One Messiah: Two Comings
by James Jacob Prasch
And gathering them together, He commanded them not to leave Jerusalem, but to wait for what the Father had promised, “Which,” He said, “You heard of from me; for John baptized with water, but you shall be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
And so when they had come together, they were asking Him, saying, “Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom to Israel?”
He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or epochs which the Father has fixed by His own authority; but you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and even to the remotest part of the earth'” (Acts 1:4-8).
“Lord, is it at this time You are restoring the kingdom?” We hear much talk today about a movement called the Restorationist Movement.
The term “restoring the kingdom” is only used in one place in the New Testament, not in connection with the Church Triumphant, but with Israel.
The Restoration Movement is committed to restoring three things which never existed to begin with.
The first thing they are trying to restore is a version of eschatology, which is over realized It is called Dominionism or Triumphalism: the erroneous view that the church will conquer the world for Jesus, before He returns to set up His Kingdom.
The church will ultimately be victorious, but that victory depends on the return of Christ.
And the God of peace will soon crush Satan under your feet (Roman 16:20).
Daniel speaks specifically and plainly of the persecution that is to occur in the Last Days.
I kept looking, and that horn [ speaking of the Antichrist ] was waging war with the saints and overpowering them until the Ancient of Days came, and judgment was passed in favor of the saints of the Highest One, and the time arrived when the saints took possession of the kingdom (Daniel 7:21).
Kingdom Now theology falsely states that the saints will take possession of the kingdom before the return of Christ, but the Bible clearly teaches that they will take possession of the kingdom after the return of Christ.
These kinds of erroneous beliefs have emerged at various times in church history, usually at turning points in world history.
During the decline of the Roman Empire it was called Montanism. It exhibited much the same kind of chaos we see today with the modern Restoration Movement, including the emphasis on “signs and wonders” that drew people into it without any understanding of the biblical theology.
Predictions, and prophecies that failed to happen, followed.
During the Renaissance it was the Munster Anabaptists, who followed people called the Prophets of Zwickow – a group who did the same kind of things as the Kansas City Prophets do today, make wild and irresponsible predictions that fail to happen.
The second thing this movement is trying to restore is a view of prophetic authority which is not biblical. In the biblical version of prophetic authority, a prophet is responsible for what he says.
I actually had somebody from the Vineyard tell me that the New Testament says that we “prophesy in part,” so, therefore, John Wimber’s followers, and Paul Cain, can be partly right and partly wrong, and still be biblical prophets. That idea is utterly false and terribly dangerous! People like that are deceived.
Thirdly, they are trying to restore a version of apostolic authority, which is not Biblical. Apostolic authority in the New Testament was chiefly doctrinal.
Does apostolic authority, in the sense of the twelve apostles, still exist in the church today? Yes it does. It exists in the writing of the apostles and of Paul.
Apostolic authority was chiefly doctrinal and it exists today in the church, preserved by the Holy Spirit, in the writings of the apostles.
Now there are other kinds of apostles, church-planting missionaries being among them, but as we look into the New Testament, apostolic authority was plural.
The Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them” (Acts 13:2).
Jesus sent the apostles out in pairs. Biblical authority was always plural.
The model of apostolic authority in the House Church movement and in Restorationism is a pyramid scheme, where the apostle is the head honcho. What they are calling “apostolic authority” amounts to a form of heavy shepherding.
Additionally, apostolic authority in the Bible is always accountable.
Paul and Barnabas were always accountable back to Antioch, which sent them out.
Beyond that, apostolic authority in the Bible involved mutual submission to each other, as in Acts chapter 15. It was never a one-man show.
What they are calling “apostolic authority” today in the Restoration Movement is often only heavy shepherding, based on Gnosticism. These people claim to have a gnosis, or a subjective revelation and, if you do not see it, they claim that you are under deception.
Nonetheless, there is a true restoration and that has to do with the restoration of Israel.
Replacementism – the idea that the church has replaced Israel, to the negation of any prophetic or end times purpose for Israel and the Jews – is a totally unbiblical doctrine.
Romans 11 speaks directly of Israel as “the root”. The root supports you; you do not support the root. The root is under the ground. Just because you cannot see it, that does not mean that it is not there. If the tree had no root, the tree would die.
If Israel was finished forever, the church would be finished with it. If God has rejected Israel because of their sin and unfaithfulness, He has just as much reason to reject the church, possibly more.
