"And Jacob said unto Joseph. .. thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine... And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near unto him. And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn. And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day, The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father:for this is the firstbom; put thyrighthand upon his head. And his father refused, and said, I know it,my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great:but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.And he blessed them thatday, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh." - (GENESIS 48:3-20)
fully appreciate the significance of the blessing of Joseph's two sons, we need
to understand some background with regard to both history and prophecy in relation
to Israel. The promises to the tribes of Israel were specifically reserved for
the "LAST DAYS", or "CHRISTIAN ERA" - Genesis 49:1,
Hebrews 1:1,2. The rebellion of the ten tribes in the North, against the Throne
of David, in the time of Solomon's son, Rehoboam, is foretold in 1 Kings 11:9-13,
and 29-32. This northern ten-tribe division retained the name ISRAEL.The
tribe of Judah, in the South, were granted the loyal support of the tribe of
Benjamin, and were collectively known as JUDAH. Understanding this division
of ISRAEL and JUDAH is essential, in order to rightly apply prophecy.
2 Kings 17 gives a summary of how, because of sin, God took ten-tribe ISRAEL
away from the throne of Judah, and eventually caused them to go into exile in
Assyria. They did not return! The fact is,both Ezra and Nehemiah record that
only 42,360 of the tribes of Judah and Benjamin, returned to Judea from exile
in Babylon, together with a "mixed multitude"
see Ezra 2:64, Nehemiah 7:66, 13:3. From these, the Jews of Jesus' day descended.
It is clear therefore, that to identify ISRAEL in both history and prophecy
we have to distinguish Israel from the Jews. It was prophesied that ISRAEL
would lose their identity, God referring to them as
"not my people", in other words, a people who would not be identified
as Israel (Hosea 1:10, 2:23), yet we may identify Israel by the destiny they
were to fulfil! I Chronicles 5:1 tells us the "BIRTHRIGHT
was given unto the SONS OF JOSEPH". This means that, through
the descendants of the SONS OF JOSEPH, God would fulfil the great promises
of Israel's greatness! That greatness included the promise given to Jacob in
"I am God Almighty: be fruitful and multiply: a NATION and a COMPANY OF NATIONS shall be of thee, and Kings shall come out of thy loins... "
ISRAEL was to be a NATION with a MONARCHY, which
would expand to become a "COMPANY OF NATIONS"!
The account of the blessing of Joseph's sons, EPHRAIM and MANASSEH, is recorded in Genesis Chapter 48. It is staggering that Jacob chose his grandsons, the sons of Joseph to be bearers of the BIRTHRIGHT. That birthright was the passing on of the promises given to Abraham, Isaac and Jacob himself! This included the promise given to Jacob, that his seed would become a "NATION AND COMPANY OF NATIONS"! The reason was that, though they were actually his grandsons, Jacob adopted the sons of Joseph as his own sons. It was, in fact, the highest honour he could give to Joseph, that his sons would not only be equal with the other sons of Jacob, but would have the birthright. Yet Jacob went further than this. Although Manasseh was the elder of the two lads, whilst giving both EPHRAIM and MANASSEH a share of the birthright, Jacob gave the firstborn-portion to EPHRAIM! In fact, Ephraim is God's firstborn! (Jeremiah 31:9)
To identify modern ISRAEL,we are clearly looking for a people who, though not recognised as Israel, have the hallmarks of Israel-identity. God had told Abraham his seed would be GREAT and their name "GREAT"! Jacob's descendants were to become a "NATION AND COMPANY OF NATIONS", a prophecy entailed in the birthright given to the sons of Joseph.
The indisputable fact that no other Nation is named "GREAT",or has become a Company or Commonwealth of Nations in precisely this way, is in itself irrefutable proof that GREAT BRITAIN is EPHRAIM, and that the prophecy had firstborn fulfilment in the Nation of Great Britain and its Commonwealth of Nations, the "Multitude of Nations" prophesied by Jacob. The Roman Empire, at its height, tyrannically ruled approximately a quarter of the then known world. At its height, the benign British Empire ruled over a third of the earth's surface, becoming the greatest Empire of all time, its "branches ran over the wall!"(Genesis 49:22.) Many of these nations now have independence, yet Queen Elizabeth II remains "Head of the Commonwealth", representing over 30% of the world's population.
portion of the birthright given to MANASSEH is unquestionably fulfilled
in the UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. Joseph represented the greatest, richest
power on earth in his day, and that blessing was passed on to both his sons,
first Ephraim and second Manasseh. Ephraim's position has diminished, at this
time, partly for reasons of judgment, and partly to allow Manasseh to enjoy,
in turn, Joseph's pre-eminence in wealth and power. But this does not alter
history, or reverse Ephraim's prophetic mandate.
Recently, there have been attempts by some Anglo-Israel believers, mainly in America, to reverse the identities of Ephraim and Manasseh. Those who take the position that America is Ephraim, argue that the "STATES" fulfil the criteria of a "COMPANY OF NATIONS".
Now, I love America, and have many wonderful Christian friends there, some of whom may differ from me on this. I certainly have no wish to give offence, but I believe truth is paramount. I would prefer it if an American had written this article, however I am glad that there are also many American Anglo-Israel believers who agree with me on this issue. The U.S.A. declares itself to be "one Nation under God", a single NATION or REPUBLIC, constituting a FEDERATION OF STATES, NOT a "COMPANY OF NATIONS"! It is, in fact, a dangerous position to take, to attempt to uncross Jacob's hands and usurp Ephraim's mandate. AMERICA precisely fulfils MANASSEH'S role.
Rather than overloading more than what people will read, understand or believe, just look to God with desire for understanding His truth written in your heart, and God will become your only teacher of truth through leading you in spiritual ways; and being of the body of Christ as the only true church of God means one body part cannot do what another part does; therefore we all need each other to properly function with this world of scorpions not even being a part of Christ's body until they repent in great suffering with death for uncountable, yet still saved, just not yet eternal until they all learn obedience as written in Hebrews 5:9 with 1 Corinthians Chapter 2 being what spiritual understanding is.
Reuben (Jacob's first born) "Unstable as Water" Northern France
Simeon "scattered within Israel" Welsh and Jews
Levi "scattered within Israel" (priesthood) (Israeli, Scots and scattered within Israel)
Judah "The Sceptre shall not depart from Judah" Royal sons of Perez and Zerah: includes the royal lineages of Ireland, Scotland, and England. Ethnic Israelis; Occidental (white) Jews , Ashkenazi and Sephardic Jews; also sons of Shelah:
Dan "Serpent by the Way" (mariners, adventurer-colonists) Ireland & Denmark
Naphtali "hind let loose: he giveth goodly words" Norway & Sweden
Gad "Gad enlarged couches like a lion" Switzerland
Asher "Royal Dainties" Belgium and Luxembourg, South Africa
Issachar "Strong Donkey couching down between two burdens:" Finland
Zebulun "Haven of the Sea & Ships:"(merchant traders / calligraphers / invented the printing press) (Holland) Netherlands
Ephraim "Multitude of Nations" British Commonwealth
Manasseh Joseph's first born: "A Great People (Nation) United States of America
Benjamin "Ravin as a wolf:" (mariners / merchant traders / Vikings) Normans, Iceland, Quebecois