To My Jewish Friends – The Two Messiahs

I made known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please. Isa. 46:10

 

Joseph as Zaphenath-Paneah

 

 

The Shepherd King – David

Please allow me preface this post with an apology to the Jews persecuted in the name of Christianity.  This is a total misunderstanding of the correct relationship between Christian and Jew.

I met my first Jew when I was in the third grade in our small southern town. He was one of two Jews in our town and as you might expect was a merchant.  When we met he was an older bachelor whose family had all died and I a kid with nothing to do after school while I waited on my parents to get off work.  Since I was in and out of his store waiting on my parents, he offered me a job to help around the store.  I shoveled coal into his old timey coal heater that poorly heated the store, I swept up and mostly I kept him company and a bit amused.  We were buddies.

About that same time I read a verse in the Bible.   It said, “I bless those who bless Israel and curse those who curse Israel.”  I took that verse to my father and he proceeded to explain to me that the verse didn’t mean that any more.  I ignored him, and that was the first time my dad and I would disagree about scripture.  We would have many more healthy disagreements as we challenged each other to grow.

I would develop an affinity for Jewish people and have made many Jewish friends.  Most of my Jewish friends think I am trying to convert them to Christianity, but I am not.  I just want them to know the Messiah when He comes.

The Two Messiah’s

Among the Jews there is a Rabbinic tradition dating back thousands of years that the ancient scriptures foretells not one Messiah but two. One Messiah would follow the other. The first Messiah would be known as Messiah ben Joseph. He would come into the world as a suffering Messiah. The name Joseph means “a double fruitfulness,” possibly implying there will be another.

The second Messiah would be known as Messiah ben David. He would come as a reigning King.

The First Messiah looks like Joseph

The Root of Jealousy

This first Messiah’s life would mirror in many ways Jacob’s son Joseph born of Rachel, from whom the name Messiah ben (son of) Joseph comes. Let’s take a closer look point by point at the life of Joseph to see a picture of what Messiah ben Joseph will look like.

Joseph was born when God finally opened his mother Rachel’s barren womb.  Joseph was greatly loved by his father. Joseph’s family is well established by the time of his arrival with ten older brothers.

Though Joseph is a younger brother, he receives the double portion gift of the first-born from his father Jacob due to the sins and unworthiness of his older brothers.  The Torah which is known for pointing out the flaws of its characters, does not record a single sin of Joseph.

Joseph worked as a Sheppard of his father’s sheep.  One day he had a dream that he would be exalted over his brothers and they would bow down to him.  He tells his parents and his brothers about this dream. Though we learn in this story that Joseph is simply revealing his true identity and foretelling future events, his brothers hate and reject him when he tells them about his dream.

The root of the brother’s hatred for Joseph is jealousy and envy because of their father’s special love for Joseph symbolized by a gift of a colorful robe.

Joseph sent to his brothers

When Joseph was seventeen, Jacob sends him to check on his brothers who are tending the father’s sheep.  Seeing him from afar, the brothers plot to kill him.  When he arrives in camp they seize Joseph, mock him, strip him of his colorful robe and throw him into a pit.  From their campfire they can hear Joseph as he cries out to them.

Joseph’s brother Judah, desiring financial gain, betrays him and suggests he be sold to the Ishmaelite slave traders.  The brothers agree and they betray him to the Ishmaelites for 20 pieces of silver.

Joseph’s brothers sacrifice a lamb and apply its blood to the colorful robe in order to cover or hide their sin from their father.  Then they contrive a selfish deception about how wild animals killed Joseph. For years, they continue this charade around their grieving father, always referring to Joseph as “no more” rendering him dead.

Joseph Sold in Egypt

In reality, the Lord is sending Joseph ahead to prepare the way for his brothers and their families in Egypt.  While there he continues to do good works.  As a servant in Potiphar’s house, Potiphar’s wife tempts him, but he rejects her advances and remains sinless.  Spitefully, Potiphar’s wife falsely accuses Joseph, yet he offers not a word in his own defense.

Joseph goes to prison to live among lawbreakers and criminals.  He suffers at the hands of the gentile Egyptians who put his feet in shackles and neck in irons. Psa. 105:18  Though imprisoned, he had earlier won Potiphar’s respect as a righteous man and Potipher must have known Joseph was not guilty of the charge of attempted rape, but to save face in Pharaoh’s court, he imprisons Joseph. Later we see Potiphar puts Joseph in charge of the King’s prisoners.

