Re: Who Is Ephraim?
- I've read and checked Who is Ephraim?, and it all fits. As a
Jewish-Christian, I've long had a burden for the Holy Land, and prayed
for the peace of Jerusalem.
If the Palestinians are Ephraim, and entitled to the portion of the
Holy Land alloted to them in the Old Testament, there is no longer any
need for fighting between Israelis and Palestinians.
Jesus gives us the clue in John 4: 12- the Samaritan woman says "our
father Jacob gave us this well", and Jesus does not correct her.
Ephraim's descendants are the Samaritans, and their descendants are
the modern-day Palestians. When it is understood that Palestinians
are descended from Jacob through Joseph, there will be no reason for
American Christians to back the Zionist policy of taking over
True followers of the Prince of Peace will welcome this just,
scriptural solution to the territorial disputes in the Holy Land.
Thank you Jesus. May all the people there learn to love their
neighbors and live in peace.
In the name of the Prince of Peace, Carol Wolman
--- In BibleProphecy@yahoogroups.com, "Patricia"
> Israel in the "New" Earth Eze.37:12-25 below.
> THEY SHALL ALSO WALK IN MY JUDGMENTS, AND OBSERVE MY STATUTES
> In the "new" earth (Re.21:1, Isa.65:17 below) Judah and the children
> of Israel will be one nation in the land upon the mountains of
> Israel, and David, God's servant, shall be one king to them all,
> their prince for ever (Eze.37:12-25 below)
> The same land given to Jacob/Israel and his seed in the beginning
> (Gen.28:13), will be the same land occupied by Israel throughout
> eternity (Eze.37:25 below).
> Re.21:1 And I saw a NEW heaven and a NEW earth (Isa.65:17
> below, Re.21:5): for the first heaven and the first earth were passed
> away (Re.20:11, Dan.2:35, 2 Pe.3:10); and there was no more sea
> (Dan.7:3, Dan.7:17, Isa.66:24).
> Isa. 65:17 For, behold, I create NEW heavens and a NEW earth
> (Re.21:1 above): and the former shall not be remembered, nor come
> into mind.
> Eze.37:12 Therefore prophesy and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord
> GOD; Behold, O my people, I will open your graves, and cause you to
> come up out of your graves, and bring you into the land of Israel.
> Eze.37:13 And ye shall know that I [am] the LORD, when I have opened
> your graves, O my people, and brought you up out of your graves,
> Eze.37:14 And shall put my spirit in you, and ye shall live,
> and I shall place you in your own land (Eze.37:21 below): then shall
> ye know that I the LORD have spoken [it], and performed [it], saith
> the LORD.
> Eze.37:15 The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,
> Eze.37:16 Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and
> write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his
> companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph,
> the stick of Ephraim, and [for] all the house of Israel his
> Eze.37:17 And join them one to another into one stick; and they
> shall become one in thine hand (Eze.37:19 below).
> Eze.37:18 And when the children of thy people shall speak unto
> thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou [meanest] by these?
> Eze.37:19 Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I
> will take the stick of Joseph, which [is] in the hand of Ephraim, and
> the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, [even]
> with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be
> one in mine hand.
> Eze.37:20 And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine
> hand before their eyes.
> Eze.37:21 And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I
> will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they
> be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into
> their own land:
> Eze.37:22 And I will make them one nation in the land upon the
> mountains of Israel (Gen.13:17, Gen.15:18, Gen.17:19, Gen.28:3-4,
> Gen.28:13); and one king shall be king to them all (Eze.37:24-25
> below): and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be
> divided into two kingdoms any more at all:
> Eze.37:23 Neither shall they defile themselves any more with
> their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their
> transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwelling
> places, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall
> they be my people, and I will be their God.
> Eze.37:24 And David my servant [shall be] king over them
> (Eze.37:22 above, Eze.37:25 below); and they all shall have one
> shepherd: THEY SHALL ALSO WALK IN MY JUDGMENTS, AND OBSERVE MY
> STATUTES, and do them.
> Eze.37:25 And they shall dwell in the land that I have given
> unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they
> shall dwell therein, [even] they, and their children, and their
> children's children for ever: and my servant David [shall be] their
> prince for ever.
> Patricia ©
> --- In BibleProphecy@yahoogroups.com, Robert Mendelson
> <elijah18901@> wrote:
> > I recently read some articles about Gog and Magog that were posted
> > here that I'd like to comment about. In one letter the claim was
> > that Palestinians have no Biblical rights to be in Israel or the
> > Bank. I don't know the writer personally, so I can't rightly say
> > his motivation was. He's probably just been misled himself. I know
> > pastors like John Hagee have made this claim. What I can say is
> that it
> > was an example of a heresy that's rampant among Christian
> eschatology and
> > is causing tremendous damage. This heresy is a key element of
> > deception. Palestinians most assuredly have rights to land in
> Israel and
> > the West Bank according to the Bible. Peter and Paul had this to
> > 2 Peter 2:1-2;
> > 1 But there were also false prophets among the people,
> > just as there will be false teachers among you.
> > They will secretly introduce destructive heresies,
> > even denying the sovereign Lord who bought them--
> > bringing swift destruction on themselves.
> > 2 Many will follow their shameful ways
> > and will bring the way of truth into disrepute."
> > 2 Timothy 4:3-4, Paul;
> > 3 For the time will come
> > when men will not put up with sound doctrine.
> > Instead, to suit their own desires,
> > they will gather around them a great number of teachers
> > to say what their itching ears want to hear.
> > 4 They will turn their ears away from the truth
> > and turn aside to myths."
> > Paul gave us this advice when speaking of those times when
> > sound doctrine was scarce
> > 2 Timothy 4:1-2,, Paul;
> > 1 In the presence of God and of Christ Jesus,
> > who will judge the living and the dead,
> > and in view of his appearing and his kingdom,
> > I give you this charge: 2 Preach the Word;
> > be prepared in season and out of season;
> > correct, rebuke and encourage--
> > with great patience and careful instruction. "
> > It's in this spirit the following evidence is presented.
