An Analysis of the Biblical Prophecies in their Chronological Order of Appearance
Part Four. Joseph
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He had two sons Ephraim and
Manasseh. These children will be discussed later separately.
Joseph saved Egypt and the surrounding regions (possibly the whole world) from famine [Genesis 41:57]. He also helped his brothers who did not recognize him at first. In the End he was reconciled to them and enabled them to settle in the Land of Goshen east of the Nile. Ultimately this area was to be included in the Promised Land that will be an eternal inheritance for Israel (Joshua 11:41). The reconciliation was effected after the intercession (verging on confrontation) of Judah [Genesis 44:18-19]. Judah had interceded on behalf of Benjamin. [The Temple was built mainly in the portion of Benjamin and perhaps the issue of whether or not to rebuild the Temple will bring about Reconciliation?]. Joseph nourished his father and his brothers and by the use of economic coercion introduced economic and social changes to Egypt [Genesis 47:12-26].
When Israel was about to die he asked Joseph to promise to bury him in the Land of Canaan [Genesis 47:30-31]. This symbolizes Joseph being instrumental in beginning the return of Judah to the Land.
Joseph went with his sons Ephraim and Manasseh to receive a blessing from Israel and each son was made the same as a Tribe in its own right [Genesis 48:1-5].
A Nation and A Community of Nations
meaning Judah and Joseph
Jacob recalled the promises made to him by the Almighty that he should be fruitful and multitudinous, that he should become A Community of Peoples (Kahal Amim translated in the KJV as A MULTITUDE OF PEOPLE) and receives the Land.
Previously Jacob had been blessed that his seed should become a nation and a community of nations. This referred to the nation of Judah (the Jews) and to the Ten Tribes (under Joseph) who may be considered a Community of Nations.
[Genesis 48:4] AND SAID UNTO ME, BEHOLD, I WILL MAKE THEE FRUITFUL, AND MULTIPLY THEE, AND I WILL MAKE OF THEE A MULTITUDE OF PEOPLE [Kahal Amim i.e. A Community of Peoples]; AND WILL GIVE THIS LAND TO THY SEED AFTER THEE FOR AN EVERLASTING POSSESSION.
We see A Community of Peoples to represent Joseph and the Ten Tribes and to be distinct from Judah.
Previously Jacob had been blessed:
[Genesis 35:10] AND GOD SAID UNTO HIM, THY NAME IS JACOB: THY NAME SHALL NOT BE CALLED ANY MORE JACOB, BUT ISRAEL SHALL BE THY NAME: AND HE CALLED HIS NAME ISRAEL.
[Genesis 35:11] AND GOD SAID UNTO HIM, I AM GOD ALMIGHTY: BE FRUITFUL AND MULTIPLY; A NATION AND A COMPANY OF NATIONS SHALL BE OF THEE, AND KINGS SHALL COME OUT OF THY LOINS.
Here A NATION refers to Judah (the Jews) AND A COMPANY OF NATIONS to the Ten Tribes of Israel headed by Joseph.
More Identifying Signs
Israel foresaw the sons of Joseph acting like non-Jews and temporarily being lost but later reconciled.
[Genesis 48:8] AND ISRAEL BEHELD JOSEPH'S SONS, AND SAID, WHO ARE THESE?
Israel blessed Joseph that his children should be blessed and that
they should be named after Abraham and Isaac and himself.
[Genesis 48:15] AND HE BLESSED JOSEPH, AND SAID, GOD, BEFORE WHOM MY FATHERS ABRAHAM AND ISAAC DID WALK, THE GOD WHICH FED ME ALL MY LIFE LONG UNTO THIS DAY,
[Genesis 48:16] THE ANGEL WHICH REDEEMED ME FROM ALL EVIL, BLESS THE LADS; AND LET MY NAME BE NAMED ON THEM, AND THE NAME OF MY FATHERS ABRAHAM AND ISAAC; AND LET THEM GROW INTO A MULTITUDE IN THE MIDST OF THE EARTH.
