Testing the Prophecies

The ups and downs of human culture seem to be getting more extreme. The historical record, back into the Old Testament, documents the swing back and forth between allegiance to the OT’s ethical and religious principles and allegiance to other deities (or none). It shows flawed humans struggling with selfishness and selflessness, and records the consequences. It even admits the errors of its heroes, a thing seldom done in our own time. Archeology has not contradicted its record of the past, as far as archeological dating of past empires and customs has gone. Ruins are hard to interpret any farther back than their language can be translated, and successive empires have pretty well ruined the records of the Middle East. Lack of outside evidence is not proof of absence.
The history of civilization offers a test of Biblical truth; what religious/ethical system results in relative peace, productivity, and eventual prosperity? This test is muddied by human power-seeking which often uses religion as a step in gaining secular power. It is also a temporary test, as prosperity has always led to corruption and laziness, so the pace of constructive change is as much of a consideration as its duration. The pace of change has obviously been greatest in western civilization, since the Reformation made the Bible available to the general public and the literacy rate rose.
Another test is found in the prophetic aspect of a large part of the Bible. If predictions do come true, there must be an underlying truth or intelligence at work. The first definite predictions of future occurrences are in the blessings of Jacob upon his sons and grandsons. In the Bible, the names of Jacob/Israel and his sons are used in 4 different ways depending on the context. They may be:
– information on participants in then-current events
– designating the tribe/family groups descended from them
– designating the land occupied by that tribe
– speaking of the tribe’s posterity in a prophetic way.
Prophecies may be for near-term events, near-term and as a pattern for farther on, or for the far future. Some references are broadly worded, as ‘the house of Jacob’ or ‘all Israel’. ‘House of Joseph’ would include descendants of Ephraim and Manasseh. ‘House of Jacob’ would include all 12 of his children, including Joseph. Some Old Testament prophecies are fulfilled in New Testament events, others still seem to await. New Testament prophecies are mainly for the ‘last days’ or ‘the end of the age’.
Jacob’s blessings for Judah and Joseph offer the most detail, and can provide clues to follow in seeking evidence of fulfillment. Moses repeats them in Deuteronomy 33 with few changes. Joseph’s blessings must be considered as given to his first two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, as well (Genesis 48-49). Manasseh was to become a great nation; but no record exists after the Assyrian conquest of the northern kingdom. We do find today a tribe in eastern India who call themselves ‘B’nai Menashe’ and have curiously Hebrew traditions; they may be the last of Manasseh not to be absorbed into the Indian culture and gene pool.
Time-sequence for some Old Testament people:
Before 1400 BC – times of Jacob
1010-970 BC – David’s reign
970-930 BC – Solomon
853-841 – Obadiah
760-750 – Amos
740-710 – Micah
722 BC – Northern Kingdom falls to Assyria
753-715 – Hosea
700-680 – Isaiah
586 BC – Southern kingdom, Judah, falls to Babylon
593-571 – Ezekiel
520 – Zechariah
Ephraim became the leading tribe of the northern kingdom after Jeroboam split it away from Solomon’s son Rehoboam. Their name became the generic reference to the Northern Kingdom even before the Assyrian conquest, which scattered its survivors and brought in Assyrian occupiers to replace them. The name was used in prophetic references by both major and minor prophets, before and well after they were scattered into Eurasia. In that scattering, they must have mingled their blood and their blessings with the peoples they encountered. Ancestries cannot be traced that far back, but we can look for the fulfillment of the blessings. This is a key point in the way that Gentiles were grafted into the Judeo-Christian family tree (Romans 11). Genesis 22:17-18 ‘Through your offspring will all the nations of the earth be blessed’ – the dispersion of the northern kingdom was necessary for the spread of the Gospel, because it spread some aspects of the language and the cultural ethics even without the temple priesthood as they traveled. Many pagan cities had a synagogue and a Jewish neighborhood. These provided a more fertile soil for the growth of Christianity when the Jewish leaders rejected Jesus. After that point, people of any background could join the family of God (and Ephraim) by adopting Christianity even without knowledge of its Hebrew roots.
The split after Solomon can be seen as a prefiguration of the American Revolution. Solomon had great wealth and wisdom, but became a tyrant as he built his wealth and palaces. His son decided to become more of a tyrant, igniting Jeroboam’s rebellion. England became a great commercial empire and produced great philosophers and scientists, but treated the colonies badly, bringing the American Revolution. Let’s see if Europe and America fit the prophetic picture for Ephraim. I first found the idea of tracing Ephraim in ‘The Covenant’ by Tim Ballard.
This is the background we might see in the discovery and colonization of America, the Revolution, the Constitution, and the inauguration of George Washington and the first Congress. The Ephraim heritage connects with the Abrahamic covenant, the blessing of Joseph, Jeroboam’s split of Solomon’s kingdom, and Washington’s renewal of the covenant (which also claims the blessing of Ahijah on Jeroboam in I Kings 11). Jonathan Cahn speaks of the inauguration in Chapter 19 of ‘The Harbinger’. This is why our economic cycles have been connected to the Hebrew Sabbath-year cycle. They were consciously making a covenant with God; actually, unconsciously renewing  the one with Jeroboam which Jeroboam failed to keep, with the results that Amos warned about. They claimed His blessings for America, and we have received them, but now we are falling away and that will bring once more His retribution. This too is explained by Jonathan Cahn in ‘The Mystery of the Shemitah’. Our current Shemitah ends on 9/13/2015. It does not seem that America will voluntarily return to the covenant before our punishment begins.

