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THE JOSEPH ANOINTING

THE REVELATION OF GOD
GIVEN TO ISRAEL CONCERNING JOSEPH IN THE END-TIMES:

He sent a man before them, even Joseph...who was sold for a servant. (Psalm 105:19)
d we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them that are called according to His purpose. (Romans 8:28)

A Prophetic Word To Joseph

Joseph's (Yoseph) name means "Taking Away," for in his birth God took away the reproach of his mother's childlessness. He was the 11th son of Jacob, and the first son of his mother Rachel. His birth appears to have been a sign of divine favor to Jacob, as following his birth, Jacob entreats his father in law, Laban to allow him to take his family and leave, after having worked for him for many years, as part of a contract involving his marriages. (Gen. 30:25) He'd fulfilled the obligations of his 14 year work contract with Laban by the time that Joseph was born.

Jacob's life begins with the "revelation of God" given to his fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, a heritage not only passed down to him, by a faithful father who valued his own knowledge of the Holy One, and "taught him," but the truth of who God is was forged into him from an early age, through the trials of his life. God's promise to Abraham and his descendants, was that he'd be "heir of the world."

For the promise to Abraham or to his descendants that he would be heir of the world was not through the Law, but through the righteousness of faith. (14) For if those who are of the Law are heirs, faith is made void and the promise is nullified; (15) for the Law brings about wrath, but where there is no law, there also is no violation. (Romans 4:13-15)

Perhaps you think prophecies of this sort, should materialize overnight. That they don't take time for God to work these out for His glory, but they do, as "He works in us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory," in the doing of this. Paul, in accressing this subject, in 2 Cor. 4:17, states:

"Our light affliction, which is but a moment, works in us a far more exceeding weight of glory, while we look not at the things which are seen, but at things not seen: for the things seen are temporal, but the things which are not seen are eternal."

God prepares His people to successfully receive all of the blessings to be derived from His good will.

JOSEPH'S BIRTH & YOUTH

"And Jacob dwelt in the land wherein his father was a stranger, in the land of Canaan. These are the generations of Jacob. Joseph being 17 years old, was feeding the flock with his brethren; and the lad was with the sons of Bilhah, and with the sons of Zilpah, his father's wives: and Joseph brought unto his father their evil report." (Gen. 37:1-2)

Jacob and Joseph had an excellent and a trusting relationship. When young Joseph is seen relating to his father a report involving the brothers, observe the safeguards Jacob had set in place. Jacob was a discerning individual, who was not unaware of the character traits of his various children. He sent Joseph to tend sheep with the children of Bilpah and Zilpah, who were closer to his age. They were not sisters either, as Rachel and Leah were. At this point where we see the sons working together, the teenager Joseph is moving into a position of authority, in letting his father know of potential problems. The "evil report," concerned Joseph observations concerning his half brothers, the sons of Bilpah and Zilpah. In correcting his sons, immediate persecution arose toward Joseph, from the brethren.

As Joseph's story opens, he is 17 years of age, and on this day, was "feeding the flock of his brethren." (Gen. 37:2) The brethren spoken of here, were the sons of the handmaidens of Rachel and Leah. If feeding the sheep sounds like a menial task for a "firstborn son," we must realize that Jacob, as any wise father; knew the importance of all of his sons learning to serve. To move into being responsible members of the family, is what would bring forth God's own glory and honour in their lives. This was true also of this "favorite son."

We may recoil at the thought of a parent having a favorite child within the family, as we all would like to be so specially loved. But first of all, Jacob had never intended not to be monogamous. In Genesis, God commanded monogamy in marriage with Adam and Eve: "Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh." (Gen. 2:24) Jacob's one true love, was always Rachel. The custom dictated that her older sister marry first. So Jacob had married Leah after serving her father for 7 years for her, and then he served 7 more years for Rachel, his beloved. Loving her, necessitated dealing with her father, as lovingly and respectfully as possible. For his father in law Laban to refuse to give him Rachel, unless he first accepted her sister Leah as his wife, created it's own set of painful problems, for there was rivalry between the wives. Secondly, children were very important to his people, for a number of reasons. But when Jacob finally after working for 14 years, was granted permission to marry Rachel, unfortunately, she was barren.

Jacob's two wives, in what appears to be a bitter competition to bear him the children he desired, supplied him with two more wives. Bilhah was given to Jacob by his wife, when she bore him no children. Leah also gave her maid Zilpah to him. As the story begins, Jacob dwells in the land wherein his own father was a stranger. He later calls the sons of this blended family of his, to "Gather themselves together," that he might speak prophetically of the things he sees concerning them. When at last Joseph was born to Jacob and Rachel, it was after 10 children had been born, but not a one of them were the child of Rachel, the woman he so loved. Thirdly, as we look into the lives of Joseph's siblings, we can better understand, why Jacob valued Joseph in the way that he did. The character traits which Jacob dealt with throughout the lives of these sons, involved everything from jealousy and cruelty to treacherous hatred to incest. Jacob did not "under-value his other children." He'd taken each one in his arms from birth, and seen that relationship between himself and the infants mother in it's eyes. He'd loved and tutored them as they grew. The scriptures tell us "No man ever yet hated his own flesh..." (Eph. 5:29) And Joseph loved these children of his flesh, but in the same way that Jacob's relationship with God later allowed him to prophesy to each of them in Genesis 49, from birth, God was teaching him of each child, and how to raise him or her wisely. He'd prayed for these children and seen their character develope because of their own choices. They were not unaffected by the influences of their siblings.

Joseph's birth position as "The First-born," of the treasured realtionship between Jacob and Leah, was chosen by God, Himself, and carried with it a certain weight of responsibility.

In Joseph's serving of the sons of the servant wives, perhaps their father had hoped to eliminate any form of strife between these brothers, or to lessen such the opportunity for trouble to happen. In the field, young Joseph was to learn not just how to care for his father's sheep, but his own relationships with those step-brothers would be severely tested, in ways he could not anticipate. God's wisdom in his life would be seen in his responses.

Joseph was born at Haran, where his father met his mother, and had tended sheep in the nearby pastures for his father in law, Laban. His mother died at the birth of her second son Benjamin, and the youth was left to overcome through his faith in God, the bitter sibling rivalry of the 10 step brothers, born to his father Jacob, by his first-wife Leah, and the children of the concubine wives Bilpah, and Zilpah. (Gen. 37:2-4) Many years later, Jacob would call his grown sons together and say:

...Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which will befall you in the last days..." (Genesis 49:1)

THE END TIME JOSEPH & REVELATION KNOWLEDGE:

Joseph exhibits a "prophetic spirit," as a teenager. His father, and other family members are aware of this, because he shared openly with them. It is within the framework of his candid testimony of the dreams he received that we learn that his brothers "could not speak peacebly to him." The Hebrew text states that they refused any longer to give him the customary greeting one says when meeting another in that land: Shalom! They did not wish him peace, by sying: "Peace be with thee." This situation quickly degenerates into "they hated him all the more..."

God has a desire that his sons and daughters be sanctified and set apart for His purposes. Yeshua haMashiach/Jesus Christ said: "For their sakes, I sanctify myself." (John 17:19) The Lord wants His sons and daughters to know Him as He knows them, "knowing Him, and being known of Him, that He might impart "revelation knowledge to them," much like that given to Joseph in visions and dreams. In Acts 2:16-18, the Apostle Paul preaches from the writings of the Prophet Joel, that in the last days, God will pour out of His Spirit on all flesh. And your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, and your young men shall see visions and your old men shall dream dreams.

THE CALL TO THE JOSEPH GENERATION TO BE A LIGHT TO THE NATIONS

Sing, and rejoice, O daughter of Zion; for lo, I come, and I will dwell in the midst of thee, saith the Lord. And many nations shall join themselves to the Lord in that day, and shall be My people, and I will dwell in the midst of thee." (Zechariah 2:14-15)

Now Lord, Thou dost let Thy bond-servant depart in peace, according to Thy word; for my eyes have seen Thy salvation, which Thou hast prepared in the presence of all peoples, a Light of Revelation to the Gentiles, and the glory of Thy people Israel." (Luke 2:25-32)

THE MERCHANDISING SPIRIT: THE SELLING OF BROTHER JOSEPH

The anointing in the life of Joseph did not begin when he was exalted over the land of Egypt and the coffers were full and overflowing. The forthright character of Joseph as servant of the Most High God, shone it's brightest in the face of his own relatives who bitterly opposed his faith in God, and warred against his "prophetic spirit," jealously referring to him as "That Dreamer..." Joseph having had these divine communications in the form of dreams, was heartened. God no doubt intended this to be prophetic encouragment. Though not entirely certain what these things meant, Joseph nevertheless launched into telling his brothers, that the dreams indicated to him that they all shared the admiration for him that his parents had.

(Gen. 37:19) ...And Joseph dreamed a dream, and he told it to his brethren, and they hated him all the more. In this dream, as they were binding sheaves in the field, his sheaf stood and remained standing, and their sheaves stood round about it and bowed down to it. The sun (Jacob his father, and the moon (his mother Rachel) and the 11 stars, his brothers bowed down before him.

And he dreamed yet another dream, and told it to his brothers: "Behold I have dreamed another dream, and behold the sun and the moon and 11 stars made obeisance to me." (Gen. 37:9) And his father rebuked him, and said to him: What is this dream that you have dreamed? Shall I and your mother and your brothers indeed come to bow down ourselves to you to the earth? And his brothers envied him, but his father observed his saying."

Joseph's brothers envy defiled their hearts to the point that they were unable to make a proper judgment of the spiritual manifestation. They were quick to judge that these dreams had originated in no place other than with his own ambitious pride. But his father, who does not appear to want to get into a discussion regarding the dreams or their prophetic significance, nevertheless took note of the sayings.

The dreams seemed to signify his supremacy over his brethren, a case already in point, where the brothers felt wounded. His brothers answered his conversation about his dream with this:

"Shall you indeed reign over us? Or shall you indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his words." (Gen.37:8)

Their father had given him a coat of many colours, but none was given to them. Angered, one of the brothers said: "Let's slay him, and throw him in a pit, and say: Some evil happened to him..." Then we'll see what will become of his dreams." (Gen. 37:20)

"And his brothers went to feed their father's flock in Shechem. And Israel said to Joseph: Do not your brothers feed the flock in Shechem? Come, and I will send you to them. And he said: Here am I. And he said to him: Go I pray thee, see whether it be well with your brothers, and well with the flocks; and bring me word again. So he sent him out of the vale of Hebron, and he came to Shechem.

And a certain man found him and behold he was wandering in the field: and the man said: What are you looking for? And he said: I am looking for my brothers. Tell me I pray where they feed theeir flocks. And the man said: They have gone from here. For I heard them say: Let's go to Dothan. And Joseph went after them and found them in Dothan. And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near them, they conspired against him. And they said one to the other: Here comes this Dreamer."

23) So it came to pass, when Joseph had come to his brothers, that they stripped Joseph of his tunic, the tunic of many colors that was on him.
24) Then they took him and cast him into a pit. And the pit was empty; there was no water in it.
25) And they sat down to eat a meal. Then they lifted their eyes and looked, and there was a company of Ishmaelites, coming from Gilead with their camels, bearing gum, balm, and myrrh, on their way to carry it down to Egypt.
26) So Judah said to his brothers, "What profit is there if we kill our brother and conceal his blood? 27) Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites, and let not our hand be upon him, for he is our brother and our flesh." And his brothers listened.
28) Then Midianite traders passed by; so the brothers pulled Joseph up and lifted him out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver. And they took Joseph to Egypt.

The town of Dothan meaning Two Wells, or "Double Feast," was located 12 miles to the north of Samaria toward the plain of Jezreel, and to the north of Shechem. As the oldest son, Reuben did not agree to the selling of Joseph, and stated this to the other brothers, dissuading them. (Gen. 37:21) Instead they decided to throw him into a dry pit. Reuben planned to remove Joseph from the pit later and restore him to his father. And it came to pass, when Joseph was come to his brethren, that they stripped him of his coat, his coat of many colours, that was on him. And they took him and cast him in the pit: and the pit was empty, there was no water in it." (Gen. 37:23-24)

As soon as the deed was done, and the brothers sat down to eat, they looked up and a caravan of Ishmaelites from Gilead were coming down the road. As the caravan approached, laden with spices, it was Judah who seized upon the opportunity to sell Joseph to the Ishmaelites, saying: "What profit have we that we slay our brother and conceal his blood? Come let us sell him to the Ishmaelites; and our hand, let it not lay hold of him, for he is our brother, our flesh." (Gen. 37:27)

MOURNING THAT LOST ANOINTED ONE

37.29) When Reuben came back to the cistern and saw that Joseph was no longer there, he tore his clothes in grief. 37.30) He went back to his brothers and said, "The boy isn't there! What am I going to do?" 37.31 So they took Joseph's robe, killed a goat, and dipped the robe in the blood. 37.32) Then they brought the special robe with stripes to their father and said, "We found this. You better examine it to see whether it's your son's robe or not." 37.33) He recognized it and said, "It is my son's robe! A wild animal has eaten him! Joseph must have been torn to pieces!" 37.34) Then, to show his grief, Jacob tore his clothes, put sackcloth around his waist, and mourned for his son a long time. 37.35) All his other sons and daughters came to comfort him, but he refused to be comforted. He said, "No, I will mourn for my son until I die." This is how Joseph's father cried over him.

Jacob recognized the coat of his son Joseph immediately, saying to his remaining children: "Don't attempt to comfort me, because I will go down mourning into Sheol to my son."

37.36) Meanwhile, in Egypt the Midianites sold Joseph to Potiphar, one of Pharaoh's officials and captain of the guard.

As the Arabs passed by, the brothers took Joseph from the pit, and offered him to the Ishmaelites, who purchased him for 20 shekels, then journeyed on toward Egypt where they sold him, to Potiphar, an officer of Pharaoh and captain of the guard. Literally: Captain of the Slaughters, or Executioners. His position was that of commanding officer of the royal body guard, who executed the capital sentences ordered by the king.

After Joseph was betrayed by his brothers, sold into slavery to a caravan of Midianite merchants God does not abandon Joseph whose life is in the throes of affliction. The Psalmist David reminds us that God's eyes are over the righteous, and He "Prepares a table for them in the presence of their enemies." (Psalm 23:5)

After Joseph was betrayed by his brothers, sold into slavery to the caravan of Midianite spice merchants God did not forget nor abandon him. Often times it is in the midst of life's trials, that people feel forsaken even by God. But God works behind the scenes in man's darkest hours, "comforting, imparting direction and even giving "special revelation when needed." While a man or woman's life is in the throes of affliction, God is setting in motion the degree of restoration which will cause him or her to forget this time of pain.

