Expanded from:
Why the British are Ephraim!
#4. "A COMPANY OF NATIONS" to be fulfilled in Ephraim.


Part One.
The Blessing to Jacob at Beth-el:
A Nation and a Company of nations.

Part Two.
The British Family of Nations.
The British Island Nations
Eire (Ireland).
Ulster (North Ireland).

Part Three.
The British Family of Nations.
Oversea Settlement of the British.
The USA.
New Zealand.
South Africa.

The Blessing to Jacob at Beth-el:
A Nation and a Company of nations.

Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob were the forefathers of the Israelite Nation. Jacob was re-named Israel and from him came the Twelve Tribes of Israel.
Joseph was one of the sons of Jacob.
We identify Joseph with the English-speaking people.
The sons of Joseph were Ephraim and Manasseh. Ephraim imparted his characteristics to Britain and her offshoots. Manasseh found expression through the USA.
When Jacob was about to die he requested that Joseph come unto him with his two sons Ephraim and Manasseh.

Genesis 48
 1 Now it came to pass after these things that Joseph was told, 'Indeed your father is sick'; and he took with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. 2 And Jacob was told, 'Look, your son Joseph is coming to you'; and Israel strengthened himself and sat up on the bed. 3 Then Jacob said to Joseph: 'God Almighty appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me, 4 and said to me, 'Behold, I will make you fruitful and multiply you, and I will make of you a multitude of people, and give this land to your descendants after you as an everlasting possession.' 5 And now your two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I came to you in Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine. 6 Your offspring whom you beget after them shall be yours; they will be called by the name of their brothers in their inheritance. 7 But as for me, when I came from
Padan, Rachel died beside me in the land of Canaan on the way, when there was but a little distance to go to Ephrath; and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem).

Ephrath here is another name for Bethlehem where Rachel the mother of Joseph died. Ephraim and Manasseh were the sons of Joseph.
Ephrath (Ephrathi) was a name that was later given to someone from the Tribe of Ephraim (Judges 12:5 1-Samuel 1:1 1-Kings 11:26). In Hebrew the name means (or came to mean) a noble or aristocrat was well as someone from the Tribe of Ephraim.
This blessing to Joseph and his sons continues. We shall return to it.

Let us note for now that Jacob in this blessing calls on 'God Almighty [who] appeared to me at Luz in the land of Canaan and blessed me" . Luz is another name for Beth-el (Genesis 28:19).

The Almighty had in fact appeared unto Jacob twice at Luz (Beth-el).
The first time God appeared to Jacob at Beth-el was when Jacob was fleeing from before Esau.
Jacob had disguised himself as Esau and received the blessing from his father Isaac which Isaac had intended to give to Esau. Esau plotted to kill him so Jacob fled. On his way out of the Land Jacob came to Beth-el, fell asleep and dreamt of angels ascending and descending. God then blessed him that he should multiply exceedingly and in his seed  would all the families of the earth be blessed.
This would happen while his descendants were in Exile. Despite their being Lost the Almighty would be with them and would fulfill his promises to Jacob through them. (Genesis 28:15). His seed would spread "to the west and the east, to the north and the south" (Genesis 28:14). This was fulfilled through the British Isles, the British Empire, and offshoots of the British in North American, Australia, New Zealand, and South Africa.

Genesis 28:
10 Now Jacob went out from Beersheba and went toward
Haran. 11 So he came to a certain place and stayed there all night, because the sun had set. And he took one of the stones of that place and put it at his head, and he lay down in that place to sleep. 12 Then he dreamed, and behold, a ladder was set up on the earth, and its top reached to heaven; and there the angels of God were ascending and descending on it.
13 And behold, the LORD stood above it and said: 'I am the LORD God of Abraham your father and the God of Isaac; the land on which you lie I will give to you and your descendants. 14 Also your descendants shall be as the dust of the earth; you shall spread abroad to the west and the east, to the north and the south; and in you and in your seed all the families of the earth shall be blessed. 15 Behold, I am with you and will keep you wherever you go, and will bring you back to this land; for I will not leave you until I have done what I have spoken to you.'
16 Then Jacob awoke from his sleep and said, 'Surely the LORD is in this place, and I did not know it.' 17 And he was afraid and said, 'How awesome is this place! This is none other than the house of God, and this is the gate of heaven!'
18 Then Jacob rose early in the morning, and took the stone that he had put at his head, set it up as a pillar, and poured oil on top of it. 19 And he called the name of that place Bethel; but the name of that city had been Luz previously. 20 Then Jacob made a vow, saying, 'If God will be with me, and keep me in this way that I am going, and give me bread to eat and clothing to put on, 21 so that I come back to my father's house in peace, then the LORD shall be my God. 22 And this stone which I have set as a pillar shall be God's house, and of all that You give me I will surely give a tenth to You.'

