Joseph and Jesus Reveal Themselves to Their Brethren in the Flesh

In Genesis 45:1-10 Moses gives the history of Joseph revealing himself to his brothers. It is a touching and heroic scene where Joseph shows his willingness to sacrifice himself for his brothers in spite of their wickedness in order that they might live. He says it was not really their fault that Joseph went into Egypt, because God had led them to do it (Gen 45:5).

There is a lesson that can be learned from the type of Joseph and his brethren. Israel, its worship and its history are replete with allegories and types (Col 2:16-17), just like Paul says Hagar and Sarai were allegories of Israel and the church (Gal 4:22-28). The life of Joseph is parallel in many respects to the life of Christ. Just like Joseph in a single day was raised up from the dungeon to be lord of all Egypt, even so Christ in a single day was raised up from the dungeon of Hades to be ruler of the universe (Mt 28:18-20, 27:50-52, Eph 4:8).

If we look at the event in Genesis 45:1-10 from the perspective of Joseph being a type of Christ, the one who was sacrificed and sent ahead to save His brethren from death, we can gain some prophetic insight into what God has planned for Israel. Jeremiah 30:7 foresees a day he calls the day of Jacob’s trouble. It is a day when Israel is invaded by the Assyrians (Ps 83:8, Isa 10:24-34) and almost totally destroyed (Isa 17:6). The remarkable thing about this day is that the Lord comes forth from Jerusalem (Rom 11:26, Ps 14:7) to save Israel from certain defeat (Isa 10:32) , and complete loss of their country and people. He comes forth in a terrible storm that drives away Israel’s enemies as if they were chaff or a tumbleweed (Isa 17:13, Jer 30:23, Ps 83:13-15). Afterwards, He is present with them in the pillar of cloud by day and the pillar of fire by night to protect them from enemies and from the elements (Isa 4:5-6). He is a shade from the heat of day and covert from the storm (Isa 4:6). We even find Him still there in the protective cloud when God sends word that the time has come (Rev 14:14).

Beyond the incredible deliverance the Lord works to save Zion from the Assyrian is the stupendous transformation He works in Israel after the invaders are routed. Jeremiah says that on the day of Jacob’s trouble, when the remnant of Israel witnesses the deliverance of the Lord, thereafter, “They shall serve the LORD their God, and David their king, whom I will raise up unto them” (Jer 30:9). It is after this day of Jacob’s trouble that Elijah the prophet returns and turns the hearts of these children of Israel to their faithful fathers (Mal 4:5-6). It is at this time that Paul’s prophecy is fulfilled, “And so all Israel shall be saved” (Rom 11:26).

Now look at the amazing type of Joseph revealing himself to His brothers. Like Joseph, Jesus’ brethren hated him, and sold him into the hands of the Romans who crucified Him. Since the antitype always exceeds the type, Jesus didn’t have his coat dipped in an animal’s blood. His shroud was stained with His own blood. He didn’t almost get killed for his brethren like Joseph did; Jesus actually died for His brethren. Now Joseph was a long time in Egypt, and he was separated from those he loved. These brothers continued to harbor a hatred for him, but their hatred mellowed somewhat over time. In the fullness of time, in the hour of their direst need, Joseph revealed himself to them. Jesus does the same thing with the Jews. In their hour of greatest need, Jesus saves Israel from complete annihilation and preserves them alive and gives them a place in the fattest of lands. He reveals Himself to Israel through His prophet and His presence in the cloud and His deliverance from certain death. When Joseph saves his brethren, there are five more years of famine before God delivers the world from its plague. When Jesus reveals Himself to Israel on the Day of Jacob’s trouble, there are yet 20 more years of the Devil’s rule before Christ comes and delivers the whole world from bondage. He comforts Israel with the realization, as Paul had said centuries before, “blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in” (Rom 11:25).

Christ does not reveal Himself in His person, but He reveals Himself in the return of the cloud that protects Israel. There will never be another day like the day of Jacob’s trouble (Jer 30:7), not even the end of the world. It will the day of Israel’s purification and the day she finally recognizes her rightful Lord. His protection over Israel and those strangers who hear of what the Lord has done and that join themselves to her fulfills God’s promise of “the Jew first and also the Gentiles” (Rom 1:16, 2:9, 10) as Christ rescues Israel first before the end of the world. He is with Israel through all the lean years at the end of the earth. She will at last accept her Messiah (Jer 30:9), restore her ancient worship (Ezk 43:11), and be at peace (Ezk 38:11) until He comes and restores all things (Acts 3:21).

