Joseph and Benjamin - Part II
Joseph and Benjamin - Part 1 / Part 2
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We pick up where we left off in part 1, ready now to explore a most glorious prophetic allegory! When Benjamin is finally brought to Egypt, Joseph sees him before the dinner.
29 As he lifted his eyes and saw his brother Benjamin, his mother’s son, he said, “Is this your youngest brother, of whom you spoke to me?” And he said, “May God be gracious to you, my son.” 30 Joseph hurried out for he was deeply stirred over his brother, and he sought a place to weep; and he entered his chamber and wept there.
Benjamin was very dear to Joseph even though his younger and only full brother was just an infant when he saw him last - if indeed he had ever laid eyes on him. This story is so awesomely revealing! Dwell on what Joseph told Benjamin for a moment. “May God be gracious to you, my son.” Benjamin is a Bride type - and hasn't God been gracious to an extent beyond what's able to be comprehended? Pause to reflect on what you're really being given a look at in this esoteric account. What a time it will be for the Bridegroom, whom we see here being dramatized by Joseph as an actor on a stage. He's so overcome with emotion that He retreats to his chamber to weep privately! When the Bridegroom has stolen his Bride away and receives her to Himself, what intensity of emotion, what profound joy will be felt! The Song of Solomon conveys poetically something of the passion of their relationship. Have you come to know this love, friend?
The Cup of Divination
The 43rd and 44th chapters of Genesis are filled with intrigue as they tell the story of how Joseph sets Benjamin up and uses him to ensnare the other brothers. The situation revolves around Joseph's silver cup, a cup used for "divination." That this cup is what was hidden and discovered in Benjamin's sack is important.
By using Benjamin, Judah was even very particularly snared because he was surety for his brother.
For your servant became surety for the lad to my father, saying, ‘If I do not bring him back to you, then let me bear the blame before my father forever.’
This engaging drama speaks to me of how the 144k will be caught between a rock (THE ROCK) and a hard place, as the expression goes. Just as Benjamin was the "hook" that ensnared Judah, the Bride will be the means to secure those who have been made accountable for Y'shua's blood. Just as the setup was accomplished by means of Joseph's silver cup being found in Benjamin's sack, it will be the discovery of Y'shua's cup being in the Bride's possession that will bring the brothers humbly before the Lord of Heaven.
We can glean some insight about what will be found in the Bride's possession from the attributes of Joseph's cup.
Silver is a metal that signifies redemption, so Benjamin's being found in possession of it links the Bride to her Bridegroom's redemptive work.
This cup was used for divination, and it's Joseph's cup. Although some conclude from this that Joseph must have been practicing the Occult arts according to the ways of the Egyptians who worshiped other gods, that seems unlikely, especially when projected through the type and applied to Y'shua Himself. What need is there of some counterfeit in the presence of the genuine? Remember, it was through Joseph that dreams were interpreted, and those interpretations were given by God. The name that was given to him by Pharaoh, Zaphenath-paneah, means, "the revealer of secrets." His cup of divination represents the ability to learn and reveal divine secrets. That it's this cup of divination that was hidden and discovered to be in Benjamin's possession affords us some insight into why the 144,000 sons of Israel will become jealous of the Bride, because they will demonstrate their certain knowledge of secrets. The 144,000 sons of Israel will know with full assurance that the secrets revealed to the Bride as they engage in their redemptive mission is legitimate, as if they actually had Joseph's silver cup or wore the mantle of the prophets of old as they divine from the God of their Fathers.
Because this cup is Joseph's, which is to say, Y'shua's, let's compare the cup that He drank from at the last supper. It was a cup of promise that will be fulfilled when antitypical "Benjamin" is with "Joseph" in "Egypt."
17 And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He said, “Take this and share it among yourselves; 18 for I say to you, I will not drink of the fruit of the vine from now on until the kingdom of God comes.”
It was also a cup of a covenant, a disposition, contract, will or testament.
And in the same way He took the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup which is poured out for you is the new covenant in My blood.
In a disposition there is something to be transferred or bestowed, some property or privilege. I already noted the redemptive aspect of silver and we find it here in that the blood being poured out was the actual price of redemption.