> > In later papers we'll examine its significance in
> > "End of the Age" eschatology.
> > Before going further, all glory and credit for whatever good
> > comes of this letter goes to Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace
> > and Son of God, and through him to the Father. After all,
> > it's Jesus' and the Father's words that illuminate the way,
> > and without them, nothing I could write would have power
> > to make a difference.
> > Peter said false teachers would spread heresies "denying the
> > sovereign Lord who bought them--" That's a good test.
> > A servant of Christ will not deny Christ's words.
> > And now, Isaiah 8:20;
> > To the law and to the testimony!
> > If they do not speak according to this word,
> > they have no light of dawn."
> > The following information has been copyrighted under the
> > title, "Who is Ephraim". There's an attached file included.
> > Anyone is free to copy this and share it with others provided
> > no money or other form of financial exchange and/or barter
> > is involved and it is attributed to this author.
> > Brothers and sisters;
> > Time is short, so I'll get right to the point; a case of
> > mistaken identity is tragically causing Christians to repeatedly
> > and horribly break many of God's covenants. Mistakenly (for most
> > Christians), we've broken God's covenants with Abraham by dividing
> > the Israelites and encouraging one tribe of Israelites to oppress
> > another. It's not a question of Jew vs. Arab, Edomite, Ammonite,
> > Philistine, and the like. It's not a matter of cousins feuding.
> > It's right in the same family: Jacob's descendents, the heirs of
> > Abraham's covenant, include Palestinians! They're Israelites along
> > with the Jewish Israelis we already recognize as being Israelites.
> > No one can rightly deny that the blood of Edomites, Philistines,
> > and Arabs is also present in the Palestinian gene pool. If this
> > were the Palestinians' only heritage the Bible would clearly
> > say they have no rights to land in the West Bank or elsewhere
> > in Israel. It makes all the difference in the world that they're
> > also descended from Ephraim and Manasseh, the two tribes descended
> > from Joseph. All the Laws and prophecies say Christians are
> > supposed to bless Israel, not divide it! The hell we're bringing
> > on our own country is driven by our misperception it's God's will
> > we one-sidedly support the modern-day state of Israel only. God
> > requires us to support all Israelites!
> > There's no point in referring to Old Testament proofs at this
> > point; Christians know Jesus freed us from the restrictions of
> > Moses' Law. This is the beauty of what God set up. The world
> > hangs in the balance. No one but Jesus can save us. With a single
> > word, he can make millions change what they're doing and save the
> > world again! As soon as American Christians realize God wants us
> > to be even-handed in the Holy Land, we'll stop breaking the
> > covenant and be blessed once more. As long as we break it,
> > disaster will befall America. Now, people will know exactly why.
> > The only person who can reach Christians is Jesus, so he's stepped
> > in to save the day. Thank you, Jesus.
> > Revelation 1:7
> > Look, he [Jesus] is coming with the clouds,
> > and every eye will see him [at the moment he shows us the way],
> > even those [descendents of the Jewish people] who pierced him;
> > and all the peoples of the earth will mourn because of him.
> > So shall it be! Amen."
> > Jewish Israelis will know Christians (and the USA) will no
> > longer give them one-sided support, and they'll know Jesus was
> > responsible for it. They'll see him at the same instant they read
> > this and mourn. Christians will realize they've been misled and
> > mourn. Muslims will realize it was Jesus who saved the day and
> > they'll mourn, even though their lives are being saved. All will
> > realize their salvation comes from Jesus. As it is written;
> > Isaiah 45:23;
> > By myself I have sworn,
> > my mouth has uttered in all integrity a word that will not be
> > Before me every knee will bow; by me every tongue will swear."
> > Authority and healing must come straight from Jesus' lips.
> > Jesus gave his life for all mankind two thousand years ago,
> > not just for the people then--it's for us today, too. It's time
> > we hear irrefutable testimony
> > Revelation 1:5, John;
> > from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness,
> > the firstborn from the dead,
> > and the ruler of the kings of the earth."
> > John 4, verses 1-30, describes Jesus' encounter with a
> > Samaritan woman at a place known as "Jacob's well". Jesus asked
> > the Samaritan woman for a drink of water.
> > Here's what happened next
> > John 4:9-13;
> > 9 The Samaritan woman said to him,
> > "You are a Jew and I am a Samaritan woman.
> > How can you ask me for a drink?"
> > For Jews do not associate with Samaritans.)
> > 10 Jesus answered her,
> > "If you knew the gift of God
> > and who it is that asks you for a drink,
> > you would have asked him
> > and he would have given you living water."
> > 11 "Sir," the woman said,
> > "you have nothing to draw with and the well is deep.
> > Where can you get this living water?
> > 12 Are you greater than our father Jacob,
> > who gave us the well and drank from it himself,
> > as did also his sons and his flocks and herds?"
> > 13 Jesus answered,
> > "Everyone who drinks this water will be thirsty again,
> > 14 but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst."
> > By referring to Jacob as the Samaritans' "father", the woman
> > announced her Israelite heritage. No one but an Israelite is
> > descended from Jacob, and Jesus didn't correct her on that point.
> > If, as some believe, Samaritans are full-blooded Gentiles put
> > there hundreds of years earlier by the Assyrians after every last
> > Israelite was exiled, then Jacob (or his heirs) could not have
> > given the well to the Samaritans. The Samaritans would have taken
> > possession of a deserted town and their "father" would have been
> > the king of Assyria, not Jacob. In verses 17-18 Jesus told the
> > woman details about her past that no one but God or a prophet
> > He was speaking through could have known. Jesus accepted the
> > Samaritan woman's claim to Israelite heritage by first listening
> > to her testimony and then making no attempt to correct her. This
> > is no accident. God put that scripture in the Bible for a purpose.
