Joseph Foreshadowing Jesus (Part 1)

Yoseph’s Colorful Coat:
A Messianic Parable of Yeshua’s Sacrifice & Salvation
† (Updated 2/2/17, 3/2/17)
BY LEVI 
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The glorious throne of the Creator of the universe is clothed in an awe-inspiring array of beautiful colors. His Mercy Seat is enveloped by the brightness of an overarching rainbow of light, which expresses His love for creation. Like a transcendent, tropical paradise, it is immersed in this spectacular display of illumination, where ministering angels of children joyfully approach with praise and thanksgiving.
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Indeed, God is the Spirit of Peace and Justice on a throne more unmovable than any tangible stone. Even the ivory and gold throne of King Solomon, graced by his wisdom and glory, probably paled greatly in comparison. This is Elohim YHVH, the only God, the Father of all creation, and the Savior manifest to the sons and daughters of humankind.

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Covenant Colors of God, PD Image
Covenant Colors of God, PDI

After this I looked, and, behold, a door was opened in heaven: and the first voice which I heard was as it were a trumpet talking with me; which said, Come up hither, and I will show thee things which must be hereafter. And immediately I was in the spirit: and, behold, a throne was set in heaven, and one sat on the throne. And he that sat was to look upon like a jasper and a sardine stone: and there was a rainbow about the throne, in sight like unto an emerald. (Rev. 4:1-3) KJV

A “door was opened in Heaven” simply infers that Apostle John was given access to great spiritual revelations from God. Indeed, God could have shown John the likeness of His throne in a variety of ways. After all, He is Spirit, and His throne is unmovable by the very fact that He is God. Yet, it was important for the prophet to see Him in glory and for John to know that the rainbow token of salvation surrounds His throne and judgment, especially since the apostles lived during very trying times under the oppression of Roman tyrants. It was important for the prophet to discern that God is like a radiant Stone and that He watches over the tribulations of His people. While it is possible that John saw a permanent structure, the biblical fact that the “heavens cannot contain” God suggests that we have a God and a spiritual Kingdom on the move, where He can express Himself in visions however He decides is beneficial. 
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Having written that, over six centuries prior to the Revelation vision, Prophet Ezekiel wrote something similar while experiencing the Babylonian Captivity of Jews (i.e., southern nation of Judah): “Like the appearance of a rainbow in a cloud on a rainy day, so was the appearance of the brightness all around it. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the LORD. So when I saw it, I fell on my face, and I heard a voice of One speaking.” (See Ezek. 1:28, NKJV.) Hence, a glorious array of light is often seen with the Lord YHVH. The message suggests that God would see them through their trials.  
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Thus says the LORD: “Heaven is My throne, and earth is My footstool. Where is the house that you will build Me? And where is the place of My rest? For all those things [universe and Earth] My hand has made, and all those things exist,” says the LORD. “But on this one will I look: on him who is poor and of a contrite spirit, and who trembles at [reveres] My word.” (Isa. 66:1-2) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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In spiritual terms, a rainbow forms when the “Sun of Righteousness” shines light on the “waters of the Word” from Heaven, and the colorful arcs which form from the atmospheric mist bring reassurance that God is watching over His people and will save them, no matter our present, trying circumstances and sacrifices. And the salvation it speaks of is an eternal one, whereas mortal death is but an illusion for spirits that are of a hidden realm. Most rainbows can been seen in doubles, just as truths are confirmed by “two or more witnesses” according to the Torah (first 5 books of the Bible).
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The greatest and most enlightening witnesses to the salvation of God are found within His Word. Rainbows merely symbolize them. The best investigation of Divine salvation that any mortal or angel in Heaven can do is to look carefully into His Word. Scientific research and the ponderings of rhetoricians and philosophers are works of spiritual poverty in comparison to the enlightenment that comes to those who choose to earnestly seek His Spirit and search out His amazing Scriptures. Salvation is the beginning of our enlightenment, as an open door to marvelous truths.
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Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning [i.e., sun dial enlightenment, no mysteries of time or search of knowledge for God]. Of his own will begat he us with the word of truth…(James 1:17-18) KJV
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According to the Scriptures, God is clothed in a garment of light (see Ps. 104:2), and we share in His enlightenment when we are clothed in the sacrificial light of Christ (see Gal. 3:27). The universe is like a “curtain” of stars that God “stretches out” and wraps Himself in. (N.B. Remember the Prophet Isaiah revealed that God stretches the heavens and Earth millennia before empirical science knew of Continental Drift Theory and an expanding fabric of the universe.) 
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The question is begged: ‘What exactly is this colorful light that we are clothed in- this enlightenment of God’s knowledge?’ The answer is found in Scripture:
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I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. (Isa. 61:10) KJV; emp. mine
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Is it any wonder that John saw the “holy city, New Jerusalem, descending from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her Husband”? There comes a time when the shadows of old will no longer cloak the truths in darkness, rather all things will witness to the body of His works; all things will be known with Divine enlightenment for the glorification of His precious jewels- His people who will soon be united with God at the coming of the Great King, Yeshua Messiah. God’s Word is a light as Scriptures proclaim, so those who are, and become, the citizenry of the coming Kingdom must be clothed in the light of His Word for sacrificial atonement. Otherwise, they will be cast out in anguish and sorrow with those who hate their Creator. Our wedding garments are our enlightenment of His great works, and our righteousness for salvation is of Him according to Prophet Isaiah.
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Before we move into the rainbow tunic of Yoseph (his garment/coat of many colors), I, the scribe, will explain the symbolism of the rainbow in the unique way that it was explained to me.
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RABBI, TEACH ME TO SEE!
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Weeks of contemplation and indecision, on whether I should write messianic parallels to Joseph’s life, came before I finally conceded to writing them (now online articles). Every messianic similitude, with all their correlations, can not be expounded from Scriptures and fit neatly into one book, lest we attempt to produce a work twice as lengthy as the Bible, which itself is too often unread. What I began to perceive of Joseph prefiguring Jesus (Yeshua) could fill books, but what troubled me most about writing on him were correlations that I still could not fully conceptualize. I lacked the spiritual insight to write what I discerned as possible parallels without skipping much of his life that I sensed escaped me, which would have left lengthy gaps and perhaps distort reader comprehension.
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Nonetheless, feeling urged in my spirit to trust the Holy Spirit for guidance and new revelations on this, I continued to study Joseph’s ancient plight, from favored son to prisoner to revelator and savior. And on the 7th day of the 10th month, I prayed, asking the Lord what exactly He wanted me to write, knowing that many mysteries seemed just out of reach of my understanding. In those days, I was learning somewhat simpler, shorter parallels and parables, so, for me, jumping into truths of the Messiah ben Yoseph was a bit intimidating. Further, I was not a writer in any sense of the word until I started writing about the mysteries of the Bible.
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That night, after praying about this, I was carried away into a vision/dream and taught by the Lord. I appeared standing in complete spaciousness, as if in the open atmosphere at twilight. Partially hidden within the darkness was the silhouette of a man standing silently, seemingly patient in watching and waiting. Nearer to me was the invisible Holy Spirit whose location was sensed rather than seen, and I perceived that He was there to direct me (although He did not speak in that particular revelation). After a moment, I understood that the shadowy man in the dark, gray night was the Teacher of Righteousness. His wisdom and comprehension was very high above me, and when He did speak, His words and insight were hard to grasp and retain. Still, He seemed patient enough with my ignorance.
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Initially it troubled me that the Lord was not lit in glorious light as one might expect, at least until I discerned what I was patiently being taught.
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I sensed an invisible pathway between us. I knew it was a path about the width and height of a subway train because passing beams of various shades of gray did not exceed the allotted space. After a moment, the dark beams became beams of various colors passing by, and passing more abundantly. They cut through the darkness as quickly passing rays of light, all going in the same direction but with different lengths within their perimeter. One would quickly pass by and then another, and sometimes more than one travelled together. I could not discern a sequence in the timing of their passing, and after a few moments they again turned back to dark shades of gray.
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As this was occurring, the Teacher was sharing things that I could not retain on a conscious level, but I tried nonetheless to hear and understand what I could for my awakening. Then the Lord asked me if I could see the unity in the beams of various colors and their lengths. Indeed, I had no idea at the time what He was seeking to explain or what it meant for my work concerning Joseph. I said, “No, Lord, all I see is darkness.”
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Then the Holy Spirit came and placed me in the midst of the pathway of dark beams returning to colors, but I could still only see beams passing over and through me. With a slight adjustment of me by my shoulders, He went back to where He previously was. Almost instantly there came a blinding light of colors: A great prism provided a spectrum of united colors, like a rainbow in the dark that filled the pathway and passed over and through me. I was standing in the midst of God’s pathway of what I can only describe as spiritual light. Like a bright rainbow exploding during the bleak twilight of a passing storm, the great prism lit up all the spacious surrounding. In but an instant, I awoke with a jump, and I could ask no more questions about what I was seeing.
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Needless to say, the scale of indecision tipped in favor of writing a chapter on Joseph and how his life prefigured the Christ, since the Lord could obviously adjust my vision. (I have since decided to post free online articles rather than trying to sell books.) At the time, I began to pray for more understanding of the dream or, more accurately, surreal vision and how else it concerned Joseph. At that moment a passage came to mind and I wrote it down to consider:
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The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them that sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. From that time Jesus began to preach, and to say, Repent: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. (Matt. 4:16-17) KJV
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Prepare The Way Of The Lord
Prepare The Way Of The Lord

Then I understood that like pure light, Christ is Light for the world. By Him spiritual children from all nations become lights to a world which sits in spiritual darkness. By the Light of God, the Kingdom is being preached to bring greater comprehension. When light passes through a prism, it reveals the beautiful colors of rainbows. Light refracted by the clear, triangular object becomes a spectrum of various wavelengths. Each color appears unique in our eyes, yet they are united and confess to that one, pure light. So I then perceived that the Lord was showing me that all the foreshadowing stories and similitudes of Scripture confess to one work of the Lord about salvation through the atoning blood of the Suffering Servant Messiah.