About James Johnson

Bible student for 60 years. Preacher of the gospel for over 40 years. Author of commentary on Revelation, All Power to the Lamb. Married with children. Worked in aerospace and computer engineering for over 40 years.
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2 Responses to Joseph and Jesus Reveal Themselves to Their Brethren in the Flesh

  1. Richard Rice says:

    Would you please explain your statement in the 5th paragraph about there being 20 additional years between the time of Christ’s revelation of Himself to Israel and the time He puts down the rule of Satan. What are your Biblical references and reasoning for this idea? Thank you.

  2. Second Peter 3:8 says a day is as a thousand years. If you start the fifth day at 34 AD, the Second Coming should be around 2034. That’s the short answer. Some supporting info follows.

    In their hour of greatest need, Jesus saves Israel from complete annihilation and preserves them alive and gives them a place in the fattest of lands. He reveals Himself to Israel through His prophet Elijah (Mal 4:5-6) and also by His presence in the cloud that delivers Israel from certain annihilation when the Iranian alliance (Assyria) attacks (Ps 83:4 ). When Joseph saves his brethren, there are five more years of famine before God delivers the world from its plague. When Jesus reveals Himself to Israel in the pillar of cloud on the Day of Jacob’s trouble, there are yet 20 more years of the Devil’s rule before Christ comes and delivers the whole world from bondage. Christ comforts Israel with the realization that Jesus is the Messiah because the event opens their eyes, as Paul had said centuries before, “blindness in part is happened to Israel, until the fullness of the Gentiles be come in” (Rom 11:25).

    The Day of Jacob’s trouble is an event mentioned in Isaiah 17, Jeremiah 30, Psalms 83 and Isaiah 10:24-34. The Bible describes it as a day when Israel is almost annihilated, but says a remnant will be saved (Isaiah 17:6) and Israel will return (Jer 30:3), yet a remnant will continue in the Land that is largely depopulated (Isa 7:23-24). Israel will defy the invaders, not by their strength, but because the Deliverer comes out of Zion and turns back the invaders (Isaiah 10:32-33, Isa 17:13-14, Jer 30:23-24, Psalms 83:13-17). When the Deliverer comes out of Zion, all Israel will be saved (Romans 11:26), because they will realize Jesus is the Deliverer. Then Israel shall serve the Lord their God [by the Law] and David their King [by Christianity] (Jer 30:9, Hos 3:5). When the Deliverer comes out of Zion, from that time on the Land will be protected (for example, Isa 7:18-20, i.e. the bee gives food and flies give protection because nobody wants to live with flies, so the land is protected from settlement). Jesus will also give people in the land abundance (Isa 7:21-22), but it will be in an agrarian system, for their technological infrastructure will have been destroyed. When the Deliverer goes out of Zion, He goes in a cloud and the cloud remains over Mt Zion as a light by night and a shade by day and a protection (Isa 4:5-6).

    The point of the above is that Israel remains almost desolate for a time after the Day of Jacobs trouble. The Land has to recover from the war and all Israel has to be ingathered to the Land. The third temple must be rebuilt and the land must become like the Garden of Eden. All of this takes time. My estimation is the Day of Jacob’s trouble is the day both America and Israel are suddenly struck by enemies. Israel will be invaded that day and America will be at about the same time. America has to fulfill her destiny as a city on a hill, a place of refuge for the righteous, but it will have to go through a period of war and captivity first until God intervenes and frees them (anti-type of Joseph in Egypt, Gen 39:20-21). After the oppressed have fled to America and obtained refuge for a time, there will be another Exodus to send the righteous back to the Land (Ps 68:22). That will occupy several years. The last years of Israel will be as the Garden of Eden. That will end when the Antichrist invades (Joel 2:3).

    The creation occupied six days and God says one day is with the Lord a thousand years (2 Pe 3:8). If you start the fifth day at the passion of Christ that was in 34 AD, then there were two days remaining till the end. The six days are up in 2034 AD or 2035 AD (34 AD + 2 X 1000). That makes it about 20 years from the Day of Jacob’s trouble till the end. An article with other evidence that Jesus will come around 2034 can be found here: http://www.thepropheticyears.com/comments/countdown_to_second_coming.htm.

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