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MandM May 16, '08 12:25 pm

Ephraim Come Home! Are You Part Of The 10 Lost Tribes Of Israel?
 
Ephraim Come Home! Are You Part Of The 10 Lost Tribes Of Israel?

After King Solomon died, Israel divided into 2 kingdoms.

The 10 northern tribes rebelled against Solomon's son and became known in the Scriptures as "the house of Israel" or as "the house of Ephraim" which referred to the most dominant tribe in the northern kingdom which was Ephraim.

3 tribes (Judah, Benjamin and the Levites) stayed in the south and they became known in the Scriptures as "the house of Judah" which referred to the most dominant tribe in the southern kingdom which was Judah.

As we see in the following Scriptures, God promised to bring back both Judah AND Ephraim to the land of Israel in the last days. Judah (the Jews) started returning to Israel in 1948. However, God also promised in Ezekiel 37 that Ephraim WOULD return and be reunited with Judah:

Ezekiel 37:15-22

15 The word of the LORD came to me: 16 "Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, 'Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.' Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, 'Ephraim's stick, belonging to Joseph and all the house of Israel associated with him.' 17 Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand.
18 "When your countrymen ask you, 'Won't you tell us what you mean by this?' 19 say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim's hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah's stick, making them a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.' 20 Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on 21 and say to them, 'This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms.

So the promise of God is that once this happens they will never be divided again.

Has this happened yet?

No.

So it is a prophecy that is waiting to be fulfilled.

This promise of a reunification between Judah and Ephraim is also found in Isaiah 11:

Isaiah 11:10-13

10 In that day the Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples; the nations will rally to him, and his place of rest will be glorious. 11 In that day the Lord will reach out his hand a second time to reclaim the remnant that is left of his people from Assyria, from Lower Egypt, from Upper Egypt, from Cush, from Elam, from Babylonia, from Hamath and from the islands of the sea.

12 He will raise a banner for the nations
and gather the exiles of Israel;
he will assemble the scattered people of Judah
from the four quarters of the earth.

13 Ephraim's jealousy will vanish,
and Judah's enemies will be cut off;
Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah,
nor Judah hostile toward Ephraim.

So who is Ephraim today? Long before Christ came, Assyria invaded the northern kingdom and took the ten tribes away and scattered them to the four winds just as the Scriptures foretold.

So how can we identify them today? A good place to start is in Genesis.

Genesis 48:17-19

17And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head.

18And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.

19And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.

The term in v. 19, "a multitude of nations", should literally read "the fullness of the gentiles" because that is what the Hebrew text actually says. Even back in Genesis, God knew that Ephraim would someday be mixed in with the gentile nations.

Today God has been revealing to His people that much of what is called "the church" around the world is Ephraim. But Ephraim is unfamiliar with many of God's ways:

Hosea 8:11-12

11Because Ephraim hath made many altars to sin, altars shall be unto him to sin.

12I have written to him the great things of my law, but they were counted as a strange thing.

Isn't that an exact description of our day? God has written to Ephraim the great things of His Law in the Bible, but we consider the "Old Testament" to be a "strange thing", don't we?

But the days of restoration are coming just as the Lord promised through Jeremiah:

Jeremiah 23:5-8

5 "The days are coming," declares the LORD,
"when I will raise up to David a righteous Branch,
a King who will reign wisely
and do what is just and right in the land.

6 In his days Judah will be saved
and Israel will live in safety.
This is the name by which he will be called:
The LORD Our Righteousness.

7 "So then, the days are coming," declares the LORD, "when people will no longer say, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the Israelites up out of Egypt,' 8 but they will say, 'As surely as the LORD lives, who brought the descendants of Israel up out of the land of the north and out of all the countries where he had banished them.' Then they will live in their own land."

The truth is that God is calling Ephraim from the 4 corners of the earth to be reunited to his brother Judah, and they will have one shepherd (Yahshua - Jesus) over them.

If this post has been tugging at your spirit, I would encourage you to watch this YouTube video to learn more:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DHCRfUDCllw

ERose May 16, '08 2:53 pm

Re: Ephraim Come Home! Are You Part Of The 10 Lost Tribes Of Israel?
 
So you are saying that all Christians are members of the tribe of Ephraim and we should all move to Isreal?

When the tribes in Northern Isreal were captured and dispersed amongst the nations they remembered that they were hebrew people. They never forgot that and they still do not forget. Jewish people are not just the tribes of Judah. They are all tribes. There are no lost tribes of Isreal unless you have alot more proof than you are showing in this post.

As far as I can tell you have said very little that can be substantiated from either scripture or historical documentation.

Please I invite you to supply more information to colaborate(spelling?) your conclusions.

Also what did the video have to do with this thread. You had some man claiming to be a prophet which anyone can do with no factual information to back up his or your claims.

In other words, where are the facts!

KatyElizabeth May 16, '08 10:44 pm

Re: Ephraim Come Home! Are You Part Of The 10 Lost Tribes Of Israel?
 
Here is an intersesting blog about one man's search
http://navrasaafreedi.blogspot.com/2...israel-in.html

Jimmy B May 16, '08 11:58 pm

Re: Ephraim Come Home! Are You Part Of The 10 Lost Tribes Of Israel?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by MandM (Post 3690806)
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If this post has been tugging at your spirit...

Nope...sorry, no "tugging" here...:D

Peace:)

paarsurrey May 17, '08 4:38 am

Re: Ephraim Come Home! Are You Part Of The 10 Lost Tribes Of Israel?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by ERose (Post 3691342)
So you are saying that all Christians are members of the tribe of Ephraim !

Hi

I don't think that the CatholicsProtestants have anything to with the tribe of Ephraim.

Thanks

ERose May 17, '08 4:00 pm

Re: Ephraim Come Home! Are You Part Of The 10 Lost Tribes Of Israel?
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by paarsurrey (Post 3693140)
Hi

I don't think that the CatholicsProtestants have anything to with the tribe of Ephraim.

Thanks

I was not agreeing with him. If someone is going to come on this forum making claims like this then they need to be able to back it up.

I am challenging him to back up his claims that is all.


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