The priests from the Israelite tribe of Levi were not given land as an inheritance.
Ephraim and Manasseh, both partakers of God birthright blessings, were to live with each other until they had become a multitude on the earth, after which one of them was to separate and become its own distinct great nation.
"Joseph is a fruitful bough . . ." (Genesis 49:22).
"And for the precious things of the earth and fullness of it, and for the good will of Him Who dwelt in the bush. Let the blessing come on the head of Joseph, and on the top of the head of him who was separated . . . " (Deuteronomy 33:16)
When the tribes of Manasseh and of Ephraim separated, Manasseh (the United States of America) had only thirteen states. The number thirteen plays a significant role in the country's emblems.
Both sides of the
National Seal of the United States of America
The flag initially chosen for America when it was first formed had 13 stars and bars. The bars symbolize the Union of the country, and the 13 stars symbolized the nation starting as a union of 13 independent colonies. The bundle of 13 arrows in the United States seal represents the power to make war - as they were in Israel's heraldry, as well as both the Lion and the Unicorn. The people of Joseph were known for their ability to handle a bow - to make war. This has been one of the greatest strengths of America - to be able to 'shoot its arrows' anywhere in the world. Although at times attacked by enemies, America is able to more than defend itself since,
"his arms are made strong by the power of the Mighty God of Jacob" (Genesis 49:23-24)
The eagle that is spread in the United States seal has 13 pieces which are united at the top. God said to Abraham "Do not be afraid, Abram. I will shield you from danger and give you a great reward." (Genesis 15:1).
Also above the wings and scroll in America's national seal is a Cloud emitting rays of Glory. This is illude to when Aaron said "behold the Glory of the Lord appeared in the Cloud." (Exodus 16:10). It was this Glory Cloud which was over Israel and which guided them after leaving Egypt.
If you look carefully you will notice in the U.S. seal, near the top, a constellation of 13 stars (planets) on a field of an azure sky - the same number of planets that appeared in the dream of Joseph that got him separate from his family. Also notice in the seal a pyramid, which represents the birth location of Manasseh and Ephraim - Egypt. The national Crest of England has that other great monument of Egypt, the Sphinx, on its reverse side. It is through such symbols that they people identify themselves as the holders of the blessings of Abraham.
Just before he died Jacob (Israel) gave Judah the Lion as a symbol of their ruling power.
"Judah is a lion's whelp . . . he crouched like a lion; and like a lioness, who shall rouse him?" (Genesis 49:9)
Royal Coat of Arms of Great Britain
used by Queen Anne
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom,
Great Britain and Northern Ireland
The fact that we find Judah's Lion with the Unicorn of Ephraim-Israel in the national seal of the British, or covenant, people is another evidence that the royal remnant of King David's house found their way to Ephraim-Israel at the time of the uprooting of the Pharez line, who was then, as now, living in the isles of the northwest.
Israelites in Prophecy
Prophecies concerning the seed of Issac state that they shall own the gates, or entrances, of those who hate them. This was certainly true, at one time, for the United States, when they controlled the Panama canal, the Sandwich Isles, the Philippines and so on. England also, at one time, controlled many of the gates of the world - the Rock of Gibraltar, the island of Malta, the city of Alexandria, the Suez Canal, the passage near South Africa called the Cape Horn that allowed travel from one ocean to another, etc. God says of Joseph,
Joseph has the strength of a bull, the horns of a wild ox. His horns are Manasseh’s thousands and Ephraim’s ten thousands. With them he gores the nations and pushes them to the ends of the earth. (Deuteronomy 33:17)
God also says of his people,
The nation of Israel is like a mighty lion: It doesn't rest until it has torn and devoured, Until it has drunk the blood of those it has killed. (Numbers 23:24). God also states regarding these people,
God brought them out of Egypt; He fights for them like a wild ox (the KJV translates this word as Unicorn). They devour their enemies, Crush their bones, smash their arrows. (Numbers 24:8)
"'You are My battle axe and weapons of war; for with you I will shatter nations; and with you I will destroy kingdoms.' (Jeremiah 51:20)
"And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people, as dew from the LORD, as showers on grass, which does not wait for man, nor wait for the sons of men." (Micah 5:7)
"And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles, in the midst of many people, like a lion among the beasts of the forest, like a young lion among the flocks of sheep, who, if he goes through, both tramples and tears in pieces, and none can deliver." (Micah 5:8).
