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Author Marian Parisher-Nichols
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Neither shall thy name any more be called Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. Gen 17:5

As it had been laid out in the Bible, there came to be twelve Tribes of Israel. Abraham was father to Isaac, God found much favor in Abraham. When Abraham was willing to sacrifice his only son by Sarah his beloved wife, God knew He had found the source of the Seed.

Abraham did have another son whose mother was the handmaid to Sarah his wife. When Sarah found herself barren, she offered up her servant to Abraham so that he would have sex with her and produce an offspring. They had a son, Ishmael.

And Hagar bare Abram a son: and Abram [Abraham] called his son’s name, which Hagar bare, Ishmael. Gen 16:15

However, God took pity on Abraham as he was righteous and told him that his wife Sarah, although she was well past her childbearing years, would conceive and bear a son who would be called Isaac and that from Isaac a great nation would arise.

After Isaac’s birth, Sarah became jealous of Ishmael and forced his mother to leave with him, out into the desert where it was assumed they would perish.

And Abraham rose up early in the morning, and took bread, and a bottle of water, and gave [it] unto Hagar, putting [it] on her shoulder, and the child, and sent her away: and she departed, and wandered in the wilderness of Beersheba. Gen 21:14

But the servant with her young son prayed and God heard her and delivered her and Ishmael to safety where she was told that a great nation would come from her son. This was the founding of Islam, and many nations were a direct descendant of this child.

Gen 21:17 And God heard the voice of the lad; and the angel of God called to Hagar out of heaven, and said unto her, What aileth thee, Hagar? fear not; for God hath heard the voice of the lad where he [is]

But the promise of the Seed and the Blessing went to Isaac, who also had two sons, twins, Esau and Jacob, Esau was the firstborn and rightfully should have had the blessing and the promise of the Seed passed to him. But Esau sold his birthright to his brother Jacob for a bowl of pottage, a meat stew. With the help of Rebecca their mother, when Isaac was on his death bed and nearly blind, Rebecca  fooled Isaac into placing his right hand on the head of Jacob and blessing him, passing the Blessing and the Promise of the Seed to the second born.

Jacob's name was changed to Israel, and Israel had twelve sons. But his wife, Rachel was also barren so the first ten sons were born of servants. Then God blessed Rachel and she bore Jacob, (Israel), two more sons, Joseph and Benjamin.

The older sons were very jealous of Joseph and they laid a trap for him and later sold him into slavery to a passing caravan of traders who were heading for Egypt. In Egypt, Joseph was sold again to a wealthy household.

Jacob was told that a lion had killed Joseph and dragged him into the bushes and devoured him. To prove this, the brothers slaughtered a lamb and smeared Joseph’s coat of many colors with the blood, completely fooling their father, who went into deep sorrow and thereafter refused to allow Benjamin out of his sight for fear of losing him also.

In Egypt, Joseph was raised to a great position in the government when he interpreted two dreams for the Pharaoh; he told the Pharaoh that there would be seven years of plenty followed by seven years of famine.

You can read the whole account in Genesis chapters 31 through 50.

Joseph married the daughter of Potipherah, the priest and she bore him two sons. Their names were Ephraim and Manasseh, and as was the case with Esau and Jacob, the firstborn son of Jacob, aka, Israel, passed the Blessing and the Promise of the Seed onto the twin sons of Joseph. He blessed both boys and when it came time to lay his hands on their brow; he crossed his hands and laid his right hand on the brow of the youngest, Ephraim.

“And Joseph said unto his father, “Not so, my father: for this [is] the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.” Gen 48:18

And 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. Gen 48:19

Later on you will see just who these two nations are and why it is important to know. Remember Ephraim was the younger son but received the main blessing.

I will not dwell much now on history in the Bible, we are where we learned of the Twelve Tribes of Israel, I will list them.

Asher, Benjamin, Dan, Gad, Issachar, Joseph, Judah, Levi, Naphtali, Reuben, Simeon, Zebulon

Thus saith the Lord GOD; This [shall be] the border, whereby ye shall inherit the land according to the twelve tribes of Israel: Joseph [shall have two] portions. Eze 47:13

Of course, all the Tribes are important, but the ones we are most concerned with, are the two sons of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh, and the Tribe of Judah, or the Jews, as this is the tribe from which the Messiah would be born. He was a descendant of King David.

The twelve tribes had argued among themselves and the nation of Israel was split. It had become two nations, the nation of Israel and the nation of Judah. Israel in the north had Solomon as their King, while Judah in the South had King Rehoboam.