While in prison Joseph meets two servants, the chief cupbearer and the chief baker of the King. Both had received the same sentence.  Joseph proves to them he hears from God and performs the miraculous by interpreting their dreams precisely.  The chief cupbearer’s job is to drink from the King’s cup before Pharaoh to make sure the drink is not poisoned. Joseph interprets the restoration to his position with the King.  He reminds the cupbearer not to forget him once restored.  Joseph also interprets the baker will perish.  Both interpretations come true.

Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s Dream

The cupbearer does remember Joseph when Pharaoh has a dream and no one can interpret it.  Joseph interprets Pharaoh’s dream and provides good counsel for taking advantage of the knowledge provided in the dream, proving to Pharaoh that Joseph is filled with the spirit of God.

Joseph foretells there will be seven years of plenty and warns of seven years of famine. He counsels them to prepare during the times of plenty.  Joseph is humble and gives all the credit to God for the interpretation.

Pharaoh exalts Joseph to his right hand man after he interprets his dream.  Pharaoh gives  Joseph a new name Zaphnath-Paaneah. This name has a double meaning both indicative of what Pharaoh sees in Joseph. The first meaning is that God lives and the other is revealer of mysteries.

Joseph was known in Egypt as a wonderful counselor.  He became the principal distributor of bread to the perishing world.  All of Egypt are to bend the knee upon the sight of Joseph and so too all others who traveled into Egypt.

Joseph became humble through all he endured and became the chief minister in all of Egypt at age thirty. Joseph was given a gentile bride by the King. Part of his ministry was to provide food for the hungry and to bless all people.

Joseph’s gifts and talents were for the purpose of blessing his brothers, but he used them to bless and benefit the Egyptian (Gentiles) first.  Later he became a great blessing to his brothers and the savior of his whole family.  Joseph lives a sacrificial life so that he could make a way for the plans of God.

As Pharaoh’s dream foretold, Joseph prepared for 7 years of hardship and famine. It was during this period of hardship that his brothers became desperately hungry and journeyed to Egypt to buy food from the Egyptian Zaphenath-Paneah.

Joseph governs as Zaphenath-Paneah

During Joseph reign as Governor, he orchestrates in such a way that all people sell their land, livestock, personal belonging and even themselves to the King (Pharaoh) and all people became a servant to the King.

Approximately thirteen years after their rejection and betrayal of Joseph, the brothers are unable to survive in their promised land.  For food they originally journey to Egypt, but their descendants will spend somewhere between 215 and 400 years in Egypt before eventually becoming slaves.

Joseph’s brothers had no idea Joseph had become governor of Egypt.  When they saw him they didn’t recognize him as their brother though they hoped he would save them from the relentless famine.  Zaphnath-Paaneah did not look like their brother to them.  The truth of his identity remained hidden from them.

Zaphnath-Paaneah in all his glory, tests his brothers ‘s hearts by dealing roughly with them.  Were they the same heartless clan he had experienced thirteen years before as he cried to them from the pit?  Had time changed them and softened their prideful hearts?  Few things reveal the heart more than how we react to harsh treatment.

Zaphenath-Paneah seeks from his brothers information.  “Is your father still alive?” he asks.  Fearing the fate of his younger brother Benjamin, he incarcerates their brother Simeon, and demands to meet their brother Benjamin as an ultimatum for getting Simeon out of jail and being able to buy additional food.   As Zaphenath-Paneah put it they must bring Benjamin before they may see his face again.  To their chagrin before their father, they must bring their half-brother Benjamin (Son of the beloved Rachel) with them back to Egypt.

The name Simeon means “To Hear” so to take Simeon is to take away their ability to hear or perceive, just as they did not perceive Zaphenath-Paneah’s true identity.

Joseph’s Brothers take the First Step Toward Redemption

The brothers see the hand of God in their suffering. They said to one another, “Surely we are being punished because of our brother Joseph. We saw how distressed Joseph was when he pleaded with us for his life, but we would not listen; that’s why this distress has come upon us.” Reuben replied, “Didn’t I tell you not to sin against the boy? But you wouldn’t listen! Now we must give an accounting for his blood.”  Genesis 42

Zaphenath-Paneah continues to test his brother’s hearts to see if they have changed. The primary action he watches for is how they respond to their brother Benjamin. Benjamin is a type of Joseph, born of Rachel, and favored by their father. Though Benjamin was the last, the youngest, he was the first-born son of a converted Israel. All the other sons had been the sons of Jacob prior to his change or rebirth fashioned by his struggle with God.  This struggle transforms Jacob and God notes it by changing his name to Israel.

Joseph shows that he too can orchestrate a deception.  After seeing his brother again for the first time at a banquet in their honor, he hides a valuable silver cup from Zaphenath-Paneah house in Benjamin’s bags.  After they have started back to Israel, Joseph sends out his guards with instructions to accuse them of theft. The brothers vehemently deny the soldiers claim.  The guards assure them they have nothing to worry about unless an item is found in their belongings.  Only the thief becomes a slave and the rest will be free to go.