Some biblical parables and similitudes are brighter and easily perceived, like yellow. Others are like violet in twilight skies, being more difficult to associate with that pure Light. And yet all Scriptures witness to God’s work through Christ. Some stories are lengthier than others, but they, too, can be seen when we allow the Holy Spirit to adjust the way we perceive them. If we realize that our Teacher stands nearby in the foreshadowings of old, we can jump into the pathway of enlightenment and perceive the substance of His works in unified colors. Then all of heaven will be lit-up in exploding glory. All scriptural truths must pass through the invisible Prism, the Holy Spirit of God. If we follow the various, colorful stories of Scriptures back to the Prism, we find the entrance of that pure Light.
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PRISM, PD Image
PRISM, pdi

Until then, we will only be able to partially perceive Christ as a shadowy figure of a man standing at a distance in the twilight of our comprehension.

Let us therefore stand in the pathway of God’s Word, having our spiritual vision adjusted by the Spirit, who is holy, who is wonderful, who is true. By my own intellectual power, I was earnestly lacking, but by the power of God I am able to press forward in searching out the Messiah of Yoseph to discover His glorious and colorful clothing of salvation.

Indeed, the Bible is a book about Christ- a single story thoroughly woven from beginning to end, and He is the spiritual embodiment of it. All stories directly concern Him, foreshadow Him, establish Him, and/or glorify God’s works through Him. Scripture cannot be understood for the autobiography that it is without knowing Christ, and Christ cannot be known without knowing His story- the Scriptures- with the adjusting guidance of the Holy Spirit. Assuredly, He is YHVH manifest to us, God among us, like rays of light extending from the sun to shed the light of life on the world of mankind.

THE TRUSTWORTHY SON

These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph, being seventeen years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father’s wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report. Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. And when his brothers saw that their father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peaceably unto him (Gen. 37:2-4) KJV

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The Father's House Of Many Mansions With Colorful Foundations
Father’s House of Many Mansions & Colorful Foundations; Image Mine

The stage is set for injustices of jealousy from the sons of Israel over one who was preferred and chosen by his father. Already the disharmony between Yeshua and the religious leaders of His time should come to mind by those who know the Gospel accounts.

Yoseph, whose name means increase, was the faithful son whom his father entrusted as an intermediate between him and his rambunctious sons, much like the beloved Son of God (see Mark 1:11). Christ also increased in knowledge and wisdom, stature and favor, with both God and mankind (see Luke 2:52).

Yoseph, the faithful shepherd, foreshadows the Good Shepherd of the faith (see John 15:25) who was sent by the Father to His rebellious siblings in Judea. Like Joseph, He was loathed in His Shepherd role because of the favor that He was given by the true Father of Israel.

But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law [Torah], They hated me without a cause. (John 15:25) KJV; intrpl. mine
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I am become a stranger unto my brethren, and an alien unto my mother’s children. (Ps. 69:8) KJV
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The plight of Joseph begins with him feeding the flock of his father alongside the sons of Zilpah, meaning fragrant droppings, and Bilhah, meaning timid or meek, much as Christ began feeding the flock of Israel among the meek and anointed (cf. 113:2; Zech. 4:12; Isa. 61:1; Matt. 5:5; 11:29; John 21:17). Indeed, like Joseph, he was sent to the lost sheep of the House of Israel. A circumstance arose whereby Joseph was compelled to testify against the works of his brothers, causing them to hate him all the more, which we discern foreshadows circumstances that arose in Judea as the Good Shepherd fed the meek of Israel.
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“The world [worldly] cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.”- Yeshua (John 7:7) KJV
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To his brothers, Joseph appeared prideful and high-minded, but in the mind of their father- being wiser and more mature- he was naturally good-hearted and a faithful worker and messenger. Despised and rejected, Joseph proved faithful to the end. He happily wore the coat of many colors that his father gave him, though he knew it brought him reproach and isolation. The sons of Israel grew more hostile until their loathing seethed over into fury. It was enough that he was more beloved by their father, but Joseph standing as a “prince” before them in his rainbow-colored tunic was too much. Evil was the only remedy for this injustice to their pride.
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Little did they know that the one who wore God’s colors of salvation would one day be the one who would deliver them and their families during a harsh regional famine. Little did they know that they would be given a home and sustenance to sustain them and their children, all from him. It would take several years before they put away their youthful jealously and age ripened them with wisdom. But like the latter sons of Israel whom they foreshadow, who resisted the “Prince of Peace” (see Matt. 14:36), they had nothing kind to say, only a plot to destroy him.
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And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it his brethren: and they hated him yet the more. And he said unto them, Hear, I pray you, this dream which I have dreamed: For, behold, we were binding sheaves in the field, and, lo, my sheaf, arose, and also stood upright; and behold, your sheaves stood around about, and made obeisance to my sheaf. And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us?  or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. (Gen. 37:5-8) KJV
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A quick reading of the New Testament makes it quite clear that religious shepherds of Israel despised the Messiah for his words and revelation from Heaven (see Matt. 21:15; Mark 3:21), although the dominion of the Son of Man had long been envisioned by the holy prophets (see Dan. 7:13-14). Like Joseph’s brothers, they could not see the true Savior past His humble origin. “Is this not the carpenter’s son?” they asked, offended at His testimony and works (see Matt. 13:57). Indeed, the words of Christ can easily be interjected in the rejection of Joseph’s future throne by Israel’s sons: “But His citizens hated him, and sent a message after Him, saying, ‘We will not have this Man reign over us.’”
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Although the parable is directed towards a-millennialists who deny Messiah’s coming Kingdom at Israel, it rings true for many religious leaders of 1st century Judea. Joseph’s brothers mocked him for his spiritual revelations, not believing the prophetic parables that were woven by God into his dreams, which was fulfilled by both Jews and Gentiles who mocked Christ for His revelations (see Luke 18:32).
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Interestingly, Joseph was binding sheaves during harvest season in his dream, when his stood upright while his brothers’ sheaves bowed before his. Not only was Joseph’s dream prophetic of him saving the peoples of the region during a great famine, and his brothers honoring him later in life, but the harvest in the field is a picture of the harvest of God in the world. Oftentimes, Christ compared His and His disciples’ works to harvesting, and indeed the harvesting remains through the Apocalypse, where after every knee shall bow to the Messiah. If all twelve sheaves of Israel were the produce of the field, representing the tribes, it may mean that all of Israel will someday be saved as they come to the revelation of Messiah ben Yoseph.
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Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. (Matt. 13:30) KJV
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As for every knee bowing before the Messiah, there is no reason for envy; these things were prophesied about the Lion of Judah from ancient times. The Lord would inherit Judah as His tribal portion and again choose Jerusalem (see Zech. 2:12), and to Him will all Jews, all of Israel, and all Gentiles bow. He is the young Lion of Judah who came from Heaven, ascended, and will come again as the Great King in these latter days.
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Judah, thou art he whom thy brethren shall praise: thy hand shall be in the neck of thine enemies; thy father’s children shall bow down before thee. Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey [hunted people], my son, thou art gone up [ascended]: he stooped down [descended], he crouched as a lion, and as an old lion; who shall rouse him up? The sceptre [right of kingship] shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver [leader] from between his feet, until the Shiloh [Prince of Peace] come; and to him shall the gathering of the people be. Binding his foal [burden-carrying] unto the vine [spreading Word], and his ass’s colt unto the choice vine [cf. Isa. 63:1-5], and his clothes in the blood of grapes [covenant wine]: His eyes shall be red with wine [fiery vision of Spirit, see Rev. 1:14], and his teeth [followers of His Word] white with milk [nurturing doctrine]. (Gen. 49:8-12) KJV; intrpl. mine
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The lion of Judah ascends and descends in Jacob’s messianic prophecy, which can be compared to the lion of Judah in Samson’s riddle, whereas sweet honey is formed in his dead body. But in Hosea, after the Lion of Judah is mentioned by the prophet, the Lord says that He will return to His place until they- the people- acknowledge their offense. Finally, in Revelation the  Lion of Judah appears as a sacrificial Lamb receiving revelations from the Father.
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Over the process of time, Joseph would become the savior of the Near-and Middle Eastern world, adored by His Hebrew family and beloved among Egyptians and other Gentile peoples. By his insight into the revelations of God, he would instruct servants to gather their harvests into Egyptian storehouses (or barns) for seven plentiful years, which would sustain them for seven following years of drought and famine. Families would come from distant Gentile lands for the saving food Joseph had stored-up, hearing of his wisdom and fame. Likewise, his own family would hear and eventually come to believe, be saved by his sustenance, and finally discern his true identity. But until that appointed time came, he was mocked by his brethren. They essentially asked Joseph what the religious shepherds asked Christ: Who do you make yourself out to be?” (See John 8:53, 57.) 
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Yeshua, son of another Yoseph and Miriam, was also an unlikely Savior in 1st century Judea. The Pharisees, Sadducees, lawyers and scribes of Torah, priesthood, and other leaders of the time vied for what wealth, power, and religious prestige the Roman authorities afforded them, and the last thing they desired was a religious Carpenter interjecting Himself in what they perceived as their own spheres of affluence. The adoration and affections of the common people were their livelihood and were not to be shared with the likes of the Rabbi from Nazareth. In no way could He be their awaited King Messiah and glorious Savior. And as the fame of the Good Shepherd spread among the people, the shepherds of political religion could hardly contain their envy.
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He simply was not one of them in the religious-political structure and did not play by the established social norms and pecking order. To many of them, He was a self-appointed religious fanatic that the naïve multitudes were but deceived into believing. Like many religious leaders today, they honored ordinary people of the past who became biblical greats at God’s beckoning, but in their own days they could only honor the elites that they considered worthy. Like Joseph before Him, Christ could claim whatever revelations from Heaven that He wanted, but it was beneath them to actually believe stories of them or even their own eyes.
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And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it his brethren, and said, Behold, I have dreamed a dream more; and, behold, the sun and the moon and the eleven stars made obeisance to me. And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou has dreamed? Shall I [the sun] and thy mother [the moon] and thy brethren [the stars] indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth? And his brethren envied him; but his father observed [kept in consideration] the saying. (Gen. 37:9-11) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Joseph’s revelations were likely perceived as the highest form of narcissism and self-exaltation to his brothers. Surely he must have harbored great wickedness to suggest that even his own father would bow before his will! His words were blasphemy in the ears of the children of Israel. Not even Israel, accustomed to speaking with the Lord and gaining great promises, comprehended the work God was framing around Joseph, although he knew enough to not dismiss his revelations outright.
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Jacob never worshiped his son; the dream was but a sign that Jacob would someday entrust the salvation of his family to Joseph. It was revealed in an exalted manner because it foreshadowed that God the Father would entrust the salvation of Israel to His Son Messiah. Nevertheless, the idea of making obeisance to Joseph infuriated his brothers and brought concern to his father. His dreams appeared too self-centered for comfort. 
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Likewise, many of the children of Israel were outraged at the sayings of Mashiach ben Yoseph, thinking His words were complete blasphemy against their heavenly Father. Yet in the purity of His heart, He considered it not robbery of God to proclaim the things He was given to proclaim (see Phil. 2:6). Joseph was a great star among the children of Israel, but they resented his light, not discerning that he foreshadowed the prophesied “Star” that would arise out of Jacob and save the people (see Num. 24:17).
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“For the Father loves the Son, and shows Him all things that He Himself does; and He will show Him greater works than these, that you may marvel. For as the Father raises the dead and gives life to them, even so the Son gives life to whom He will. For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son, that all should honor the Son just as they honor the Father. Most assuredly, I say to you, he who hears My word and believes in Him who sent Me has everlasting life, and shall not come into judgment, but has passed from death into life.” (John 5:20-24) NKJV
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In the similitude, Jacob is the sun and father of the twelve tribes of Israel (the stars), but this was given for those with spiritual discernment to consider God, who is likened to the sun (cf. Ps. 84:11; Isa. 63:16-17). The children of Jacob were revealed as stars because they direct us to all the children of Israel (cf. Ex. 32:13; Judg. 5:20; Dan. 8:10-12; Rev. 12:1). When we consider that in Mal. 4:2 that the Messiah is called the “Sun of Righteousness,” who brings healing on the Day of the Lord, it compels us to consider that the light of salvation and judgment has been committed into His hands. And in Revelation the Messiah is depicted as the brightness of the sun.
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Thus, is this robbing God? If the Maker of the universe, which hosts trillions of stars like our sun, with perhaps billions of planets like Earth, wants to depict His Son in His own likeness, with His own symbolism, who can oppose Him? Was it robbery of all the descendants of Israel for the twelve sons of Jacob to be depicted as the twelve stars? Was it robbery for Jacob to be depicted as the sun, seeing that in Scriptures it symbolizes God? I think not. It is the envy of that one Star, as the brothers of Joseph felt, that still brews in the hearts of many of the children of Israel today, whereas they rob God of His sacrifice via the Suffering Servant Messiah, stealing from His works to deny His Paschal Lamb.
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WHO IS THE MOON?
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Here, we will temporarily leave the parallels of Joseph to Christ to consider the wife of Jacob- the mysterious moon. If Jacob, the father of Israel, is depicted as the sun- the Father of all of Israel- then the moon must represent the Father’s figurative wife. This requires some investigation since Jacob had two prominent wives, and since God is the Father of Jews and Gentiles. Rachael was Joseph’s mother, Joseph being Jacob’s next to last son, but the passage does not tell us which of Jacob’s wives is perceived as the moon in Joseph’s dream. We know that it probably was not be Rachael because she died delivering Jacob’s last son, Benjamin.
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In Joseph’s Divine dream all of the eleven other sons, who must include Benjamin, are present. The moon that was to submit to Joseph had to be Leah, his stepmother. Two of Jacob’s wives were handmaidens of Rachael and Leah, but it is not likely that one of them would be called his mother if either of the two prominent wives were still alive. If Jacob had Rachael in mind, he would have had to interpret Joseph’s vision as something in the afterlife.
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By law, Leah, meaning weary, was Jacob’s first wife (Gen. 29:26), much like natural Israel being the first people of God to enter His covenant of the Torah (a lawful union). As already written, God likened the Hebrews to His wife, which He did not do in the covenant of Noah. Weary may represent that Israelites were wearied by God in the wilderness (see Ps. 68:7-9) or were weary to enter the Promised Land. Or, it may parallel the fact that Israel wearied God (cf. Isa. 1:14; 7:13; Jer. 6:9-11; 15:6) or wearied themselves in rebellion (see Jer. 9:5). Even the prophets were wearied of carrying the “burden of the LORD” (see Jer. 20:9). Of course, all these things may be the reason for Leah’s name, as well as the fact that Jacob worked seven years for Rachael’s hand and was weary to marry Leah first under the traditional law. She was first to give Israel children.
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Rachael, meaning ewe (sheep), was the awaited wife of promise- a promise from her father (see Gen. 29:27). This suggests she was an antitype of New Covenant children (see Gal. 3:21-22) who were promised by God. The Gentiles would come to God’s light and provoke the children of Israel to jealousy, as Isaiah and the prophets promised. As Christ said, there are other folds to be brought into the flock of Israel- many of them being the lost sheep and Gentiles. The first to receive a lawful covenant with the Father, as a wife, were the Hebrews, whereas the second people consist of whomsoever the Lord desired and called. (Note: In another article we look at Rachael as the Israelite wife.)
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These two covenant do not necessarily mean Jews and Gentiles, for numerous Gentiles have converted to Judaism under the Law, and the first believers of the New Covenant were Jews, but rather those who are under the covenant of the Law and those who are under the covenant of promise. The New Covenant Pesach was the one that Christ desired to fulfill (Luke 22:15-16), which was prefigured by the Old Covenant wife of the Law.
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Moedim Biblical History In Correlation to Jacob and Wives
Moedim of Biblical History Correlating to Jacob and his Wives

