Who are modern Ephraim and Manasseh, part 4
As promised, here is what I received from Ron Oja concerning the topic of modern Ephraim and Manasseh. For the sake of time, I have done only minimal editing. Remember, these are notes, not a manuscript per se, so be kind to overlook the occasional grammatical, speling (chuckle, chuckle), punctuation or formatting mistakes. —James
After reading your Feed My Sheep #173, June 2013 issue concerning who are modern Ephraim and Manasseh, I dug up these notes from last year. I thought they might refresh you further on the Ephraim symbolism for America, including the unmistakable Philadelphia/Joshua 1776 connection.
The following notes don’t include the Joshua 24:30 connection to Philadelphia, so I will briefly mention that here as well. Remember, Joshua was from the tribe of Ephraim.
Joshua 24:30 And they buried him in the border of his inheritance in Timnathserah, which is in mount Ephraim, on the north side of the hill of Gaash.
Note in this verse that Joshua is buried on the side of a hill called Gaash, which means “quaking.” Since Jesus could not arise on the third day until there was a great quaking and since we know that He rises as Joshua/Yahshua, then the Philly connection is crystal clear since the city was founded by the Quaker, William Penn. I also like the fact that “Father” George Fox founded the Quakers. Who writes this stuff anyway? We believe that James 5:7 and John 15:1 together show that our heavenly Father identifies Himself as the husbandman and the Greek word for husbandman is “georgos.” Hence, from this perspective, the Father identifies Himself as “George.”
Consider in the notes below that Jesus, posing as Joshua, the doubly fruitful One (Ephraim means “doubly fruitful”), was sitting on a well in the land of Samaria in John 4. Jonathan Cahn makes the clear connection of America to Isaiah 9:10 in his book, The Harbinger.
The previous verse makes it clear that the judgment in verse 10 is being applied to the inhabitants of Ephraim and Samaria (the capital city). This is an astounding revelation since Cahn makes it clear that this judgment is on America and it is an exact replica of the judgment that came on Biblical Ephraim/Samaria after the initial attack(s) by Assyria and Ephraim’s failed repentance.
Recall that Assyria would eventually overrun the House of Israel and then flood the land with immigrants and turn northern Israel into Samaria. Has not the same thing happened in America over the past 30 years with our immigrant flood from multiple nations with other gods? Of course it has.
Also, as far as a commonwealth is concerned, the very first colony set the tone when it was called the Commonwealth of Virginia. America would eventually become the “commonwealth” of all the Israelite nations of Europe and would become all of these nations inside of ONE NATION, comprised initially of 13 colonies/states. Yes indeed, all 13 tribes are in America, the Kingdom of Heaven.
There is so much more to all of this, but see if any of this is worth adding to your commentary. Here then are the original notes from one of my talks at the SKM Spring conference in Manassas, Virginia last year.
Let’s begin with a review of Father’s timeline and prophetic symbolism of how and why the Stone Kingdom came to Manassas in the first place, back in 2009.
For the prior 10 years our spring conferences had met in Philadelphia every year since 1999. In the two years prior to that, meetings were held in Hagarstown, (deliberately misspelled to match the Bible name—JWB), Maryland, which is a type of old Jerusalem (see Galatians 4:24-25) and Jerusalem was the city of Judah and Benjamin, while Philadelphia was connected to Joshua, who comes from the lineage of Joseph (Numbers 13:8).
It wasn’t until shortly after the 10th Easter weekend meeting was held in Philadelphia that this good news reporter realized that we were going some place new in 2009. This is because it dawned on me that the Stone Kingdom had just concluded a 12-year intercession for the repair of the breach between the 12 tribes of Israel. In order to understand what this means a short history review may be helpful.
Bible students know that following the apostasy and death of Solomon, God split up the 12 tribes of Israel into a division of two southern tribes and ten northern. The two southern tribes became known as the House of Judah (Benjamin), while the ten northern tribes were led by sons of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim, and called the House of Israel from that time forward.
We know from Scripture that Judah represents the King, while Joseph (through his sons) represents the kingdom. Thus, since the death of Solomon in 931 B.C. there has been a breach between the King and the kingdom. The only man in history to manifest a repair of this breach is Jesus Christ and this was prophesied at His birth when He came from the tribe of Judah, but as the Son of Joseph.
Because we know that the 12 tribal divisions of the Promised Land correspond to the 12 divisions within our physical bodies then we can see that our bodies are the real Promised Land. Following the death of Solomon a breach occurred between the “body parts.” Because Jesus is the repairer of the breach His Life was a demonstration of all the body parts working in perfect harmony in the third day/millennium resurrection.
So then, Jesus our King, from the House of Judah, was laid in the grave of Joseph (House of Israel-birthright/kingdom). Christ will arise from that grave on the third day, or third millenium from His first coming. He will arise as Joshua/Yahshua, from the tribe of Ephraim, the son of Joseph. Ephraim means “double ash-heap: I shall be doubly fruitful.” Thus, the Body of Christ will also come as Joshua as the manifestation of the joining of the two sticks of Judah and Joseph in Ezekiel 37.
