Manasseh is the United States of America
by Peter Salemi
The USA is the greatest Superpower that the world has ever known. Can the Bible ignore such a Great Nation such as this? If the Bible recognizes tiny insignificant nations, how could it leave out the greatest nation of all? It does NOT!
The book of Genesis
The Covenant God made with Abraham of being a father of "many nations," was passed on to Isaac. Rebekah, Isaac's wife, her seed was to posses the "Gates" of their enemies. This got passed on to Jacob. Jacob was prophesied to become and "nation and a company of Nations" (Gen 35:11). Then when Jacob was about to die, he passed the birthright on to Joseph's two sons Ephraim and Manasseh. As 1 Chronicles says, "For Judah prevailed above his brethren, and of him came the chief ruler; but the birthright was Joseph's:)" (5:2).
Genesis 48, Jacob crossed his hands to his two grandsons, and said, "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." (v.16). This was a global promise! This promised God made to Abraham, Paul said, "For the promise, that he should be the heir of the world, was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith." (Romans 4:13).
Of Manasseh Jacob said, "he also shall become a people [Strong's# 5971 "am" tribe, Nation] and he also shall be great" (v.19).Manasseh was to become a a "Great Nation." This was never fulfilled in the promised land. This prophecy was for the "latter days." (Gen 49:1).
In Genesis 48, Jacob was so happy to see not only Joseph, but his two grandsons Ephraim and Manasseh. Jacob being so thankful, he said, "And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine" (v.5). He elevated Joseph's two sons to the level of them being his sons, and not grandsons. The Cyclopedia of Bible, Theological and Ecclesiastical Literature, says, "That blessing was an adoptive act, whereby Ephraim and his brother Manasseh were counted as sons of Jacob, in the place of their father; the object being to give to Joseph, through his sons, a double portion in the brilliant prospects of his house. Thus the descendants of Joseph formed two of the tribes of Israel, whereas every other of Jacob's sons counted but as one. There were thus, in fact, thirteen tribes of Israel; but the number twelve is usually preserved, either by excluding that of Levi (which had no territory) when Ephraim and Manasseh are separately named, or by counting these two together as the tribe of Joseph when Levi is included in the account" (under article "Ephraim" emphasis added). Once adopted and counted on the same level as the others, the birthright blessing was given to them, and the name of Israel, "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." (v.16). These two tribes bore the name "Israel." These two tribes were made the leader tribes of all twelve.
In Genesis chapter 49, Jacob prophesied one by one what each tribe would receive in the "latter days" (v.1). When he got to Joseph he said, "Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well; whose branches run over the wall:
"The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him:
"But his bow 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 thy father, who shall help thee; and by the Almighty, who shall bless thee with blessings of heaven above, blessings of the deep that lieth under, blessings of the breasts, and of the womb:
"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 the head of him that was separate [margin "chief"] from his brethren." (vv.22-26).
Major Points of this Prophecy:
One more prophecy is made by Moses. This was similar to Jacob's prophecy. Moses said, "And of Joseph he said, Blessed of the LORD be his land, for the precious things of heaven, for the dew, and for the deep that coucheth beneath,
"And for the precious fruits brought forth by the sun, and for the precious things put forth by the moon,
"And for the chief things of the ancient mountains, and for the precious things of the lasting hills,
"And for the precious things of the earth and fulness thereof, and for the good will of him that dwelt in the bush: let the blessing come upon the head of Joseph, and upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren.
"His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns: with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth: and they are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh." (Deut 33:13-17). Verses 13-16 are basically the same as Jacob's prophecy. The last verse however, is added by Moses. He says, "His glory is like the firstling of his bullock, and his horns are like the horns of unicorns" This means, "The oxen are Joseph's sons, all of whom were strong, but the firstborn excelled the rest, and was endowed with majesty" (Pulpit Commentary). "The ox is a common emblem of power and strength." (Barnes). Clarke's Commentary says, "it is well known that in Scriptural language horns are the emblem of strength, glory, and sovereignty; Psa_75:5, Psa_75:10; Psa_89:17, Psa_89:24; Psa_112:9; Dan_8:3, etc.; Luk_1:69; Rev_17:3, etc." So "By his strong power, Ephraim should thrust down nations, even the most distant." (Pulpit Commentary). However it is, "Ephraim was the most powerful of them all. He was endowed with majesty; his horns, the strong weapon of oxen, in which all their strength is concentrated, were not the horns of common oxen, but horns of the wild buffalo (reem, Num_23:22), that strong indomitable beast (cf. Job_39:9.; Psa_22:22). With them he would thrust down nations, the ends of the earth, i.e., the most distant nations (vid., Psa_2:8; Psa_7:9; Psa_22:28). 'Together,' i.e., all at once, belongs rhythmically to 'the ends of the earth.' Such are the myriads of Ephraim, i.e., in such might will the myriads of Ephraim arise." (K&D Commentary, emphasis added). All of Joseph's people are strong as the ox, but Ephraim was positioned as the "firstborn," and the first born has the most strength (Gen 49:3). This is why they "are the ten thousands of Ephraim, and they are the thousands of Manasseh." Ephraim's empire would be ten times the size of Manasseh's empire. But Manasseh would also be strong military power as well. This power got transferred from Ephraim to Manasseh, as Jacob said, "he set Ephraim before Manasseh" (Gen 48:20). Ephraim was to receive this blessing first, then Manasseh.
Micah also predicted this great military strength, "And the remnant of Jacob shall be in the midst of many people as a dew from the LORD, as the showers upon the grass, that tarrieth not for man, nor waiteth for the sons of men.
"And the remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the flocks of sheep: who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver.
"Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off." (5:7-9). God said, "...and Israel is the rod of his inheritance: the LORD of hosts is his name...Thou art my battle axe and weapons of war: for with thee will I break in pieces the nations, and with thee will I destroy kingdoms;" (Jer 51:19-20).With this strength Moses said, "he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth:" The word "push" should read "govern." They would rule over many nations "all at once" even to the ends of the earth. They were to govern the world! And they were to govern by God Laws, "For I know him, that he will command his children and his household 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." (Gen 18:19).
Clues from our National Heraldry
The fact that America began with
13 colonies, and that America's Great Seal has numerous sets of 13 on
it, has convinced some that there was a reason for this number 13 being
used in connection with Manasseh — the
13th tribe of Israel. The reverse face of the Great Seal (seen on the
back of a U.S. dollar bill) displays a pyramid with 13 steps; and atop
the pyramid is an "all-seeing eye," representing the "eye of God." The
obverse face shows an eagle holding in its right claws an olive branch
(representing peace), having 13 leaves and 13 olive berries. In its left
talons, the eagle is holding 13 arrows (representing its power to
fight). Furthermore, on the eagle's breast is a shield, having 13 bars
and 13 stripes, representing the 13 original British colonies. Above the
eagle's head are 13 stars within a cloud of glory, and in his mouth is a
scroll bearing 13 letters — E
PLURIBUS UNUM! Thus the number 13 is stamped all over Americas Great
Seal. Did Almighty God have a hand in seeing to it that the
Let's notice some of the
particulars from the Great Seal in light of a few verses. Eagle: "You
have seen what I did to the Egyptians, and how I bore you on eagles'
wings and brought you to Myself" (Ex. 19:4). Remember, as mentioned
previously, that Thomas Jefferson and Benjamin Franklin both wanted an
Exodus theme on the seal. Olive branch:
When we remember that the mother
of Ephraim and Manasseh was an Egyptian (Gen. 41:45), it is amazing to
find the main symbol of ancient
The Exodus & the Promised Land
In the days of Joshua when the land was being allotted to each tribe, Joseph said to Joshua, "Why hast thou given me but one lot and one portion to inherit, seeing I am a great people, forasmuch as the LORD hath blessed me hitherto?" The tribe of Joseph were the strength of Israel. In the wilderness during the census, we see that Ephraim and Manasseh, "The sons of Joseph after their families were Manasseh and Ephraim." (Num 26:28), were the second most populous tribe next to Judah. Numbers the first chapter reveals them combined as 72,700 of able men twenty year old and upward. The second census in Numbers 26 shows them to be the most populous tribe combined as 85,200 with a dramatic increase of Manasseh, by 20,500, but a decrease in Ephraim by 8,000. By the time they got to the promised land, Joseph was a "great people."
These are the tribes of Manasseh: "Of the sons of Manasseh: of Machir, the family of the Machirites: and Machir begat Gilead: of Gilead come the family of the Gileadites.
"These are the sons of Gilead: of Jeezer, the family of the Jeezerites: of Helek, the family of the Helekites:
"And of Asriel, the family of the Asrielites: and of Shechem, the family of the Shechemites:
"And of Shemida, the family of the Shemidaites: and of Hepher, the family of the Hepherites.
"And Zelophehad the son of Hepher had no sons, but daughters: and the names of the daughters of Zelophehad were Mahlah, and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah." (Numbers 26:29-33)
When the Israelites were in the wilderness before entering into the promised land, half of Manasseh decided to stay on the east side of the Jordon River. "And Moses gave unto them, even to the children of Gad, and to the children of Reuben, and unto half the tribe of Manasseh the son of Joseph, the kingdom of Sihon king of the Amorites, and the kingdom of Og king of Bashan, the land, with the cities thereof in the coasts, even the cities of the country round about...And the children of Machir the son of Manasseh went to Gilead, and took it, and dispossessed the Amorite which was in it...And Moses gave Gilead unto Machir the son of Manasseh; and he dwelt therein...And Jair the son of Manasseh went and took the small towns thereof, and called them Havoth-jair." (Number 32:33, 39-41). Gilead was a son of Machir, "and Machir begat Gilead: of Gilead come the family of the Gileadites." (Num 26:29). So Machir, Gliead and Jair, these sub-tribes receive the eastern part of the Jordon River and were known as East Manasseh.
West Manasseh was given to the rest of the tribe, "The western portion of land, allotted to the tribe of Manasseh, was divided into ten portions because the male descendants who had sons consisted of five families, to which, consequently, five shares were given; and the sixth family, namely, the posterity of Hepher, being all women, the five daughters of Zelophehad were, on application to the valuators, endowed each with an inheritance in land (see on Num_27:4)." (JFB Commentary). Joshua 17:2-6 says, "There was also a lot for the rest of the children of Manasseh by their families; for the children of Abiezer, and for the children of Helek, and for the children of Asriel, and for the children of Shechem, and for the children of Hepher, and for the children of Shemida: these were the male children of Manasseh the son of Joseph by their families.
"But Zelophehad, the son of Hepher, the son of Gilead, the son of Machir, the son of Manasseh, had no sons, but daughters: and these are the names of his daughters, Mahlah, and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.
"And they came near before Eleazar the priest, and before Joshua the son of Nun, and before the princes, saying, The LORD commanded Moses to give us an inheritance among our brethren. Therefore according to the commandment of the LORD he gave them an inheritance among the brethren of their father.