Nonetheless, despite the jealousy shared between Leah and Rachael, they and their children became one family before the Lord. Jacob worked one week of years for each wife, which was to please Leban, meaning the white.

And this is exactly what I, the scribe, have been explaining of the Moedim Paradigm– that one millennial week pertains to national Israel while another week pertains to whomsoever is desired by God from all the days since Adam. After Jacob fulfilled Leah’s week and then Rachael’s week, he then worked a third week of years for their father’s flock, which completes the three weeks in the paradigm.

On the 6th year of the third week of years, Jacob gathered all his family and separated himself from Leban for his own inheritance, even amid tribulations. Likewise, the sixth millennial day of the third Divine week of works, being the 20th millennium in the moedim template, is the doorway into the Great Sabbath, during tribulations. Jacob brought his entire family out on a journey to the land promised Him by God. Then children of both covenants and their servants’ children fulfilled the will of God- things were orchestrated by God to confess a panoramic plan of salvation.

Just as the moon reflects the light of the sun in darkness, so does the Law of God bring judgment to those who sit in spiritual darkness, and even in judgment there is a lesser degree of enlightenment. For this reason, even Satan has been termed Lucifer, which means a luminary, for through accusations he brings harsh judgments. Being under the Law, death is appointed, among other curses, to those who break it. The idea is for all the family of God to trust in His entire Word and not come into judgment- to pass over to the Light of Life. The moon does not give life, but the sun feeds the world. Indeed, we have a Star out of Jacob that even the moon will bow before, for He grants atonement. And all of Israel will be clothed in that Light when Jerusalem above gives birth to the Kingdom of Heaven on Earth. Then all the legal judgments reflected upon us will be put under her feet.
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And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold, a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. (Rev. 21:1-4) KJV
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There is much to interpret from the above passage, which we will do in the third book. For now, however, it should be noted that 1/3 of the stars of Jacob were cast down as labor pains, but soon a body of believers will be delivered for the coming Kingdom of Heaven. The thing to notice now is that her crown or garland consists of all twelve tribes, and she is clothed in the light of the sun, with the moon underfoot. What this suggests is that the judgments of the Law will be overcome by those enlightened by the Sun of Righteousness, although this comes during trying times and much satanic resistance.
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The seven crowned heads of the fiery dragon are seven empires that have resisted God’s will for Israel, as previously disclosed, and the ten horns of powers are the leaders who will arise out of them during the Apocalypse. The tail, which was not an empire that ruled over the Promised Land, was Germany during WWII. I add these things in this exegesis about Joseph to show whom our garments of salvation and light come from God, which the sun merely symbolizes. As the woman stood upon the moon, the covenant of the Law steadies up and supports us, but the light of the Sun nurtures us as the children of enlightenment are born from above. Judgments of the Law are indeed a light to our feet and the end-time body of believers, but the brighter Salvation of our Father transcends that which merely reflects His light. Some of these passages are deep spiritual truths with dual and triple meanings, difficult to understand, so we must move on before confusion sets in.
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Before doing so, however, for those are currently under the covenant of promise, there is a warning to consider as it relates to Rachael. After coming into the Promised Land- Jacob’s place of inheritance- she fell under a curse of death for bringing in stolen gods (Gen. 31:32-34). Her death while giving birth to the last son of Israel may imply churches that perish for idolatry during the coming tribulations. The first wife of the law, who wearied God in the Old Covenant books, was left as the prominent mother of all the children of Israel.
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STRAYING SHEPHERDS OF THE FLOCK
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Jesus came as the Father’s appointed Shepherd to seek the lost sheep of the House of Israel (Matt. 10:6-7). After being baptized by John, He spent forty days being tempted in the wilderness. John prepared His way by preaching against religious shepherds who had departed from the will of God, and then Christ began His ministry of preaching the Kingdom of Heaven. John the Baptist “mak[ing] his paths straight” in the wilderness (Matt. 3:1-3; 11:10) was foreshadowed by a man who directed Joseph’s path as he searched for his brothers’ flock.