The Psalmist David called this "Preparing a table for me in the midst of my enemies." (Psalm 23:5) The fellow prisoners of Joseph dreamed dreams, and Joseph interpreted them. Moreover, exactly what he interpreted concerning the dreams, remarkably came to pass. (Gen. 40:1-8)

It was the comfort of the Lord which he, having received from God, enabled him also to comfort those in the land of the shadow of death, who awaited the judgment of the king in their own dark dank prison cell. (1 Cor. 1:4, Genesis 40) The increased depth of relationship which came from his trial, was a brilliant light which suddenly sprang up in the land of the Gentiles, to which the destiny of God brought Joseph, and Joseph discerned this, as his destiny unfolded.

Even in the face of the darkest and bleakest adversity, his faith and patience persevered. He was a holy man of God; a witness of the reality of the Most High, to a family which failed at times to live as they should before God, and to a nation "that knew not God." Joseph through His trust and faith in God, was indeed the "light to the nations," which God intended Israel was to be as a people and a nation. He is a type of Messiah, as "the light to the Gentiles and the glory of His people Israel." (Luke 2:32)

In these last days, God shall send forth His word out of Zion, and there shall be manifested the "greater light," to rule as sons of God amidst a crooked, perverse generation or world system in this latter day, through believers walking in the anointing of the Greater Joseph, Yeshua haMashiach/Jesus Christ. In Isaiah 42:1,4,6, God said:

"Behold my servant, whom I uphold; Mine elect, in whom My soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him, He will bring forth justice to the nations."

"Is it too light a thing that thou shouldest be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and restore the offspring of Israel; I also will give thee for a light of the nations, that My salvation may be unto the ends of the earth."(Isaiah 49:6)

There will be a season, when men will rejoice in that light. Those who recoil and reject God's light, will go into deeper spiritual darkness than they have ever known. They will the the scoffers in the last days, walking after their own s, judging the Joseph Generation, to be only dreamers. Promotion does not come from east nor west, but from the Most High, who gives the kingdoms to whom He wills. Kingdoms will rise and kingdoms shall fall, as God does this, for His purposes are coming to pass, even now. He is Almighty God!

The True Light that shines through God's end-time Joseph Company, will give his sons and daughters hidden manna, to sustain them through the great persecution which shall arise, and they will cleave to Yeshua, as "one Spirit and one flesh." This adherence to God's written and Living Word, will be a power to be reckoned with, for God Himself will got go forth as when he came from Teman and the Holy One from Mount Paran. Selah. His glory covered the heavens. May His kingdom come and His will be done in earth as it is in heaven. Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit says the Lord of Hosts. This will be in demonstration of the Spirit and of power. The significant sign will be the holy character of Messiah seen in these lives, but there will also be multitudes of signs and wonders. God will send them into the prisons of the land. They will also be the statesmen. Some of understanding will fall to purify them, but they will rise again, for God holds their hand, and they will not be utterly cast down.

In these contemporary New Testament times, there shall be a tremendous witness to the Jewish synagogues of the nations of these last days.

"And when they bring you before the synagogues and the rulers, and the authorities, do not become anxious about how or what you shall seak in your defence, or what you shall say. For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour, what you ought to say." (Luke 12:11-12) Moreover said the Master, "They will put you out of their synagogues Yeshua/Jesus said." (John 16:2)
But till the time when Emporer Constantine waged his battle against the Jewish mother synagogue in Jerusalem, those Messianic Jews spread their "Revelation of Yeshua/Jesus," as John saw Him in vision on the Isle of Patmos, and He was not ashamed to call them brethren, because their fearless stand for truth, caused Him to sing in the midst of the congregation. From this verse in John 16:12, we see that Jewish believers in Messiah continued to attend services at the Temple and to attend their synagogues, till no less than a.d. 90, and most likely till the Constantine's anti-semitic instructions to the Bishops of the Council of Nicea.

It's a spiritual heritage, or inheritance, a lot that that fell to the church in pleasant places on the Day of Pentecost, and brought them into a wide place, and it's being reclaimed and proclaimed in these last days, with the grace to forgive sinners and the vengeance of our God, against those that oppose His redemption! (Acts 13:8) There were firstfruits of this revelation, in the apostles of the Lamb, who walked with Messiah, and heard this as "sons of the day who did not draw back, but pressed on to the saving of the souls." It's as relevant for these last days, as for their day, and "Who will hearken and hear for a time to come," the Prophet Isaiah said. (Isaiah 42:23)

Peter and John went to the Jewish Temple for prayer. (Acts 3:1-11) In Acts 20:16, Paul booked his passage on a sailing vessel, hurriedly; in order to arrive in Jerusalem for the Feast of Shavuot/Pentecost.

The first gospel preaching and teaching that went forth from the Jewish Apostles in Jerusalem, came to Israel, to bring her, if she would receive what the prophets said, into her finest hour. Those who received God's word, existed as a sect within Judaism, which was known as "the Nazarenes." The Apostle Paul when brought before Felix, was called the "ringleader" of this sect. (Acts 24:5)

In those early years, Rome considered all believers in Yeshua haMashiach/Jesus Christ to be Jews, and they were granted whatever priviledges was extended to Jewish people living as legal residents of the provinces of Rome.

As Joseph who suddenly found himself alienated from the familiar surroundings of his home and family, a similar thing happened to the early believers in Messiah, living in Jerusalem, or the outlying regions. By 70 a.d. the fires of persecution raged against the Jews at Jerusalem. Under Titus, the Roman general, the temple at Jerusalem was destroyed, and those of Jewish descent fled the city. Many of these were Messianic believers whose faith was strongly rooted in Yeshua as "The Rock of Salvation--The Shepherd, the Stone of Israel," who lead them to safety in other surrounding countries or regions, as they sought His face in prayer.

JOSEPH IS A FRUITFUL BOUGH-EVEN A FRUITFUL BOUGH BY A WELL:

It doesn't take a perfect set of circumstances for a tree to bear fruit, but it's the normal process that the icy winter conditions, are simply part of the fruit bearing process. So it was Joseph's trials, which produced in him the fruitfulness that God fore-ordained for him. In this description of Joseph, the 11th son of Jacob and Rachel, as the shoot of a tree type plant bearing good fruit, the phrase "fruitful branch," is literally "Son of a fruit-bearer."

The Patriarch, while not discounting his own fruitfulness in producing 12 sons, seems to recall to some extent, his great love and admiration for his deceased wife Rachel, who died giving birth to their second son, Benjamin. (Gen. 35:16-21) Although Rachel did not produce numerous children, this son she did produce named Joseph, was the choice one of his father Jacob, i.e. "His father's favorite, loved more than any of his sons." (Gen. 30:22-24,) Jacob recounts in the narrative, his own progenitors, honouring those of Rachel, in the mention of her male offsrping, but also the daughters, which would spring forth, from the 2 tribes Ephraim and Manasseh, who inherit Joseph's firstborn blessing.

The phrase concerning Joseph's "fruitfulness," is repeated, with emphasis on his being planted by a well or fountain. With the vine-shoot of excellent stock, and the water supply abundant, the branch thrives, sending forth it's branches, which advance any barrier, as God commanded in Genesis 1:28, saying:

"Be fruitful and multiply and replentish the earth."

JOSEPH'S EGYPTIAN WIFE ASENATH

Joseph had not been unfruitful during the time he dwelled in his father's house. But in in destiny, there was to be a time of greater fruitfulness. He was 30 when he married Asenath (Gift of the Sun-god.") She was the daughter of Potipherah, (meaning "Consecrated to the Sun") the Egyptian priest of On. On, or Hieropolis was the seat of the sun-god Re. The city was located in lower Egypt, and is called Beth-Shemesh in Jer. 43:13. It's identified with Heliopolis, or City of the Sun, which was situated on the east side of the Pelusiac branch of the Nile, below the point of the Delta, and about twenty miles northeast of Memphis." Today it is known as "Cairo."

There was a highly developed solar cult in this region, the chief center located at On, the Delta city. The chief object of worship of course, was the sun, and the temple contained a single obelisk of red granite, 68' 2" in height, which stood for 4000 years, having been erected by Pharoah Senusret 1, the second king of the 12th dynasty.

On was the birthplace of Joseph, and the place where he took Mary and Yeshua/Jesus, as an infant when they fled into Egypt, at the time of the slaughter of the infants. The children were born during the years of plenty. (Genesis 41:50-52)

"And unto Joseph were born two sons before the years of famine came, which Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On, bare unto him. And Joseph called the name of the firstborn Manasseh: "For God, said he, hath made me forget all my toil, and all my father's house." And the name of the second called he Ephraim: For God hath caused me to be fruitful in the land of my affliction."

The two sons of Joseph, Ephraim and Manasseh, are but part of Joseph's fruitfulness, to come forth in the last days, according to Jacob's prophecy: "I will show you what shall befall you in the latter days." Ephraim and Manasseh will also bear fruit of their own, which stems from their life of faith in God, and the values of God's Joseph Generation. In this term "fruitful," as we see a play on words in the name of the younger son Ephraim, with the root parah meaning "Double fruit, or The fruitful one," for God has made me fruitful in the land of my affliction. (Gen. 41:50-52)

FORGETTING THOSE THINGS WHICH ARE BEHIND

"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prise of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." (Philippians 3:13)

In Manasseh's name, which means "Forgetting," Joseph recalls that "God has caused me to forget all my toil and all my Father's house." There is an important truth in the selection of this sons name. As believers in Yeshua, we come to Him, cognizant of the fact that we are sinners. The good things we have done, cannot out weigh the bad. "There is none righteous, no not one, the scriptures say. (Romans 3:10) When a person becomes born again, there is this "putting off of the former life of sin," as an old robe which is tattered and soiled, and a new robe of righteousness is given to him. The Prophet Isaiah said it this way:

"Fear not; for thou shalt not be ashamed: neither be thou confounded; for thou shalt forget the shame of thy youth, and shalt not remember the reproach of thy widowhood anymore." (Is. 54:4)

We read of memory loss or amnesia, in people who have suffered from extreme stress, so that they literally block out memories, so as to be able to endure their lives. At times it's immediate, or may be the result of delayed stress. Perhaps in many ways, it is selective forgetting. They can still remember when they have to, such as Altheimer's patients suddenly being in possession of their faculties in time of an emergency, such as a house fire. But this "forgetting" which Joseph experienced, is much more than that. He said: "God caused me to forget..." By God's Spirit people are not yielding to the "fear of separation," and the "fear of death," which gains access created by this tragedy, but moving with God's compassion, they are dealing with this through God's commanding power. Believers in Yeshua/Jesus are not to place themselves in subjection to a spirit of fear concerning dying." (Heb. 2:15) At times it is "a spirit of trauma." Only God can prescribe the proper cure, in your situation as you seek His face, for the answer.

There was a situation we knew of where a family was called when a woman was going to die. A stroke left her with no appetite and her memory was gone. She did not recognize family members. The doctor said if left on the saline solution, her heart would give out in a matter of days. The family member did not sign the paper at the hospital, but went to the "Right to Life" office for information. She would visit her mother and would comb the patients hair, stroke her face, tell her they loved her, bring her small cartons of buttermilk with liquid calcium-magnesium and liquid B vitamins, in her purse. She did not ask the doctor's permission. When the meal tray would come to the room, she would talk to the patient of the food as if the situation were normal, thinning cereal with milk, so the patient could take small sips.

The situation turned and when the old woman died, her memory had not only returned, so the family was able to enjoy their mother's companionship, but she could recall events when she was very young, such as the address of the family home.

God who gave herbs to mankind as medicine. A fig poultice was put on Hezekiah's boil. God is teaching people how help people whose bodies have been severely depleted by the strain of severe stress. Memory loss is not the unconquerable giant some suppose it to be. Sometimes people feel it's not faith to treat disease with nutrition. That healing should always some supernaturally. But in Proverbs 8:12, "Wisdom dwells with prudence, and finds out knowledge of witty inventions." Prudence is the practical side of wisdom.

In another situation, a soldier was sent home from battle, with amnesia. He had experienced a severe blow to his head. The medical profession now knows more about brain injuries. Family members would push him in his wheelchair and treat him as normally as possible. One day, following an event which seemed to trigger the return of his memory, his memory simply returned.

Joseph processed the grief he experienced in the abusive treatment of his family members, while in Egypt for 12 years, and in prison, for 3 years. God caused such healing of his soul, from the affects of the forms of victimization which he suffered, that his mourning was turned to dancing.

In a life of sin there is shame, and today the Good News is that Messiah bore the sin and shame of mankind, carrying it away. What is needed is for men and women to believe and to appropriate by faith, all that was wrought at Calvary. When Yeshua/Jesus died on the cross, it was so those who place their faith in Him as Redeemer, could avail themselves of His life and possess "the righteousness of God in Christ." Whereas in time past, we were instruments of sin, we now can live as instruments of righteousness, (Romans 6:9-13) through faith in the shed blood of Messiah.

Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him. Knowing this, that Christ being raised from the dead, dieth no more; sin having no more dominion over Him. For in that He died, He died unto sin once, but in that he liveth, he liveth unto God. Likewise, reckon ye also yourselves, dead to sin, but alive unto God through Jesus Christ our Lord. Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the s thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin, but yield yourselves unto God as those alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. (Romans 6:8-14)

When Christ died on the cross, He bore the sins for many. (Isaiah 53:12) He who knew no sin, became sin, that we might be the righteousness of God in Christ." "For He hath made Him to be sin for us, who knew no sin, that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him. " (2 Cor. 5:21, James 2:23,1 Cor. 1:30) And be found in Him not having my own righteousness which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith." (Phil. 3:9) We must appropriate Messiah's death, burial and resurrection. In water baptipm into Yeshua's name, as the apostles administered to their converts, we see this in a figure. (Acts 2:38, Acts 8:16, Acts 10:46-48, Acts 19:5) In many ways, the believer must make a conscious effort to "forget," the former life with it's toilsome fruitless works. In what was were our lives like this, before knowing Yeshua? We lived them, without the full knowledge of God, which God gave in and through Yeshua haMashiach/Jesus Christ.

Scripture calls these "former things" or pre-salvation works, poneros"And this is the condemnation that light is come into the world, and men loved darkness because their deeds were evil. (John 3:19) These works stem from mankind's attempts to "save himself," rather than to appropriate the Way which God made, by grace through faith in Yeshua haMashiach, and His shed blood. Again, in a warning concerning the judgment of Babylon, which is the symbol of the ungodly world system, we read: "And the fruits that thy soul ed after, are departed from thee, and all things which were dainty and goodly are departed from thee, and thou shalt find them no more. " (Rev. 19:14) The "fruitfulness" they sought was not after God, and His works, but in all the wrong things.

Joseph wanted to forget the portion of his life spent in his father's house, that had caused him great pain, because of sin. The beautiful coat of many colours given to him by his father, was purposely stained with animal blood, in his brother's attempts to explain that a mishap had happened to him. At least this was the story they told to their father Jacob, when they returned home without him. The word of God tells us in the New Testament, that the "blood of bulls and goats," can never remove sins. (Heb. 9:13, 10:4) But the blood of Yeshua haMashiach/Jesus Christ totally washes us, removing all man's sin and shame. So complete is this cleansing, that the very conscience is made clean. (Heb. 10:22)

In Joseph's case, there was the sin of broken family relationships. His working relationships with his step brothers who hated and were envious of him, to the point of plotting to take his very life, were also something he wished to forget. In providing for him, God made a way for him to do this, by giving him a new family in Egypt, and new working relationships. Where his strength had previously seemed spent for nought, now he was useful and productive beyond all of his dreams. He'd lived his entire life with and for his birth family, working amid an atmosphere which did not always testify of God's holiness. To cover their own sins, he was slandered by sinners such as Potiphar's wife. Now, having been tested by God, and exalted, his testimony was honourable, even among the heathen.

