Judah's Septere and Joseph's Birthright
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Judah's Septere and Joseph's Birthright
J. H. Allen  

Series 3:
Chapter 8 - The Veil Lifted from the Abrahamic Nations

Egypt-Israelitish and Anglo-Saxon Emblems

"Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age, and he made him a coat of many colors." (Genesis 37:3)

A souvenir of this coat of many colors which Jacob made for Joseph is still found in the many-colored plaid, as worn by the Scotch Highlanders, not only at home, but by Highlander societies, which exist in nearly every large Anglo-Saxon city. The use of this van-colored plaid, and the custom of wearing it, can be traced as far back as the Scottish people have any history, and yet its origin among them is unknown; that is, it was unknown until they began to know that they were the descendants of Joseph.

Also, once upon a time, the Gileadites were at war with Ephraim-Israel,

"and the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites; and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto them, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay; then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth, and he said, Sibboleth; for he could not frame to pronounce it right. " (Judges 12:5-6)

The Ephraimites seem to have had trouble to pronounce the letter h, and many of Ephraim's people still have trouble with their h's, especially the modern "Cockney."

The Gileadites seem to have worsted Israel in this war to which we have referred, but, according to prophecy, there was to come a time when Ephraim would nevermore be conquered by a Gentile nation. And it must have been to this end that the Lord told the islands to keep silent, "until my people renew their strength."

For of this same people, this Israel that is dwelling in the isles, the Lord says:

"Behold, all that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded; they that strive against thee shall perish; they shall be as nothing. Thou shalt seek them, even them that contended with thee; they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of naught. For I, the Lord thy God, will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the Lord," (Isaiah 41:11-14).

When Balak, the king of Moab, hired Balaam to curse Israel, and he could not, but was compelled by the Lord to bless Israel, he said:

"God brought him forth out of Egypt; he [Israel] hath, as it were, the strength of an UNICORN; he shall eat up the nations his enemies, and shall break their bones, and pierce them through with his ARROWS. He crouched, he lay down as a lion, and as a GREAT LION. Who shall stir him up? Blessed is he that blesseth thee, and cursed is he that curseth thee," (Numbers 24:8-9).

Now, it is a most remarkable fact that two of these racial emblems, the LION and the UNICORN, which were given to Israel with that compulsory blessing, are in the coat-of-arms of Great Britain. This insignia, or national seal, is, in part, the "Harp of David," which was brought to the isles by Dan and Simeon, with the Unicorn reared on one side and the Great Lion on the other. The Lion is both Judah's and Israel's, so also is the Unicorn not only Israel's, but Joseph's, and yet in a special sense it belongs to Ephraim, because he had the precedence in birthright. Thus Moses, on the day of his death, while he was reiterating and enlarging upon the prophecies and promises made by Jacob to each of the tribal heads, said, concerning the blessings of Joseph:

"His glory is like the firstling of his Bullock, and his horns are like the horns of Unicorns; with them he shall push the people together to the ends of the earth; and they are the tens of thousands of Ephraim (the thousands of each of the ten tribes) and the thousands (of the one tribe) of Manasseh." (Deuteronomy 33:17)

The English have not only the lion and the unicorn, but they have also that which to them may mean only a circle divided into four quarters. Still it is really a reproduction of Ephraim's cake, for the four quarterings are made by a cross. (see picture below). In one of these quarterings is David's harp, and in each of the other three are young lions.

Picture of the emblem known as Ephraim's Cake (with a Lion and Unicorn)
Ephraim's Cake (Lion / Unicorn)

Royal Coat of Arms of Great Britain used by Queen Anne (1707 to 1714 A.D.)
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland as used by Queen Elizabeth II from 1953 A.D. to the present (as used in all her realms except Scotland).
Royal Coat of Arms of Great Britain
used by Queen Anne (1707 to 1714 A.D.)
Royal Coat of Arms of the United Kingdom of
Great Britain and Northern Ireland as used by
Queen Elizabeth II from 1953 A.D. to the present.

That Manasseh was a separate tribe is known from the following: "There was also a lot of the tribe of Manasseh, for he was the first-born of Joseph," (Joshua 17:1). Also the following:

"For the children of Joseph were two tribes, Manasseh and Ephraim; therefore, they gave no part unto the Levites in the land, save cities to dwell in, with their suburbs," (Joshua 14:4).

Thus was the land divided by lot as the Lord commanded,

"But unto the tribe of Levi (the priests) Moses gave not any inheritance; the Lord God of Israel was their inheritance." (Joshua 13:33)

Thus with Joseph's two tribes, which was his promised "double portion," there were thirteen tribes in Israel, and only twelve divisions of the land, so the Levites could have no land inheritance; but they had the Lord, which was far better, and they were allowed to eat the meat of sacrifice from off the holy altar.

But Manasseh was not only a separate tribe, but as a partaker of the birthright blessing, he and Ephraim were to grow together until they became a multitude in the midst of the earth; then he was to be separated from his brethren, and become a great nation. This is the reason of the prophecy,

"Joseph is a fruitful bough, even a fruitful bough by a well [literally by the water], whose branches run over the wall." (Genesis 49:22).

Thus God said:

"Let the blessing come upon the top of the head of him that was separated from his brethren." (Deuteronomy 33:16)

Since there are thirteen tribes in Israel, and since Ephraim and Manasseh were adopted after all the rest were born, and Ephraim is counted for Joseph, or rather that they are counted interchangeably, there is no other chance for Manasseh, numerically speaking, but that he is number thirteen. Now, it is a significant fact, that when Manasseh separated from Ephraim — when the people who have become a great nation separated from those who have become a company of nations, because their branches have continued to run over the wall — he, Manasseh, or America, had just thirteen states, and that thirteen is the prominent number in all the emblems and heraldry of the land.

Picture of the National Seal of the United States of America, obverse side.
National Seal of the United States of America
(obverse side)
"He also shall become a People, and he also shall be Great"
(Genesis 48:19)

The first national flag of those original United States had thirteen Stars and thirteen Bars. The bars symbolize the Union, and the constellation of thirteen stars was intended to symbolize the nation formed of thirteen independent states.

In this, the Great Seal of our country, as represented above, we have the arms and crest of the United States of America. We would first call your attention to the fact that the eagle is holding in what is called the "Dexter" talon an Olive Branch. In the fourteenth chapter of Hosea, that prophet, who has so much to say about lost Ephraim-Israel, we have the following:

"O Israel, return unto the Lord thy God; I will heal their backslidings; I will love them freely; for mine anger is turned away from him ... I will be as the dew to Israel; he shall grow like the lily [the national flower of Egypt], and cast forth his roots as Lebanon [royal cedar]. His branches shall spread, and his beauty shall be as the OLIVE tree. Ephraim will say, What have I to do any more with idols?" (Hosea 14:1, 4-6, 8)

Ephraim is the representative of the house of Joseph, and we have placed this Scripture before our readers that they may see that the Olive tree is among the insignia of the birthright family, and that it is here represented as belonging to one of the Branches of the birthright kingdom, and since the birthright is Joseph's, it is the Olive Branch of Joseph which has been placed in the "Coat of Arms" of Manasseh, the thirteenth tribe in Israel, who has now fulfilled the prophecy of becoming a great nation.

Still this fact, if it stood alone, might not mean so much, but in the other talon, which is called the "Sinister," is a "Bundle of thirteen Arrows," which represents the nation individually and collectively prepared for war. It is marvelous that the Olive Branch should have been made our official insignum of Peace, and that the Arrows should have been made by law to represent the War Power of the country, for the Arrows were in the heraldry of Israel, as well as the Unicorn and Lion, when Balaam was compelled to bless instead of curse them. Also, the Josephites were Bow-men, and Jacob, after speaking of Joseph and his branches, said,

"The archers have sorely grieved him, and shot at him, and hated him. But his Bow (munitions of war) abode in strength, and the Arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the mighty God of Jacob," (Genesis 49:23-24).

It is a well-known, and much-rejoiced-over fact that the Bow of the United States, which has sent her Arrows into the ranks of her enemies, has always abode in strength, and that both her chief men and people have always said: "God has helped us."

