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Jacob prophesied of Jesus coming for his bride in the Rapture when he spoke to his twelve sons, which make up the twelve tribes of Israel. I wonder if Jacob knew how many parallels or similarities his son’s adventures would have with the adventures of Jesus. Jacob spoke of Jesus in this way.

Genesis 49:10
The sceptre shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh come; and unto him shall the gathering of the people be. (The Rapture)

One of Jacob's sons, named Judah, had a set of twins that pictured John the Baptist and Jesus Christ.

Genesis 38:26 And Judah acknowledged them, and said, She hath been more righteous than I; because that I gave her not to Shelah my son. And he knew her again no more. V.27 And it came to pass in the time of her travail, that, behold, twins were in her womb.

Genesis 38:28 And it came to pass, when she travailed, that the one put out his hand: and the midwife took and bound upon his hand a scarlet thread, saying, This came out first. V.29 And it came to pass, as he drew back his hand, that, behold, his brother came out: and she said, How hast thou broken forth? this breach be upon thee: therefore his name was called Pharez. V.30 And afterward came out his brother, that had the scarlet thread upon his hand: and his name was called Zarah.

This is a picture of Jesus and his cousin John the Baptist. As the hand was put forth to receive the scarlet thread, it was pulled back so the forerunner, John the Baptist, could come forth and prophesy the coming of the Savior, Jesus. This was signified by the scarlet thread. The name of the first child, Pharez, means coming forth, pointing to John in the wilderness. The second child with the scarlet thread tied on his arm was named Zarah, which means light coming forth. Jesus is the light of the world. Jesus came from the tribe of Judah.

Another son of Jacob was Joseph, the eleventh son, son of Rachael.

Joseph was a type of Christ, giving us a picture of what Jesus went through at his betrayal, his trial, his death on the cross, and what we are to expect in the end times that we are in now, some still in our future. As shown through Joseph’s life as he went through his ordeal, God revealed to us a sequence of events that parallels the prophecies that Jesus has fulfilled and those that will be fulfilled in our future.

(1) The first thing we see in Joseph’s life is that as a young boy he is brought to Egypt.

Genesis 37:28 ...and they brought Joseph into Egypt.

Jesus was also brought to Egypt as a young boy by his earthly parent, Joseph.

Matthew 2:14 When he arose, he took the young child and his mother by night, and departed into Egypt.

Joseph was tempted many times by Potiphar’s wife to commit sin with her.

Genesis 39:7-8 And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. But he refused... V.10 And it came to pass, as she spake to Joseph day by day, that he hearkened not unto her, to lie with her, or to be with her.

Jesus was also tempted to sin by satan in the wilderness.

Matthew 4:3 And when the tempter came to him, he said, If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread. Jesus refused to sin against his Father in Heaven. Three times the tempter tried to trick him, but Jesus refused, as did Joseph. V.11 Then the devil leaveth him...

(3) Joseph was falsely accused by Potiphar’s wife when she accused Joseph of rape.

Genesis 39:18 And it came to pass, as I lifted up my voice and cried, that he left his garment with me, and fled out. V.19 And it came to pass, when his master heard the words of his wife, which she spake unto him, saying, After this manner did thy servant to me; that his wrath was kindled. V.20 And Joseph’s master took him, and put him into the prison, a place where the king’s prisoners were bound: and he was there in prison.

Jesus was also falsely accused by the chief priest and elders, and the council.

Matthew 26:59 Now the chief priests, and elders, and all the council, sought false witness against Jesus, to put him to death. V.60 But found none: yea, though many false witnesses came, yet found they none. At the last came two false witnesses.

(4) Joseph was rejected by his brethren who plotted to kill him.

Genesis 37:18 And when they saw him afar off, even before he came near unto them, they conspired against him to slay him.

Jesus was also rejected by his brethren who plotted to kill him.

Matthew 26:3 Then assembled together the chief priests, and the scribes, and the elders of the people, unto the palace of the high priest, who was called Caiaphas, V.4 And consulted that they might take Jesus by subtlety, and kill him.

(5) The brothers of Joseph were jealous because of the love Jacob had for Joseph. Joseph and Benjamin were the only two sons from Jacob’s wife, Rachael, and the other ten were jealous of the two.

Genesis 37:3 Now Israel loved Joseph more than all his children, because he was the son of his old age: and he made him a coat of many colours. V.4 And when his brethren saw that their Father loved him more than all his brethren, they hated him, and could not speak peacefully unto him.

There was also a small rivalry between the 12 disciples, just as there was between the 12 brothers of Jacob’s family. The disciple John referred to himself as the disciple Jesus loved. This is seen in John 21:20 Then Peter, turning about, seeth the disciple Jesus loved following; which also leaned on his breast at supper, and said, Lord, which is he that betrayeth thee? V.21 Peter seeing him, saith to Jesus, Lord, and what shall this man do? V.22 Jesus saith unto him, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? Follow thou me. V.23 Then went this saying abroad among the brethren, that that disciple should not die; but, If I will that he tarry till I come, what is that to thee? V.24 This is the disciple which testifieth of these things: and we know that his testimony is true.