But [as for] the children of Israel which dwelt in the cities of Judah, Rehoboam reigned over them. 1Ki 12:17

So, some years later when Babylon invaded and defeated Israel, it was only ten tribes that were taken into captivity. King Solomon’s Temple was destroyed and looted; this is when the Ark of the Covenant with the Ten Commandants inside disappeared. It was never known if the Babylonians took the Ark with them or if the Priest managed to hide the ark in the catacombs below the Temple, or if they managed to smuggle it out of Israel entirely. The Ark of the Covenant has not been seen since.

The legend that surrounded the Ark kept it in the realm of mysteries. The Ark could not be touched with the bare hand, to do so would bring immediate death. The Ark could only be handled with rods placed in the holders on each side of the Ark just for that purpose. The army that marched into battle carrying the Ark before it was invincible. The Ark was kept in the most Holy of Holies, behind the velvet curtain at the back of the temple. Only the Levi priests had access to it and only on holy days did the priest ever enter the most Holy of Holies.

So the tribes of Judah and Levi were all that remained of the nation of Israel. The Ten lost Tribes never returned to their homeland, as they had done once before when taken into captivity. To all accounts and purposes, history lost them; they lost their identity, they became part of their captors’ lives, at first they were slaves, then later they married into their captors’ families losing themselves even more.

But you can trace where the Lost Tribes ended up by researching where their captors migrated to over the next thousand years. They are there, and later I will reveal where Ephraim and Manasseh settled and what nations they are today. This has very much to do with the redemption of Man.

Although the nation of Israel had sinned against their God, God still intended to keep the promise He made to Abraham centuries before, for it was an unconditional promise, and that promise has been fulfilled.

Ephraim became many nations and even to this day, still is a power to reckon with and is the nation of Great Britain. Plus, the throne of England is the throne of King David. David was promised that there would be no end to his kingdom, even to the end of time. When Christ returns to Earth, it is this throne he will rightfully claim.

Manasseh became one great nation, today it is the only remaining super power, the United States of America.

When Mary and Joseph, both descendents of King David, were married, Mary was already pregnant with the Holy Seed. Gabriel had visited the young girl, she was all of fifteen and told her she was blessed among women, for she would conceive a child, and his name would be Jesus, that he would inherit the throne of his father, King David and to his kingdom, there would be no end.

The child was born in a stable, a very humble beginning for a King, a Messiah. King Herod, when he learned from the three wise men from the East of the birth of a new king, sent out his soldiers and ordered all male children under the age of two to be killed. Satan was trying to do away with the Messiah before he could give himself in sacrifice for the redemption of Man.

To murder him as a child was not what was required. It must be done with knowledge and with willingness. Satan tried many times in the life of Jesus to either lead him into temptation or even kill him outright before his time.

But Christ had a league of angels always at his side to protect him until the appointed time with the cross. After the trial and judgment was passed on Jesus, and he was hanging on the cross, Christ felt it when God redrew his hand of protection and removed the angels from their appointed post, so that the Son of Man could be slaughtered as a Lamb for the Sacrifice. Had the angels remained with Christ he could not have been captured and crucified.

Christ cried, “My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” and gave up the Ghost, or his Spirit, which every human has.

By now, the skies were black, thunder rolled, and the heavy curtain in the temple that protected the Holy of Holies, ripped from top to bottom. It was not yet evening yet darkness covered the land, graves were opened and the dead walked the Earth.

And the graves were opened; and many bodies of the saints which slept arose, Matthew 27:52

This took place on a holy day, the Passover, which was on a Wednesday afternoon. As was customary with the Jews’ religious customs, they could not handle an unclean thing on the Sabbath, which began after sunset and a dead body was the most unclean thing there was. There was no time to cleanse the body of blood and anoint it with oil; they only had time to put a shroud about the body and to lay it in a rock tomb.

As the Passover occurred over several days, Wednesday eve thru Friday eve and then the real Sabbath, the eve on Saturday thru morning on Sunday which made three nights and three days, no one could touch the body until after sunrise Sunday Morning. So a heavy boulder was placed in front of the tomb and Pilate ordered two Roman soldiers to guard the tomb.

Sunday morning, early, Mary Magdalene hurried to the tomb so that she could properly dress the body for burial. She was alone and she intended to have the guards roll the heavy stone away from the tomb’s entrance so that she could enter the tomb.

But when she arrived, there was an earthquake and an angel rolled away the stone, the angel spoke to them saying, “I know you have come for Jesus, but he is not here. He is risen as he said.” Matthew chapter 28.

Christ remained on the Earth for another forty days, then he was taken up into Heaven and an angel appeared saying that He would return in like manner.