When Israel marched through the wilderness, she had four standards that were called "Camp Standards." One of these was on the north, one on the east, one on the south, and one on the west. But there were, besides these, a family standard or ensign for each tribe. Hence the Lord commanded saying:

"Every man of the children of Israel shall pitch by his own standard, with the ensign of their father's house; afar off about the tabernacle shall they pitch," (Numbers 2:2).

The object of the camp standards was, that when the time came to camp or pitch their tents for the night, the three tribes which belonged to each of these four camp standards might gather to them. The compilers of our reference Bibles understood this, hence they have given the references to the four living creatures of Ezekiel 1:10 as follows:

"As for the likeness of their faces, they four had the face of a Man (Numbers 2:10) and the face of a Lion (Numbers 2:3), on the right side; and they four had the face of an Ox (Numbers 2:18) on the left side; they four also had the face of an Eagle," (Numbers 2:25.)

The reference to the Lion reads:

"And on the east side, toward the rising of the sun, shall they of the standard of the camp of Judah pitch throughout their armies." (Numbers 2:3)

It was dying Jacob who gave the Lion to Judah as the ensign of his royal house, in the following:

"Judah is a lion's whelp; from the prey, my son, thou art gone up; he stooped down, he crouched as a lion, and as an old [Lawbee — old, great, stout] lion, who shall rouse him up?" (Genesis 49:9)

Oh! this is truly wonderful, for, mark this, when his race was young Judah as a Lion's Whelp took a leap with Dan from Palestine to the isles, and now he is there as an Old Lion, and the question is, "Who shall rouse him up?

The fact that we find Judah's Lion with the Unicorn of Ephraim-Israel in the national seal of the Brith-ish, or covenant, people is another evidence that the royal remnant of the Judo-Davidic house found their way to Ephraim-Israel at the time of the uprooting of the Pharez line, who was then, as now, living in the isles of the northwest. And it is also another evidence that the Saxon nations are the nations of Israel upon whom "lighted" the Divine word, who is also "The Lion of the Tribe of Judah."

The reference from the Ox in Ezekiel is as follows: "On the west side shall be the standard of the camp of Ephraim according to their armies." (Numbers 2:18). Here again we have the representative of Joseph, the birthright holder, of whom Moses said: "His glory is like the firstling of his Bullock." (Deuteronomy 33:17). The Hebrew word that is here translated bullock is the same as that in Ezekiel 1:10, which is rendered Ox. In fact, there is but one word in the Hebrew (shur, or shour) for ox, bull, or cow. But the above shows us that the family ensign of Joseph was a bovine. This is the reason for such expressions as, "Ephraim is an heifer that is taught," (Hosea 10:11) and "Israel slideth back as a backsliding heifer." (Hosea 4:16). It was also because of this fact that, when Jeroboam, of the house of Joseph, wanted to make idols which would be attractive to Ephraim-Israel, he made two calves; i.e., a bullock and a heifer. The Unicorn of Israel is now in the national insignia of that people, but the family ensign still clings to them as a national nickname; i.e., "John Bull."

Thus far it is clear that the Lion of Ezekiel's vision was the camp standard of Judah, which was on the east; and that the Ox of his vision was the ensign of the family of Joseph, which was with Ephraim in the west. As we continue to investigate the signification of these four living creatures we find that the reference to the Eagle reads as follows: "The standard of the camp of Dan shall be on the north side of their armies" (Numbers 2:25). We have already shown, while explaining Ezekiel's riddle concerning the pulling down of him that was high, and the exaltation of him that was low, that the Eagle was, at that time, the ensign of the tribe of Dan; but since that time they have used the Leaping Lion's Whelp, with the serpent's tail, and the Eagle, like everything else that pertains to national Israel, has fallen to the birthright family, and is now the national ensign of the thirteenth tribe of Israel, the people of which are not only the descendants of Manasseh, the first-born of Joseph, but they also compose the firstborn nation out of the "MANY NATIONS," which were promised to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, and Joseph, and whose ensign Eagle holds in his beak a scroll upon which is written their national motto, "E Pluribus Unum," which has thirteen letters, and means "One out of MANY."

