The greatest nation that has ever existed on Earth. Could it be?
Abraham’s birthright blessing was passed to his son Isaac instead of his brother Ishmael, then to Abraham’s grandson Jacob instead of his brother Esau. As we read in Hebrews 11:11&12 they have not received the promises, so what happened?
Moses said to Yahweh:
Exo 32:13 Remember Abraham, Isaac, and Israel (Jacob), Your servants to whom You swore by Yourself, and You spoke to them, I will multiply your seed like the stars of the heavens, and all this land which I have said, I will give to your seed. And they shall possess it forever.
Gen 48:2 And when they said to Jacob, Your son Joseph is coming to see you: then Israel, getting all his strength together, had himself lifted up in his bed.
Gen 48:3 And Jacob said to Joseph, Yahweh, the Ruler of all, came to me in a vision at Luz in the land of Canaan, and gave me his blessing,
Gen 48:4 And said to me, Truly, I will make you fertile and give you increase and will make of you a great family of nations: and I will give this land to your seed after you to be their heritage for ever. (where were/are those nations)
Gen 48:5 And now your two sons who came to birth in Egypt before I came to you here, are mine; Ephraim and Manasseh will be mine, in the same way as Reuben and Simeon are. (also Asher, Gad, Judah, Levi, Benjamin, and the rest of the 12)
Gen 48:6 And any other offspring which you have after them, will be yours, and will be named after their brothers (Ephraim and Manasseh) in their heritage.
Gen 48:7 And as for me, when I came from Paddan, death overtook Rachel on the way, when we were still some distance from Ephrath; and I put her to rest there on the road to Ephrath, which is Beth-lehem.
Gen 48:8 Then Israel, looking at Joseph's sons, said, Who are these?
Gen 48:9 And Joseph said to his father, They are my sons, whom Yahweh has given me in this land. And he said, Let them come near me, and I will give them a blessing.
Gen 48:10 Now because Israel was old, his eyes were no longer clear, and he was not able to see. So he made them come near to him, and he gave them a kiss, folding them in his arms.
Gen 48:11 And Israel said to Joseph, I had no hope of seeing your face again, but Yahweh in his mercy has let me see you and your children. (Read Genesis 37)
Gen 48:12 Then Joseph took them from between his knees, and went down on his face to the earth.
Gen 48:13 Then taking Ephraim with his right hand, Joseph put him at Israel's left side, and with his left hand he put Manasseh at Israel's right side, placing them near him.
Gen 48:14 And Israel, stretching out his right hand, put it on the head of Ephraim, the younger, and his left hand on the head of Manasseh, crossing his hands on purpose, for Manasseh was the older.
Gen 48:15 And he gave Joseph a blessing, saying, May the Mighty One to whom my fathers, Abraham and Isaac, gave worship, the Elohim who has taken care of me all my life till this day,
Gen 48:16 The angel who has been my savior from all evil, send his blessing on these children: and let my name and the name of my fathers, Abraham and Isaac, “be given to them”; and let them become a great nation in the earth.
Gen 48:18 And Joseph said to his father, Not so, my father, for this is the older (Manasseh); put your right hand on his head.
Gen 48:20 So he gave them his blessing that day, saying, You will be the sign of blessing in Israel, for they will say, May Yahweh make you like Ephraim and Manasseh; and he put Ephraim before Manasseh.
In order to 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".- [Gen 49:1 And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. The rebellion of the northern ten tribes against the throne of David in the time of Solomon's ruling son Rehoboam, who ruled the break away House of Israel that you can read about in 1 Kings 11:9-13, and 29-32. The northern ten-tribe division retained the name ISRAEL. The tribes of Judah, in the South, were granted the 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, Yahweh took the ten-tribe ISRAEL away from the throne of Judah, and eventually caused them to go into exile in Assyria. They never did 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". From these, the Jews of Yahshua's day descended.
Gen 35:10 Yahweh said to him, "Your name is Jacob. Your name shall not be Jacob any more, but your name will be Israel." He named him Israel.
Gen 35:11 Yahweh said to him, "I am Yahweh Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply. A nation and a company (commonwealth) of nations will be from you, and kings will come out of your loins.
Commonwealth - Websters: “Often capitalized - An association of self-governing autonomous states more or less loosely associated in a common allegiance (as to the British crown)”.
