The Crossed Arms of Jacob/Israel

Joey Thompson
8 min readMay 31, 2021


The people of Israel have carried with them, in their history, the symbol of the Genesis 48 account of Jacob/Israel passing the Abrahamic blessing on to his grandson’s, the sons of Joseph, Manasseh and Ephraim everywhere they have traveled. This symbol has been a stapled mark for both Great Britain (Manasseh) and America (Ephraim) throughout their respective histories.

Jacob/Israel’s statement found within the blessing given to Joseph’s two sons,

“Let my name (The name of Israel), be named upon these two lads” Genesis 48:16

will always be the crux of the matter. Pardon the pun.

The mainstream world believes the name of Israel belongs to the Jews of the Jewish religion or the middle eastern Jewish nation, which is misnamed Israel…. But is this a biblical truth? You as the reader are the jury of one. Here are the facts.

  1. Jacob/Israel place the name of Israel upon Joseph’s sons, not the sons of Judah (the progenitor of The Jews).
  2. In History, nor at the end time, Judah has never been noted as a “Great” Nation, nor a Great Company of Nations.
  3. Great Britain fits the Genesis 48 description of a single Great Nation, even having the word “Great” in its name….. And only America fits the Genesis 48 description of being a Greater company or multitude of nations, as in the 50 nation states of America.

The following is the full account of the Abrahamic blessing Jacob/Israel gave to Joseph’s sons:

“So Joseph brought the two lads from beside his knees, and he bowed down with his face to the earth. And Joseph took them both, Ephraim with his right hand toward Israel’s left hand, and Manasseh with his left hand toward Israel’s right hand, and brought them near him. Then Israel stretched out his right hand and laid it on Ephraim’s head, who was the younger, and his left hand on Manasseh’s head, guiding his hands knowingly, for Manasseh was the firstborn. And he blessed Joseph, and said:

So Joseph arranged the lads in the order of their birth, so that the older, Manasseh would receive the greater blessing of the right hand of Jacob/Israel. He began by saying:

“YHWH, before whom my fathers Abraham and Isaac walked, The Mighty One who has fed me all my life long to this day, The Angel who has redeemed me from all evil, Bless the lads; Let my name be named upon them, And the name of my fathers Abraham and Isaac; And let them grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth.”

After stating the very point of this article, “Let My name be named upon them, (the two lads)”, Jacob/Israel went on to state that history would see the nation of Israel grow into a multitude in the midst of the earth. Keep in mind, Jacob’s arms are crossed when he issues these YHWH ordained words, which as we shall see is an end time prophecy concerning not just these two lads, but also the entire family Jacob/Israel.

Now when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him; so he took hold of his father’s hand to remove it from Ephraim’s head to Manasseh’s head. And Joseph said to his father, “Not so, my father, for this one is the firstborn; put your right hand on his head.”

Joseph, wanting his first born son to receive the greater blessing, not knowing the symbolism YHWH had given to Jacob/Israel, tried to make the correction. However, the pattern of the firstborn giving the lead up to the second born son would continue in scripture. First there was Cain, who gave way to Able and finally Seth. Then, Jacob himself was the second example of this misunderstood switch-a-roo, as Esau lost both his birthright and the higher Abrahamic blessing to his younger twin brother, and so, the theme continues.

But his father refused and said, “I know, my son, I know. He also shall become a people, and he also shall be great;

Again, the time setting is the end time. Later, we shall see this prophetic history play out in a statement from Jacob/Israel, but ask yourself. In history was there ever any Israelite nation that became great, along side of the following statement concerning His brother Ephraim….?

but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his descendants shall become a multitude of nations.”

Did the nation of Israel during the Judges period fit this description? What about during the days of King David? Solomon? The Split Nation of the Kings of Israel and Judah? What about during the Babylonian Exile? After the Exile? During the Maccabean Period? In the days of Christ? What about the first century, AD? Can you think of any time period in the bible or in history Jacob’s words came to fruition?

So he blessed them that day, saying, “By you Israel will bless, saying, ‘May God make you as Ephraim and as Manasseh!’ ” And thus he set Ephraim before Manasseh.

The history of the older nation, Great Britain was truly great. At one point, it was said of this true Israelite nation, “The Sun never sets on British Empire”, as the colonizing political asperations of Israel ruled righteously all over the plain of the earth, especially where the gates of the earth existed, which fulfilled another prophecy.