The name of Jesus has a gematria of 888 in Greek. His third day resurrection from Joseph’s grave will be as Joshua. Because Joshua is from the “double portion” tribe of Ephraim, we find that doubling the value of 888 equals 1776. This connects Christ’s second coming with America and especially Philadelphia.
Because of 9/11, said appearing is also now connected directly to New York and the Freedom Tower being built at Ground Zero. The height of the Tower, with its radio antenna, will be 1776 feet, reflecting the year of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. It is foreshadowing the new Declaration of Independence that will soon be upon us. The Tower is expected to open in late 2013. http://www.lowermanhattan.info/construction/project_updates/freedom_tower_26204.aspx
When Jesus arose from Joseph’s grave in the Garden Tomb approximately 2,000 years ago, His resurrection was symbolizing a birthing of the Christ Man child. When a baby is born the first part of the body to emerge is the head. Paul often referred to Jesus as the Head (1 Corinthians 11:3, Colossians 1:18) of the body of Christ. Thus Jesus, our Head was the first to emerge from the tomb/womb of Joseph.
After the head, next comes the neck. Benjamin is identified as the neck in Moses prophecy in Deuteronomy 33:12, [And] of Benjamin he said, The beloved of the LORD shall dwell in safety by him; [and the LORD] shall cover him all the day long, and he shall dwell between his shoulders.
It appears that all of the disciples of Jesus (except Judas) had to come from the tribe of Benjamin. This is because Benjamin is the neck and that is the next part of the Christ body to emerge from “Joseph’s tomb, which is also a type of Mary’s womb.
God forecast that this would be the case when He first split the tribes into the 2-10 alignment following the death of Solomon. The Lord said in 1Kings 11:36 And unto his son will I give one tribe, that David my servant may have a light alway before me in Jerusalem, the city which I have chosen me to put my name there.
This verse makes it very clear that Benjamin was going to be left with Judah “as a light” in Jerusalem and this city was given to the tribe of Benjamin when Joshua first divided the land among the 12 tribes as recorded in Joshua 18:21-28.
Benjamin was chosen by God to be the connecting rod between Jesus/Judah our King/Head and Israel/Joseph, His body. However, the Bible tells us that the body of Christ will not fully emerge until the third day. Thus we’ve seen only the two tribes of Judah, representing the head and the neck for these past 2,000 years.
This is also why King Saul had to come from the tribe of Benjamin and be crowned king on the Day of the Wheat Harvest in 1 Samuel 12:17. His crowning would foreshadow the Day of Pentecost 1,000 years later when the Spirit was poured out on the Benjamite disciples in the upper room.
And just like Saul was set up by God to fail, right from the start; so it is with the church, which was also set up to fail. However, unlike the first Saul, who died because of his rebellion and jealously of David, this time there is a conversion of Saul to Paul, who now willingly recognizes the Son of David as his rightful King.
And so it is that the Benjamite church has remained faithful to evangelize their Jewish brothers with the light of Christ in the New Jerusalem, just as was ordained nearly 3,000 years ago in 1 Kings 11:36.
Once we understand that there is a two millennium gap between the Head and neck emerging from the “womb/tomb” of Joseph’s grave, versus the rest of the body, then the fog begins to clear somewhat.
Jesus Christ was born on Rosh Hashanah on the evening of September 29, 2 B.C. [See Secrets of Time by Dr. Stephen E. Jones—JWB] Two thousand years later (1 Peter 3:8) we would celebrate Jesus’ birthday on Rosh Hashanah, which was September 11, 1999. [This celebration occurred at Port Austin, Michigan.—JWB] For the first time in history we are now in the third day/millennium from the birth of Jesus Christ. We have now entered a window where Scripture is being fulfilled that could never have been fulfilled in a prior age because it simply wasn’t time.
Although we won’t be in the third millennium from His resurrection until 2033, it is believed that it is the days from now until then that will be shortened; otherwise no flesh would be saved. (Matthew 24:22)
This coming resurrection will be from Joseph’s tomb. Joshua 24:32 tells us that Joseph’s bones were buried in Shechem, which means shoulder, or back. When the baby is born, the shoulders follow the neck out of the womb and this is a perfect fit. Shechem was a city in the territory of Manasseh. And this brings us back to our opening statements about Stone Kingdom’s 12-year intercession to repair the breach between the tribes that ended with our last trip to Philadelphia at Passover in 2008.
Isaiah 9:6 says the government shall be upon his shoulder….This represents the kingdom ministry of the Joseph company in the form of Joshua. There were only three kings that ruled over all 12 tribes of Israel, Saul, David and Solomon. All kings after that ruled over either the House of Judah or the House of Israel. Only Joseph ruled the world and this is what the Bible says the Stone Kingdom will do as well.
(To be continued. Next, Ron says, “We now intend to demonstrate how the symbolism of Manasseh is one of the most vital keys in Scripture as it relates to the appearing of the man child of Revelation 12:5 and 13, in the “42nd generation from Father Abraham” as recorded in Matthew 1:1-17.”—JWB)