As planned, the silver cup is found in Benjamin’s bags.  How would the brother’s respond?  Would they now be done with both of Rachel’s sons that their father Jacob loved and favored so much.  Would their inheritance and portion increase?  Was this Joseph’s plan to get his brother Benjamin away from his murderous brothers and ensure his safety by bringing him into his own family.

The Bible allows us to see the brothers state of mind.  When the cup was found in Benjamin bags, the Bible says the brothers “tore their clothes.”  When the brothers returned to the house of Zaphenath-Paneah the Bible says, “they threw themselves on the ground before him.”  And they said, “What can we say?  What can we say? God has uncovered our guilt. We all are now your slaves.”

Judah Steps Up

To this Zaphenath-Paneah responds, “Far be it from me to do such a thing! Only the man who was found to have the cup will become my slave. The rest of you, go back to your father in peace.”

To this Judah, from a changed heart gives a most loving and eloquent discourse demonstrating his love for his father and his appreciation for the love his father has for his youngest son Benjamin.

The Bible records it in Genesis 44…

18Then Judah went up to him and said: “Pardon your servant, my lord, let me speak a word to my lord. Do not be angry with your servant, though you are equal to Pharaoh himself. 19My lord asked his servants, ‘Do you have a father or a brother?’ 20And we answered, ‘We have an aged father, and there is a young son born to him in his old age. His brother is dead, and he is the only one of his mother’s sons left, and his father loves him.’

21“Then you said to your servants, ‘Bring him down to me so I can see him for myself.’ 22And we said to my lord, ‘The boy cannot leave his father; if he leaves him, his father will die.’ 23But you told your servants, ‘Unless your youngest brother comes down with you, you will not see my face again.’ 24When we went back to your servant my father, we told him what my lord had said.

25“Then our father said, ‘Go back and buy a little more food.’ 26But we said, ‘We cannot go down. Only if our youngest brother is with us will we go. We cannot see the man’s face unless our youngest brother is with us.’

27“Your servant my father said to us, ‘You know that my wife bore me two sons. 28One of them went away from me, and I said, “He has surely been torn to pieces.” And I have not seen him since. 29If you take this one from me too and harm comes to him, you will bring my gray head down to the grave in misery.’

30“So now, if the boy is not with us when I go back to your servant my father, and if my father, whose life is closely bound up with the boy’s life, 31sees that the boy isn’t there, he will die. Your servants will bring the gray head of our father down to the grave in sorrow. 32Your servant guaranteed the boy’s safety to my father. I said, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, I will bear the blame before you, my father, all my life!’

33“Now then, please let your servant remain here as my lord’s slave in place of the boy, and let the boy return with his brothers. 34How can I go back to my father if the boy is not with me? No! Do not let me see the misery that would come on my father.”

Once Joseph sees their distress over the fate of Benjamin, he knows they have changed and he trusts their repentance.

It was Zaphenath-Paneah sentencing of Benjamin for stealing the cup that finally woke Judah.  He gets it and steps up and asks to take Benjamin’s place. He realizes they can no longer pretend they are innocent. They are all sinners before God.

Judah’s Repentance Moves Joseph’s Heart to Compassion

Convinced of their change, Joseph reveals himself and rejoins to his brothers, and as supreme Governor of Egypt he judges his brothers with mercy and compassion and acts of kindness.  Joseph helped heal the wounds of his brothers caused by their wickedness and provided for them a means of reconciliation and restoration toward each other and a path to true reconciliation and a right relationship with their father.

Finally, Joseph’s brothers recognized him as their Lord and called themselves his slaves. But Joseph did not want slaves. He wanted brothers. Not only did he not judge them, but he wept when he saw the guilt they bore and carried so long for what they did to him. He didn’t want revenge, but instead showed kindness and love and assured them he would provide for them.

After a few years pass and their father Jacob dies, doubt creeps in and the brothers become fearful and lose their trust in the goodness of Joseph’s heart toward them.  They fear he will exact revenge now that their father is dead.  Joseph answered them; You intended to harm me, but God intended it for good, to accomplish… the saving of many lives. So then, don’t be afraid. I will provide for you and your children.” And he reassured them and spoke kindly to them.

The First Messiah Must Be like Joseph

What a wonderful man was Joseph and it is obvious why many Rabbi’s understood that the first Messiah should look like him.

Why is this so important? There are voices today that say the Messiah no longer has to fulfill the traditional signs that the Rabbi’s of old understood.