It must be noted these two brothers mirror one another in many ways. One such way is that it was originally Great Britain that was to become a Great Multitude of Nations, colonizing otherwise failed nations such as South Africa, Rhodesia, Hong Kong, Canada, and many of the Caribbean island nations, just to name a few. Thus there are those who study this subject who have applied the blessing given to Ephraim to Great Britain and see America as a single great nation, as in the single entity of THE UNITED STATES.

However, once the mirror is removed, evidence shows the truth, after little Ephraim grows up, it is America that fills the bill as Ephraim and after loosing all the sea and land gates once owned by the British Empire, Great Britain remains only a single great nation.

Thus Ephraim, America stands head and shoulders above Manasseh, Great Britain and as scripture bears out, it is the actual land of America where YHWH’s Kingdom Headquarters will be located.

Then Israel said to Joseph, “Behold, I am dying, but YHWH will be with you and bring you back to the land of your fathers,

The statement made here by Jacob, “but YHWH will be with you and bring you back to the land of your fathers,” is clearly speaking of the land given to all of Abraham’s descendants, which is in the middle east. The thought to be promised land of Abraham was given over to all of Israel for a temporary time, but as we shall see in the fullness of prophecy, YHWH had another land in mind for His people Israel and it less and less to do with the descendants of Judah and more and more to do with these two lads, as time processed forward.

Moreover I have given to you one portion above your brothers (A Double Portion), which I took from the hand of the Amorite with my sword and my bow.” Genesis 48:12–22

This double portion becomes important to understand, as 12 tribes becomes 13 tribes, representing YHWH’s divine providence within the nation of America even to this day…. Yet another proof as to who Israel is at the end of days. More on this a little later, but first we must address the scriptural time setting this blessing given to Joseph’s two sons.

“And Jacob called his sons and said, “Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you IN THE LAST DAYS: “Gather together and hear, you sons of Jacob, And listen to Israel your father.” Genesis 49:1–2

You have to understand, all of Jacob’s sons were present at Joseph’s blessing. They all witnessed Jacob/Israel place His name upon the two lads of Joseph, instead of any of their family. However, no one objected for Joseph had just saved their lives via his success in Egypt, being blessed of the Most High YHWH, which in itself is an end time prophecy as both Great Britain and America is the bread basket to the world, via physical grain and technology educating otherwise helpless nations on how to efficiently grow and trade for food.

The words, “Gather together, that I may tell you what shall befall you IN THE LAST DAYS” lets us know these blessings, the ones given to Joseph’s sons and the one to follow in Genesis 49, are for many days in the future, at the very end of days. This time setting has to be considered today. Think hard… Is there any two nations on the plain of the earth that fits the description given to Ephraim and Manasseh? Or to Joseph himself. Consider these words from Jacob later in Genesis 49:

“Joseph is a fruitful bough, A fruitful bough by a well; His branches run over the wall. The archers have bitterly grieved him, Shot at him and hated him. But his bow remained in strength, And the arms of his hands were made strong By the hands of the Mighty One of Jacob (From there is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel), By the God of your father who will help you, And by the Almighty who will bless you With blessings of heaven above, Blessings of the deep that lies beneath, Blessings of the breasts and of the womb. The blessings of your father Have excelled the blessings of my ancestors, Up to the utmost bound of the everlasting hills. They shall be on the head of Joseph, And on the crown of the head of him who was separate from his brothers.” Genesis 49:22–26

Now-a-days, in the politically correct left based agenda world, we find ourselves, we hear so called racist terminology such as White Supremist or White Privilege's. Well, let’s get real, the truth is, YHWH has unequivocally set Joseph above His brothers, given the end time nations of Great Britain and America a certain leg up on other nations around the world. The words “Super Power” come to mind, but no one calls that catch phrase, racist.

Now back to the crossed arms of Jacob/Israel and the double portion given to Joseph, bringing the 12 tribe nation of Israel to the American founding number of 13.

11 + 2 = 13

The following symbol is well recognized in America as a racist emblem, but with just a little critical thought, knowing the depths of YHWH divine providence, seeing the end from the beginning, we can see His prophetic insight put right in front of us, if we have eyes to see.

The crossed arms of Jacob/Israel with the 13 stars, one star for each of Jacob’s sons, as Joseph’s sons became Israel’s sons , receiving the blessing of Abraham, passed to Isaac, then to Jacob, renamed Israel and finally onto little Ephraim, the chief of all 13.

A racist symbol?


A symbol of heritage, denoting who the true nation of Israel is and where Israel is located in these last days and all days to come.



Joey Thompson

An ordained Elder in the ministry of YHWH, commissioned to restore truth at this end time. You can contact me via email at: