Well, Well… What Have We Here?
I cannot always see what word or term someone searched to land them at this website. For example, if you put a word or term in certain search engines, they keep that information private. However, other search engines do not. Therefore, depending on what search engine one uses, I may or may not be able to see the search that got them here. One day recently, I checked the search terms, and this is what I saw:
♫ Coming To America ♫
Writing so much about Ephraim lately, this caught my eye. I did not realize Ephraim was mentioned in the Book of John. So I opened up to John, Chapter 10, and started looking. It turns out that Ephraim is mentioned in John 11, not John 10. The searcher was only one chapter off, not bad considering I did not know that Ephraim was mentioned anywhere in John. Here is the passage:
Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the Jews. Instead he withdrew to a region near the desert, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples. ~ John 11:54 (NIV)
In light of what I have been writing about end-times Ephraim being the USA, this is one powerful verse. Look at it again. “Therefore Jesus no longer moved about publicly among the Jews.” This is true in spirit to this day. Jews who accept Jesus as Messiah are often excommunicated from their families. From the personal stories I have heard, it is more acceptable within Jewish culture for a Jew to accept any other religion than the Christian religion.
Now, look at the next sentence in the verse. “Instead he [Jesus] withdrew to a region near the desert, to a village called Ephraim, where he stayed with his disciples.”
Wow! Jesus went to Ephraim! This is true in spirit to this day! America is the most Christian nation on earth. We were founded upon Christianity. Our Ivy League universities started out as Christian seminaries. Our forefathers spoke and wrote unabashedly about their discipleship for Jesus Christ. We send Christian missionaries to every nook and cranny of the globe. We have an average of almost 5 Bibles per household. Jesus Christ is bodily in heaven until his 2nd Coming (Hebrews 9:28). But spiritually, it is undeniable that Jesus went to dwell in Ephraim (the USA)– which, despite all its worts, is the standard bearer of Christianity around the world to this day.
Calling All Cars, Be On The Lookout For Ten Lost Tribes
John 11:54 was powerful. And the verses just prior to it add to its power.
He [Caiaphas] did not say this on his own, but as high priest that year he prophesied that Jesus would die for the Jewish nation, and not only for that nation but also for the scattered children of God, to bring them together and make them one. So from that day on they plotted to take his life. ~ John 11:51-53 (NIV)
The King James Version (KJV) of the Bible specifies this scattering as “abroad,” meaning outside the nation of Israel. I interpret this unambiguously to mean the lost tribes of Israel, the ten northern tribes that were taken captive into Assyria in 721 BC. These tribes scattered worldwide when the Assyrian Empire fell around a hundred years later.
Think about those numbers. Ten of Israel’s twelve tribes (5/6!) scattered abroad and never returned. Much of the Bible after 1 Kings involves only the two southern tribes, Judah and Benjamin. However, the more I read the New Testament, the more I see how ever-present these lost tribes were on the minds of its authors. The study of the lost tribes is a huge piece of the prophetic puzzle that we have neglected for too long.
So, we have a mention of the lost tribes right before a mention of Jesus being rejected by the Jews and going to live in Ephraim. This is just more fuel for the six-part-and-growing fire I have been writing about.
The 2nd Coming Of Christ
So we have a situation wherein Jesus does not walk publicly among the Jews (true in spirit to this day), and Jesus goes to live in Ephraim (true in spirit to this day). But what happens next? Well, after some time in Ephraim, Jesus returns to walk publicly among the Jews again.
…the great crowd that had come for the Feast [Passover] heard that Jesus was on his way to Jerusalem. They took palm branches and went out to meet him, shouting, “Hosanna! Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord! Blessed is the King of Israel!” ~ John 12:12
Note that after Jesus spent a brief time in Ephraim, his place of refuge, he returned to Jerusalem. Likewise, the Spirit of Jesus Christ rests on modern-day Ephraim, but will return to Jerusalem. Not only that, Jesus Christ will physically return to Jerusalem again, and soon.
But another gem jumped out at me in this chunk of scripture. That is, Christ’s enemies wanted to kill the man he raised from the dead, Lazarus.
Six days before the Passover, Jesus arrived at Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead… So the chief priests made plans to kill Lazarus as well, for on account of him many of the Jews were going over to Jesus and putting their faith in him. ~ John 12:1-11
Nothing has changed. Today, Christ’s enemies want to kill the nation he raised from the dead, Israel. Lazarus is a prophetic shadow of Israel. Wow!
Just before Christ returned to Jerusalem in John 12:12, his enemies targeted the man he raised from the dead, Lazarus. Today, just before Christ returns to Jerusalem again, his enemies target the nation he raised from the dead, Israel. Back then, Christ’s enemies tried to kill him and Lazarus. Today, Christ’s enemies try to kill him and Israel.
Sure, Christ is not physically here yet, but his Spirit certainly is. His enemies try furiously to kill that Spirit by beheading Christians, banning the Bible in public school, suing to remove crosses, and equating Christianity with the horrors committed by ISIS– as Barack Hussein Obama did the other day.
Just as Ephraim is a prophetic shadow of America, Lazarus is a prophetic shadow of Israel. Here is the crucial point. In the Bible, Christ’s enemies wanted to kill Christ and Lazarus. Today, Christ’s enemies want to kill Christ’s Spirit and Israel. Christ’s Spirit and Israel are inseparably linked! Therefore, if an enemy of Israel has no problem with the brand of Christianity you profess, you need to check yourself. The true test of your faith is whether the haters of Israel hate you too. If they don’t, you’re not a Christian.
Just as Lazarus walked out of his grave at Christ’s command around 33 AD, Israel walked out of its grave at Christ’s command in 1948 AD. Satan (AKA Islam and the Left) has been trying to put Israel back in that grave ever since.