"And there fell ten portions to Manasseh, beside the land of Gilead and Bashan, which were on the other side Jordan;
"Because the daughters of Manasseh had an inheritance among his sons: and the rest of Manasseh's sons had the land of Gilead." Once source says, "This territory on the east of Jordan was more valuable and of larger extent than all that was allotted to the nine and a half tribes in the land of Palestine. It is sometimes called 'the land of Gilead,' and is also spoken of as 'on the other side of Jordan.' The portion given to the half tribe of Manasseh was the largest on the east of Jordan. It embraced the whole of Bashan. It was bounded on the south by Mahanaim, and extended north to the foot of Lebanon. Argob, with its sixty cities, that 'ocean of basaltic rocks and boulders tossed about in the wildest confusion,' lay in the midst of this territory." (Easton's Bible Dictionary, article "Manasseh" emphasis added). One could call East Manasseh "Greater," Manasseh, and West Manasseh "Lesser" Manasseh. What is interesting, is, when these tribes end up in the land of their inheritance in the "latter days" these same tribes end up in the east part and the west part of their new land once again!
Settlement of tribes in the Promised land.
Manasseh settled on the East and the West side of the Jordon River.
East Manasseh consisted of Machir, Gilead and Yair
West Manesseh consisted of Abiezer, Helek, Asriel, Shechem, Hepher, Shemida and the daughters of Zelophehad, Mahlah, and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah.
Exile in Assyria
God began "to cut Israel short" (2 Kings 10:32). Israel's blessings were beginning to be stripped from them. God told his prophet years before, "For the LORD shall smite Israel, as a reed is shaken in the water, and he shall root up Israel out of this good land, which he gave to their fathers, and shall scatter them beyond the [Euphrates] river, because they have made their groves, provoking the LORD to anger." (1 Kings 14:15). Israel was in a state of sin on a national level because of Jeroboam's sin, of setting up the calf's in Dan and Beersheba, and setting up his own priesthood, (see 1 Kings 12). "And he shall give Israel up because of the sins of Jeroboam, who did sin, and who made Israel to sin." (1 Kings 14:16). "Thy calf, O Samaria, hath cast thee off; mine anger is kindled against them:" (Hosea 8:5).
So the Assyrians came in, in many waves of invasions. The first wave in 734 B.C., they took the Galilean tribes of, Asher, Naphtali, Issachar and Zebulon, see 2 Kings 15:29. In the Parallel account in 1 Chronicles 5:26, Reuben, Gad, and the half tribe of Manasseh were taken as well.
In the Assyrian inscriptions we read of this invasion: "The cities of ...Gala'za, Abikka, which are on the border of Bit-Humria [house of Omri]...the whole land of Naphtali, in its entirety brought within the border of Assyria. My official I set over them as governor..."
And again: "The land of Bit-Humeria [Israel was named after this king to the Assyrians, explained later]...all of its people together with their goods I carried off to Assyria...Pakaha [Pekah], their king they disposed, and I places Ausi as King...and to Assyria I carried them" (Thomas, pp.17-18). These statements absolutely corroborate the Bible. He gave no number, but its obvious he took all of the Galilean tribes captive. The words like "all of its people," and the "whole land of Naphtali," indicates he took them all away. As God said he would, "...And God said unto him, Call her name Loruhamah: for I will no more have mercy upon the house of Israel; but I will utterly take them away." (Hosea 1:6)
The second invasion is in 2 Kings 17:5-6. In these two verses, two separate Kings of Assyria are described. In verse 5 Shalmaneser King of Assyria besieged "all the land" and the the "city of Samaria." "Against him came up Shalmaneser king of Assyria...Then the king of Assyria came up throughout all the land, and went up to Samaria, and besieged it three years." (vv.3, 5). During this siege of Samaria Shalmaneser died and Sargon took over, (see Sayce, Assyria, It's Princes, Priests and People, p.48). The state recorder of the book of Kings could not have known that, that's why its not recorded in the Bible. The state recorder was being attacked at the time by the Assyrians.
When we look at the records of Sargon, he himself says, "In the beginning of my reign the city of Samaria I besieged I captured...27, 280 of its inhabitants I carried away" (The Assyrian Invasions and the Deportations of Israel, by Thomas p.23) This is not an entire nation. Israel was much more than 27, 280 people. And as Sargon himself states, he just besieged a CITY NOT A NATION! So verse 6, "In the ninth year of Hoshea the king of Assyria [Sargon] took Samaria..." This was the time when God said, "will cause to cease the kingdom of the house of Israel." (Hosea 1:4). Now he "carried Israel away into Assyria, and placed them in Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes." Was this Sargon or Shalmaneser? Neither! There was another invasion by Esarhaddon in 669 B.C. Evidence?
In 2 Kings 17:24, it shows that the King of Assyria imported gentile people in Samaria: "And the king of Assyria brought men from Babylon, and from Cuthah, and from Ava, and from Hamath, and from Sepharvaim, and placed them in the cities of Samaria instead of the children of Israel: and they possessed Samaria, and dwelt in the cities thereof." There's a problem. These people are NOT the same people that Sargon imported from other nations. The Assyrian Chronicles read: "The conqueror of the Thamudites, the Ibadidites, the Marsiminites and the Khapaijans the remainder of whom was carried away, and whom he transported to the midst of the land of Beth-Omri [Israel]...One comparing the peoples here mentioned with those enumerated in 2 Kings 17:24, they do not appear to be the same peoples, which goes to confirm the conviction that it was not Sargon who imported the tribes mentioned in verse 24..."(Thomas pp.23-24, emphasis added). This shows that there had to be a fourth Invasion of the Land of Israel!
Mr. Thomas makes an interesting point about Chapter 17. He shows that the great editor of the Bible Ezra, added a few words here and there to show what happened at the siege of Samaria.: "The official state records of the Kingdom of Israel ceased with the fall of the kingdom. What was the last entry of the records? It was verse 5 of chapter 17...(ibid., p.24, emphasis added). For reasons already stated, he could not write down what was happening anymore, Samaria was under attack. But in verse 6 we see an interesting statement about the deportation, this phrase, "and the cities of the Medes." These words are important to us, for it shows us the time frame for when these words were written. "This proves that this verse was not written during the siege of Samaria, but the earliest several years afterwards...for a simple reason Media in 721 did not belong to the Assyrians...These words were written long years after, by Ezra" (ibid., p.25, emphasis added).
Other phrases for Ezra being the one who wrote the later verses of chapter 17 is the phrase that God "removed out of his sight," Israel, in verse 23. This is talking about the land of Israel, see Deuteronomy 11:12. The same expression is found in Jeremiah 7:15: "And I will cast you [Judah] out of my sight, as I have cast out all your brethren, even the whole seed of Ephraim." Sargon only took 27,280 people away, not the "whole seed of Ephraim." So it points to a latter date.
Another interesting phrase that points to Ezra is the phrase "So was Israel carried away out of their own land to Assyria unto this day" (2 Kings 17:23). This again shows that this did not happen in 721 to 718 B.C. For the Bible shows that there was still Israelites in the land after the invasion of Samaria: "And Hezekiah sent to all Israel and Judah, and wrote letters also to Ephraim and Manasseh, that they should come to the house of YHWH at Jerusalem, to keep the Passover unto YHWH God of Israel...So they established a decree to make proclamation throughout all Israel, from Beersheba even to Dan, that they should come to keep the Passover unto YHWH God of Israel at Jerusalem: for they had not done it of a long time in such sort as it was written...So the posts went with the letters from the king and his princes throughout all Israel and Judah, and according to the commandment of the king, saying, Ye children of Israel, turn again unto YHWH God of Abraham, Isaac, and Israel, and he will return to the remnant of you, that are escaped out of the hand of the kings of Assyria...So the posts passed from city to city through the country of Ephraim and Manasseh even unto Zebulun: but they laughed them to scorn, and mocked them... Nevertheless divers of Asher and Manasseh and of Zebulun humbled themselves, and came to Jerusalem" (2 Chronicles 30:1, 5, 6, 10-11, see also verses 18, 25; 2 Chronicles 31:1, 6). This is just after the fall of Samaria, and there are still Israelites in the land that escaped the invasions. Now we come to the next invasion of Israel.
Esar-haddon son of Sennacherib was the invading king of Israel that Ezra knew
about, that the state recorder could not have known. Though his name is not
mentioned in the book of kings, we can see
from the Assyrian inscriptions and the Encyclopedia Britannica that he was the King that invaded and deported Israel.
2 Chronicles 33:11 the invasion takes place: "Wherefore YHWH brought
upon them the captains of the host of the king of Assyria [Esar-Haddon] , which
took Manasseh among the thorns,
and bound him with fetters, and carried him to Babylon." Thomas says: "There is no explanation why Judah was not annexed by Esar-Haddon. Further it would appear that no Jewish captives were deported" (ibid., p.31). After this campaign he brought foreigners into the land of Samaria, "In accord with the accepted policy of the Assyrian kings, Esar-Haddon removed the Israelites, and into their emptied land made a wholesale importation of gentiles [now called Samaritans]" (ibid., p.31). We also find in Ezra 4:2, that the Samaritans themselves stated that they were brought in by Esarhaddon: "...Esarhaddon king of Assur, which brought us up hither." But why wasn't the northern ten tribes of the house of Israel mentioned in the book of Chronicles in this invasion? The book of Chronicles is a history about the HOUSE OF JUDAH, NOT ISRAEL, as Halley's Bible Handbook explains: "[The book of] Kings gives a parallel account of the northern and the southern kingdoms, while Chronicles confines itself to the southern kingdom. Chronicles seems to be concerned primarily with the kingdom of David and bringing his line down to date" (p.214, emphasis added). But we find in other books of the Bible and authentic history that the northern kingdom was taken by Esarhaddon. Also notice that king Manasseh was taken captive to "Babylon." In 2 Kings 17:24, it mentions the people of Babylon being transported to the northern kingdom by the king of Assyria, so now we have the right time frame. The "King of Assyria" in 2 Kings 17:24 is Esarhaddon!
This campaign took place in 672 B.C.: "This event [the invasion of Israel] may possibly be dated to the year 672 B.C. at the time when Esar-Haddon introduced a series of vassal treaties at the ceremony of the induction of the crown prince Ashurbanipal. Representatives of all countries which owed allegiance to Assyria were brought together at the royal palace at Nineveh and they were bound with particularly fearful oaths to support the crown prince after the death of his father" (International Bible Commentary, p.483, emphasis added). Here you have the motive for the invasion of Israel. They did not want to pledge allegiance to Ashurbanipal.