The sins of Israel are easily replayed throughout the history of the church, including the sacrifice of their children to demons, which we see today in the massive number of non-therapeutic abortions carried out even in Western, Christianized democracy.
What Romans 11 teaches is that Gentile Christians who repent and accept Jesus, replace Jews who do not. They are grafted in as branches in place of Jews who reject their own Messiah, but the root remains Israel.
Everything under the ground is Old Testament Israel, but everything above the ground is the New Testament Church. The Church is the spiritual continuity of Old Testament Israel, not its replacement.
Restoration of Israel
The root is still Jewish. The original branches were Jewish. The first Christians were Jews. The writers of the New Testament were Jews, and the final Christians will be Jews.
Jesus spoke of the national dimensions of the restoration of Israel in the Olivet Discourse – Jerusalem will be trampled under foot by the Gentiles until the time of the Gentiles be fulfilled (Luke 21:24).
Jesus used the same words that Paul used in Romans 11:25, except that Jesus was speaking of Israel as a nation.
The time of the Gentiles is dealt with soteriologically in Romans 11, but it is dealt with eschatologically in the Olivet Discourse in Luke 21.
The ultimate meaning of the time of the Gentiles coming to an end is bound up with the prophecies of Daniel. God’s final plan for world redemption depends on the salvation of Israel and the fulfillment of His plan, prophetically, for the restoration of Israel.
There is a national aspect of this but, more importantly, a soteriological, as seen in Romans 11:15. For if their rejection be the reconciliation of the world, what will their acceptance be but life from the dead?
The New Testament speaks of restoration, not in terms of this silly Triumphalist movement we have today, but in terms of God’s plan for the restoration of Israel, through whom He will bless the nations.
The Hebrew word for Gentile and the Hebrew word for nation is the same word, joy. God is going to bless the church through Jewish people in the last days.
The Lord has given us these events in the Middle East as proof of the return of Christ. They are one of the signs Jesus has given.
Today we have many false teachers within the body of Christ who are misleading others, telling Christians that the very signs Jesus gave so the elect would not be unprepared or deceived, are not signs at all.
Why Jews reject Jesus
There are two main reasons why the Jewish people will reject Jesus as the Messiah. One is the unfortunate history of Christian anti-Semitism, usually carried out by the Roman Catholic Church and the Eastern Orthodox Church, but with the unfortunate exception of Martin Luther, whose works inspired Adolf Hitler in writing Mein Kampf.
Luther taught that every Jew should be herded into a corral, forced to confess Christ at the point of knife. He said that “we, the German people, are to blame if we do not murder the Jews to prove we are Christians.”
The second reason most Jews will reject Jesus as the Messiah is because Jesus did not bring in worldwide peace. He did not subdue the enemies of Israel, or establish the Messianic kingdom in Jerusalem, or bring justice to the nations, or prosperity and tranquillity to the world.
If He is the Messiah, where is the Messianic reign in the character of David?
To the end there will be war
The answer is found in Daniel 9. The Messiah would have to come and die before the Second Temple would be destroyed.
It was not the purpose of the Messiah to bring worldwide peace at His first coming. It was His purpose to deal with the source problem – sin. It will be at His Second Coming that He will bring in worldwide peace.
And its end will come with flood and even to the end there will be war and desolation’s are determined (Daniel 9:26).
According to Judaism (the midrash Bereshith on page 243 of the Warsaw edition), the Messiah was to exit in 33AD. We read confirmation in the Talmudic literature also, confirming that the Messiah should have come and died before the Second Temple was destroyed.
We read that the Sanhedrin wept and said, “Woe to us! Where is the Messiah? He had to have come by now.”
Rabbi Leopold Cohen
Rabbi Leopold Cohen, a very senior, ultra-orthodox rabbi, sought to understand the meaning of Daniel chapter 9.
He found two things in the Rabbinic literature of the ancient sages. One is that the Messiah was supposed to have come already. The other is that there is a curse on anybody who reads Daniel chapter 9.
So Rabbi Leopold Cohen did the only honorable thing he could. He became a Baptist minister.
It’s relatively easy to deal with the subject of Christian anti-Semitism.
“How can you expect me to believe that Jesus is the Messiah when Christians murdered my grandparents?”
The way you deal with the problem of Christian anti-Semitism is to tell Jewish people about the real Jesus – Jesus the Jew, Rabbi Yeshua Ben Yosef of Nazareth, and remind them that the Jewish people murdered their own prophets in the name of Moses.
