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One of history's outstanding love stories is found in Genesis. It is the story of a young man who, in the desperation of fleeing for his life, found his beloved, and fell madly in love. The story is filled with treachery, pathos, determined faith, and a prophecy of the coming of a left-handed people who would inherit the land. The final result of the love story is the birth of one who became, "The son of my right hand."

God's precise timing is always evident in the lives of those who walk in the Spirit, and so it was with young Jacob. In chapter 29 of Genesis, he had made a long journey to the land of the east. And at the exact moment that he arrived at the well where men were waiting to water their flocks, who would show up but Rachel, his uncle Laban's beautiful daughter! Such things are not accidents, but a result of walking in the perfect will of God. He greeted Rachel and told her he was the son of Rebekah, her father's sister. Joyfully she took him to Laban, and there he found a home. After a month of working for Laban, it was evident that the blessing of God was upon him, and everything he did prospered. Wily old Laban began to seek a way to keep him around. By this time Jacob had fallen in love with Rachel. Rachel had an older sister, but Jacob did not have eyes for her. The Bible says, "Leah's eyes were weak and dull, but Rachel was beautiful of form and face." So Jacob agreed to work for Laban for seven years in return for Rachel's hand in marriage.

THE SAD AWAKENING

The seven years Jacob worked for Rachel seemed unto him but a few days, because of his love for her. That is all that is said about those years, but we can feel the heartbeat of expectancy of those two young people. Girls of the east mature quickly, and it is possible that Rachel was only 13 years of age when Jacob first saw her. By the end of seven years, she was a mature young woman, and Jacob was anxious to receive the reward of his labors.

The custom of the land was to have a great wedding feast, all the neighbors gathered, and the wine flowed freely. The bride was kept out of sight until the time to come to her husband. Finally, late in the evening, when Jacob was well filled with wine, the bride was brought in, her face covered with a veil, and the marriage was consummated. But when morning came and his head clear, he found he had married Leah, the older sister. He was furious, and went to Laban in a rage. "Seven years I labored faithfully, and you have tricked me! Why would you do this to me, your own nephew?" He was now reaping the harvest of is own cunning, deceiving nature. What a man sows, shall surely be reaped.

“Oh,” said the cunning Laban, “Didn’t I explain the law of the land to you? The younger sisters cannot be married off until first their older sisters are married. According to law, and the custom of the land, I had to let you marry Leah before Rachel was qualified to be wedded. But now she is ready, so if you will fulfill the wedding week for Leah, and give her the customary honeymoon, then we’ll have another wedding, and you and Rachel can be married.” What could Jacob say? He was trapped by the law. And he did not want some other man to marry his beloved Rachel. Where was she during the wedding? Hidden away somewhere by her scheming father, most likely grieving about her promised husband, and her hated sister. So Jacob agreed, and the honeymoon week went on, unpleasant though it must have been.

And there was another wedding. This time Jacob married his beloved before any payment had been made. But he had to work another seven years in return for her. The bride of the law was paid for in advance, but the beloved was the bride of grace, nothing having been paid for until after she was really his. And so it is with us. We cannot be satisfied with what we have earned or worked for under the law. And when we receive the real thing, we find we have paid nothing for it, but we labor the rest of our lives in a labor of love and gratitude.

THE BELOVED IS BARREN

God saw that Leah was hated, and He compensated her by giving her four sons. Four fine young boys to make their daddy proud … Reuben (Behold, a son); Simeon (God hears); Levi (joined); and Judah (praise). What an honor it was for a wife to give to her husband such sons. She was building the house of Israel (Ruth 4:11). Meanwhile, though Rachel had the love of her husband, yet she could have no children. Her womb was shut up. She was envious, and near hysterical, but Jacob could do nothing. He recognized that God had caused her to be barren. So he agreed to give her stepsons through her slave girl, Bilhah. She gave Bilhah the handmaid to wife, and she bore him two sons, Dan (judging), and Naphtali (wrestling). Leah didn't want Rachel catching up, so since she had quit bearing, she gave Zilpah her hand maid to Jacob to wife. Zilpah gave birth to two sons, Gad (a troop), and Asher (happy). Once again Leah's womb was opened, and she had two more sons, Issacher (hired), and Zebulun (dwelling), and finally a daughter, Dinah (judgment).

