Shibboleth: Judgment or Salvation? Let's examine.
GILEAD AND EPHRAIM: TYPE OF THE BODY OF CHRIST?
Ps 60:7 Gilead is mine, and Manasseh is mine; Ephraim also is the strength of mine head; Judah is my lawgiver;
Jer 50:19 And I will bring Israel again to his habitation, and he shall feed on Carmel and Bashan, and his soul shall be satisfied upon mount Ephraim and Gilead.
MEN OF EPHRAIM: TYPE OF BABYLON?
Historically: Ephraim was the younger and Manasseh the older. Yet Israel (Joseph’s father) blessed Ephraim with his right, as the firstborn, hand instead of Manasseh. Thus Ephraim a type of the firstborn who became last as seen in the following verses:
Isa 28:3 The crown of pride, the drunkards of Ephraim, shall be trodden under feet:
Ho 5:9 Ephraim shall be desolate in the day of rebuke: among the tribes of Israel have I made known that which shall surely be.
Ho 4:17 Ephraim is joined to idols: let him alone.
Re 7:6 Of the tribe of Aser were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Nepthalim were sealed twelve thousand. Of the tribe of Manasses were sealed twelve thousand. (the tribe of Manasses replaced Ephraim)
Ho 12:1 Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt.
Ho 11:12 Ephraim compasseth me about with lies, and the house of Israel with deceit: but Judah yet ruleth with God, and is faithful with the saints.
Ho 5:13 When Ephraim saw his sickness, and Judah saw his wound, then went Ephraim to the Assyrian, and sent to king Jareb: yet could he not heal you, nor cure you of your wound.
SWORD OF GILEAD ON EPHRAIM: TYPE OF CHURCH IN TRIBULATION?
Jud 12:4 Then Jephthah gathered together all the men of Gilead, and fought with Ephraim: and the men of Gilead SMOTE Ephraim, because they said, Ye Gileadites are fugitives of Ephraim among the Ephraimites, and among the Manassites.
Jud 12:5 And the Gileadites took the passages of Jordan before the Ephraimites: and it was so, that when those Ephraimites which were escaped said, Let me go over; that the men of Gilead said unto him, Art thou an Ephraimite? If he said, Nay;
Jud 12:6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.
SHIBBOLETH: CHRIST (SALVATION)?
Jud 12:6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth <07641>: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to pronounce it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.
Ge 41:5 And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn <07641> came up upon one stalk, rank and good.
Ge 41:22 And I saw in my dream, and, behold, seven ears <07641> came up in one stalk, full and good:
Ge 41:24 And the thin ears <07641> devoured the seven good ears <07641>: and I told this unto the magicians; but there was none that could declare it to me.
Ru 2:2 And Ruth the Moabitess said unto Naomi, Let me now go to the field, and glean ears of corn <07641> after him in whose sight I shall find grace. And she said unto her, Go, my daughter.
Ps 69:2 I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods <07641> overflow me.
1Pe 3:20 Which sometime were disobedient, when once the longsuffering of God waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was a preparing, wherein few, that is, eight souls were saved by water.
Ps 69:15 Let not the waterflood <07641> overflow me, neither let the deep swallow me up, and let not the pit shut her mouth upon me.
Zec 4:12 And I answered again, and said unto him, What be these **two olive branches** <07641> which through the two golden pipes empty the golden oil out of themselves?
Zec 4:13 And he answered me and said, Knowest thou not what these be? And I said, No, my lord.
Zec 4:14 Then said he, These are the **two anointed ones**, that stand by the Lord of the whole earth.
FRAME TO PRONOUNCE: SPEAK (SALVATION)?
Jud 12:6 Then said they unto him, Say now Shibboleth: and he said Sibboleth: for he could not frame to PRONOUNCE (speak, say, talk) it right. Then they took him, and slew him at the passages of Jordan: and there fell at that time of the Ephraimites forty and two thousand.
Eze 24:27 In that day shall thy mouth be opened to him which is escaped, and thou shalt SPEAK, and be no more dumb: and thou shalt be a sign unto them; and they shall know that I am the LORD.
Mt 15:31 Insomuch that the multitude wondered, when they saw the dumb to SPEAK, the maimed to be whole, the lame to walk, and the blind to see: and they glorified the God of Israel.
Mr 7:37 And were beyond measure astonished, saying, He hath done all things well: he maketh both the deaf to hear, and the dumb to SPEAK.
Lu 1:20 And, behold, thou (Zacharias-birth of john by wife Elisabeth) shalt be dumb, and not able to SPEAK, until the day that these things shall be performed, because thou believest not my words, which shall be fulfilled in their season.
The historical account of the Ephraimites being slain by the Gileadites, at the passages of Jordan, appears to be pointing spiritually to the church under the rule of Babylon in judgment. The password SHIBBOLETH which seems to be pointing to Christ, could not be properly spoken or pronounced by the Ephraimites that were trying to escape. Speaking Christ (salvation) is the language that is able to deliver the Elect from Babylon.