Descendants of Joseph from the Lost Tribes in Ireland and Britain were known as Hiberi i.e. Hebrews after Abraham the Hebrew and as Scotti which also means Wanderers or Hebrews. The Scythians (Zohak, Iski-Guli, Sacae) and Saxons were named after Isaac. Other national nick-names derive from Jacob or from Jack which is short for Jacob i.e. Union Jack, Jock (Scottish), Jacques (French), Yank.
Hebrew Patriarchal Names
Jacob later blessed all his other sons. The blessings to the
individual Tribes will be discussed later. The blessings to Ephraim and
Manasseh as separate entities will also be treated separately.
Jacob returned and gave Joseph an additional blessing.
Joseph was to be a Ben Porat translated as a A FRUITFUL BOUGH [Genesis 49:22] but also meaning "A Powerfully Fertile Son" or "A Son of Power",
A WELL WHOSE BRANCHES RUN OVER THE WALL: In Hebrew: "ali ayin" which can also mean above (al) the eye (ayin).
We thus have a "Powerful Son" overseen by the Eye of Providence as depicted on the Great Seal overlooking the Pyramid (Picture of Egypt) symbol of Joseph (Midrash Numbers Rabah 2;5).
OVER THE WALL. Hebrew "ali Shor". The word "Shor" as well as meaning "wall" can also mean bull so "ali Shor" could also mean "for the sake of the bull" and Joseph was likened unto a bull. The bull and bull-calf became the symbol of Ephraim.
The Bull Calf
##WHOSE BRANCHES RUN OVER THE WALL##: This hints at overseas expansion. cf. HE SHALL POUR THE WATER OUT OF HIS BUCKETS, AND HIS SEED SHALL BE IN MANY WATERS, AND HIS KING SHALL BE HIGHER THAN AGAG, AND HIS KINGDOM SHALL BE EXALTED [Numbers 24:7].
[Genesis 49:23] THE ARCHERS HAVE SORELY GRIEVED HIM, AND SHOT AT HIM, AND HATED HIM:
Arrows are part of the symbolism of the USA and 13 appear grouped together on the dollar bill.
Rabbinical Commentators have indicate that the shooting of archers could indicate the firing of rockets.
The only nations so far to have had to seriously endure rocket attacks are Britain and Israel. Britain suffered during World War 2 when the Germans attempted to intimidate and terrorize the British population by firing V2 rockets from the Continent.
Later the State of Israel during was bombarded by 39 Iraqi Scud missiles during the First Gulf War (2 August 1990 – 28 February 1991).
The losses of Israel were comparativley light ONLY due to a series of almost open miracles.
The Gulf War by Mitchell Bard
Later the Arabs in Gaza also bombarded southern Israel with rocket fire which was largely ineffectual (again due to Divine Proetection) but caused property damage and psychological trauma.
[Genesis 49:24] BUT HIS BOW ABODE IN STRENGTH, AND THE ARMS OF HIS HANDS WERE MADE STRONG BY THE HANDS OF THE MIGHTY GOD OF JACOB; FROM THENCE IS THE SHEPHERD, THE STONE OF ISRAEL:
[Genesis 49:25] EVEN BY THE GOD OF THY FATHER, WHO SHALL HELP THEE; AND BY THE ALMIGHTY, WHO SHALL BLESS THEE WITH BLESSINGS OF HEAVEN ABOVE, BLESSINGS OF THE DEEP THAT LIETH UNDER, BLESSINGS OF THE BREASTS, AND OF THE WOMB:
#BLESSINGS OF HEAVEN ABOVE#: climate and agriculture.
BLESSINGS OF THE DEEP: Water and mineral resources.
THE BREASTS, AND OF THE WOMB: Health and fertility and bounty and family life all gifts from the Almighty.
The Separate Special
Blessing to Joseph
[Genesis 49:26] THE BLESSINGS OF THY FATHER HAVE PREVAILED ABOVE THE BLESSINGS OF MY PROGENITORS UNTO THE UTMOST BOUND OF THE EVERLASTING HILLS: THEY SHALL BE ON THE HEAD OF JOSEPH, AND ON THE CROWN OF THE HEAD OF HIM THAT WAS SEPARATE FROM HIS BRETHREN.
Joseph is here receiving a SEPARATE BLESSING! All the other Tribes were to receive the blessings of Abraham and Isaac as Jacob transmitted them. Jacob (i.e. Israel) is here however adding a special blessing to Joseph that is far greater than that of his forefather and he is giving it to Joseph!