> > In this case the purpose is so Jesus can save Jews, Palestinians,
> > and the rest of the world through the awesome healing power of
> > God's word! This testimony has been saved up for now,
> > as it is written;
> > 1 Timothy 2:5-6, Paul;
> > 5 For there is one God
> > and one mediator between God and men,
> > the man Christ Jesus,
> > 6 who gave himself as a ransom for all men-
> > -the testimony given in its proper time."
> > Verses 9-13 are Jesus' testimony that Palestinians (Samaritans)
> > are Israelites, descendents of Joseph's sons Ephraim and Manasseh.
> > The meeting at Jacob's well took place in a town named "Sychar",
> > which is situated in the "mountains of Israel" between Mount Ebal
> > and Mount Gerizim. It occurred at a location connecting proof of
> > the Palestinians' identity with the "mountains of Israel" and plays
> > a central role in the prophesied downfall of false teachers who
> > promote the heresy that Palestinians have no Biblical rights to
> > their land. Even the name "Armageddon" from Revelation 16:16
> > (from the Hebrew "Har-megiddo" or "Mount Megiddo") refers to a
> > site at the northern border of Manasseh's hill country that today
> > lies within modern-day Israel. A detailed explanation of how these
> > Israelite tribes came to be known collectively as "Samaritans" and
> > later, "Palestinians" , follows shortly. Before that, we need Jesus
> > to testify a second time. After the Samaritan woman told her
> > about Jesus, many of them accepted him as the Messiah
> > John 4:39-42;
> > 39 Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him [Jesus]
> > because of the woman's testimony,
> > "He told me everything I ever did."
> > 40 So when the Samaritans came to him,
> > they urged him to stay with them,
> > and he stayed two days.
> > 41 And because of his words many more became believers.
> > 42 They said to the woman,
> > "We no longer believe just because of what you said;
> > now we have heard for ourselves,
> > and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world."
> > Many Samaritans became believers in Christ. This explains why Jesus
> > said what he did as he sent the apostles out on their missions
> > Matthew 10:5-6, Jesus;
> > 5 "Do not go among the Gentiles or enter any town of the Samaritans.
> > 6 Go rather to the lost sheep of Israel."
> > If Samaritans were strictly Gentiles, Jesus would have included
> > them with other Gentiles and just said "Gentiles". By making them
> > a separate category, Jesus indicated they were Israelites other
> > than the Jewish tribes. Since the Samaritans were accepting his
> > gospel, they weren't "lost". Instead, Jesus sent the apostles to
> > the Israelites who hadn't accepted him, the tribes associated
> > with Judah. Jesus was clear about Samaritans being Israelites.
> > An essential part of his mission was to establish proof of their
> > identity so that at the "End of the Age" salvation would come
> > through his gospel. Other examples of this theme are found in
> > Luke 9, 10, 17, and John 8. We begin with Luke 9
> > Luke 9:52-56;
> > 52 And he sent messengers on ahead,
> > who went into a Samaritan village to get things ready for him;
> > 53 but the people there did not welcome him,
> > because he was heading for Jerusalem.
> > 54 When the disciples James and John saw this,
> > they asked,
> > "Lord, do you want us to call fire down from heaven
> > to destroy them?"
> > 55 But Jesus turned and rebuked them,
> > 56 and they went to another village."
> > For some reason many Christian commentaries refer to this incident
> > as though Samaritans opposed Jesus. That's not the case. They
> > reject Jesus--they were disappointed he chose to go to Jerusalem
> > instead of staying with them. Jesus understood this, which is why
> > he rebuked James and John, who wanted to deal harshly with the
> > Samaritans. Next, there's the parable of the "Good Samaritan" in
> > Luke 10. The first four verses indicate Jesus is speaking about
> > salvation. In the following eight verses, Jesus presents a non-Jew
> > Samaritan as worthy of salvation. Because Palestinians are the
> > Samaritans' descendants, this could just as well be called the
> > parable of the "Good Palestinian"
> > Luke 10:26-37;
> > 26 "What is written in the Law?" he [Jesus] replied.
> > "How do you read it?"
> > 27 He [a "teacher of the law" ] answered:
> > " `Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your
> > and with all your strength and with all your mind' ;
> > and, `Love your neighbor as yourself.' "
> > 28 "You have answered correctly," Jesus replied.
> > "Do this and you will live."
> > 29 But he ["teacher of the law" ] wanted to justify himself,
> > so he asked Jesus,
> > "And who is my neighbor?"
> > Luke 10:26-37, cont.;
> > 30 In reply Jesus said:
> > "A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho,
> > when he fell into the hands of robbers.
> > They stripped him of his clothes,
> > beat him and went away, leaving him half dead.
> > 31 A priest happened to be going down the same road,
> > and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side.
> > 32 So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him,
> > passed by on the other side.
> > 33 But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was;
> > and when he saw him, he took pity on him.
> > 34 He went to him and bandaged his wounds,
> > pouring on oil and wine.
> > Then he put the man on his own donkey,
> > took him to an inn and took care of him.
> > 35 The next day he took out two silver coins
> > and gave them to the innkeeper.
> > `Look after him,' he said, `and when I return,
> > I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.'
> > 36 "Which of these three do you think
> > was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?"
> > 37 The expert in the law replied, "The one who had mercy on him."
> > Jesus told him, "Go and do likewise [like a Samaritan!]. "
> > Then, there's the example of Luke 17:11-19;
> > 11 Now on his way to Jerusalem,
> > Jesus traveled along the border between Samaria and Galilee.
> > 12 As he was going into a village, ten men who had leprosy met him.
> > They stood at a distance 13 and called out in a loud voice,
> > "Jesus, Master, have pity on us!"
> > 14 When he saw them, he said, "Go, show yourselves to the priests."
