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Sceptre Promise vs. Birthright

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Revelation to Jesse read and the subject of the birthright of Jacob and the sceptre promise (Davidic Covenant) came up.  The birthright promise is to Ephraim, that he would become many nations with the greatest material blessings--literally fulfilled.

 5 Ought ye not to know that the LORD God of Israel gave the kingdom over Israel to David for ever, [even] to him and to his sons by a covenant of salt?

            (2 Chr  13:5)

 9 They shall come with weeping, and with supplications will I lead them: I will cause them to walk by the rivers of waters in a straight way, wherein they shall not stumble: for I am a father to Israel, and Ephraim [is] my firstborn.

            (Jer  31:9)

...we are indeed Israel; not merely in a spiritual sense, but literally.  We believe that we are of the seed of Abraham.  God has revealed through His servants the Prophets and the Patriarchs whom He has placed in His Church, that the great body of the people are literally of Israel; that our forefathers were scattered among the nations of the earth and there intermingled with the gentiles.  We are chiefly of Ephraim, and, as the Prophet  Hosea  predicted, "Ephraim hath mixed himself among the people."  In these last days God is calling Israel from all the nations of the earth, and He has a special work for Ephraim to do.  "I am a father unto Israel, and Ephraim is my firstborn"-that is, the firstborn in this great latter-day work.  You who have received your blessings under the hands of the Patriarchs in the Church have been told to what tribe you belong, and it appears that the great body of the Latter-day Saints are of the house of Ephraim. (Brian H. Stuy, ed., Collected Discourses, 5 vols., 5:)
 

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