Joseph is Taurus--Concluding Remarks
Oct 01, 2009
One more thing . . .
The two comings of Christ relate to Judah and Joseph, the first being a struggle for the throne of Judah/David, and the second being the struggle for the birthright of Joseph. Judah was to have the scepter "until Shiloh comes" (Gen. 49:10), implying that Judah would ultimately give way to something greater. Joseph once had a dream that his brothers would bow down to him, and this included Judah.
Since Jesus fulfills both types in two comings, we can overlay the types of David and Joseph. Recall that King Saul died prophetically on May 30, 1993 at the 40th Jubilee of the Church. David then came to the throne and ruled prophetically from "Hebron" with limited authority for 7 years and 6 months (to Nov. 30, 2000).
This date also serves as the date of Joseph's elevation to power after interpreting Pharaoh's dream. The 7 years of plenty were 2001-2008. The years of famine then began after the harvest of 2008, that is, in September, with the collapse of Lehman Brothers and the banking crisis requiring bailouts.
2009 was the first year of the famine. Rosh Hoshana, Sept. 19, 2009 began the next Hebrew year, the beginning of the second year of the famine. This is when Joseph was revealed to his brethren. In Gen. 45:6 Joseph tells his brothers,
"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."
So now, at the beginning of 2010 we are seeing the signs of the unveiling of Joseph. We will have to see how this works out in actual history in the coming year(s). Meanwhile, it looks as if we may have to brace ourselves for 5 more years of "famine" ahead. But recall that in Joseph's day, God's purpose for the famine was to bring all things under His feet. Gen. 47 says,
(13) Now there was no food in all the land, because the famine was very severe, so that the land of Egypt and the land of Canaan languished because of the famine. (14) And Joseph gathered all the money that was found in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, for the grain which they bought, and Joseph brought the money into Pharaoh's house. (15) And when the money was all spent ["failed"] in the land of Egypt and in the land of Canaan, all the Egyptians came to Joseph and said, "Give us food, for why should we die in your presence? For our money is gone."
The story goes on to say that the people themselves then sold themselves as bondslaves to Pharaoh. This is a great prophecy showing that the monetary crisis is what God is using to make all mankind His servants. Essentially, it is a transfer of bondservants, because the people are already enslaved to Mystery Babylon. When all things are under the feet of Christ, they will find that His yoke is easy, and His burden is light (Matt. 11:30).
More than that, while Passover makes men bondservants of Jesus Christ, and Pentecost shows them how to be obedient to the law, the Jubilee sets them free to fulfill the Feast of Tabernacles, whereby they may no longer be servants, but the Sons of God.
The major theme of the coming year, then, is about discovering Joseph. This is why we met in Manassas, VA for Passover in 2009 and will meet there again in 2010 as a double witness. Manasseh means "forgetfulness," and Joseph's reason for naming him this is given in Gen. 41:51,
(51) And Joseph named the firstborn Manasseh, "For," he said, "God has made me forget all my trouble and all my father's household."
Manasseh's name prophesied, in part, that the descendants of Joseph would forget who they were. Only in this way could they become "lost." But this forgetting was temporary, because when Joseph revealed himself to his brothers and to his father, the forgetting was replaced by remembering.
It appears that we are now at the beginning of this historic remembering, and that this will have consequences as this unfolds in the coming years.
Dr. Stephen Jones