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The Parable of Joseph – Part 3:

              Pharaoh’s Dreams and the Lord of the Harvest

In Genesis 41:1, it is written:  “And it came to pass, at the end of two full years, that Pharaoh dreamed: and behold, he stood by the river.”  Pharaoh represents God the Father in this parable.  “At the end of two years” here speaks of the end of two one thousand year time-cycle “days” or the end of the time of captivity of Messiah’s Body, the church.  Just as Joseph was locked away in the dungeon for two literal years, or 2,000 years in this case, so after two days, in the dawning of the third day, there comes a special time. The time when God begins to dream or fulfill His dream, if you will, of restoring and bringing the Kingdom of Messiah to the earth.  Yeshua said,  …Destroy this temple, and in three days, I will raise it up…he spake of the temple of his body.” (John 2:19, and 21).  His physical body was raised up in three literal days, but He is also making a prophetic reference to the third “Day of the Lord” where He will “raise up” His Body, the church, from the earth and then return and establish His Kingdom on earth.  We are approaching the dawn of the Third Day, or the last day of the 1,000 year Messianic Kingdom. 

Pharoah “stood by the river”.  This is prophetic reference to the River of Life that flows from the throne of God, and also referenced in Ezekiel 47, where this river of life flows out from the Messianic temple and restores everything it touches.  Of course, the literal meaning is the Nile. The Nile River was worshiped by the Egyptians as a primary source of life.  So, another words, God the Father stands up by the River of Life after 2,000 years of the captivity of the Body of Messiah, and he “dreams” of the coming of harvest and judgment. 

Pharoah has two dreams, with two parts to each dream.  First he sees seven perfect fattened cows feeding in the meadow.  Then, after this, he sees seven starving cows at the brink of the river.  Then the seven starving cows ate the seven fat cows.   He wakes up.  Then he falls asleep again, and dreams of seven perfect ears of corn on one corn stalk ready to be harvested.  Then he sees seven “thin” or bad ears of corn “blasted with the east wind sprung up after them.” (Gen. 41:6)  The reference to the east wind is about judgment from God.  Then, the bad ears devour the good ones.  Verse 8 says, “And it came to pass in the morning, that his spirit was troubled;In the morning, or the beginning of “the Day of the Lord”, it begins with trouble.  Actually this time period is called, “…the time of Jacob’s trouble; but he shall be saved out of it.” (Jeremiah 30:7)

Then Pharaoh sends for his magicians and wise men, and no one can interpret the meaning of the dreams.  In the same way, our generation knows that something terrible is about to happen and are filled with fear and dread, but the wise men, scientists, thinkers, and sages of the world, cannot stop it, or give us the true reason or predict the future of what these events are.  It is still God and those whom He anoints to see and perceive in the Body of Messiah and those of His prophets in the final hour.  Remember it is written:

“Surely, the LORD God will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”  Amos 3:7

Then the chief butler remembers Joseph, saying, “I do remember my faults this day.”  The chief butler represents the true Gentile believers in the last days who repent from their selfishness and “remember” Joseph…or Yeshua and intercede before the Father for His favor to be restored.  In the same way, the Bride of Messiah, the true believers in Yeshua in this hour, must pray for the giftings and callings that are “imprisoned” to come forth and be used to harvest the nations. 

So, the butler accounts his story and we arrive at verse 14, as it is written:

Then Pharaoh sent and called Joseph, and they brought him hastily out of the dungeon: and he shaved himself, and changed his rainment, and came in unto Pharaoh.” 

This had a dual prophetic meaning in this story.  Of course, it is also what actually happened.  But it has much deeper meanings.  It is referring to, as I have said, about the final time of the end and the church rising up and fulfilling the Great Commission.  But, this also refers to what happened to Yeshua when He arose from the dead, and ascended to the Father.  When this happened, Jesus became the Gentile God, and was no longer recognized as the son of Israel.  He was no longer recognized as a Jew.  The Jewish writings say that when Joseph shaved and changed his clothes, this is a Hebrew idiom that refers to Joseph hiding his true identity as a Hebrew, and as a son of Jacob.  In this last half of verse 14, Joseph could no longer be recognized as the son of Jacob, but instead became “gentilizied”.  He became an Egyptian.  He forsook or at least hid his heritage.