Joseph longed for God's presence to illuminate the spiritual darkness in his life and family. But Joseph needed God to act as the Saviour. We cannot save our selves or our families, though we may try. He wanted a life among people who lived and acted like they belonged to the Redeemer of Israel. It had all seemed so futile--His life and work which now lay behind him. He'd been unable to save them, or even himself. Then God took Joseph out of the midst of that life, and placed him into a brand new life. Joseph learned to administrate in ways he'd not done before. This is a picture of salvation, through Messiah, in which man realizes that he cannot save himself. God must redeem us from evil, as we respond to His Word, and to Messiah, the way God made of salvation, through His own righteousness. On the Day of Pentecost, as God poured out His Holy Spirit on all flesh, with signs and wonders, the Apostle Peter stood and uttered the words of the Prophet Joel, (Joel 2:27-32) And ye shall know that I am in the midst of Israel, and that I am the Lord your God, and none else: and my people shall never be ashamed." "And it shall come to pass afterward that I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh..." (Joel 2:28, Acts 2:1-4)

Peter said: Repent, be baptized in the name of Yeshua haMashiach, for the remission of sins, and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit." (Acts 2:38, Acts 8:16, Acts 10:46-48, Acts 19:5) In salvation, water baptism, and the baptism of God's Holy Spirit, we see the means God made, for us to forget the "fruitless, dead works of a life of sin." Reading the book of Acts, we see the disciples of Messiah, learning to be "lead of the Lord." We learn to administrate on a level far above this earthly sphere. To follow His leading, that they might experience the abundant fruitfulness of everlasting life. As many as are lead of the Spirit of God, these are the sons of God. Sons of light, amidst a crooked and perverse generation. (Phil. 2:15) But even in this, the Joseph's of the Most High God learn that through the Lord, and His righteousnes, we can do valiently. We do not have to live lives of sin, or victimization. But through salvation, the kingdom of God, which is in the power of His haMashiach/Christ with those gifts of God, (1 Cor. 12) which Messiah died to give, and poured forth, when He arose from the dead and gave "gifts unto men," we can love not our lives to the death. (Rev. 12) We can overcome.

ISRAELS PROPHETIC BLESSING TO EPHRAIM & MANASSEH

47:29 When the time approached for Israel to die, he called his son Joseph and said to him: "If you really wish to please me, put your hand under my thigh as a sign of your constant loyalty to me; do not let me be buried in Egypt. 47:30 When I lie down with my ancestors, have me taken out of Egypt and buried in their burial place." 47:31 "I will do as you say," he replied. But his father demanded, "Swear it to me!" So Joseph swore to him. Then Israel bowed at the head of the bed. * 48:1 Some time afterward, Joseph was informed, "Your father is failing." So he took along with him his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim. 48:2 When Jacob was told, "Your son Joseph has come to you," he rallied his strength and sat up in bed. 48:3 Jacob then said to Joseph: "God Almighty appeared to me at Luz * in the land of Canaan, and blessing me, 48:4 he said, 'I will make you fertile and numerous and raise you into an assembly of tribes, and I will give this land to your descendants after you as a permanent possession.' 48:5 Your two sons, therefore, who were born to you in the land of Egypt before I joined you here, shall be mine; Ephraim and Manasseh shall be mine as much as Reuben and Simeon are mine. 48:6 Progeny born to you after them shall remain yours; but their heritage shall be recorded in the names of their two brothers. 48:7 I do this because, when I was returning from Paddan, your mother Rachel died, to my sorrow, during the journey in Canaan, while we were still a short distance from Ephrath; and I buried her there on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem)."

EPHRAIM & MANASSEH'S PORTION

Geographically speaking, the central part of western Palestine fell to the children of Joseph, with the boundaries of Ephraim and Manasseh, given in Joshua 16-17. The southern boundary of Ephraim was the borthern border of Benjamin, starting at Bethel, passing westward by Beth-horon, and Gezar toward the sea. At Beth-horon, it turned northward to the southern bank of the Brook Kanah along which it ran eastward to Michmethath. (the plain of Mukhneh) Then it continued northward along the western edge of the plain to Shechem. It then went eastward and southward past taanath-shiloh, (Ta'ana) Jonoah (Yanun) to Ataroth and Naarah and the Jordan. From Ataroth, which corresponds to Ataroth-addar, the southern border passed up to Bethel.

The tribe of Manasseh occuppied the east of Jordan, with the main military exploits in the east of Palestine performed by Manassites. Gideon and Jephthah belonged to this tribe. Golan, the city of refuge, lay within their territory. The Canaanites in cities of both divisions were not utterly driven out, the thinking perhaps being to instead enslave them. (16:10, 17:13)

In Israel's prophecy for Joseph, extending to the end times, in Gen. 49, Joseph is seen as a choice vine, whose branches, i.e. "daughters" mount up over a wall. The daughters as replentishers of the earth, alludes to the first woman, Eve in Eden, and to spiritual daughters in the end times.

In Joseph's name is seen this allegory of fruitfulness. But also in these precious end time daughters, of the Most High God. In certain heathen countries today, daughters are not valued as in the Hebrew culture, with their foundations not in superstitious pagan beliefs, but in the righteousness, truth and holiness of the monotheistic God, from whom sprang Yeshua haMassiach/Messiah, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Saviour of the World.

In the east, vines, are trained to climb up the wall on trellises, like warriors mounting a seige, but in this instance we see the daughters of Joseph under this metaphor.

YESHUA haMASHIACH/JESUS CHRIST AS SEEN IN THE SYMBOL OF THE POMEGRANATE

Gen 48:5 And now thy two sons, Ephraim and Manasseh, which were born unto thee in the land of Egypt before I came unto thee into Egypt, are mine; as Reuben and Simeon, they shall be mine. 6) And thy issue, which thou begettest after them, shall be thine, and shall be called after the name of their brethren in their inheritance.

With the phrase in the prophecy to Joseph, that he is a "fruitful bough," (extending to the sons of God of the last days) we see a truth regarding "the pomegranate fruit" as a portion of this marvellous "fruitfulness unto every good work." (Col. 1:10) Twelve years after the famine ended, Joseph brought his two sons, Manasseh and Ephraim, before his father Jacob to receive a blessing. In these verses in Gen. 48:1-6, Israel brings the sons of Joseph born to him in Egypt, into the national name, Israel. Manasseh and Ephraim are destined to be counted among the twelve tribes of Israel. Since Israel is the covenant birthright name, this same name transfers over from srael (i.e. Jacob), to Manasseh and Ephraim.

Gen 48:13) And Joseph took them both, Ephraim in his right hand toward Israel's left hand, and Manasseh in his left hand toward Israel's right hand, and brought them near unto him.

14) And Israel stretched out his right hand, and laid it upon Ephraim's head, who was the younger, and his left hand upon Manasseh's head, guiding his hands wittingly; for Manasseh was the firstborn.

Now Israel (Jacob) had bad eyesight, but his right hand which is for the elder firstborn blessing was on Ephraim, the younger. Then came the blessing Promise from God given through Abraham and Isaac and Israel:

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, 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. 17) And when Joseph saw that his father laid his right hand on the head of Ephraim, it displeased him: and he held up his fathers hand, to remove it from Ephraims head to Manasseh's head. 18) And Joseph said unto his father, "Not so, my father: for this is the firstborn; put thy right hand upon his head." 19) And his father refused, and said, "I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations." Gen 48:20) And he blessed them that day, saying, "In thee shall Israel bless, saying, haShem make thee as Ephraim and as Manasseh:" and he set Ephraim before Manasseh. 21) And Israel said unto Joseph, "Behold, I die: but God shall be with you, and bring you again unto the land of your fathers. 22) Moreover I have given to thee one portion above thy brethren, which I took out of the hand of the Amorite with my sword and with my bow."

God's ways are higher than ours. As Jacob prophesied to Ephraim and Manasseh, their father Joseph couldn't understand why his father did not place his "right hand," on the head of Manasseh, his "firstborn son." Joseph thinking this was a mistake, sought to correct his father's mistake. But Jacob's prophecy was lead of the Lord.

God is vitally concerned with the spiritual upbringing of children, and not only does Israel give prophetic blessings to his own sons, but also to Joseph's children, laying his hands on the heads of the lads, bestowing on them, their father Joseph's blessing. Ephraim and Manasseh had a powerful example in their father Joseph, who although he, as an Israelite, was forced to live in the foreign, hostile environment of Egypt, he did not assimilate, but remained true to his faith, although the Egyptian society was filled with so many temptations.

Father's know their children's strengths as well as their weaknesses. God, our Heavenly Father, knows His sons and daughters in this way. In the New Testament, prophecy is one of the earmarks of the New Testament church. (Acts 2:18, Acts 19:6, 1 Cor. 12:10) In the prophecies to the sons of Jacob, the weaknesses are not glanced over, but warned of, as part of the blessing, because correction is a blessing, not to be dispised. "Furthermore, we had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection to the father of spirits and live?" (Heb. 12:9)

The greatest "blessing" that a father can give to his children, is to be a man with a revelation of the Godhead which establishes him in faithfulness and fidelity, first toward God, and secondly toward his wife. A relationship in which children can see the reality of God in your relationship with Him. Fruitfulness has a negative side, in that evil brings forth after it's own kind, and if not watched over, even that which was planted as "a choice vine," can go awry or degenerate into that which is no longer desirable. God said through the Prophet Isaiah: My beloved has a vineyard on a very fruitful hill. He planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst, and also made a winepress therein, and looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth "wild grapes." (Is. 5:2) God summoned the nation to judge for themselves. The seed was good, "and what more could have been done that wasn't? Therefore says God, I will take away the hedge, and it shall be eaten up, and break down the wall, and it shall be trodden down. I will lay it waste, and it shall not be pruned nor digged, but there shall come up briars and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain on it."

Joseph was a man of integrity before God. Even in that foreign land where he was carried as a captive, and given a foreign Egyptian wife, he had as deep a respect for his marriage covenant with Asenath, as he did for the covenant with God. She was his life long mate, the mother of his children, and appears to have been a faithful wife to Joseph.

What a tremendous blessing it was to Jacob, who loved Joseph's mother Rachel so much, and who had been bereft of his son for many years, and had now been reunited with him, to hold these 2 small grandsons, Ephraim and Manasseh, and to prophesy their futures, to the end of time.

There are those of you who like Jacob, have been deprived of the blessing of the godly family which the Lord has intended for you, because of , rebellion, and treachery within the family. And like Jacob, you will see a holy reunion, through the power of Yeshua haMashiach/Jesus Christ, as you have fortitude, and faith through the power of the Lord and walk in His might, trusting in Him, as the "God who sees," believing His eyes are over the righteous, and that He will "restore that which the locust and the cankerworm have eaten." (Joel 2)

Jacob knew that in the future, his children and grandchildren, the Jewish people, would spread out throughout the world, living oftentimes in very difficult surroundings. The message to Ephraim and Manasseh is that they should remain true to the God of their fathers. Only is faithfulness of this sort, can we experience the type of increase that God promises and desires to see His children have.

Joseph, estranged from his Hebrew family, had in-laws deeply involved in a pagan religion, and in many ways this must have been difficult. Jacob adopted the 2 children of Joseph, and the little boys were thus able to be raised in a holy environment. We see the Apostle Paul commending the Jewish mother and grandmother in their faithfulness of training of Timothy in the things of the Lord. Ordinarily in a non-racially mixed home, the Jewish father would undertake the spiritual training of his sons, but Timothy's father was Greek. (1 Tim. 1:5) This training of Timothy in Messianic Judaism, was very a valuable asset to the Apostle Paul, whose leadership calling and skills, caused him to recognize the ministry God wanted for Timothy. (1 Tim. 1:5)

BY THEE I HAVE RUN THRU A TROOP AND LEAPED OER A WALL

The picture painted of Joseph as a fruitful vine whose branches run over the wall, is that of the rapidly flourishing growth of the two tribes through the sons of Joseph, and their influence. The psalmist wrote:

"For by thee I have run through a troop, and by my God have I leaped over a wall." (Psalm 18:20)

Ephraim and Manasseh became "the adopted sons," of Jacob, ranking as his own sons, and each becoming ancestor of a tribe.

Joseph's two son's lineage through the foreign wife Asenath, the daughter of Potipherah, priest of the Egyptian city of On, means that Ephraim and Manasseh were half Israelite (Joseph's nationality) and half Gentile (Egyptian).

Ephraim and Manasseh's position then, is seen as that of a thirteenth tribe, which at times replaced Joseph as one of the 12. We see here, the fulfillment of the phrase: "One portion above thy brethren." (Gen. 49:26)

It is interesting to note that encoded in the Hebrew text, is seen the fruitfulness of Messiah, who is our Great High Priest, (Hebrews 3:1) wearing the garments of the High Priest, (Rev. 1:13) walking among the lampstands of Rev. 1-3, ever living to make intercession for His own, (Hebrews 7:25) and as seen "in His people" and His people "in Him," in the end times. (See: "Yeshua" The Name of Yeshua/Jesus Revealed In The Old Testament" By Yacov Rambsel)

Chapter 37

15) The word of the LORD came again unto me, saying,

16) Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim and for all the house of Israel his companions:

17) And join them one to another into one stick; and they shall become one in thine hand.

18) And when the children of thy people shall speak unto thee, saying, Wilt thou not shew us what thou meanest by these?

19) Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in mine hand.

20) And the sticks whereon thou writest shall be in thine hand before their eyes.

21) And say unto them, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Behold, I will take the children of Israel from among the heathen, whither they be gone, and will gather them on every side, and bring them into their own land:

22) And I will make them one nation in the land upon the mountains of Israel; and one king shall be king to them all: and they shall be no more two nations, neither shall they be divided into two kingdoms any more at all.

23) Neither shall they defile themselves any more with their idols, nor with their detestable things, nor with any of their transgressions: but I will save them out of all their dwellingplaces, wherein they have sinned, and will cleanse them: so shall they be my people, and I will be their God.

24) And David my servant shall be king over them; and they all shall have one shepherd: they shall also walk in my judgments, and observe my statutes, and do them.

25) And they shall dwell in the land that I have given unto Jacob my servant, wherein your fathers have dwelt; and they shall dwell therein, even they, and their children, and their children's children for ever: and my servant David shall be their prince for ever.

26) Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them: and I will place them, and multiply them, and will set my sanctuary in the midst of them for evermore.

27) My tabernacle also shall be with them: yea, I will be their God, and they shall be my people.

