In ancient times, Jacob [Israel] was about to die of old age. Joseph brought his two grandsons to receive a blessing, as their custom was. “And Joseph brought them [Ephraim and Manasseh] out from between his knees, and he bowed himself with his face to the earth. And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near unto him. And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly: for Manasseh was the firstborn. And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my father’s Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day, The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads: and let MY NAME [Israel] be named on them, and the name of my father’s Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. And 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. And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put your right hand upon his head [Manasseh]. And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he [Manasseh] also shall become a people, and he also shall BE GREAT: but truly his younger brother [Ephraim] shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations” (Genesis 48: 12-19).
Two brothers: one was to become the greatest single nation on earth, while the other was to become a COMMONWEALTH of nations. They were blood-brothers, looked alike, acted alike, etc. When would this be fulfilled? At one point, Great Britain, our blood-brother, controlled 66 nations on earth. At that time the population was one- billion people. Out of that one-billion, they controlled 700,000 of those people. After World War II, the United States became the most powerful nation on earth. The British crown sterling was the primary currency for over 150 years, until the U.S. dollar became the primary currency of the world. The Communist United Nation set up a program to make colonies independent. Before they could learn self rule, Communists overthrew them. This reduced their status on the world scene. The next target was the United States. Satan knew these promises to Joseph’s sons’, therefore, he waited for the precise time in history to seek to destroy them.
Notice the time table God had decreed for the fulfillment of their greatness and destruction: “And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days. … Joseph is a fruitful bought, even a fruitful bought by a well; whose branches run over the wall: The archers [Communists, Islamists; etc] have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: But his bow [military] abode in strength, and the arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob; (from thence is the shepherd, the stone of Israel:) Even by the God of your father, who shall help you; and by the Almighty, who shall bless you with the blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lies under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb: The blessings of your father have prevailed … they shall be on the head of Joseph, and on the crown of the head of him that was separate from his brethren” (Genesis 49:1, 22-26).
The fulfillment would be in the LAST DAYS – TODAY! It would be passed to Joseph’s two sons. That is why Great Britain and the United States received so much wealth! It wasn’t because of their national achievement, but Jesus Christ PROMISED it to them.
Notice further proof: “Now the sons of Reuben the firstborn of Israel, (for he was the firstborn; but, forasmuch as he defiled his father’s bed, his birthright was given unto the sons of Joseph the son of Israel: and the genealogy is not to be reckoned after the birthright. For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him the chief ruler [Christ]; but the BIRTHRIGHT WAS JOSEPH’S)” (I Chronicles 5:1-2).
Joseph’s two sons did inherent the enormous wealth of any two nations on earth at the END OF THE AGE!!! These two sons of Joseph were Great Britain and the United States – Ephraim and Manasseh. Because of turning our backs upon God and sinning, we are losing that wealth and status in the eyes of the world. Britain has lost her colonies, which was a great source of her wealth. The United States is losing her greatness to Communism and Islam. You cannot understand history properly unless you know who the players are!!!