Therefore, concerning a certain land which is in-dwelt by a portion of Israel, we have the following:

"Ho (or Hail, not Woe, as in the King James version of the Scriptures) to the land shadowing with wings, which is beyond the rivers of Ethiopia: that sendeth ambassadors by the sea, even in vessels of bulrushes upon the waters, saying: Go, ye swift messengers, to a nation scattered and peeled, to a people terrible from their beginning (note that) hitherto a nation meted out (measured out by a time of prophecy, which is called the times of the Gentiles) and trodden down, whose (home, or ancient) land the RIVERS ("Now, therefore, behold the Lord bringeth upon them (Israel) the WATERS of the RIVER, strong and many, even the king of Assyria, and all his glory; and he shall come up over all his (Israel's) channels, and go over all his banks," (Isaiah 18:8-7)) have spoiled! All ye inhabitants of the world, and dwellers on the earth, see ye, when he (that nation shadowed with wings) lifteth up an ensign." (Isaiah 18:8-7, 18:1-3)

We have thus parenthesized Isaiah 18:8-7 with Isaiah 18:1-3, that our readers may know that this land which had set up an ensign of outstretched wings was a land in which Israelites were dwelling, for it was the king of Assyria, who came up against Ephraim-Israel, overflowed his land, and led him into captivity. Prior to this, Moab had once held Israel in derision, and the Lord, in condemning their arrogance, said:

"He [Israel] shall fly as an Eagle, and spread his wings over Moab," (Jeremiah 48:40).

No wings except those which are spread out can be shadowing wings, and the Shadowing wings of Israel's Spread Eagle are in the ensign of the United States of America. Hence, America is the land shadowed by wings of which Isaiah wrote, whose ambassadors cross the sea in vessels of bulrushes, or, literally, of caldrons which absorb water; i. e., the modern steamship.

The Shield, or escutcheon, which is borne on the breast of the Spread Eagle, has thirteen pieces, called pales, or paleways, which comes from the same word as palings or pickets. These thirteen paleways are united by one at the top. The Lord said to Abraham: "I am thy Shield." (Genesis 15:1)

On the national seal of America, the "Great People," above the shadowing wings and the scroll, is a Cloud emitting rays of Glory. "Aaron spake unto the whole congregation of the children of Israel ... and behold the Glory of the Lord appeared in the Cloud." (Exodus 16:10). To our fathers that glory Cloud was significant of the presence of Jehovah. That Glory Cloud, which hung over Israel, guided those who had but just escaped from the Egyptian bondage, and it stood between them and their enemies. But this is not all, for this Cloud of our American heraldry surrounds what is called "The Constellation."

Picture of The Great Pyramid from the reverse side of The Great Seal of the United States of America.
The Great Pyramid
(Reverse Side of The Great Seal of the United States of America)

This constellation is a group of thirteen stars, or planets, on a field of azure sky, which is exactly the same number of planets that appeared on the azure sky in the dream of Joseph, which drove him into separation from his brethren.

Any one of these features in the blazonry of our nation might have been a coincidence, but when we see that there is not a single feature, but that which is Josephic and Israelitish, it is simply astounding. But when we turn our face upon the reverse side of that great national seal we are overwhelmed, for there stands the Great Pyramid of Egypt, which is one of the two great monuments of Egypt, the birthplace of Ephraim and Manasseh, the Egypto-Israelitish sons of Joseph, the son of Jacob, the son of Isaac, the son of Abraham. And, marvel of marvels! The national Crest of England has that other great monument of Egypt, the Sphinx, on its reverse side. Thus do the people of Great Britain and the United States of America, the Brother nations, by that which speaks louder than words, for signs are arbitrary, say that they are the offsprings of the Egypto-Israelitish holders of the Abrahamic birthright.

The people of the United States made this declaration by that which was made a law on Thursday, June 20, 1782, for on that day the ensign which bears those shadowing wings of Israel, together with the Heraldry of Joseph, became a law among us. Also over the pyramid on the reverse side of the Great Seal of America is another thirteen-lettered motto, which, of course is not only lawful, but also national; i.e., "Annuit Coeptis," — "He [the Lord] hath prospered our undertakings." This also is Josephic, for we read,

"The Lord was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man." (Genesis 39:2)

"The Lord was with him [Joseph], and that which he did the Lord made it to prosper" (Genesis 39:23).