> > And as they went, they were cleansed.
> > 15 One of them, when he saw he was healed, came back,
> > praising God in a loud voice.
> > 16 He threw himself at Jesus' feet and thanked him
> > --and he was a Samaritan.
> > 17 Jesus asked, "Were not all ten cleansed?
> > Where are the other nine?
> > 18 Was no one found to return and give praise to God
> > except this foreigner?"
> > 19 Then he said to him,
> > "Rise and go; your faith has made you well."
> > There's not a single example of Jesus condemning Samaritans.
> > Every example Jesus presented put them in a favorable light.
> > This helps explain why in John 8 some said the following in regards
> > to Jesus
> > John 8:48;
> > The Jews answered him [Jesus],
> > "Aren't we right in saying that you are a Samaritan
> > and demon-possessed? "
> > It's unlikely (although possible) the charge Jesus was a Samaritan
> > was based on his genealogy, even though he was descended from Ruth
> > (a Moabitess) and Rahab (a Canaanite from Jericho). Questionable
> > though their backgrounds may be, both were also ancestors of King
> > David and neither woman was from areas that were part of Samaria.
> > The other explanation is that Jesus was on very good terms with
> > Samaritans, who accepted him. This theme is carried forward after
> > the Crucifixion and Resurrection into the apostles' ministries
> > Acts 8:25;
> > When they had testified and proclaimed the word of the Lord,
> > Peter and John returned to Jerusalem,
> > preaching the gospel in many Samaritan villages."
> > All this was put in the Bible purposely. Don't misunderstand
> > this message--Samaritans (and their Palestinian descendents) were
> > (and are) imperfect people who backslid and brought much of their
> > present woes on themselves. It's not my place to judge. My job is
> > only to present gospel truth written in the Bible. Both Israelite
> > factions broke the covenant binding them together. This ongoing
> > national sin of mutual contempt and in-fighting among family
> > led to the destruction of both factions. For example, after the
> > Babylonian exile Sanballat, the Ephraimite governor of Samaria,
> > tried to prevent Nehemiah from rebuilding Jerusalem's walls.
> > In 66 A.D., the Jews of Judea and Galilee revolted against Rome,
> > which led to the siege of Jerusalem and destruction of the Temple
> > in 70 A.D. Sixty two years later, in 132 A.D., the Jewish tribes
> > of Judea and Galilee again revolted against the Romans in the
> > "Bar Kochba" rebellion. This was put down in 135 A.D., after which
> > the tribes associated with Judah were expelled from both Galilee
> > and Judea. The Samaritans never revolted. Consequently, they
> > exiled. They remained in Samaria (later to become "Palestine")
> > as the "stump in the land" in the next prophecy
> > Isaiah 6:13, God;
> > And though a tenth
> > remains in the land [during the Babylonian captivity],
> > it will again be laid waste [by the Romans].
> > But as the terebinth and oak leave stumps
> > when they are cut down,
> > so the holy seed [Ephraimthe Samaritans]
> > will be the stump in the land."
> > where "stump" means the common people remaining after the lofty
> > upper branches, the ruling class, have been cut down. After the
> > Romans drove out the Jewish Israelites, their brothers, the
> > Samaritans, moved in, along with Edomites and later, Arabs. The
> > early Samaritan Christians centuries later were the Christians in
> > the Holy Land the crusaders were supposedly coming to save.
> > Centuries later the land was called "Palestine" and the people
> > first known as Ephraimites, then Samaritans, now became known as
> > "Palestinians" . Same people, name change only. The point is,
> > Jesus clearly indicated who and what Samaritans are. Why? Because
> > God's promises, both in covenants and prophecies, together with
> > Jesus' testimony today, will heal and save this sick world by
> > divine grace and power. Let's take a look at what God has in store
> > for the Israelites, and in particular, the Palestinians (Ephraim);
> > Genesis 12:1-3;
> > 1 The LORD had said to Abram,
> > "Leave your country, your people and your father's household
> > and go to the land I will show you.
> > 2 "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you;
> > I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing.
> > 3 I will bless those who bless you,
> > and whoever curses you I will curse;
> > and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you."
> > Every time a piece of U.S.-made military ordnance kills a
> > Palestinian Israelite on land granted him by God's covenants with
> > Abraham, America is cursed by God. Look around you, fellow
> > Look what breaking the Law does! Violence, unending violence, and
> > the ruin of the nation!
> > Zechariah 2:8-9, the Lord Almighty;
> > 8 " for whoever touches you [Israelites]
> > touches the apple of his eye--
> > 9 I will surely raise my hand against them
> > Then you will know that the LORD Almighty has sent me."
> > This is one of the main reasons why we're suffering in this country
> > today. A historical explanation of how all this came to pass is on
> > the following pages. First, Christians need unmistakable proof the
> > Father wants Palestinians saved alongside Jewish Israelis. That's
> > Jesus stepped in to testify. Remember as you read these prophecies,
> > "Ephraim" means, "Palestinian" .
> > Jeremiah 31:6, 9, God;
> > 6 There will be a day
> > when watchmen cry out on the hills of Ephraim,
> > 'Come, let us go up to Zion, to the LORD our God.' "
> > 9 " I will lead them beside streams of water
> > on a level path where they will not stumble,
> > because I am Israel's father,
> > and Ephraim is my firstborn son."
> > Hosea 11:8-9,11;
> > 8 "How can I give you up, Ephraim?
> > How can I hand you over, Israel?
> > 9 I will not carry out my fierce anger,
> > nor will I turn and devastate Ephraim.
> > For I am God, and not man--the Holy One among you.
> > I will not come in wrath. 11 They will follow the LORD "
> > [This and other passages foretell a return to Christ
> > by all Palestinians. ]
> > Zechariah 10:7-8, God;
> > 7 The Ephraimites will become like mighty men,
> > and their hearts will be glad as with wine.