In 2,000 years of church history the Greek name “Jesus” was given to Yeshua.  He was “shaved” and his clothes were changed.  In particularly the Orthodox Jewish world, and according to some passages in the Torah, the beard and the hair at the temples of the head of a man are not to be cut.  It is a sacred thing to them, and some of the older Jews have very long beards.  You can see this just walking the streets of Jerusalem, or indeed, walking in some parts of Brooklyn, NY, New York City, and the surrounding areas of North New Jersey and New York state.  Their black coats, suits and hats that are worn always, are the clothing of mourning and will be worn, they believe, until Messiah comes and rebuilds the temple in Jerusalem again.  Remember also, that Joseph’s clothes always refer to his identity according to God’s destiny for him. 

So, Joseph put on a totally Egyptian persona, as it were.  He became just like them in his manner and appearance.  In the same way, Jesus was made “Egyptian” in His identity and appearance through the entire Church age.  Even the Gentile believers in Him had difficulty recognizing that He is Jewish and is also the coming Jewish Messiah.  The scriptures are clear on this, but the Christian religions have buried this truth so deep that until our generation, it was nearly impossible to discover, unless you actually read the Bible for yourself and dared to believe it. 

Verse 16 Joseph answers Pharaoh that only God the King of the Universe, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, could give the interpretations to his dreams.  So, clearly, Joseph did not spiritually reject or totally deny his faith and heritage.  He just hid it in his outward life and his appearance.

Then Pharaoh tells Joseph his dreams.  Whenever something is repeated in the Bible, there is a reason.  Pharaoh adds a few details this time.  He says the seven bad cows were so bad, that he had never had seen them this bad in Egypt.  He added that they were not any better looking after they had eaten them, either, but remained the same.  He couldn’t tell any difference.  Then he repeats the same story about the corn, and he didn’t add anything here.

Starting in verse 25, Joseph gives the interpretation.  Both the dreams are “one” or about the same things.  All four tell a story of seven years.  He repeats three times to Pharaoh that God is revealing to him what He is about to do.   He says that because it is “doubled”, that is established or ordained by God, and it will shortly come to pass.  Actually, it comes to pass in Joseph’s time, but it will also come to pass at the time of the end.  So it is given twice to Pharoah in his dreams.

Now, Joseph says in verses 29-30, as it is written:

Behold there shall come seven years of great plenty throughout all the land of Egypt;

And there shall arise after them seven years of famine; and all the plenty

shall not be known in the land by reason of the famine following; for it shall be very grevious.”

So, he tells Pharaoh to find someone who is “discreet and wise” and “to set him over the land of Egypt. Let Pharaoh appoint officers over the land, and take up the fifth part of the land of Egypt in the seven plenteous years”.  Then he instructs to store up this food for the time of famine.  It is interesting to note that the fifth part, or about 20% of the world’s population is strongly Christian evangelical at this time.

Then Pharaoh sets Joseph over all the land of Egypt.  He took off his royal signet ring and put it on his hand.  He clothed him in fine linen (garments of royalty), put a gold chain around his neck.  Gave him the second greatest royal chariot next to Pharaoh’s, made the people “bow the knee” and worship him, and made him a god and ruler of all of Egypt.  He changed Joseph’s name to an Egyptian one that meant “The man to whom secrets are revealed”, and gave him a wife of the ruling priest of the land of Egypt.