28) And the heathen shall know that I the LORD do sanctify Israel, when my sanctuary shall be in the midst of them for evermore.

The Hebrew code which speaks of "fruitfulness," in this passage, has to do with counting every 13th letter, from the 6th yod to the last of verse 19, and when you do this, it spells: "Yeshua Ri'mon, (Rimmon) or transliterated, "Yeshua the Pomegranate." This portrays Yeshua/Jesus title as that of progenitor, in the messianic title of Isaiah 9:6, "the Everlasting father," an incredible revelation spoken by the Prophet Isaiah in Isaiah 9:6. I will discuss more of this, later in the article.

Before I learned about the encoded name "Yeshua the Pomegranate," as seen in the scripture concerning Ephraim and Manasseh, as "one" in the Father's hand, God gave me a prophecy for His people in a city in England, to which reference was made of them as a "pomegranate."

In Numbers 13:23, 20:5, Deut. 8:8; pomegranates are seen as symbol of Canaan'fruitfulness. The beauty of an orchard of pomegranates is referred to in Song of Solomon. (4:13) Pomegranates were embroidered in many colours on the skirts of the High Priest Aaron's garments, with golden bells. (Exod. 28:33, 39:24-26) The pomegranate as motif is also seen hammered into the brasswork ornamentation in 200 pomegranates in rows covering the chapiters of the pillars in the temple, in 1 Kings 7:18-20, 2 Chron. 3:16, 4:13.

Ephraim and Manasseh are counted with the twelve tribes of Israel, with the double portion given by Israel, through Joseph. The tribal staff or ruling sceptre of Ephraim, who though the younger, received the double portion becomes one with the stick or staff of Manasseh, for the greatest degree of fruitfulness to come from God's end-time harvest. In this we see the end time body of Mashiach/Christ.

In God's words to Abram, when he was 99 years old: "Neither shall thy name be called anymore Abram, but thy name shall be Abraham; for a father of many nations have I made thee. And I will make thee exceeding fruitful, and I will make nations of thee and kings shall come out of thee," (Gen. 17:5-6) we see that the fruitfulness would extend beyond anything that he could physically ask ot think, to the kingdom of people desired by the Lord Himself. A people "sanctified, or set apart for the service of God, as the man Abram, whose heart God knew intimately, was faithful.

Such fruitfulness is the product of covenant relationship between God and men, and there are responsibilities on both sides, if prophetic promises are to come to pass. How often people's attitude is: If God wants that for me, He knows my address." As if to say that believers are passively waiting on God. Or that it is God who is not being faithful. I can assure you that this is never the case. In the Father of Lights, "there is neither variableness nor shadow of turning." (James 1:17)

God found faithfulness in Abraham, and said: (Gen. 18:19)

"For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the way of the Lord to do justice, and judgment, that the Lord may bring upon Abraham that which he has spoken of him."

Prophetic promises depend as much on man's response by faith to the prophetic word, as on God's prophetic promises. The Abrahamic blessing states: "In thee shall all families of the earth be blessed" (Gen.12:3); and to Jacob "And thy seed shall be as the dust of the earth, and thou shalt spread abroad to the west, and to the east, and to the north, and to the south: and in thee and in thy seed shall all the families of the earth be blessed." (Gen.28:14)

THE ARCHERS HAVE SORELY GRIEVED HIM & SHOT AT HIM:
(Is Your Bow Abiding In Strength?) (Gen. 49:22)

The Joseph generation, and I speak prophetically, regarding whose whom the Patriarch Israel prophesied would live and minister unto the Lord, in the "end times," (Gen. 49:22-26) has been promised abundant fruitfulness," for God made covenant (BEIT) with Jacob's forefathers, beginning with Abraham, saying:

"Fruitful I will make you." (Gen. 12:2-3, 22:16-17,27:27-29)

Natural fruitfulness is one thing. But here, God says: "Fruitful, "I" will make you." With the fruitfulness seen in the preceeding figure, it was accompanied by tremendous conflict and warfare. In Israel, there was the subversion of temptations to sin, which the man Joseph successfully warded off. But in this way, the archers, called in Hebrew, ba'aley chitstsim meaning "masters of the bow." These archers grieved him sorely,from the root marar: yemararuhu, "to make life bitter for one," try to make life unpleasant. In the three verbs, seen in these phrases, have greieved him sorely, shot at him, and persecuted him, it's apparent that this will be an on-going conflict. The answer is seen in adequate defence, and since God is Joseph's defence, he has the one who is more than adequate. Though Joseph must draw his bow again and again, his arms of his hands do not weaken, but remain firm.

When God gave Joseph's forefather Abraham, to whom the covenant came, specific instructions saying: "Go to the land I will show you," God promised fruitfulness and a fruitful land, but there was warfare for him. (Gen. 14:8) (Gen. 12:1)

God who has given you that covenant, that promise or prophetic word. He wants your bow to abide in strength!

What sort of things can tend to test or even try to weaken the bow? The man of God receiving a prophetic word regarding a mission or ministry in another city, might not have a wife as submissive as Sarah, Abraham's wife. He may have a father-in-law or a boss like Pharaoh, who says "If you take 2 weeks off to go on that mission, you're fired! But you feel God is calling you to go. This may be God's opportunity to give you greater faith in His provision. "Be strong in the Lord and in the power of His might. (Eph. 6:10)

When you announce that you are packing up and moving, in obedience to the word of the Lord. Job said: My bow was renewed in my hand. (Job 29:20) Spiritual warfare can come in some sudden or surprising ways. Your wife, who had seemed to be in agreement, may turn and withstand you, saying: "I'm not pulling these kids out of school!" (The implication might be not when school ends--"not ever"--It's too hard for them to make all new friends!)

The "daughters of Sarah" adorn themselves with submission to their husband's godly authority, trusting in God. (1 Peter 3:5) Well...what if my husband makes a mistake? God will not forsake you, and will teach you through it. God may be dealing with your own unwillingness to suffer for the gospel's sake! A Christian man fears: "She might call your inlaws, or my unsaved parents to ask me if I've lost my mind or something! They might start working to break us up." These are "wiles" of the devil. "For we wrestle not with flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." (Romans 6:12)

The bible speaks of these wiles, or methods as "military stradegies" of your adversary the devil. God has said that you will be fruitful, and increase, and the devil has come to thwart God's purpose in your lives. In what other ways did the archers shoot or do "the archers shoot to wound in the present day?"

GOD WITH US VS FALSE MANIFESTATIONS OF GOD

Like the Patriarch Joseph, who lived in Egypt during the reign of a Pharaoh who considered himself "The manifested God," the believers in Yeshua, have contended for the faith, with rulers of this sort. One of the most strategic battles ever waged against the true Messianic-Judaic monotheism of the New Testament, is seen in the clever devices of Emporer Constantine, against the Messianic Jewish believers, whose one-God" beliefs, were based on the Shema: "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord," together with obedience to the first commandment, as Messiah taught in Mark 12:29. Constantine bitterly opposed all Jewish Christians as Judaizers. Yet, we see the Messianic Jewish concept of One God in Messiah, clearly outlined in Colossians 2:9:

"In Him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead in bodily form." We see an example of this in Rev. 21:21-12. "And I saw no Temple therein, for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the Temple of it." (22) This does not personify "two members of the Trinity, but ONE God in Mashiach/Christ, reconciling the world to Himself. (2 Cor. 5:19) ..."And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it, for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light (Greek: LAMP i.e. "visible representation of God's person.") thereof." (23)

Contrary to the popular belief of many in the demoninations, the church did not begin in 325 a.d. with their denominational leader "Pastor Constantine."

To those first century Messianic Jews whom God used as spiritual leaders to lay the foundations of the Christian faith, as well as the believers in Yeshua haMashiach/Jesus Christ, of today, who hold "The Revelation Yeshua haMashiach," (Rev. 1:1) which Apostle John held, (Rev. 1:8) ones revelation of the Godhead, doesn't come from a third century Catholic council, where the anti-semitic spirit of their pagan leader Constantine, and those 318 bishops present, drummed the Messianic Jewish leaders out of the corps, "forbidding to marry--" i.e. (those calling themselves Christians) to marry anyone who was a Messianic Jew." Remember that it was at Antioch, (Acts 11:26) that believers first called themselves Christians. Prior to this, Jewish believers in Messiah, continued to see themselves as Jewish.

Our faith should be centered in Yeshua haMashiach, as focal point, as it states in Colossians 2:9: "For in Him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead in bodily form". He is no lesser God. He is the great and true God manifest to us all. The Almighty Living God, who incarnated Himself "in the fulness of time" in Yeshua haMashiach/Jesus Christ. Scripture admonishes not only the Hebrew Community, as the Apostle Paul writes in his epistle of Hebrews, but to all those whose spiritual focus should be Yeshua/Jesus, saying to them:

"Looking unto Yeshua, the author and finisher of our faith." (Hebrews 12:2)

"You shall call His name Yeshua/Jesus, meaning "Yahweh the Saviour," for He shall save His people from their sins."He is the Son of God, born of a virgin who conceived, just as the prophet Isaiah spoke--He Himself, is "Immanuel, God with us." (Isaiah 7:14) Not a third of God, nor a third person of God, but the ONLY WISE GOD--the focus of all of our worship--of all that we know and love of God is found in Him alone.

"And he will speak out against the Most High, and wear down the saints of the Highest One, and he will intend to make alterations in times and in law..." (Daniel 7:25)

CONSTANTINE'S CHILDREN OF A LESSER GOD

Constantine was no fool when it came to military campaigns. He had a secret agenda, and he was on a subversive mission, to "invade with his troops," (Habakkuk 3:16) i.e. demonic spirits-- the liberty-filled church of believers in Yeshua. The means by which to accomplish this was given him by the demonic realm, as well. There were charges that a group of followers of a man named Arians "made Yeshua/Jesus some form of lesser God." After a sinful life of political intrigue and mayhem, Emporer Constantine subjected himself to water baptism by one of the bitterly hated Arians. At the time that the Nicean Creed was set in place, Constantine, a friend of the Arians, had achieved a grand victory. Those calling themselves "representatives" of the church, had deposed Arius, but were so confused that their own misunderstanding of doctrine "made Yeshua/Jesus the "lesser God." Ask most calling themselves Christians today, about the Godhead, and their belief in who Jesus is in relation to the Trinity, and they will totally confuse covenants, because many fail to understand that Messiah is not just the "second member" but calls Himself "the Almighty God" by His own confession in Rev. 1:8. Pointing to the Son of Man who lived in absolute obedience to the Father they say: Yeshua/Jesus said: "The Father is greater than I." (John 14:28) In what capacity was this said? In the capacity that:

"Though He was found in the form as God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God, but made himself of no reputation, and took upon Him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men, and being found in fashion as a man, he humbled Himself and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. Wherefore God hath highly exalted him, and given Him a name above every name, that at the name of Yeshua/Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father." " (Phil. 2:6)

Many fail today to see that as our glorified, ascended Lord and Saviour, who is the King Eternal, the Only Wise God, He is the Almighty Himself, and will ever be. (Rev. 1:8)

The pagans united under Constantine, would not stand for Messiah being the head of the church. The emperor was their only ruler, and he looked to Mithra, for his power. Their focus, therefore was on Ra-the Sun God, in the form of Mith-ra, the Indo-Iranian god of the sun. The only prevelent faith of Rome, was this diety with the feastday of Dec. 25th in honour of the pagan deity, which the Messianic Jewish church repudiated with a passion, and refused in. God told His church, "that righteousness has no fellowship with unrighteousness, and Christ had no concord with Belial (meaning: "mixture")(2 Cor. 6:15) He that believes has no part with an infidel. This should have eliminated 318 bishops from participating in a church council at Nicea, in 325 a.d, but those who attended, chose to ignore the clear-cut warnings of scripture. Besides the Emporer paid their way, and they were flattered. Daniel the Prophet also warned that "Many shall cleave to them with flatteries." (Dan. 11:34)

Sunday also was the day set aside for Mithra worship, as contrasted with Shabbat of the Messianic Jewish community. This also served to separate out the Jewish leaders and their converts, and to identify them for the pograms which were to follow. Constantine and the church councils carefully eradicated both the autumn Jewish festivals, and Shabbat observances, which Messianic Jews participated in, instituting that of Mithra, but calling it "Christian," and anathamizing anyone who violated these "Catholicized holy ordinances." This opposed the Apostles doctrine:

"Let no man act as your judge in regard to food or drink, or in respect to a festival or a new moon, or a sabbath day, which things are a shadow of what is to come, but the substance belongs to Messiah." (Colossians 2:16)

Constantine's plan was to remove the scriptural admonition that "in all things Messiah should have the preeminence," (Col. 1:18) by radifying through the Council of Nicea, that Messiah was simply a "third person" in the Godhead. Not "The King Invisible, Immortal, the Only Wise God of 1 Tim. 1:17, but a separate, distinct, coeternal, co-equal member of the Godhead." The Council of Nicea stated that the Godhead consists of three separate, distinct, co-eternal beings, but confuses that "in the fulness of time, God sent forth His Son." He was co-eternal as Yahweh, who incarnated Himself at a specific point in time, called "the fulness of time." (Galatians 4:4) It boils down to the fact that through God incarnating Himself, Messiah came to earth as both God and man. As man, born of the Virgin Mary whom God's Spirit over-shadowed, he wept, prayed, thirsted, died on the crual cross, at Calvary. Yet He calmed the sea, commanding the wind and the waves, knew the very thoughts and intents of the heart as the Living Word that was in the Beginning--God Himself was with men in Messiah. He turned water into wine, healed lepers, and raised the dead.

The doctrine of the trinity, a decidedly Gentile invention, lacks the revelation of the oneness of God found in Judaism, which Messianic Judaism, came by revelation from the mouthes of the Jewish apostles, whom God Himself anointed and ordained. Of course the oneness belief of the Jewish nation, which God commanded for thousands of years and never retracted, was of little concern to the political ambition of Emperor Constantine, and the bishops of the Nicean Council, who toyed with it for several days and came forth with a compromise doctrine. His greater focus seems to have been in getting the Jewish church leaders influence "out of" the church, because they stressed not merely Messiah in the Godhead, but the Godhead in Messiah, as the scripture states: "For in Him dwells all the fulness of the Godhead in bodily form," adds, "And ye are complete in Him." (Col. 2:9) It liberates people to know this.

Modern day doctors and counsellors would be penniless in the face of this revelation of this Godhead. They have preferred "The Spirit of Mammon," to the revelation of God, found in the bible. Isaiah 9:6, calls the child that was to be born: Wonderful, Counsellor, the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father, the Prince of Peace. Yet today, at the slightest twinge of pain, men and women frequently fail to avail themselves of Messiah as Wonderful Counsellor. The scriptures are given that we might be walk in the light of the Lord. "Is any afflicted, let him pray," we are commanded. (James 5:13) Through prayer--we will come to know the voice of the Lord and to receive His counsel first-hand.