> > Their children will see it and be joyful;
> > their hearts will rejoice in the LORD [of the Bible!].
> > 8 I will signal for them and gather them in.
> > Surely I will redeem them; they will be as numerous as before."
> > Certainly, God loves "Ephraim". His prophecies promising salvation
> > must be fulfilled. Is it wise for us to oppose Him? Salvation and
> > peace come only through God. Believers must hold firm to the Rock
> > and His Word, no matter who tries to tear us away and destroy us.
> > Trust God! Next, some history
> > Jacob (a.k.a. "Israel") is father of the "Israelites" . He had
> > sons; six by Leah (his first wife), two by Rachel (his second
> > two by Bilhah (Rachel's handmaiden) and two by Zilpah (Leah's
> > handmaiden) (Genesis 35:22-26). Each of his sons became head of a
> > tribe of "Israelites" . The sons of Leah, Bilhah and Zilpah were
> > of their brother Joseph (Rachel's eldest son). Following Judah's
> > (Leah's fourth son) advice, rather than kill Joseph, they sold him
> > a band of merchants (Genesis 37:12-28). Joseph was taken to Egypt,
> > where he married an Egyptian named Asenath (Genesis 41:45, 50).
> > She bore him two sons, "Manasseh" first, then "Ephraim". Arabs are
> > descended from Abraham and Hagar, who was Egyptian, also (Genesis
> > & 15, 25:9-18). Because both Asenath and Hagar were Egyptian,
> > descendents are the same genetic mix as Arabs. That's why Joseph's
> > Israelite descendents (Palestinians) are often mistaken for Arabs.
> > Jacob accepted Joseph's sons into his family (Genesis 48:5-20), but
> > switched their birth order, so Ephraim is regarded as the elder.
> > Ephraim and Manasseh were each given a separate inheritance in
> > (Deuteronomy 33:13-17, Joshua 14:1-5, 16:1-17:17, Ezekiel 48:5-6),
> > making the Israelites essentially thirteen tribes. Moses, God's
> > representative, authorized Joshua to set tribal boundaries
> > (Deuteronomy 31:7-13). Boundaries are one form of "covenant" in the
> > Bible. Joseph's allotted portion ran from the Jordan River west to
> > the Mediterranean Sea and from the southern edge of the Sea of
> > to just north of Jerusalem (Joshua 16:1-9, 17:10-11).
> > Eventually, the Israelites united as a kingdom, "Israel", under King
> > Saul, who was followed by kings David and Solomon. After Solomon
> > "Israel" split into two kingdoms, "Judah" in the south and "Israel"
> > in the north. From this point on, the name "Israel" refers to the
> > northern kingdom only, an area half the size of Solomon's "Israel".
> > "Judah" was comprised of the tribes Judah, Benjamin, and Simeon.
> > "Israel" (the northern kingdom) was comprised of the tribes Ephraim
> > and Manasseh (hereafter collectively called "Ephraim"), Reuben,
> > Naphtali, Zebulun, Issachar, Dan, and Gad. Since all the prophets
> > (other than Moses or the Psalmist) lived after the split, whenever
> > reference is made to "Israel" as either the region or its
> > Ephraim must be included. However, sometimes other tribes aren't
> > included as "Israel". Examples of this are found in Isaiah and
> > Jeremiah, where separate messages are directed to the "House of
> > and "House of Judah".
> > In 722 B.C., the Assyrian (Iraqi) Empire conquered the northern
> > kingdom of Israel. Afterwards, they renamed Ephraim's and
> > land, "Samaria". The Ephraimite ruling class was exiled, but most
> > common people were not. This is a crucial distinction. Not
> > this fact has led generations of Christians to disobey God by
> > one-sided support to the modern-day state of Israel. To serve God
> > properly, Christians must support the Bible's "Israel", the entire
> > of Israel, not a false "tradition". The following verse is oh, so
> > true Hosea 4:6; my people are destroyed from lack of knowledge."
> > We must obediently allow God's word to illuminate the path of truth
> > leading us out of our present distress. 2 Kings 17 apparently says
> > every last Ephraimite was exiled by the Assyrians, part of the
> > for the misunderstanding.
> > 2 Kings 17:5-6, 23-24;
> > 5 The king of Assyria invaded the entire land [Israel],
> > marched against Samaria and 6 captured Samaria and deported the
> > Israelites to Assyria
> > 23 So the people of Israel were taken from their homeland
> > into exile in Assyria, and they are still there.
> > 24 The king of Assyria brought people
> > from Babylon, Cuthah, Avva, Hamath and Sepharvaim
> > and settled them in the towns of Samaria to replace the Israelites.
> > They took over Samaria and lived in its towns."
> > 2 Kings 17:5-6, 23 appears to say the entire Israelite populace was
> > removed. Taking these verses literally, every last Ephraimite was
> > carried off into exile, leaving not a single soul behind. This has
> > virtually no historical precedent for a country the size of Israel,
> > especially when the conquerors were limited to foot soldiers and
> > cavalry. Also, absolute exile was not in the conquerors' best
> > The usual practice was to destroy the ruling class, priesthood, and
> > military for control and to scare away potential adversaries, yet
> > leave the poor behind for slaves and profit. That's what we see in
> > the following example of Judah's exile by the Babylonians
> > 2 Kings 25:21, 11-12;
> > 21 So Judah went into captivity, away from her land."
> > 11 Nebuzaradan the commander of the [Babylonian] guard
> > carried into exile the people who remained in the city [Jerusalem],
> > along with the rest of the populace and those who had gone over to
> > the king of Babylon.
> > 12 But the commander left behind
> > some of the poorest people of the land
> > to work the vineyards and fields."
> > While verse 11 says all Jews were exiled, verse 12 qualifies that,
> > saying the poorest people remained to work the fields. It's highly
> > likely the Assyrians used the same approach with the Ephraimites.
