The Bequeathment of the Blessings to Joseph: An Outline.
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Joseph was to become the leading Tribe of Israel. Many amongst the English-Speaking Peoples are descended from Ephraim and Manasseh the sons of Joseph. Joseph received Blessings and Tasks of his own. Yair Davidiy, representing the Brit-Am Movement of the Ten Tribes describes the Devolution of the Blessings through Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob down to Joseph and his offspring .
From Abraham to Ephraim
We are about to discuss how the blessings devolved: How the blessings were given to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
First they were given to Abraham, then to Isaac, then to Jacob meaning Israel. From Israel the blessings were given to all the 12 Twelve Tribes but an extra blessing beyond that given to the other Tribes was bequeathed on Joseph and the two sons of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh.
Blessings and Tasks as Signs of Identification
In each stage of the blessings, first with Abraham, then with Jacob, then with Joseph we may discern more details of the blessings and their explanation.
The Blessings were promised to Israel and were concomitant with a purpose or task that they who received the blessings would have to fulfill. Most of the Israelites including the Tribe of Joseph disappeared. They were exiled by the Assyrians and lost consciousness of their ancestry. They became the Lost Ten Tribes of Israel. By understanding the blessings and looking to see which nations received the blessings and do what they were commanded to do in order to receive them: We may discern where the Lost Ten Tribes are to day, i.e. who they are. This conclusion may be analyzed in the light of additional Biblical verses on the subject as well as from findings from Ancient History, Archaeology, Linguistics, Mythology, and so on.
The results lead us to conclude that the Lost Ten Tribes are today to be found amongst Western nations with the Tribes of Joseph predominating amongst the so-called English-speaking peoples.
The Promised Blessings began with Abraham. He was the first Patriarch and to him was it promised to become, "A great nation, and in you will all the families of the earth be blessed" (Genesis 12:2-3).
"And I will make my covenant between me and thee, and will multiply thee exceedingly" (Genesis 17:2).
"I will make nations of thee and kings shall come out of thee; And
I will establish my covenant between me and thee and thy seed after thee in
their generations for an everlasting covenant, to be a God unto thee, and to thy
seed after thee" (Genesis 17:6-7).
The blessings were concomitant with a Divine Purpose. There was a certain reason for them. Of Abraham it was said, "Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him. For I know him that he will command his children and his house after him, and they shall keep the way of the LORD to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him" (Genesis 18:18-19).
Abraham begat Ishmael and Isaac. Ishmael traditionally was the forefather of many of the Arabs. Isaac received the covenant promise and to him devolved the promised blessings: "My covenant will I establish with Isaac" (Genesis 17:21); "I will establish my covenant with him for an everlasting covenant, and with his seed after him" (Genesis 17:19). God informed Abraham, "In Isaac shall thy seed be called" (Genesis 21:21).
Esau and Jacob
Isaac begat the twins Esau and Jacob. Of Esau it was foretold, "By thy sword shalt thou live, and shalt serve thy brother" (Genesis 27:40). Esau became ancestor to the founder settlers of early Rome and to part of the German people (Megilla 6), as well as to part of the ruling elite in Continental Europe and some of the Japanese.
Esau hated Israel.
"And Esau hated Jacob because of the Blessing where with his father blessed him" (Genesis 27:41).
Jacob becomes Israel
Jacob received the Blessings promised to Abraham and to Isaac. The Children of Jacob were to become the Chosen People.
Isaac blessed Jacob,
"God Almighty bless thee, and make thee fruitful and multiply thee, that thou mayest be a multitude of people; And give thee the blessing of ABRAHAM, to thee and to thy seed with thee" (Genesis 28:2-3).
Jacob was given the additional name ISRAEL, "Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, But ISRAEL; for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men and hast prevailed" (Genesis 32:8).
"Thy name is Jacob: thy name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and He called his name ISRAEL" (Genesis 35:10).
Jacob (Israel) had Twelve Sons, "Now the sons of Jacob were twelve" (Genesis 36:22).
The Twelve Sons of Israel and the Birthright
The Twelve Sons of Israel were Reuben, Simeon, Levi, Judah, Issachar, Zebulon, Joseph, Benjamin, Dan, Naphtali, Gad, and Asher. They were the forefathers of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. All the sons of Israel received a Blessing from their father, "Everyone according to his blessing he blessed them" (Genesis 49:28). In addition to the individual blessing given to each one there existed the Natural Right of Leadership and the Birthright. The Natural Right of Leadership was to involve Judah who provided the House of David and was to receive the task of Lawgiver. The Birthright, in effect, meant the reception of those same blessings given to all the Tribes but in greater quantity and intensity. It also indicated a natural right to a certain predominance -and a two-fold portion in the inheritance.
"Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him (comes) the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph's" (1-Chronicles 5:1-2).
Jacob blessed Joseph, "The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors unto the utmost bound of the everlasting hills: they shall be on the head of JOSEPH, and on the crown of him that was separated from his brethren" (Genesis 49:6).
We have here an indication that Joseph beyond merely receiving an extra portion as if he were the firstborn also has an ADDITIONAL TASK AND MERIT and as if in some way he will also represent all of Israel.\\
"The blessings of thy father have prevailed above the blessings of my progenitors..." (Genesis 49:6).
Joseph had received an additional blessing and task beyond that of the other Tribes and BEYOND that promised to Abraham, Isaac, and the rest of the Tribes.
Joseph is not only in the place of the firstborn with an extra portion, He is also in another dimension, way beyond the others.
This idea is mentioned in the Rabbinical work, "Shnei Lukot HaBrit" 2;22;a:
"Joseph has the aspect of Jacob above the other tribes, He is Joseph and his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh".
Ephraim and Manasseh
Joseph had two sons, Ephraim and Menasseh. Both Ephraim and Menasseh received the status of full Tribes in their own right. Jacob said:
## THY TWO SONS, EPHRAIM AND MANASSEH, ARE MINE; AS REUBEN AND SIMEON, THEY SHALL BE MINE ## (Genesis 48:5)
meaning that the two sons of Joseph should be counted as Tribes amongst the brothers of JOSEPH. Jacob blessed Ephraim and Manasseh, "The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth" (Genesis 48:16).
"And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless
saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before
Manasseh" (Genesis 48:20).
The prevalence of Ephraim is repeated in Jeremiah (31:9), "I am a father to Israel, and EPHRAIM is my firstborn". Nonetheless towards the end times (in our days) there was to be a stage in which Manasseh would be preeminent.
The Bequeathment of the Blessings to Joseph.
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