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And Israel said to Joseph, “Are not your brothers feeding the flock in Shechem? Come, I will send you to them.” So he said to him, “Here I am.” Then he said to him, “Please go and see if it is well with the flocks, and bring back word to me.” So he send him out of the valley of Hebron, and he went to Shechem. Now a certain main found him, and there he was, wandering in the field. And the man asked him, saying, “What are you seeking?” So he said, “I am seeking my brothers. Please tell me where they are feeding their flocks.” And the man said, “They have departed from here, for I heard them say, ‘Let us go to Dothan.’” Now when they [his brothers] saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him to kill him. Then they said to one another, “Look this dreamer [master of dreams] is coming!” (Gen. 37:13-19) NKJV; intrpl. mine

The actual word that the sons of Israel said when they saw Joseph was “baal of dreams,” which means master, such as an estate owner. But baal is also derived from the false god Baal. Thus, “master of dreams” was demeaning in that it implied false revelations from a false or counterfeit god. The commonly used Hebrew term for master was adon. Rabbi also means my master teacher, which was a term the apostles sometimes called the Messiah, among other Greek words meaning master. The connection between the sons of Israel plotting to kill their brother and them saying that this “baal of dreams is coming,” suggests that they justified plotting to kill Joseph because of his false divine revelations. In fact, the last two sentences of the above passage could probably be slipped into the New Covenant account of the religious plots to kill Yeshua and probably go unnoticed even by most scholars (see John 11:53).

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Covenant of Colors, PDI
Covenant of Colors, PDI

The plot to kill Yoseph may have also been motivated by the fact that he was the most beloved son and stood to receive the lion’s portions of Jacob’s inheritance and blessings. In a parable Messiah gave about a vineyard, the owner sent out his son because his servants were being beaten and killed by the vinedressers. And the father said, “They will respect my son” (see Matt. 21:37). But when they saw his son coming, they said among themselves, “This is the heir. Come, let us kill him and seize his inheritance.”

Indeed, the religious shepherds were not about to surrender their positions to a Carpenter who claimed to be the Father’s inheriting Son and Messiah, just as the reigning popes deny that Messiah will come and reign on Earth from Jerusalem. In Joseph’s brothers’ minds, him being so beloved of their father was in no way justified, nor Joseph setting himself up as a ruler over them. In short, their concerns were not with the will of God but on the possessions of men.

The shepherds of Israel were not feeding the flock where their father expected them to be. Instead, they had departed from Shechem, which means shoulder and implies governing, and were feeding the flock at Dothan, which means two wells. As for Joseph, he was sent out from the valley of Hebron, which means a meek place of friends. Joseph was probably not sent out with them from the beginning because Jacob knew they despised him, and only after serious concern was Joseph sent to bring back word. They saw his coming from afar, which mirrors the fact that the religious shepherds during Christ’s time perceived His coming via the revelations of the priests, prophets, sages, and scribes. But they, too, had departed from the will of the Father and had gone their own ways. Consider how similar the Joseph account is to the abusive shepherds at the rejection of the Suffering Servant Messiah.
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He is despised and rejected by men, a Man of sorrows and acquainted with grief. And we hid, as it were, our faces from Him. He was despised, and we did not esteem Him. Surely He has born our griefs [sicknesses] and carried our sorrows; yet we esteemed Him stricken, smitten by God, and afflicted. But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; the chastisement for our peace was upon Him, and by His stripes we are healed. All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned, every one, to his own way; and the LORD has laid on Him the iniquity of us all. He was oppressed and He was afflicted, yet He opened not His mouth; He was led as a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before its shearers is silent, so He opened not His mouth. He was taken from prison [confinement] and from judgment, and who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living; for the transgressions of My people [children of Israel] He was stricken. And they made His grave with the wicked- but with the rich at His death, because He had done no violence, nor was any deceit in His mouth. (Isa. 53:3-9) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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DEATH, RESURRECTION, AND TO THE GENTILES
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The prophets of ancient Israel had foretold the betrayal, death, and resurrection of the Mashiach ben Yoseph. Seeing it afar off, they declared His sufferings and coming glory in great detail. Even the High Priest during Christ’s ministry spiritually perceived that He would be killed before gathering all the children of Israel into one (see John 11:51-52). Thus, in conspiring to kill Him or deliver Him to religious and Roman authorities (see Luke 20:19-20), the chief priests and Scribes were actually fulfilling God’s panoramic plan of redemption. In the same way, the evils done by Joseph’s brothers were already configured into God’s greater plan for saving the Israelite people.
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And they said one to another, Behold, this dreamer cometh. Come now therefore, and let us slay him, and cast him into some pit, and we will say, Some evil beast hath devoured him: and we shall see what will become of his dreams. (Gen. 37:19-20) KJV

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Israel's Savior Cast Into the Pit, PD Image
Israel’s Savior Cast Into The Pit, PDI
If Joseph died, how could his supposedly Divine revelations come to pass? Would they not be exposed as wicked dreams from his delusional, selfish heart? At least, that was the reasoning of his brrothers.
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This test foreshadowed the fact that religious leaders in Judea, as well as Roman soldiers, mocked Christ’s coming glory during the crucifixion. How could He be the kingly Messiah and do all the wondrous things He claimed if He died?
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According to the Law, Yeshua had to die because He made Himself the Son of God (see John 19:7), at least in their misconceptions of the Torah; the coming Messiah would reign as King over Israel on the throne that would never pass away. “He saved others; let Him save Himself if He is the Christ, the chosen of God,” they sneered (see Luke 23:35 NKJV).
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Joseph, of course, could not resurrect himself from the pit, for he only foreshadowed the Mashiach ben Yoseph. Our hero cannot die, here, or the parable designed by God to be prophetic of Christ cannot be completed. Figuratively, however, Joseph died in the pit, which is a common Hebraic term for grave and death- Sheol.
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With a careful reading of Joseph’s trials and sufferings, we can discern a similitude of Christ’s crucifixion and resurrection:
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And Reuben heard of it [their plot], and he delivered him out of their hands; and said, Let us not kill him. And Reuben said unto them, Shed no blood, but cast him into this pit that is in the wilderness, and lay no hands on him; that he might rid him out of their hands, to deliver him to his father again. (Gen. 37:21-22) KJV; intrpl. mine
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In messianic Psalms the wording correlates with Joseph’s plight, reading, “O YHVH my God, I cried to You, and You have healed Me. O YHVH, You have brought My soul up from the grave; You have kept me alive, so that I should not descend to the pit” (Ps. 30:2-3). And in another Psalm it is written: “For You will not leave My soul in Sheol. You will not surrender Your Holy One to see decay” (Ps. 16:10). Likewise, at the death of Yeshua, He descended to the spiritual prison called Hades/Tartarus to preach the Gospel of Life (see 1 Pet. 3:19; 4:6), but then He was raised incorruptible on the third day. Hence, it is written: “As for You also, by the blood of Your covenant, I have sent forth [released] Your prisoners out of the pit wherein there is no water” (Zech. 9:11).
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Reuben, whose name means behold a son, was planning to deliver the favored son from the pit at the right time, but in fearing his brothers he had to wait. From a prophetic perspective, this indicates that some of religious leaders of Israel did not plan on killing the Son of God the Father, but they simply went along with their peers because they were truly powerless to stop them from delivering Him to the authorities. Indeed, Pilate and Herod found no offense in Him and planned to release Him to those who defended His innocence (see Luke 23:12-16), but there were too many people encouraged by the religious majority calling for His death. Nicodemus the Pharisee said, “Does our law judge a man before it hears him and knows what he is doing?” showing that there were established religious leaders who sought to deliver the Messiah ben Yoseph (see John 7:51).
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And it came to pass, when Joseph was come unto his brethren, that they stript Joseph out of his coat, his coat of many colours that was on him; and they took him, and cast him into a pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it. (Gen. 37:23-24) KJV
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After the chief priests delivered the Messiah to the Romans, satisfying their envy (Mark 15:10), the beastly soldiers beat Him bloody. But before His death, as He hung exposed before family and countrymen, the soldiers of the Beast divided His garments of salvation into four parts, before His eyes. They also took his seamless coat, but then said among each other, “Let us not tear it, but rather cast lots for it, whose it will be” (John 19:23-24). This fulfilled a type of Christ in the plight of Joseph and a messianic Psalm which reads:
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“I am poured out like water, and all My bones are out of joint; My heart is like wax; it has melted within Me. My strength is dried up like a potsherd, and My tongue clings to My jaws; You have brought Me to the dust of death. For dogs have surrounded Me; the congregation of the wicked has enclosed Me. They pierced [as with lion’s teeth] My hands and My feet; I can count all My bones. They look and stare at Me. They divided My garments among them, and for My clothing they cast lots.” (Ps. 22:14-18) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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A difference is herein detected between the sufferings of Yoseph and Yeshua. The sons of Israel stripped Joseph of his colorful coat, whereas Christ’s glorious garment was taken by Roman soldiers. Initially, this inconsistency troubled me, but then an idea crossed my mind: During the time of their transgression, God may have considered the rebellion sons of Israel to be no different from the pagan dogs of the Gentile nations. The Romans joined religious shepherds in killing the Messiah and despised the true Shepherd of God; spiritually, they were one and the same at that moment.
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Paul, who was a Pharisee before becoming an apostle, wrote: “But it is not that the word of God has taken no effect. For they are not all Israel who are of Israel, nor are they all children because they are the seed of Abraham” (see Rom. 9:6-7 NKJV). He went on to say that it is only those whom the Lord shows mercy towards, under the promises, that are considered the children of God and, therefore, the children of Israel. We know that God was in no way finished with the sons of Israel because of their transgression, but I suppose that in that very moment that they- that generation- hardly fit the description of the righteous children of Israel whom God was determined to bring about in accomplishing a holy kingdom.
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Like foreigners, Joseph’s brothers showed no mercy for the sake of family; in fact, Joseph’s suffering did not trouble them enough to even ruin their lunch:
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And they sat down to eat bread: and they lifted up their eyes and looked, and, behold, a company of Ishmeelites [whom God hears] came from Gilead with their camels bearing spicery and balm and myrrh, going to carry it down to Egypt. And Judah said unto his brethren, What profit is it if we slay our brother, and conceal his blood? Come, and let us sell him to the Ishmeelites, and let not our hand be upon him; for he is our brother and our flesh. And his brethren were content. (Gen. 37:25-27) KJV; intrpl. mine