Now Esarhaddon died in 669 B.C.. The Campaign started in 672 B.C. and the invasion finished when he died in 669 B.C. "A very interesting explanation of this passage [Ezra 4:2], has been recently obtained from the Assyrian sculptures on a large cylinder...there is inscribed a long perfect copy of the annals of Esar-Haddon, in which the details are given of a large deportation of Israelites from Palestine, and a consequent settlement of Babylonian colonists in their place [see 2 Kings 17:24]. It is a striking confirmation of the statement made in this passage...Esar-Haddon removed Babylonians to Samaria...The complete overthrow of the Israelitish Kingdom DID NOT take place TILL ESAR-HADDON Made the invasion of Judea and carried Manasseh prisoner to Babylon and made a conquest of the WHOLE NORTHERN PORTION OF JUDEA [Northern Israel] by those military followers of Babylon, Cutah etc...When returning to Assyria, he left behind to colonize the cities of SAMARIA formerly occupied by the Children of Israel" (JFB Critical, Experimental and Practical Commentary, p.589, emphasis added). Esar-Haddon fulfilled Hosea's prophecy that Israel would no longer be a people in Palestine as Thomas explains: "This statement that they were placed [the gentiles] in the cities of Samaria' instead of Israel' implies a great deportation of Israel, and that Israel was no longer 'a people' in Palestine" (Deportation of Israel, p.32). 734-669 B.C. is 65 years. Isaiah prophesied that Israel would be taken away in a 65 year span of time, "...within threescore and five years shall Ephraim be broken, that it be not a people" (Isaiah 7:8). So East Manasseh got taken in 734 B.C. West Manasseh got taken during the fall of Samaria in 718 B.C. and 669 B.C. during Esar-Haddon's invasions.
The Land of Exile
Now we get to the land where the Israelites were taken, in "Halah and in Habor by the river of Gozan, and in the cities of the Medes." The Assyrian record says, ": "...the border of BIT-HUMRIA...the whole land of Napthali...The land of BIT-HUMRIA...all its people together...I carried off to Assyria..."(Ancient Records of Assyria and Babylon, D.D. Lucenbill, p.292, emphasis added). The land of Israel was called "Bit-Humria." This was named after king Omri of Israel. The Assyrians did not call them Israelites as a whole, but the "Humri."
The Britannica admits:"...the land [of Israel] continued to be known to the Assyrians down to the time of Sargon as the house of Omri..." (11th edition, vol.20, p.105, emphasis added).
There is a lot of evidence supporting the fact that the Assyrians called Israel by other names: "...letters covering the sweep of the Empire in the seventh century [time of Israel's captivity] contain references to captive Israelites...However owing to the relevant texts being mixed up in complete disorder among so many others, the early translators failed to recognize references to the Israelites in about a dozen tablets. Contributing to the fact that WE NOW KNOW that the Assyrians called the ISRAELITES BY OTHER NAMES" (RF. Harper, Assyrian and Babylonian Letters, and Waterman, The Royal Correspondence of the Assyrian Empire, p.101, emphasis added). Israel became the "Humri" in the land of the Assyrians before and after they got taken away.
In any number of languages, the h is silent. However, in other languages the h has a hard sound, pronounced by forcing the sharp sound against the hard palate, as in the English word "how." In some languages, such as German, the h can be pronounced quite similarly to the English k. Thus "Bit Humri" was pronounced by some "Kumri" and by the Greeks "Kimri," "Cimri" or "Gymri." Raymond Capt in his book Missing Links in Assyrian Tablets, demonstrates this fact pertaining to the Assyrians: "Above the scene is written in Assyrian cuneiform script: 'The tribute to Jehu (Iaua) son of Khumri (Omri)...' The Hebrew name 'Omri' is represented in Assyrian transliteration as 'Gh' or 'Kh.' The Israelites would naturally pronounce 'Omri' 'Ghomri' which became 'Khumri' in Assyrian...The Assyrian name 'Khumri,' used to denote the Israelites is also found in the annals (records) of King Tiglath-Pileser III concerning his invasion of Israel...Sargon II (722-705 B.C.) also makes mention of the 'Khumri' in his record of the capture of Samaria. He refers to himself as the conqueror of 'Bit-Khumri'...Letter 112...reveals the names of the inhabitants of Gamir as 'Gamera' and further identified them as 'CIMMERIANS.' The texts of the preceding tablets reveal the Israelites, originally known to the Assyrians, as 'Khumri,'...In captivity the Israelites were renamed 'Gamira,' 'Gamera' and FINALLY CIMMERIANS''' (pp.99, 115, emphasis added).
Also, in the Old Testament, the people of
Israel were generally called the "House of Israel" (Heb. beit Yisrael) and,
quite frequently, the "House of Jacob" (Heb. beit Ya'akov). However, they were
referred to as the "House of Isaac" (Heb. beit Yitzak, Amos 7:16). About 751 B.C. (30 years before the Assyrian deportation of the northern tribes to Media) the Prophet Amos said, "The high places [idolatrous shrines] of Isaac shall be desolate, and the sanctuaries of Israel [at Dan and Bethel] shall be laid waste" (v. 9). In that scripture, "Isaac" and "Israel" both refer to the same people--the people of Israel. Amos also stated, "And the LORD said to me, 'Go, prophesy to My people [the Northern Kingdom of] Israel'" (v. 15). Amos then told Amaziah, king of Judah, "Now therefore, hear the word of the LORD: You [Amaziah] say 'Do not prophesy against Israel, and do not spout against the HOUSE OF ISAAC'" (v. 16). Notice that the people of the Kingdom of Israel were being called the "House of Isaac" a few decades before the Northern Kingdom was destroyed and its people taken captive. Those Israelites would have told their captors that they were the people of "Beit Yitzak." Since the Assyrian language was a Semitic tongue akin to the Hebrew language, the Assyrians may well have referred to the captives of the House of Israel by not only the name "House of Omri," but also the "House of Isaac"!
Notice what the Assyrians (whose court language was Semitic) did with the word Israel (Heb. Yisra'el). Notice how they referred to King Ahab of Israel in ancient documents: "A-ha-ab-bu Sir-'i-la-a-a" (cf. Pritchard, Ancient Near Eastern Texts Relating to the Old Testament, pp. 277-281). They clearly dropped the Yi from Yisra'el (or the "I" from Israel)! Wouldn't the same be true of Yitzak? Based on all we've seen, more than likely! The Yi would be dropped, leaving Tzak (or the "I" dropped, leaving Saac or the plural Saccae). Ptolemy's maps of the area of the Exile reveal the Israelite names of the towns and cities. One region is called "Sacarum Regio" "Kingdom of the Sacae." "SACCAE was the contemporary Middle Eastern term for Scyth and the name is believed to be a DERIVATIVE OF 'ISAAC'" (The Tribes, Davidy, p. 128, emphasis added). Herodotus writes, "The Sacae, who are Scythians... These were Amyrgian Scythians, but were called Sacae; that is the Persian name for all Scythians." (bk.7 chpt.64.v2). What two tribes had the name of Isaac primarily on them? Ephraim and Manasseh (Gen 48:16). These were the two leader tribes especially Ephraim. So the time of their captivity, the two names of the Cimmerians [Humri] and the Scythians [Sacae] appear. These were the exiled Israelites!
"cities of the Medes"-"According to these clear words of the text, the places to which the ten tribes were banished are not to be sought for in Mesopotamia, but in provinces of Assyria and Media....on the eastern side of the Tigris near Adiabene, to the north of Nineveh on the border of Armenia. חָבֹור is not the כְּבָר in Upper Mesopotamia ...Here in northern Assyria we also find both a mountain called Χαβώρας, according to Ptol. vi. 1, on the boundary of Assyria and Media, and the river Chabor, called by Yakut in the Moshtarik l-hsnîh (Khabur Chasaniae), to distinguish it from the Mesopotamian Chaboras or Chebar...The river Gozan or of Gozan is therefore distinct from חָבֹור (Khabur), and to be sought for in the district in which Gauzani'a, the city of Media mentioned by Ptol. (vi. 2), was situated. In all probability it is the river which is called Kisil (the red) Ozan at the present day, the Mardos of the Greeks, which takes its rise to the south-east of the Lake Urumiah and flows into the Caspian Sea, and which is supposed to have formed the northern boundary of Media.
Halah- "The name appears in Chalcitis (Ptolemy, 5:18), and Gla, a mound on the upper Khabour (2Ki_17:6). A Median district and city." (Faucette Bible Dictionary)
Habor-" Habor is the mount Chobaras of the same; from which mountain, as you go to the Caspian sea, about midway, is the city Gauzania, the same with Gozan, which might give name to this river (b). The Jews say (c), this is the river Sambation,..;Vid. Witsium de 10 Trib. Israel. c. 4. sect. 2. (c) Rambam apud Eliam in Tishbi, p. 134."(Gill's Commentary).
Gozan-Ptolemy, in his description of Medias, mentions a town called Gauzania (Geogr. 6:2, 10), situated between the Zagros mountains and the Caspian Sea. Bochart (Opp. 1:194) and others (so Rosenmüller, Bibl. Geogr. I, 2:102).
The Encyclopedia Americana records the Scythians arrived in the region of South Russia “about 700 B.C.” (Vol. 24 p.471) An historian of the Scythians, Tamara Talbot Rice, wrote the following: “The Scythians did not become a recognizable national entity… before the eighth century B.C…by the seventh century B.C. they had established themselves firmly in southern Russia…Assyrian documents place their appearance…on the shores of Lake Urmia [just south of Armenia] in the time of King Sargon (722-705 B.C.) a date which closely corresponds with that of the first establishment of the first group of Scythians in southern Russia.” (The Scythians pp.19-20, 44).
The Behistun Rock that links two Peoples
In Iran there is an inscription called the Behistun Rock that was made during the time of Darius the Mede. The inscription is written in 3 different languages, Babylonian, Elamite and Persian
|The Behistun Rock helps us to understand our Celtic (Cimmerian) and
Anglo-Saxon (Scythian) Heritage. They list 23 different provinces which
then constituted the Persian Empire (520 B.C.) According to the
translation by LW King and RC Thomson, the 19th province listed, in the
Persian Language, that province is called "Scythia" (phonetic: Sakka)
and Susian (Median). But in the Babylonian language, that Same
province is called "the land of the Cimmerians" (phonetic: Gimiri). This
shows that the Cimmerians and the Scythians were one and the same
Notice the following extract from The History of Herodotus:
"The ethnic name of Gimiri first occurs in the cuneiform records of the
time of Darius Hystapses [Darius I], as the Semitic equivalent of the
Arian name Saka [Sacae = Scythians = Saxons].... The nation spoken of
contained at this time two divisions, the eastern branch, named Humurga...
and the [western branch] Tigrakkuda or 'archers,' who [shared a common
border]... with the Assyrians" (translated by G. Rawlinson, H. Rawlinson
feature of the Behistun Rock inscriptions is King Darius, in royal
attire and surrounded by captives. Around the captives are five main
panels, twenty in all. The first panel contains 19 paragraphs and 96
lines. Each paragraph commences with the words: “I am Darius, the king
of kings, the king of Persia.” The second panel has 16 paragraphs and 96
lines; over each figure is a brief history of the man and the tribe he
represents. The tenth panel is most interesting to a Bible student
because it speaks of “Sarocus,” the Sacan, who has the HEBREW FORM OF A
“Most noteworthy is King Darius majestically standing before nine persons united by a rope around their necks and their hands fastened behind their backs ( as seen in Photograph above). A tenth man is prostrate on his back; the right foot of the king is upon his body. Now two of the prisoners are dressed alike. Some of them have short tunics, others have long flowing robes. They are evidently the HEAD CHIEFS OF THE TEN TRIBES OF ISRAEL. The word “Kana” occurs 28 times in the inscription and the word “Armenia” also occurs frequently. This is the area from which the prisoners were taken - the very area where the ten tribes of Israel had been placed by the Assyrians” (Missing Links in Assyrian Tablets, by Ray Capt, p.139, emphasis added).
