... Jerusalem ... 22 Just as the new earth and the new heavens will endure by my power, so your descendants and your name will endure ... Isaiah 66 (GNT), 18 ... Jerusalem will be rebuilt, and its PALACE restored. Jeremiah 30:18 (GNT)


Israel got stuck? - Israel's fertility

Israel's fertility issue

One way of noticing his blessing is, that God takes care of his land. Israel is not supposed to be a nation depending on irrigation, which isn't possible without sufficient water, but on rain,
… 10 The land you are entering to take over is not like the land of Egypt, from which you have come, where you planted your seed and irrigated it by foot as in a vegetable garden. 11 But the land you are crossing the Jordan to take possession of is a land of mountains and valleys that drinks rain from heaven. 12 It is a land the Lord your God cares for; the eyes of the Lord your God are continually on it from the beginning of the year to its end.Deuteronomy 11:10-15 (NIV)

But Israel would depend on rain. Israel including the north of Israel and the Negev, would become greener, 
...  14 then I will send rain on your land in its season, both autumn and spring rains, so that you may gather in your grain, new wine and olive oil. 15 I will provide grass in the fields for your cattle, and you will eat and be satisfied. Deuteronomy 11:10-15 (NIV)

Whom did God give the blessing of fertility through Israel (Jacob), including for the land? To Joseph, Genesis 49:22-26 (NIV),
... 25 because of your father’s God, who helps you, because of the Almighty,[m] who blesses you
with blessings of the skies above, blessings of the deep springs below, blessings of the breast and womb...
Years later the blessings of the breast and womb would become apparent for Joseph's descendants, Joshua 17:14 (NIV),
14 The people of Joseph said to Joshua, “Why have you given us only one allotment and one portion for an inheritance? We are a numerous people, and the Lord has blessed us abundantly.”

Who was Joseph? Israel's (Jacob) eldest son with Rachel, whose sons Ephraim and Manasseh were adopted by Israel as his sons - Genesis 48:5-7 - and therefore would inherit with his sons and they went on to become tribes of Israel. But Joseph had more sons - Joshua 17:2 - he adopted the children of Makir the eldest son of his eldest son Manasseh - Genesis 50:23 - whose clan, the Makirites, would become a leading clan of the Manasseh tribe with his own tribal territory in the Land of Israel. 

The Makirite clan was regarded as excellent soldiers - Numbers 32:39-40, Joshua 17:1, Judges 5:13-15 - and the Gileadite clan - Numbers 26:29 and 35:39-40 - were descendants of Makir's son Gilead. Some critical scholars view that in the book of Chronicles the western half tribe of Manasseh and the eastern half tribe - with territory east of the Jordan river - had historically separate tribal rulers. And according to the Song of Deborah - Judges 5:14,17 - Makir and Gelead are treated as names of tribes. They formed the East-Manasseh tribe

Makir had his own territory east of the river Jordan in the Land of Israel assigned to him by Moses, Joshua 13:29-31 and 17:1-2 (GNT),
17 A part of the land west of the Jordan was assigned to some of the families descended from Joseph's older son Manasseh. Machir, the father of Gilead, was Manasseh's oldest son and a military hero, so Gilead and Bashan, east of the Jordan, were assigned to him. 2 Land west of the Jordan was assigned to the rest of the families of Manasseh: Abiezer, Helek, Asriel, Shechem, Hepher, and Shemida. These were male descendants of Manasseh son of Joseph, and they were heads of families.

So, the conclusion could be that out of Joseph, three tribes came forth, Ephraim, Manasseh and East-Manasseh. Joseph's name would live on through the Makirites, just as Israel's (Jacob's) name would as mentioned in Genesis 48:16. Wouldn't Joseph's inheritance including the blessing he received pas down to the Makirites, and their descendants including the Gileadites, together the tribe of East-Manasseh?
This tribe actually would be the only one that received the blessing Manasseh himself got from Israel, that of Joseph because, and would have the right to Joseph's name because of the adoption.  

Would this mean that the future union between Joseph and Judah mentioned in Ezekiel 37:15-28 to unite the Israeli nation would be between Judah and East-Manasseh, and not Ephraim - 1 Kings 14:7-20 - as so often suggested? Is this the reason the tribe Ephraim isn't mentioned in the list of Israeli tribes in Revelations 7:1-8, but Joseph and Manasseh are?

But didn't Ephraim receive the right to play a leading role for the ten tribes of the Israeli nation in the past? Yes, but they lost it, 1 Kings 11:14 to 1 Kings 14. And isn't what this Ephraim king has done in the past still on going? So is God's verdict! As 1 Kings 14:10-11 (NIV) clearly states,
8 I tore the kingdom away from the house of David and gave it to you, but you have not been like my servant  D a v i d, who kept my commands and followed me with all his heart, doing only what was right in my eyes. 9 You have done more evil than all who lived before you. You have made for yourself other gods, idols made of metal; you have aroused my anger and turned your back on me. 10 “‘Because of this, I am going to bring disaster on the house of Jeroboam. I will cut off from Jeroboam every last male in Israel—slave or free.[a] I will burn up the house of Jeroboam as one burns dung, until it is all gone.
[a: Or Israel—every ruler or leader]

Contrary to Ephraim's loss, the blessing to Judah the forefather of King David still stands, Genesis 49 (NIV),
... 8“Judah,[b] your brothers will praise you; your hand will be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s sons will bow down to you. 9 You are a lion’s cub, Judah; you return from the prey, my son. Like a  l i o n  he crouches and lies down, like a  l i o n e s s —who dares to rouse him? 10 The scepter will not depart from Judah, nor the ruler’s staff from between his feet,[c] until he to whom it belongs[d] shall come and the obedience of the nations shall be his. ...

God's wish,
... 13 So if you faithfully obey the commands I am giving you today—to love the Lord your God and to serve him with all your heart and with all your soul ... Deuteronomy 11:10-15 (NIV)

… 5 He will bring you to the land that belonged to your ancestors, and you will take possession of it. He will make you more prosperous and numerous than your ancestors. 6 The Lord your God will circumcise your hearts and the hearts of your descendants, so that you may love him with all your heart and with all your soul, and  l i v e. 7 The Lord your God will put all these curses on your enemies who hate and persecute you. 8 You will again obey the Lord and follow all his commands I am giving you today. ... Deuteronomy 30:1-10 (NIV)

God bless you,

UN-speech Netanyahu, 03-10-2013
Shimon Peres visit to Anne Frank's house in Amsterdam, 29-09-2013
Interview with Shimon Peres on NPS.NTR College Tour, 04-10-2013
Interview with Naftali Bennett, Israeli Minister of Economy, on a different Peace Plan, 09-03-2014
Interview with Naftali Bennett on Israel being a Jewish State, 09-03-2014


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