With the Greek philosophies in so many of the cities in early New Testament times, it was to the advantage of church councils to water down the gospel, and alter the Godhead, with threats to excommunicate any one who disagreed. i.e. The Jewish segment of the church, whom they derided with mockeries beyond imagination, so that the church could become thoroughly estranged from the teaching of it's Jewish apostles, and hellenized. See the article "The Conspiracy of the Great Harlot)

By the medieval era, there was such Nicolaitan authoritarian abuse, that the common people didn't own a bible, and Catholic popes bribed whole nations with threats of anathema. Yet in many places such intimidation did not prove fruitful, as men and women hungered and thirsted "Him whom to know aright if life eternal." They came into an understanding of the "oneness of God," repudiating the doctrine of the trinity. Quakers like George Fox, and William Penn, would have rather died than accomodated "the spirit of intimidation." Penn was once placed in the Tower of London and given a life sentence, for his writings: "On The Errors of the Trnity, and "A Sansy Foundation Shaken."

ONE GOD IN CHRIST VS THREE PERSONS OF GOD To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world to Himself, not inputing their trespasses unto them; and hath committed unto us the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Cor. 5:18-19)

And where did Elohim, Yahweh and Adonai of the Old Testament fit into the scheme of things? With that so-called logic with which some designate the titles Father, Son, Holy Spirit as three members of the Godhead, did the Gentiles of the church councils, which eliminated the representation of any Jewish leadership, see the titles Elohim, Yahweh and Adonai as another triad?

Yahweh states: "Before me was not formed a God." (Isaiah 43:10) This means there were no other members of any supposed trinity. In speaking of Messiah, we read: And He is the head of the body, the church, who is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead; that in all things He might have preeminence, for it pleased the Father that in Him should all fulness dwell. (Col. 1:18) Why does Messiah have preeminence? "Because the Father is glorified in the Son of God." (John 14:13, 12:28) Messiah glorified the Father in His obedience even to His substitutionary death on the cross for the sins of all mankind, and for this cause, God has highly exalted Him.

Wherefore God hath highly exalted Him, and given him a name above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee shall bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth, and that every tongue should confess thaaaat Yeshua haMashiach/Jesus Christ is Lord to the glory of God the Father.

(Phil. 2:9)

In the phrase "a name above every name," we also understand the preeminence as seen in the fact that the fulness of the Godhead dwells in Messiah in bodily form. "He is the image of the invisible God." (2 Cor. 4:4, Col. 1:15) The express image of God's person. (Remember that "person," in Greek, doesn't mean "person" but is from two Greek words, which basically mean "appearance.")

In defining the doctrine of the trinity, which supposed member of the Godhead is denoted as "The Father?" Elohim, Yahweh, haShem, Adonai? Isaiah prophesied an incredible prophetic word concerning Messiah, in Isaiah 9:6, that the Son who would be born unto us, shall be called "The Everlasting Father." (Is. 9:6) Yahweh's statement is that of Heavenly Father in Exod. 4:22, where He says: "Israel is My Son, My firstborn." Some trinitarians, define Elohim as the Father as to His is creating of the heavens and the earth. (Gen. 1) Isaiah 43:15 states that The Holy One (i.e. The Holy Spirit) is the Creator of Israel. Messiah Himself, tells us what His own doctrine was/is concerning the Eternal Godhead: "He that has seen Me has seen the Father." If you had known Me, you would have known My Father also. I and My Father are one. (John 14:3, John 14:9, John 10:30) Never did He claim to be one member of the Godhead and say His Heavenly Father was an entirely separate, distinct person, or Godhead member.

Who is the trinitarian Godhead member defined as "Spirit, the Holy One, in Greek, or the Holy Spirit?" Is the Father even seen as a Spirit? Or does only the Holy Spirit equate to some as Spirit?

Messiah said: In that day you shall know, that I am in My Father and you in Me and I in you." When the apostles assayed to go to Bithynia, the "Spirit of Jesus" forbid them to go." (Acts 16:7) How many spirits are in the Godhead? One or two or three? Ephesians tells us there is but "one Spirit," even as ye are called in one hope of your calling. (Eph. 4:4) Yet many see, in a triune Godhead, Spirit #1, and Spirit #2, and the Messiah as if He had no Spirit at all--and is merely flesh, as if there are at least two Spirits. However, in Paul's discussion of spiritual gifts, he states these come through the working of "that ONE and self-same Spirit, dividing to each man severally as He wills." (1 Cor. 12:11) Again, we see God's Spirit is "one," exactly as defined in Eph. 4:4. Not two and certainly not three. When you read Rev. 1:8, Messiah terms Himself as that Spirit--saying: "He who was and is and is to come, the Almighty!" "Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty!" (2 Cor. 3:17)

In the Old Testament, God is always seen the King Eternal, or King of the Universe. Isaiah 43:15, calls the Holy One (i.e. Holy Spirit) your King. The New Testament states that Messiah is King of Kings, (Rev.17:14, 19:16) the Blessed and ONLY Potentate. The blessed and only potentate does not ever equate as "three in one." Blessed and ONLY is exactly that. If Messiah is the ONLY Potentate, or King, where does this leave the Trinitarian's other persons of the Godhead? Israel in the Old Testament knew but "one king eternal." Only through the incarnation, would Israel recognize this King of theirs.

Messiah is hardly in the subordinate position, as King of ALL Kings. In Psalm 2, God states that He Himself has established Yeshua haMashiach/Jesus Christ as King, upon His holy hill. (Psalm 2:6) When the apostles wrote of the Godhead, they only give this in benedictions and salutations: From God the Father and His Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, to define the incarnation, and work of the cross of Mashiach/Christ. There is an absence of any reference to "3 in one," as the church espoused from Emperor Constantine's Nicean Council in 325 a.d.

MESSIAH: CO-EQUAL OR SUBORDINATE IN HEAVEN?

The Son of God has long been viewed by Trinitarians as in a subordinate position, to the other supposed two members of the Godhead--which they state are the Father and the Holy Spirit--A doctrine formulated through an evolution of sorts--but primarily ratified at the Council of Nicea, in 325 a.d., with the three Godhead members they surmised as "Co-equal and co-eternal." Why? Because of the fact that people fail to understand that Messiah is the Victorious King Israel has looked for! The children of Israel saw the prophetic promises concerning the triumph of Messiah over His adversaries. What they many times failed to observe, was that this high exaltation, would be made possible only through a Lamb meek and lowly, that would shed his blood and die for the sins of the people. It was for the "sufferings of ," on the cross as the Lamb of Pesach, that He was made a little lower than the angels." (Heb. 2:7) Not a subordinate Trinity member forever, but as the glorified Lord, who calls Himself, "The Almighty." You must read the rest of the book, clear through to the end.

In Revelation 1:8, as Messiah brings forth the revelation of Himelf, now glorified, He calls Himself, "The Almighty." What part of "ALMIGHTY" do people fail to understand? Those who tend to shrink Messiah into the subordinate role, but nevertheless calling Him co-equal and co-eternal with the other supposed Trinity members, need to see Him as the ALMIGHTY God, not as one third of God! He's the focus both now, and the eternal "focal point," with the church "looking to Yeshua/Jesus, as Author and Finisher of our faith. (Heb. 12:2) Such ignorance flourishes in a climate in which the church is too encumbered and overtaken with the cares of life, to search out the scriptures as the Bereans whom Paul termed as "More noble than those Thessalonica, for they searched the scriptures daily, to see if the things he was teaching were so." (Acts 17:13)

The disciple Thomas called Messiah: My Lord and My God! (John 20:28) What portion of "In HIM dwells ALL the fulness of the Godhead in bodily form," subordinates Him to the other so called members of the trinity, as if some lesser life form?

And Unto the King, Invisible, Immortal...be honour and glory forever and ever amen? And "The Only wise God, our Saviour?" (Jude 25) Where does this leave the other two members of the Godhead, if the Blessed and Only Potentate (1 Tim. 6:15) is "the fulness of the Godhead" in bodily form? (Col. 2:9) The point is the Godhead emmanates from His glorious face. (Rev. 21:21-23) Isaiah said: "He shall be for a glorious throne to His fathers house." He's not just seated at the right hand of God, but He is the throne. (Is. 22:23) These are metaphors for His position of all-power in heaven and in earth which have been given to Him.

Now, centuries later, many worship Him, not as "the King Immortal, Invisible, the ONLY wise God, (1 Tim. 1:17) the Blessed and ONLY Potentate, (1 Tim. 6:16) with the focus solely upon His glorious person, but simply as "a part or portion of God." How many kings do you count here? Timothy states there is just the blessed and ONLY Potentate or King!

Moreover, they see Him not as Apostle John saw Him, as "The Almighty," but as much less than that.

Thomas, the Jewish disciple, called Christ: My Lord and My God. The old Jewish Apostle John, saw the glorified Messiah, as Ancient of Days who did sit, in Rev. 1:8. And the glorified Saviour identifies Himself in Rev. 1:8, saying:

"I Am Alpha and Omega, says the Lord God, who is and who was, and who is to come, The Almighty."

In the visionof Revelation 1, Messiah wears the golden girdle about the paps or chest, showing he has finished His atoning work," just as the scripture states in John 19:30, when as He died on the cross, He cried: "It is finished." And He bowed His head. This shows the distinctive revelation enjoyed by the Jews of bible times, and the Jewish way of looking at Messiah in the first century, was not as three, but as one! Belief in "the finished work of the atonement," also enabled men and women to walk in such revelation, that there were great healings and miracles in their midst. The bible says of Peter and John at the Gate Beautiful: Peter fastening his eyes on the man, with John, said: Look on us. (lit. "Look into us.") Why? Because "We have this treasure in earthen vessels, that the excellency of the power might be of God and not of us." (2 Cor. 4:7) In Acts of the Apostles, Paul saw a lame man, and perceiving he had faith to be healed, commanded him to stand to his feet. Those observing this miracle, spoke loudly in the language of Lycaonia: "The gods have come down to us in the likeness of men!" They referred to Barnbus as Jupiter, and to Paul as Mercurius, because he was the chief speaker. Then the priest of Jupiter which was before their city, brought oxen and garlands to the gates, and would have done sacrifice to the apostles, with all the people, but for the fact that Barnabus and Paul rent their clothing, and ran among the peole, crying out: "Sirs why do you do such things? We are also men of like passions with you, and preach unto you that you should turn from these vanities unto the living God, which made heaven and earth, and the sea and all things therein. Who in times past suffered all nations to walk in their ways, nevertheless he did not leave himself without a witness, in that he did good, and gave us rain from heaven, and fruitful seasons, filling our hearts with food and gladness. And with these sayings, scarcely were they able to restrain the people. (Acts 14:13)

Yeshua haMashiach/Jesus Christ commanded His disciples to fulfill the Great Commission, saying: "Go into all the world, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the "name-singular not titles plural) of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit. Teaching them to observe and to do whatsoever things I have commanded you: and lo I am with you always, even to the end of the world. (Matt. 28:19) He stated in Mark 16:18-18, "These signs shall follow them that believe."

Those Jewish apostles, who had walked with Yeshua/Jesus, and had known and touched Him, went forth and did a seemingly strange thing to the Gentile or Trinitarian mind...They baptized into the name singular of Yeshua haMashiach/Jesus Christ. This was the Messianic Jewish and Gentile Christian belief of of the first century, that had come down to them from the Apostles of the Lamb, who were all Jewish, and who understood the truthes of scripture by direct revelation, from God. Revelation is still available to those who want to know the Lord. (Luke 10:22) Messiah said: "Notwithstanding, in this rejoice not that the spirits are subject to you, but that your names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life. In that hour Yeshua/Jesus rejoiced in Spirit (Greek shows Him dancing) and said: I thank thee O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and prudent and hast revealed them unto babes. even so Father, for so it seemed good in thy sight. All things are delivered to meof my Father. and no man knows who the Son is but the Father, and who the Father is, but the Son, and him to whom the Son will reveal Him. And he turned to His disciples and said: Blessed are the eyes which see the tings that you see. For many prophets and kings have desired to see those things which you see, and have not seen them, and to hear those things which you hear, but have not heard them. " (Luke 10:21-22)

In the present day, as with other generations, God is calling leaders to teach the precious truthes of His word, and among them, is a proper understanding of the Godhead, with signs and wonders, confirming God's word.

When Jewish leaders were persecuted and driven from Jerusalem, and other areas, and omitted from the Councils of the emerging Roman Catholic church, those with a mixture of pagan and Christian beliefs prevailed, and endeavor to prevail over the Church of Yeshua haMashiach/Jesus Christ until this day.

Where are the Judah Maccabees of our day? Where were they, when the Council at Nicea and successive councils were hammering out false doctrine, and ratifying it at church councils, one after another? There is the wide-spread hellenizing even now of those Messiah died to save. Pick up your workman's Hammer Judah! Where are the sons of Judah, who hate to see the hellenizing of their Messiah's teaching? How many of the sons of Judah, have for hundreds of years permitted the hellenizing of the faith once delivered to the saints?

It was a clever ruse that was used to perpetrate such truth of scripture, and to erode solid doctrinal foundation in people's lives. A strategic but spiritually military ploy or thing was done, as an actual military campaign, to raise the banner of an anti-christ spirit, through false apostles, by anointed principality spirits who are angels of light. (2 Cor. 11:14) But the New Testaaament on the Day of Pentecost, shows us that "This is that..." The real apostles of God baptized in Yeshua haMashiach/Jesus Christ's name alone, (Acts 2:38, Acts 8:16, Acts 10:46-48, Acts 19:5) spoke in tongues, (Acts 2:1-4) cast out demons...And the kingdom of God came to earth as it is in heaven...The persecution was also quite immediate, coming then, through an attack primarily against the Jewish segment of the church. To be Jewish at all, was to be called a Judaizer, by those subservient to the Emperor Constantine.

RECEIVING THE KNOWLEDGE OF GOD THROUGH REVELATION FROM GOD'S UNCHANGING WORD

Yeshua said: "All things are delivered to Me of My Father; and no one knows the Son, except the Father, nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and him to whom the Son sills to reveal Him." (Matt. 11:27)

God always intended that belief or knowledge of God in Messiah (Immanuel "God with us", Yeshua= "Yahweh the Saviour") come by revelation. As men and women repent of sins, and do the will of the Lord, God's will is made clear, for God's word states: If any man will do my will, he shall know the doctrine, whether it's of God or whether I speak of Myself. (John 7:17)

Messiah called Nathaniel a "true Israelite," in whom is no guile, stating that "Hereafter you shall see the heavens opened and the angels of the Lord ascending and descending upon the Son of Man." (John 1:51) This indicates that ones "heart condition or humble attitude" is a central issue in the understanding of doctrine, and eliminates Constantine as a teacher of doctrine.

