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Together Ephraim and Manasseh grew to a great people as the “fruitful bough” in Jacob’s prophecy in Genesis 49. They became a colonizing people that spread all around the world. After remaining together for a long time, they finally separated. As a single great nation Manasseh, the United States, prevailed with Britain through two world wars——with our unlimited resources. But sadly, since 1950 both the United States and Britain have been diminishing in power. Another prophecy has to do with the “chief of the nations” in describing Israel. “Woe to them that are at ease in Zion, and trust in the mountain of Samaria, which are named chief of the nations, to whom the house of Israel came!” (Amos 6:1). Did you get that——to whom the house of Israel came? Next, a prophecy where God will yet gather Israel: “For there shall be a day, that the watchmen upon the mount Ephraim shall cry, arise ye, and let us go up to Zion unto the Lord our God. For thus saith the Lord; sing with gladness for Jacob, and shout among the chief of the nations: Publish ye, praise ye, and say, O Lord, save thy people, the remnant of Israel. Behold, I will bring them from the north country, and gather them from the coasts of the earth, and with them the blind and the lame, the woman with child and her that travaileth with child together: A great company shall return thither. They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: For I am a Father to Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn. Hear the word of the Lord, O ye nations, and declare it in the isles afar off, and say, He that scattered Israel will gather him, and keep him, as a shepherd doth his flock. For the Lord hath redeemed Jacob, and ransomed him from the hand of him that was stronger than he” (Jeremiah 31:6-11). Remember, in Jeremiah’s time Israel was long gone; but God will yet bring them from the north country and coasts. The term coasts suggests a seafaring people. Remember Rachel, she was the mother of Joseph and Benjamin. This prophecy in Jeremiah refers to her children. “Thus saith the Lord; a voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rachel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not. Thus saith the Lord; refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: For thy work shall be rewarded, saith the Lord; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. And there is hope in thine end, saith the Lord, that thy children shall come again to their own border” (Jeremiah 31:15-17) (also see Matthew 2:18). That further points to Joseph retaining the name of Israel. That fits the United States and Britain still today. Where will God take them after He gathers them? To the Holy Land that He swore unto their fathers.

So what is to become of this modern Israel: the United States of America and the British Commonwealth of nations? We have been given the birthright blessing of the “fruitful bough.” Our material wealth, from bountiful crops and mined minerals, is unprecedented in world history. Well, if we have to be gathered, it must mean some type of slavery. “And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the Lord, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men. And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: Who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off. And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots: And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds: And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers: Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands. And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: So will I destroy thy cities. And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard” (Micah 5:7-15). This shows us that the remnant of Jacob will be scattered among the nations. The “lion among the flocks” is a symbol of a power scattered among the Gentiles. Now it says God will take away their “horses and chariots,” which are symbolically instruments of war. It shows the people will be defeated by cutting off their cities, and throwing down their strongholds. Why? Because of their witchcrafts, soothsayers and graven images. Just look around the churches, you will see graven images. These images are: crosses, statues of saints and many more. This is not allowed by God, according to the Second Commandment. Remember, ancient Israel was reprimanded when they made the graven image at the base of Mt. Sinai (Horeb). At that very time, God was thundering over the mountain and the people were awestruck. They didn’t know what God looked like, so they made a golden bull that many thought could represent their God. It is the same principle. It also mentions “groves,” which were groups of trees that the pagans used for worship; symbols of churches or places of worship. The soothsayers could point to the many false ministers, preaching soothing things to itchy ears. The real word of God is not always pleasant. “For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). When will Israel be defeated by their enemies? The last verse in Micah 5, where God said: “I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen,” tells us this will be right before a worldwide tribulation period. The world will not mourn Jacob”s affliction. This does not bode well for the world.

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