John’s mother came to Jesus to ask if her two sons could be given a position of importance in the kingdom, which caused jealousy amongst the disciples.

Matthew 20:21 And he said unto her, What wilt thou? She saith unto him, Grant that these my two sons may sit, the one on thy right hand, and the other on the left, in thy kingdom. V.24 And when the ten heard it, they were moved with indignation against the two brethren.

In comparison, the ten brothers of Joseph and the ten disciples of Jesus were enraged with jealousy over the same things.

Joseph made predictions of himself in power and was made fun of.

Genesis 37:8 "And his brethren said to him, Shalt thou indeed reign over us? Or shalt thou indeed have dominion over us? And they hated him yet the more for his dreams, and for his words. V.10 And he told it to his father, and to his brethren: and his father rebuked him, and said unto him, What is this dream that thou hast dreamed? Shall I and thy mother and thy brethren indeed come to bow down ourselves to thee to the earth?

Jesus also told of his coming back in power and was made fun of.

Matthew 27:39 And they that passed by reviled him , wagging their heads, V.40 And saying, Thou that destroyest the temple, and buildest it in three days, save thyself. If thou be the Son of God, come down from the cross. V.41 Likewise also the chief priest mocking him, with the scribes and elders, said, V.42 He saved others; himself he cannot save. If he be King of Israel, let him now come down from the cross, and we will believe him. V.43
He trusted in God; let him deliver him now, if he will have him: for he said, ‘I am the Son of God.’

(7) Joseph was sold as a slave to the Ishmeelites.

Genesis 37:28 Then there passed by Midianites merchantmen; and they drew and lifted up Joseph out of the pit, and sold Joseph to the Ishmeelites for twenty pieces of silver: and they brought Joseph into Egypt.

Jesus was sold in like fashion but at a little higher price than Joseph.

Matthew 26:15
And said unto them, What will ye give me, and I will deliver him unto you? And they covenanted with him for thirty pieces of silver.

Joseph was looked for at the pit and was no longer there.

Genesis 37:29
And Reuben returned unto the pit; and, behold, Joseph was not in the pit; and he rent his clothes.

Jesus was likewise sought after at the pit or grave and was no longer there.

John 20:2
Then she runneth and cometh to Simon Peter, and to the other disciple, whom Jesus loved and saith unto them, They have taken away the Lord out of the sepulchre, and we know not
where they have laid him.

Joseph was put in with two of the criminals of the court of Pharaoh.

Genesis 40:2 And Pharaoh was wroth against two of his officers, against the chief of the butlers, and against the chief of the bakers. V.3 And put them in ward in the house of the captain of the guard, into the prison, the place where Joseph was bound.

Jesus was hung on the cross between two criminals.

Matthew 27:38 Then were there two thieves crucified with him, one on the right hand, and another on the left.

The two prisoners with Joseph both had dreams of a three-day period till something happened in their dreams. Joseph interpreted the dreams, and it happened just like Joseph said it would.

Genesis 40:21 And he restored the chief butler unto his butlership again; and he gave the cup into Pharaoh's hand. V.22 But he hanged the chief baker: as Joseph had interpreted to them.

This is what happened to the two thieves on the crosses beside Jesus. One repented and was saved to glory, and the other refused. The one that refused Jesus would be lost.

Luke 23:39 And one of the malefactors which were hanged railed on him, saying, If thou be Christ, save thyself and us. V.40 But the other answering rebuked him, saying, Dost not thou fear God, seeing thou art in the same condemnation? V.41 And we indeed justly; for we receive the due reward of our deeds: but this man hath done nothing amiss. V.42 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. V.43 And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.

This was also shown with the two being tried and the people choosing Barabbas over Jesus.

Matthew 27:26 Then released he Barabbas unto them: and when he had scourged Jesus, he delivered him to be crucified.

The chief butler had a dream that Joseph interpreted. Joseph told him that after three days Pharaoh would raise him up and set him in power once again.

Genesis 40:13
Yet within three days shall Pharaoh lift up thine head, and restore thee unto thy place: and thou shalt deliver Pharaoh's cup into his hand, after the former manner when thou
wast his butler.

Jesus was to go to the grave and be raised after three days and be set back into his power.

John 1:1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. V.2 The same was in the beginning with God.

Jesus went to the grave, and when he arose, he went back to his powerful position again.

Philipians 2:6 Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God.

Hebrews 12:2
Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.

Revelation 17:14
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called and chosen, and faithful.

Joseph asked the chief butler to remember him in prison and not leave him there.

Genesis 40:14 But think on me when it shall be well with thee, and show kindness, I pray thee, unto me, and make mention of me unto Pharaoh, and bring me out of this house.

After the butler was released, he forgot Joseph.

Genesis 40:23 Yet did not the chief butler remember Joseph, but forgat him.

Jesus asked God to remember him when he is in the depths of Hell for three days and nights.

Psalm 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.

The human body begins to decay after three (3) days. Jesus was raised before the fourth day. His body did not see corruption.

Unlike Joseph that was left in prison, Jesus was raised from the grave.