> > It's important to mention that the "royal house" of a nation may be
> > referred to as being the nation itself, in the same way royalty
> > the term "We" to mean the entire nation. Here's an example;
> > 1 Chronicles 9:1;
> > All Israel was listed in the genealogies
> > recorded in the book of the kings of Israel "
> > If you go to 1 Chronicles you will not find the name of every last
> > Israelite, only the leaders. Once we include usage of the
> royal "We"
> > to the list of possible interpretations, we also discover it makes
> > most sense based on criteria of historical precedent, scripture,
> > logic. 2 Kings 17:24 specifically states the Assyrians resettled
> > outsiders in the "towns" of Israel/Samaria, not in the countryside.
> > This helps explain why the Assyrian king sent an Ephraimite priest
> > back to Samaria in the following passage
> > 2 Kings 17:27-28;
> > 27 Then the king of Assyria gave this order:
> > "Have one of the [Ephraimite] priests you took captive from Samaria
> > go back to live there and teach the people what the god of the land
> > 28 So one of the priests who had been exiled from Samaria
> > came to live in Bethel " [Note: Bethel was a city in Samaria.]
> > 2 Kings 17:25-26 (not shown here) says "lions" were killing the
> > newcomers because they weren't doing "what the god of that country
> > requires". Yet, if no Ephraimites were present it's unlikely an
> > Ephraimite priest would be needed to solve the problem. More likely
> > the king would have dispatched horsemen and archers to kill the
> > "lions". Examples of unruly people being "lions" are found in
> > Psalms 22:13, 21, 35:17, 57:4, Isaiah 5:29, and Jeremiah 50:17.
> > Ephraimites remaining in Samaria mixed with foreigners the
> > resettled from the "nations", as it is written
> > Hosea 7:8, God;
> > "Ephraim mixes with the nations;
> > Ephraim is a flat cake not turned over."
> > The following passage takes place after the Babylonian exile, long
> > after the Assyrian Empire fell 1 Chronicles 9:1-3;
> > 1 All Israel was listed in the genealogies
> > recorded in the book of the kings of Israel
> > 2 Now the first to resettle on their own property
> > in their own towns
> > were some Israelites 3 from Judah, from Benjamin,
> > and from Ephraim and Manasseh "
> > If Ephraimites returned from Babylon some must have either avoided
> > the earlier exile by the Assyrians or else returned later.
> > Furthermore, even after the Babylonians carried off Judah's ruling
> > class, the Bible says Ephraimites still remained in the land. This
> > next passage takes place while most of Judah was in Babylon
> > 2 Kings 25:25;
> > In the seventh month, however, Ishmael son of Nethaniah, the son of
> > Elishama, who was of royal blood [Joseph], came with ten men and
> > assassinated Gedaliah and also the men of Judah and the Babylonians
> > who were with him at Mizpah."
> > This is an example of what is stated as absolute in one place being
> > clarified elsewhere to mean something less extreme. Here it means
> > ruling class only was taken away, while common people remained in
> > land. What was true for Judah was also true for Ephraim.
> The "Holman
> > Bible Atlas" (page 139) states,
> > "Though Sargon II (722-705 B.C.), successor to Shalmaneser V, claims
> > credit for the capture of Samaria, the Bible implies that
> > was primarily responsible for the final destruction of the Northern
> > Kingdom Israel (2 Kings 17:5). During Sargon's early reign many
> > Israelites were deported and resettled in the upper Habor Valley
> > (Gozan), near Nineveh at Halah, and as far away as Media (2 Kgs
> > 1 Chr. 5:26). Sargon's inscriptions mention 27,290 captives taken
> > Israel Some Israelites fled southward, seeking refuge in Jerusalem,
> > but most had to suffer the indignity of Assyrian occupation in the
> > newly formed Assyrian province of Samaria."
> > The Assyrian Empire fell in 612 B.C., and in its place the Second
> > Babylonian Empire arose. In 586 B.C., the Babylonians defeated and
> > exiled the populace of Judah, the southern kingdom. Samaritans then
> > violated the borders, occupying vacant land belonging to Judah,
> > breaking the Covenant (see Jeremiah 31:31-32). However, as a
> > consequence of Judah's unfaithfulness (1 Chronicles 9:1-3), God
> > land rights as Israelites to the Samaritans who moved into the
> > areas during the Babylonian captivity.
> > Ezekiel 47:21-23, God;
> > 21 "You are to distribute this land among yourselves
> > according to the tribes of Israel.
> > 22 You are to allot it as an inheritance for yourselves
> > and for the aliens who have settled among you
> > and who have children.
> > You are to consider them as native-born Israelites;
> > along with you they are to be allotted an inheritance
> > among the tribes of Israel.
> > 23 In whatever tribe the alien settles,
> > there you are to give him his inheritance,"
> > declares the Sovereign LORD."
> > Ezekiel 47 has tremendous redemptive value for the people of the
> > entire Middle East. One covenant that appears impossible to resolve
> > peacefully is
> > Genesis 15:18-21;
> > 18 On that day the LORD made a covenant with Abram and said,
> > "To your descendants I give this land,
> > from the river of Egypt to the great river, the Euphrates--
> > 19 the land of the Kenites, Kenizzites, Kadmonites, 20 Hittites,
> Perizzites, Rephaites, 21 Amorites, Canaanites,
> > Girgashites and Jebusites."
> > Some believe Genesis 15 gives Jewish Israelis rights to Jordan,
> > Saudi Arabia, Iraq, Syria, Lebanon, as well as the Holy Land.