It was in the name of Moses that they put Jeremiah in prison, sawed Isaiah in half and killed Zechariah.
Should you reject Moses because of what Jews did in his name?
Should you reject Moses because of the orthodox Jew who recently went into a mosque in Hebron with an automatic weapon and murdered fifty Moslems? Do I blame Moses for that, because people murdered in his name?
Well, then we cannot blame Jesus for what people have done over the centuries in His name.
I have to accept Moses and the Torah on the basis of what Moses said. And I have to accept or reject Jesus and the New Testament on the basis of what He said and did.
Fulfilling all the prophecies
The other subject though – Why the Messiah did not bring in worldwide peace – is another issue. For Jesus to be the Messiah, He has to fulfill all the Messianic prophecies of the Old Testament.
There are two kinds of Messianic prophecies in the Old Testament – the “Suffering Servant” prophecies (seen in the Servant Songs of Isaiah and elsewhere, and in some of the psalms of David), and also the “Davidic Messiah” of the conquering triumphal King who will subdue the enemies of God, establish the Kingdom and bring in worldwide peace, reigning from Jerusalem.
If Jesus is not the Messiah of the Jews, neither is He the Christ of the church. They mean the same thing: “Christ” and “Messiah,” the “Anointed One.”
Jesus has not fulfilled all of the Old Testament prophecies as yet. He has only fulfilled the “Son of David” prophecies in a spiritual sense, not yet in an historical sense. For Jesus to be the Messiah, He must fulfill all the prophecies.
The ‘Suffering Servant’ Messiah is called HaMashiach Ben Yosef, the Messiah, the Son of Joseph. The ‘Conquering King’ Messiah is HaMashiach Ben David, the Messiah, the Son of David.
We see this in the Jewish background of Palm Sunday. Passover was one of three pilgrim feasts where the Jews sing something called the “Hallel Rabah” (from Psalms 113 to 118).
The highlight of the Hallel Rabah is: Hosanna, hosanna, blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord. We bless you from the house of the Lord. Give thanks to the Lord, for He is good, for His loving kindness endures forever. Hosanna, hosanna.
The Jews were meant to sing that on Passover, with their hands waving. They were also meant to sing it at the Feast of Tabernacles, while waving palm branches in their hands.
On Palm Sunday, the Jews began to celebrate Passover (which teaches about the Messiah who was the Lamb who would be slain), as if it were the Feast of Tabernacles, which corresponds, in the typology of the Jewish calendar, to the Millennium.
The Feast of Tabernacles (seen in John 7:2), drawing on the background of Ezekiel 47, is associated in Jewish thought with the Davidic Kingdom.
That is why, when Jesus was transfigured with Moses and Elijah, Peter wanted to build three booths, three tabernacles. Peter was saying, “Here is the Messiah. Now let’s set up the Kingdom!”
When Jesus came on Palm Sunday, they wanted somebody who was going to get rid of the Romans, in the same way as the way the Maccabees had gotten rid of the Greeks, and set up the Messianic Kingdom. So they began to celebrate Passover, as if it were the feast of Tabernacles.
In His first coming, Jesus fulfilled the first three (Spring) holidays in the Jewish calendar: Passover, First Fruits (which was the Resurrection), and the Feast of Weeks (which was Pentecost).
In His Second Coming, Jesus will fulfill the last three (Autumn) holidays: the Feast of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and finally and ultimately, the Feast of Tabernacles.
Fulfilling all the prophecies
The Jews of His day did not want to know about a Suffering Servant Messiah, who was going to come as the Passover Lamb to be slain. They wanted a conquering King, who was going to set up the Millennium.
The suffering servant Messiah is called “the Son of Joseph,” HaMashiach Ben Yosef. The conquering king Messiah is called “the Son of David,” HaMashiach Ben David.
For Jesus of Nazareth to be the Messiah, He has to fulfill ALL the prophecies.
But Jesus has plainly and clearly not fulfille
d all the prophecies. He has only fulfilled the Suffering Servant ones, the Son of Joseph ones.
In other words, it is one Messiah, two comings. In His first coming Jesus came as the Son of Joseph, the suffering servant. In His Second Coming He will return as the Son of David, the conquering King who will set up His Kingdom.