In the Book Missing Links in Assyrian Tablets, Capt says that the Rock shows the Scythians are a "branch of the Gimiri" (p.140).
Davidy says, "A group of Amyrgian Scythians in the time of Darius, king of Persia, were reported as then dwelling on the Tigris [River] banks. They were led by a chief Saku'ka and revolted against the Persian rulers. In a bilingual inscription these Amyrgians are called Saka Humuvashka in Persian and Gimirri Umurgah in Babylonian. Gimirri [in the Babylonian version] means either 'Tribes' or Cimmerians or perhaps both since the Scyths and Cimmerians were originally ONE ENTITY" (The Tribes, Davidy, p. 360, emphasis added).
Sir Henry Rawlinson was also of this opinion: "The identification of the Persian Sacae or Scythians with the people named by the Greeks Kimmerioi [Cimbri = Celts]... would seem highly probable" (Proceedings of the Royal Asiatic Society, May 12, 1849, p. xxi). How about that! Incredibly, history reveals that the Celts (Cimmerians) were merely the western branch of the wide-ranging Scythians!
Madison Grant concurred with this conclusion, writing that the Cimmerians, the Sacae (Saxons) and the Massagetae all sprang from the Scythians (p. 194). So these great peoples, seemingly originating in northern Mesopotamia and in Persia, were basically the same. The Cimmerians (to the west) and the Scythians (to the east--yet always advancing westward upon the Cimmerians) were actually branches of the same great family!
Map of Scythia
European Sarmatia and Asiatic Sarmatia (West and East)
The Amyrgian Scyths & Massagetae is East Manasseh
The Heleucones federation, Thyssagetae, and the Neuri is West Manasseh
The Scythians and the Parthians
The tribes of the Scythians make it very easy to see who these people actually are. Many people do not realize that the names of the sub tribes we read of in the Bible of the tribes of Israel, make it easy for one to trace the Israelites.
The Tribes of Ephraim are, "These are the sons of Ephraim after their families: of Shuthelah, the family of the Shuthalhites: of Becher, the family of the Bachrites: of Tahan, the family of the Tahanites.
"And these are the sons of Shuthelah: of Eran, the family of the Eranites.
"These are the families of the sons of Ephraim according to those that were numbered of them, thirty and two thousand and five hundred. These are the sons of Joseph after their families." (Num 26:35-37).
The Tribes of Manasseh, "Of the sons of Manasseh: of Machir, the family of the Machirites: and Machir begat Gilead: of Gilead come the family of the Gileadites.
"These are the sons of Gilead: of Jeezer, the family of the Jeezerites: of Helek, the family of the Helekites:
"And of Asriel, the family of the Asrielites: and of Shechem, the family of the Shechemites:
"And of Shemida, the family of the Shemidaites: and of Hepher, the family of the Hepherites.
"And Zelophehad the son of Hepher had no sons, but daughters: and the names of the daughters of Zelophehad were Mahlah, and Noah, Hoglah, Milcah, and Tirzah." (Num 26:29-33).
The Tribes of the Sacae, Isaac, or Scythians are the , "Bactriana, Tocharians, Dahea, Massagetea, Saka " (Strabo, Geography 11.8.1) There is also the " Sarmatians (Latin: Sarmatæ or Sauromatæ)" (Ptolemey). Herodotus speaks of the "Amyrgian Scyths" (book 7, chap. 64, v.2), and that the Massagetea "In their dress and mode of living resembled the Scythians" (book.1 chapter 215, v.1).
It does not take an expert to see that the names of the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh are seen in the names of the Parthian-Scythian-Sacae Tribes
Ephraim & Manasseh
|Scythian & Parthian|
|East Manasseh||Massa [Manasseh] getea [Jats, Jutes]|
|Shuthelah||Scoloti Scythians (Heodotus)|
|Eran||Modern name of Iran|
|Aeglah nickname for Ephraim (Hosea 10:11; Jer 31:18)||Aegli in north Bactria (Herodotus 3:92)|
|The daughters of Zelophehad|
|Milcah||Milicertii & Royal Scyths|
|Tirzah||Thyrsa-getae (Pliny N.H. 4:12)|
"The prophecy of Jacob promised that the name of Isaac would remain on the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh, therefore, the "fact that the Scythians bore the name of Isaac (Saka or Sacae) confirms that many of the Scythians were from the tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh" (LTTF, Collins, p.182).
The Parthian and Scythian Empires
In Scythia, the Ephraimites and the Manassites were beginning to break from their Persian masters. Then when Alexander the Great came to power in Persia, the Parthians revolted against the Greek rule as well. The major branches of the Parthians were, "the Scythians clan of the Dahanites [who] had a major role on the origins of Parthia's independence...The Bactrites, the Eranites, and the [or "D"] Tahanites, and their mutual co-operation would have been the backbone of Parthia's strength. The subsequent stability of Parthia argues that its component clans were closely related and had much in common" (ibid, p.211, emphasis added). The Parthians empire was composed of these three clans of Ephraimites. The "Massagetae were one of the foremost tribes of their Scythian kinsmen...history records a very close relationship between the Scythians and the Parthians" (ibid, p.212). It is reasonable to believe that the Scythians were Manasseh and the Parthians were Ephraim.
National Characteristics-The Scythians according to Herodotus abhorred swine and swine's flesh, "... these Scythians make no offerings of swine; nor are they willing for the most part to rear them in their country." (Histories, bk.4 chpt.63). The Scythians claim they are "the youngest of all nations" (ibid, book 4, chpt.5). Israel was born in 1500 B.C. "to the crossing of Darius" was 500B.C.. They like to ride on "horseback" as the "extent of Scythia is very great" (ibid, book 4, chpt.7). They love the wide open land, and ride on horseback much like the cowboys of the old west in the United States. They live as nomads, "The nomadic Scythians inhabiting Asia" (ibid, book.4, chpt.11). These nomads dwelled mainly in tents or wagons. They raised crops and were farmers, but their main talent was in tending livestock: cattle, sheep, goats and especially horses! Sounds a lot like the cowboys of the old west in America
The Scythians were acknowledged to have been the best horsemen of their day, and no cavalrymen could match their skill in fighting. In about 512 B.C., Darius the Great tried to subdue them north of the Danube River and the Black Sea, but he failed. On numerous occasions the Scythians defeated the powerful armies of their enemies—the Assyrians, Persians and Romans. In fact, it was some of the hard-riding, violence-loving Scythian tribes which later laid in the dust the might and glory of Rome!
Archaeological evidence and historical records reveal that the Scythians were fair skinned peoples closely akin to, if not identical to, today’s northwestern Europeans! In fact, archaeologists have discovered burial mounds containing the frozen bodies of Scythian chieftains and their retainers. “The chieftains were exceptionally tall and strong and... racially the Altai [a Scythian tribe] were predominantly [of] European type.... At least one man had black wavy hair and one woman a luxuriant soft pile of dark chestnut tresses. A silver and gilt amphora [vase] discovered in 1862 in a grave at a site called Chertomlyk, also on the Dnieper, bears in relief on its gleaming surface a group of Scythians who could be American wranglers: one is roping a shaggy-maned steed, another is removing hobbles from a saddled horse.... The Budini [another Scythian tribe, were] a powerful people with bright red hair and deep blue eyes....Sometimes the Scythians prepared a sort of haggis [a Scottish dish] by boiling the flesh of a cow in its own skin.
“They were in all respects a passionate people—bearded men with dark, deep-set eyes, weather-cured faces and long wind snarled hair. They drank from the skulls of slain enemies and flaunted the scalps of their foes as trophies. In a time when nations had not yet developed skilled cavalrymen and relied almost entirely on foot soldiers and chariots, the Scythians came riding at the gallop, shooting fusillades of singing arrows from their bows. 'Herodotus also reported that the Scythians liked to get high from marijuana!' ‘In order to cleanse their bodies, the men make a booth by fixing in the ground three sticks inclined toward one another, and stretching around them woolen felts; inside the booth a dish is placed on the ground, into which they put a number of red hot stones, and then add some hemp seed. Immediately it gives out such a vapor as no Greek vapor bath can exceed’” (Frank Trippet, The First Horsemen, Time-Life Books, New York, 1974, pp. 9, 18, 105-106, 112, 122). So the ancient Scythians not only looked like most of the America peoples today, they even appear to have passed on some of their terrible habits to our modern peoples—their descendants.
Greater and Lesser Scythian
Ancient Greeks gave the name Scythia (or Great Scythia) to all the lands of Central Asia in the northern coast of the Black Sea. Little Scythia was the name of the modern Eastern European region. Of Scythia of Central Asia, Herodotus says, "the extent of Scythian is very great" (book 4, chpt.7). The Scythians loved wide open spaces. Manasseh had two lots of land that are wide open on the east and west of Jordon.
Now the tribes of "Little Scythia" in the west are: The Neuri. Noah, one of the daughters of Zelophehad "gave their name to the city of Nauaris on the Don River...In the vicinity of Nauaris were the Scythian group named Neuri...The Nervi in northern Gaul were related to the Neuri...in west Scythia" (Davidy, p.363). Herodotus in book 4 chapters 99-101 describes the western part of Scythian and names the Neuri as one of the tribes.
The Other daughter Tirzah. In Pliny N.H. 4:12 we find the Thyrsa-Getae, or Thyssagetae by Herodotus. He says, " Thyssagetae, a numerous and a separate nation, who live by hunting." (book 4. chapt.22). These were situated to the north on the east side of Lesser Scythia. These were also known as the "Little Getae." As oppose to the "Great Getae" in the east in Greater Scythia.
The other tribes of western Manasseh, Abiezer, Helek, Asriel, Shechem, Hepher, Shemida are found amongst the Heleucones (Tacitus Germania 43) federation, named after Helek. These dwelt in West Scythia.
