BLESSINGS IN GENESIS
Unbeknownst to Jacob and his sons, he still had 12 sons including his favorite Joseph who according to his own prophetic dream he revealed to his father and his brothers, he was sold to slavers. His 11 brothers lied to their father, Jacob and he thought Joseph was dead.
In the dream his brothers and his mother and father bowed down to him. Even Jacob was offended by the dream. Joseph, was by the time Jacob blessed his sons was second in command in all of Egypt due to his prophetic gift.
Famine drove Jacob to send his sons to Egypt to buy grain set aside there as a result of Joseph’s prophetic revelation to Pharaoh of the coming seven good harvest years and then seven bad harvest years.
In the end there is a family reunion in Egypt with Joseph revealing his true identity to his brothers and his father. These events are full revealed in Genesis chapters 41-47. This all served to fulfill the prophesy of God to Abraham that his descendants would serve as slaves in a foreign land four hundred years.
JACOB BLESSES JOSEPH’S SONS
In Chapter 48 of Genesis, we are told, Joseph brings his sons Manasseh and Ehraim to his father for his blessing. The actual blessing:
When Israel saw the sons of Joseph, he asked, “Who are these?”
9 “They are the sons God has given me here,” Joseph said to his father.
Then Israel said, “Bring them to me so I may bless them.”
10 Now Israel’s eyes were failing because of old age, and he could hardly see. So Joseph brought his sons close to him, and his father kissed them and embraced them.
11 Israel said to Joseph, “I never expected to see your face again, and now God has allowed me to see your children too.”
12 Then Joseph removed them from Israel’s knees and bowed down with his face to the ground. 13 And Joseph took both of them, Ephraim on his right toward Israel’s left hand and Manasseh on his left toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them close to him. 14 But Israel reached out his right hand and put it on Ephraim’s head, though he was the younger,and crossing his arms, he put his left hand on Manasseh’s head, even though Manasseh was the firstborn.
15 Then he blessed Joseph and said,
“May the God before whom my fathers
Abraham and Isaac walked faithfully,
the God who has been my shepherd
all my life to this day,
16 the Angel who has delivered me from all harm
—may he bless these boys.
May they be called by my name
and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac,
and may they increase greatly
on the earth.”
17 When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand on Ephraim’s head he was displeased; so he took hold of his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. 18 Joseph said to him, “No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.”
19 But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great. Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a group of nations.” 20 He blessed them that day and said,
“In your name will Israel pronounce this blessing:
‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.’”
So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.
21 Then Israel said to Joseph, “I am about to die, but God will be with you and take you back to the land of your fathers. 22 And to you I give one more ridge of land than to your brothers, the ridge I took from the Amorites with my sword and my bow.” (NIV)
EPHRAIM THE WARRIOR
Ephraim and his older brother Manasseh are called the half tribes of Israel. Joshua who took over as leader of the people, later led the people across the Jordan River. Joshua was the descendant of Ephraim.
“The Ephraimites will become like warriors, and their hearts will be glad as with wine. Their children will see it and be joyful; their hearts will rejoice in the Lord. 8 I will signal for them and gather them in. Surely I will redeem them; they will be as numerous as before. 9 Though I scatter them among the peoples, yet in distant lands they will remember me. They and their children will survive, and they will return.” (NIV)
Israel blesses his 12 sons, then, in chapter 49, here I am focusing on Joseph and his sons, Manasseh and Ephraim to reach God’s arrangement to set the stage we are viewing in the entire world today. Joseph’s blessing: Genesis 49, Israel speaking:
“Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall.23 With bitterness archers attacked him; they shot at him with hostility. 24 But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel, 25 because of your father’s God, who helps you, because of the Almighty, who blesses you with blessings of the skies above, blessings of the deep springs below, blessings of the breast and womb. 26 Your father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers. ” (NIV)
His brothers tried to harm him, but he ended up as their leader. Jacob also spoke that Messiah would arise from Judah. The history from there includes Isaiah raised as a prophet to Israel, 10 northern tribes predicting the destruction and dispersal of the ten northern tribes by the Assyrians. The history gets sketchy from there about what actually happened to Ephraim and Manasseh. Just as the Lord intended. God has a plan.
Hosea, a minor prophet, speaks for God in regard to God’s ultimate plan for Ehraim i.e.house of Israel. The conquering sons of Joseph and warriors among the clans of Israel. Hosea Chapter 1 begins the narrative of God:
“When the Lord began to speak through Hosea, the Lord said to him, “Go, marry a promiscuous woman and have children with her, for like an adulterous wife this land is guilty of unfaithfulness to the Lord.” 3 So he married Gomer daughter of Diblaim, and she conceived and bore him a son.” (NIV)
God said to Hosea:
“Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call him Jezreel, because I will soon punish the house of Jehu for the massacre at Jezreel, and I will put an end to the kingdom of Israel. 5 In that day I will break Israel’s bow in the Valley of Jezreel.” (NIV)
A daughter born to Hosea:
“Gomer conceived again and gave birth to a daughter. Then the Lord said to Hosea, “Call her Lo-Ruhamah (which means “not loved”), for I will no longer show love to Israel, that I should at all forgive them. 7 Yet I will show love to Judah; and I will save them—not by bow, sword or battle, or by horses and horsemen, but I, the Lord their God, will save them.” (NIV)
Another son for Hosea:
“After she had weaned Lo-Ruhamah, Gomer had another son. 9 Then the Lord said, “Call him Lo-Ammi (which means “not my people”), for you are not my people, and I am not your God.” (NIV)
The plot of God thickens:
“Yet the Israelites will be like the sand on the seashore, which cannot be measured or counted. In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘children of the living God.’ 11 The people of Judah and the people of Israel will come together; they will appoint one leader and will come up out of the land, for great will be the day of Jezreel.” (NIV)
Jezreel means “sown of God” pointing to reconciliation of all things. The Lord God here after saying he rejects the house of Israel reverts to the language of his own blessing on Abraham concerning his promise there in Genesis 15.
