To illustrate some of the major reasons I believe the USA is predominantly Ephraim,
I am putting an article at the end of this e‑mail. But in brief, consider:
1. As you pointed out, Ephraim was to vastly out‑number Manasseh
(Deut.33:17), ten to one. The population of the USA is 280 million, compared
to England's 60 million and Canada's 28 million.
2. The USA is the "YOUNGER" nation to rise; England is like an OLDER
brother, though both dwelled together for many centuries. Of course, Ephraim
was the younger brother. It only makes sense that the younger would rise up
later than the older brother. Of course, when Ephraim was "fully grown," he
excelled his older brother, even as the USA has excelled England, and has
grown much greater.
3. Many nobility also came to the USA. Our presidents have virtually ALL
had links with English royalty; and our leading entrepreneurs, the Abbots,
Astors, Carnegies, Rockefellers, Mellons, etc., have family lies that go way
4. Ephraim was to become a people who drank too much WINE (Isa.28:1). Wine
is produced in abundance in the US, California, Oregon, etc. The British are
not known as wine‑bibbers, but their drink of choice is BEER ‑‑ a completely
different beverage. This again points to the US being Ephraim, in the
5. Ephraim was to posses the greatest natural resources and beauty ‑‑
including "verdant valleys" (Isa.28:1). The US is the most fertile nation in
the world, called he "breadbasket" of the world. Our valleys like the
Shenandoah, the Piedmont, the Central Valley of California, the Willamette
Vallley of Oregon, are world famous ‑‑ we are a nation of awesome valleys,
agricultural fruitfulness, and abundance (Deut.33:13‑16).
6. Ephraim and Manasseh together have "pushed th4 peoples to the ends of the
earth" (Deut.33:17). Manasseh is like a firstborn (which he was literaaly)
bull, and the bull is a symbol of England. Ephraim is more like the "wild
ox" of this verse‑‑ younger, wilder, less settled ‑‑ you've heard of the
"Wild West," and the "wild American," like many younger brothers, we tend to
be a little on the "wild side," and therefore many Europeans look on us with
a little distrust, consternation, and even bewilderment.
7. Ephraim's very name literally means "doubly fruitful." Well, look at the
evidence! The US has been VERY fruitful during the 20th century ‑‑
abundantly so. DOUGLY so. Joseph is a fruitful bough (Gen.49:22), so
Manasseh is also fruitful ‑‑ but Ephraim (USA) doubly so! So it should be:
Ephraim was given the BLESSING of the firstborn (Gen.48:13‑14), even though
Manasseh was the actual firstborn. The firstborn historically was to inherit
a DOUBLE PORTION. So it falls to reason that Ephraim ‑‑ the USA ‑‑ should
have a double portion of blessings, which we certainly to ‑‑ geographically,
agriculturally, economically, militarily, population‑wise, etc. It is said
that if America catches cold, the whole world sneezes.
8. Jacob said Manasseh also would be great ‑‑ England and Canada, etc. But
he said "truly his YOUNGER brother shall be GREATER than he, and his
descendants shall become a MULTITUDE OF NATIONS [I.E., "STATES"]"
(Gen.48:19). Many have misunderstood this. In Hebrew, the word for
"nations" here is goyim, and means "peoples, nations, states, a troop, a
flight," a word that has the sense of "massing." Thus Jacob really said the
descendants of Ephraim would become a TROOP of people, a MASS of people, MANY
states, families, or groupings. Thus we have in fulfillment of this prophecy
THE FIFTY STATES of the United States ‑‑ we became 50 different states,
UNITED, but ONE PEOPLE. Each state has its own constitution and government.
At its greatest, the British Empire or Commonwealth did control vast parts of
the earth, when you include India, but these were GENTILE nations under
British rule ‑‑ they were not Josephite people at all. The blessing of Jacob
was not that Ephraim would rule over many nations, per se ‑‑ it was that
Ephraim would reproduce and BECOME a multitude or troop or massing of people
‑‑ by having a greater multitude of descendants, becoming many groupings ‑‑
i.e., fifty United STATES!
9. Ephraim always was distrustful of royalty, particularly of the house of
David. Jereboam, an Ephraimite, led the rebellion against the house of
David. On the oher hand, many Manassites were among the first men to join up
with David, when he was estranged from king Saul. These same characteristics
are seen in the two brothers today. English royalty can be traced back to
the line of David, thus David still has descendants sitting on a throne,
fulfilling in part God's promise to him (Psalm 89:20, 29‑37). So it is that
England/Manasseh still has an affinity for David and his throne dwells among
them; USA/Ephraim, however, still has a distrust of all things royal, and
George Washington refused to be made a "king." Thus we have elected
"presidents" as apposed to a Davidic "king" reigning over us.
10. Geographically, in ancient Israel, the house of Manasseh was divided,
separated into East Manasseh and West Manasseh, with the Jordan River the
dividing line. West Manasseh stretched to the Mediterranean Sea. Ephraim
was south of Manasseh, stretching from the Jordan to the Mediterranean.