Joseph was to be blessed more than all of the other tribes put together. Joseph was separated from his brothers.
Steven Collins points out that America and Britain are geographically separated from the rest of the world, as are Australia and New Zealand. Napoleon remarked that Britain could not be considered part of Europe.
Later a picture representing Egypt was chosen as the symbol of Joseph. The pyramid in the American Great Seal (seen on the dollar bill) immediately recalls Egypt to the mind of whoever sees it.
SEPARATE FROM HIS BRETHREN. In Hebrew "Nazir achiv" which expression is repeated in the blessing of Moses to Joseph.
Ths expression is a play on
words and also means "Rule over his brothers" (see below).
Moses also blessed Joseph as a unit (Deuteronomy 33:13):
Joseph would be blessed with was blessed with agricultural prosperity, healthy lands, and mineral resources in plenty.
The blessing of Moses reflects that of Israel to Joseph.
[Deuteronomy 33:16] AND FOR THE PRECIOUS THINGS OF THE EARTH AND FULNESS THEREOF, AND FOR THE GOOD WILL OF HIM THAT DWELT IN THE BUSH: LET THE BLESSING COME UPON THE HEAD OF JOSEPH, AND UPON THE TOP OF THE HEAD OF HIM THAT WAS SEPARATED FROM HIS BRETHREN.
Joseph was apart from his brothers.
THAT WAS SEPARATED FROM HIS BRETHREN. In Hebrew "Nazir Echav". There is a play on words here.
"Nazir" can mean both "separated from" e.g. we have the Nazir (Nazirite) who separates himself from wine and impurity.
Nezer (from the same word root) can also mean crown e.g.
AND I TOOK THE CROWN [Hebrew: "nezer"] THAT WAS UPON HIS HEAD (2-Samuel 1:10).
It follows that the expression concerning Joseph "Nazir Echav" could alternately mean "crowned over his brothers".
Lion and Unicorn
[Deuteronomy 33:17] HIS GLORY IS LIKE THE FIRSTLING OF HIS BULL, AND HIS HORNS ARE LIKE THE HORNS OF UNICORNS: WITH THEM HE SHALL PUSH THE PEOPLE TOGETHER TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH: AND THEY ARE THE TEN THOUSANDS OF EPHRAIM, AND THEY ARE THE THOUSANDS OF MANASSEH.
This verse mentions Ephraim and Manasseh as separate Tribal Entities but it links them together as representative of Joseph.
LIon and Unicorn
Summary : Signs needed for the Identification of Joseph
To identify the Present-Day Descendants of Joseph we should look for the following characteristics that were either hinted at or expressly mentioned:
Scottish Tartan Design as a national characteristic.
Sheaves (of grain) as part of the national ethos.
13 Stars. The national symbol of the US originally featured 13 stars as still seen on the US dollars. Nowadays it has 13 stripes and fifty stars, one of each state. Nevertheless the number 13 and the symbolization of stars retains significance. The dream of Joseph featured 11 stars along with the sun and moon. Representations of the sun and moon are problematic since they are also used as pagan symbols. So are stars but in a less over manner. In symbolic terms the sun and moon may also be considered as stars so turning the sun and moon into two extra stars to make 13 is acceptable.
Features of North European (Germani) being common though not always predominant since an Egyptian admixture was also present. We would want to find a Mediterranean-Nordic admixture such as what has been present in the British Isles since the earliest times.
Large numbers of peoples, a great multitude.
A Company of nations: The United Kingdom, the United States, the British Commonwealth, Britain and the USA together, etc. All these could be considered a company of nations in addition to which the other Israelite nations (the Netherlands, France, etc) in the eyes of foreigners are considered in some way to be a "company" with them.
Hebrew Patriarchal Names: Union Jack, Jock (Scottish), Jacques (French), Yank.
BRANCHES RUN OVER THE WALL. Overseas colonization and settlement; The bull symbol; The All-Seeing Eye; the pyramid symbol; International Power; 13 arrows.
Climate and agriculture.
BLESSINGS OF THE DEEP: Water and mineral resources.