It is this mindset that will set Israel and the world up for a great deception. A messiah will appear, but he will be a false messiah. He will be brilliant, polished and persuasive, but he will be a deceiver. It is important for those who have eyes to see and ears to hear, to understand this deceiver is coming.

It is most likely that this deceiver will come when the entire world is in turmoil over the events in the middle east and threaten a world-wide nuclear war. I imagine that a nuclear bomb has already destroyed an entire large city somewhere in the world, like Damascus or New York or both. Israel’s enemies will surrounded her and even her former friends will go silent in their defense of her. It is my guess that it will be this false Messiah who comes in to rescue the day and the world will become like putty in his hands. What he does in the name of security will take away personal freedoms and bring much suffering. The whole world will fall for his deception unless one has eyes to see and ears to hear.

So how do you protect yourself from this great deception? You must know what the true Messiah looks like. So what should Israel know about their Messiah? What did the prophets of old foretell? Beyond this picture of Joseph, what signs should Israel look for? What other clues do scripture give us?

Let’s look at a few other Messianic prophesies.

Daniel provides a countdown to the Messiah’s entrance

The countdown is to begin when a decree comes to begin the rebuilding of the Temple and the City of Jerusalem. At the time of this prophesy, Solomon’s Temple and the city lay in ruins as the Jews remained in Babylonian captivity. The number of years given to Daniel by the Angel Gabriel was 69 weeks in years or 483 years after this decree to rebuild the Temple.

Nehemiah gives us the trigger point for Daniel’s countdown

In Nehemiah 2:1-8 says that in the 12th year of King Artaxerxes gave Nehemiah the decree to begin to build again the walls of Jerusalem. History tells us that was in the year 444 BC. Counting 483 years from that trigger point would indicate that the Messiah is to make his entry somewhere early in the first century of the Common Era prior to the Temple’s destruction in 70 CE.

Daniel foretells both the rebuilding and future destruction of the temple which is a Messianic sign.

Because Daniel predicts the Temple and the city would be rebuilt and that the people of the prince would destroy the city and the temple. We know, as prophesied by Daniel, the Temple is built and later destroyed by Titus the Roman general in 70 CE. The destruction was so complete that it is unclear exactly where the temple stood.

The Messiah must come before the second Temple’s destruction

Malachi in 450 BC says there will be a forerunner to the Messiah and the Messiah will come to the Temple. Malachi 3:1 “I will send my messenger, who will prepare the way before me. Then suddenly the Lord you are seeking will come to his temple; the messenger of the covenant, whom you desire, will come,” says the LORD Almighty.

David, speaking of the coming Messiah says in Psa. 118:26 Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD. From the house of the LORD we bless you.

The Messiah will have a Virgin Birth

Isa. 7:14 Therefore the Lord himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.

The Messiah will be born in Bethlehem

Micah 5:1 (5:2 in English), that the Messiah would be born in Bethlehem

More specifically, the Messiah will be born at Migdal Eder (See story of Migdal Eder)

Micah 4:8 “And thou, O tower of the flock, (Migdal Edar) the strong hold of the daughter of Zion, unto thee shall it come, even the first dominion; the kingdom shall come to the daughter of Jerusalem.” Thus Micah clearly states that the Messiah would be born at the “tower of the flock” in Bethlehem.

He will be born of the tribe of Judah and of the house of David.

Jeremiah says in 33:14‘Behold, days are coming,’ declares the LORD, ‘when I will fulfill the good word which I have spoken concerning the house of Israel and the house of Judah. 15‘In those days and at that time I will cause a righteous Branch of David to spring forth; and He shall execute justice and righteousness on the earth.

He will speak to the people in parables according to psa. 78

Listen, O my people, to my instruction; Incline you ears to the words of my mouth. I will open my mouth in a parable; I will utter dark sayings of old, which we have heard and known, and our fathers have told us.

According to King David the Gate of Salvation is the Messiah, but he is rejected.

David in Psalms 118:20 says, This is the gate of the Lord. The righteous will enter through it. I shall give thanks to You, for You have answered me, And you have become my salvation. The stone which the builders rejected Has become the chief corner-stone. This is the Lord’s doing; It is marvelous in our eyes.

He will come riding on a donkey

Zechariah writes approximately 520 B.C in Zech 9:9 Israel’s King is coming, bringing salvation. He would come humble and riding on a donkey.

The Messiah to be slaughtered

Isaiah says that Messiah is but will not speak up in his defense. He is and afflicted, yet He would not open His mouth; He is led like a lamb to the slaughter, and as a sheep before her shearers is silent, so He did not open His mouth (Isaiah 53:7).

The Prophet Zechariah says the Messiah would be pierced, but also that those who pierced him will one day recognize what they have done.