18 knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, 19 but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ. 20 For He was foreknown before the foundation of the world, but has appeared in these last times for the sake of you
1 Peter 1:18-20
The cup of His blood being poured out was redemptive so it is, at least in a figure, a silver cup. The Bride has likewise been given a mission of redemption. It's a great honor and responsibility, for the cup of the new covenant in His blood has a burden that goes with it. Those who drink of this cup pour out their lives and even their blood as He did His. They are His and their blood is His. This is the cup Y'shua asked His Father to remove from Him while praying so intensely in the garden of Gethsemane. This the cup that Y'shua defended shortly after that, from Peter, who, being led of the carnal mind would have, in ignorance, denied him the drinking of it, with his sword. This cup is the same one he had discussed earlier with the wife and sons of Zebedee.
21 And He said to her, “What do you wish?” She said to Him, “Command that in Your kingdom these two sons of mine may sit one on Your right and one on Your left.” 22 But Jesus answered, “You do not know what you are asking. Are you able to drink the cup that I am about to drink?” They said to Him, “We are able.” 23 He said to them, “My cup you shall drink; but to sit on My right and on My left, this is not Mine to give, but it is for those for whom it has been prepared by My Father.”
That cup is as Joseph's cup, the one found in Benjamin's sack. Martyrdom is part of that redemptive work. This willingness of the Bride to drink of this cup is a testimony of sincere love.
Consider the following passage.
23 For I received from the Lord that which I also delivered to you, that the Lord Jesus in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; 24 and when He had given thanks, He broke it and said, “This is My body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of Me.” 25 In the same way He took the cup also after supper, saying, “This cup is the new covenant in My blood; do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of Me.” 26 For as often as you eat this bread and drink the cup, you proclaim the Lord’s death until He comes. 27 Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of the Lord. 28 But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. 29 For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly. 30 For this reason many among you are weak and sick, and a number sleep. 31 But if we judged ourselves rightly, we would not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are disciplined by the Lord so that we will not be condemned along with the world.
1 Corinthians 11:23-32
If you meditate upon the meaning of this passage you may glean some valuable insight. There's more here than I can or will attempt to say - and I don't pretend to understand it all - but it's a message for the Bride. In the last days, She will be a precious few who will not be condemned with the world when great tribulation breaks forth. She alone understands the Lord's words, symbolized by the breaking of bread. She alone is willing at the first to drink of His cup. Recognizing the body of the Lord has to do with understanding how the Bride is separate from the Body and how the Bride is taken out of it. Worthiness is the issue. The wearer's robe is the symbolic factor in picturing worthiness, whether or not it is made white in the blood of the Lamb.
This collateral study in three parts is strongly recommended.
- The Testimony of Gethsemane - Pt 1 of 3
- Separation in the Olive Press Place * T of G - Pt 2
- Your Final Exam * T of G - Pt 3
Joseph's silver cup of divination will be discovered in Benjamin's sack by the unnamed steward, a type of the holy spirit. This is a "God thing," through and through.
This gripping drama in the 44th chapter of Genesis reveals how the Lord will accomplish His magnificent plan. What is concealed and revealed in Romans 11 is acted out for our instruction through the shadowy means of prophetic type.
The Prophetic Scene and its Timing is Revealed
If you haven't yet read the study explaining the brilliant prophetic plan from Romans 11, What Will Their Acceptance Be But Life From the Dead?, you may want to take this opportunity before continuing here. You should have confidence in the knowledge that every resurrection is triggered by a key faction of Israel coming to accept Y'shua haMashiach. It's a simple truth yet an amazing eye-opening insight! The first in sequence is going to be seen as through the lens of the narrative of Genesis 45!
This scenario was the first of its kind to be revealed to me. It was my entry point into an astounding series of similar discoveries, every one of which revolves around the commissioning of the 144k and the theft of the Bride! The connecting thread by which this wondrous tapestry is woven together is - chronology. By the grace of Yahweh, the timing of key events is being made known relative to the Famine week.
Since hearing is of the Lord on an individual basis, I can only ask the Lord to let those hear who have ears to hear.
According to the words of the prophet Isaiah:
Declaring the end from the beginning, And from ancient times things which have not been done, Saying, ‘My purpose will be established, And I will accomplish all My good pleasure’;
The end has been made known from the beginning and, in a reflection of that order, we find keys to the book of Revelation within the book of Genesis!
As this precious testimony unfolds, Joseph has concealed his identity from his brethren. He's going to reveal himself in a picture of Y'shua as He reveals His identity to His own brethren, the first faction in sequence, those sons of Israel numbering 12,000 from each tribe. All Joseph's brothers have been brought together before him in Egypt. Simeon has been restored, signifying that most essential element that Romans 10:17 tells us is the prerequisite of faith, hearing. Here is the revealing!