Health and fertility and bounty and family life all gifts from the Almighty.
Separate geographically from other peoples.
Symbolized by the Lion and Unicorn.
The nations that most fulfill these indicators are the British Isles, USA, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand.
Poem: The Signs of Joseph
Background to Poem.
We see that identifying signs of Joseph include
Scottish Tartan; Sheaves of grain); 13 Stars; Large populations; Hebrew Patriarchal Names; Union Jack; Jock (Scottish), Jacques (French), Yank; Overseas colonization and settlement; The bull symbol; The All-Seeing Eye; the pyramid symbol; International Power; being shot at with arrows; climate and agriculture; lion and unicorn symbols; the bull sign; geographical separation.
Abraham, Isaac, and Israel
These were the Patriarchs
Together with the Matriarchs
Of the chosen Israelite Tribe
Who it was said would do well
To the races of all mankind.
For their ancestry to ascribe
In order their descendants to tell
We must certain signs to find.
Lest to ourselves we be unkind.
Joseph was the favorite son
In endearment second to none.
A Scottish Tartan cloak
Was given to this bloke.
He done dreamt dreams
To be the ruler of everyone
No matter what it seems
Nothing is by chance
The Almighty had a Plan
The whole world to enhance
Through this Hebrew man.
Inspired by his reverie nocturnal
Straight from the Eternal
In his dream he did see
Something strange to you and me
Fraternal Sheaves of grain
And 13 celestial spheres
Representing family peers
Over whom he would reign.
They would to him bow down
For their mutual good and gain.
He would wear the crown.
In Washington and London Town.
Joseph was somewhat white and light
He married an Egyptian brown girl
Daughter of a priest, nice, and bright.
Their descendants reflect them both.
The flag of their children would unfurl
According to Scriptural troth
Over Africa and Egypt yet again.
They would have the Suez Canal
The British Empire their locale
And feed the world with American grain.
Grant relief from toil and pain.
Several different nations
Historically linked together
Controlling with a tether
Alien strategic stations.
A company of polities
Owing no apologies.
Swarming with a great host
of numerous large population
They would have the most
of Colonial Plantation
and political elation.
They must bear the name
of Abraham the first Hebrew
As the Scotti and Hiberi do.
Reflect in glory and fame
Isaac the Ancestral Grandad
Whose blessing Joseph via Jacob had
Anglo-Saxon is the cognomen
Of English-speaking men and women.
For in Isaac they are called.
Represented by Great Eagle Bald
And by lion and unicorn
Joseph had right of firstborn.
From Judah comes the future king
But Joseph Empire would take
Each one to his own thing.
Jacob is nicknamed Jack and Jake.
A Jock is a Scott, Jacques a Gaul.
Yank and G.I. Joe do Americans make
Over the earth veer strong and tall.
These are the progenitor names.
That Joseph would be known by.
Nullifying all other claims
To be universal good guy.
Elevated and ranking high
Merchandise to sell and buy.
Their sign would be a bull
and an All-Seeing Eye;
Their seed the world would full.
Meaning over Gentiles rule.
Joseph was a sanctified tool.
Happy families, girls and boys
Little children with their toys.
They would live in healthy clime
Good soil, water, and rain.
Corn, wheat, and wine sublime.
Health and strength without bane.
Fruit, beef, sheep, and fish
Eaten as delicious dish.
Lands flowing with milk and honey
Blessing and joy in all their fields.
Everything that the soil yields
Bountiful harvests with plenty of money.
Oil, gold, silver, copper, tin, and zinc
Everything mineral that you can think.
The archers at him did shoot
Barbs of steel and rockets.
Joseph does not give a hoot
He will rock their sockets.
Joseph would dwell separate and alone
In every place he set the tone.
This is what we are now,
Cannot fake or break or leave it
Even if we know not how
We must still receive it.
The Midrash says that Joseph looked like a Germani meaning like a very fair person from the North. Joseph looked like his father Jacob but the other brothers apparently did not all do so. There were different physical types amongst the ancient Israelites ranging from quite dark to very fair. Physical appearance is determined by a combination of environmental factors that relate to genetic potential over a period of time ranging from one generation to hundreds. We have discussed this at some length in The Tribes and elsewhere.
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