False doctrine: Amillennialism and Postmillennialism
The doctrines of Amillennialism and Postmillennialism were the invention of the Roman Catholic Church, following the errors of Constantine and Augustine, at the time when Christendom was made the religion of the state. Amillennialism and Post Millennialism are totally unbiblical.
From the original Jewish perspective of the New Testament, only a Premillennial position is tenable.
If there is no Millennium, Jesus is not the Messiah. And, if He is not the Messiah for the Jews, neither is He the Christ for the church. He must fulfill all the Old Testament prophecies and, so far, He has only fulfilled the Son of Joseph prophecies.
Restoring the kingdom
What the apostles were really asking with the question, “Lord, is it at this time you are restoring the Kingdom?” was: “We know that you are the son of Joseph, but when are you going to be the son of David? When are you going to restore the kingdom the way David did?”
Even John the Baptist could not understand this.
And summoning two of his disciples, John sent them to the Lord, saying, “Are You the Expected One, or do we look for someone else?” (Luke 7:19).
Even the apostles, after the resurrection, on the Mount of Olives at the Ascension, were unable to understand that it is one Messiah, but two comings.
In His first coming, the Lord Jesus was the Messiah, the Son of Joseph. In His second coming, He will be the Messiah, the Son of David, the conquering king who will fully establish the kingdom.
Let us look at Jesus, the son of Joseph.
Beloved of his father
Now Israel loved Joseph more than all of his sons (Genesis 37:3).
Joseph was the beloved son of his father.
And behold, a voice out of the heavens, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17).
The Messiah, the son of Joseph, was the beloved son of His Father.
Fellowship and service
Then he [Jacob] said to him [Joseph], “Go now and see about the welfare of your brothers and the welfare of the flock; and bring word back to me.” So he sent him from the valley of Hebron, and he came to Shechem (Genesis 37:14).
Joseph lived in Hebron which, in Hebrew, means “the place of fellowship.” Joseph dwelt with His father at the place of fellowship and was sent by his father to seek the welfare of his brothers.
Have this attitude in yourselves which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although He existed in the form of God, did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied Himself, taking the form of a bondservant, and being made in the likeness of men (Philippians 2:5-7).
For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).
Jesus dwelt with His Father in the place of fellowship and was sent by His Father to seek the welfare of His brothers.
His brothers’ sin
And Joseph brought back a bad report about them to his father (Genesis 37:2).
Joseph testified to his father about the sins of his brothers, and his brothers hated him.
“If the world hates you, you know that it has hated Me before it hated you. If you were of the world, the world would love its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you” (John 15:18-19).
Jesus testified about the sins of His brothers and so they hated Him.
They hated him still more
Then Joseph had a dream, and when he told it to his brothers, they hated him even more (Genesis 37:5).
Joseph revealed to his brothers the exalted position he was to receive.
They already hated him for testifying against their sins, but now they absolutely despised him.
And then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds in the sky with power and great glory (Matthew 24:30).
And the scribes and chief priests tried to lay hands on him that very hour, and they feared the people; for they understood that he spoke this parable against them (Luke 20:19).
Jesus revealed to His brothers the position of glory that He would receive and so His brothers hated Him.
Foretold that he would rule
Joseph told his brothers that “we were binding sheaves in the field, and lo, my sheaf rose up and also stood erect; and behold, your sheaves gathered around and bowed down to my sheaf” (Genesis 37:7).
“You shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power” (Matthew 26:64).
Joseph foretold that one day he would rule. Jesus foretold that one day He would rule.
Rejected and condemned
When they saw him from a distance and before he came close to them, they plotted against him to put him to death (Genesis 37:18).
“We do not want this man to reign over us” (Luke 19:14).
But they kept on crying out, saying, “Crucify, crucify Him!” (Luke 23:21).
Both were rejected and condemned to die.
Out of His mind
And they said to one another, “Here comes this dreamer!” (Gen. 37:19).
And when His own people heard of this, they went to take custody of Him; for they were saying, “He has lost His senses” (Mark 3:21).
Joseph was accused by his brothers of being a dreamer. They said of Jesus, the Messiah, the son of Joseph, that He had lost His senses.
Sold for silver
And Judah said to his brothers, “What profit is it for us to kill our brother and cover up his blood? Come and let us sell him to the Ishmaelites and not lay our hands on him; for he is our brother, our own flesh.”
And his brothers listened to him. Then some Midianite traders passed by, so they pulled him up and lifted Joseph out of the pit, and sold him to the Ishmaelites for twenty shekels of silver (Genesis 37:26-28).
