Joseph’s Birthright and the Identity of Israel Today



If Christians were to really believe and understand the biblical record and the prophecies as to what the characteristics of the Israel people were to be in these latter days, then they would have a far more informed view of the present world political scene. They have completely overlooked the fact that while the “chief ruler,” or Messiah, would come from Judah, the great birthright blessings would be found in the descendants of Joseph (I Chronicles 5:2). The two lines of prophetic descent are integral to the continuing Kingdom of God upon Earth.


Biblical prophecy is always more profound in its fulfilment than when it is considered prior to fulfilment. This is particularly true concerning the promises and prophecies relating to Israel and the Throne of David.  The following principle characteristics are required to identify Israel of Joseph’s Birthright in the world today.


  1. A Colonizing People

            Jacob foretold that in the far future Christian era Joseph would be “a fruitful

            bough …whose branches run over the wall,” indicating many overseas

            colonies (Genesis 49:22).


  1. A Nation and Company of Nations

       Jacob also told Ephraim that his seed was to become a multitude of nations,

       and that Manasseh was also to be a great nation (Genesis 48:19). The British

       Commonwealth of Nations and the United States of America answer this

       description as no other group of great nations. Their constitutions are based

       on a belief in the God of Israel. They can truly be described as a company of

       covenant nations.


  1. Freedom from Invasion

            Almighty God promised King David that he would appoint a place for Israel

            where their enemies would no longer invade them as before (II Samuel 7:10).

            Since the arrival of their kinsfolk in 1066, the British Isles have never been

            invaded despite two world wars in the 20th century, neither have the United

            States, Canada, Australia or New Zealand. While the present infusion of alien

            populations with their own religions in all leading covenant nations can be

            regarded as a form of invasion, particularly in respect of home-grown

            terrorism, this is part of a correcting judgment described as “The sword

            without and the terror within” (Deuteronomy 32:25). They have the promise

            that “No weapon formed against thee shall prosper,” or would be ultimately

            successful (Isaiah 54:17).


     4     Living in Islands and Cultivating Wilderness Places

            Isaiah, having foretold that “the land shall be utterly emptied and spoilt,” went

            on to describe a people who shall lift up their voice from the sea and where

            they shall glorify the name of the Lord God of Israel in “the isles of the sea.”

            The Hebrew word yam, translated “sea” also means “west.” From the

            uttermost parts of the earth where songs and the glory of righteousness shall

            be heard (Isaiah 24:1, 3, 13-16). The isles he told would wait for God’s law

            (Isaiah 42:4). This Israel people were also to “have dominion from sea to sea,

             and from the river to the ends of the earth (Psalm 72:8). They were to dwell in

             great lands “which have been always waste” and brought back from the

             sword, or cultivated, where they were to dwell safely (Ezekiel 38:8). Seen

             from Palestine, the British Isles and the great continent of North America, are

             “in the uttermost parts of the earth” in the west.


5            A Royal House

             The God of Israel (Is-ra-el means “ruling with” or “prince with God”) swore

             to David that He would build up his throne unto all generations. Jacob-Israel

             also said, “The sceptre shall not depart from Judah …until Shiloh come,”

             which means “till he comes whose right it is” (Genesis 49:10). After King

             Zedekiah was slain in 586 BC there was no throne in Jerusalem and although

             the archangel Gabriel declared that Jesus would sit on the throne of David and

             it is His right to do so (Luke 1:32), the Jews rejected Him as their king.


             Nevertheless, there has been a throne and royal house in the British Isles

             which, through the kings of Scotland and Ireland, reaches back many

             centuries BC. At their coronations these monarchs have been anointed as they

             sat on the Coronation Stone, in much the same way as they stood by a pillar

             (II Kings 11:11-14). According to tradition the Coronation Stone came from

             Palestine and had been Jacob’s pillow when he dreamed of a ladder set up to

             heaven (Genesis 28:11-12).



These are only a few of the reasons that go to show that the Anglo-Saxon and Celtic- speaking Cymric people and nations are the descendants of ancient Israel. The vast bulk of Israelites from all twelve tribes were removed to both Media and northern Mesopotamia between 732 and 700 BC. Within fifty years of these dates a people whom the Assyrians called the Gimera appeared for the first time in history in both these areas; they were in fact Israelites. After the fall of the Assyrian capital in 612 BC, the Israelites, being a powerful people, migrated through Asia Minor establishing a reign of terror. The main body of Israelite exiles became known as Iskuza or Scythians. The Greeks called them Cimmerians.


Over the centuries they eventually arrived on the coasts of western Europe as Angles, Saxons, Jutes, Danes and Normans, who entered the British Isles before AD 1066, emanating from those regions around the Caspian and Black Seas at about the same time when the tribes of Israel disappeared in that area. The reason this is not generally appreciated by secular history is the false Dark Age of 650 years in Greek history that simply does not exist. When this ‘ghost’ history is removed everything falls into place and the vast movement of peoples westward is suddenly revealed – for instance who the Etruscans were that suddenly appeared in northern Italy; they were Israelites.


After the fall of Jerusalem in 586 BC, Jeremiah fled to Egypt with King Zedekiah’s daughters (Jeremiah 43:5-7). According to Irish tradition, he arrived in Ireland around 580 BC with at least one daughter, Scota, and a special Stone of Destiny, the Coronation Stone.


In God’s Great Plan, all things are brought to fruition. As He said, “I will command, and I will sift the house of Israel among the nations, like as corn is sifted in a sieve, yet shall not the least grain fall to the earth … In that day I will raise up the tabernacle of David that is fallen, and close the breaches thereof; and I will raise up his ruins, and I will build it as in the days of old” (Amos 9:9 & 11).

                                                                                                  MICHAEL A. CLARK

                                                                       (With acknowledgements to W. E. Filmer)


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