> > However, we must remember at least 30,000 Ephraimites were
> > in Iraq over two thousand years ago. Ezekiel 47 provides legal
> > recognition to mixed-bloods and aliens as Israelites. People of
> > Arab/Israelite blood currently inhabit Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Iraq,
> > Syria, and Lebanon. According to Ezekiel 47, Genesis 15's promise
> > fulfilled by the region's current inhabitants. By being exiled and
> > spreading their seed in this manner, the Israelites "took
> > of all the lands eastward and northward to the Euphrates. It's not
> > Biblical for one group of Israelites to dispossess another group of
> > Israelites. By mixing, the sons of Ishmael and Isaac became one!
> > This partly explains how Isaiah 19:23-25 comes to pass
> > Isaiah 19:23-25;
> > 23 In that day there will be a highway from Egypt to Assyria.
> > The Assyrians will go to Egypt and the Egyptians to Assyria.
> > The Egyptians and Assyrians will worship together.
> > 24 In that day Israel will be the third,
> > along with Egypt and Assyria,
> > a blessing on the earth.
> > 25 The LORD Almighty will bless them, saying,
> > "Blessed be Egypt my people, Assyria my handiwork,
> > and Israel my inheritance. "
> > It's quite likely Ephraim's seed spread from Assyria to other parts
> > of the world, too. What important as far as peace is concerned is
> > that Ephraim is in Israel, the West Bank, Gaza, and throughout the
> > Middle East. Next, let's look at more prophecies indicating
> > Palestinians are descendents of Ephraim and Manasseh. Please make
> > note of the lands from which the refugees are returning. By placing
> > precise locations in ancient prophecies describing where
> > exiles live today, God is proving He's here today watching us,
> > testing us to see how we choose to receive His counsel.
> > Isaiah 11:10-13;
> > 10 In that day
> > the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples;
> > the nations will rally to him,
> > and his place of rest will be glorious."
> > 11 In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time
> > to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people
> > from Assyria [northern Iraq],
> > from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush [Sudan],
> > from Elam [Iran], from Babylonia [southern Iraq],
> > from Hamath [Syria]
> > and from the islands of the sea [expatriate Palestinians
> > [ Note that the lands from where the exiles return are
> predominantly Muslim--the places Palestinians fled to after 1948,
> 1967, etc.]
> > 12 He will raise a banner for the nations
> > and gather the exiles of Israel;
> > he will assemble the scattered people of Judah
> > from the four quarters of the earth.
> > 13 Ephraim's jealousy will vanish,
> > and Judah's enemies will be cut off;
> > Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah,
> > nor Judah hostile toward Ephraim."
> > Note the ongoing dissension among the Israelite tribes Judah and
> > Ephraim, i.e., Israeli Jews and Palestinians. God reached out his
> > hand the first time by bringing Judah's descendents home after WWII
> > and the Jewish Holocaust. The phrase "second time" refers to
> > Palestinians and their Holocaust. If verse 11 applied to Jewish
> > Israelites, the refugees would return from Europe, not the places
> > Palestinians fled to after 1948. This indicates God is bringing
> > Palestinians home this "second time". Other scriptural witnesses
> > Zechariah 10:6-10, God;
> > 6 "I will strengthen the house of Judah [Israeli Jews]
> > and save the house of Joseph [Palestinians] .
> > I will restore them because I have compassion on them.
> > They will be as though I had not rejected them,
> > for I am the LORD their God and I will answer them.
> > 7 The Ephraimites [Palestinians] will become like mighty men,
> > 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."
> > What an awesome God, quick to save! Through His Word God promises
> > salvation for Palestinians and because of that,
> > they will live and thrive!
> > Zechariah 10:6-10, God;
> > 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.
> > 10 I will bring them back from Egypt
> > and gather them from Assyria [whose territory encompassed Iraq &
> > I will bring them to Gilead [Jordan's "East Bank"] and Lebanon,
> > and there will not be room enough for them."
> > Ephraim returns from "distant lands" and from the Muslim countries
> > of Egypt, Syria, and Iraq. Please note they're returning to Muslim
> > Jordan, and Muslim/Christian Lebanon. These aren't places European
> > Jews would choose to settle, but Palestinians who'd received
> > compensation for their land would happily settle in either Jordan
> > Lebanon. This is fully consistent with God's promise to Ephraim in
> > prophecy above and the two following ones
> > Jeremiah 31:8-9, God;
> > 8 See, I will bring them from the land of the north
> > and gather them from the ends of the earth.
> > Among them will be the blind and the lame,
> > expectant mothers and women in labor;
> > a great throng will return.
> > 9 They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back.
> > I will lead them beside streams of water
> > on a level path where they will not stumble,
> > because I am Israel's father, and Ephraim is my firstborn son."
> > Hosea 11:8-12;
> > 8 "How can I give you up, Ephraim?
> > How can I hand you over, Israel?
> > How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboiim?
> > My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused.
> > 9 I will not carry out my fierce anger,
> > nor will I turn and devastate Ephraim.
> > For I am God, and not man--the Holy One among you.
> > I will not come in wrath.
> > 10 They will follow the LORD; he will roar like a lion.
> > When he roars, his children will come trembling from the west.
> > 11 They will come trembling like birds from Egypt,
> > like doves from Assyria.
> > I will settle them in their homes,"
> > declares the LORD.
> > 12 Ephraim has surrounded me with lies,
> > the house of Israel with deceit "
> > So, we find God promising salvation for Ephraim. In verse 12 above
> > and elsewhere, scripture says Ephraim backslid and would pay the
> > with exile. However, it's clearly God's will Palestinians receive
> > forgiveness and salvation along with Israeli Jews. God decrees
> > salvation for both Israelite tribes in His prophecies. Remember
> > reading Jeremiah 31 (coming next) that after Solomon's reign,
> > split into two kingdoms; "Israel" in the north (mainly Ephraim and
> > Manasseh) and "Judah" in the south, which included Jerusalem.
> > Jeremiah 31:31-34, God;
> > 31 "The time is coming," declares the LORD,
> > "when I will make a new covenant
> > with the house of Israel [Ephraim]
> > and with the house of Judah.