Greater Scythia was comprised of the Massagetae and the Amyrgian Scyths (Sacae). This name just screams out "American Saxon." These Amyrgian Scythians are called, "The Sacae, who are Scythians, had on their heads tall caps, erect and stiff and tapering to a point; they wore trousers, and carried their native bows, and daggers, and also axes which they call 'sagaris.' These were Amyrgian Scythians, but were called Sacae; that is the Persian name for all Scythians." (Herodotus book 7.chpt.64). All Scythians were called Sacae meaning Isaac. Zuckerman reveals on pp.131, 180, 433, that this name of Amyrgian is recognized as a permutation of the name Machir. (refers to his book A Jewish Princedom in Feudal France).
The Massagetae were also called the "Sacae" (S.G.W Benjamin Persia, p.96). Herodotus writes, "Now the Massagetae are said to be a great and warlike nation" (Rawlinson 1928, 75). As for their army, "Massagetan military technology, who were already essentially a cavalry nation" (article The Getes by Sundeep S. Jhutti, emphasis added). In Fact, In his book The Sarmatians, T. Sulimirski says, "The destruction by Alexander the Great of the Achaemenid (Persian) monarchy and his subsequent conquest of Bactria and Sogdiana in 330-328 BC also influenced the history and development of all the peoples of Central Asia. Neither the Chorasmians nor the Massagetae were subjugated by Alexander, but as a result of having to fight against the highly trained and organized Macedonian army, they developed new military tactics using armoured cavalry, the 'cataphracti'. Some authors think that the Massagetae owed their conquests solely to the use of this armoured cavalry against weaker adversaries (Sulimirski 1970, 81, emphasis added). Is there another entity more famous than the American Calvary?
Another interesting fact about the Massagetae, the eagle-and-arrows symbol was also that of the Scythian Masssagetae. Scythia, was dominated by the Massagetae (Manasseh). The eagle (and the war sign of a clump of arrows) was one of the primary heraldic symbols of the Scythians/Massagetae. The eagle symbolism was not evident in Parthia. Therefore, the eagle and clump of arrows symbolism identifies Scythia not Parthia. (see Davidy, Brit-Am Now"-41). The Primary symbol of the USA is an eagle and arrows!
George Rawlinson also records a major subdivision of the Massagetae were called "Chorasmii." (p.118). To understand this case we must understand that there are ancient root words. Here is CHR. This can be the root words for the Machrites of Manasseh. Another tribe among them was "Yair." "Yair is recalled in Assyrian inscriptions as the Iari who fought on the Euphrates and even to the east of the Euphrates in the far north" (Davidy, 365). The Massagetae are Manasseh!
Scythian and Parthian Migrations After Their Fall
We can trace the migrations of these two great peoples into England through the records of ancient history?
|Herodotus writes, "It
is that the wandering Scythians [Amyrgian Scyths] once dwelt in Asia, and there warred
with the Massagetae,
[East Manasseh] but with ill success; they therefore quitted their
homes, crossed the Araxes,
and entered the land of Cimmeria."
(book.4, chpt.11). Already during the time of Herodotus, the Scythians
[West Manasseh] were moving towards Europe. By the first century, the
Scythians were in Southern Russia and eastern Europe. When Parthia fell
in the third century A.D. they fled into Scythian territory. Now there
are many familiar names associated with these migrating peoples.
The Romans had a custom of naming leaders after the enemies they fought. One was called "Germanicus" because he fought the Germans. One Romans General who fought the Parthians called himself "Decidius SAXA" (Rawlinson's The Sixth Oriental Monarchy, pp.187-189). The Parthians called themselves the SACAE, in the Latin form its was "SAXA."
Ptolemy mentions a Scythian people, sprung from the Sakai, by the name of Saxones (J.H Allen, Joseph's Sceptre chapter 5). There was a people called Saxoi, on the Euxine, according to Stephanus (Stephanus de Urb. et. I'op. p. 657).
Albinus also says the Saxons were descended from the Ancient Sacae of Asia, and that eventually they were called Saxons. (J.H Allen, Joseph's Sceptre chapter 5)
"Prideaux finds that the Cimbrians came from between the Black and Euxine (Caspian) seas, and that with them came the Angli" (J.H Allen, Joseph's Sceptre chapter 5).
Scythia, Sarmatia, Bactria and the Parthian Empire in ca.100-50 BC
The Augali-The Ephraimites as a whole were called, "Aeglah" Hosea writes, "And Ephraim is as an heifer [eglâh Strong's #5697]" (10:11). Jeremiah writes of Ephraim, "I have surely heard Ephraim bemoaning himself thus; Thou hast chastised me, and I was chastised, as a bullock [Strong's #5695 "êgel ay'-ghel] unaccustomed to the yoke: turn thou me, and I shall be turned; for thou art the LORD my God." (31:18). Joseph was likened to a bull (Gen 33:17), and so this nickname stuck to this tribe. They were the "Ayghel" tribe. Davidy writes, "...the tribe of Ephraim had been nicknamed ;bull calf'...Ephraim an 'Aegel' meaning 'young bull' in Hebrew. Herodotus (3:92) puts the Aegles on the edge of Bactria and apparently there were the Augali whom Ptolemy much later positioned a bit further north in Sogdiana on the banks of the Jaxartes River" (The Tribes, p.379, emphasis added). Notice that the Augali, Aegles dwell in the lands of Parthia in the province of Bactria, one of the major tribes of Ephraim, and the backbone of the Parthian Empire. Since all of Ephraim were called the Aegels, these were most likely one of the names used to describe the whole Empire. Like in the Bible, tribal, and sub-tribal names were used. Why should it be any different in the place of exile? So the Parthians were known as the Aeglah Saxe, eventually to be known as the Anglo-Saxons.
The Word "Saxon"-"The word Saxon is usually derived from the word saks, or sax. "Dr. W. Holt Yates says: 'The word Saxon comes from 'Sons of Isaac.' By dropping the prefix 'I,' and adding the affix 'ons,' he gives us 'Saac, Saach, Saax, Saach sen.' He shows that in most of the Eastern languages 'Sons of' is written 'Sun-nia;' as in Scotch 'Mac' means 'son of;' thus 'Macdonald, son of Donald;' and in English 'Fitz, son of,' 'Fitz-William, son of William;' so in the east 'Saic Sunnia,' means 'sons of Isaac.' I consider Dr. Yates's derivation of the word the most reasonable put forward... The derivation of the word from Saxe or Sach, [to] the short sword which they are said to have used does not seem worthy of accepting, because both long and short swords were used before there were any Saxons known as such. The etymology which traces it to Isaac seems very satisfactory. If the initial letter is dropped (as is often done in the East, it being a formative letter merely) we have 'saac,' which only requires the addition of sen or son to make 'saac-sen' or 'saacson,' which last is phonetically equal to Saxon. (See 'Lights and Shadows.' )...How were they to be called in Isaac? Let us drop the prefix ''" as shown above, and we have 'Saac;' the letter c is often changed to k, and as often to x. Then we may find 'Saax;' now add the termination 'ons' derived from sunnia, sons of, we have "Saxons." (Cheshire Notes and Queries, Volumes 3-5,, Origin of the British People, pp.20-21, emphasis added). thus: Sons of Isaac, Sons of Saac, SaacSunnia, Saac-Suna, Saac-Sena, Saac-pena, Esakska, Sacae-Amyrqui, Beth-Sakal (House of Isaac), Sunnia Sakai-Suna, Saca-Suna, Sacae-Sunnae, Sackisina, Sacka-Sacia, Saca-Cine, Saka-Suna, Sacas-Sani, Sakas-Saeni, Saxi-Suna, Sach-Suni, Sachi, Sacha, Sa-kah, Saa-chus, Saa-cus, Sa-cho, Saxo, Saxoi, Saxonia, Sax-ones, Saxae, Sach-sen, Sack-sen, Saxe-sen, Saxone, Saxony, Saxon' "("Our Race, "Judah's Scepter and Joseph's Birthright, page 294). "for in Isaac shall thy seed be called." (Gen 21:12).
Talbot Rice notes that the Scythians "all traces" of them largely disappeared by the Second century from Asia and South Russia (The Scythians, p.25). The Eastern Romans continued to speak conventionally of "Scythians" to designate Germanic tribes and confederations (see Zosimus, Historia Nova, 1.23 & 1.28, also Zonaras,Epitome historiarum, book 12. Also the title "Scythika" of the lost work of the 3rd-century Greek historian Dexippus who narrated the Germanic invasions of his age). The Scythians migrated into Germany. But, Pliny wrote that the "name of the Scythians has altogether been transferred to the Sarmatae and the Germans" (Dilke, Greek and Roman Maps, p.46). Now the Sarmatae as the Greek writes like Herodotus regard them as Scythians (see Britannica, Vol.19, p.1001). As noted above it was one of the Israelite names of the old city of Samaria. But as Pliny says, the Romans lumped all these people together and called them Germans, which they are not! And we will prove this below. But the main "movement [was] from Asia into Europe...[was] that of the Scythians" (Britannica, vol.12 "Indo-Europeans; subhead "Migrations", p.263).
English have descended from these early “Germanic” invaders of Britain. But exactly who were these people?
The Teutons or “Germans” migrated to England as Angles, Saxons and Jutes in the decades immediately following the departure of the Roman legionnaires from Britain around 410 A.D. In The Story of English, a 1986 companion book to the PBS television series of the same name, authors McCrum, Cran and MacNeil say, “The tribes which now threatened the Celtic chiefs of Britain were essentially Germanic.... There are, Tacitus [famed Roman historian, c. 55- 120 A.D.] writes, seven tribes.... One of these seven barbarous tribes was the Angli, known to history as the Angles, who probably inhabited the area that is now known as Schleswig-Holstein [immediately south of Denmark on the Jutland Peninsula].... The speech of the Angli belonged to the Germanic family of languages” (pp. 56-58).
According to Encyclopedia Britannica, the Angli (Angles) definitely had a close affinity with the Saxons (“Saxons,” 11th ed., vol. 24). The Story of English continues, “To this day the [cultural] gap between the English on the one hand and the Welsh, the Scots and the Irish on the other, is often huge.... To the Celts, their German conquerors (Angles, Jutes and Saxons) were all Saxons” (p. 61).
Who were the “Germanic” Saxons? Sharon Turner says, “The Saxons were a... Scythian tribe;" (History of the Anglo-Saxons, p.87). Clearly, the invaders of Britain were the Scythians, the Angles, Jutes and Saxons, and not the Germanic peoples of Germany today!
Most true Germans are characterized by “Alpine” round skulls. Yet ethnologist Madison Grant writes, “In the study of European populations the great and fundamental fact about the British Isles is the almost total absence there today of true Alpine round skulls” (p. 137).
