THE CHARACTER OF JOSEPH REFLECTS THE CHARACTER OF GOD. HE WAS GIVEN A COAT OF MANY COLORS REPRESENTING THE MANY NATIONS OF THE WORLD HE WAS TO SERVE. THE EVENTS OF HIS LIFE LAY OUT A PATTERN OF END-TIME EVENTS AND HIGHLIGHT THE CHARACTER CHANGE OF THE ELECT TOWARDS A RESPONSIBLE AND CHEERFUL ATTITUDE TOWARDS THE END-TIME WITNESS. ALL THIS WILL SURELY BE SEEN IN THE LATTER DAY CONGREGATION/CHURCH OF MESSIAH
Our God is the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. Jacob had 12 sons and from these 12 patriarchs came the 12 tribes of Israel. Within each of the 12 we find 12 expressions of the divine character of God. Our study will concentrate on the life flow and the character of God we see manifest in the life of Joseph. And from there we shall begin to make our discoveries.
Yes the gate of Joseph is one of the 12 gates into the Holy City. Joseph was a brother who being persecuted by his brethren was sent out into the world ahead of the others. Skipping beyond the nationalism of his brothers he became a global company quite early. I believe Joseph's spirit and character has special connection to the true Bible believing born-again evangelicals we see scattered across this world and out at the ends of the earth. There is suffering in the experience of Joseph. He is thrown in a pit. He endures rejection and deadly persecution by his brethren.
The "evil report" Joseph brings to his father regarding his brethren is also our present reality. There is gross sin in the family of God, and sin must be dealt with. We know that. They don't. At least not yet. There must be true repentance and a new life in Christ as Savior and Lord. Nothing less will do.
The brothers of Joseph do not like this "evil report", no not one bit. But the facts remain, there is godlessness in the family of God and there is sin in the camp. All of this must be addressed. Today the people God is calling into His Covenant are still lukewarm towards Him. They are falling short of the great destiny He has in mind for them. No one seems to care. Except Joseph!
Joseph is not "negative" in his apparent harshness here. Nor is he a kiljoy. He has a loving concern for all his brethren. He wants the prodigals to come home, to seek the face of the Father, to enter into the glorious destiny God has planned for them. But they cannot do this whilst still embracing their self centered attitude.
Carnal Christians must make a choice. Who are they going to serve. Will it be contracts with the merchants of this world? Or a blood covenant commitment" with the God who is there? Will they take up their cross and follow the Captain of their salvation? Or will they desert ship seven years early while continuing to pay homage to the princes of this world?
This is the all important question. And it calls for an answer. People who call themselves Christians must answer this question. Whom will you serve?
Because of the coming seven year famine of the bread of Life there will be a crisis. The whole family of the God of Jacob must go to Joseph. They are in the shadow of the Day of Reckoning. And so in the fullness of time the brothers find themselves OBE, "overcome by events". And Joseph gets their hearing.
Joseph is an international company. His coat of many colors is a coat of many flags and many nations. The English speaking brothers have been very strong nations. But ALL of Joseph's brothers will surely come to the end of their supply. And the day will finally come when they will be gathered before him at an awesome camp meeting that will cause all the previous ones to seem insignificant.