PARSHA VAYECHI: JOSEPH AND PROPHECY
This week’s Parsha Vayechi, contains the Blessings and Prophecies of Jacob (Israel) to his sons in the latter days.
But before the actual blessings of the sons are given, Jacob asks for Joseph and his two sons born to him in Egypt: the elder Manasseh and the younger, Ephraim. Joseph, the first son of his favored wife, was thought lost; was found! And not only found, but found as Vizier of Egypt! Jacob had a special blessing to give to Joseph. Some of it had to do with the extra bit of land Jacob conquered in battle with Shechem after the Dinah incident. Though no battle is mentioned, it apparently occurred, for now Jacob was giving this ridge of land to Joseph. But more than just an extra ridge, Jacob is giving Joseph’s sons standing as if they were his own, therefore raising them to the equivalent of his own sons.
I will not rehearse the long story of the Davidic Dynasty, Solomon’s Reign and the subsequent division of the United Kingdom into Judah and Israel.
The point is that this Parsha is a key mainstay used by those who identify the Lost Tribes as necessarily in existence, necessarily great, and thus necessarily hidden in plain sight.
The far and away most common understanding of where and who these powerful, yet unrecognized Tribes are is that they are found in the English Speaking World.
NO! I am not saying the English Speaking Anglo-Saxon-Celtic peoples are Jews. I am saying that many believe they are descendents of the Lost Tribes of Israel; predominantly Joseph, and the allied tribes of the northern kingdom.
Ezekiel 37:1 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. 22 I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel. There will be one king over all of them and they will never again be two nations or be divided into two kingdoms. 23 They will no longer defile themselves with their idols and vile images or with any of their offenses, for I will save them from all their sinful backsliding and I will cleanse them. They will be my people, and I will be their God.
24 “‘My servant David will be king over them, and they will all have one shepherd. They will follow my laws and be careful to keep my decrees. 25 They will live in the land I gave to my servant Jacob, the land where your ancestors lived. They and their children and their children’s children will live there forever, and David my servant will be their prince forever. 26 I will make a covenant of peace with them; it will be an everlasting covenant. I will establish them and increase their numbers, and I will put my sanctuary among them forever. 27 My dwelling place will be with them; I will be their God, and they will be my people. 28 Then the nations will know that I the LORD make Israel holy, when my sanctuary is among them forever.’”
This weeks Parsha focuses on the seed of the conflict between Ephraim (Joseph) and Judah and its resolution as a part of the Messianic Age.
Genesis 48: 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. 17And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father’s hand, to remove it from Ephraim’s head unto Manasseh’s head. 18And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head. 19And 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.
“A multitude of nations” in KJV and JPS 1917, Koren (which is based on Jewish Family Bible of M. Friedlander, 1881, with the sanction of the Chief Rabbi of The British Empire, Dr. N. M. Adler. (Who knew there was a chief Rabbi of The British Empire?) Prof. Harold Fisch edited the Koren. He as said based his translation on the Friedlander Jewish Family Bible, but brought to bear his study of the “important 19th century Jewish Bible of Isaac Lesser”, as well as other modern scholarship and interpretations from the Targums.
Yet, the 1985 JPS Jewish Study Bible translates the phrase “plentiful enough for nations”.
KJV and ESV “multitude of nations”; English Common Bible: “many nations”; Contemporary English Version: “many great nations”; NIV “group of nations”.
Milo- HaGoyiim is the transliteration of the key word, in this key verse, in this key Parsha.
Whether Ephraim, the younger of Joseph’s sons is being blessed with the blessing of becoming plentiful enough for nations, or a Group Of Nations, or a Multitude of Nations; this phrase has become one of the mainstays of believers in the persistence of the Lost Tribes; and specifically not as minor lost anomalous Jewish Tribes as in Ethiopia; but hiding in PLAIN SIGHT as a recognizable group of nations. And because of the previous use of the word “Great” this refers to not some transient league of miniscule states or tribal federations; but GREAT.
Verse 20 And he blessed them that day, saying: ‘By thee shall Israel bless, saying: G-d make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh.’ And he set Ephraim before Manasseh. This is STILL the practice in synagogues when the children are blessed, or in the home on Shabbot eve.
Those who dismiss Anglo-Israelism insist on diminishing the meaning of Ephraim and Manasseh to refer to temporary states of affairs in the times of Judges. The greatness of Ephraim is explained as being fulfilled by Joshua. Manasseh produced powerful Judges. But if Ephraim and Manasseh’s greatness was fulfilled in ancient times, wouldn’t that blessing be somewhat small potatoes? Why bless children to be such small relics?
M’lo ha-Hoyiim is something special, or Joseph would not have been adamant about trying to correct his father’s hand placement upon his sons’ heads.
Seeing that much turns on the exact meaning(s) of the word “M’lo” leads through Strong’s to The Millo.
FROM WIKI: The Millo is now believed to be a palace in continuous occupation from the10th century BC until the Babylonian Conquest and destruction. Recent excavations reveal a small stepped stone structure connecting to and supporting a large stone structure, thought to be the palace itself. The Small Stepped Stone structure was built as walls filled with stone, or rubble. M’LO means fill, or filled, or fills.