Today, we have the same juxtaposition of the two tribes. Manasseh is once
again in the north ‑‑ West Manasseh is Canada, north of the US, with both of
them stretching from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans; and East Manasseh is
England, lying EAST of the Atlantic Ocean. The Atlantic, like the ancient
Jordan River, divides East and West Manasseh.
11. Ephraim was prophesied to become "joined to idols" (Hos.4:17). Idols
abound in modern USA ‑‑ Hollywood stars, rock music stars, sports stars,
automobiiles, and physical things of every description. We are a nation of
idolaters, as Ephraim was prophesied to become. "Harlotry" is so rampant it
is another sign of Ephraim ‑‑ we qare the pornography capital of the world ‑‑
the San Fernando Vallley in California, just west of "Hollyweird" (verse 18).
Bribery of government officials is rampant ‑‑ only they call it 'pollitical
contributions" (verse 18). Ephraim was to be "broken in judgment"
(Hos.5:11). American courts of justice are a travesty: witness the O.J.
Simpson trial, the trial of the police who arrrested Rodney King, the
ridiculous sham of the Florida Supreme Court wanting to count "chads,"
"dimpled chads," "hanging chads," "pregnant chads," etc., etc. America truly
fits the end‑time description of Ephraim.
12. Ephraim was to be a "mixed" people. God said "Ephraim has MIXED himself
among the peoples; Ephraim is a cake unturned [burnt on one side, white on
the other]. Aliens have devoured his strength, but he does not know it"
(Hos.7:8‑9). America, the USA, is the "melting pot of the world." We have
mixed ourselves weith Gentiles more than any other nation. Eluropeans tend
to be xenophobic, like Japan; racial mixing is frowned upon, and foreign
laborers are distrusted and persecuted. Whereas in America, we welcome
foreigners of every description ‑‑ blacks from Africa, Europeans, Chinese
immigrants who helped build our intercontinental railroads, and Vietnamese,
Cuban refugees, and of course many people from Central America, not to
mention millions of Mexicans, both legal and illegal, without our borders.
Truly we fulfill this prophecy of being "mixed" ‑‑ moreso than any other
nation! Plus the fact that "aliens" in our midst are devouring our strength,
getting free education, medical benefits, and bringing their own polluting
customs and practices.
I could go on and on. But just two more "proofs" that the US is predominatly
13. Ephraim was the 13th tribe. He was born last, of the tribe heads, born
to Joseph in Egypt, after Manasseh, the 12th tribe. The US flag has 13
stripes, the US originally had 13 colonies, in the US seal we find 13 stars
above an eagle [symbol of the "king of the air," or airpower], also 13 arrows
clutched in his left claw, and an olive branch with 13 leaves in its right
claw, with a shield of 13 red and white stripes. The number 13 is associated
with Ephraim AND with America!
14. The northern tribes of Israel were taken into captivity by Assyria in
718‑721 B.C. God foretold Israel would be punished for "seven times"
(Lev.26:18, etc.; see also Dan.4:23). Prophetically, a "time" can equal a
"year" in fulfillment (Num.14:34; Ezek.6:4‑5). A perfect "prophetic year" is
360 days; each day is a year in fulfillment. This apparently is based on the
original year, as it was in the days of Noah. Noah was in the ark from the
17th day of the second month till the 17th day of the seventh month ‑‑ a
total of 150 days (see Gen.7:11‑13; 7:24l 8:3‑4). Thus five months equalled
150 days ‑‑ or 30 days per month. Obviously, Noah was not using the modern
Jewish calendar! If we extrapolate, then a year of 12 30 day months would
equal 360 days. Therefore, Israel's punishment was 360 X 7 = 2520 years in
fulfillment. If we count 2520 years from 718‑721, we come to A.D. 1800‑1803.
At that time the punishment would be terminated, and God would begin to
BLESS the tribes with their intended blessings ‑‑ the blessings He gave to>
Abraham, Isaac, and Israel ‑‑ and the tribal fathers, including Joseph.
What happened in 1803 in the world that was of any prophetic significance?
What great blessing occurred in that year? Who received it?
In 1803 Thomas Jefferson, the third US president, purchased the Louisana
Purchase from Napoleon of France ‑‑ all the land stretching from the
Mississippi River to the Pacific Ocean. This vast tract was bought for
pennies to the acre. The Lewis and Clark Expedition traversed this huge
tract, finally arriving on the Pacific Coast, at the mouth of the Columbia
River. Never in history has a nation expanded so quickly, so vastly, and for
so little. The birthright promises were to accrue to Ephraim ‑‑ and this was
a mighty geographical extension of the United States of Ephraim!
So, Yair, perhaps you see more clearly now why I truly believe the U.S. of A.
is and must be, by all rights, and prophetic understanding, the nation that
best represents the younger son of Joseph ‑‑ Ephraim ‑‑ with a mixture of all
the tribes dwelling in her, including of course many of Manasseh!
William F. Dankenbring