Order of Encampment.
Each standard is said to have had as its “sign’’ one of the twelve constellations. (See The Stars Only) depicted on it. One standard, with its sign on it for each tribe. Hence called “ensign’’, The order proceeds according to the course of the sun; east, south, west, north., and each camp composed of three tribes. (3 x 4 = 12).
In the Zodiac, the sign of an Ox Ephraim and Manasseh are the two horns of Taurus, the bull. Ephraim (represents Great Britain) and (Manasseh represents U.S.A.). Ephraim, the younger, bears the standard according to the blessing in
14. And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.
15. And he blessed Joseph, and said, “God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God Which fed me all my life long unto this day.
16. 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.”
17. And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his fathers hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head.
18. And Joseph said unto his father, “Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head.
19. And his father refused, and said, “I know it my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.”
20. And he blessed them that day, saying, “In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh.
Manasseh is the older brother by the same mother, which explains why we seem to get on so well.
The order and grouping of the Twelve Tribes can be found on page 38 of the Companion Bible. It is well worthy of a study, but I think you will appreciate that it would be far too much to go into here.
means all twelve tribes of Israel, which does not apply only to Jews. The
Jewish people make up only one tribe, i.e. Judah, from all twelve. The
'house of Judah' now resides in the middle-east state called Israel, along with
Benjamin and Levi joined with them. The other Ten Tribes were scattered
abroad along with other Jews, and most of Judah knows this.
The phrase 'and will yet choose Israel' refers to the putting back together of the scattered ten tribes called the 'house of Israel' in God's Word, and the 'house of Judah', into one Israel again, as it was before the split recorded in…
I & II Kings (also see Ezek.37). The two sticks.
That joining has not happened yet today, as today's nation state of Israel has no 'king' over them (see the Lost Tribes study). The lost tribes, which are not lost to our Father, will be joined back to their 'own land' in Israel. These 'strangers' are the Gentiles who accept Christ as God's Saviour also. This is truly what the 'gathering' by Christ at His Second Advent means.
Gen 49:10. The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh (Our Lord Jesus Christ) come; and unto Him shall all gathering of the people be.
We will be going home in the millennium.