Judges 9:6 is the first mention of the word “Millo”. It is in the context of “Beth Millo”, “Beth Millo seems to refer to a quarter of a city near Shechem that was built upon a FILLING of earth.” (Comment in JSB).
Again here is the sense of a structure that is filled. These structures gain their physical support from being filled with stones. This is an exact like analogy for a group of mutually supporting nations, within a framework or scaffolding.
1 Kings 9:14-15. And this is the reason of the levy which king Solomon raised; for to build the house of the LORD, and his own house, and Millo, and the wall of Jerusalem, and Hazor, and Megiddo, and Gezer.
BUT we are warned just above in the same chapter:
4And if thou wilt walk before me, as David thy father walked, in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments:
5Then I will establish the throne of thy kingdom upon Israel for ever, as I promised to David thy father, saying, There shall not fail thee a man upon the throne of Israel.
6But if ye shall at all turn from following me, ye or your children, and will not keep my commandments and my statutes which I have set before you, but go and serve other gods, and worship them:
7Then will I cut off Israel out of the land which I have given them; and this house, which I have hallowed for my name, will I cast out of my sight; and Israel shall be a proverb and a byword among all people:
8And at this house, which is high, every one that passeth by it shall be astonished, and shall hiss; and they shall say, Why hath the LORD done thus unto this land, and to this house?
9And they shall answer, Because they forsook the LORD their God, who brought forth their fathers out of the land of Egypt, and have taken hold upon other gods, and have worshipped them, and served them: therefore hath the LORD brought upon them all this evil.
Did Solomon forsake the LORD? 24 But Pharaoh’s daughter came up out of the city of David unto her house which Solomon had built for her: then did he build Millo.
But in building the Millo, he FILLED in the breaches, or passages that gave access to the Temple. Interestingly the same word “Peretz” is breach. This was the name given the son of Judah who had the crimson string upon his wrist. He had managed to push it out first during Tamar’s labor. But, though born after his brother, he had stuck his arm out first, and breached the birth canal. Again, circles in circles; it is through Peretz that the genealogy of David, Solomon and Yeshua all come.
This Peretz, the ancestor of David, Solomon and Yeshua is the same word for the Breaches that were CLOSED UP by Solomon.
1 Kings 11:26 reveals the consequences of filling the Millo. “Millo” means filling!
26And Jeroboam the son of Nebat, an Ephrathite of Zereda, Solomon’s servant, whose mother’s name was Zeruah, a widow woman, even he lifted up his hand against the king.
27And this was the cause that he lifted up his hand against the king: Solomon built Millo, and repaired the breaches of the city of David his father.
28And the man Jeroboam was a mighty man of valour: and Solomon seeing the young man that he was industrious, he made him ruler over all the charge of the house of Joseph.
At the end of Solomon’s reign, his son Rehoboam ascended the throne of the United Kingdom. Solomon’s demand for labor and taxes to build the Temple, The Palace and the Milo had been excessive. There was optimism that his heir would recognize that the people, especially those of the north, had had enough taxation and were wearied of work details. However, when respectfully approached by Jeroboam for redress, Rehoboam heeded his youthful advisers and opted to see the request as a challenge to his authority. He therefore spoke harshly and increased the work and the taxation due.
Jeroboam, an Ephraimite, whose leadership and organizational skills were recognized by Solomon, had been placed in charge of the House of Joseph. The harsh refusal to compromise cost Rehoboam and all future generations a unified kingdom of Twelve Tribes under a son of David.
The upshot of all this? Circles within circles; hints of echoes abound. Our Parsha addresses the prophetic future of the Twelve Tribes of Israel. We are teased with Ephraim and Manasseh as powerful, thus well-known nations, yet unrecognized by themselves or the world yet! Many claim they are the British Commonwealth and America. Of these, many claim despite being the younger, Ephraim is represented by the British Empire because of this word M’lo Ha-goyiim. But is not America the more truly company of states. Yes, Jacob said, the elder to shall be great: is not Britain the only nation in History to have that in its very name “Great Britain”.
The fracture of the United Kingdom (and also strange that in all of world history there exist only two well-known “United Kingdoms”: Israel an Great Britain), and the end of the David lineage ruling over a united kingdom is a result of Solomon’s closing off the Breaches; and thus the descendents of Peretz, the Breech, are cut off from ruling over the United Kingdom until Shiloh! And we shall know Shiloh when we see Ezekiel 37:15 through 26 fulfilled. But 49:10 reminds us that Judah retains a Davidic King without interruption until Shiloh comes. The Torah lies. There is no king upon the David Throne since Rome overthrew the last of the Hasmoneans; filed with apostasy as they were, they were of the lineage of Peretz.
THE TORAH LIES? God forbid. But the only way to prove its truthfulness in this matter is to recognize that Yeshua, the descendent of Peretz, is seated on David’s Throne even now. But what is hidden will soon be open.