were taken captive in the areas of Assyria, Media, between the Black and the Caspian seas? The "Ephthalites" or the "White Huns." The Britannica also says they are called the "Nephthalites." But then they add that its a "clerical error" Yet it is interesting that the Britannica observed that the ancient historians recorded that this tribes name started with "N" but then said it was a "clerical error," yet no support for that claim is given. Why? Is it because they do not want people to be interested to know where the lost ten tribes are? In doing so draws attention and interest in the Bible? The similarity between the "Nephthalites" and "Naphtali" is glaringly obvious!

The Cartographer Ortellius recoded a tradition concerning the Danorum and the Naphthalitum whom he says were the White Huns (Map of Tartaria).

The 6th-century Byzantine historian Procopius of Caesarea (Book I. ch. 3), related them to the Huns in Europe: "The Ephthalitae Huns, who are called White Huns [...] The Ephthalitae are of the stock of the Huns in fact as well as in name, however they do not mingle with any of the Huns known to us, for they occupy a land neither adjoining nor even very near to them; but their territory lies immediately to the north of Persia [...] They are not nomads like the other Hunnic peoples, but for a long period have been established in a goodly land." (Procopius, History of the Wars. Book I, Ch. III, "The Persian War" emphasis added). Procopius claims that the White Huns lived in a prosperous territory, and that they were the only Huns with fair complexions. According to him, they did not live as nomads, did acknowledge a single king, observed a well-regulated constitution, and behaved justly towards neighboring states.

However, in the sixth century A.D., they disappeared from Asia due to loss of wars. The Encyclopedia Britannica comments that the defeat of the Ephthalites "completed the ruin of the White Race of the plains from the Oxus to the Don."  Minor Hepthalite Kingdoms remained in India, but this effectively marked the end of the "Hunnic Era." It is logical that the Ephthalites migrated toward Europe where the rest of Asia's white tribes had previously relocated; therefore, the descendants of the tribe of Naphtali would be found somewhere in Europe.

Now Davidy writes that there was an earlier migration of the White Huns out of the Scythians areas into Europe, "The Chinese records say that the portion of the Naphtalites who had been to the north of them moved westward prior to 450 c.e...Some believe them to have become part of the Khazar federation. At all events the bulk of the Naphtali had began previously to migrate westward before 450 c.e. and had disappeared from the Scyithian area it is herby proposed that the earlier NAPHTALITES and bulk of the Naphtalite nation who went westward and were since unheard of became the Vikings of Scandinavia especially Norway" (The Tribes, pp.199, 200, emphasis his and mine). The Huns that stayed behind knew where the other Hun tribes were and joined them in Europe, and is it any wonder why Roman Historians knew the similarities between the European and the latter Asians Huns?

"The Israelite Tribe of Naphtali therefore became the Naphtali-Huns (or Hephtalitesas they are also called) who together with the Dani [Tribe of Dan]were once in east Scythia. From east Scythia the Naphtali migrated to Norway and the Danes to Denmark. This was proven by Scandinavian tradition, by tracing names, by demographic considerations, and by archaeological finds. The sons of Naphtali were Jahzeel, Guni, Jezer, and Shillem and these appellations are reminiscent of Scandinavian place and ethnic names such as Zealand, Egan, Vraesan, and Sillund." (Davidy, The Tribes, p.240, emphasis added).

The Greek traveler Pytheas from Massilia (Marseille) traveled along the coast of what is now known as Norway perhaps as far north as Bodo around 330 BC, and he called that land "Thule," which  Norse scholars like Ottar Groenvik understands as "the land of the Thuls" or "the Thul land". Norway was known as Thule. P. Senstius (1931) once suggested that Thule is a shortened form of  Nafthali.  The above note says that not only Norway but also the people of Norway were called Thuls and that this word means Speaker. Naphtali is known for his "goodly words."

The first wave of the White Huns, with the Danes settled in Norway and Denmark. The latter White Huns settled in Sweden. For the "influx of population seems to have been continuous and by the 700's Scandinavia appears to have been overpopulated. Consequently, the excess 'Vikings' of Sweden, Norway and Denmark, began their over seas excursions" (Ibid, p.202). This I believe is why we find the Swedish Vikings invading the East Towards Russia and Byzantium. While the Norwegian/Danish Vikings invaded the western parts of Europe and Britain. Naphtali was separated for a while, but always tried to have a union with Norway through the centuries. The brotherhood between the two is strong.  


The Word "Viking"

We read in the history of the Vikings who consisted of the Norwegians, the Danes, and the Swedes, though they were of different tribes, all were called "Vikings." This is due to the fact that they would go on expeditions. There is an interesting verse in the Bible in the book of Judges, "Why did Dan remain in ships? Asher continued on the sea shore, and abode in his breaches" (Judges 5:17).

The word rendered ”breaches” in the Authorized KJV is translated from the Hebrew  "miphrâts” (Strong’s no. 4664), meaning  "a break (as Kragh notes) (in the shore), i.e. a haven”. In unauthorized English translations, the word is also rendered  "bays, creeks”, etc.

A breach and a break in the shore would have much of the same meaning, it is called “vik/vig” in Nordic languages from  which we get the word "Viking." (see A History of the Vikings By T. D. Kendric, p.2 footnote). VIK is how the Hebrew word Miphrats (breach) is translated  in the Swedish Authorized Version (authorized by Gustav-v, King of Sweden) of 1917 (Judges 5:17). From "vik" we obtain the word Viking.

The word ”vik” (plural) is thus used in the Swedish Authorized Version (authorized by Gustav V king of Sweden) of 1917: ”Och Dan – varför dröjer han ännu vid skeppen? Aser satt kvar vid havets strand, vid sina vikar stannade han.” (Judges 5:17).