Zech 12:10 “And I will pour out on the house of David and the inhabitants of Jerusalem a spirit of grace and supplication. They will look on me, the one they have pierced, and they will mourn for him as one mourns for an only child, and grieve bitterly for him as one grieves for a firstborn son.  (The second part of this prophecy is still future)

According to Daniel chapter 9 the Messiah is cut off, which is the term he would have used for killed by a violent death. Isaiah Chapter 53 describes this violent death.

Isaiah implies there will be some who will not believe in the Messiah, but says that those who believe will not be shaken. Isa. 28:16 Therefore, this is what the Sovereign LORD says: “Look! I am placing a foundation stone in Jerusalem, a firm and tested stone. It is a precious cornerstone that is safe to build on. Whoever believes need never be shaken.

According to the prophet Isaiah, the Messiah will be stumbling Block that both houses of Israel would stumble over

Isa 8: 12 You are not to say, it is a conspiracy! In regard to all that this people call a conspiracy, and you are not to fear what they fear or be in dread of it. It is the Lord of hosts whom you should regard as holy. And He shall be your fear, and He shall be your dread. Then He shall become a sanctuary; But to both the houses of Israel, a stone to strike and a rock to stumble over, And a snare and a trap for the inhabitants of Jerusalem. Many will stumble over them, then they will fall and be broken; they will even be snared and caught.

According to Isaiah, the Messiah will be mutilated, yet his blood would sprinkle many nations. Kings would not object or resist people naming him as their king.

Isa. 52:14 Just as many were astonished at you, My people, so His appearance was marred more than any man and His form more than the sons of men. Thus He will sprinkle many nations. Kings will shut their mouths on account of Him; For what had not been told them they will see, And what they had not heard they will understand.

According to the prophet Zechariah, the Messiah will be struck down and the sheep scattered.

Zech 13:7 says, Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the man who is my fellow, said the LORD of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I will turn my hand on the little ones.

There is no denying that only 40 years after Yeshua was “struck down” Israel is scattered into what has become known as the diaspora.

A Warning to Israel

Wake up oh Israel, wake up Judah, do not be deceived by this one to come who some will call the Messiah, but who will not fulfill the Messianic prophesies. He may already be alive and on the earth today. Those deceived Rabbi’s will say that the criteria for the Messiah have changed. They too will believe the deception that he is the one. Do not believe them. This Messiah they will follow will bring great suffering on an already disturbed and fearful world. A world this false Messiah will promise to heal and protect. He is a liar and the truth is not in him, for he is a son of the Devil.

The Messiah you await, has already been here. He is the true Messiah ben Joseph who fits all the requirements for the real Messiah.

In the words of Paul Harvey, for the rest of the story read on…

The True Messiah ben Joseph

Who is the one who fits the requirements for the real Messiah? Has there been a man who has come to Israel, who mirrors Joseph?  All potential Messiah’s must be measured by this picture of Messiah. Does Yeshua  (Joshua in English) (Jesus in Greek) fit this picture of Joseph.

I could begin almost all the following sentences with “like Joseph…”

God begins by opening the barren womb of a virgin as foretold in Isaiah 7:14. In His early life, he was known as Yeshua ben Joseph, for he was the son of a carpenter whose name was Joseph. As an infant, his parents take Him to Egypt to avoid extermination by King Herod I who receives a tip that a Jewish heir to his throne was born in Bethlehem.

Yeshua was greatly loved by his heavenly father and at Yeshua’s baptism in the Jordan by John the Baptist a dove descended upon Yeshua and the heavens opened and the voice of God could be heard saying, “This is my beloved son in whom I am well pleased.”

The Pharisee Paul identifies Yeshua as the second Adam or the younger brother who is to inherit all due to the unworthiness of his older brothers.  Yeshua is the “Good Sheppard” of his father’s sheep.

Like Joseph, Yeshua too resisted sexual impurity, though many women admired and loved him.

Of Yeshua, it is prophesied that every knee, even his Jewish brothers, will bow to him.

Yeshua’s father sends him to his brothers charged with tending the father’s sheep (people of the world).

Yeshua proves he is revealer of secrets when he tells the Samaritan woman all about her life though he had never met her and she and the town proclaim that God lives and that Yeshua is the Messiah.  Yeshua gives all the credit for his mighty gifts to Father God.

Yeshua prophesies about himself and being exalted over his brothers.  He is hated and rejected by his brothers when he revealed that he is the Messiah and claims he and YHVH (Yahweh) are the same.  His critics accuse him of blasphemy. And of course if is blasphemy if it is not true.

The root of the Jews hatred for Yeshua is jealousy and envy because of his following, His insight, His miraculous abilities, but more importantly the Fathers special love for him. (Matt. 27:18 For he knew it was out of envy that they had handed Jesus over to them.)

