The Real Roots of America
One key to understanding the prophecies of the end times is to know the origin of the United States of America. The U.S.A. is considered to be the most powerful nation on earth, the richest and most technologically advanced. That greatness could not have happened if not for God's blessings. Her rise to power was meteorical. No other nation in history has ever come to greatness as fast as the U.S.A.
What was her origin? Does the Bible mention this nation? Absolutely, yes!
Unknown to many, the real history of the United States has its beginnings in the biblical times. It all started with Joseph, one of the sons of Jacob who later became Israel. He had eleven other sons, all of whom we call as the Twelve Tribes of Israel.
God established His own nation through Jacob but it was Abraham, Jacob’s grandfather who was given the blessings to become a great nation and then passed on to his generation through the firstborn. That baton of great material blessings or physical promise was then passed on to Joseph then to his children. There was a spiritual promise which solely belong to the line of Judah, one of the twelve that culminated to the birth of the Saviour, Jesus Christ.
Now Joseph was sold by his brothers to slave traders and then found his way as servant to the Pharaoh’s palace in Egypt.
During one of those times he was in prison due to a sin he did not commit, he interpreted the Pharaoh’s dream— that there will be seven years of abundance and seven years of famine immediately thereafter throughout all the land of Egypt. He advised the Pharaoh to get prepared and store food reserves while the country is in abundance.
Impressed and satisfied, the Pharaoh of Egypt appointed him as the food minister as well as the second in command in the whole land of Egypt next only to the Pharaoh himself. True enough there was a great famine in Egypt and the whole of Canaan.
When Joseph was made a high Egyptian official, he was given an Egyptian name, Zaphenath-Paneah. This is the pivotal point in regards to the physical promises of God to the patriarchs, Abraham and Isaac and his father Israel. Regardless of the culture and race he was with, Joseph was still a Hebrew and the physical promise was still with him. He was given an Egyptian wife! Her name was Asenath the daughter of Potiphera, an Egyptian priest of On [Heliopolis], then a great city in Egypt.
The Pharaoh was determined to convert Joseph into full Egyptian in faith and his descendants into full Egyptians by blood! This would have been an absolute no-no in the days of Abraham and Isaac.
Of course, God knew about every passing minute of Joseph’s life. He let the crucial event of his life transpired for it has been part of His great Divine Plan.
Manasseh and Ephraim
Joseph had two sons, Manasseh, the firstborn and Ephraim. Automatically, the birthright belongs to the firstborn, Manasseh but it was not the case, for in the end, Ephraim received the birthright promise instead of Manasseh. Why? The Bible is silent about the reason why. One should know that this is the pivotal key to understanding the rest of the prophecies from hereon. The meaning is hidden and reserved for the last days, our time—now is the time to understand. This is the very reason why the life of Joseph had to be written for us in detail. It is very important to know why God had to switch the birthright from the firstborn to the younger. God had chosen Abraham because he was righteous and also he was a descendant of Shem. His son Isaac and grandson Jacob had to marry women who were descendants of their own bloodline. Surprisingly this time it is not the case.
Obviously, by marrying an Egyptian, Manasseh as the firstborn and an Egyptian citizen, and an apparent heir to Egyptian throne can not receive God’s promise which was meant for Israel. Therefore it was Ephraim who became the recipient of the birthright promise.
However, Manasseh had still a share of the great physical blessings for he was still Abraham’s descendant but not to the full measure. The great name, power and wealth that was in the nation of Egypt at that time were already absorbed in him at that very moment. Soon Egypt shall slowly fade and rise in the latter generations through the person of Manasseh.
He will become numerous and a great nation. Thus he would be the great nation in the same promise “A nation . . . will come from you, and kings will come from your body.”
In summary, Ephraim will become a greater group of nations and Manasseh, simply a great nation.
In the same setting, Jacob, or Israel blessed his other sons and revealed what will happen to them in the days to come. The “days to come” covers the time well beyond their lifetime.
Manasseh and Ephraim -Where Are They?
Identifying the ten tribes, is just half of the story. We need to trace down where the present tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh are. Their generations were the last biblical recipients of the baton of the great birthright promise. After them, their last day generations should be expected as the greater group of nations (Ephraim) and the great nation (Manasseh) as prophesied for them (Genesis 48:19).