Biblical references, and comments, follow.  Looking at the apparently-prophetic references using my concordance, from the NIV version of the OT, out of the total references to Joseph (14), Ephraim (68), Manasseh (7).
Jacob’s prophecies & blessings:
Gen. 48:

17 When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand on Ephraim’s head he was displeased; so he took hold of his father’s hand to move it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head.
18 Joseph said to him, “No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.”
19 But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great. Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a group of nations.”

20 He blessed them that day and said, “In your name will Israel pronounce this blessing: ‘May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.’ ” So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh.
(Jacob’s two most detailed prophecies are for Judah and Joseph)
Gen. 49:

8 “Judah, your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons will bow down to you.
9 You are a lion’s cub, O Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a lion he crouches and lies down, like a lioness–who dares to rouse him?
10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet, until he comes to whom it belongs and the obedience of the nations is his.
11 He will tether his donkey to a vine, his colt to the choicest branch; he will wash his garments in wine, his robes in the blood of grapes.

12 His eyes will be darker than wine, his teeth whiter than milk.

22 “Joseph is a fruitful vine, a fruitful vine near a spring, whose branches climb over a wall.

23 With bitterness archers attacked him; they shot at him with hostility.
24 But his bow remained steady, his strong arms stayed limber, because of the hand of the Mighty One of Jacob, because of the Shepherd, the Rock of Israel,
25 because of your father’s God, who helps you, because of the Almighty, who blesses you with blessings of the heavens above, blessings of the deep that lies below, blessings of the breast and womb.
26 Your father’s blessings are greater than the blessings of the ancient mountains, than the bounty of the age-old hills. Let all these rest on the head of Joseph, on the brow of the prince among his brothers.
(Judah is the line from which came Jesus. Joseph: a vine (spreading); climbing over an obstacle (ocean). Joseph’s two sons were to become nations. Let’s see if the blessing of Joseph has been fulfilled.)

References to Joseph in the Psalms, and the prophetic books
Ps 77:

14 You are the God who performs miracles; you display your power among the peoples.

15 With your mighty arm you redeemed your people, the descendants of Jacob and Joseph.
(this seems to indicate some division, not real unity, else it would suffice to mention only Jacob’s descendants, which include Joseph’s)
Ps 78:

67 Then he rejected the tents of Joseph, he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;

68 but he chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which he loved.
(Psalms  predate the division of the kingdom after Solomon’s reign,but foresee the time when Jeroboam set up temples in the north to compete with Jerusalem)
Ps 80:

1 Hear us, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock; you who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth

2 before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh. Awaken your might; come and save us.
(Ephraim and Manasseh were the major parts of the northern kingdom which was conquered and dispersed by the Assyrians; this seems to indicate that the writer was aware that the kingdom would be split and those tribes need future guidance)
Ps 81:

3 Sound the ram’s horn at the New Moon, and when the moon is full, on the day of our Feast;
4 this is a decree for Israel, an ordinance of the God of Jacob.