Jewish believers of the first century, did not fragment Messiah, as Messianic Jews were taught to do through the intimidation of Catholic Gnosticism which compartmentalized the Godhead as three separate distinct persons, in later centuries. The Roman Catholic church that held sway over whole nations with their threats to anathemize all who disagreed with their pagan hierarchy, filled the Catholic coffers. They paraded and still parade the bone relics of saints, and have enough supposed splinters of the cross to build a cathedral. Many succumbed, to the "trappings of the Great Harlot," as Jews in the story of Hanukkah, came in subjection to Antiochus Ephipanes. (Feast of Dedication-John 10:22-23) When Hellenized Jews submitted to Antiochus Epiphanes threats, commanding them to bow to his gods, those children of Israel who found this abhorrent, had to be ready to die for the faith.

The birth of Messiah which occurred during an autumn Jewish feast period, was also changed to that of December 25, the pagan Sun-God, so as to accomodate pagans without the need for conversion. Under the guise of eliminating legalism, which was not of major import to Constantine, who history records murdered his own family members for political advantage, he purged Messianic Jews so as to accomodate a new breed he could effectively work through.

When the Apostle Paul taught all believers to accept one another, he was not accomodating false doctrine, which he hated, and worked to correct, warning of "science falsely so called, overlords over the flock of God, and many other things. He said to:

"Accept one another, just as Christ also acceped us to the glory of God. For I say that Christ has become a servant to the circumcision on behalf of the truth of God to confirm the promises given to the fathers," and for the Gentiles to glorify God for his mercy, as it is written: Therefore will I give praise to Thee among the Gentiles, and I will sing praise to Thy name. (Romans 15:7-12)

The Council of Nicea opposed the truth of God's word to "accept one another," which was God's heart brought forth by the apostles. Constantine declared that there should be "punishing and excommunicating of all those observing the Messianic Jewish Sabbath."

The day which the pagans of the kingdom set aside for observance of Nithra which was Sunday, became through new laws passed by church councils, the Christian Sabbath. The Jewish "calendar year" was eliminated and replaced, with Roman months of the year, which recall the pagan feast days or holidays. Today, in America, the public recognizes the Roman names given to the days of the week. The New Year celebration for a many, is the license for drunken debachery, rather than the holy associations of the autumn Feast of Roshashanah, which speaks of the need for searching ones heart before God and for repentance.

On the venerable Day of the Sun let the magistrates and people residing in cities rest, and let all workshops be closed. In the country, however, persons engaged in agriculture may freely and lawfully continue their pursuits; because it often happens that another day is not so suitable for grain-sowing or for vine-planting; lest by neglecting the proper moment for such operations the bounty of heaven should be lost. (Given the 7th day of March, Crispus and Constantine being consuls each of them for the second time [321 CE].)

The Council instituted the observance of Easter with it's fertility symbols, to replace Pesach's lamb sacrifice.

It was basically Pharaoh of Egypt all over again, observing that God had blessed these Jewish apostles, and believers, who had gone into all the world, to fulfill the Great Commission, as Messiah commanded, baptizing converts in the name of Yeshua haMashiach. (Acts 2:38, Acts 8:16, Acts 10:46-48, Acts 19:5)

They'd been fruitful and multiplied, replentishing the earth with converts of the faith in Messiah, through the careful observance of as holy men and women of God, and preaching of God's word...Now what to do to reduce their effectiveness. Constantine would utilize the Council of Nicea, to gain entrance into those areas where gnosticism failed.

Moreover, the Messianic Jews had prophets. Gnosticism had succeeded in suffocating much of this among Gentile believers, but not among Jews with a long heritage of hearing from God through prophecy. Harsh discriminatory decrees followed, such as Canon 29 of the Council of Laodicea which cited:

"Christians must not judaize by resting on the Sabbath, but must work on that day, rather honouring the Lord's Day; and, if they can, resting then as Christians. But if any shall be found to be judaizers, let them be anathema from Christ".
Unfortunately, it is obvious that Constantine's idea of "judaizers," extended to any follower of Messiah, who was Jewish!

EMPEROR CONSTANTINE'S POST HUMUS WAR AGAINST THE END-TIME JOSEPH

The "Christianity" Constantine endorsed was already considerably different from that practiced by Jesus Christ and the apostles. The emperor accelerated the change by his own hatred of Jews and religious practices he considered Jewish. "Constantine's Sword" was against the true church of the Yehsua haMashiach/Lord Jesus Christ!

The following excerpts are from a letter of the Emperor (Constantine) to all those not present at the council of Nicea. (Found in Eusebius, Vita ConsL, Lib 11118-20)

"When the question relative to the sacred festival of Easter arose, it was universally thought that it would be convenient that all should keep the feast on one day; for what could be more beautiful and more desirable than to see this festival, through which we receive the hope of immortality celebrated by all with one accord and in the same manner? It was declared to be particularly unworthy for this, the holiest of festivals to follow the customs (the calculation) of the Jews, who had soiled their hand with the most fearful of crimes, and whose minds were blinded in rejecting their custom, we may transmit to our descendants the legitimate mode of celebrating Easter; which we have observed from the time of the Saviour's passion (according to the day of the week).

We ought not therefore to have anything in common with the Jews, for the Savior has shown us another way; our worship following a more legitimate and more convenient course (the order of the days of the week): And consequently In unanimously adopting this mode, we desire, dearest brethren to separate ourselves for it is truly shameful for us to hear them boast that without their direction we could not keep this feast How can they be in the right, they who, after the of the Savior; have no longer been led by reason but by wild violence, as their delusion may urge them? They do not possess the truth in This Easter question, for in their blindness and repugnance to all Improvements, they frequently celebrate two Passovers in the same year. We could not imitate those who are openly in error. How then, could we follow these Jews who are most certainly blinded by error? For to celebrate a Passover twice in one year is totally inadmissible.

But even if this were not so it would still he your duty not to tarnish your soul by communication, with such wicked people (the Jews). You should consider not only that the number of churches in these provinces make a majority, but also that it is right to demand what our reason approves, and that we should have nothing in common with the Jews."

*Gleaned from Dr. Henry R. Percival's "The Nicean and post Nicean Fathers". Vol. XIV
Grand Rapid: Erdmans pub. 1979, pgs. 54-55

AND HATED HIM"

The scriptures admonish us:

Take unto you the full armor of God, (which is the word of God) that ye may be able withstand in the evil day, and having done all to stand. Stand therefore, with your loins girt with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness, and your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye may be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Praying always with all prayer, and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints."

(Eph. 6:13-17)

What God has joined, let not man put assunder! The warfare a marriage goes through is serious business. That "first love," those once cherished vows, can turn sour in a moments time, if you don't guard your marriage and hold it sacred. Remind your husband--Remind your wife of your covenant vows. Perhaps you have never been aware of the kind of spiritual warfare that our adversary the devil can generate in his hatred of Christians. This can be at times, subtle, or downright oppositional. The inlaws will ask me: Aren't you concerned, that you won't be able to find a job? This will undermine my wife's faith in me. "Many waters can not quench love, neither can the floods drown it." (Song of Solomon 8:7) Still and all, as you act in faith, you really might look like "Joseph the Dreamer, in the eyes of those relatives!" Be secure and confident in your knowledge of God and His word!

Sometimes Christians do not heed God's command to:

"Come out from among them and be ye separate." (2 Cor. 6:17)

They continue to receive counsel from their ungodly relatives, which make the truth of God of no effect. Relatives who at times are envious, because their own evil lifestyle has not brought down God's blessings upon them, while they observe yours has.

One young woman was constantly battled with temptations to commit adultery. One day it became apparent that she was in fellowship a great deal with a sister of hers, who was adulterous.

"While they promise them liberty, they themselves are the servants of sin. (2 Pet. 2:19)

At other times, it's a wife, complaining: "My husband doesn't act very spiritual. He's a good provider, but I wish he would act more like the spiritual head of the house." A domineering mother may attempt to interfere, simply because she doesn't want her child to do anything that takes the individual out from under her control. "Therefore shall a man leave his father and mother and shall cleave to his wife, and they two shall be one flesh." (Gen.2:24)

Pastors, seeing the magnitude of an individual's calling, may advise that you to take more time in preparation. And as we look into God's word, we see God working with people to prepare them for a calling, to which He has called them. Much of the spiritual warfare individuals go through, is because they do not wholly obey the word of the Lord.

THE COMPLICATIONS OF WILLFUL DISOBEDIENCE<

It was approximately 25 years from the time God spoke and promised a son to Joseph's ancestor Abraham. He was old when the promise came, and Isaac was born in the fulness of God's prophetic time. That's the way it is with God's prophetic promises. Abraham's hope wasn't hung out there on nothing, as he hoped against hope! His faith covered him like a huppah, or canopy, those long years he waited, and God prepared him to receive God's marvellous promise. With regard to Abraham, God called him and he didn't say: Abraham, ten years from now, I want you to move out of Ur. But God did command him saying: "Leave those relatives of your fathers house, behind. Do not take them along." The Lord worded it to Abraham this way:

"Depart from thy land, and from thy kindred, and from thy fathers house, unto the land which I will show thee." (Gen. 12:1)

In the bible, Abraham's father, Terah's name means "Delay." Terah, who was father of Abraham, Nahor and Haran, is said in God's word, to have been an idolator. (Joshua 24;2) Abraham seems to have not readily understood that God wanted to separate Abraham from the idolatrous culture in which he lived, as part of the covenant promise and blessing. Perhaps, like it is to some people today, the word of God appeared in conflict, to what were emotional ties and social obligations.

Terah was old! At Abraham's birth Terah was no less than 70 years of age. Some speculate he was over 100, or as old as 132. After Abraham's marriage, Terah, Abraham, Sarah, and Lot emigrated from Ur of the Chaldees on the road to Canaan, stopping in Haran. (Gen. 11:24-32)

Abraham also took his nephew Lot with him, who having no children of his own, appears to have been looked on as somewhat of an heir. Then Abraham went out not knowing whither he went. (Heb. 11:8) Whereas Abraham had been a wealthy man in Ur, and moving would necessitate "not taking it all with him, Lot was also rich in possessions, so a dispute arose with regard to the water and pasture rights of the flocks and herds. (Gen. 12:7-8)

With regard to the choice of land, after the move, Lot chose the well-watered plains of Sodom. This decision caused him to be vulnerable. He was at one time kidnapped by the kings of Sodom, and Abraham had to rescue him, which was time consumming. (Gen. 15:1-5)

Sarah was old when God gave her husband this prophetic word concerning the birth of a son. She laughed! Have you ever wondered how many women God would have to pass over today, to find one--especially a mature older woman, to whom he could say: I want to give you a child, that shall be great in the kingdom of God?

Did Sarah have any concerns about what her women friends would think of this idea of an old grey haired woman who was pregnant? Oh Sarah, old age happens to everybody. Now I think you are just afraid or uncomfortable with growing old! A kid at your age? Go enjoy soebody elses children, there are plenty of them around! God's idea of removing her from Ur, helped protect her from the obtrusive remark of the neighbor in Ur?

It was God's covenant blessing to give to Abraham a new land, in which to raise his son, Isaac. Have you ever felt God was calling you to relocate, or considered the effects of such a move on your family?

THE PILGRIM IMMIGRANTS TO AMERICA

What did the pilgrims immigrants do, when fleeing England, leaving relatives behind, in search of religious freedom? After arriving in America, they often sent for them! This was a marvellous thing if relatives shared belief in Messiah. Sometimes today, people who move from one continent or country to another, work and pay the passage of their kinfolks. Depending on whether those relatives have a heart for God, or not, has the potential to effect generations. In no time, America has become the vast mixed multitude "Israel" had to deal with before they left Egypt!

Some of these pilgrims or immigrants fled purposely because they knew that ungodly relatives had an extremely negative or derrogatory impact upon the family, and they longed to raise their children in a more godly atmosphere.

Gideon was a man who learned to be selective in who he took along with him on a mission of importance. (Judges 6:11) He looked for "fruit," in the lives of his men, because the conflicts they would face demanded spiritual strength in their physical bodies, as well as their souls and spirits. By the time he finished weeding out the "takers," there were but 300 warriors left.

We see Joseph, in the end, tests his brothers, and looks for fruitfulness in their lives. They didn't know he could even understand their language, as they talked. It takes more than a vast multitude-- to produce the fruitfulness God desires. God often begins with just one man or just one woman and gives them a prophetic promise, such as He gave to Abraham. Like he promised the man Joseph.

Joseph in these end-times must be a virtual grain silo, filled with God's word. (Amos 8:11) He must learn to withstand social pressure, and to be led of the Spirit of God. The success of your venture will depend in part on how discerning you become with regard to people, their character and motives. We move or act when God tells us. God sent Joseph before his brothers as a type of first-fruits of a harvest...that he might be a blessing! We hear a lot of bold faith these days, which is confrontational. Sometimes faith ambushes. It can be stealthy, such as Rahab was when asked if she'd seen spies. (Josh. 2:1-6:25) It can act courageously, even secretively, like the midwives in Moses day. (Exodus 1:20) All of these biblical examples were manifestations of godly wisdom.

THE ARMS OF HIS HANDS WERE MADE STRONG BY THE HANDS OF THE MIGHTY GOD OF JACOB

It's by faith and patience, that we obtain the Lord's promises. (Heb. 6:12) Our strength comes from the absolute faithfulness of God's promises, which are contained in His word. His blessings are sure because His word is true. The bible says: They are amen, to him that believes. Through these come with trials, so that through them we will gain a deeper understanding or knowledge of God than we have ever had before. So that we will not become complacent, in our pursuit of God. That "having done the will of God, we might obtain the promise." What has God promised you? Your true blessing is in God's hands, now. It is a stephanos, or "victor's wreath," which awaits you at the completion of what God has told you to do. This is the victory that overcomes...even our faith!

For therein is the righteousness of God revealed from faith to faith: as it is written: The just shall live by (out of) his faith." (Romans 1:17)

What has the Lord revealed to you is necessary on your part to secure it? Joseph was given a vision from God of great blessing. He received it too, and is even now receiving it, let him that has an ear hear what God's Spirit is saying...

From the time you receive a prophetic word from the Lord, till God brings it to pass you will be tested. The scriptures tell us "Joseph, like our Saviour, was put to grief. "The archers sorely grieved him, and shot at him. But his bow abode in strength." Why? "The arms of his hands were made strong by the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob." (Gen. 49:23-24) And after the blessing comes, you'll experience trials, holding onto what God has give to you, through your faith in Him.

When Jacob found himself in the midst of one of the deepest trials of his entire life, the natural situation looked gloomy, but God was still on the throne. The story focuses on the prophetic covenant promises passed down through the ages, as it was given to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob. Jacob, whose name was changed to Israel, prophesies before Israel dies, he reiterates God's blessings to his own 12 sons, prophesying the things which shall befall the sons in the last days.

Jacob speaks to us concerning what God sees with regard to our own strengthes, weaknesses and ultimately prophesying not just the destiny of the nation of Israel, but of the "Israel of God," and of their children's children in the "latter days." This isn't "replacement theology." For God's word says that "He is not a Jew who is one outwardly, and circumcision is of the heart." Apostle Paul says "the true circumcision" are those who have turned their hearts to Messiah, and received salvation through faith in His name. We that have believed on Jesus, have the sign of which represents our faith. 1) We worship God in Spirit. 2) We glory in Christ Jesus 3) We put no confidence in the flesh. (Phil. 3:3) God has a holy seed," even a remnant that will be brought through the fire.