In Genesis 35 we are told how God appeared unto Jacob and again told him to go to Beth-el.
In Beth-el God appeared to him again and blessed him:
His name was changed to Israel (Genesis 35:10). He would be fruitful and multiply (Genesis 35:11), a nation and a company of nations of would come out of him (Genesis 35:11),. So would kings (Genesis 35:11).

Genesis 35:
6 So Jacob came to Luz (that is, Bethel), which is in the land of Canaan, he and all the people who were with him. 7 And he built an altar there and called the place El Bethel, because there God appeared to him when he fled from the face of his brother.
8 Now Deborah,
Rebekah's nurse, died, and she was buried below Bethel under the terebinth tree. So the name of it was called Allon Bachuth.
9 Then God appeared to Jacob again, when he came from
Padan Aram, and blessed him. 10 And God said to him, 'Your name is Jacob; your name shall not be called Jacob anymore, but Israel shall be your name.' So He called his name Israel. 11 Also God said to him: 'I am God Almighty. Be fruitful and multiply; a nation and a company of nations shall proceed from you, and kings shall come from your body. 12 The land which I gave Abraham and Isaac I give to you; and to your descendants after you I give this land.' 13 Then God went up from him in the place where He talked with him. 14 So Jacob set up a pillar in the place where He talked with him, a pillar of stone; and he poured a drink offering on it, and he poured oil on it. 15 And Jacob called the name of the place where God spoke with him, Bethel.

Later when Jacob was about to die he asked Joseph, as we saw above, to come to him with his two sons. Jacob recalled the blessings God had promised him at Beth-el. He then blessed the sons Ephraim and Manasseh. He blessed Ephraim before Manasseh. He said that Ephraim would become a great nation and through him would other nations come into being ("Malo Ha-Goyim" i.e. fullness of the nations translated below as "a multitude of nations" Genesis 48:19). Jacob said that Ephraim would become a great nation and achieve his destiny before Manasseh. We have identified Ephraim with the British and their offshoots and Manasseh with the USA. We see from Genesis 48 that the major blessing was that given to Ephraim: "He set Ephraim before Manasseh" (Genesis 48:20).

Genesis 48:
8 Then Israel saw Joseph's sons, and said, 'Who are these?'
9 Joseph said to his father, 'They are my sons, whom God has given me in this place.'
And he said, 'Please bring them to me, and I will bless them.' 10 Now the eyes of Israel were dim with age, so that he could not see. Then Joseph brought them near him, and he kissed them and embraced them. 11 And Israel said to Joseph, 'I had not thought to see your face; but in fact, God has also shown me your offspring!'
12 So Joseph brought them from beside his knees, and he bowed down with his face to the earth. 13 And Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near him. 14 Then Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh's head, guiding his hands knowingly, for Manasseh was the firstborn. 15 And he blessed Joseph, and said:
'God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked,
The God who has fed me all my life long to this day,
16 The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil,
Bless the lads;
Let my name be named upon them,
And the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac;
And let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.'

17 Now when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; so he took hold of his father's hand to remove it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head. 18 And Joseph said to his father, 'Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.'
19 But his father refused and said, 'I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great; but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations.'
20 So he blessed them that day, saying, 'By you Israel will bless, saying, 'May God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh!'' And thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
21 Then Israel said to Joseph, 'Behold, I am dying, but God will be with you and bring you back to the land of your fathers. 22 Moreover I have given to you one portion above your brothers, which I took from the hand of the Amorite with my sword and my bow.'

The blessing given to Ephraim was an expansion on that given to Jacob at Beth-el.
This had included becoming FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLYING and turning into A NATION AND A COMPANY OF NATIONS [Genesis 35:11].
The Rabbinical Commentator, Malbim, agrees with us that this blessing was to apply primarily to Ephraim.

We find this blessing  A NATION AND A COMPANY OF NATIONS Genesis 35:11] to have been fulfilled through the British and their offshoots i.e. the British Family of Nations.

Part Two:
The British Island Nations


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