The fact that Joseph-Israel becomes Christianized while cast out of their land is the reason for the following:
"Shake yourself from the dust; rise up! Sit, Jerusalem! Free yourself from your neckbands, O captive daughter of Zion, For thus says the LORD, "You were sold for nothing; and you shall be redeemed without money."" (Isaiah 52)
To be redeemed without money is a wonderful truth. This daughter of captivity journeyed to Egypt then had Assyria oppress her. It is to this woman that God says the following.
7 For one brief moment I left you; with deep love I will take you back. 8 I turned away angry for only a moment, but I will show you my love forever. So says the Lord who saves you.
I myself will teach your people and give them prosperity and peace. 14 Justice and right will make you strong. You will be safe from oppression and terror. (Isaiah 54:7-8, 13-14)
God also promises that whoever attacks her will fall and that NO weapon will harm her. He also makes the incredible promise that HE will defend her and give her victory (Isaiah 54:15-17). There was a day when the Pharisees and chief priests met to decide what to do about Jesus since he was performing many miracles. The high priest Caiaphas heard the discussion and frustratingly told the group that was meeting what he felt was the simple truth of the matter.
49 One of them, named Caiaphas, who was High Priest that year, said, 'What fools you are! 50 Don’t you realize that it is better for you to have one man die for the people, instead of having the whole nation destroyed?' . . . he was prophesying that Jesus was going to die for the Jewish people, 52 and not only for them, but also to bring together into one body all the scattered people of God. (John 11)
At the time of the High Priest's statement the children of Israel ('people of God') were scattered around the earth. Jesus was willing to die not only to fulfill prophecies such as Isaiah 53:8 but also to keep the promises made to the houses of Judah and Israel - to gather them back together and return them to the land. The apostle Paul spoke of the hope.
6 And now I stand here to be tried because of the hope I have in the promise that God made to our ancestors - 7 the very thing that the twelve tribes of our people hope to receive, as they worship God day and night. And it is because of this hope, Your Majesty, that I am being accused by these Jews! (Acts 26:6-7)
Concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our being gathered together to be with him: (2Thessalonians 2:1)
The hope of this regathering was very much on the mind of Jesus' disciples. In fact, just before he ascended into heaven right before their eyes they asked Christ 'Lord, will you at this time give the Kingdom back to Israel?' (Acts 1:6). Jesus' answer was that it was not for them to know the exact time this will occur but that they need concern themselves with receiving God's power in just a few days. Later, on Pentecost in 30 A.D., right after Jesus' disciples received the outpouring of God's holy spirit, the apostle Peter spoke something profound.
29 My friends, I must speak to you plainly about our famous ancestor King David. He died and was buried, and his grave is here with us to this very day . . . God had made a vow that he would make one of David’s descendants a king, just as David was. 31 David saw what God was going to do in the future, and so he spoke about the resurrection of the Messiah when he said, ‘He was not abandoned in the world of the dead . . . (Acts 2)
King David did not expect Jesus to assume the throne until after his resurrection from the dead. Is Christ now on the throne of David? No, not yet. He shall return to the earth a second time to take his place of rule on David's throne. At the present time he is at God's right hand "Him has God exalted by His right hand to be a Prince and Savior" (Acts 5:31).
Yes, Christ will come back and rule the earth through the throne of his physical ancestor David. It was toward this hope that the angel Gabriel was sent to tell Mary that she would be the mother of the world's Savior.
The Lord God will make him a king, as his ancestor David was, 33 and he will be the king of the descendants of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end! (Luke 1:32-33)