Judah betrayed Joseph and sold him for twenty pieces of silver.
Then one of the twelve, named Judas Iscariot, went to the chief priests, and s
aid, “What are you willing to give me to deliver Him to you?”
And they weighed out for him thirty pieces of silver (Matthew 26:151).
Judah betrayed Joseph for twenty pieces of silver.
Judas (same name as “Judah” in Hebrew) betrayed the son of Joseph, after inflation, for thirty pieces of silver.
So Joseph found favor in his sight, and he became his personal servant; and he made him overseer over his house, and all that he owned he put in his charge (Genesis 39:4).
Everything Joseph did, he did as a servant.
Everything to prosper
And it came about that from the time he made him overseer in his house,and over all that he owned, the Lord blessed the Egyptian’s house on account of Joseph (Genesis 39:5).
The Lord caused all that Joseph did to prosper.
And the good pleasure of the Lord will prosper in his hand (Isaiah 53:10).
God shall cause all that the son of Joseph does to prosper.
And it came about after these events that his master’s wife looked with desire at Joseph, and she said, “Lie with me.” But he refused and said to his master’s wife, “Behold, with me here, my master does not concern himself with anything in the house, and he has put all that he owns in my charge. There is no one greater in this house than I, and he has withheld nothing from me except you, because you are his wife. How then could I do this great evil, and sin against God?” (Gen. 39:7-9).
Joseph was tempted to the utmost, but he endured and would not sin.
Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil. Then Jesus said to him, “Begone, Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God,and serve Him only.’ ” Then the devil left Him. (Matthew 4:1-11).
Joseph was tempted to the utmost and endured. The Messiah, the son of Joseph, was tempted to the utmost, but He endured.
When she saw that he had left his garment in her hand, and had fled outside, she called to the men of her household, and said to them, “See, he has brought in a Hebrew to make sport of us; he came in to me to lie with me, and I screamed.
And it came about when he heard that I raised my voice and screamed, that he left his garment beside me and fled, and went outside” (Genesis 39:13-15).
Joseph was falsely accused.
Now, the chief priests and the whole Council kept trying to obtain false testimony against Jesus, in order that they might put Him to death; and they did not find any, even though many false witnesses came forward.
But later on two came forward and said, “This man stated, ‘I am able to destroy the temple of God and rebuild it in three days.’ “
And the high priest stood up and said to Him, “Do You make no answer? What is this that these men are testifying against You?”
But Jesus kept silent. And the high priest said to Him, “I adjure you by the living God, that You tell us whether You are the Messiah, the Son of God.” Jesus said, “You have said it yourself; nevertheless I tell you, hereafter you shall see the Son of Man sitting at the right hand of Power, and coming on the clouds of heaven.”
Then the high priest tore his robes, saying, “He has blasphemed! What further need do we have of witnesses? Behold, you have now heard the blasphemy.” (Matthew 26:59-65).
Joseph was accused falsely and lied about. The Messiah, the son of Joseph, was accused falsely and lied about.
Predicted life and death
Then the cupbearer and the baker for the king of Egypt, who were confined in jail, both had a dream the same night, each man with his own dream and each dream with its own interpretation . . Then Joseph said to [the cupbearer], “This is the interpretation of it: the three branches are three days; within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office; and you will put Pharaoh’s cup into his hand according to your former custom when you were his cupbearer . .
Then Joseph answered and said [to the baker], “This is its interpretation: the three baskets are three days; within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head from you and hang you on a tree; and the birds will eat your flesh off you” (Genesis 40:5-19).
Joseph predicted that one of these criminals would live and that the other one would die.
And one of the criminals who were hanging there was hurling abuse at Him, saying, “Are You not the Christ? Save Yourself and us!”
But the other answered, and rebuking him said, Do you not even fear God, since you are under the same sentence of condemnation? And we indeed justly, for we are receiving what we deserve for our deeds; but this man has done nothing wrong.”
And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in your kingdom!” And He said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:39-43).
Jesus was condemned with two criminals and, as He predicted, one lived and one died.
Then Joseph said to him, “This is the interpretation of it: the three branches are three days; within three more days Pharaoh will lift up your head and restore you to your office; and you will put Pharaoh’s cup into his hand according to your former custom when you were his cupbearer (Genesis 40:12-13).