For brevity jumping to the conclusions of the verses:
Hosea 2: 23
“I will plant her for myself in the land;
I will show my love to the one I called ‘Not my loved one.[i]’
I will say to those called ‘Not my people,[j]’ ‘You are my people’;
and they will say, ‘You are my God.’” (NIV)
Israelites losing track of who they once were, unlike Judah and any Israelites who’d returned to Judah when the Assyrians came to Israel:
“For the Israelites will live many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred stones, without ephod or household gods. 5 Afterward the Israelites will return and seek the Lord their God and David their king. They will come trembling to the Lord and to his blessings in the last days.” (NIV)
Blessing in the “last day” comes through Jesus the Son of David the Son of God. Chapter 1, Verse 10 again:
“In the place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ they will be called ‘children of the living God.” (NIV)
What nations in history have had this legacy?
Continuing in chapter 4:
“The Israelites are stubborn, like a stubborn heifer. How then can the Lord pasture them like lambs in a meadow? 17 Ephraim is joined to idols; leave him alone! 18 Even when their drinks are gone, they continue their prostitution; their rulers dearly love shameful ways. 19 A whirlwind will sweep them away, and their sacrifices will bring them shame.” (NIV)
Chapter 5, the conclusion for the idols in Israel, as well as Judah dedicated to sacrificing children in the flames on those idols. Baal and Molech, Ashtorth Poles and all the associated orgies. [Sounds like the US]
“Sound the trumpet in Gibeah, the horn in Ramah. Raise the battle cry in Beth Aven; lead on, Benjamin. 9 Ephraim will be laid waste on the day of reckoning. Among the tribes of Israel I proclaim what is certain. 10 Judah’s leaders are like those who move boundary stones. I will pour out my wrath on them like a flood of water. 11 Ephraim is oppressed, trampled in judgment, intent on pursuing idols. 12 I am like a moth to Ephraim, like rot to the people of Judah. 13 “When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah his sores, then Ephraim turned to Assyria, and sent to the great king for help. But he is not able to cure you, not able to heal your sores. 14 For I will be like a lion to Ephraim, like a great lion to Judah. I will tear them to pieces and go away; I will carry them off, with no one to rescue them. 15 Then I will return to my lair until they have borne their guilt and seek my face—in their misery they will earnestly seek me.” (NIV)
In Chapter 6 the Lord voices disappointment with both Ephraim and Judah.
“What can I do with you, Ephraim?What can I do with you, Judah? Your love is like the morning mist,like the early dew that disappears. 5 Therefore I cut you in pieces with my prophets, I killed you with the words of my mouth—then my judgments go forth like the sun. 6 For I desire mercy, not sacrifice, and acknowledgment of God rather than burnt offerings. 7 As at Adam, they have broken the covenant; they were unfaithful to me there. 8 Gilead is a city of evildoers, stained with footprints of blood. 9 As marauders lie in ambush for a victim, so do bands of priests; they murder on the road to Shechem, carrying out their wicked schemes. 10 I have seen a horrible thing in Israel: There Ephraim is given to prostitution, Israel is defiled. 11 “Also for you, Judah, a harvest is appointed. “Whenever I would restore the fortunes of my people, … (NIV)
Hosea 7 reveals the turning away from God looking for alternative means and remedies.
