This post is about prophecies concerning the "lost tribes of Israel". Specifically, the tribe which was always situated to the north of the collective twelve, known as the tribe of Dan. The tribe of Dan, known in Ireland as the 'Tuatha De Danaan', has been prophesied about, concerning their future in the Biblical books of Genesis and Exodus. The twelve tribes of Israel were the children of Jacob, who was renamed Israel by God Himself. Jacob of course, was a son of Issaac, who was a son of Abraham. The Israelites, also known as the twelve tribes of Israel were at the time, wandering through the desert on the way to the promised land when their father, the Patriarch Jacob was dying. As he was dying, he bestowed upon each of his sons, prophecies concerning what the posterity of each of them would be in the last days. Our focus lies with the prophecies concerning Dan as recorded in the 49th chapter of Genesis. In the seventeenth verse is a part of the prophecy concerning the tribe of Dan. The first clause (King James Version) reads as follows: "Dan shall be a serpent by the way." But a better translation is as follows: "Dan shall be a serpent's trail." A few points in the history of Dan will show us how they became a serpents trail. During the division of the land to the 12 tribes of Israel which was done by lot, a narrow strip of seacoast country, to the west of Ephraim, fell to Dan. But this land soon became too small for the quickly populating tribe, as we are told in the following: "The coast of the children of Dan went out too little for them; therefore the children of Dan went up to fight against Leshem, and took it, and smote it with the edge of the sword,and possesed it, and dwelt therein, and called Leshem, Dan, after the name of Dan their father." (Joshua 19:47) Concerning the Danites, (Judges 18:11-12) we also have them, 600 in number, pitching their tents in Kearjath-jearim and renaming that place, Mahaneh-dan. Again we are told in Judges 18:29 of this same company of 600, that they came to Laish, "A people that were at quiet and secure; and they smote them with the edge of the sword, and burnt the city with fire... And they built a city and dwelt therein. And they called the name of the city Dan, after the name of Dan, their father, who was born unto Israel. In all cases, whether a war campaign or settlement, that locations name which Dan would ultimately secure, would be changed to that of their father Dan. In this lesson, it is important to keep in mind the fact that in the ancient Hebrew language, there are no written vowels and in the word DAN, there are only two letters used, which in the English are equivolent to the D and N. Hence it makes no difference if the word is Dan, Den, Din, Don or Dun, it is equal to the Hebrew D-n, in which it is up to the speaker to sound the vowel according to his dialects characteristics. On the west side of the Black Sea, there is a region, according to ancient geography, know as "Moesia," signifying the land of the Moses-ites. These people had such a great reverence for a person they called Zal-moxis, who Herodotus, the father of history, supposed to be their God. "Zalmoxis, whom Herodotus supposed them to worship as a God, is without doubt Moses:; Zal signifying "chief" or "leader," while Moxis and Moses are but the Greek for the Hebrew Mosie, which is also rendered Moses in our language." Moesia was bounded on the south by Mace-Don-ia, and the Dar-DAN-elles, and on the south by the river Dan-ube. In the territory of Scythia, there are the rivers D-n-iper, D-n-ister and the Don. The fact that the Dniester and the Dnieper are written without a vowel between the D and the N is quite as significant as the fact that the Don has one. Professor Totten says, "There is no grander theme upon the scrolls of history than the story of this struggle of the Anglo-Saxons westward. The very streams of Europe mark their resting places, and in the root of nearly all their ancient names, (Dan or Don) recall the sacred stream. Jor-dan--river of rest-- from whose banks, so far away, as exiles, they set out. It was either the colony of Dan, obeying its tribal proclivity for naming everything it captured after their father, or else the mere survival of a word and custom; but, none the less, it serves to trace these wanderers like a trail. Hence the Dan-ube, the Dan-iester, the Dan-ieper, the Dan-au, the Dan-inn, the Dan-aster, the Dan-dari, the Dan-ez, the Daci, the Davi, the Dan, the Don, the U-Don, the Eri-Don and the thousand other Dans and Dons of ancient and early geography, down to the Danes in Dan-emerke, or "Dans last resting place." To this I would add, that the people of Denmark have always been called Dan-es and who have neighbors in Swe-den. In final, the people in contiguous countries, while having different local names, have been called by the same generic name, i.e., Scan-DIN-navians. Also, that Denmark, the modern form of Danemerke, means, "Dans-mark"