FROM THENCE IS THE SHEPHERD THE STONE OF ISRAEL (EBHEN YISRAEL)
SEEING GOD FACE TO FACE

"....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."

In this verse, we see another witness to the Messiah's statement "I and my Father are one, (John 10:30) for Israel has but one Rock. The Rock of Israel, said: Beside me there is no Saviour. (Isaiah 43:11) So who is the Shepherd, the Stone of Israel, if Israel has but "one Rock?" And beside Him, there is no Saviour?" He anointed the prophets to prophesy of Messiah, who was to come.

The psalmist wrote: "Unto thee will I cry, O Lord my Rock; be not silent to me: lest if thou be silent to me, I become like them that go down to the pit." (Psalm 28:1) And again: "From the end of the earth will I cry unto thee. When my heart is overwhelmed: lead me to the Rock that is higher than I." (Psalm 61:2) The greatest blessing by far is to "know Him whom to know aright, is life eternal." (John 17:3,I Jn. 5:20)

...Following his resurrection, Messiah appeared to His disciples, telling them to "Go ye therefore and teach all nations, baptizing them in "haShem" (the Name) of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit." (Matt. 28:19) Without deviating from their assigned mission, those apostles obeyed the voice of their Lord, and baptized their converts "Into the name of Yeshua haMashiach/Jesus Christ." The 3000 children of Israel on the Day of Pentecost, were baptized in the name of Yeshua haMashiach, for the remission of their sins. (Acts 2:38) The Samaritans were baptized into haShem-"The Name" of the name of Lord Jesus. (Acts 8:16) The Gentiles were baptized by the apostles "in the name singular "of the Lord." And the Ephesians were baptized in Acts 19:5, "in the name of the Lord Jesus."

Jacob received such a revelation Bethel, when he laid his head on a rock for a pillow, and saw a ladder that reached from earth to heaven. That ladder on which he beheld the angels of the Lord ascending and descending, typified Christ, the Mediator of the New Covenant. (Genesis 28:12) In the New Testament, Paul taught that at the time of the Exodus, Israel drank from the Rock that followed them, and that Rock was Christ. (1 Cor. 10:4)

Jacob received revelation from God at Penial, (Gen. 32:30) as he wrestled with God in the form of an angel, or what we sometimes call "the theophany," because the manifestation of God's presence was God in the form of the angel of the Lord. (Gen. 16:7-13, Exod. 3:2-6,Judg. 6:11-24) How do we know it was this? Jacob says: "I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved." In Genesis 35:9-10, "God appeared to Jacob "again," when he came out of Padan-aram and blessed him, stating: "Your name shall not be called any more Jacob, but Israel shall be thy name: and He called his name Israel." God first appeared to him at Shechem, when he commanded him to go to Bethel. God reappears here, confirming the Abrahamic Covenant.

"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. And the land which I gave Abraham and Isaac, to thee I will give it, and to thy seed after thee, will I give the land."

Are you a daughter of Sarah, as I Peter 3:6, exhorts Christian women to be? Are you a son fo Abraham? Then God has a place for you--an inheritance in this life and in the life to come.

Jacob's encounter with the living God, involved his own personal sanctification. Sanctification is part of God's preparation for receiving the fulfillment of prophecies given to us. Jacob would raise a son named Joseph who also would have a destiny in God.

A son that would be torn from him while he was still very young, and the spiritual survival of that young man would depend to a great extent, upon those truthes his father taught him about God, and his own holy and his own personal relationship with the Almighty. In exile, as always, "the arms of Joseph's hands would be strengthened by the hands of the Mighty God of Jacob." (Gen 49:24)

God needs those, in these last days, whose faith will be a kind of firstfruits, that heralds a harvest. Joseph's father Jacob had known God, but God wanted to to be known in a deeper way, than Jacob could ever fathom at that time. How often is "good" the enemy of best? The scriptures teach us that the "kingdom of heaven suffers violence, and the violent take it by force." (Matthew 11:12)But too often, ones attitude toward spiritual things can become complacent!

Jacob had a hunger for God. His son Joseph pursued the Lord, but the whole family doesn't possess the same heart, as we will see. What sort of things can make us complacent, or our family members so that as individuals we shut down and turn off? Preoccupation with the cares of life. (Luke 8:14,Luke 21:34) Or even family issues, such as those with which Jacob was involved with Esau, concerning his inheritance. In such situations, people can feel slighted, but God gives us "an inheritance that fades not away."

A "birthright" which causes us to keep this miriad of disappointments in the proper perspective. We believe that we know God's will for us, but trials come our way, and it can appear that things crumble, and dreams turn to dust.

What we see in Joseph's father Jacob's life was that God never ceased working to bring Jacob to the place God wanted him to be. God's word says: "This is the will of God concerning you, even your sanctification." (1 Thess. 4:3) What does "sanctification" mean? It means to be "set apart," for the purposes of God. These two essential things--a) "A revelation of God, and b) personal sanctification unto the purposes of God; are crucial to the anointing of God upon our lives.

A KINGDOM NOT OF THIS WORLD:

At Bethel, Jacob made camp. Selecting a stone for a pillow, he laid down to sleep. As he slept, he dreamed a dream, in which he saw a ladder that reached from earth to heaven, and the angels of God ascending and descending upon it. In this place, the Lord stood, and reiterated the promise:

"I am the Lord God of Abraham thy father, and the God of Isaac: the land whereon you lie, I will give to you and to your descendants." (Gen. 28:13)

In awe, Jacob replied: "This is the House of God, and the Gate of Heaven," referring to that place where one receives direct revelation from God. As believers when we trust in the Lord and believe on the name, of the only begotten son of God, our Messiah, Jesus Christ, we stand at the gate of heaven, knocking on heaven's door. The entering in, comes first and foremost through our understanding of who God is. For scripture states that we must believe "That He is, and that He is the rewarder of those who diligently seek Him." (Hebrews 11:6)

The prophet Isaiah in the nineth chapter, describes Messiah in this way:

The term "Everlasting or Eternal Father, has previously been a familiar name and attribute of God in the Old Testament. As a human father is seen as the progenitor or life-source of his own descendants, many references to the fatherhood of God, portray Him as Creator. (Gen. 17:5, Romans 4:11) This places emphasis not only upon relationship, but on origin. Moses taught Israel: "Is He not your Father, your Creator, who made you and formed you?" (Deut. 32:6) The Prophet Malachi cried: "Have we not all one Father? Did not one God create us?" (Mal. 2:10) The Prophet Isaiah prophesies that "Everlasting Father," will be, one of the titles by which Messiah will be known.

At Penial, where Jacob had fled from his angry brother Esau, who felt he'd been robbed of his birthright, Jacob wrestled with God. Not only was his name changed to Israel, (Prevailer, or Prince with God) when in that lonely place, estranged from his family members, but desperately holding onto God, he became a changed man.

With the new revelation of God which he'd received, no longer did Jacob, whose name meant "Deceiver" win "by hook or by crook," for now he'd seen God "face to face," and his life was preserved. For the rest of his life, he halted upon his thigh, for this was part of the blessing God blessed him with, at the place called Peniel. It was a place God crippled that dependance of Jacob on his flesh. For the rest of his life, "he halted upon his thigh," as a memorial of an encounter of the close kind with Almighty God, in the form of an angel.(Genesis 32:30)

AS STRANGERS IN A STRANGE LAND
(We Can Each Have An Open Heaven...)

God promises in the last days, to pour out of His Spirit on all flesh, saying:

Your young men will see visions and your old men dream dreams. (Joel 2:23-32)

This was quoted by the Jewish Apostle Peter on the Day of Pentecost, as this prophecy was fulfilled. (Acts 2:17)

It will come to pass in the last days,' God says, 'that I will pour out a portion of my spirit upon all flesh. Your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. 18 Indeed, upon my servants and my handmaids I will pour out a portion of my spirit in those days, and they shall prophesy. 19 And I will work wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below: blood, fire, and a cloud of smoke. 20 The sun shall be turned to darkness, and the moon to blood, before the coming of the great and splendid day of the Lord, 21 and it shall be that everyone shall be saved who calls on the name of the Lord.'

Jesus Christ identifies Himself in scripture, as the "Door of the Sheephold," by which men enter in, and this was Peters sermon to 3000 Jews who had come to Jerusalem to "celebrate the feast." Christ is the portal, by which we become citizens of the "heavenly kingdom." (John 10:9) Jesus defines "an open heaven," in a message to an Israelite named Nathaniel; not as a locale, but a heart attitude, in which one is pure in heart, and "without guile". Becoming sanctified through faith, can only come by believing in Christ Jesus as our Saviour and Lord. On the day of Pentecost, the Apostle Peter stood and in answer to the query of a crowd of 3000 who asked "What must we do to be saved?" He replied:

Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins and you will receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. (Acts 2:38)

Why did the apostles baptize their converts in the name of Yeshua haMashiach/Jesus Christ, when Yeshua/Jesus himself said: Go ye into all the world, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit? First observe that He told them to baptize into the "name" singular, not into 3 separate titles. The apostles, being Jewish, understood who Messiah was, as "The promised Holy One of Israel." The early church or EKKLESIA of "called out ones," was basically a synagoge, of Messianic believers, who were considered a sect of Judaism. These believers knew that "in Him (Messiah) dwells all the fulness of the Godhead in bodily form. (Col. 2:9) The truth is made clear enough in Romans 6:3: "Or do you not know that as many of us as have been baptized into Christ, have put on Christ." Another obvious statement, is "He that has the Son has the father."

ON BEING HEIR OF THE WORLD

With this, I will go on, to the life of Joseph, and truthes concerning "The Joseph Anointing." Joseph's life is a continuation of the prophecies given to his fathers. God promised Abraham he would be "heir of the world," and there was a measure of fulfillment of this seen in Joseph's life.

In Genesis 29:1, we are told, that Jacob continued his journey to the "land of the people of the east," to the place where his uncle Laban (his mother's brother) lived.

As Jacob journeyed to the land of the east, it was here, that he met Rachel, as she tended her father's sheep, and helped her water the sheep. He introduced himself as her father's brother, Rebekah's son, and he wept.

In the process of time Jacob served his father-in-law Laban for 7 years, believing he was working for his bride Rachel, and his father in law, Laban, deceiving him that he might marry off the elder daughter Leah, as custom dictated that the elder daughter be married first. Those years spent with Laban, had to have had an impact on Jacob. God can use our relatives, or a working relationship to do that. Laban was obviously a very clever individual, who robbed Jacob and his family of their inheritance. Later we see how he operates, with regard to his son-in-laws wages. Jacob began to discern that his father-in-laws attitude was not as it was before. (Gen. 31:2) (Gen. 30-31:7) It appears that God uses this relationship to give Jacob an eyeful and an earful, as if to say: Jacob, there's a higher relationship with Me, that I long for you to enjoy.

After working for 7 additional years, now totaling 14 years, Jacob married his beloved Rachel. (Gen. 29:6) Joseph, the son of Jacob was the oldest son born to Jacob and Rachel, shortly before Jacob entreated his father in law to allow them to leave Padan-aram, where he'd lived and worked for his father-in-law. (Genesis 30:25)

INHERITING THE (BLESSINGS) & PROMISES OF GOD THROUGH FAITH
(He That Ascends Must First Descend)

One Lord, one faith, one baptism, one God and father of all, who is above all and through all and in you all." (Ephesians 4:5) But unto every one of us is given grace according to the measure of the gift of Christ. Wherefore he saith: When he ascended up on high, he led captivity captive, and gave gifts unto men. Now that he ascended, what is it but that he also descended first into the lower parts of the earth? He that descended is the same also that ascended up far above all heavens, that he might fill all in all." (Eph. 4:5-9)

The revelation given Abraham, Isaac and Jacob that God is ONE, forms the prophetic and scriptural basis of the seed inheriting the promises of God, through faith. Is it just apples and oranges, as some say? No it's not. One's belief and understanding of the Godhead will determine not only your relationship with the Lord and theology you embrace, but your calling and mission in life.

The greatest blessing of all, is seen symbolically in the fact that the Levites received no inheritance in the land, but God was their portion forever. In the New Testament, God desires to be possessed by His own. He said:

"I will dwell in them and walk among them; and I will be their God and they shall be my people. Therefore, come out from among them, and be separate, says the Lord. Touch not the unclean thing. And I will welcome you and be a Father to you, and you shall be my sons and daughters. (2 Cor. 6:18)

Joseph was taught this doctrine for 17 years, before his betrayal, by his brothers. Prior to being placed first into a pit, by his brethren, and later into the prison dungeon, was exalted, because He held to his monotheistic concept of God, and maintained his integrity before God, refusing to compromise.

THE GNOSTIC COMPARTMENTALIZAION OF THE GODHEAD

Joseph abiding in strength, because his faith was in the Rock of Israel, who strengthened the arms of his hands, is a type of our Messiah the Lord Jesus Christ, who warred against the devil, when he came to the Lord in the wilderness temptation, and Yeshua victoriously overcame him. Joseph's trial was a wilderness of temptations, but he overcame by faith. This is the victory that overcomes, even our faith. (1 John 5:4)

Our Saviour did not faulter in faith, but was obedient even to death on the cross.(Phil. 2:8) Messiah who believed and taught the SHEMA, as the basis of true religion. When asked which was the greatest commandment, Jesus quoted from the Shema, and said: "Hear O Israel, the Lord our God is one Lord." (Mark 12:29)

In this, we see Yeshua/Jesus reiterating or preaching in agreement with His numerous other statements on the oneness of the Godhead, such as "If you have seen me, you have seen the Father." (John 14:9)

Israel, as a people, did not "compartmentalize" life into secular and private. They had no private life, for life, work, recreation was all under the jurisdiction of the one God who was the King of the Universe. Neither did they compartmentalize the Godhead. Israel doesn't do this now. God to the Israeli mind is purely monotheistic--God is one.

When Messiah came, died for the sins of mankind, raised from the dead, ascended into heaven, and poured forth the Holy Spirit, the newly formed church was of Jewish origins. They had no "New Testament" as we know it today. They had the writings of the Hebrew prophets, and preached from these, and from the revelation given by God, concerning haMashiach/Messiah.

With the passing of time, the gospel went forth to the Gentiles, exactly as the scriptures prophesied that it would. The apostles write of battling false teachings, false prophets, philosophies such as those of Greece, with the so-called" educated minds, of the Greek philosophers, pagan religions, etc. Gradually, those believers in Christ who were Jewish, came under greater and greater persecution, so that the new world order at that time might gain control over the masses of spiritually hungry people.