“Ephraim is like a dove, easily deceived and senseless—now calling to Egypt, now turning to Assyria. 12 When they go, I will throw my net over them; I will pull them down like the birds in the sky. When I hear them flocking together, I will catch them.13 Woe to them, because they have strayed from me! Destruction to them, because they have rebelled against me! I long to redeem them but they speak about me falsely. 14 They do not cry out to me from their hearts but wail on their beds. They slash themselves, appealing to their gods for grain and new wine, but they turn away from me. 15 I trained them and strengthened their arms, but they plot evil against me. 16 They do not turn to the Most High; they are like a faulty bow. Their leaders will fall by the sword because of their insolent words. For this they will be ridiculed in the land of Egypt.” (NIV)
Hosea 8 the Lord assures Israel’s destruction:
“Though Ephraim built many altars for sin offerings, these have become altars for sinning. 12 I wrote for them the many things of my law, but they regarded them as something foreign. 13 Though they offer sacrifices as gifts to me, and though they eat the meat, the Lord is not pleased with them. Now he will remember their wickedness and punish their sins: They will return to Egypt. 14 Israel has forgotten their Maker and built palaces; Judah has fortified many towns. But I will send fire on their cities that will consume their fortresses.” (NIV)
Hosea 9 reveals what becomes of Israel for refusing to consider God’s prophets:
“The days of punishment are coming, the days of reckoning are at hand. Let Israel know this. Because your sins are so many and your hostility so great, the prophet is considered a fool, the inspired person a maniac. 8 The prophet, along with my God, is the watchman over Ephraim,yet snares await him on all his paths, and hostility in the house of his God. 9 They have sunk deep into corruption,as in the days of Gibeah. God will remember their wickedness and punish them for their sins. 10 “When I found Israel, it was like finding grapes in the desert; when I saw your ancestors, it was like seeing the early fruit on the fig tree. But when they came to Baal Peor, they consecrated themselves to that shameful idol and became as vile as the thing they loved. 11 Ephraim’s glory will fly away like a bird—no birth, no pregnancy, no conception. 12 Even if they rear children,I will bereave them of every one. Woe to them when I turn away from them! 13 I have seen Ephraim, like Tyre, planted in a pleasant place. But Ephraim will bring out their children to the slayer.” (NIV)
Anybody ever seen anything like this? In chapter 10 we find the Lord still wanting to bless the remnant of Israel:
“Sow righteousness for yourselves,reap the fruit of unfailing love, and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord, until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.” (NIV)
Through the many prophets we find clues in reference to Ephraim being driven by the east wind, west. Now out west from Israel and Judah there’s an Island. Yeah, that Island. It has a little brother, just like Manasseh did. The younger has clearly become greater than the older. Nations? The 13 original states were considered individual nations in a union or a group of nations.
Thomas Jefferson said: “Virginia is my country.”
Mathematically in my book Misquoting Logic I lay the math out. From Tanakh in the time of two and one half times, as the angel told Daniel: 2500 years. History reveals, Hoshea, the last king of Israel (northern tribes) was dethroned in 724 B.C. So we can find the date of the end of Ephraim’s wandering:
2500 – 724 B.C. = 1776.
Confirming this we look to Ezekiel 37:
“The word of the Lord came to me: 16 “Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, ‘Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.’ Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, ‘Belonging to Joseph (that is, to Ephraim) and all the Israelites associated with him.’17 Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand.
18 “When your people ask you, ‘Won’t you tell us what you mean by this?’ 19 say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim’s hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick. I will make them into a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.’ 20 Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on 21 and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone.” (NIV)
Have we not seen God’s fingerprints through history joining Judah to Jacobs ridge he gave to Joseph? In 1948 as specifically prophesied on the timeline of history by Ezekiel the rebirth of Israel? The United States President Harry Truman was the first to recognize Israel eleven minutes after their declaration of Independence. Nineteen years later as prophesied specifically by Daniel Israeli Paratroops retook the temple. In 2018 United States President Donald Trump recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital and built the US Embassy there. “One stick in the hand of the Lord.”
Today there are 6 million Jews in Israel. There are 5 million Jews in the United States. France is next with a little over 380 thousand Jews.
The symbol of the United States is the eagle. The bow and quiver of arrows symbols of Ephraim the warrior.
The flag has 13 stripes and originally 13 stars meaning 11 for those who sold Joseph into bondage and two more, for Joseph and Ephraim.
“The same day [April 12, 1945] I saw my first horror camp. It was near the town of Gotha. I have never felt able to describe my emotional reactions when I first came face to face with indisputable evidence of Nazi brutality and ruthless disregard of every shred of decency. Up to that time I had known about it only generally or through secondary sources. I am certain, however that I have never at any other time experienced an equal sense of shock.
“I visited every nook and cranny of the camp because I felt it my duty to be in a position from then on to testify at first hand about these things in case there ever grew up at home the belief or assumption that `the stories of Nazi brutality were just propaganda.’ Some members of the visiting party were unable to through the ordeal. I not only did so but as soon as I returned to Patton’s headquarters that evening I sent communications to both Washington and London, urging the two governments to send instantly to Germany a random group of newspaper editors and representative groups from the national legislatures. I felt that the evidence should be immediately placed before the American and British publics in a fashion that would leave no room for cynical doubt.”
General Eisenhower quotes about documenting the atrocities of the Nazi holocaust on Jews and many others, to ensure that those like the Ayatollahs and Muslim politicians presently doing so, would be foreclosed in claiming in cynical doubt this never happened.
Chris Queen: I am writing today because I heard the usual claptrap seminaried ideas on which they’ve formed up their consensus a thing I have no need of in this life due to the reality of Jesus’ words at John 16: 12-14, they claim the United States is not found in prophesy.
I disagree. The English speaking peoples of the world were spread by God around the globe to stop the Axis Powers and the Japanese and restore Israel to her land as God prophesied.
Chris Queen 2/25/2019. Please hit the Follow key above and to the right for future updates. Please leave your valued comments in the form below.