5 He established it as a statute for Joseph when he went out against Egypt, where we heard a language we did not understand.
(Apparently speaking of the Feast of Trumpets, by the God of Jacob, a statute for Joseph; again that distinction between Jacob and Joseph, with the implication that the Feast of Trumpets would be important in the future of both)
Ez 37:

15 The word of the LORD came to me:
16 “Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, ‘Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.’ Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, ‘Ephraim’s stick, belonging to Joseph and all the house of Israel associated with him.’
17 Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand.
18 “When your countrymen ask you, ‘Won’t you tell us what you mean by this?’
19 say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph–which is in Ephraim’s hand–and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick, making them a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.’
20 Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on

21 and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign LORD says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land.
(a prophecy that Judah (conquered by Babylon, but not extinguished; they remained in the Middle East, which the survivors of the Northern Kingdom mostly did not) and descendants of Ephraim (scattered and mingled with other peoples) would come together to restore a Hebrew nation, now Israel). England and America were the prime movers in the establishment and defense of Israel. This would imply that they are in some way descendants of Ephraim.)
Ez 47:
13 This is what the Sovereign Lord says: “These are the boundaries of the land that you will  divide among the twelve tribes of Israel as their inheritance, with two portions for Joseph. 14 You are to divide it equally among them. Because I swore with uplifted hand to give it to  your ancestors, this land will become your inheritance.
(a far-future prophecy, two portions for Joseph’s sons per Gen. 48: the two portions seem consistent with Gen. 48:19, Manasseh a great nation and yet separate from Ephraim’s group of nations)
Ez 48:
32 “On the east side, which is 4,500 cubits long, will be three gates: the gate of Joseph, the gate of Benjamin and the gate of Dan.
(one gate for each of Jacob’s sons; note that the tribe of Dan is replaced in the end-time evangelist tribes of Rev. 7 by Manasseh, so Dan apparently has no role in the Tribulation while Manasseh [India? China?] does. Joseph’s prophecy for Dan did not sound good. The absence of Ephraim in Rev.7 may imply that Ephraim (believing Christians) is taken away in the Rapture, leaving the field to Messianic Jews)
Amos 5:

Seek the Lord and live, or he will sweep through the tribes of Joseph like a fire;
   it will devour them, and Bethel will have no one to quench it.
15 Hate evil, love good; maintain justice in the courts.
   Perhaps the Lord God Almighty will have mercy on the remnant of Joseph.
(prophetic warnings about the impending Assyrian conquest)
Amos 6:
You put off the day of disaster and bring near a reign of terror.
You lie on beds adorned with ivory and lounge on your couches.
  You dine on choice lambs and fattened calves.
You strum away on your harps like David and improvise on musical instruments.
You drink wine by the bowlful and use the finest lotions,
    but you do not grieve over the ruin of Joseph.
Therefore you will be among the first to go into exile; your feasting and lounging will end.
(denouncing complacency in the apostate, near-pagan Northern Kingdom, and a valid warning for any nation whose success leads to laziness)

Obadiah 18:

15 
“The day of the Lord is near
for all nations.

   As you have done, it will be done to you; your deeds will return upon your own head.
16 Just as you drank on my holy hill, so all the nations will drink continually;
   they will drink and drink  and be as if they had never been.
17 But on Mount Zion will be deliverance; it will be holy,
    and Jacob will possess his inheritance.
18 Jacob will be a fire and Joseph a flame;
   Esau will be stubble, and they will set him on fire and destroy him.
   There will be no survivors from Esau.” The Lord has spoken.

(A last-days prophecy; Descendants of Jacob and of Joseph will lay waste a large portion of the Middle East. Are they Israel and America?)

Zech 10:

“My anger burns against the shepherds, and I will punish the leaders;
  for the Lord Almighty will care for his flock, the people of Judah,
    and make them like a proud horse in battle.
From Judah will come the cornerstone, from him the tent peg,
  from him the battle bow, from him every ruler.
Together they[a] will be like warriors in battle

  trampling their enemy into the mud of the streets.
They will fight because the Lord is with them,
    and they will put the enemy horsemen to shame.