Yeshua is commissioned by God to bless and deliver his brothers,  and be a blessing to all. He said He was going ahead to prepare a place for them (a mansion) to live in the new city of Jerusalem.

His Jewish brethren seize Yeshua.  They mock and reject Him.  John the Jewish prophet put it like this; “Yeshua came to his own but his own received him not.”

Judas, Yeshua’s Jewish brother betrays him to the Jewish authorities. (Judas was the only non Galilean of the disciples. He was from the tribe of Judah and the name Judas is Greek for Judah)

For a few pieces of silver Yeshua is sold to the Sanhedrin.  The Sanhedrin ironically are Ishmaelites (Edomites) formerly forced to convert to Judiasm after the Maccabean revolt. King Herod’s father was one of these forced converts and he filled the Sanhedrin with his own kind.

Yeshua had false witnesses coaxed forward by the council and the Sanhedrin.  Yeshua offered not a word in his own defense.  Pilate like Potipher knew that Yeshua was innocent and that his accusers were men of dubious character. Pilate said, “I find no fault in him,” yet for political expediency, he detained him anyway just like Potipher imprisoned Joseph and protected his own image among Pharaoh’s court.

Like Joseph, Yeshua suffered at the hand of the gentiles (Romans) who mocked him, gave him 40 lashes, then crucified him. Jesus foretold this to his disciples in Matt 20. Behold, we go up to Jerusalem; and the Son of man shall be betrayed unto the chief priests and unto the scribes, and they shall condemn him to death, 19And shall deliver him to the Gentiles to mock, and to scourge, and to crucify him: and the third day he shall rise again.

Yeshua won the respect of his captors and tormentors. The Roman centurion who was in charge of the crucifixion said, “Surely this was a righteous man.” Luke 24:47

Yeshua was the sacrificed lamb (the Levitical scape goat) whose blood filled the scarlet robe and it is His blood who hides the sins of His brothers from our father.  Yeshua was then stripped of his royal robe. (and in Rev. 19 it says of Yeshua to come “And he was clothed with a vesture or garment dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God”)

The Jewish authorities allowed the Romans to take and crucify Yeshua, but it was a Jewish friend Joseph of Arimathea who put Him in the earth.  Yeshua was “in the earth” for three days and nights to fulfil the sign of Jonah.  Yeshua went to Hell (Joseph went to jail) with lawbreakers where he preached to lost spirits.

Yeshua proves he is full of the Spirit of God and that He hears from God by his ability to know the unknowable, His good counsel and by performing the miraculous as witnessed by many.  Yeshua reveals there will be a time of plenty. Jesus says, “Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”  This time is known as “the time of the Gentiles.”

Yeshua warns of the coming judgment upon the earth or famine and urges everyone to prepare.  Yeshua called himself the bread of life and became the primary distributor of that bread to the perishing world and when they ate of His bread they were never again spiritually hungry.  Yeshua said, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never go hungry, and he who believes in me will never be thirsty. Yeshua also fed the physically hungry as he miraculously fed 5000 with seven loaves and two fish.

The gentile Pharoah recognized there was none wiser or more discerning than Joseph, so he put him over all his kingdom. Today many gentiles and a Jewish remnant put Yeshua in charge of all their life.

Yeshua hung between two thieves receiving the same punishment.  One of the thieves with Yeshua is saved and the other perishes.  When the thief on the cross (the cupbearer) asked Yeshua not to forget him when he becomes King, Yeshua tells him this day you shall be with me in paradise.

Yeshua becomes the imprisoned chief cupbearer in that he drank the poison for us, however when restored, he did not forget us before His father the King. In Matt. 26:42 Yeshua speaks of his having to drink of the poison cup…”O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done.”

Yeshua sits at the right hand of the Father King.  All of Yeshua’s followers bow the knee to him.  The prophecies say that one day every knee will bow to him as he appears in his glory.

Like Joseph, Yeshua came into his ministry at age 30.  He came as a servant shepherd and became the chief shepherd of mankind. (Yeshua said as recorded in Matt 20:28 just as the Son of Man did not come for others to serve Him, but to serve and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

Yeshua too has been given a Gentile bride. Though many believing Jews are part of Yeshua’s bride, it is the gentiles that mostly identify themselves with Yeshua as his bride.

Yeshua’s lived a sacrificial life because He was and is the plan of God.  Yeshua’s gifts and salvation were to the Jew first and intended to bless and benefit his Jewish brothers, but instead blessed and benefited the Gentiles first.  Later, the Jewish remnant of his Jewish brothers will be greatly blessed by Him.

