Updated: Dec 16, 2019
13 years ago, on 24.9.2003 Derek Prince passed away in his home in Jerusalem, right next door from Ephraim’s Place on Kfar Etzion, where the first Torah Commentaries went out for Torah.de. For the last 3 years of his life, Derek was not only our neighbor, but part of our weekly Bible Study group, in the last year, the meetings took place at our place and we studied together the Gospel of the Kingdom according to Matthew.
By that time Ephraim was already in the center of discussions with the Jerusalem church, because I brought it up everywhere. If you would have the unique blessings and grace to life together with one of the most influential and knowledgable Bibel teacher of the last century, who has been an eyewitness to the resurrection of Israel and Jerusalem and you want to check, if any of the biblical message of Ephraim is true… what would you do?
So this is not only the untold true story of Derek and Ephraim, but the revealing of something, the Father only recently made me understand. The transfer of Spiritual blessing and authority from the older to the younger, which took now 13 years to develop and grow.
It has been said a lot about Derek, but still after his death, he speaks with a clear voice about some of the most controversial topics within Christianity with timeless teachings of biblical truth. Blessings and Curses, expelling Demons, Spiritual Forces of Good and Evil and the incredible power every single believer has, when he solely puts his trust in the infallible word of God and proclaims it aloud, fully believing that it becomes true. Healing and miracles shouldn’t be singular events, but the reality of a spirit filled Life as a follower of Jeshua. That was Derek’s idea of a believers life and this is why I came to Israel, because I experienced the power of God from the very first moment of my calling 1994.
“”He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.”””
It is all true! The problem is not, that it is not true, people do not believe that it is true. Everything happens according to somebodies faith.
And it is Derek’s life testimony, that ONE person, who listens faithfully to God, can bring Light to Millions by telling them: Open Your Bible, Read it, Believe it to be true and Act upon it and Miracles will follow. Read and learn the scripture regularly and apply everything you understand in you life. Reach the unreached – Teach the untaught.
Present at the hissing of the flag of Israel on Independence Day in May 48, on King George, Derek’s background as a son of a British Officer, born in India, well trained in Philosophy as a professor at two of the most prestigious Colleges in England helped, when he was born-again in the desert in a field hospital. By believing the healing power of God to become true in his life, proclaiming the words of scripture, he experienced a supernatural healing and it became his goal to become the best Bible Teacher he possibly could – and he did. Over the years he set a standard for the systematical study and application of the Word of God, which ultimately transformed Millions of Lives from Darkness to Light.
DPM – Derek Prince Ministry is still active today and already during his life time, he gave everything he had on teaching materials to his ministry and didn’t take care of any business.
While everybody can watch his videos, listen to his tapes or read his books in many languages, read up on his biography of a truly blessed and amazing life, there is this untold Ephraim story, which never appeared in any of his teaching or nowhere in his preaching, because it was totally hidden – up to today.
You see… Derek was British and up to 1945, the British had an Empire so waste and huge, that the sun never set on the Empire. For hundreds of years the Brit-Ish “the Man of the Covenant” Royal Family claims to be of the descend to Israel and sit of the throne of David. Latest by 1850 through the teachings of a guy called Armstrong, the idea of British Israelism was formed, which became the predominant theological position of the aristocrats and nobleman in the British Empire. Also Derek subscribed to this position, for still some time after the foundation of Israel.
If you take a look onto the heraldic, you see that the Queen of England carries the signs of Judah (the Lion) and Ephraim (the Unicorn) – the two Houses of Israel.
But when the United States took over the world-leadership and the British Empire crumbled and the State of Israel became more and more independent, the idea of the superiority and divine election of the Royal House of the British, wasn’t regarded as true anymore and proponents of the idea of British Election, were slowly called heretics.
As Derek wanted to follow his calling as a teacher and British Israelism became a stumbling blog within the church, he openly renounced that position sometimes in the 50th, never to talk about it again. Too controversial.
When I followed my calling to go up to Jerusalem and received the revelation about the two houses of Israel on Kadish Luz late 1999, NOBODY was talking about the physical return of the Lost Sheep as foretold by the prophets, the 10 lost tribes, the House of Israel or anything in connection with it. Because of the British Israelism teaching, no church wanted to talk about this topic. It was taboo. Nobody who said who follows the King of the Jews, had a true interest in actually become like a Jew. —>the supernatural blindness of Romans 11.25 was still over Israel, who didn’t even recognized that they were Israel, attributing the “blindness” solely to the Jews, who didn’t believe in Jesus yet.
30 years into Jerusalem, the Christians in the Land all believed, that they were true heathens from the Nations, who came to preach Jesus as the Messiah to the Jews. Many thought, that now as they were in the land, finally they will see their crucified Messias from 2000 years ago and will be “saved”. What a thought, that after the return of the Jewish People to their land after 1897 years, to think that the Jews need saving by the Hand of Christians, who persecuted them for hundreds of years.
Of cause there were the Christian Zionist Organizations ICEJ, CFI and Bridges For Peace, but their declared work was, to bless the Jewish People in the name of Christians from the Nations, to promote “Christian Love toward Israel” – a slow way to promote “Jesus”.
When I arrived 96, there was only ONE english speaking church – the King of Kings Assembly, now Pavilion – who was brought in by the Israeli government to serve the foreigners in the land 86 or so. The Pentecostal Assembly of Canada started the congregation and for 30 years Wayne Hilsden led KoKa as pastor. There was no real Hebrew speaking congregation and fewer than perhaps 2000 “Messianic Believers” in the whole land of Israel.
