The Lost Tribe of Manasseh

Seal Date Identification

This seal date provides the point in history where we should be looking for the ancient tribe of Manasseh to be signing a document, or doing something of a similar nature. The tribe has already been identified as the modern nation of The United States of America. The document is the Declaration of Independence. The date? When Congress opened under this new government organization. If this was the date of the last signature, a distinct possibility, it appears lost to history.


In another article we explored the March 12, 1941 Seal Date for Joseph. That date was the date when Lend-Lease was signed indicating that the United States and United Kingdom were both tribes of ancient Israel. In that identification Manasseh was the ancient tribal name that became the modern United States.

The tribal name Manasseh has another date when the tribe of Manasseh alone is sealed. This is consistent with Manasseh as the holder of the double portion of the inheritance and the expression "double" or "double portion" is a way to identify the tribe. Manasseh's singular seal date is given in the following report:

Manasseh's Seal Date
Sun12767-07-23 AA1 Dec 1776 NS20 Nov 2529 AUC4657223 AAN
3267-07-23 FE20 Nov 1776 OS20 Nov 1776 AD2370066 JDN

Readers familiar with the history of the United States should instantly recognize the year as the year of the Declaration of Independence. The signing of that document is the likely event consistent with the other seals in the story. What is rather strange is the date. December 1, 1776 (or perhaps December 2, 1776) is not a date that is popularly linked to this document.

The Declaration of Independence was voted on in the Congress in August of 1776. This vote is celebrated each year on July 4th. The document itself was signed beginning in early August. 50 of the 56 eventual signers of this document put their signatures on the official copies in August.

Throughout the fall of 1776 the remaining signers added their signatures. Of the 56 final signatures on the document 55 were of elected delegates, the 56th was of the secretary.

The date of the last signature appears lost to history, with no last signing date being given in any of the main references to this document.

In January of 1777 the Congress voted to have official copies of that document sent to each state, ending the period of signing and turning the document into a historical document.

The question, though, is what happened on December 1 (or 2), 1776?

The last normal signature went onto the declaration of independence several days before. This was signature 55, one of the prophetic numbers for the United States. A 56th signature would come later, but under a special authorization from Congress.

The Lost Tribe of Manasseh is the modern United States.

Ad Hoc Identification

Jacob's prophecy about Manasseh:

17And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head. 18And Joseph said to his father, Not so, my father; for this is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head. 19But his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it; he also will become a people, and he also will be great, but his younger brother will be greater than he, and his seed will become a multitude of nations. 20And he blessed them that day saying, By you Israel will bless, and they will say, May god make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh; and thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh. Genesis 48:17-20

The blessing given to Ephraim and Manasseh upset their father Joseph because Jacob appeared to be changing the natural birthright promises.

The passage suggests that Manasseh would inherit Abraham's Great Nation promise while Ephraim would become a community of nations.

Samaria: Capital of Ancient Israel

There are numerous places in the prophetic passages of the Bible where the ancient names map directly to modern names. The capital of the Northern Kingdom was Samaria. A name that maps to America quite closely.


At the end of the civil war in Israel the northern kingdom headed by Jeroboam withdrew from Jerusalem. The capital for that northern kingdom was at first Tirzah but later moved to Samaria.

23In year 31 of Asa king of Judah, Omri began to reign over Israel, and reigned for 12 years; 6 years he reigned in Tirzah.

24And he bought the hill of Samaria from Shemer for 1 talent of silver, and he built on the hill and called the name of the city which he built after the name of Shemer the master of the hill of Samaria. First Kings 16:23-24

There are many places in the Bible's prophetic stories where the name of the ancient people or place often matches a name in the modern world. Here is an example. The slang name for the United States of America is simply America. This is essentially the same name as Samaria, missing only a hard ending.

Capital of Ivory

Reinforcing this identification is the type of house built on the hill at Samaria. It was an Ivory house, or as we would say today a White House.

39Now the rest of the acts of Ahab and all that he did and the ivory house which he built and all the cities that he built, look, they are written in the book of the chronicles of the kings of Israel. First Kings 22:39

Russia also has a "White House" as the picture of Yeltsin on the Tank in 1991 shows. It was taken in front of Russia's white house. The Russian version is not the home of the President, nor of the Duma, but is a government administration building. The point here is the link with Manasseh through Joseph, the tribe that ruled the North Kingdom of ancient Israel.

The location of Samaria was on a hill. The expression "hill" is still used today to describe the Congress and the place it meets. This is also a weak link, but another one like we see across these national stories.

Manasseh Means Forget

The name Manasseh means forget, as his father Joseph was forgetting his trouble in Egypt at the birth of this son. Americans, unlike nearly every other nation on earth, have no memory of their own history. This is why.


At the birth of Manasseh his father named him to mark the fact that the joy of having a son was causing him to forget his troubles in Egypt.

51And Joseph called the name of his firstborn Manasseh, For god, he said, has made me forget all my troubles and all my father's house. Genesis 41:51

The expression house when used in the personal sense means literally family. Joseph was missing his family and the birth of this son was comforting him. In a national sense the word house implies nation. Americans are particularly inept at remembering their roots in other countries. Some families take special care to maintain contacts with family members in the "old country" but for most the focus is simply on the present state of the country.

There was a widespread attempt to disconnect families from roots in other countries. This happened even with the changes in the spelling of names and because of the great distances back to home nations across the oceans.

When I first share this material with groups I often get the objection that the nation has no history before the 1770s and cannot be a people group that is any older. This objection is yet another reflection of this false American belief about not having any roots anywhere earlier in history. God is in the business of raising the dead and he did so with this very ancient tribe, as old as any of the others recorded in the Bible.

Forehead: The place of forgetting

The name "Forget" which is what Manasseh means has several specific uses that matter to tracking references to Manasseh in scripture. The best is an important reference that warns that when wealth accumulates we as people will forget what God has done.

6And these words that I command you this day will be in your heart; 7and you will repeat them diligently to your sons, and will talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up. 8And you will bind them for a sign on your hand, and they will be as a token between your eyes. 9And you will write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

10And it will be, when Yahvah your god will have brought you into the land which he swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give you great and attractive cities which you did not build, 11and houses full of all good things which you did not fill, and cisterns dug which you did not dig, and vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant, when you eat and be full 12then be careful lest you forget Yahvah your god who brought you forth out of the land of Egypt, from the house of servitude. Deuteronomy 6:6-12

International Organization

The United Nations.

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Phil Stone, 2016-11-11