Ripley, in The Races of Europe, says, “The most remarkable trait of the population of the British Isles is its head form; and especially the uniformity in this respect which is everywhere manifested. The prevailing type is that of the long and narrow cranium, accompanied by an oval rather than broad or round face” (p. 303). Remember that this is the same as the northern Celtic type. It is also the same as the Teutonic, Scandinavian type—the Scythian type!
In a 1915 article—“Are We Cousins to the Germans?”—Sir Arthur Keith wrote that “the Briton and German represent contrasted and opposite types of humanity” (The Graphic, Dec. 4, p. 720). He explained, “The radical difference in the two forms leaps to the eye. In the majority of the Briton—English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish—the hinder part of the head, the occiput, projects prominently backwards behind the line of the neck; the British head is long in comparison with its width” (p. 720).
Keith then pointed out that “in the vast majority of Germans,” the back of the head is “flattened”—indicating “a profound racial difference. Even in the sixteenth century, Vesalius, who is universally recognized as the ‘father of Anatomy,’ regarded the flat occiput as a German characteristic....He came, rather unwillingly, to the conclusion that the vast majority of modern German people differed from the British, Dutch, Dane and Scandinavian in head form. In fact, Herbert Hannay's book, European and Other Race Origins p.244 says, "in conclusion then, not only do I deny that the Germans and the English are ethnically identical, but I should be very sorry to believe that any blood relation whatsoever existed between them as races."
“The explanation,” according to Keith, “is easy. With the exodus of the Franks to France and the Anglo-Saxons to Britain in the fifth, sixth, seventh and eighth centuries of our era, Germany was almost denuded of her long-headed elements in her population.” So the land of Germany seems to have been operating as a massive SIEVE—while the round-headed population elements were retained, the long-headed elements passed through. This is rather astounding! Could something like this have happened by chance alone? Surely there was something more at work here! God was , "I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among all nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall upon the earth." (Amos 9:9). Did any more of the Scandinavian long-headed type leave? Yes—to America! (More on this Later!)
The Angles, Jutes and Saxons settle in Britain
First, who are the Jutes? Tarim Mummies, James P. Mallory and Victor H. Mair write, " "Da (Greater) Yuezhi or in the earlier pronunciation d'ad-ngiwat-tieg, has been seen to equate with the Massagetae...The original pronunciation has been reconstructed as gwat-ti or got-ti or gut-si, which opens up distant lexical similarities with the Goths (the German tribes of northern and eastern Europe), the Getae (the Dacian, i.e., Balkan, tribes northwest of the Black Sea), the Guti (a people on the borderlands of Mesopotamia), the Kusha (our Kushans), the Gushi (a people mentioned in Han texts and regarded as brigands along with the peoples of Kroran), or a combination of some but not all of the above (Mallory and Mair 2000, 98-99). So the Massagetae retained the name Getae. These were a "a nation of nomads who knew themselves as Gets, Gats, Guts, or Yuts?...[and] the similarity between the Goths, Getae, and the Yuezhi. " (article The Getes by Sundeep S. Jhutti, emphasis added)
In his Tableaux Historiques De L'Asia, Julius Von Klaproth (1783-1835) wrote: The name of Yueti or Yut recalls that of Yuts or Goths, which came to Europe: it would be very possible that the Yutes who arrived in Scandinavia with Odin, are the same people who three centuries before our era, still inhabited the area ... northwest of the Chinese Kansu province. This would suppose the emigration of the Goths of Central Asia after that of the other Germanic peoples." According to the Venerable Bede, the Jutes settled in Kent, the Isle of Wight, and parts of Hampshire.
The Angles are Ephraim, they settled in the north and east of the Island, as well as the other Ephraimite clans, Bercher: "...was also recalled in the Boroctuari who participated in the Anglo-Saxon invasions according to Bede...Shutelah produced the Skiodings from Scandinavia [to Britain]...; Eran-the Arri...Tahan...whom the Angles absorbed in Europe before the Invasion" (The Tribes, Davidy p.383, 392, emphasis added). These all settle in Northumberland, East, South, and Middle Anglia.
The Saxons that settled in the middle and the south are the Amyrgian Scyths (Sacae) mentioned by Herodotus. Notice, Strabo (zi.7.2.) said that, "Most Scythians from the Caspian Sea are called [Ephraim "Angles] Dahai, those more to the east Massagetae [Jats, Jits or Jutes] and Sacae, [Saxons] the rest have the common appellation of Scythians but each tribe has its peculiar name." Davidy says, "The Sacae referred to by Strabo mean (in this case) the Amyrgian Scyths who had been centred around Maracanda and nearby Maruka in Sogdiana." (ibid, p.72). He goes on to say, "The names Maracanda, Marycae, Maruca, and Margiana were connected to that of the Sacae Amyrgio who intermittently dominated this region. These appellations (Amyrgio, Maruca) are similar to permutations (Aimerico, Maghario, Aymeri) known in Europe for the name Machir...The Mercian Saxons and Myrings in Europe were also referred to as 'SKATI MARUKA', meaning Scyths from Maruka (Amyrgian Scyths)" (ibid, p.73, emphasis his and mine). In his footnote he refers to , "Fritz Mezger, p.12" who "brings sources indicating that the Myringas in Europe had been called Skati Maruka (i.e. Scyths from Maruka, Amyrgioi), from the Myringas evolved into the Mercian Saxons" (Footnote, 89; source "Angelssachsische Volker-und- Landernamen, emphasis mine). These became known as the kingdoms of Mercia, Essex, Wessex and Sussex in the south of England.
Added to that, "The son of Machir was Gilead (pronounced Gileath) from whom emerged the Galadon of Northern Wales and the Galadi Galatians of Gaul, and the Caledonians of Scotland...The Frissians (say Procopius) were important participators in the Anglo-Saxon invasions, and they apparently descend from Peresh son of Machir (1 Chron 7:15-16). Also from Peresh came the Parissi...[which] may also have given a derivation of his name Surrey, which was the southern portion of Saxon Mercia England" (ibid., p.361, emphasis added).
Basically as one author summarizes, "The tribe of Manasseh formed into a kingdom known as 'East Anglia', the territory now represented by the counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Cambridge, and part of Lincolnshire. The other Angles (The tribe of Ephraim), who were much more numerous (Deut. 33:17), acquired all the east coast from above modem Edinburgh right down to the present Lincolnshire, as well as the whole of the midlands of England.. The Saxons formed the three kingdoms of Essex, Sussex and Wessex, all in the south of the country. Collectively these tribes were known as the Heptarchy, (i.e. - The land of the Seven Kingdoms)."(Des Thomas Iceland Light to the Nations, p.87). There they settled till the time of the Reformation, and then God began to perform what he promised he would do to those peoples.
|7 Times Punishment
The Lord forewarned His Chosen People if they continued to be lacking in faithfulness He would inflict a punishment upon them, of very long but nevertheless definite duration, termed "Seven Times". This punishment took the form mainly of conquests by and subjection to other nations. It was stated to the entire Israel nation—the whole twelve tribes (Lev. 26,18,21,24, 28). It came into operation upon the Northern Kingdom of Israel (the Ten Tribes) when they came under the Assyrian yoke and were taken captive to Assyria, and it began on the Southern Kingdom of the Two Tribes, Judah and Benjamin, when they were subjugated by the Babylonians.
That great term of punishment, as stated, is "Seven Times"—a cryptic expression which the Bible itself reveals the meaning of. In Revelation 12:14 a certain prophetic period is spoken of as lasting "a time and times and half a time". In verse 6 of the same chapter that same period is stated to be "a thousand two hundred and three score days" (1,260 "days"). In the third verse of the previous chapter (Revelation 11:3) "a thousand two hundred and three score days" is also mentioned, but in the verse that precedes (v.2) it is referred to as "forty and two months" (42 months) as also in Revelation 13:5. It is obvious, therefore, that 42 months, 1,260 days and "a time, times, and half a time" are synonymous terms, and that "a time, times and half a time" is 3½ prophetic years (1 +2 + =31/2). A "Time" is therefore a prophetic year and has 12 months of 30 days each, i.e., 360 days. This is confirmed by the fact that 42 months equal 1,260 days, and hence 1 month equals 30 days. Since 31/2 Times are 1,260 days, then twice Three and a Half Times, that is, Seven Times must be twice 1,260 days, i.e., 2,520 days. Be it noted, though, that these are not literal days
but prophetic days. How long is a prophetic day? "God is His own interpreter," for in the time-prophecy of days given in the Book of Ezekiel, chapter 4, He informs us that the prophetic scale is a day for a year. He instructs us:" I have appointed thee each day for a year" (Ezek. 4:5,6). Therefore, Seven Times, or 2,520 days, prophetic time, equal 2,520 years, ordinary time. ( In Old Testament times a month was 30 days. There were twelve months in the year, which therefore had 360 days (12 x 30.---360), the odd 5 1/4 days making up the solar year being accumulated over a period of years and intercalated periodically). Using the day-for-a-year principle, each DAY here represents a YEAR of national punishment-a DELAY in the promised blessings (as in Numbers14:34; Ezekiel 4:6). This gives us 2,520 YEARS that the birthright blessings would be WITHHELD!
The time of the Reformation was a time unparallel in history. The time when the Bible opened up to the Israelites under the yoke of Catholicism. God had to produce this miracle before he gave them the lands he promised to them during the time the promises were fulfilled. It was during this time the colonization began, and the Mercians, and the Saxons began to colonize North America. The Anglo-Saxons began enterprise overseas. Now Israel ceased to be a kingdom in 718 B.C.. From that time on they wandered into Europe and the British -Isles. Now subtract 2520 from 718 B.C. and this leaves you with the number 1802 A.D. Problem is, when you came from 1 B.C. to 1 A.D. you lost a year. So you have to add one year in your chronological reckoning, and you come up with 1803 A.D.! (More on this later).
The Original 13 Colonies of the United States
The original 13 colonies of the United States were comprised mainly of people from England. Daniel Webster called attention to its common racial origin in a speech he delivered in Buffalo, New York, on
May 22, 1851: "From the mouth of
the St. Johns [River] to the confines of Florida, there existed, in
1775, thirteen colonies of English origin, planted at different times,
and coming from different parts of England.... But they [these American
colonies] were all of English origin" (Daniel
Webster, address in Buffalo, New York, on May 22, 1851, The
Works of Daniel Webster (Boston,
MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1858), vol. 2, p. 547).
In another speech he said, "Now, Gentlemen, I do not know what practical views or what practical results may take place from this great expansion of the power of the two branches of Old England. It is not for me to say. I only can see, that on this continent all is to be Anglo-American from Plymouth Rock to the Pacific seas, from the north pole to California. That is certain; and in the Eastern world, I only see that you can hardly place a finger on a map of the world and be an inch from an English settlement." (Daniel Webster, address at the New England Society of New York on December 22, 1843, The Works of Daniel Webster (Boston, MA: Little, Brown and Company, 1858), vol. 2, p. 214, emphasis added).