Sold to the Gentiles for Silver, PD Image
Sold to the Gentiles for Silver, PDI
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The children of Israel eating bread may suggest that Christ was sold into the hands of the Gentiles during a feast in Israel. The Passover (Pesach, Seder) feast directly coincides with the first day of the seven-day Feast of Unleavened Bread (Hag HaMatzot), which is on the evening of the 14th day. Indeed, it was during the beginning of this feast that Judas (the Greek form of Judah) decided he would profit off Christ by betraying Him into the hands of His enemies. Upon doing so, he gained thirty pieces of silver (see Matt. 26:14-15).
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Ishmaelites were the disinherited offspring of Abraham rather than the children of the promise through Isaac, and this may suggest in fulfillment that Romans and Gentiles were temporarily disinherited people (see Rom. 11:15).
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Judas probably did not expect Christ to be killed or he would not have hung himself in guilt and sorrow almost immediately after the crucifixion. Like Judah, he simply wanted to profit by selling Him to others. Christ dipped the unleavened bread at the same time as Judas as an indication that Judas was the one who would betray Him for profit, and Judas hanging himself suggests the guilt that Judah expressed in the foreshadowing story of Joseph.  
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For readers, it should here be remembered that Yeshua and His apostles were Jews and faithful followers of the Old Testament (scrolls of the Hebrew Tanakh and Greek Septuagint) and YHVH God. The multitudes who pressed forward to see the Messiah, in thousands, were also mostly the descendants of Israel. Thus, the New Covenant and these exegeses of foreshadowing stories should not be misconstrued by anyone as indicating a national conspiracy of all Jews against Jesus. These things had to be fulfilled by the religious shepherds, even them acting with evil intent via their misconceptions of Scripture. Like God’s will for Joseph, salvation is what the LORD has in mind- that all of Israel will be saved as well as whomsoever will see and believe these abundant correlations.
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The resurrected Son of Yoseph is still being sold in our time by Gentiles (and b some Jews) as a means of religious profiteering, by mega-ministries and several Christian organizations in a multi-billion-dollar enterprise of tithing collection and merchandise sells. For those with spiritual discernment, this Christian capitalism is every bit as repulsive as the brothers selling young Joseph from the pit, giving Christianity a bad rapport. Several televangelists are multimillionaires who live in pricey mansions and teach a “prosperity doctrine” of planting “financial seeds”- hardly humble messengers concerned most with helping the flock at all costs. (N.B. This is not a message against capitalism, but it is a message against materialistic religious leaders utilizing the Gospel of Salvation as a means of extravagant living.)
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As a scribe for the message of Christ (although I have not personally profited), I understand the need of authors to utilize the marketplace to get the message out to the greatest number of people; but I also perceive that the motive for many religious leaders is often not sharing Gospel truths but selling Christ for personal, financial gain. Many of them are the modern-day money-changers in the Holy Temple (selling their religious items) who have yet to have their merchant tables overturned by the coming Messiah. Indeed, some of them have gift shops and ATM machines in their mega-church complexes, as well as various trinkets and souvenirs sold on religious infomercials and websites.
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All who sell Christ and the Word of God with the primary motive of personal prosperity should think twice about their hypocrisy in condemning Judas over his measly thirty pieces of silver. If they preach not the Divine Law and its fulfillment in the Testimony of Jesus Christ- of the sacrifice and coming Kingdom- there is no light in them, and they should be discerned as worse than Judah selling Joseph from the pit to the purchasers, for they have many examples to warn and more comprehension than Judas had at the time.  
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Then there passed by Midianites [strife] merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt. (Gen. 37:28) KJV; intrpl. mine
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The amount of silver given for Joseph was according to Divine Law, that 20 shekels were required of a man who vowed a consecrated young man unto the Lord. If the person who was vowed to be consecrated unto God was a male from five years old to nineteen years old- just as Joseph was seventeen- the amount was twenty pieces of silver, whereas men from age twenty to sixty required the highest price of fifty silver shekels (see Lev. 27:1-8). Therefore, the thirty pieces given for Christ were according to a woman in His age range, or according to the value that the priests had set on Him (see Lev. 27:8). Thus, the undervaluing of Christ by twenty pieces of silver is compensated by young Joseph foreshadowing His fulfillment. Moreover, the thirty shekels that the priests gave to deliver Christ into God’s hands for His consecrated duty was just as the Lord said, “So they weighed out for my wages thirty pieces of silver,” but God had already reckoned the righteous price in the full sum of His Word.
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(NB: In those days the work duties were often more physical than mental, and, as God knew they would be, men were more valued by the people who did the hiring. The value difference had nothing to do with spiritual inequality or enforcing social suppression, but it was rather a practical principle. If the same value would have been required for both male and female work, the people would have almost always chosen the men for harsh duties, making void the contributions of women of Israel. The system was practical rather than perfect, for even a nineteen year old male could have complained that the value of his consecration at twenty pieces of silver was 2/3 of a twenty year old female at thirty pieces of silver.) 
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In Jewish eschatology, Egypt often represents the world/Gentile nations. From a Christian perspective, Joseph being sold to merchants and into Egypt prefigures the Gospel going out to Gentiles, to Rome and the world. Camel merchantmen, whom the Lord hears, may also represent those who carry the burden of the Gospel to distant lands.
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Having written that, the transformation of Christianity from a Jewish faith to a Gentile religion was not immediate at the crucifixion. After Christ arose, Jews visited the empty tomb of the Messiah and believed. Christianity spread throughout Judea, Samaria, Galilee, and all parts of the ancient Holy Land with the teachings of Jewish Apostles.
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“Therefore let all the house of Israel know assuredly that God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.” Now when they heard this, they were cut to the heart, and said to Peter and the rest of the apostles, “Men and brethren, what shall we do?” Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let every one of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. For the promise is to you and your children, and to all who are afar off, as many as the Lord our God will call.” (Acts 2:36-39) NKJV
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This astounding growth of Jewish Christianity in 1st century Judea correlates to Reuben returning to the pit of Joseph and rending his clothes in repentance. In fact, thousands of Jews turned back their hearts at the sacrifice of Christ:
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And Reuben [behold a Son] returned unto the pit [sacrifice of Christ]; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes. And he returned unto his brethren, and said, The child is not [there]; and I, wither shall I go? (Gen. 37:29-30) KJV; intrpl. mine
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In other words, how in the world would he be able to go before their father with this guilt on his hands? How could he return without having the beloved son and trusted shepherd of Israel with them? His sins would surely arrive with him, as would the sins of the other children of Israel who conspire to do evil. Indeed, Reuben was cut to the heart after Joseph was found missing, and returning to their father without him was probably a dreadful experience.
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Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me. (John 14:6) KJV
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Only by the blood and atonement offered at the sacrifice of the Messiah ben Yoseph are we able to come before the Holy Father, before Elohim YHVH. Christ serves as an Intermediate for our transgressions and satisfies the requirements of Divine Law. Only with His blood are our sins covered and hidden in the sight of God. Jews who comprehended this, and prophesies concering a New Covenant foe Israel, discerned that they had to present the blood of atonement in prayers when they came before the Heavenly Father. This is the lesson we discern in the plight and sacrifice of Joseph; his brothers understood that their transgressions had to be hidden by the blood.
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And they took Joseph’s coat, and killed a kid of the goats [a sacrificial sin offering], and dipped the coat in the blood; And they sent the coat of many colours, and they brought it to their father; and said, This we found: know not whether it be thy son’s coat or no. (Gen. 37:31-32) KJV
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How glorious! How marvelous! The angels shout for joy! They found the garment of their salvation, and their father looked upon the colors of the rainbow and remembered his love for the son! They began to ask their father if the evidence confessed his sacrificed son! This was a Yom Kippur unto them. The blood of a goat made atonement and covered the sins of the children of Israel. He has clothed our sins by His blood (cf. Lev. 23:27; Prov. 10:2; Isa. 61:10; Luke 22:30; John 5:13; Rom. 4:7). By this we are able to come before the Father in prayers and petitions (see Ex. 23:16-17). This is what God calls “the blood of My sacrifice” (23:18). His garments became filthy for us, and we became as righteousness before Holy God (2. Cor. 5:21). This is what the Substance of the shadows reveals.
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But God commendeth his love towards us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath [of the Heavenly Father] through him. For if, when we were enemies, we were reconciled to God by the death of his Son, much more, being reconciled, we shall be saved by his life. And not only so, but we also joy in God through our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom we have now received the atonement. (Rom. 5:8-11) KJV; intrpl. mine
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Two covenants are joined through the Messiah of Joseph, which can be perceived in the foreshadowing story. The covenant of colors was given for the salvation of the ancient world during the days of Noah; the covenant of blood atonement was given to the Hebrews under Moses. With these two covenants, all are able to go before the Mercy Seat of the Heavenly Father. As for the temporary blood and filth applied to Joseph’s princely coat, it was necessary to witness to the One who has taken our sins upon Himself. And, like Joseph, the glory sullied for our redemption can not be compared to the glory of His coming reign.
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Now Joshua [Yeshua] was clothed in filthy garments, and was standing before the Angel. Then He answered and spoke to those who stood before Him, saying, “Take away the filthy garments from him.” And to him He said, “See, I have removed your iniquities from you, and I will clothe you with rich robes.” And I [Zechariah] said, “Let them put a clean turban on his head, and they put a clean turban on his head… “Hear, O Joshua, the high priest, you and your companions who sit before you. For they are a wondrous sign [men who signify great things]; for behold, I am bringing forth My Servant the BRANCH [the Messiah]. For behold, the stone that I have laid before Joshua: Upon the stone are seven eyes. Behold, I will engrave its inscription,” says the LORD of hosts, and I will remove the iniquity of that land [Jerusalem] in one day.” (Zech. 3:3-5, 8-9) NKJV; intrpl. & emp. mine