JOSEPH GIVES FORTH REVELATION & WISDOM FROM THE SILO OF GOD'S WORD

`The revelation knowledge which comes to the end-time Joseph Generation, by the Spirit of the Lord, is part of the blessings promised in Jacob/Israel's prophecy of Genesis 49:25-26. These will give out of this profuse abundance, as God wills:

Messiah was crucified, died, was buried, and descended into the lowest hell, where he preached to the those held in Sheol, that He might lead captivity captive, and ascend on high, and give gifts unto men. The scripture found in Eph. 4:5-9, tells us that "There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism." This speaks of God as the SHEMA speaks of Him, saying:

"Hear O Israel," the Lord our God is one Lord." (Deut. 6:4)

"There is one Lord--One God and Father of us all, and that Messiah, Jesus Christ descended and then ascended that He might fill "all in all."

Ephesians 4:4 teaches us: There is one Spirit. Why is it that people see the Holy Spirit as Spirit, but fail to perceive the Father, as the "One Spirit," spoken of in Eph. 4:4? Tradition makes the Holy Spirit a spirit, and seems to make the Father a second Spirit, but biblically this is not so. For Eph. 4:4, tells us "there is one Spirit."

Tradition confuses the issue of Jesus Christ as "the Son of Man, obedient to HIs Heavenly Father, saying: "The Father is greater than i," and concludes he is some sort of "lesser God." Yet traditional church creeds state that according to this "3 persons" of the Godhead equasion, are all 3 co-equal, and co-eternal. They fail to identify Him, in His glorified, ascendedstate, as He Himself does in Rev. 1:8, saying: "I am Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the Ending, says the Lord, which is and which was, and which is to come, "THE ALMIGHTY." One doesn't get any more powerful than Almighty. This is not "lesser God" talk. It's the incarnation, which Messiah refused to identify as fractured or fragmented, but as ONE GOD, who began as Saviour in Genesis 3, at the fall of mankind into sin, finishing His work of salvation when He "prepares Himself a body," in the person of Messiah, and the redemption price is paid and accepted by the Most High.

In dividing the Godhead, into three separate distinct persons, many in their tradition confuse the truth of the Godhead. Yeshua said: "He that has seen me, has seen the father." And again: "I and My Father are one." (John 14:9, John 10:30) However, according to the trinitarian theory, "the Heavenly Father," would have to be a separate and distinct spirit, or person of the Godhead. This makes two persons of the Godhead who are both spirits. But the New testament refutes this, in Ephesians 4:4, stating: "There is one body and one Spirit, even as ye are called in one hope of your calling. Did you know that scripture identifies who the one Spirit is? "Now the Lord (Yeshua Jesus and his ministration of grace is being contrasted to the ministration of law) is that Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. " (2 Cor. 3:17)

In Mark 16:20, after Messiah ascended and was received up into the clouds before the disciples faces, they went out everywhere preaching, with the Lord Yeshua/Jesus working with them. He Himself sending them forth, as the Spirit of Jesus is seen forbidding them to go into Bithynia in Acts 16:7.

It is apparent that New Testament writers speak of God and His Son Jesus Christ, to show forth Messiah as Lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world. But they never use the word "trinity," which is a term never contained in scripture; and a term coined by Tertullian, in the third century. Athagenagoras was first to use the word "triad," in reference to God, his Word and His Wisdom. This paved the way for the compartmentalization of the Godhead.

In visions of the glorified Christ, and throne of God, the "Spirit" is not mentioned as a separate, distinct, "third person," of the Godhead. Though we know that God is Spirit, (John 4:24) and He is holy, and it is God who indwelt haMashiach/Christ in the incarnation. (Lev. 11:44, Daniel 7:13, Acts 7:55, Rev. 5:1,6,7, Rev. 21:22, 22:1) From the writings of the New Testament apostles, we understand that the fulness of the Godhead emmanates from Messiah's glorious face. (Col. 2:9-10, Rev. 21:21-23) Some have believed the Hebrew word Elohim, to denote a plurality of persons is seen in the Old Testament, however what this defines is a plural of God's majesty, as seen in the many names and titles of the ONE TRUE GOD, not a plurality of persons within the Godhead itself. Elohim is like saying: "He is King of King!" And Lord of Lords!

HOW COME THE HOLY SPIRIT As A 3rd PERSON DOESN'T SAY HI?

From the Old Testament, we see one God whose Spirit fills the heaven and the earth. He stretched forth the heavens alone. Not as the third person of the Godhead, but as the Holy One of Israel, the ONLY true and living God.

In the New Testament, there is no reference to any "third person of the Godhead" in the salutations of the epistles of Paul, but he does greet the church in his epistles, telling the church "hello" from God our Father, (The Spirit of God) and His Son Jesus Christ, in whom God incarnated Himself, and whose shed blood paid the ransom price for sin. These salutations speak of the Godhead, as God in Christ, as the God-man of the incarnation, who was crucified, arose, ascended, and reigns as our King Eternal, and Almighty God. This is not to be defined as "duality," because Messiah was both God and man. The author of the Epistles does not need to mention the nature as the Holy Spirit, for it is understood that God as Heavenbly Father, is a Spirit, and He is Holy.

The truth of God's Word concerning the incarnation, and the atoning sacrifice of Yeshua haMashiach, will always be central in God's plan and purpose for mankind. We understand that God is One, from Deut. 6:4, and Jesus Christ's words, which state that one's belief in the Godhead as ONE, a concept portrayed in the Shema heads the commandments of God, in both Old Testament and New Testaments. (Deut. 6:4, Mark 12:29)

But a salutation from the supposed third person of the Godhead is conspicuously absent. Paul speaks some in these salutations of His calling, but speaks regarding this of God the Father, and Christ Jesus or Jesus Christ. (1 Cor. 1:3, Eph. 1:2, Phil. 1:2, Gal. 1:1, Col. 1:2,II Thess. 1:2, I Tim. I:I,)

Messiah's own statements concerning the oneness of the Godhead, reiterate the monotheistic belief of both Old and New Testaments of the bible. He said: I and My Father are One. Jesus Christ Himself is called "revealer," in Matt. 11:27.

All things are delivered to me of my Father: and no man knows the Son but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal Him."

In John 14, we have some scriptures which speak of the identity of the Comforter, which many term as the "third person" of the Godhead." However, upon closer exaination, we see that Jesus claims to be the one who will not leave us cofortless, but He himself will "come to us." (John 14:18) Jesus said: "He, (the Spirit of Truth" dwells with you, but shall be in you. (John 14:17) Jesus further identifies the coming One, as "I will not leave you comfortless, but I will come to you. (John 14:18)

Jesus, who lived as the God-man on earth, fully human, yet fully divine, said: The Father is greater than I, in John 14:28, but this speaks of Him as human, as the sin-bearer, the Lamb of God. Scripture defines this way in which Jesus Christ's Father was greater...It was "for the sufferings of death," that He was made a little lower than the angels. (Hebrews 2:7-9) In Rev. 1:8, He refers to Himself as "The Almighty." In what way does the term ALMIGHTY denote that there is anyone greater? It doesn't of course! Yet for centuries, the ignorant or unlearned ahve wrestled these statments, to their own destruction. For the Great Harlot who has enthroned herself, Judgment Day is coming. You do not want to see the Lord face to face, if you've shunned to declare the great mystery of godliness as God has revealed and entrusted it to you. Am I worried about being disfellowshipped by the First Church of Constantine? Not in the slightest. Better a white stone (of acquittal in the face of the heresy hunters) than a white cane religion, as I see it. (Rev. 2:17) After "this Way" called heresy, so worship I the God of my fathers! My testimony of Messiah, is that He's the ONLY wise God. He is My Great God and Saviour. The I Am of the Old Testament, who when He uttered this name when they came to arrest Him in the garden, the power of God knocked them to the ground.

In the messages to the 7 Churches of Asia, we are exhorted to hear what the Spirit says to the Churches. (Rev 2-3) Yet the speaker identifies Himself by the titles of Messiah, such as: "He that hath the 7 Spirits of God," He that has the sharp sword with two edges, he Son of God who has His eyes like a flame of fire, the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the Creation of God, (Rev. 3:14, Rev 2:18, Rev. 5:6, Rev. 2;12)

Let the Joseph Generation, arise with the courage and integrity of Joseph> May we say with Elijah: If the Lord be God, then follow Him! Now the Lord (Yeshua/Jesus) is "that Spirit," and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty! (2 Corinthians 3:17) Which member of the pagan-contrived trinity is referred to as "the Lord?" Jesus said: "He that has seen Me has seen the Father. (Matt. 11:27, John 10:30) God is still the Holy One of Israel... Those who would "divide Christ," are rebuked, when Paul the Apostle poses the very question "Is Christ divided?" The answer is an emphatic "No!" Messiah is not third person of the Godhead, simply because "God prepared Himself a body." (Psalm 40:6, Heb. 10:5) God is one!

The Prophet Isaiah uses the term "Holy One" for God Himself, no less than 30 times. "The Holy One," is an Old Testament title of God, seen in Habakkuk 3:3.

"God came from Teman, and the from Mount Paran." SELAH!

We also see this in Hosea 11:9.

For I am God and not man, the Holy One in the midst of thee.

In the New Testament, when Jesus our Messiah, confronted the demonic kingdom, one of the evil spirits exposed something that the powers of darkness do understand, and that is who Messiah is. When in the synagogue, Messiah encountered a demon possessed man with an unclean spirit, the evil spirit cried out with a loud voice, saying:

"Let us alone! What have we to do with thee, Jesus Son of Nazareth? Are you come to destroy us? I know you who you are, the Holy One of God." (Luke 4:34) Jesus answered: Hold your peace and come out of him! And all marveled at the authority with which the Saviour commanded demons to come out." The evil spirit called Jesus: "The Holy One," and Apostle Paul, speaking by the power of the Holy One, confirms that God is ONE, when he states "Thou believest God is ONE? "Even the demons believe and tremble." (James 2:19) This clearly shows us that Messianic believers of the early church, had a "oneness belief," which did not compartmentalize the Godhead.

THE GREEK CONCEPT OF PERSONA

The compartmentalization of the Godhead of the Christian faith, away from the Jewish concept, embodied in the SHEMA of Deut. 6:4, into three separate, distinct, persons, as seen in the polytheistic "trinities of the pagan nations, came later in history, when Gnosticism infiltrated the church, as "the grievious wolves not sparing the flock," of which Apostle Paul warned, calling it "science, falsely so-called."

In contrast to Christianity's Hebraic roots, and revelation of God based upon prophetic revelation, the Greeks coined a term in relation to the gentile Greek theatre, which identifed one actor playing out many parts in a play, as "PERSONA."

This concept of the persona or "mask" for the face, is utilized in preaching the gospel of the Lord Jesus Christ, in describing the fact that "In Him (MESSIAH) dwells all the fulness of the Godhead in bodily form. (COl. 2:9) Jesus said: "If you have seen me, you have seen the Father!" The term employed by New Testament writers, however, is the Greek word, PROSOPON, which is translated "person," or "persons," in Matt. 22:16, Mark 12:24, Luke 20:21, 2 Cor. 1:11, 2 Cor. 2:10, Gal. 2:6, Jude 16, but the meaning is better understood as "appearance." The term is found in Greek dictionaries as the term "appearance," from PROS="towards" and OP="an eye."

Vines Expository Dictionary

"In Greek theater, masks were attached to small hand held sticks, which the actor would hold up to his face. As he changed the character of the play, to begin acting out a new part, he held up a new mask. This expresses idea of roles, not persons expresses the Greek term "PERSONA."

Like many English words, 'persona' comes from the Latin: "person, n. [L. persona, primarily a mask used by actors, hence, a character, a person, from personare, to sound through - per, through, and sonare, to sound.]" (Webster's International). The Latin 'persona' is directly equivalent with the Greek 'prosopon', as Boethius, as a sympathetic sixth century observer of Christianity, noted:

"For the word "person" seems to be borrowed from a different source, namely from the masks (personae) which in comedies and tragedies used to represent the people concerned...The Greeks, too, call these masks 'prosopa' from the fact that they are placed over the face and conceal the countenance in front of the eyes: (from being put up against the face). But since, as we have said, it was by the masks they put on that actors respresented the individual concerned in a tragedy or comedy - Hecuba or Medea or Simo or Chremes, - so also of all other men who could be clearly recognized by their appearance the Latins used the name 'persona', the Greeks 'prosopa'." (Anicius Manlius Severinus Boethius, Contra Eutychen, III).

God said to Moses:

"You cannot see My face ['prosopon' LXX]; for no man shall see Me, and live.'" (Exodus 33:20). Yet God has made a way for people who have deeply longed for relationship with Him on a deeper level, to see God and live: "So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: For I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved." (Genesis 32:30). There is a face of God which no man can see and live. Yet there are those who have seen God and lived. Does the Bible contradict itself? That cannot be! Some, like Daniel, have seen similitudes and visions in the night, but others are plainly stated to have encountered the LORD Himself, face to face:

"So the LORD spoke to Moses face to face, as a man speaks to his friend. And he would return to the camp, but his servant Joshua the son of Nun, a young man, did not depart from the tabernacle." (Exodus 33:11); "Not so with My servant Moses; He is faithful in all My house. I speak with him face to face, Even plainly, and not in dark sayings; and he sees the form of the LORD. Why then were you not afraid To speak against My servant Moses?" (Numbers 12:7-8); "But since then there has not arisen in Israel a prophet like Moses, whom the LORD knew face to face ['prosopon kata prosopon' LXX]..." (Deuteronomy 34:10). Thus, there is a face of God which no man can see and live. Yet prophets and patriarchs have seen God and lived. Jacob saw God face to face, in the form of an angel: "So Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: "For I have seen God face to face [prosopon pros prosopon LXX], and my life is preserved.'" (Genesis 32:30)

"He took his brother by the heel in the womb, And in his strength he struggled with God. Yes, he struggled with the Angel and prevailed; He wept, and sought favor from Him. He found Him in Bethel, And there He spoke to us - That is, the LORD God of hosts. The LORD is His memorable name." (Hosea 12:3-5). "The LORD bless you and keep you, The LORD make His face ['prosopon' LXX] shine upon you, And be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance ['prosopon' LXX] upon you, And give you peace." (Numbers 6:24-26). "Restore us, O God; Cause Your face ['prosopon' LXX] to shine, And we shall be saved!... Restore us, O God of hosts; Cause Your face ['prosopon' LXX] to shine, And we shall be saved!... Restore us, O LORD God of hosts; Cause Your face ['prosopon' LXX] to shine, And we shall be saved!" (Psalm 80:3-19).

The concept of portraying roles, with masks is familiar to Asians where the custom prevails in their theatre, using masks of this sort.

The Romans utilized persona to describe the actors mask. The Septuigent translators of the Hebrew bible, translating the bible into Greek, substituted the term PROSOPON, as the "sounding mask" through which God spoke, or signifying "out of the mouth of the Lord."

New Testament Greek Lexicon:

Strong's Number: 4383 pro/swpon
Original Word/Word Origin
pro/swpon from (4314) and ops (the visage, from (3700)
Transliterated Word Phonetic Spelling:
Prosopon or pros'-o-pon