Matthew 28:7 And go quickly, and tell his disciples that he is risen from the dead; and, behold, he goeth before you into Galilee; there shall ye see him: lo, I have told you.

Joseph interceded for his brethren before Pharaoh.

Genesis 46:31 And Joseph said unto his brethren, and unto his father's house, I will go up, and show Pharaoh, and say unto him, My brethren, and my father's house, which were in the land of Canaan, are come unto me.

Jesus will intercede and present his bride, the church, to the father God in heaven.

Jude 1:24 Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy.

Joseph was the pronounced Savior of the known world at this time.

Genesis 47:25 And they said, Thou hast saved our lives: let us find grace in the sight of my lord, and we will be Pharaoh's servants.

Jesus is the Savior of the entire world now.

2 Peter 3:18 But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.

Jacob was rejected by his brethren, and when he saved them, they accepted him.

Genesis 45:15 Moreover he kissed all his brethren, and wept upon them: and after that his brethren talked with him.

Jesus will be accepted by the Jews after they are attacked by antichrist and are saved by Jesus.

Ezekiel 36:26 A new heart also will I give you, and a new spirit will I put within you: and I will take away the stony heart out of your flesh, and I will give you an heart of flesh. V.28 And ye shall dwell in the land that I gave to your fathers; and ye shall be my people, and I will be your God.

Joseph waits in prison for two years before he is released to power and gets his bride.

Genesis 41:45
And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.

Jesus waits in heaven for 2000 years before receiving his bride.

Acts 3:20 And he shall send Jesus Christ, which before was preached unto you: V.21
Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began.

2 Corinthians 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

Joseph was given a Gentile bride by Pharaoh.

Genesis 41:45 He gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On.

Jesus will be coming back for his bride in the Rapture. And since the Jewish nation still has not accepted Jesus as Messiah, then just as Joseph took a Gentile bride, the bride Jesus comes back for will be mainly made up of Gentiles.

Matthew 11:27 All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

Acts 2:39 For the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.

John 10:3 To him the porter openeth; and the sheep hear his voice: and he calleth his own sheep by name, and leadeth them out. V.4 And when he putteth forth his own sheep, he goeth before them, and the sheep follow him: for they know his voice.

Joseph was 30 years old when he came to greatness and received power to rule.

Genesis 41:46 And Joseph was thirty years old when he stood before Pharaoh king of Egypt. And Joseph went out from the presence of Pharaoh, and went throughout all the land of Egypt.

Jesus was 30 years old when he began his ministry on earth. He was baptized and received the power of the Holy Spirit.

Luke 3:23
And Jesus himself began to be about thirty years of age, being (as was supposed) the son of Joseph, which was the son of Heli.

Galatians 3:17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect.

Joseph interpreted a dream that Pharaoh had. In this dream there were seven fat cows and seven real skinny cows. The skinny cows ate up the fat cows in the dream. Also there were seven fat ears of corn that were eaten up by seven skinny ears of corn. He interpreted this to mean that there would be seven years of plenty and seven years of famine in the land.

Genesis 41:1 And it came to pass at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and, behold, he stood by the river. V.2 And, behold, there came up out of the river seven well favoured kine and fatfleshed; and they fed in a meadow. V.3 And, behold, seven other kine came up after them out of the river, ill favoured and leanfleshed; and stood by the other kine upon the brink of the river. V.4 And the ill favoured and leanfleshed kine did eat up the seven well favoured and fat kine. So Pharaoh awoke. V.5 And he slept and dreamed the second time: and, behold, seven ears of corn came up upon one stalk, rank and good. V.6 And, behold, seven thin ears and blasted with the east wind sprung up after them. V.7 And the seven thin ears devoured the seven rank and full ears. And Pharaoh awoke, and, behold, it was a dream.

Jesus inspired King David to write the book of Psalms, and there is a timetable in the Psalms that shows a seven-year period after the Rapture of the church, before the antichrist is introduced. This is the way the scriptures are laid out.

Psalm 102:16 When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.

This is the Rapture of the church. Seven years, or chapters, later, the antichrist is brought to power.

Psalm 109:6 Set thou a wicked man over him: and let Satan stand at his right hand.

This is the rise of antichrist. Seven chapters later we see Jesus is on earth with the church and in charge.

Psalm 116:18 I will pay my vows unto the LORD now in the presence of all his people.

Jesus is now on earth and will stay for 1000 years. The two sets of seven-year periods that Joseph saw in the interpretation match the two sets of seven years in the timetable that God put in the Psalms.

(20) A note that should be brought out for pre-tribbers to see and understand is the fact that Joseph received his (Gentile) bride just before the first set of seven years began on earth.

Genesis 41:45 And Pharaoh called Joseph's name Zaphnathpaaneah; and he gave him to wife Asenath the daughter of Potipherah priest of On. And Joseph went out over all the land of Egypt.

Jesus will also receive his bride, the church, just before the first set of seven years begin.

Psalm 102:16
When the LORD shall build up Zion, he shall appear in his glory.

God Bless,

Doyle Reno

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