At this point it should be easier to identify them. First, let us adopt from Jesus’ own words,
Who among the European Community had a group or community of nations?
At the turn of 19th century, Great Britain quickly rose to become a world power. It won the First World War, ruling many territories of the world in so short a period that is reminiscent of their successes in Joshua’s time. In 19th century, these territories became the British Empire which was the most extensive empire in all history and was also the greatest military and global power. It is later to become the Commonwealth of Nations. At the height of its power the Commonwealth of Nations include Australia, New Zealand, East Papua New Guinea, Borneo, Brunei, Malaysia and Singapore, South Asia, South Africa, Canada, some Arab states and many more. The Second World War although a hard-fought one for the allied forces was likewise won. But many member nations have already gained their independence leaving the total number of members to 53 nations. Thus, the promise of possessing the gates of the enemy was fulfilled through the Commonwealth. Read in Gen 24:60 -
Great Britain has proven its supremacy over the other European brothers. Great Britain is the fruit that proves he is the modern-day Ephraim. However, the "community of nations" promised to Abraham in Genesis 35:11 is the European Union. The Commonwealth of Nations is grouping of different culture and race which can not apply when the prophecies mention “offspring.” The physical promise is obtained through birthright and therefore can not include a nation of different race. As a group, the European Union is the richest nation on earth. It consisted of 25 member states across Europe and more countries are proposed to be admitted. These are all the countries associated with Ephraim and because Ephraim is the inheritor of the birthright promise, became the name representing the ten lost tribe of Israel. Read the prophecy in Ezek 37:15-19:
The word of the LORD came to me: "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.' Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand.
Judah as mentioned in the above prophecy is the Israel of the Middle East that we know today because it consists mainly of the tribe of Judah.
How about Manasseh, his brother? His brother is of the same language, with same ideology and also a great nation. That can be no other than the United States of America! Together, they act as one in international community. They always go to war together, help starving nations together, decide and consult each other on international affairs just like real brothers. However, they hold separate international standards on weight and measures— the English and the metric system. Their currencies are likewise international standards, the dollar and the sterling pounds.
But take note that Manasseh is also Egypt. America today is similar in many ways with the old Egypt. Ancient Egypt was once the greatest military power on earth, the wealthiest, and the center of trade and commerce, a great infrastructure builder, a leader in science and technology. America's GDP as a nation is ranked second only to the European Union, a group of nations or the other lost tribes. See chart below.
America today is the world policeman (visit http://www.cato.org/pubs/pas/pa-267.html), the place of refuge of exiles and melting pot of many nations. He is also the provider of food for the world’s poor, the nation of skyscrapers, and the leader in sciences. America is the world’s major producer of grains— wheat and rice. She is also the main producer of modern technology, weapons of war (visit http://www.worldpolicy.org/ projects/arms/reports/wawjune2005.html), computers, and many advanced machines. She is the home of world trade, the marketplace of nations, the site of largest seaport and airports. She is investor’s heaven, the land flowing with milk and honey. But isn’t it that Ephraim is supposed to be greater than Manasseh?
Definitely, America now is indeed more powerful militarily than Europe but the
latter is richer, the birthplace of Industrial Revolution and Agricultural
Revolution. In fact, the British Empire was the world's greatest military power
during its zenith in the late 19th century. Moreover, Europe set the pace of
modern technology for economic development. America and the rest of the world
simply followed after. Now Europe as a Union is the richest nation on earth. And
yet greatness unto God is not measured on military and economic power alone but
also on the obedience toward God.
Horses and chariots here are again symbols, meaning weapons of war. God did not fail to fulfill His promise of world supremacy to His nation, yet it requires careful stewardship on the part of this nation in utilizing the blessings. Possessing enormous global power is both a responsibility and a holy blessing. Read more on U.S. weapons.
Like also the practice of old Egypt, America erected an obelisk in honour of her first president, George Washington in Washington D.C. It is the largest obelisk in the world. Ironically, obelisks have originated in ancient Egypt to honour their pharaoh or gods and usually erected in front of their temples. Unknown to its builders, they have erected the symbol of ancient Egypt for the modern Egypt.
More on Egypt and obelisks next time.
Other reading interests about Egypt:
Out of Egypt
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