Though Messiah ben Joseph is taking for Himself a predominately gentile bride, the prophet Daniel reveals that God has set aside one final seven-year period near the last days, where He will again deal with Israel to bring them to repentance, and to acknowledge Messiah ben Joseph. (See Dan 9:24-27) And Jeremiah confirms this in Jer 30:7 Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it: it is even the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it. It will be a time of severe famine in the land. This time, instead of food, it will be a severe shortage of spiritual food. A shortage of the word of God and it will bring the Jews to their knees again.

Shortly after Joseph’s brothers rejected and betrayed him, the famine forced them to leave their promised land.   Shortly after the Jews rejected their Messiah ben Joseph they were scattered in 70 CE all over the world in what is commonly known as the Diaspora.

Like Joseph, at first Yeshua’s brothers did not recognize him. They were expecting something else. His identity was hidden by the paradigm of their expectations. The prophet Ezekiel prophesying about Messiah, foretold this inability to see and understand 400 years earlier. 2“Son of man, you live in the midst of the rebellious house, who have eyes to see but do not see, ears to hear but do not hear; for they are a rebellious house.

Yeshua (Yahweh) deals roughly (who can deny that the Jews received rough treatment through history) with his Jewish brothers to further soften and test their hearts before he reveals his true identity in all His glory.

Yeshua gives his brothers a prerequisite before they see his face again. They must say blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. We know this will eventually happen.  But what must happen before the Jewish people can recognize Yeshua’s true identity? Unfortunately, the Bible predicts more hardship for the Jews.  On the other side of this hardship, inflicted primarily at the hand of the false Messiah and his Prophet, the Jewish people will come to faith in the one who comes in the name of the Lord (Yeshua) and embrace Benjamin (the church) as their true brothers.

Yeshua will ask for a confession from His Jewish brothers. Do they still believe in God their father? Do they accept the Church as their brothers?

Judah steps up and becomes the leader of the family. History has revealed the tribe of Judah becomes the representative for all Israel. From Judah was to come the royal line of leadership.  It will be a son of Judah who will lead Israel.  Yeshua, like David and Solomon, is the son of Judah, who promises a Kingdom yet to come.

Judah offers himself as the one who will take the blame if anything were to happen to Benjamin, and Jacob (representing God) trusts Judah will do his all to protect Benjamin. In history it was a son of Judah, a Jew, that stepped up and took the blame upon himself for the sins of his people. (He did this by willingly going to a Roman cross)  Yeshua forgives the sinful acts of his brothers allowing them to be reconciled to their Father.  Yeshua’s very first sentence on the cross as recorded by Luke was, “Father, forgive them for they know not what they do.”

Yeshua tests his brother’s hearts to see if they have changed. The primary action he watches for is how they respond to their brother Benjamin (a symbol of The Church/Messianic Jews). The Church is a type of Benjamin, who to Joseph’s brothers was a type of Joseph, and both are a type of Messiah. The Church is conceived on Shavuot (Pentecost in Greek) by the Holy Spirit and favored by our father. Though she (The Church) came last, she was born in the likeness of her older brother Yeshua the first man conceived by the Holy Spirit.

Yeshua like Rachel died giving birth to this son, just as Rachel did when she bore Benjamin (her name means ewe or lamb and she too is a type of Messiah) . All the other sons that were on the earth were the sons of Adam. When Joseph was born to Rachel she immediately anticipated another son and Joseph’s name reflected this. His name means let Him add another or a double portion. So this second son Benjamin is anticipated after the coming of the first son and is forever linked to Joseph.

This second son Benjamin is like The Church God anticipated and will ever be linked to Yeshua. Benjamin too was a type of Messiah and his naming is a signal as to the two futures of the Messiah. He was first named Ben-Oni by his mother which means son of sorrow, but his father renames him Benjamin meaning “son of my right hand.”

Yeshua reigns down blessings on the Church just as Joseph did to Benjamin at the feast. Though the Jews have been jealous of the blessings of God on the Church, we know from the story that one day the Jews will love and accept the Church as their brother. Yeshua predicts this and says that by the time He returns the Jews in Jerusalem will be saying of him, “Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. There are now over 300 Messianic Jewish congregations in Israel today who believe that Yeshua (Jesus) is their messiah. Yeshua’s prophesy comes into being before our eyes. Ironically, it was the Benjamite Paul known as the Apostle Paul who brought in the huge influx of Gentiles into the Church.

Joseph calls Benjamin a son and asks for God’s grace for Him. Yeshua will be like a father to the church and He too will ask God’s grace upon His Church.

Judah finally gets it. He admits for himself and his brothers, We can no longer pretend we are innocent. We are all sinners before God. This is the message Yeshua and the early church preach to the world.