The word ”vig” (plural) is also used in the Danish Authorized Version (authorized by Christian X king of Denmark) of 1931: ”Dan, hvi søgte han fremmed hyre? Aser sad stille ved havets strand; han blev ved sine vige.” (Judges 5:17). There can thus be found Israelite ”Vikings” in the book of Judges. Since we see Dan and Naphtali migrating together eventually the word Viking would apply to all of them, the Danes the Swedes and the Norwegians.

Jacob's Prophecy about Naphtali

In the book of Genesis, Jacob said, "Naphtali is a hind let loose: he giveth goodly words." (Gen 49:21). What does this mean? "The hind or gazelle is a simile of a warrior who is skilful and swift in his movements (2Sa_2:18; 1Ch_12:8, cf. Psa_18:33; Hab_3:19). שְׁלֻהָה here is neither hunted, nor stretched out or grown slim; but let loose, running freely about (Job_39:5)." (K&D Commentary). The Pulpit Commentary says the same thing, "to depict Naphtali as a beautiful and agile warrior" The nation would be a nation of warriors skillful agile and swift let loose running freely about. Does this not describe the Vikings running about all of Europe and Russia?

In the "Viking age," the, "The Vikings built swift, easily maneuverable vessels for their many expeditions, and were skilled navigators across the open seas" (The Viking Age, The Vikings were skillful warriors often plundering, and discovering lands for settlements, and to be mercenaries for other nations as well. 

The Latter half of that prophecy says "he giveth goodly words." The phrase "giveth goodly words" can literally mean "beautiful sayings or speeches." Are Sweden and Norway identified with the giving of "beautiful speeches" or "pleasing pronouncements" of some kind?

Sweden and Norway sponsors the annual Nobel Prizes, which are "beautiful speeches" or "pleasing pronouncements" given to noteworthy achievers in a variety of fields. These awards are world-famous and are reported in the world's media every year. No other nations of Europe are so closely identified with the practice of making internationally famous awards to the rest of the world on an annual basis.

Many do not realize that the prize comes from the will of a Swede, funded by the Swede's money. All the elements of the Prize are controlled by Swedes, except the recipient of the prize who is chosen by a committee of people selected by a Norwegian Parliament. The award ceremonies take place in Norway. All the members of the committee have been Norwegian since the beginning of the award in 1901

The Peace Prize is awarded strictly through the activities of Norwegians, then the award must be considered a Norwegian political award. But since the award is Swedish based....the originator was Swedish, the financial aspects are Swedish, everything about the award is Swedish...except the selection of the winner, and the location of the award ceremonies....which is Norway. Both Naphtali in the West [Norway] and the South [Sweden] "giveth goodly words."

Sweden and Norway in the End time

The Bible shows that a time is coming called the "Great Tribulation." It coming upon the peoples of "Jacob" (Jer 30:7). Since Sweden and Norway is part of the tribes of Israel, this prophecy pertains to them as well as the rest of the House of Israel. However after that time 12,000 out of Sweden and Norway will be part of the 144,000 to rule with Christ, see Rev 7 & 14.

In the book of Isaiah, it shows that these nations if they do not repent and turn to Almighty God, an invasion will happen, and invasion by the German led-European Beast.

In Isaiah the 9th chapter, we read of Assyria (Germany, Read our book Germany in Prophecy), is going to mount an invasion, and it's going to start with Holland, Norway and Sweden. "Nevertheless the dimness shall not be such as was in her vexation, when at the first he lightly afflicted the land of Zebulun and the land of Naphtali, and afterward did more grievously afflict her by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, in Galilee of the nations." (v.1).  This prophecy in type was fulfilled in the days of Isaiah, but then found its fulfillment in Christ, his first coming, but not its full fulfillment, because the prophecy has to do with the second coming of Christ as the text clearly shows.

"The people [of Zebulun and Napthali] that walked in darkness have seen a great light: they that dwell in the land of the shadow of death, upon them hath the light shined. [Jesus Matthew 4:11]

"Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.

" For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian [This is the Assyrian see, Isaiah 10:26-27].

" For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire.

" For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace.

" Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. [the Kingdom of God]" (vv.2-7). Notice this prophecy leads into the second coming of Jesus. The prophecy is dual. Holland, Norway and Sweden will be put "under the yoke" and be "oppressed" by the Assyrian. This is slavery and captivity Unless they repent!

When Isaiah made this prophecy, the "people" in verse 2 of the tribes of  Zebulon and Naphtali were in the land.  The "people" of Zebulon and Naphtali however did not see Christ when the prophecy was fulfilled in Matthew 4:11, simply because, they were not dwelling in Palestine at the time, but fled to other nations. This shows that it was only fulfilled in type, in Jesus day.

The Great "Light" that Israel will see in its full fulfillment will be at the second coming when "as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be" (Matthew 24:27). What great light shines from the east to the west? The Sun. Jesus is called the "Sun of Righteousness," and his face shines like the "sun" in its full strength, see Malachi 4:2; Rev1:16.

In this captivity however, there is Good news. Jesus says that, "...I will break his yoke from off thy neck, and will burst thy bonds, and strangers shall no more serve themselves of him:...But they shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them." (Jer 30:8-9). At his second coming Jesus will lead his people out of slavery, and will save them once again. Then Israel will re-colonize the promise land, see Isaiah 11, and serve God. They will enter into the Covenant with God, and God will pour his Holy Spirit on them, see Ezekiel 36. And they shall serve God, and become the top nation on earth, and reclaim the colonies that they have already lost. Thank God for his mercy and concern for Israel.