Our home group, still at the Ben Haim residence, Senait with Daniel, , friends from Germany, Inge Buhs, Hanna and Eliyahu Ben Haim, Derek Prince and me with Naomi. Early 2000 on Kfar Etzion in Jerusalem.
Before I spoke with Derek about Ephraim, I spoke to every brother I knew in Jerusalem from the Jewish and Christian side alike. One of the first was Lance Lambert, also a respected teacher and preacher. When I presented my bible study about of Ephraim and the lost sheep to him and asked him about some connections in the New Testament ( it was at the very beginning) he said “o dear.. it is written all over the New Testament”.
The idea, that Ephraim returns from the nations, was from the very first day very positively received by the Jewish people, because they know that Ephraim needs to return one day – as it is clearly written out in the Tenach!
But the great promises to Ephraim, were extremely rejected by traditional Pentecostal und Charismatic Christians, who put all their emphasis on the spirit, but neglect completely the Torah.
Over the years, it became clear, that for Christians “Jesus” had become a golden calf, which is worshipped, but no transformation in the life of the believer takes place. The idea, that the written words of the New Testament are actually true and that Jesus came only to save the lost sheep of the House of Israel, wasn’t even remotely in anybodies mind.
To follow Jesus in the eyes of “the church” up to this day, is not to submit to the Will of the Father, revealed solely in the Torah, but to the leadership of “the church”, who lead the sheep into Sunday Worship, unclean food, idol worship of the trinity and condemn everybody, who doesn’t believe that Jesus is God. And that in the Center of Jerusalem!
Once you understand, that God had from the very beginning a two way destiny for Israel – one for the House of Judah and one for the House of Israel, to make them one at the end of time, then you will understand, that the New Testament is exclusively written for the Lost Sheep of the House of Israel, exclusively for a time, when Jerusalem is resurrected again – starting 1967.
The Jewish people, over all ages had the Torah and the Prophets, while Israel was lost in the darkness of Roman Christian Theology, who were slowly resurrected, after the Jews took Jerusalem 1967. Acts 1 and Hesekiel 37 started with 1967 and only now, we can see the full extend of God’s hand in the last 49 years.
It was Derek who was an eyewitness of the birth of the State of Israel 1948 and in the progressive revelation of the plan of God for Israel, he was singled out and elected by the Father to teach the Nations for 55 years, from Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth and the time from 2000-2003 in Kfar Etzion was the transition period from one elected teacher to the other.
Being in Jerusalem, in the center of the earth, is like being a magnet for the living stones from all over the world.
For all the time, we lived on Kfar Etzion, our home was open to anybody, who wanted to come and over the years, around 2500 people were sitting on the Sabbat couch and at our table to talk about the great mysteries of God and the amazing promises he has in store for his children Israel. Plus all the people coming to Derek, Eliyahu and Hanna Ben Haim, who here and there just hopped over to our place, or the other way around.
When the whole Ephraim “thing” was set, Jill Chamberlain, a British teacher, who is the late Wife of John Hulley (Christians, Jews and Comets; Israelite; former economist at the World Bank) created a full study guide “Ephraim, Who?” and systematically went through all the scriptures and presented the full Ephraim case to Derek.
“So what do you think Derek? Is it true, or not?” – “Yes” he said “I believe it is true” and he started to tell the British Israelism story, who he rejected for the last 55 years.
At some time, nearly to the end of our Study of the Gospel of the Kingdom, I left already the ICEJ because of Ephraim, I had to make a decision, if I put all my effort into business, or start a teaching ministry to concentrate on Ephraim and the two Houses and of cause we had a chat about this, when I had to think about Elijah and Elisa, where it says in 2. King 2.9 When they had crossed, Elijah said to Elisha, “Tell me, what can I do for you before I am taken from you?” “Let me inherit a double portion of your spirit,” Elisha replied.
While I was quite afraid to ask, I started to ask him, who would receive his anointing, once he will go to the Lord. All his work was already given to DPM and of cause there were people taking care of his inheritance, but nobody every asked him to follow one day in his footsteps.
Without really saying a word, he stood up from the chair and said – “Ulf, just sit down.” and in the moment I took place, a stream of energy went into my body, coming from the chair!
The Family of Saints on Kfar Etzion in Jerusalem. Naomi Esther, our Daughter of Jerusalem and “the chair” , with one of the last pictures of Derek Prince, before he became seriously ill and passed away. Thank you Derek for being a Father, Teacher, Friend, Mentor and Brother. See you soon at the resurrection of the Dead 😉
All this is now 13 years ago – a significant time in the plan of the Father, who has all time in His hand and foresaw today and everything what will follow tomorrow and the days after.
The spiritual significance of the number thirteen (13), which as reflected by the thirteen attributes of Mercy , relates to a transcendent dimension of G-dliness. This transcendence enables one to infuse spirituality within our material world. // The number thirteen is among the holiest of the numbers because it is closely associated with HaShem – the value of the “Echad” in the Shema is 13. (From betemunah.org)
Less than 20 day to go to Yom Kippur, HaShem shows mercy and reminded me on the responsibility Ephraim carries to live up to the great calling and the milestones of Ephraim over the last 22 years.
Jeremia 31.20+21 Is not Ephraim my dear son, the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him,” declares the Lord. “Set up road signs; put up guideposts. Take note of the highway, the road that you take. Return, Virgin Israel, return to your towns.
Derek ministry took off once he turned 50 – When Ephraim will turn 50, the great mystery about Israel will hopefully fully and completely revealed.