“I will strengthen Judah and save the tribes of Joseph.
   I will restore them because I have compassion on them.
  They will be as thoughI had not rejected them,
   for I am the Lord their God and I will answer them.
The Ephraimites will become like warriors, and their hearts will be glad as with wine.
   Their children will see it and be joyful; their hearts will rejoice in the Lord.
I will signal for them and gather them in.
   Surely I will redeem them; they will be as numerous as before.
Though I scatter them among the peoples, yet in distant lands they will remember me.
   They and their children will survive, and they will return.
(More last-days prophecy; well after the northern kingdom is scattered, it is prophesied that they will remember their God even after assimilating into pagan cultures. Last mention of Joseph until Rev 7:8)

References to Ephraim, from Psalms thru Zechariah:

Ps.60:
Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine;
    Ephraim is my helmet, Judah is my scepter.
(Ephraim – Paul refers to the helmet of salvation in Ephesians 6:17 –
could imply that Ephraim will be the carrier of Christianity?)

Ps. 78:

My people, hear my teaching; listen to the words of my mouth.
I will open my mouth with a parable; I will utter hidden things, things from of old—
things we have heard and known, things our ancestors have told us.
(the author opens by declaring this is prophetic)
The men of Ephraim, though armed with bows, turned back on the day of battle;
10 they did not keep God’s covenant and refused to live by his law.
11 They forgot what he had done, the wonders he had shown them.

(predicts that the northern kingdom will fall away from faith [and it may apply to America too].
the next verses are history; Jeroboam who led the rebellion of the ten tribes was of Ephraim’s tribe, and set up two temples to compete with Judah’s Jerusalem site. God intended the split, but blessed only one temple site – Jerusalem.)
67 Then he rejected the tents of Joseph, he did not choose the tribe of Ephraim;
68 but he chose the tribe of Judah, Mount Zion, which he loved.
69 He built his sanctuary like the heights, like the earth that he established forever.
Ps.80:
Hear us, Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock.
 You who sit enthroned between the cherubim, shine forth
before Ephraim, Benjamin and Manasseh.
Awaken your might; come and save us.
(shine forth – awaken them to Christianity after the dispersion?)
Ps.108:
Gilead is mine, Manasseh is mine;
    Ephraim is my helmet, Judah is my scepter.   (See Ps.60 – a partial repeat)

(Isaiah: before the conquest of the northern kingdom by Assyria – partly current-events, partly prophetic; leaving out the current-events part)
Is. 9:
The Lord has sent a message against Jacob; it will fall on Israel.
All the people will know it— Ephraim and the inhabitants of Samaria—
   who say with pride and arrogance of heart,
10 “The bricks have fallen down, but we will rebuild with dressed stone;
   the fig trees have been felled, but we will replace them with cedars.”
(Made famous by ‘The Harbinger’ – the near/far parallel of Assyria and our 9/11)
Is. 11:

12 He will raise a banner for the nations and gather the exiles of Israel;
   he will assemble the scattered people of Judah from the four quarters of the earth.
13 Ephraim’s jealousy will vanish, and Judah’s enemies[d] will be destroyed;
   Ephraim will not be jealous of Judah, nor Judah hostile toward Ephraim.
(This seems to speak of the reconciliation of the Israel of today with their Messiah, in the days of the Tribulation)
Is. 28:
1 Woe to that wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards, to the fading flower,
his glorious beauty,
set on the head of a fertile valley—
   to that city, the pride of those laid low by wine!
See, the Lord has one who is powerful and strong. Like a hailstorm and a destructive wind,
   like a driving rain and a flooding downpour, he will throw it forcefully to the ground.
That wreath, the pride of Ephraim’s drunkards, will be trampled underfoot.
That fading flower, his glorious beauty, set on the head of a fertile valley,
   will be like figs ripe before harvest— as soon as people see them and take them in hand,
    they swallow them.
(Warning of the fall of the Northern Kingdom to Assyria? And perhaps a prefiguration
of the fall of America? The loss of earthly power?
)
Jeremiah 7:
15 I will thrust you from my presence, just as I did all your fellow Israelites, the people of            Ephraim.’
(Warning Judah that they will follow the Northern Kingdom into exile)
Jeremiah 31:
See, I will bring them from the land of the north and gather them from the ends of the earth.
   Among them will be the blind and the lame,
    expectant mothers and women in labor; a great throng will return.
They will come with weeping; they will pray as I bring them back.
   I will lead them beside streams of water on a level path where they will not stumble,
   because I am Israel’s father, and Ephraim is my firstborn son.
(this speaks of the rebirth of Israel in 1948; the new Jewish state, created with the assistance of Ephraim/America, the bearer of Christianity (Christ, the firstborn)
Ez 37:
15 The word of the Lord came to me: 16 “Son of man, take a stick of wood and write on it, ‘Belonging to Judah and the Israelites associated with him.’ Then take another stick of wood, and write on it, ‘Belonging to Joseph (that is, to Ephraim) and all the Israelites associated with him.’ 17 Join them together into one stick so that they will become one in your hand.
18 “When your people ask you, ‘Won’t you tell us what you mean by this?’
19 say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I am going to take the stick of Joseph—which is in Ephraim’s hand—and of the Israelite tribes associated with him, and join it to Judah’s stick. I will make them into a single stick of wood, and they will become one in my hand.’
20 Hold before their eyes the sticks you have written on
21 
and say to them, ‘This is what the Sovereign Lord says: I will take the Israelites out of the nations where they have gone. I will gather them from all around and bring them back into their own land.
(Ephraim represents all the ten tribes, and helps in the birth of Israel in 1948. America was the first nation to recognize Israel.)

Hosea speaks of the impending conquest of the Northern kingdom by Assyria, using the word ‘Ephraim’ to refer to all the ten tribes
Hos. 9:
The prophet, along with my God,
is the watchman over Ephraim,
   yet snares await him on all his paths, and hostility in the house of his God.
(perhaps implying that Ephraim is on a long, long journey through the centuries)
13 I have seen Ephraim, like Tyre, planted in a pleasant place.
    But Ephraim will bring out their children to the slayer.”
(with a vision of their future home in America, but then our fall into Moloch worship [abortion])
16 Ephraim is blighted, their root is withered, they yield no fruit.
    Even if they bear children, I will slay their cherished offspring.”
17 
My God will reject them
 because they have not obeyed him;
    they will be wanderers among the nations.
(Verses 16-17 speak of their then-current state; the ten tribes were conquered and scattered after this prophecy)
Hosea 10:
10 When I please, I will punish them; nations will be gathered against them
    to put them in bonds for their double sin.
11 Ephraim is a trained heifer  that loves to thresh; so I will put a yoke on her fair neck.
    I will drive Ephraim, Judah must plow, and Jacob must break up the ground.
12 Sow righteousness for yourselves, reap the fruit of unfailing love,
    and break up your unplowed ground; for it is time to seek the Lord,
    until he comes and showers his righteousness on you.
(the ten tribes will be enslaved and scattered, Ephraim has a task to do, Judah (Christ) will be the plowman that guides Ephraim, and the Jewish faith must keep its values and traditions alive until the latter days [latter rains?])
Hos. 11:
It was I who taught Ephraim to walk, taking them by the arms;
   but they did not realize it was I who healed them.
(Jeroboam was appointed by Ahijah to lead the ten tribes, but quickly fell away from worshiping God
)
My people are determined to turn from me.
    Even though they call me God Most High, I will by no means exalt them.
“How can I give you up, Ephraim? How can I hand you over, Israel?
How can I treat you like Admah? How can I make you like Zeboyim?
My heart is changed within me; all my compassion is aroused.
I will not carry out my fierce anger, nor will I devastate Ephraim again.
   For I am God, and not a man— the Holy One among you. I will not come against their cities.
10 They will follow the Lord; he will roar like a lion.
   When he roars,
his children will come trembling from the west.
(Ephraim may be spared future devastation – perhaps revival comes, or rapture?)
12 Ephraim has surrounded me with lies, Israel with deceit.
   And Judah is unruly against God, even against the faithful Holy One.
(but at that time, they will both require some punishment)
Hos. 12 gives further reasons for the Assyrian conquest, and
Hos. 13 adds the southern kingdom to the punishment list. The only hope is at v. 14:

1 Return, Israel, to the Lord your God. Your sins have been your downfall!
Take words with you and return to the Lord. Say to him: “Forgive all our sins
   and receive us graciously, that we may offer the fruit of our lips.
Assyria cannot save us; we will not mount warhorses.
   We will never again say ‘Our gods’ to what our own hands have made,
    for in you the fatherless find compassion.”
(‘Israel’ includes Ephraim, Jacob’s grandson: this echoes ‘they will beat their swords into plowshares’ and an end to worshiping the material things of life)
Ephraim, what more have I[c] to do with idols?
(alternative phrasing: What more has Ephraim to do with idols?)
    I will answer him and care for him.
    I am like a flourishing juniper; your fruitfulness comes from me.”
(implying perhaps revival in America or the West)

14 “I will deliver this people from the power of the grave; I will redeem them from death.
   Where, O death, are your plagues?
    Where, O grave, is your destruction?
(this is echoed and answered in 1 Corinthians 55:)
  

50 I declare to you, brothers and sisters, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of  God, nor does the perishable inherit the imperishable.
51 Listen, I tell you a mystery: We will not all sleep, but we will all be changed—
 52 in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, the dead will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed.
53 
For the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable, and the mortal with immortality.
54 When the perishable has been clothed with the imperishable,
and the mortal with immortality, then the saying that is written will come true:
“Death has been swallowed up in victory.”

55 “Where, O death, is your victory?
    Where, O death, is your sting?”

(Zechariah speaks in part of the end times and the final peace)
Zech. 9:
10 I will take away the chariots from Ephraim and the warhorses from Jerusalem,
    and the battle bow will be broken.
He will proclaim peace to the nations. His rule will extend from sea to sea
    and from the River to the ends of the earth.
(but first there is the final battle)
13 I will bend Judah as I bend my bow and fill it with Ephraim.
    I will rouse your sons, O Zion, against your sons, O Greece,
    and make you like a warrior’s sword.
(This echoes Revelation 6 – the rider with the bow. In Zechariah’s time, Greek culture was present throughout what is now called Turkey and the Middle East, now held by Islam)
Zech. 10:

“My anger burns against the shepherds, and I will punish the leaders;
   for the Lord Almighty will care for his flock, the people of Judah,
    and make them like a proud horse in battle.
From Judah will come the cornerstone, from him the tent peg,
   from him the battle bow, from him every ruler.
Together they[a] will be like warriors in battle
    trampling their enemy into the mud of the streets.
   They will fight because the Lord is with them,
    and they will put the enemy horsemen to shame.

“I will strengthen Judah and save the tribes of Joseph.
    I will restore them because I have compassion on them.
    They will be as though I had not rejected them,
    for I am the Lord their God and I will answer them.
The Ephraimites will become like warriors, and their hearts will be glad as with wine.
   Their children will see it and be joyful; their hearts will rejoice in the Lord.
I will signal for them and gather them in.
   Surely I will redeem them; they will be as numerous as before.
Though I scatter them among the peoples, yet in distant lands they will remember me.  
They and their children will survive,
and they will return.
(the Ephraimites scattered among the peoples in distant lands will remember the Lord; this seems to speak of a great revival of faith in nations which today are falling farther into secular materialism and atheism. That would logically follow some event like a serious terrorist or EMP attack, or a major economic collapse that reveals the corruption of their economic or banking system – which could lead to the Ezekiel 38-39 events, then coming into Revelation 6 at about verse 5. It appears that the crowd beneath the altar of Rev. 6:9-11 is already beginning to gather, as ISIS rampages through the Middle East.)

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One thought on “Testing the Prophecies

  1. Ephraim: have you read Ellis Skolfield’s work on Daniel’s 70 weeks? IF Skolfield is correct (and I suspect he is closest of all I have read), then one of the times in prophecy ends on 1776. Add to this that our founders called this land “New Israel” and I must wonder if this is not the land God promised Ephraim’s descendants in His prophecies? It would certainly seem to tie together with everything else you have explained…

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