Joseph promised deliverance to a condemned man.
And he was saying, “Jesus, remember me when You come in Your kingdom!”
And Jesus said to him, “Truly I say to you, today you shall be with Me in Paradise” (Luke 23:42-43).
Yeshua, the son of Joseph promised deliverance to a condemned man. And that same son of Joseph is promising deliverance to condemned men today if they will repent and ask Him to forgive them, and follow Him.
A way of salvation Joseph was betrayed by his Jewish brothers into the hands of Gentiles, but God took this betrayal and turned it around and made it a way for all of Israel, and all of the world, to be saved.
So too, the Messiah, the son of Joseph, was betrayed by His Jewish brothers into the hands of Gentiles. God took this betrayal and turned it around, making it a way for all Israel, and all the world, to be saved.
Forgotten by those he helped
Yet the chief cupbearer did not remember Joseph, but forgot him (Genesis 40:23).
Joseph was forgotten by those he helped, and the son of Joseph was forgotten by those He helped.
Raised to glory
Then Pharaoh sent and called for Joseph, and they hurriedly brought him out of the dungeon; and when he had shaved himself and changed his clothes, he came to Pharaoh
So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has informed you of all this, there is no one so discerning and wise as you are.
Joseph was taken from a dungeon, a place of death, and he was raised by the king to the place of glory in one day.
I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints, and what is the surpassing greatness of His power towards us who believe.
These are in accordance with the working of the strength of His might which He brought about in Christ, when He raised Him from the dead, and seated Him at His right hand in the heavenly places, far above all rule and authority and power and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this age, but also in the one to come (Ephesians 1:19-20).
Joseph was raised from a place of condemnation to a place of glory in one day, and the son of Joseph, the Messiah, the Lord Jesus, was raised from a place of condemnation to a place of glory in a single day.
So Pharaoh said to Joseph, “Since God has informed you of all this, there is no one so discerning and wise as you are” (Genesis 41:39).
Joseph proved to be a great counselor. In Isaiah 9:6 we read that “And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor.”
And Pharaoh said to Joseph, “See I have set you over all the land of Egypt” (Genesis 41:41).
Joseph was promoted to glory and honor and given a new name.
Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name (Phil. 2:9).
Jesus was promoted to glory and honor and given a new name.
Took a Gentile bride
Then Pharaoh named Joseph Zaphenath-Paneah; and he gave him Asenath, the daughter of Potiphera priest of On, as his wife. And Joseph went forth over the land of Egypt (Genesis 41:45).
After being exalted, Joseph took a Gentile bride.
For the husband is the head of the wife, as Christ also is the head of the church, He Himself being the Savior of the Body (Ephesians 5:23-32).
Jesus, after exaltation, took a Gentile bride – in figure, the Gentile church.
That is why the book of Ruth – the story of a Jewish man taking a Gentile bride – is read in the synagogues at Pentecost, which we call “the birthday of the church.”
And, in both cases, the brides were given to share the glory.
About thirty years of age
Now Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharoah, king of Egypt (Genesis 41:46).
Joseph was 30 years old when he began his work.
And when He began His ministry, Jesus Himself was about thirty years of age. (Luke 3:23).
The son of Joseph was 30 years old when He began His work.
“Do whatever He says”
So when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried out to Pharoah for bread; and Pharoah said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph; whatever he says to you, you shall do” (Genesis 41:55).
His (Jesus’) mother said to the servants, “Whatever He says to you, do it” (John 2:5).
Of Joseph it was said “Do whatever he tells you.” Of the son of Joseph it was said, “Do whatever He tells you.”
Every knee shall bow
Then Pharaoh took off his signet ring from his hand, and put it on Joseph’s hand, and clothed him in garments of fine linen, and put the gold necklace around his neck.
And he had him ride in his second chariot; and they proclaimed before him, “Bow the knee!” And he set him over all the land of Egypt.
Moreover, Pharoah said to Joseph, “Though I am Pharoah, yet without your permission no one shall raise his hand or foot in all the land of Egypt” (Genesis 41:42-44).
When he was exalted, every knee bowed to Joseph and he was given all power and glory.
Therefore also God highly exalted Him, and bestowed on Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those who are in heaven, and on earth, and under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father (Philippians 2:9-11).
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth” (Matthew 28:18).
Every knee shall bow to the Son of Joseph, and He has been given all power and glory.