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When Joseph’s father received the blood-soaked multi-colored coat/tunic, he swore that he would never forget. He mourned for his son and sat in sackcloth for the anguish of his soul. In all his lamenting, it would have been a fearful thing to stir Jacob’s wrath- the man who had wrestled with God and prevailed. Likewise, it would be a fearful thing to be blamed for the death of the Son of the Maker of the universe. Luckily for Joseph’s brothers, Israel did not see through their plot; he only saw the blood and was convinced that something else was to blame:
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Apocalypse Beast PDI
If Joseph’s father is analogous with the Heavenly Father, then who does God blame for the crucifixion of Christ? In the story of Joseph, the children of Israel did not actually kill their brother Joseph, they only plotted against him. In the substance of the shadow, a certain people really did kill the Messiah, and in the Father’s eyes this devouring Beast was the Roman Empire.
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“After this I saw in the night visions, and behold, a fourth beast [after Babylonian, Medeo-Persians, and Grecian], dreadful and terrible, exceedingly strong. It had huge iron teeth [military might]; it was devouring, breaking in pieces, and trampling the residue with its feet. It was different from all the beasts that were before it, and it had ten horns. (Dan. 7:7) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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The spiritual imagery in Daniel and Revelation make it quite clear that God blames the evil empires for both the crucifixion of Christ and the tribulations Israel and Christians have suffered. The last Beast in the Book of Revelation is a collage of ancient empires that have resisted the coming reign of Christ and the Great Sabbath Kingdom. As a Christian, however, we know that God sent His Son to redeem all sinners who will but believe, so, essentially, we are all partially responsible for the sacrifice. And nothing is hidden from the Father’s eyes unless He so chooses.
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SERVANT OF THE LAW, TEMPTED TO REIGN
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During the first few centuries of Christianity, the faith shifted from a Jewish one to the Gentile one that it remains today. One of the reasons is because Jewish religious leaders of the time were expecting a glorious appearance of Elijah as a harbinger of the King Messiah, who would subdue their Roman enemies and bring glory to the troubled nation. Hence, rabbinical scholars argued that Yeshua did not fulfill the prophecies and that He failed in establishing Himself as the Messiah. Some argued that He was merely a lawbreaker. How could a man taken from confinement and condemnation, even crucifixion, be their awaited Savior and glorious King? They were looking for glory, but what they perceived instead was disgrace and dishonor.
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As we continue to examine the plight of Joseph in light of the Messiah, we will soon find that righteousness is often misconstrued for evil and brings condemnation and conviction. Trials precede glory, and sometimes what we expect in a savior is not what we get. Here we will find that servitude comes before being served when God orchestrates the lives of His elect leaders and saviors. In Joseph’s case, this servitude began in the house of Potiphar, whose name means belonging to the sun.
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And the LORD was with Joseph, and he was a prosperous man; and he was in the house of his master the Egyptian. And his master saw that the LORD was with him, and that the LORD made all that he did to proper in his hand. And Joseph found grace in his sight, and he served him: and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he had put into his hand. And it came to pass from that time that he had made him overseer in his house, and over all that he had, that the LORD blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake; and the blessing of the LORD was upon all that he had in the house, and in the field. And he left all that he had in Joseph’s hand; and he not ought he had [paid no concern], save the bread which he did eat. And Joseph was a goodly person, and well favoured. (Gen. 39:2-3) KJV
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Here we must backtrack to consider the life and times of Jesus Christ in the plight of young Joseph. The first thing we notice is that the Lord YHVH was with Joseph, but, suffice to say, there are too many like Scriptures found in the New Covenant, of God being with Yeshua, to list them. From the beginning of His ministry the Spirit of the LORD descended as a dove and rested in Him.
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Concerning Potiphar’s house, as we have previously seen, God is compared to the sun in Scriptures, and the House of God on Earth has been the House of David. Thus, Joseph becoming the overseer of the house belonging to the sun foretells of God entrusting His things to the Messiah. As Yeshua said, all things of the LORD are His (John 16:15) and were committed into His hands (John 3:35). As Christ increased in wisdom and favor with God and man, all things prospered in His works, from healing the sick to raising the dead. Indeed, the House of David was blessed by the favored Son of Israel. And just as Joseph became a servant before he was cast out of Potiphar’s house, the Lord was a servant to the people under the Law (see Gal. 4:3-5). But as a servant, He became greater than all who were born in the House (see Matt. 12:6; 41-42; John 14:28).
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Perhaps if we were to end our story here, everyone could live happily ever after, with Joseph becoming the princely executive of the Captain of the Guard’s large estate. Moreover, we could end the story of Yeshua with the masses being healed and everyone shouting “Hosanna in the Highest!” However, as with all life, the show must go on, with troubles lurking just around the bend. As the old adage goes, “No good deed goes unpunished.” Up the road lies trials and temptations, sorrows and disappointments, for the one unchangeable thing about our plights in mortal life, good or evil, is that everything changes as God proceeds in accomplishing His will and higher objectives. For us there is sorrow, grief, and ‘how could the Lord let this happen,’ but to God there are deep lessons to be learned for spirits that will soon inhabit the everlasting.
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And it came to pass after these things that his master’s wife cast longing eyes on Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Look, my master does not know what is with me in the house, and he has committed all that he has to my hand. There is no one greater in this house than I, not has he kept back anything from me but you, because you are his wife. How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” (Gen. 39:7-9) NKJV
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The word master here is adon rather than baal, from which we have a term for God: the Adoni. After explaining all that was entrusted into his hands, Joseph said it was a “sin against God.” To discern how this foreshadows the life of Messiah, we must recall that natural Israel was indeed God’s wife. Christ’s own marriage would come from their descendants; His time had “not yet come.” He was to do the works of the Father and testify of the Father to Judea and all of Israel. Satan rebelled by claiming the adulterous world as his own, and he tempted Christ by bringing him and setting Him on a pinnacle of Jerusalem, where he claimed he would with give Him all the kingdoms of the world, if He would but worship him (Luke 4:5-9). But Messiah’s response was to be faithful to God. Moreover, He could not break God’s trust and sit on the throne of Israel, although the people expected and wanted the Messiah King.
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And when Jesus therefore perceived that they would come and take him by force, to make him king, he departed again into a mountain himself alone. (John 6:15) KJV
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None of this is to suggest the Christ will not be the King of Jerusalem, but His kingship will be with New Jerusalem at the appointed time. Jews were still considered under the Old Covenant marriage, and the New Covenant would not be legal until Christ died and received the inheritance. Hence, Potiphar’s wife was like his royal crown and glory (cf. Prov. 12:4; 1 Cor. 11:7), and Joseph lying with her would have been like claiming that he was the lord of the estate. Potiphar and his wife had a covenant, and Joseph, foreshadowing Yeshua, would honor it. God allowed Judah and Israel to have carnal kings because He knew they were carnally minded and did not perceive that God was their covenant King, but the Messiah knew better and acted accordingly.
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Then all the elders of Israel gathered together and came to Samuel at Ramah, and said to him, “Look, you are old, and your sons do not walk in your ways. Now make us a king to judge us like all the nations.” But the thing displeased Samuel when they said, “Give us a king to judge us.” So Samuel prayed to the LORD. And the LORD said to Samuel, “Heed the voice of the people in all that they say to you; for they have not rejected you, but they have rejected Me, that I should not reign over them. According to all the works which they have done since the day I brought them up out of Egypt, even to this day- with which they have forsaken Me and served other gods- so they are doing to you also. (1 Sam. 8:4-8) NKJV; emp. mine
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They rejected the God who saved them from their adversaries and tribulations, saying, “No, set a king over us!” (See 1 Sam. 10:19.) In the same way, the Pharaoh’s captain was rejected by his wife who sought a new lord and estate handler in Joseph. However, Joseph not submitting to her will stirred her wrath against him. Along the same lines, when Yeshua would not become the Conquering King that the people demanded, false accusations came with a plot to destroy Him. This, too, can be perceived in Joseph prefiguring Jesus:
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So it was, as she spoke to Joseph day by day, that he did not heed her, to lie with her or to be with her. But it happened about this time, when Joseph went into the house to do his work, and none of the men of the house was inside, that she caught him by his garment, saying, “Lie with me.” But he left his garment in her hand, and fled outside. And so it was, when she saw that he had left his garment in her hand and fled outside, that she called to the men of her house and spoke to them, saying, “See, he has brought in to us a Hebrew to mock us. He came in to me to lie with me, and I cried out with a loud voice. And it happened, when he heard my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me, and fled and went outside.” So she kept his garment with her until his master came home. (Gen. 39:10-16) NKJV
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Glory, glory to God, faithful and true, marvelous in His works in Heaven and on earth; she was left with Joseph’s garment to cover her sins! Indeed, how could she explain herself to her husband without it? There is a proverb that “Hell has no fury like a woman scorned,” and another written that “It is better to dwell in the wilderness than with an angry and contentious woman”; but in this case that fury serves us well to contemplate God’s saving grace.