1 Then Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried, “Have everyone go out from me.” So there was no man with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers. 2 He wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharaoh heard of it. 3 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence. 4 Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come closer to me.” And they came closer. And he said, “I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt. 5 Now do not be grieved or angry with yourselves, because you sold me here, for God sent me before you to preserve life. 6 For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting. 7 God sent me before you to preserve for you a remnant in the earth, and to keep you alive by a great deliverance. 8 Now, therefore, it was not you who sent me here, but God; and He has made me a father to Pharaoh and lord of all his household and ruler over all the land of Egypt. 9 Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, “God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay.
Y'shua will become known to Israel just as it is recorded. This is the scene and those are the words they will hear! I believe they will already be familiar with that passage, having a vivid awareness of the historical context. Imagine how amazed they will be when they actually see Him and hear Y'shua speaking to them without an "Egyptian interpreter"! Glory! What a privileged view beyond the veil! The long awaited aceptance of their Messiah is pictured so simply and beautifully in this long hidden but now open scene of their ancestor's recognition of brother Joseph! Subsequent to this incredible event the Bride will then be received by her Bridegroom, because their acceptance is the trigger for the resurrection!
What happens when Joseph reveals his identity to his brothers is the subject of Revelation 7.
4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed, one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel: 5 from the tribe of Judah, twelve thousand were sealed, from the tribe of Reuben twelve thousand, from the tribe of Gad twelve thousand, 6 from the tribe of Asher twelve thousand, from the tribe of Naphtali twelve thousand, from the tribe of Manasseh twelve thousand, 7 from the tribe of Simeon twelve thousand, from the tribe of Levi twelve thousand, from the tribe of Issachar twelve thousand, 8 from the tribe of Zebulun twelve thousand, from the tribe of Joseph twelve thousand, from the tribe of Benjamin, twelve thousand were sealed.
Here is an interactive presentation. Hover your mouse cursor over the lines of this passage and meditate on the highlighting. It reveals the emphasis that's placed upon Genesis 45:6 as the symmetrical thematic pattern pivots through it. Although it might have seemed to you (like it had to me for so long) that verse 6 was of relatively little significance, both the timing and the harvest activities are really very important on the prophetic level.
When Joseph marked the time relative to the famine week he knew when it began and also how long it would last because their situation was just as it had been revealed to him through Pharaoh's dreams about nine years earlier.
When you read Joseph's reference to plowing and reaping, the harvest allegory should come to mind. Spiritual truth is being communicated in agricultural terms.
For the famine has been in the land these two years, and there are still five years in which there will be neither plowing nor harvesting.
You have to know that this is not being called to our attention for no reason. The Author has even gone so far as to set it as the focal pivot of the thematic structure. Something significant is happening in the Lord's harvest field with the crops that are His people! The announcement is made that there will not be any more plowing or harvesting for another five years. Plowing prepares the ground before planting for the fruitfulness of the crop, and harvest is a reference to resurrection, of course. What we are so cleverly being "not told" in Joseph's reference of verse 6 is that it's right then at that very time a season of harvest and also of plowing, the activities that were being paused! There is context within which this must be interpreted.
The brothers have just fulfilled their commission to fetch Benjamin from the land of Canaan and present him before Joseph (Genesis 42:34). Consider that activity in agricultural terms where they are the farmers who faithfully brought in the crops from the field for the landowner. (You can compare their effort to the contrasting one of the vine-growers of the parable in Luke 20:9-16.) In the prophetic signification, Israel is fulfilling a mission that began almost 2 millennia earlier with 12 men from Galilee (from the land of Benjamin). What is widely known as “the great commission” may come to mind.
6 So when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; 8 but you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be My witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth.”
There is some complexity to all this but as I understand it, the farmers who will complete that mission will number 12 thousand from each Tribe. How this will come about is according to the dynamic of the plan that's so brilliantly concealed and revealed in Romans 11! It's their corporate moment of turning from rejecting their messiah to accepting him that triggers the “life from the dead,” which will be that literal resurrection by which the Bride-Benjamin is brought to Heaven-Egypt before the Bridegroom Y'shua-Joseph!
That's a harvest, of barley, and yet there is another commission given, with an implicit plowing that produces another harvest in short order, of wheat!
Let me ask you something, and I want you to think on this. When this prophetic scenario is fulfilled, do you think the timing relative to the Famine week will vary from the foreshadowing type? There's every reason to conclude that it will not. This is not being revealed just to mess with us and throw us off track. There's a consistency to this that will become evident as you see these prophetic scenario's opening up to reveal their secrets. I am assured that some will know the times like Noah knew the times - and this is an example of how they will know.