The Bread of Life
So when all the land of Egypt was famished, the people cried out to Pharoah for bread; and Pharoah said to all the Egyptians, “Go to Joseph; whatever he says to you, you shall do.”
When the famine was spread over all the face of the earth, then Joseph opened all the storehouses, and sold to the Egyptians; and the famine was severe in the land of Egypt, And the people of all the earth came to Egypt to buy grain from Joseph, because the famine was severe in the earth (Genesis 41:55-57).
Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me shall not hunger, and he who believes in Me shall never thirst” (John 6:35).
And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).
The whole world had to get their bread from Joseph – there was no other way the people could be saved. And there is no way for us to be saved except through the son of Joseph.
Not entrusting Himself to men
Now they were seated before him, the firstborn according to his birthright and the youngest according to his youth, and the men looked at one another in astonishment (Gen. 43:33).
Why? Because Joseph knew the past sinful history of his brothers.
Jesus the Messiah is like Joseph, knowing the past history and sins of his brothers.
Not recognized first time
However, as we read in Genesis, Joseph’s brothers do not recognize him at the first coming. They recognized him at the second.
Joseph could not control himself before all those who stood by him, and he cried, “Have everyone go out from me.” So there was no man with him when Joseph made himself known to his brothers.
And he wept so loudly that the Egyptians heard it, and the household of Pharoah heard of it.
Then Joseph said to his brothers, “I am Joseph! Is my father still alive?” But his brothers could not answer him, for they were dismayed at his presence.
Then Joseph said to his brothers, “Please come closer to me.” So they came closer. And he said, “I am your brother Joseph, whom you sold into Egypt” (Genesis 45:1-4).
Joseph’s brothers did not recognize him at the first coming, but at the second.
And I will pour out on the house of David and on the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the Spirit of grace and of supplication, so they will look upon Me who they have pierced; and they will mourn for Him, as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him, like the bitter weeping over a first born (Zechariah 12:10).
The brothers of the Messiah, the son of Joseph, did not recognize him at his first coming, but they will at the second, realizing the one they betrayed is now the exalted one who was going to save them.
The one who was crucified is the one who is the Redeemer, the King. The son of Joseph is also the son of David.
The Suffering Servant is also the Conquering King
When his brothers repented, he forgave them. And when Jesus’ brothers, the Jewish people repent, He forgives them.
In the beginning Joseph used the Egyptian people, the Gentiles, to give bread to his brothers, but a time came when the Gentiles were sent away and he revealed himself to his brothers.
Right now the son of Joseph is using Gentiles, Christians, to send the food, the Bread of Life, to His brothers, but a time will come in the Great Tribulation when the son of Joseph will personally reveal Himself to His brothers.
All power to the King
Joseph, after his exaltation, turned around and delivered all into the hands of Pharaoh (Genesis 47:20).
Then comes the end, when He delivers up the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and authority and power (1 Corinthians 15:24).
Joseph gave all rule and authority and power into the hands of the king.
The Messiah, the son of Joseph, will give all power and rule into the hands of the King.
So they said, “You have saved our lives! Let us find favor in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharoah’s slaves” (Genesis 47:25).
Joseph was acknowledged to be the people’s savior.
For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior., Christ Jesus; who gave Himself for us, that He might redeem us from every lawless deed and purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds (Titus 2:11-14).
The Messiah, the son of Joseph, the Lord Jesus Christ, is acknowledged to be the Savior. of all mankind.
After the first century, Jesus was taken and made king of the Gentiles. It was forgotten that He came as King of the Jews and He became totally unrecognizable to His Hebrew brothers.
One Messiah : Two Comings
Joseph was given a new name upon his exaltation (Genesis 41:45). The Gentiles call Rabbi Yeshua Ben Yosef by a new name – Jesus – a Greek name, not His original one.
One Messiah, two comings.
The Jews did not recognize Joseph at the first coming but at the second. And they will recognize the son of Joseph at the second coming, seeing the one who was betrayed and crucified as the one who has indeed come to bring salvation.
One Messiah, two comings.
Jesus is coming back as the son of David. Every eye will see Him. The Jews will look upon Him whom they have pierced and mourn as one mourns for an only son.
Those who look upon Jesus, whom we have all pierced, and mourn now as one mourns for an only son, will have the same blessing and promise that He gives to His own people.
The Messiah, the son of Joseph, will return as the Messiah, the son of David. And He will restore the kingdom to Israel.