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The very thing that Christ avoided was the accusation placed upon Him: that He claimed to be the King of the Jews. But instead of God’s national wife pleading to Him in accusations against Christ, they pleaded to their worldly lords. They reassured them that their devotion belonged to the Roman Caesar. The entire multitude arose and brought Him to Pilate, saying, “We found this fellow perverting the nation and forbidding to give tribute to Caesar, saying that He Himself is Messiah, a King.” (See Luke 22:70-71; 23:1-2.) And after he questioned those who accused Christ, they cried out, “Away with Him. Crucify Him.” And Pilate replied to them, “Shall I crucify your King?” Then the chief priests answered, “We have no king but Caesar.” (See John 19:14-15.) Thus, the accusation stood that the Messiah was perverting the LORD’s wife, but in reality it was the wife who had betrayed God for a Roman ruler.
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And He, bearing His cross, went out to a place called the Place of a Skull, which is called in Hebrew, Golgotha, where they crucified Him, and two others with Him, one on either side, and Jesus in the center. Now Pilate wrote a title and put it on the cross. And the writing was: JESUS OF NAZARETH, THE KING OF THE JEWS. Then many of the Jews read this title, for the place where Jesus was crucified was near the city; and it was written in Hebrew, Greek, and Latin. Therefore, the chief priests of the Jews said to Pilate, “Do not write, ‘The King of the Jews,’ but, ‘He said, “I am the King of the Jews.”’” Pilate answered, “What I have written, I have written.” (John 19:17-22) NKJV
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Revisiting Potiphar’s wife, she postulated to her servants that her husband had brought in “a Hebrew to mock us”- the household belonging to the sun (see Gen. 13:14). This is peculiar. Not only did she accuse Joseph, but she also blamed the husband to whom she feigned her devotion. She strengthened her case by enticing the servants of the household- that they were all victims of the husband and his Hebrew servant (i.e., “us). Likewise, the priests in Jerusalem enticed the crowd as if they were all victims of this would-be King who “perverted” the nation.
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How did this stir the mob so passionately? They were longing for a glorious, kingly Messiah- the Messenger of the Covenant whom they desired (see Mal. 3:1)- and felted mocked by the One whom they believed only teased them with Divine leadership. All of the blessings that Mashiach ben Yoseph had brought to Judah was not considered- as with Joseph- but only that which He would not preform. In short, the real complaint was against God not delivering them a Conquering King, just as the wife of Potiphar complained against him.
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Thus far, I have disclosed parallels between Joseph’s sufferings and the life and passion of the Messiah in two different ways, as both a rejected shepherd/servant and an accused estate overseer. But hereafter we will visit Christ in prison and discern glorious things yet to come. The reason there are two different views of His life and betrayal, besides establishing it with two or more witnesses according to the Torah, is because God is showing us something that truly happened and will shortly come to pass (see Rev. 1:1). As we shall see in Pharaoh’s dreams, two parables are of one account because God was showing Israel something that He had determined would occur (Gen. 41:25).
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THE PRISON GOSPEL
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Why did the Messiah have to die? Was it only for the children of Israel and those who would come to believe over the following millenniums, or was His Gospel also appointed to all the souls who had lived during the prior four millenniums from the days of Adam? Often secular humanists rebut salvation only available through Christ by asking: ‘What about all the people who have never heard of Jesus, are they all burning in Hell forever?’ Most of the time Christians are left dumbfounded and without an answer, simply because their theology stops short of the fullness of His salvation. However, as we shall see in the story of Joseph, God is not easily finished with any soul that He has created, even when fellow humans are. Hence, we will continue with Joseph convicted as a rapist in a foreign land and cast into a prison dungeon, and there we will discern how the Lord brought the good news to the dead.
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So she kept his garment with her until his master came home. Then she spoke to him with words like these, saying, “The Hebrew servant whom you brought to us came in to me to mock me; so it happened, as I lifted my voice and cried out, that he left his garment with me and fled outside.” So it was, when his master heard the words which his wife spoke to him, saying, “Your servant did to me after this manner,” that his anger was aroused. Then Joseph’s master took him and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were confined. And he was there in the prison. (Gen. 39:16-20) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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On Earth, Christ spent no substantial amount of time in prison- i.e., of confinement beyond a mere night and day of purging (and conviction without a sincere trial). Like Joseph, His conviction and punishment was immediate, with little defense besides a few Jews pleading for His release and Nicodemus rebuking his peers to hear Him out before judging. Yet so many of the prophecies speak of Christ releasing prisoners from a pit wherein there is no water. As Isaiah wrote, “He was taken from prison and from judgment. And who will declare His generation? For He was cut off from the land of the living” (see Isa. 53:8). Hence, Joseph’s life was figuratively taken away from him as he was cast into prison, but Christ went into the prison of the dead with a greater purpose.
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For it is better, if it is the will of God, to suffer for doing good than for doing evil. For Christ also suffered once for sins, the just for the unjust, that He might bring us to God, being put to death in the flesh but made alive by the Spirit, by whom also He went and preached to the spirits in prison, who formerly were disobedient, when once the Divine longsuffering waited in the days of Noah, while the ark was being prepared, in which a few, that is, eight souls, were saved through water. There is also an antitype which now saves us- baptism (not the removal of the filth of the flesh, but the answer of a good conscience toward God), through the resurrection of Jesus Christ, who is gone into heaven and is at the right hand of God, angels and authorities and powers having been made subject to Him. (1 Pet. 3:17-22) NKJV; emp. mine
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First to know is that the prison that Christ went into and taught the Gospel of Life was not a corporeal prison- one that we would think tangible in this world; this prison was Hades: the unseen realm of the dead. Thus, Peter (Kefa) mentioned all the souls who had perished in the days of Noah and awaited Divine redemption. What does this mean besides that those who heard the Gospel of Life and believed would pass from death to life and be born once again? Though these things are not taught in scholarly exegeses, they are indeed scriptural and true. As Kefa explained, the baptisms are a sign of death and resurrection unto new life. It witnesses to our consciences being cleansed and us being born again from the God of the Living.
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Quickened in His Spirit, Christ preached to the prisoners of life by atonement. As mentioned elsewhere in this work, that is why the Lord disclosed in the Book of Revelation that He has the keys of death and the prison of Hades. He is able to release death’s prisoners unto new life. Otherwise, the Gospel had no effect and was but a doctrine shared too late with those who had already died in their sins. Peter goes on to explain that the flood of old only foreshadowed a flood on the wicked through the ages, from which we all seek redemption, even those who died before the cross.
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In regard to these, they [evildoers] think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. For this reason the gospel was preached also to those who are dead, that they might be judged according to men in the flesh, but live according to God in the spirit. But the end [completion] of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers, and above all things have fervent love for one another, for “love will cover a multitude of sins.” (1 Pet. 4:4-8) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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In most Christian eschatology, the dead will be miraculously raised to life on the last day and endure judgment in the flesh, but that is not at all what Peter was teaching. As Christ explained when He resurrected Lazarus, He need not wait until the last day (see John 11:23-26). Those who were eaten by lions and beasts, burned to ashes that spread about in the winds of heaven, who became plant food and perished in various ways, they are not raised in the same flesh but rather are born again. Christ died at the end of four millennial days to open this doorway of life. His works testified to this:
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Then His disciples said, “Lord, if he sleeps he will get well.” However, Jesus spoke of his death, but they thought that He was speaking about taking rest in sleep. Then Jesus said to them plainly, “Lazarus is dead. And I am glad for your sakes that I was not there, that you may believe. Nevertheless let us go to him.” Then Thomas, who is called the Twin, said to his fellow disciples, “Let us also go, that we may die with Him.” So when Jesus came, He found that he had already been in the tomb four days. (John 11:12-17) NKJV
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This Hell, Hades, literally Tartarus, and what Peter also called “chains of darkness” (see 2 Pet. 2:4), was not a torturous lake of fire, which has not yet come, but a holding place or prison in the spiritual realm. The Gospels are replete with evidence of what being born again originally meant in Jewish Christianity- early teachings that became outlawed and forbidden at the rise of the Roman hierarchy. But we cannot here go into all the details to make a case. It suffices to say, know, and believe that the Messiah went into the prison of the dead and taught the Gospel of Life, since this parallels Joseph cast into the Egyptian dungeon. What people choose to believe about being born again, death, and resurrection can rarely be changed no matter what scriptural evidence are presented.
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Joseph was a true seer of the spiritual realm (the real thing), and the Spirit of Christ was in him as it was in the prophets who testified of Him (see 1 Pet. 1:10-11). The truths that he expounded from Divine dreams testify to this (cf. Num. 12:5-6; Jer. 23:28-29). Moreover, Joseph was trained by God since youth to discern which things in the spiritual realm were true and from above, as well as what they meant. He lived in a time when most people believed in a spiritual realm connected to mankind, even the Egyptians. There were no Baptist preachers teaching that God no longer speaks to people in visions or dreams, or that prophecy was done away since Christ, misconceiving the Word. People believed that some of their dreams were not from their own hearts but rather prophetic from above. For them, their dreams were significant, even if they did not always discern the symbolism within them. Hence, they looked to seers like Joseph to help them with discernment, as was the case of the baker and the butler.
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Before we proceed into their story in the next chapter, we must first set the stage of how Joseph’s Divinely-granted authority over the prisoners foreshadows Christ’s authority over death and Hades. First to consider is that the prison Yoseph was cast into was no ordinary dungeon but the king’s holding place. In our parable, the King is a type of God- the King of the world. Thus, the King’s prison is likened to God’s spiritual holding-place.
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But the Lord was with Joseph and showed him mercy, and He gave him favor in the sight os the keeper of the prison. And the keeper of the prison committed to Joseph’s hand all the prisoners who were in the prison; whatever they did there, it was his doing. The keeper of the prison did not look into anything that was under Joseph’s authority, because the LORD was with him; and whatever he did, the LORD made it prosper. (Gen. 39:21-23) NKJV