As the narrative continues, the timing is called to our attention once more.
9 Hurry and go up to my father, and say to him, ‘Thus says your son Joseph, “God has made me lord of all Egypt; come down to me, do not delay. 10 You shall live in the land of Goshen, and you shall be near me, you and your children and your children’s children and your flocks and your herds and all that you have. 11 There I will also provide for you, for there are still five years of famine to come, and you and your household and all that you have would be impoverished.”’ 12 Behold, your eyes see, and the eyes of my brother Benjamin see, that it is my mouth which is speaking to you. 13 Now you must tell my father of all my splendor in Egypt, and all that you have seen; and you must hurry and bring my father down here.”
There is something we should note in the expression of verse 12, that they can see that it is his mouth that is speaking to them. Joseph was no longer speaking to them in Egyptian through an interpreter. He was speaking directly to them in his native tongue, their native Hebrew. This revelation, together with the recent events and the special witness of Benjamin, convinces them that he is who he claims to be. What an inspiration this record is to me!
Joseph singles Benjamin out as one who has eyes that see. The Benjamin-Bride knows who Joseph-Y'shua is, being already very intimately acquainted. Joseph-Y'shua is revealing himself, opening the eyes of his brothers and making known his identity through the family relationship. In this heavenly chamber, the Bride's radiant presence in her newly white robed and glorified condition will bear striking witness to Y'shua's claim!
Even in the drama of the moment's heightened emotion there is some essential business that receives immediate attention. Joseph gives another commission. His brothers are sent out to bear testimony to Jacob and to bring him quickly to Egypt. In the coming reality, they are to tell Joseph's father Jacob-Israel about all the honor accorded Y'shua in heaven, how He was exalted to the right hand of the throne of God (and everything in the book of Hebrews about his being greater than the angels and the everlasting high priest). They must also testify about everything they will have seen during their visits to heaven, which certainly includes the presence of the glorified Bride. The 144k will carry out their mission and return with Jacob. He and those with him will be specially provided for and protected for a season, their salvation assured.
The awesome record of Genesis 45 goes on to disclose what happens after the commissioning. It's an emotional scene!
14 Then he fell on his brother Benjamin’s neck and wept, and Benjamin wept on his neck. 15 He kissed all his brothers and wept on them, and afterward his brothers talked with him.
Wow! I want to be there! What a time of rejoicing. The yom tov of Hag HaMatzot, the last day of the Feast of Unleavened Bread, will be celebrated like it has never been celebrated before!
Overseeing and directing this crucial mission, the heavenly Father advises Y'shua about the specifics. They are subsequently carried out and the mission gets underway.
16 Now when the news was heard in Pharaoh’s house that Joseph’s brothers had come, it pleased Pharaoh and his servants. 17 Then Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Say to your brothers, ‘Do this: load your beasts and go to the land of Canaan, 18 and take your father and your households and come to me, and I will give you the best of the land of Egypt and you will eat the fat of the land.’ 19 Now you are ordered, ‘Do this: take wagons from the land of Egypt for your little ones and for your wives, and bring your father and come. 20 Do not concern yourselves with your goods, for the best of all the land of Egypt is yours.’” 21 Then the sons of Israel did so; and Joseph gave them wagons according to the command of Pharaoh, and gave them provisions for the journey. 22 To each of them he gave changes of garments, but to Benjamin he gave three hundred pieces of silver and five changes of garments. 23 To his father he sent as follows: ten donkeys loaded with the best things of Egypt, and ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and sustenance for his father on the journey. 24 So he sent his brothers away, and as they departed, he said to them, “Do not quarrel on the journey.” 25 Then they went up from Egypt, and came to the land of Canaan to their father Jacob.
To assure the success of their mission, the brothers are dispatched with fit provisions. They receive:
- ten donkeys loaded with the best things of Egypt
- ten female donkeys loaded with grain and bread and other provisions for his journey
- some wagons from the land of Egypt
- new clothing
Now, consider how Jacob responds to their testimony.
26 They told him, saying, “Joseph is still alive, and indeed he is ruler over all the land of Egypt.” But he was stunned, for he did not believe them. 27 When they told him all the words of Joseph that he had spoken to them, and when he saw the wagons that Joseph had sent to carry him, the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28 Then Israel said, “It is enough; my son Joseph is still alive. I will go and see him before I die.”
