The Kingdom of Joseph by Rabbi Shimshon Dovid Pincus.
Part One

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The Kingdom of Joseph by Rabbi Shimshon Dovid Pincus.
Part One.
The Original Intention of Joseph was to Integrate with Judah!

From Ezekiel 37:16 it may be understood that the whole concept of Exile concerns the separation between Judah and Joseph.
The End of the Exile will come about through their Reunification.

Ezekiel 37:
15 Again the word of the LORD came to me, saying, 16 'As for you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it: 'For Judah and for the children of Israel, his companions.' Then take another stick and write on it, 'For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel, his companions.' 17 Then join them one to another for yourself into one stick, and they will become one in your hand.

The final Rulership will derive from the House of David.

Ezekiel 37:
18 'And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, 'Will you not show us what you mean by these''' 19 say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: 'Surely I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions; and I will join them with it, with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they will be one in My hand.'' 20 And the sticks on which you write will be in your hand before their eyes.
21 'Then say to them, 'Thus says the Lord GOD: 'Surely I will take the children of Israel from among the nations, wherever they have gone, and will gather them from every side and bring them into their own land; 22 and I will make them one nation in the land, on the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king over them all; they shall no longer be two nations, nor shall they ever be divided into two kingdoms again. 23 They shall not defile themselves anymore with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions; but I will deliver them from all their dwelling places in which they have sinned, and will cleanse them. Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God.
24 'David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them.

The Division between Joseph and the other Tribes may be traced to the dreams of Joseph and his relating them to his brothers.

Genesis 37:
5 Now Joseph had a dream, and he told it to his brothers; and they hated him even more. 6 So he said to them, 'Please hear this dream which I have dreamed: 7 There we were, binding sheaves in the field. Then behold, my sheaf arose and also stood upright; and indeed your sheaves stood all around and bowed down to my sheaf.'
8 And his brothers said to him, 'Shall you indeed reign over us' Or shall you indeed have dominion over us'' So they hated him even more for his dreams and for his words.

The complaint of the brothers against Joseph was what they saw as his claim to rule over them:
'Shall you indeed reign over us' Or shall you indeed have dominion over us'' (Genesis 37:8).
The Tribes suspected Joseph of wishing to rebel against the Rule of the Kingdom of David.
[David was not yet born. The choosing of the House of David from the Tribe of Judah had not been shown.
Nevertheless, it was as if Joseph was rebelling against whatsoever arrangement would be chosen: In the end it was the House of David that was chosen.
In a spiritual sense it was, in their eyes, as if Joseph was already preparing rebellion.]

The other tribal Ancestors saw in the words of Joseph a desire to set up a Kingdom of his own.
Indeed in the time of Jeroboam ben Nebat from the Tribe of Ephraim a rebellion of Joseph against the House of David did take place.
Kings such as Jeroboam and Achaz in the northern Kingdom worshipped the baal. This resulted in destruction and exile.

The truth is that Joseph did not intend separation and creation of an independent kingdom in its own right.
Joseph aimed to find his own  place within the framework of the Kingdom of Judah. The Temple was built within the territory of Benjamin.
Just as the Tribe of Benjamin, son (like Joseph) of Rachel, participates with and has joined himself unto Judah
so too was the intention of Joseph.
It was intended that the tree or stick ("aets" in Ezekiel 37 can mean either) of Joseph should rise up as part of that of Judah and to find its place in
the Kingdom of David.
In the opinion of Joseph the Kingdom of David will never be complete without the combination with and integration of the Kingdom of Joseph.
This is what will take place in the End Times.

Part Two.
The Differences Between the Kingdom of Judah and the Kingdom of Joseph.

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