What parts of England did these people come from? "the PURITANS who came, primarily, from East Anglia to the Massachusetts Bay Colony between 1629 and 1640 It is estimated that, between the years 1629 and 1640, about 80,000 Puritans fled from England because of religious persecution. About 21,000 of them came to Massachusetts Bay Colony . They came from all over England, but most heavily from the East England counties of Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex, Herfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Huntingdonshire, Lincolnshire, and Kent. Of the total, about 60 percent were from these counties. The next largest number came from the southern counties of Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Devonshire, and Hampshire. Less than 10 percent came from the City of London...the CAVALIERS AND SERVANTS who came, primarily, from the south of England to Virginia between 1642 and 1675; the QUAKERS who came, primarily, from the English Midlands to Pennsylvania between 1675 and 1725; and the SCOTCH-IRISH who came, primarily, from the English/Scottish border counties (sometimes via northern Ireland) to Virginia (via Pennsylvania) between 1717 and 1775." (The Puritans by Sue Roe emphasis added; taken from Albion's Seed: Four British Folkways in America (America: a Cultural History by David Hackett Fischer, Oxford University Press). These are all the lands of Mercia, and the Saxons. And as we discovered, the Jutes settled in Kent according to Venerable Bede. Is it a co-incidence the the United States of America was colonized by mainly the Mercian Saxons, Jutes and Saxons that we can trace back to the tribe of Manasseh?
What of the Germans? Look at the entry on “Germany” in the Britannica: “There have been great oscillations in the actual emigration by sea. It first exceeded 100,000 soon after the Franco-German War (1872, 126,000), and this occurred again in the years 1880 to 1892. Germany lost during these thirteen years more than 1,700,000 inhabitants by emigration. The total number of those who sailed for the United States from 1820 to 1900 may be estimated at more than 4,500,000....
“The greater number of the more recent emigrants [to the U.S.] was from the agricultural provinces of northern Germany—West Prussia, Posen, Pomerania, Mecklenburg, Schleswig- Holstein and Hanover, and sometimes the emigration reached 1% of the total population of these provinces. In subsequent years the emigration of native Germans greatly decreased” (11th ed., vol. 11).
What is so special about northern Germany? Notice this reference from Ripley’s Races of Europe: “Northwestern Germany—Hanover, Schleswig-Holstein, Westphalia—is distinctly allied to the physical type of the Swedes, Norwegians, and Danes. All the remainder of the Empire—no, not even excluding Prussia, east of the Elbe— is less Teutonic in type; until finally in the essentially Alpine broadheaded populations of Baden, Wurttemburg, and Bavaria in the south, the Teutonic race passes from view” (p. 214).
It is generally known that the northern “Low Germans” differ from the southern “High Germans.” But there were differences even among the Low Germans.
Another source comments, “A separate study, in the case of Germany at least would seem to indicate that those [immigrants] who went to the U.S.A. in the 1800s were somehow different from those who stayed behind and German officials themselves remarked on such a difference. The claim for such a distinction is based on consideration of physical types, areas-of-origin within Germany, religious orientation and social outlook” (Yair Davidy, The Tribes, p. 430, emphasis added). These particular Germans can be traced to Manasseh. These were part of that Heleucones Federation of the West Manasseh! Also known as Calucones (The Tribes Davidy, p.372). "The arrivals before 1850 were mostly farmers who sought out the most productive land, where their intensive farming techniques would pay off....half of German immigrants settled in cities, the other half established farms in the Midwest. From Ohio to the Plains states, a heavy presence persists in rural areas into the 21st century...Few Germans settled in the Deep South" (Conzen, Kathleen (1980), "Germans", in Stephan Thernstrom, Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups, Belknap Press, p. 407). Like in the Promised Land, half of Manasseh mainly Machir, Yair and Gilead dwelt in the East, and the rest in the west. The situation in the United States is the same, divided east and west with Machir, Yair, and Gilead in the East, and the rest in the west.
What about the Dutch, French and the Scandinavians? These are all remnants of Manasseh when they dwelt in these lands before invading England. French: The "Sicambian Franks" of France were "partly of Shechem" clan of Manasseh, see Davidy, p.372. Dutch: Among the Dutch, there was in Holland the "tribe of UBII:" they are part of the tribe of Manasseh, Davidy, p.309 Scandinavia: And of course Scandinavia (Swedish, Norwegian, Danish) we have the clans of "Phiressi," "Hearthro," "Raumar," and the Hilleviones," that can all be traced to Manasseh, p.373, Davidy.
Is America a Melting Pot?-In his 1976 book, Destination America, Maldwyn A. Jones says that most Americans have preferred to mix culturally, socially and religiously with those of their own ethnic background: “They seldom intermarried and it was soon clear that intermingling, far from producing social unity, generated ethnic discord which could erupt into open violence. Insofar as the melting pot functioned at all, it did so slowly and imperfectly” (“Myth of the Melting Pot,” p. 145).
In an interesting Los Angeles Times article, Ernest W. Lefever (a senior fellow at the Ethics and Public Policy Center in Washington, D.C.) reported, “Most Americans seem to have given up the dream of a serene melting pot—as both unrealistic and perhaps a bit un-American. Many of us have settled for a less demanding metaphor of America as a bountiful and variegated salad bowl” (“America Is Being Ripped Apart,” Aug. 8, 1993).
A Whole Nation “Sifted”-Remember that God said He would “SIFT the house of ISRAEL among all nations, as grain is sifted in a SIEVE; yet not the smallest grain shall fall to the ground” (Amos 9:9). An interesting “parallel” has occurred in American history. For years, immigrants to the U.S. were greeted by the Statue of Liberty on their way to America’s chief port of entry, Ellis Island. Notice what Maldwin Jones says: “Ellis Island was a gigantic SIEVE, whose sole function was to keep out undesirables.... [and serve as a gateway] to America for sixteen million immigrants” (pp. 54, 64).
It is interesting to note that U.S. immigration laws and policies—during much of America’s critical, formative years and up until the middle of the 20th century—deliberately favored the peoples of Northwest Europe while, at the same time, limiting white peoples from southern or eastern Europe. This idea of a “sieve” has circulated since the early American settlements—and God was seen as the One doing the sifting: “The Puritan founders of New England never doubted that they were, in a quite special way, God’s chosen people. One of their leaders spoke of God’s having ‘SIFTED a whole nation’ in order to find the instruments which were to work out His purposes in the new world” (p. 18).
American President Calvin Coolidge echoed this sentiment in 1923: “It has often been said God sifted the nations that He might send choice grain into the wilderness [of America]. Who can fail to see in it the hand of destiny? Who can doubt that it [the U.S.] has been guided by the hand of God?”
The Name "America"
What of the name? The Amyrgian Scyths were of the tribe of Manasseh. These migrated in to Europe and "The names Maracanda, Marycae, Maruca, and Margiana were connected to that of the Sacae Amyrgio who intermittently dominated this region. These appellations (Amyrgio, Maruca) are similar to permutations (Aimerico, Maghario, Aymeri) known in Europe for the name Machir...The Mercian Saxons and Myrings in Europe were also referred to as 'SKATI MARUKA', meaning Scyths from Maruka (Amyrgian Scyths)" (ibid, p.73, emphasis his and mine). In his footnote he refers to , "Fritz Mezger, p.12" who "brings sources indicating that the Myringas in Europe had been called Skati Maruka (i.e. Scyths from Maruka, Amyrgioi), from the Myringas evolved into the Mercian Saxons" (Footnote, 89; source "Angelssachsische Volker-und- Landernamen, emphasis mine). Richard Ameryk, a Bristol merchant 1470's is now claimed to perhaps have given America its name. Ameryk was of Welsh ancestry and his family name originally was "Ap-Meryk", (D.M. Wilson The Anglo-Saxons p.166 footnote).
The more commonly accepted explanation is that the name "America" comes from that of the Explorer, Amerigo Vespucci (1451-1512) also called "America" and (after 1507) "America" is said to have been named in his honor. But notice the name is the same name as the Bristol merchant. At all events, the name Amerigo or "America" is similar to Medieval appellations ("Aimerico", etc.) for a Jewish Prince of southern France whose proper Hebrew name (from which the Latinized appellations were derived) was "MACHIR". Zuckerman notes that Machir (Ha-Machiri) was referred to as Al Makhiri, "AYMERI", "Maghario" (p.180) or "Magharius", as "Aymeri", p.121 n.16., and as "Aimerico", and "Aimericus". Zuckerman p.131 n.38 Zuckerman describes how Machir ("Aimericus") became a legend whose name was celebrated in the ballads of Southern France and neighboring regions. This name was spread all over the lands which the Amyrgian Scyths migrated to, America is the "Land of Machir," son of Manasseh!
Now Manasseh's name means "forgetfulness" (Hitchcock Bible Names). This is one characteristic that America definitely has. Their lack of remembering the lessons from history and learning from them. They have forgotten their God, Jesus Christ. America's Heritage has been forgotten. "...look unto the rock whence ye are hewn," (Isa 51:1). They have forgotten Plymouth Rock, and the original foundations in which America was founded.
Significant Prophetic Dates
As mentioned above 7 times were to pass till the Israelites were to receive their birthright promises, 2520 years. Now in 734 B.C. the half tribe of Manasseh, mainly of Machir, Yair and Gilead were taken away. Remember to add one year because of the 1B.C. 1 A.D. factor, and we get to 1787 A.D. This happens to be the year when the Constitution of the United States was created. Delaware became the 1st State of the United States of America on December 7, 1787. It was also the 1st state to ratify the new United States Constitution, hence it's nickname "First in the Nation."
June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopts the following: Resolved: that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation. Stars represent Delaware (December 7, 1787), Pennsylvania (December 12, 1787), New Jersey (December 18, 1787), Georgia (January 2, 1788), Connecticut (January 9, 1788), Massachusetts (February 6, 1788), Maryland (April 28, 1788), South Carolina (May 23, 1788), New Hampshire (June 21, 1788), Virginia (June 25, 1788), New York (July 26, 1788), North Carolina (November 21, 1789), and Rhode Island (May 29, 1790). The Original flag created by Betsy Ross in 1776 was adopted by the states independent of England. America was officially its own country. The ratification of the Constitution was complete on March 4, 1789.
The American Revolution Prophesied-Isaiah said, ""The children which thou shalt have, after thou hast lost the other, shall say again in thine ears, The place is too strait for me: give place to me that I may dwell" (Isa 49:19-20). When did they say this before? In the book of Joshua, the TRIBE OF JOSEPH PRIMARILY said, "And the children of Joseph spake unto Joshua, saying, Why hast thou given me but one lot and one portion to inherit, seeing I am a great people, forasmuch as the LORD hath blessed me hitherto?" (Joshua 17:14). “Britain ‘LOST’ the territory which had the greatest military and economic potential and which would-much later-become a world superpower. The defection of the American colonies in 1776...” (The British Empire in Color, by Stewart Binns, p.15, emphasis added). Amazing how Britain refers to the U.S.A. as the “lost” colony the way the Bible does!