Praise the Lord for his patience and mercy! Their report stunned Jacob but he became convinced upon hearing all the words of Joseph that he had spoken to them - and on seeing the wagons. Those were some very special vehicles, indeed. When the spirit of their father Jacob revived, this is the indication that those of his offspring that he represents come to accept Y'shua as their Messiah. Israel says, “I'm convinced! My son Y'shua is still alive!” Oh, what a tremendous realization!
Observe the changing reference to their father in the narrative. “...the spirit of their father Jacob revived. 28 Then Israel said...” This directs our attention to the meaning of the changing of his name.
He said, “Your name shall no longer be Jacob, but Israel; for you have striven with God and with men and have prevailed.”
When the spirit of their father Jacob revives, and Israel says, "I'm convinced," his struggle with God and with men will be over and he will have prevailed! Glory! How awesome! After all the many years that have passed, in a brief span of time comes two waves or phases of Israel's restoration! What an honor and privilege to be able to grasp the prophetic import of this passage, to see this coming reality!
Let's consider the esoteric meaning of the provisions for their journey. The 10 donkeys with the best things of Egypt must be some of the treasures of heaven borne by angels, the exact nature of which I can't even imagine. The 10 female donkeys bearing the grain and bread and other provisions for their journey speaks to me of The Word that will sustain them, also borne by angels of a particular class. The clothing they were given was Egyptian clothing. Jacob and his family were going to be brought to Goshen in Egypt, and they needed to be specially outfitted because that's a kind of special heavenly domain prepared for their preservation. Clothing indicates the status and state of the body itself. You'll see an example of this in the Iron Gate study, which is next up in the directory listing for, When Cometh That Thief in the Night, and also in the study on the Twenty-First Chapter of John.
Here's something that may make you absolutely giddy with joy and get you up on your feet, dancing and praising the Lord! The ten brothers received a single change of garments for the mission. They were already suited up for the realm of three spacial dimensions plus one of time. Their single change of garments extended their range, equipping them supernaturally. (sealed- protected from the 4 winds blowing... Revelation 7:1-3) Benjamin received five changes of garments. This illustrates the Bride's glorified condition and a resurrection body that extends their range through 5 dimensions, dimensional realms or heavenly domains! (Of related interest - 1 John 3:1-3, 1 Corinthians 15:35-58 * Thematic Symmetry of 1 Corinthians 15 - Interactive)
Now, what about the wagons? These had a role in convincing Jacob that his sons' testimony about Joseph was true! The word used here for, wagons, is Strongs #5699. 'agalah, ag-aw-law'; from the same as H5696; something revolving, i.e. a wheeled vehicle:--cart, chariot, wagon. “Egyptian” carts will transport their precious cargo to heaven so this is not going to be a convoy of hay wagons, Hummers or U-Haul trailers. Have you ever read about Ezekiel's vision of the throne and wheeled vehicle? That's what Joseph's “Egyptian” chariot is like!
Now, when Jacob's spirit revived he said, "I will go and see him before I die!" This makes it plain that they aren't being transformed in resurrection. Remaining in his temporal body of flesh, Jacob will be transported in the agalah convoy to a special place called Goshen, which means "drawing near." It is a drawing near to Y'shua and perhaps a near-heaven realm, like what's being called in todays lingo, a pocket universe. This sanctuary represents the best of the land of Egypt where they can enjoy the fat of the land. This is no earthly place with natural access but one that is perhaps related to the garden of Eden, isolated and with guarded access. The beloved occupants will be kept safe and out of the dragon's reach, as according to the account in Revelation 12.
13 And when the dragon saw that he was thrown down to the earth, he persecuted the woman who gave birth to the male child. 14 But the two wings of the great eagle were given to the woman, so that she could fly into the wilderness to her place, where she was nourished for a time and times and half a time, from the presence of the serpent.
When Jacob's spirit revives we know that, according to the Romans 11:15, there must be an accompanying resurrection. The next appointed harvest after the barley at Pesah is for the wheat at Shavuot. The event is pictured in Revelation 7.
9 After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; 10 and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, “Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” 11 And all the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures; and they fell on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, 12 saying, “Amen, blessing and glory and wisdom and thanksgiving and honor and power and might, be to our God forever and ever. Amen.” 13 Then one of the elders answered, saying to me, “These who are clothed in the white robes, who are they, and where have they come from?” 14 I said to him, “My lord, you know.” And he said to me, “These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
Praise the Lord! Are your eyes opening to see glorious sights?