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These things require little explanation or extrication from religious errors for those who know the Scriptures. All things in Heaven, Earth, and Hades were committed into Christ’s hands, although the Lord has not yet come to purge the world of evil and claim His dominion. Like the plight of Joseph, all things have their appointed times, from prison and judgment to kingship. But just imagine with the correlations of the two accounts, and consider a prisoner (or Prisoner) going into prison and placed over all of it and its inmates.
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Then I turned to see the voice that spoke with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands [heavenly menorah], and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band. His head and hair were white like wool, as white as snow, and His eyes like a flame of fire; His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace, and His voice as the sound of many waters; He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength. And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, “Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.” (Rev. 1:12-18) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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I cannot here go into all the symbolism of the Lord’s glorious appearance to Yohannon, but it is clear that He who went into the prison of the dead was also given all authority over it, which includes life and death and release in His judgments. All judgments were committed to His hand by God. His judgments and revelations come to pass, as we shall see in Joseph’s revelations.
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It came to pass after these things that the butler and the baker of the king of Egypt offended their lord, the king of Egypt. And Pharaoh was angry with his two officers, the chief butler and the chief baker. So he put them in custody in the house of the captain of the guard, in the prison, the place where Joseph was confined. And the captain of the guard charged Joseph with them, and he served them; so they were in custody for a while. (Gen. 40:1-4) NKJV
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This passage brings our attention to the fact that the prison was connected to Potiphar’s house- his estate that Joseph was formerly in charge of. This directs us back to the House of Israel, which was then divided into Judea and other provinces. If the two were confined where Joseph was confined, who was there before him, and this relates to the unseen realm of death, what two people did Christ die before, who followed Him to the prison of the dead?
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Then one of the criminals who were hanged blasphemed Him, saying, “If you are the Christ, save Yourself and us.” But the other, answering, rebuked him, saying, “Do you not even fear God, seeing that you are under the same condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we receive the due reward of our deeds; but this Man has done nothing wrong.” Then he said to Jesus, “Lord, remember me when You come into Your kingdom.” And Jesus said to him, “Assuredly, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise.” (Luke 23:39-43) NKJV
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We find that two were judged and sentenced with Christ, following Him in death and judgment, as John testified that He went before them:
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Then the soldiers came and broke the legs of the first and of the other who was crucified with Him. But when they came to Jesus and saw that He was already dead, they did not break His legs. (John 19:32-33)NKJV
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Here, some sharp readers may have discerned and apparent discrepancy between Peter positing that the Messiah went into the prison where spirits awaited judgment and Christ telling one of the two who were crucified alongside Him that “today you will be with me in Paradise.” Thus, the question becomes: Is Hades the same as Paradise or are the Scriptures inconsistent? First, we must comprehend that Paradise, also called Abraham’s Bosom (see Luke 16:22), and Hades are not far from apart in the spiritual realm, as actual distance to travel. Suggested by the death of Lazarus, there is communication between the two. Yet there is a spiritual gulf that may not be perceived by those in Hades:
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“‘And besides all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed, so that those who want to pass from here to you cannot, nor can those from there pass to us.’ “Then he [condemned man] said, ‘I beg you therefore, father [Abraham], that you would sent him [Lazarus] to my father’s house, for I have five brothers, that he may testify to them, lest they also come to this place of torment.’ “Abraham said to him, ‘They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them.’ “And he said, ‘No, father Abraham; but if one goes to them from the dead, they will repent.’ “But he said to him, ‘If they do not hear Moses an the prophets, neither will they be persuaded though one rise from the dead.’” (Luke 16:26) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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Some Bible-believers interpret Christ’s story as a parable, while others insist that He spoke of a factual account that occurred before Lazarus was raised from the dead. Here we will leave that argument aside and only assert that in the spiritual real spirits between the two see and speak with each other, although there is a gulf or gap that separates them. The story of the condemned rich man and the beggar Lazarus directs us to God awaiting an Intermediate of salvation who can bridge the gap between spiritual peace and torment:
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“The people of the land have used oppression, committed robbery, and mistreated the poor and needy; and they wrongfully oppressed the stranger, so I sought for a man among them who would stand in the gap before Me on behalf of the land, that I should not destroy it; but I found no one. Therefore, I have poured out My indignation on them with the fire of My wrath; and I have recompensed their deeds on their own heads,” says the LORD God. (Ezek. 22:29-31) NKJV
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Although the Lord YHVH spoke of the physical land of Israel in Ezekiel, the concept is the same. If a man could be found to stand in the gap for the people, the fiery wrath of our Holy God could be quenched with mercy and good will (see Ezek. 22:18-22). We know this is possible because God is merciful, and others have foreshadowed this: “Therefore, He said that He would destroy them, had not Moses His chosen one stood before Him in the breach, to turn away His wrath, lest He destroy them” (Ps. 106:23 NKJV). Thus, Christ is that Repairer of the Breach that righteous become like (see Isa. 58:12). He heals the transgressions of the people, and because of His transgressors are released from the prison wherein is no water. His Word is the waters of Shiloh that bring spiritual peace and healing, for He is our Intermediate whom the Lord YHVH appointed before the history of Adam.
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“If there is a messenger for him, a mediator, one among a thousand [Key of Knowledge], to show man His uprightness, then He is gracious to him, and says, ‘Deliver him from going down to the Pit; I have found a ransom [atonement]’; his flesh shall be young like [as] a child’s, he shall return to the days of his youth. He shall pray to God, and He will delight in him, he shall see His face with joy, for He restores to man His righteousness. Then he looks at men and says, ‘I have sinned, and perverted what was right, and it did not profit me.’ He will redeem his soul from going down to the Pit, and his life shall see the light. Behold, God works all these things, twice, in fact, three times with a man, to bring back his soul from the Pit, that he may be enlightened with the light of life [illumination of Christ].” (Job 33:23-30) NKJV; intrpl. mine
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The gist of these things is that the gates of Hell cannot prevail against those with the Light of God. And the Kingdom of God can come upon anyone with Christ, for it is a spiritual abode of those justified through His atonement- not a place in space here or there. And this is what we await when the Kingdom comes on earth as it is in Heaven- when His will is done and the dominion to come is in the hands of the righteous and just.
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The spiritual Hell of the unseen realm is what we might make of this life and confine our spirits to in the darkness of ignorance and selfish bitterness, but Christ can indeed set us free, for all judgments were committed into His hands. With Him we are illuminated with a better way than our own. Our spirits are like the wind, whereas people do not know from where we come or where we go, as the Lord has said, but through Him we are born again- not just of the Spirit, but also through the breaking of water and the matrix of womanhood, with old things passed away and past sins forgotten. So whether we are in spirit out of the body or born again from the Spirit into the light of life, we receive peace and our paradise through Christ, even if all Hell breaks loose around us.
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Nevertheless, none of this is suggesting that Heaven and Hell or Paradise and Hades are revolving door that are easily manipulated by the whims of mankind. As we shall see with the baker and the butler, there is a judgment seat of Christ on the third day, whereas some will reign victorious with the Lord and others will be surrendered to Death without resurrection.
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Thus far, the entire plight of Joseph parallels the life and times, death and resurrection of Christ, only over eighteen hundred years earlier. It is extremely improbable that it would foreshadow the New Covenant account of Yeshua without either (1) purposeful guidance by Divine intelligence or (2) one of the two accounts fictitiously written to confess the other one. Since the story of Joseph was believed by Jews before 1st century Judea, it being fraudulently written to foreshadow Yeshua is factually ruled-out. As for Yeshua’s apostles writing Gospels to purposely parallel Joseph’s life, it is improbable since they consisted of mostly fishermen and unscholarly men who found it difficult to grasp even simpler parables given them by their Lord. Indeed, Joseph, the son of Jacob, is seldom mentioned in the New Covenant Scriptures.
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Matthew, Mark, and Luke do not mention him at all, and John mentions but a patch of ground in Samaria that Jacob had given him (John 4:5). In Acts Ch. 7 Joseph is passingly mentioned. Even the master of shadows Apostle Paul only mentions that Joseph, among his list of others, had faith in blessing his sons (see Heb. 11:22). And, lastly, the tribe of Joseph is mentioned among the twelve tribes of Israel in Revelation 7:8: Hence, the writers of the New Testament, who were quick to claim prophecies of Christ from the Old Testament, as they could discern, made no effort to associate Joseph’s life with the Christ, which rules-out a New Covenant conspiracy. What we are left with are either (1) an amazing series of coincidences or (2) the Father confessing the works He would do through His beloved Son.
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I, the scribe, will not give another bullet list of parallels, although I certainly could with dozens of foreshadowings, from Joseph being the beloved and rejected shepherd son to him being sold by Judas for silver and raised from the pit without water; just as Abraham explained, there are some who would not believe even if One was raised from the grave. For those who can believe, they need but grasp the fringes of His truths for spiritual healing and atonement.
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For she said to herself, “If only I may touch His garment, I shall be made well.” (Matt. 9:21) NKJV 
   
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