Those who understand the Cabala and the arith mography of the Scriptures, it is known that the number thirteen is significant of rebellion, but all that we can say about it here is that the first time this number occurs in the Bible it is with reference to Rebellion (Genesis 14:4). Surely that people whose characteristic number is thirteen did rebel in 1776, and prospered in it, too. They also prospered in 1814, in another little affair concerning the acquisition of a vast stretch of territory known as Louisiana.

This people have also had rebellion within their own borders, and it is a remarkable fact that, although thirteen was not the number of states in the Confederacy, the Confederate Congress, in 1863, formally adopted a battle flag for the Confederacy, and also a Confederate flag. The Battle Flag was a white field with a blue cross of this (X) shape, in which there were thirteen stars. The flag for the Confederacy was white, with a red field in the Dexter chief corner, bearing this same (X) cross with its thirteen stars. Here again is both rebellion and the birthright cross of the house of Joseph. In his struggle the government also prospered, and it was essential that it should thus prosper, not only in this case, but also in the others of which we have spoken, in order to fulfill a prophecy concerning one feature of their history, namely:

"Shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins... Is not this the fast that I have chosen? to undo the heavy burdens, and let the OPPRESSED GO FREE, and that YE break every yoke?" (Isaiah 58:1, 6).

These are the reasons for which Our Race go to war. England freed her slaves in 1838 and America freed hers in 1861.

It has often been said that brothers would quarrel. Judah and Ephraim did, and so have Ephraim and Manasseh; and the troubles to which we have thus far alluded have been family affairs. When it comes to these family difficulties, that one will always conquer which must do so in order to fulfill the word of God. But when it comes to war with non-Israelitish nations, whether it be to undo heavy burdens, to let the oppressed go free, to break the yoke of slavery, or for whatever reason, then the Israel of which we speak will always succeed. For it is of literal, fleshly, Joseph Israel, of whom also is spiritual Israel, of whom it is said: "No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper." (Isaiah 54:17). And also the following:

"The remnant of Jacob shall be among the Gentiles in the midst of many people as a lion among the beasts of the forest, as a young lion among the sheep [margin: goats]; who, if he go through, both treadeth down, and teareth in pieces, and none can deliver. Thine hand shall be lifted up upon thine adversaries, and all thine enemies shall be cut off," (Micah. 5:8-9).

It was in fulfillment of these promises that Napoleon, the hitherto victor, bit the dust at Waterloo. It was in fulfillment of these promises that the American fleet entered Manila Bay, and destroyed tile enemy's fleet with the loss of only seven men. It was in fulfillment of these words of Divine truth that the American fleet destroyed the Spanish fleet in Cuban waters and lost only one man. It was that these promises might be fulfilled that Sam Houston, with only seven hundred and fifty raw recruits, fought the decisive battle against the Mexican army at San Jacinto, April 21st, 1836, in which he annihilated the Mexicans at one blow, killing six hundred and fifty, capturing three hundred and fifty, and putting the rest to flight, and yet losing only eight men and twenty-five wounded. But space forbids to tell of the many similar cases.

When the children of Israel were singing unto the Lord over the victory he had given them by destroying the armies of Pharaoh, they said:

"Thou didst blow with thy wind, the sea covered them they sank as lead in the mighty waters. Who is like unto thee, O Lord, among the mighty ones? Who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praise, doing wonders?" (Exodus 15:10-11)

In the forty-first chapter of Isaiah, where the Lord says to Israel in the isles, "They that WAR against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of naught," (Isaiah 41:12) he also says:

"Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them." (Isaiah 41:16)

One fulfillment of this promise was the destruction of the "Invincible Spanish Armada," when they went against the English in 1588, concerning which the American Cyclopedia gives the following:

"The Spanish Armada sailed May 29, but a storm compelled it to return; and it was not till the end of July that the two fleets met and joined in battle near the English coast. After a series of actions that lasted several days, the Spaniards were utterly routed, the elements assisting the English."