The account of the blessing of Joseph's sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, is recorded in Genesis Chapter 48. It is amazing that Israel (Jacob) chose Joseph’s grandsons, to be bearers of the birthright passed down from him. That birthright was the passing on of the promises given to Abraham, Isaac and Israel! This included the promise given to Jacob, that his seed would become a "nation and company, multitude, or group 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 honor he could give to Joseph, that his sons would not only be equal with the other sons of Jacob, but would receive the birthright, yet Israel went further than this. Take note: now there are 13 tribes of Israel.
To identify modern Israel,we are clearly looking for a people who, though not recognized as Israel, have the hallmarks of Israel-identity. Yahweh 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 which conferred 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. To me, it is extremely strong evidence that Great Britain is Ephraim, and that the prophecy had firstborn fulfillment in the Nation of Great Britain and its Commonwealth of Nations, the "Multitude of Nations" prophesied by Israel in Gen 48:19. 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.
There have been attempts by some Anglo-Israel believers to reverse the identities of Ephraim and Manasseh. Those who take the position that America is Ephraim, argue that the "states" fulfilll the criteria of a "company of nations". I personally can’t see that, but either way they are still called Israel because Israel, the man placed his name on them.
People who take the 'Ephraim-U.S.A.' position do so on the grounds that America is the younger, just like Ephraim was the younger. Yet this undermines the whole point of the 'Ephraim Blessing', which was to set him before Manasseh. The term "firstborn" in both Hebrew and Greek Scriptures consistently means literally first-born!
As the younger son, for Ephraim to become the firstborn would mean his offspring would be literally first-born into their prophetic identity, fulfilling their destiny first!
The terms "set" and "before" both relate to order in terms of position and time. It is significant that of several Hebrew words of similar meaning, the words employed have to do with "setting in order" both in the sense of occurrence and importance. The fact that Britain entered into the height of its power in the 19th Century and America in the mid-20th Century bears this out. However, since the birthright is shared, neither can be completely independent of the other, so America and Britain have supported each other in World Conflicts in the prophesied Anglo-American Alliance.
Deu 33:17 His glory is like the first-born of his bull, and his horns are like the horns of the wild ox. With them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth. And they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh.
I think this is speculation, but it is interesting to note that the subjugation of the tribe of Manasseh to Assyria actually began in 745 B.C. If we calculate from this date the prophesied chastisement of 2520 years (i.e. the prophetic "seven times" Leviticus 26:24, 28) we arrive at A.D.1775-6, precisely when the 13 States signed their Declaration, and obtained Independence from Great Britain.
Ephraim was exiled to Assyria in 720 B.C. Calculating "7 Times" from that date we arrive at 1801 A.D. That very year, Great Britain became the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Again this is speculation.
When Jacob blessed Joseph's sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, he adopted them as his sons, which placed them on a par with the other eleven sons (tribes). This means Joseph was now represented by two tribes, making an overall total of thirteen tribes. Since Jacob "set Ephraim before Manasseh", this meant Manasseh was the thirteenth tribe of Israel.
One source I looked at had this to say:
The prominence of the number 13 identifies America with Manasseh the 13th Tribe:
1. 13 States signed The Declaration of Independence.
2. 13 Stars are above the Eagle on the American Seal.
3. 13 Letters form the motto 'E Pluribus Unum' - 'one of many'.
4. 13 Leaves are on the Olive Branch, on the left talon
5. 13 Olives also, are on the left talon of the U.S. Seal
6. 13 Arrows are on the right talon of the Shield
7. 13 Stripes are featured on the Shield
8. 13 Stars were on the original U.S. Flag - 'Old Glory'
9. 13 Stripes also, were on 'Old Glory'
10. 13 Stripes still feature on the current Flag of the U.S.
The British Empire was much bigger than the United States. At its height in the early decades of the 20th century, the Empire covered a third of the world's territory.
In terms of longevity, Britain's Empire lasted until after World War II, meaning that its global empire lasted well over two centuries. American power began after World War II and became the greatest nation ever on the face of the earth. It is now obvious that its greatness and power is already on the wane just like we see in Great Brittan and many other English speaking nations today.
Gen 17:21 But I will establish My covenant with Isaac, whom Sarah shall bear to you at this set time in the next year.