Joseph By Sign
This article explores how to identify the lost tribe of Joseph by signs. Joseph is the pair of 2 other tribes, Ephraim and Manasseh.
Sign Based Identification
Jacob's prophecy about Ephraim:
15Then he blessed Joseph and said, "May the God before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, the God who has been my shepherd all my life to this day, 16the Angel who has delivered me from all harm -- may he bless these boys. May they be called by my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac, and may they increase greatly upon the earth."
17When Joseph saw his father placing his right hand on Ephraim's head he was displeased; so he took hold of his father's hand to move it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head. 18Joseph said to him, "No, my father, this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head."
19But his father refused and said, "I know, my son, I know. He too will become a people, and he too will become great. Nevertheless, his younger brother will be greater than he, and his descendants will become a group of nations." 20He blessed them that day and said, "In your name will Israel pronounce this blessing: `May God make you like Ephraim and Manasseh.'" So he put Ephraim ahead of Manasseh. (Genesis 48:15-20 NIV)
15Jacob blessed Joseph his son saying, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac were pleasing, god, who has supplied my needs from my youth to this day, 16the king who has delivered me from all evil, bless the boys. Let them bear my name and the names of my fathers Abraham and Isaac. Let them grow and multiply in the middle of the land.
17Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim and it displeased him and he held up his father's hand to remove it from Ephraim's head to Manasseh's head. 18Joseph said to his father, Not so, my father, for this is the firstborn. Put your right hand on his head.
19His 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 peoples. 20He blessed them that day saying, By you Israel will bless and they will say, May god make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh. Thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh. (Genesis 48:15-20 BRB)
15¶And he blessed Joseph, and said, God, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac did walk, the God which fed me all my life long unto this day, 16The Angel which redeemed me from all evil, bless the lads; and let my name be named on them, and the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; and let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.grow: Heb. as fishes do increase 17And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his father's hand, to remove it from Ephraim's head unto Manasseh's head.displeased…: was evil in his eyes 18And Joseph said unto his father, Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head. 19And his father refused, and said, I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations.multitude: Heb. fulness 20And he blessed them that day, saying, In thee shall Israel bless, saying, God make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh: and he set Ephraim before Manasseh. (Genesis 48:15-20 KJV)
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.
Of course this is how it worked out, the United Kingdom is a nation, but also a network of related nations including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and many others.