> > 32 It will not be like the covenant I made with their forefathers
> > when I took them by the hand to lead them out of Egypt,
> > because they broke my covenant, though I was a husband to them,"
> > declares the LORD.
> > 33 "This is the covenant I will make with the house of Israel
> > after that time,"
> > declares the LORD.
> > "I will put my law in their minds and write it on their hearts.
> > I will be their God, and they will be my people."
> > 34 No longer will a man teach his neighbor, or a man his brother,
> > [or a Jew or a Muslim or a Christian] saying, `Know the LORD,'
> > because they will all know me,
> > from the least of them to the greatest,"
> > declares the LORD.
> > "For I will forgive their wickedness
> > and will remember their sins no more."
> > Here God speaks of further of His will regarding the Israelites
> > Ezekiel 37:16-22, God;
> > 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,
> > 'Ephraim's stick, belonging to Joseph
> > and all the house of Israel associated with him.'
> > 17 Join them together into one stick
> > so that they will become one in your hand."
> > 18 "When your countrymen 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, making them a single stick of wood,
> > and they will become one in my hand.'"
> > [God clearly intends the Palestinians and Israelis be united as one
> > nation, not two.]
> > Ezekiel 37:16-22, God, cont.;
> > 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.
> > I will gather them from all around
> > and bring them back into their own land.
> > 22 I will make them one nation in the land,
> > on the mountains of Israel.
> > There will be one king over all of them
> > and they will never again be two nations
> > or be divided into two kingdoms."
> > [Verse 22 is the key part of Covenant Law that George Bush's "Road
> > breaks. The "Road Map" permanently separates the tribes and creates
> > permanent enmity.]
> > There it is. The Bible confirms Palestinians are "Ephraim" and God
> > promised them deliverance. This is a central theme of Old Testament
> > prophecy. As this is the case, what are Christians doing? Do we
> > serve God by giving one-sided support to one Israelite tribe while
> > encouraging both tribes to break God's covenant? According to the
> > Bible, Christians' support of the modern-day state of Israel's
> > settlement building policy in the West Bank defies God's Law.
> > Christians are helping one Israelite tribe break a sacred covenant
> > by stealing land allocated to another Israelite tribe. This is so
> > important an issue that it impacts our personal salvation, too.
> > The following passages clarify that
> > Matthew 5:17-19, Jesus;
> > 17 "Do not think
> > that I have come to abolish the Law or the Prophets;
> > I have not come to abolish them but to fulfill them.
> > 18 I tell you the truth, until heaven and earth disappear,
> > not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen,
> > will by any means disappear from the Law
> > until everything is accomplished. "
> > Many Christians believe since Jesus freed us from the Law's
> > restrictions, there's no value for us in applying the Law in regard
> > to Israelite boundaries or anything else. Look at it this way;
> > borrowed a neighbor's power saw to do some work. Our neighbor asked
> > us to agree to some precautions when using his saw. Now, if our
> > neighbor said, forget those restrictions, would that make us
> > from using the saw? Of course not! Jesus never said "Forget the
> > Anything but that. So, Christians are free to use the Law when by
> > doing so it brings peace through God's word. This approach makes
> > more sense considering what King David said;
> > Psalm 19:9-11, David;
> > 9 The fear of the LORD is pure, enduring forever.
> > The ordinances of the LORD are sure and altogether righteous.
> > 10 They are more precious than gold, than much pure gold;
> > they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the comb.
> > 11 By them is your servant warned;
> > in keeping them there is great reward."
> > Psalm after Psalm David spoke of his love for the redemptive
> > of the Law. If people are freed from its restrictions, it doesn't
> > they shouldn't partake of its benefits. Especially when Jesus
> > quite upset with people who ignored God's will (not restriction)
> > written in the Law;
> > Matthew 5:17-19, Jesus, cont.;
> > 19 Anyone who breaks one of the least of these commandments
> > and teaches others to do the same
> > will be called least in the kingdom of heaven,
> > but whoever practices and teaches these commands
> > will be called great in the kingdom of heaven."
> > Matthew 7:21-23, Jesus;
> > 21 "Not everyone who says to me, 'Lord, Lord,'
> > will enter the kingdom of heaven,
> > but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.
> > 22 Many will say to me on that day,
> > 'Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name,
> > and in your name drive out demons and perform many miracles?'
> > 23 Then I will tell them plainly,
> > 'I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!' "
> > God's children known as Christians, Jesus is talking to us!
> > We're the only ones on the planet who acknowledge him as "Lord".
> > Here's what God thinks about the value of His covenants, whether
> > in the Old Testament or New;
> > Psalm 105:8-11;
> > 8 He remembers his covenant forever,
> > the word he commanded
> > 9 the covenant he made with Abraham, the oath he swore to Isaac.
> > 10 He confirmed it to Jacob as a decree,
> > to Israel as an everlasting covenant:
> > 11 "To you I will give the land of Canaan
> > as the portion you will inherit."
> > Ecclesiastes 3:14;
> > I know that everything God does will endure forever;
> > nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it."
> > Isaiah 59:21;
> > "As for me, this is my covenant with them
> > "My Spirit, who is on you,
> > and my words that I have put in your mouth
> > will not depart from your mouth,
> > or from the mouths of your children,
> > or from the mouths of their descendants
> > from this time on and forever,"
> > says the LORD."
> > Matthew 24:35, Mark 13:31, and Luke 21:33, Jesus;
> > Heaven and earth will pass away,
> > but my words will never pass away."
> > BIBLIOGRAPHY
> > The HOLY BIBLE
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> > One Last Thing
> > Matthew 10:8, Jesus;
> > Freely you have received, freely give."
> > Revelation 21:6;
> > To him who is thirsty
> > I will give to drink without cost from the spring of the water of
> > All glory goes to God!
> > Direct comments or questions to Robert Leon Mendelson
> > Elijah18901@ yahoo.com
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