Remy Parrott
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AMERICA and ISRAEL in BIBLE Prophecy
The Christian Heritage of THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA - Part 11
AMERICA IS EPHRAIM
AMERICA: The Western State of Israel
By: Tommie Spurgeon
By the time Jesus came he began his ministry in a portion of old Israel or Ephraim to a remnant of those people. The scripture says that he would.
Matthew 4: 13: And leaving Nazareth, he came and dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim:
14: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,
15: The land of Zabulon, and the land of Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles;
16: The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up.
17: From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
This happened and Capernaum of Galilee was called the city of Jesus. He himself was from the tribe of Judah and he was born in Bethlehem and was raised in Nazareth which was a city in the region of the old Israel with a mixture of Israelites, Jews and Gentiles. The question is this: Why didn’t Jesus begin his ministry in Jerusalem or one of the other great cities of Judah? The answer to this question is found in Jeremiah were God said that Ephraim was his firstborn.
Jeremiah 31: 9: 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.
This meant that Ephraim would be the first to be born again by the Spirit of God and that they would be the birthright holders to share the inheritance, which is Jesus to rest of the world. All twelve of the final Twelve Disciples after Judas was replaced by Matthias were Galileans and descendants of the ten tribes of the north known as Ephraim. Judas was not a Galilean but was a Judean from the city of Cariot in the land of Judah. At Pentecost all of these people from Galilee all 120 of them begin to share Jesus the inheritance with Jerusalem. This is the birthright of Ephraim; this is Ephraim’s promised possession and obligation. It began being preached in Jerusalem and according to the commandment of Jesus went to Samaria and then the rest of the world.
Everyone that was born again through the preaching of the Gospel that was commissioned to Ephraim the Twelve Disciples became and still do become birthright holders or partakers of Ephraim’s birthright. We are born again in Jesus Christ and today are called Christians. Paul said that we are of the household of God, the commonwealth of Israel and we are the Israel of God. In the Kingdom of God or the Israel of God we are neither Jew nor Gentile but are made one by the blood of Jesus. But because of the promises made to Ephraim and Judah one group holds one promise and the other holds the other. One group holds the promise of the birthright which is to share the Gospel so that people can come to Jesus the king. The other group Judah holds the promise of the coming King and after they have all been born again and both houses of Israel are made one Our King Jesus will come to rule over all. Until both are saved and fulfilled the scriptures and the two sticks become one we will still not become the one new man Paul revealed to the Ephesians.
As the Gospel or birthright was preached in the nations there was one group of people in particular that God singled out for salvation and that was the Ten Tribes of Israel known as Ephraim in the natural. The Gospel would eventually over take them and they would be called Christians. It was necessary that this should happen because God had promised that Ephraim would be his first born. In trying to accomplish this task millions of Gentiles have been saved along the way and included in the Israel of God.
But God had promised Ephraim a nation of their own. This would begin in the flesh and end in the Spirit. The fulfillment of this promise could not be fulfilled until they were born again. Once they were saved God by divine providence led them to America to start a new nation that they were calling "the new Israel".
This part of the teaching is called Ephraim in his infancy and this teaching is designed to show the connection between Ephraim and the Church. The ensign or emblem on the banner of the encampment of Ephraim on the west end of the Tabernacle in the wilderness was that of an Ox. We see this Ox in the 4th chapter of revelation only this time as a calf, a baby ox. This was revealing because at the time John had this vision of the 4 creatures around the throne the Church was brand new, just a baby or calf. There is much in the symbolism of this Ox. We will get into this in the following teaching on America-Ephraim the Western State of Israel.
3. The Ox, The Gospel, The Push
As I said in the previous teaching the face of a calf or baby ox in, REVELATION 4: 7 is the Church or Ephraim in his infancy. It was brand new like a new born calf at the time that God gave John the book of Revelation. This calf or ox goes back to the wilderness encampment of Israel when they camped at night around the Tabernacle. The emblem on the banner of Ephraim when they camped on the west side of the Tabernacle was the banner of an ox. This symbolized the house of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh. At the time of this encampment Benjamin camped with Ephraim in the west. But during the split of Israel during Solomon’s time they allied themselves to Judah rather than Ephraim which would change their banner to the Lion.
Today the banner with the ox is the banner of the Israel of God. The ox symbolized strength and power but it also symbolized sacrifice. Oxen were used for labor but were sometimes offered as sacrifices on the altar at the Temple. This all has significant meaning today. This was a promise that was transferred from the carnal promises to Israel the northern ten tribes and became the fullness of the promise in the Spirit to the Israel of God, Ephraim the Church. Through the power of the Holy Spirit the Church is able to labor with great strength and is able to make great sacrifices for God in the process of sharing the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the world.
In the great Temple that Solomon built there were two things built that had great symbolic meaning. At Solomon’s House going up the steps were twelve statues of Lions standing on the steps. This symbol was on the banner of Judah and his encampment when Israel camped in the wilderness. It symbolized the promise that was made to Judah that out of the tribes of Judah would come the great eternal king. The scepter would never depart from Judah.
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