This is an amazing parable describing the coronation of Yeshua our Messiah as King in Heaven.  The Father had Him sit down at his right hand, gave Him the greatest throne and rule next to Him.  He called Him Lord and God.  He gave the fullness of the inheritance of grace for the sake of His Body, and we shall reign with Him forever and Kings and Priests.  In addition the Father has and is preparing a Bride for Him, which will be both Jewish and Gentile.

But, notice, it is in Egypt that this is happening.  In the same way, the Gentiles recognize Jesus the Son of God before his own family does, Jacob and his brothers.  He has been separated from them and His true identity is not revealed as a Hebrew.  This is the story of the past 2,000 years of the Jewish Diaspora.  We shall visit this later in part four.

In verse 46, it is written,  “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.”  Yeshua was thirty years old when He began His ministry, and He “stood before God”, and “went out from God’s presence” and preached the Good News of the Kingdom.  It has gone “throughout all the world (Egypt- Gentile world – nations).  The earth has brought forth since that time, “by handfuls”.  Multitudes have been saved…a great spiritual harvest of souls.  They have been “put into the barns” in heaven.   The “precious fruit of the earth” has been and is being harvested for eternity.

So Joseph, the Lord of the Harvest, reaps great abundance in food and provision during the seven years of plenty.  Verse 49 says, as it is written:

“And Joseph gathered corn as the sand of the sea, very much, until he left numbering; for it was without number.”  The “sand of the sea” is the same phrase used when God blessed Abraham and repeated to the Patriarchs…referring to Abraham being the father of many (Gentile) nations through faith in the Messiah Yeshua. 

Joseph had two sons during this time.  Some have taught that Ephraim (and possibly  Manasseh) are the believing Gentile Christians in the nations.  That may or may not be true that they are among the Christians.  But, whether they are among the Christians literally or not, God knows where all the “lost tribes” are.  We don’t.  He has kept them, preserved them, and they shall return to Israel and be restored in these last days along with Judah (and some of Levi) that we know as the “Jewish” people.  That is what the Bible says, if we believe it literally and don’t allegorize and make it symbolic to mean something or someone else.  Be careful of this teaching in its’ various forms, for it has caused many to stumble and fall into error.  Just be content to be a blood-washed, born again child of God, and let Him work out the Jew and Gentile thing.  Only He knows at this time.  You can’t get more “brownie points”, join a special club of “super believer”,  or be exalted any higher in His Kingdom than being a son or a daughter of the Most High.  Be content with that.

The seven plenteous years have a prophetic reference to the nations being saved and grafted in to God’s people Israel since the time of grace in the church age began some 2,000 years ago. 

But, it also has a parallel reference to the final seven years of worldwide harvest before the seven years of famine, or the Tribulation period of judgment begins.  I believe this to be the case.  There is a literal 14-year period in which the first seven years end the church age, and then seven years of worldwide apocalyptic judgment.  We very well may be in those seven years of plenty now, or it hasn’t come yet, or more likely in my opinion, we could be in an interim time between those seven years of plenty, and right before the Tribulation begins.  We had seven years of great economic and spiritual harvest and plenty right after the millennium in 2000.  The Seventh prophetic Day of the Lord, the Third Day of Messiah and His reign of a thousand years has almost dawned, the church age has nearly ended, or has ended.   Certainly, the Rapture of the Bride of Messiah is extremely close.  The Lord could come for us at anytime now, and the seven years of famine could immediately begin.  This is my conviction.  I know this from years of study in the Holy Scriptures as well as by visions, prophetic revelation, and the Lord Himself speaking it to me personally several times. 

God is so merciful that He has delayed His prophetic time clock for the sake of souls.  This is because of the prayers and intercession of the Bride on earth.  But it won’t be long now.  The storm clouds of judgment are upon the horizon. 

Look up, for your redemption draweth nigh!

I will conclude this with part 4, coming soon:  “The Regathering and Final Restoration of Israel”.  This is the last part of the story and parable of Joseph.

Shalom to you, my dear friends!

Maurice Sklar

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