The underscores are ours, as we wish to call your attention to how the Lord helped. This Armada consisted of 130 vessels all told, and was unequaled in its time. Israel in the isles had not yet fully renewed their strength. The history continues,

"Having left Lisbon for Corunna for stores, May 29, 1588, the fleet was dispersed by a violent storm, and, though all the ships joined at Corunna with the exception of four, they were considerably shattered, and had to be repaired. Reports having reached England that the armament was completely disabled, the government ordered its own ships to be laid up; but Lord Howard, the admiral, opposed this order, set sail for Corunna, learned the truth, and on his return continued warlike preparations. Soon after, being informed that the Armada had hove in sight, he weighed anchor, and as it passed Plymouth, July 31, stood out in its rear and opened a destructive fire.

"Having the windward position, and being greatly superior in speed, he was able to inflict serious damage without loss to himself. All the way along the channel the English followed the Armada with the same tactics, taking advantage of the changing winds, harassing the Spaniards, capturing two or three of their best vessels, and yet keeping all the while virtually out of reach. The Spaniards proceeded toward the coast of Flanders, keeping as close together as possible ... Off Calais the Armada cast anchor, waiting for the Duke of Parma's fleet to come out of the Flemish harbors; but Parma had nothing but unarmed barges, and could not come out until the Armada had beaten off the Anglo-Dutch blockading squadron. Driving the Spaniards out of Calais roads by means of fire ships, Aug. 8, Howard and Drake now forced them toward the Flemish coast, with the purpose of getting them into the North Sea and cutting off their communications with Dunkirk.

"The battle began at daybreak off Gravelines, and lasted till dark. The Spaniards were completely defeated. Several of their largest ships were lost, and 40,000 men were killed, and probably at least as many were wounded. It was impossible either to return to Calais or to reach the Duke of Parma. Their provisions were nearly exhausted, and the English fleet, apparently little injured, still hovered on their weather beam. It was imperative that they should return to Spain for fresh stores. The passage through the channel being closed by the English fleet, the Spaniards, now counting 120 vessels, undertook to round Scotland and Ireland. But in the neighborhood of the Orkneys they were dispersed by a storm. Some of them foundered. About thirty were afterward wrecked on the west coast of Ireland. Those of the crews who escaped to shore were generally killed, and it was calculated that about 14,000 thus perished. "

Remember, these historic and cyclopedic writers are not supposed to know that God has said that, in order to defend his birthright people, he would send a wind to carry away this so-called "Invincible Armada," and a whirlwind to scatter them. Hence their testimony is all the more striking. Surely the people of modern Israel, who dwell in the Isles, might also sing unto the Lord, saying:

"Thou didst blow with thy wind, and carried them (their enemies) away, and the whirlwind did scatter them. Who is like the Lord, glorious in holiness, fearful in praise, doing wonders?" (Isaiah 41:16).

Truly, Jesus has well said:

"If I have told you of earthly things, and ye believe not, how shall ye believe if I tell you of heavenly [spiritual] things." (John 3:12)


Still we call to our God of old;
God of the "far off" Isaac line;
Our God, whose word doth make us bold
To claim our heritage divine.
The Lord of hosts is with us yet,
Doth He forget? Doth He forget?

It cannot be that Isaac dies;
His people and his kings depart;
Before his God the Saxon lies,
Glad and brave, but with contrite heart
The Lord of hosts is with him yet,
Doth He forget? Doth He forget?

Called in Him we are today
No longer passing through the fire;
Altho' we were but yesterday
As one of Nineveh and Tyre.
The Lord of nations guides us yet.
Doth He forget? Doth He forget?

When battles rage we cannot lose,
God makes all men to stand in awe
Of Saxons, now that He doth use
The race to whom He gave his law.
His "Battle ax" we are, as yet,
Doth He forget? Doth He forget?

Our fathers once did idols trust,
Also their strength and iron shard;
Now, though we number as the dust,
We call on thee, Lord God, to guard
For Thou hast proved Thy holy word,
Shown mercy to Thy people, Lord!

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