So we are in the process of analyzing and dissecting what Jacob meant when he said Ephraim will become “MELO HA GOYIM” or the “fullness of the Gentiles”.
The first piece of the puzzle is that Ephraim was dispersed throughout the nations and for the most part lost their identity and became swallowed up by the Gentile nations.
In order to get the second piece of the puzzle, we need to go to the Book of Ezekiel.
Let’s take a look at verse 37:19:
“Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.“
This verse is talking about a time when Judah and Ephraim are resurrected, brought back to the reborn land of Israel, and reunited into ONE kingdom again.
So we know that the Jews today are Judah.
But what about Ephraim?
How is Ephraim going to be able to rejoin with Judah if they’ve been lost and swallowed up by the Gentile nations?
As impossible as it sounds, Ezekiel’s prophecy makes it clear that Ephraim will be found and reunited with the Jewish people.
I believe there is a spiritual and physical component to this prophecy.
First, although I said the identity of Ephraim was lost due to being swallowed up by the Gentile nations, the truth is they weren’t completely lost.
Through God’s providential hand, there remain large populations from the various 10 tribes of Ephraim that have been rediscovered!
They have come forward claiming that they are Ephraim-Israel, NOT Jews.
So this is evidence that not every Israelite who was kicked out of the promised land became assimilated.
Groups from each of the 10 tribes of Ephraim-Israel have managed to stay together and keep their identities intact.
These groups have been found living in various places in Asia with populations sometimes exceeding a million people or more and throughout the past 2700 years they have maintained their tribal names and Hebrew worship rituals.
In March of 2005, the government of Israel in recognition of these Ephraimite tribes finally passed a law allowing these Ephraim-Israelites to return to the promised land and be reunited with their Jewish brethren.
Airlifts to Israel of the Ephraim-Israelite tribes from various parts of the world have been taking place ever since.
This is prophecy in the making folks.
It is happening as you read this.
The 12 tribes are coming together again.
After a 3000 year separation, Ephraim and Judah are reuniting to form ONE nation of God.
However, this event only covers the physical Israelite aspect of the prophecy concerning Ephraim becoming one stick with Judah.
What about the gentile believers in Messiah?
When Jacob said Ephraim was going to “become a fullness of the Gentiles”, this means that in some way Ephraim was going to become a unique and important type of blessing to non-Hebrew folk.
This post focused on the purely physical Israelite connection and how Ezekiel’s prophecy is being literally fulfilled in the land of Israel today via the two houses of Israel reuniting,
However, Scripture also talks about both Jew and Gentile uniting as one in the body of Messiah.
In the next post, I want to discuss this fascinating gentile connection and what it may have to do with Ephraim.