Like Joseph was eventually revealed and essentially came back from the dead and into his brother’s life, Yeshua arose from the dead and will return as the merciful and compassionate judge of his brothers.

Yeshua asks His Father while on the Roman cross to forgive them (his impenitent brothers) for they know not what they do and today he still saves all those who repent and turn to him.  Yeshua provides the same picture for us as Joseph. Though his brothers betrayed Him, though they bear responsibility for his crucifixion, he tells us that what his brothers meant for evil, God intended it for good to accomplish the saving of many lives.

Yeshua provides healing for the wound caused by his brothers and provides a means of reconciliation and restoration for his brothers and means of reconciliation and a rightful relationship with their Heavenly Father.

Yeshua responds the same way as Joseph did toward his brothers who recognize him for who he is, and who show regret and remorse for what they have done to him. He does not seek slaves, but wants brothers. Though they wronged him, lied about him, beat him, crucified him, and dishonored his memory, He weeps for those who carry that guilt, and instead of revenge, he promises forgiveness, reconciliation and assures he will love them and provide for them.

It is blessings that comes to the Jews who recognize Him for who He is, their brother and their Messiah. The Jewish Pharisee Paul, who trained under the great Rabbi Gamaliel, writes regarding this time when the Jews recognize Jesus as their Lord. Romans 11:11-12 So I ask, did they stumble in order that they might fall? By no means! Rather through their trespass salvation has come to the Gentiles, so as to make Israel jealous. 12 Now if their trespass means riches for the world, and if their failure means riches for the Gentiles, how much more will their full inclusion mean!

Yeshua’s  will not reign as a suffering servant like Messiah ben Joseph during his second reign.  Instead, He will reign  in majesty like Messiah ben David.  Like Joseph, when exalted by Pharaoh, Yeshua will subdue all his enemies and they will become his footstool and He will again become the sole owner of all things made. He will then turn over all things and himself to be in subjection to the Father so that the Father will be all in all in the same way as Joseph did for Pharaoh. Phil 2:9 Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, 10 that at the name of Yeshua every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, 11 and every tongue acknowledge that Yeshua Messiah is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.

Praise be the name of Yeshua!

Does he fit the other Messianic prophesies. The answer is YES to them ALL!!!

• He is born at precisely the time predicted by Daniel and Nehemiah prior to the second Temple’s destruction.

• As Zechariah predicted, He humbly rides into Jerusalem  on a donkey to the praises of the People from the Temple.

• John the Baptist precedes him as a forerunner who foretells his coming and tells others to prepare for him.

• As Isaiah predicted, He is born of a virgin in Bethlehem and as predicted by Micah he was born at Migdal Edar which is the watchtower of the sheep.

• He was born of the tribe of Judah and of the house of David.

• His life mirrored the life of Joseph.

• David predicted the Messiah would be rejected and He was.

• He is pierced just as Zechariah predicted.

• Daniel said the Messiah would be cut off and killed.

• Many will not believe he was the Messiah as Isaiah predicted, but for others he is their rock.

• He has been a stumbling block to both houses of Israel as Isaiah predicted.

• Isaiah said the Messiah would be mutilated and He was, yet many Kings have not objected or resisted their people naming him as their King. I especially think of Napoleon who said, Jesus alone founded His empire upon love, and to this very day millions will die for Him.

• As Zechariah predicted, the Messiah is struck down and his followers scattered.

Israel, be careful not to fall for the coming deception.  The prophet Jeremiah called it the time of Jacob’s trouble.  Jeremiah 30.  The prophet Zechariah describes the evil leader that comes to deceive Israel and calls him the worthless shepherd.  He further describes him as a man blinded in his right eye and has a withered arm.  This may suggest he was wounded in battle.  Daniel calls him the King who does as he pleases and as the man who magnifies himself above God.

Judah, put your faith and trust in the true Messiah Yeshua ben Joseph. I know that converting to Christianity is anathema to many Jews because of so much injustice done to Jews in the name of Christianity. The real conversion is not to Christianity but to accepting Yeshua as Messiah. This makes you original sons of the true Israel. The example that God gives the church is the example of Benjamin. It was Benjamin (the type symbolizing the church) that God en-grafted into Judah. Judah is the original and the Gentiles were miraculously grafted in by Yeshua.  It is time for Judah to be who you are destined to be…The Israel of God…The one who prevails with God.

Written by Clay Mize, May 2012

I originally saw the idea for this post and upon further research I discovered others who had seen it too. I hope I have added something valuable to the discussion and hope you will comment and add even more. I value your comments.  I would like to recognize Aurthur Pink and Geoffrey Neilson and Bob Schlenker, who I discovered in the process of this writing.

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