1803- As we count the prophetic days, the Kingdom of Israel ceased to be a kingdom in 718 B.C. West Manasseh and Ephraim were taken away into captivity. 718 B.C., 2520 years from that time on we get to 1803 A.D.! It's interesting that 1803 just happens to be the year of the Louisiana Purchase. That was the greatest acquisition of territory in the history of the United States of America, and West Manasseh received their inheritance! Immigration from Germany, Scandinavia, these farmers of Europe immigrated to their birthright homelands, these of West Manasseh!
The French Empire made an incredible deal with U.S. President Thomas Jefferson in 1803. France sold the Louisiana Territory to America for about $15 million, a paltry five cents per acre! By the “Louisiana Purchase,” the U.S. acquired more than 500 million acres of the richest, most fertile farmland on earth—the “Breadbasket of the World.” And, by this awesome purchase, the size of the U.S.A. grew by about 140 percent! Napoleon is said to have remarked, “This accession of territory affirms forever the power of the United States.” Robert Livingstone (U.S.ambassador to France) is said to have commented, “From this day the United States take their place among the powers of the first rank.” Never before in the history of mankind had any nation strucksuch a wonderful deal!
Massive territorial expansion continued, and many Americans came to believe in “Manifest Destiny”—that God had foreordained the American people to possess the vast land between Mexico and Canada, “from sea to shining sea.” During the 1840s, the idea of America’s “Manifest Destiny” swept the nation like a religious revival.
In The United States Magazine and Democratic Review, John L. O’Sullivan wrote of “the fulfillment of our manifest destiny to overspread the continent allotted by Providence [God] for the free development of our yearly multiplying millions.” He argued that America’s claim to the Oregon Territory was “the right of our manifest destiny to overspread and possess the whole continent which Providence has given us for the development of liberty and federative self-government.” Never before in the entire history of the world had any nation acquired so much land so cheaply! But that was not the end of U.S. territorial acquisitions!
America’s hunger for new land was still not fully satisfied. So, in 1867, the U.S. purchased “Russian America” (Alaska) from Russia for the unbelievably low price of $7,200,000—only about two cents per acre! Despite the extremely low cost, the fantastic purchase of Alaska was ridiculed by some Americans as “Seward’s Icebox” and “Seward’s Folly” (William Seward was America’s Secretary of State who negotiated the purchase). But those foolish Americans soon came to see their own folly when GOLD was discovered in the Klondike region in 1896.
Furthermore, the “Alaskan Pipeline” is now a major source of American OIL! And the sale of Alaskan fish, lumber, minerals, petroleum and other commercial products nets the U.S. tens of billions of dollars annually! With the purchase of Alaska in 1867, America had acquired her final territorial acquisition in continental
North America. Thus, during a period of a mere 84 years (1783-1867), the United States received legitimate titles to all of the contiguous 48 states, plus the mineral-rich land of Alaska! Later, America would receive titles to Hawaii, Puerto Rico and other beautiful and strategically important islands. In the end the bible prophesied that Manasseh would become a "Great Nation," and it has, prophesied thousands of years ago. And exactly 2520 years after the taking away of the Israelites from the Promise land, they received their new lands God allotted them, and that is an absolute miracle in itself. Almighty God is true to his promises!
A Global Superpower
The United States is the greatest superpower the world has ever known. Its military might is next to impossible to duplicate. God said that, "The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him: But his bow abode in strength," (Gen 48:23-24). The United States has many enemies, but his military always overcomes and wins its wars. God made them this strong and used them as his "Battle axe" (Jer 51:20) against wicked nations. We have fought tyrants like Napoleon, Hitler, Mussolini, Saddam Hussein and others to keep the earth relatively civil and at peace.
God used this power also to spread the Gospel and the knowledge of God all over the world as well. "Ye are my witnesses" (Isaiah 43:10, 12; 44:8). The Israelites were to be a missionary people. A British minister, C.H.Spurgeon (1834-1892), once said,“I judge that God has blessed the two great nations of the Anglo-Saxon race—England and the United States—and given them preeminence [so that]... they may spread abroad the knowledge of the glory of God” (Treasury of the Old Testament, vol. 2, p. 145).
They were to be a blessing to other nations, materially and spiritually. God said, "And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed" (Gen 12:3). The nations who hate America and Britain are the nations who suffer spiritual and material poverty. The Muslim world is a prime example of this. Other nations who are our allies, like Japan are blessed.
Possession of the Gates of their enemies-God told Abraham: "Your seed shall possess the gate ["Gates" plural Ferrar Fenton Translation] of their enemies" (Gen 22:17)."And they blessed Rebekah [Isaac's wife], and said unto her, Thou art our sister, be thou the mother of thousands of millions, and let thy seed possess the gate [“gates” Ferrar] of those which hate them" (Genesis 24:60).
This is a major reason for British and American supremacy over the high seas. The United States possessed vitally important sea gates and strategic island defenses in the Panama Canal; Guantanamo on Cuba, the Hawaiian Islands; Midway, Guam, and Wake. We possessed the frigid island chain of the Aleutians with Dutch Harbor. Only a cursory knowledge of history would serve to impress upon anyone the vital, all-important strategic value of these areas.
What is Prophesied to Happen to the USA?
The Bible speaks of a time called the Great Tribulation, also called "Jacob's Trouble." (Jer 30:7). This means primarily the USA and Britain who bare this name. As of now, the United States heads the greatest alliance ever put together called NATO ("Chief among his brethren"). God says however that NATO will come to an end, "All thy lovers [allies" (Moffatt Transl) have forgotten thee; they seek thee not;" (Jer 30:14). This is prophesied to happen when the King of the North, NATO, the President of the United States, "...shall plant the tabernacles of his palace between the seas in the glorious holy mountain; yet he shall come to his end, and none shall help him " (Daniel 11:45). The latter end of this verse is identical to the verse in Jeremiah. When NATO plants military Bases in Israel, NATO will come to an end (for more details read our booklet Middle East in Prophecy).
The military will diminish in size and power. Micah says, "And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the LORD, that I will cut off thy horses out of the midst of thee, and I will destroy thy chariots:
"And I will cut off the cities of thy land, and throw down all thy strong holds:
"And I will cut off witchcrafts out of thine hand; and thou shalt have no more soothsayers:
"Thy graven images also will I cut off, and thy standing images out of the midst of thee; and thou shalt no more worship the work of thine hands.
"And I will pluck up thy groves out of the midst of thee: so will I destroy thy cities.
"And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard." (Micah 5:10-15). We have sinned in the sight of God, therefore Almighty God will shrink the army of the United States. First NATO, then the whole army of the USA will fall apart.
Who is the real enemy of America? Ezekiel is the book of the Watchman. In this book there is a major prophecy about Gog (Ezekiel 38). This huge alliance will come up against the "mountains of Israel." A mountain is a symbol of a nation. So these are nations of Israel (Canada, Australia, New Zealand). Then he speaks of a single nation that Gog will come against, it is, "into the land that is brought back from the sword, and is gathered out of many people" (v.8). What land is called "E PLURIBUS UNUM"? Out of many we are one? AMERICA! Who is Gog? We have identified them as China! (Read our booklet China in Prophecy for details).
This attack from the air, land, and sea will completely destroy North America. "...a great people [China] and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.
"A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them.
"The appearance of them is as the appearance of horses; [tanks] and as horsemen, so shall they run.
"Like the noise of chariots [modern warfare] on the tops of mountains shall they leap, like the noise of a flame of fire that devoureth the stubble, as a strong people set in battle array.
"Before their face the people shall be much pained: all faces shall gather blackness.
"They shall run like mighty men; they shall climb the wall like men of war; and they shall march every one on his ways, and they shall not break their ranks:
"Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded.
"They shall run to and fro in the city; they shall run upon the wall, they shall climb up upon the houses; they shall enter in at the windows like a thief." (Joel 2:2-9). These are the "Locusts" that are coming to devour the vine and fig tree, which is Israel. (Joel 1).
Afterwards, who is left in America will be put into slavery and captivity. "God says, "Now will I bring again the captivity of Jacob, and have mercy upon the whole house of Israel, and will be jealous for my holy name;
"After that they have borne their shame, and all their trespasses whereby they have trespassed against me, when they dwelt safely in their land, and none made them afraid.
"When I have brought them again from the people, and gathered them out of their enemies' lands, and am sanctified in them in the sight of many nations;
"Then shall they know that I am the LORD their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the heathen: but I have gathered them unto their own land, and have left none of them any more there.
"Neither will I hide my face any more from them: for I have poured out my Spirit upon the house of Israel, saith the Lord GOD. (Ezekiel 39:25-29).
The Second Exodus
When we have learned our lesson, at Jesus second coming, Jesus will save his people Israel and bring them back to the promised land. "And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall set his hand again the second time to recover the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria, and from Egypt, and from Pathros, and from Cush, and from Elam, and from Shinar, and from Hamath, and from the islands of the sea.
"And he shall set up an ensign for the nations, and shall assemble the outcasts of Israel, and gather together the dispersed of Judah from the four corners of the earth.
"The envy also of Ephraim shall depart, and the adversaries of Judah shall be cut off: Ephraim shall not envy Judah, and Judah shall not vex Ephraim." (Isaiah 11:10-13).
Obadiah reveals the taking of the promised land by the Israelites from Edom, who are the Palestinians in the West Bank today. "But upon mount Zion shall be deliverance [see Rev 14:1], and there shall be holiness; and the house of Jacob shall possess their possessions.
"And the house of Jacob shall be a fire, and the house of Joseph a flame, and the house of Esau for stubble, and they shall kindle in them, and devour them; and there shall not be any remaining of the house of Esau; for the LORD hath spoken it.
"And they of the south shall possess the mount of Esau; and they of the plain the Philistines: and they shall possess the fields of Ephraim, and the fields of Samaria: and Benjamin shall possess Gilead.
"And the captivity of this host of the children of Israel shall possess that of the Canaanites, even unto Zarephath; and the captivity of Jerusalem, which is in Sepharad, shall possess the cities of the south.
"And saviours shall come up on mount Zion to judge the mount of Esau; and the kingdom shall be the LORD'S." (vv.17-21). One of the "saviors" will be the resurrected king David, and he will judge the people of Israel, being their king!
The Tribes of Ephraim and Manasseh 12,000 of each will be part of the 144,000 who will rule with Christ on MT. Zion (Rev 7; 14). These chosen will help to set up the kingdom of God, and organize Israel back in the promise land. There is Good news.