At this point, Jacob had ten sons in the realm of the law and the servants. But nothing from the beloved. And then the beautiful statement in Genesis 30:22, "… and God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened unto her." No doubt Rachel had just about given up, when she saw Jacob's ten sons, and none of them from her. But God was right on time. He had a divine plan, and He could not be hurried. Oh friends, please trust Him, He has not forgotten you! He will not be late. Just believe that He knows where its at, and that His plan is best.

"THERE WILL BE ANOTHER SON"

When the long awaited son was finally born, Rachel named him with a prophecy. “His name shall be Joseph,” she said, “for the Lord shall add to me another son.” What a word of faith! But it was the Holy Ghost who brought it through her. You would think that after all these years, she would be satisfied now that she finally has a son. But she knew it was necessary for another son to be born. Every time someone called for little Joseph, they were repeating the word that another son was coming. The older brothers hated him, because the father loved him so much. But every time they called to him, “Hey, little Joseph,” with a sneer, they were prophesying of the coming of another son.

What a tremendous word to us who have come to the end of this present age. For Jesus is our elder brother, and every time they speak his name, they confirm the truth of a many-membered younger son coming forth in His image. “For them that receive Him, to them gave he the power to become sons of God,” “conformed to the image of the Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brethren.”

I want to show you that Joseph is a beautiful type of our Lord Jesus, and then you will see that Benjamin, the younger son, is a type of those sons of God who are brought forth through the elder Brother’s name. The first thing Rachel said about Joseph was that he had taken away her reproach. Yes, she had borne a great reproach because she could not receive seed from her husband and reproduce his image within her. And the first thing Jesus does for us is to take away our reproach, and give us life. He gives us the power to produce the image of the Father in the earth. Until Joseph came, there was a constant travail in the heart of the beloved, no matter how many sons came by law and servants. And no matter that great saints and men of faith were produced back there under the Law of Moses, there was still a deep travail in the hearts of true believers until Jesus came. And please notice this one fact – after Rachel, the beloved, brought forth her first son, there was never a birth again from Leah or the servant girls. And friends, after Jesus came, the Law was disannulled, and never again will God honor the Law. Never again will He accept a sacrifice on the brazen alter. And I want to go on record by saying that never again will there be a Jewish Temple built in Jerusalem. God will not allow it, for Jesus has come. And now we await the birth of the younger sons.

COAT OF MANY COLORS

Jacob loved Joseph more than all his sons, for Joseph was faithful to his father while the other sons of the servant girls were not. Jacob made Joseph a “coat of many colors.” This was a distinctive full length tunic with sleeves, and was the garment of priesthood. His brethren did not hate him just because he had a pretty coat, but because Jacob had made him the priest of the family. The Law of Moses had not yet come, and each family, if they knew and loved God, would worship as a family. And each family would have one member who was sanctified as the priest, the one who attended to spiritual things, such as Eleazer the son of Abinadab (I Sam. 7:1) who was sanctified to keep the ark of the Lord during the twenty years it was in Abinadab’s home.

Joseph was not only special to Jacob, but he was also special to God. Like Jesus, he found favor with God and man. And his brethren hated him for it. He was a prophet, and he faithfully spoke the truths that God revealed to him in dreams. And his brethren despised him for the truth he spoke. They constantly devised means to get rid of him. God had revealed to him that he would have dominion over both heaven and earth (Gen. 37:5-11, Matt 28:18), and they hated him all the more.

One day their opportunity came. The father sent Joseph on a journey to see how his brethren were doing as they fed the flocks. It turned out to be a longer journey than anticipated, but he finally found them in Dothan. When they saw him, they said, “Behold, this dreamer cometh.” Yes, the earthbound carnal man hates the dreamer, for the dreamer is always looking heavenward, searching for new goals, and reaching for more of God. He is accused of being “exclusive,” and “exalted,” and “super-spiritual.” Such was Joseph.

So they wanted to kill him, but Reuben, (the oldest and more mature of the ten) had them cast Joseph into a pit instead, hoping to deliver him back to the father again. But while Reuben was gone, a company of Ishmaelites came by, bound for Egypt. Judah suggested they sell him as a slave instead of killing him. And the other brethren were content with that plan, and sold Joseph for 20 pieces of silver. The Ishmaelites then sold Joseph in Egypt to Potiphar, no doubt making a profit. It is likely they may have gotten 30 pieces of silver, the same amount Judas received for betraying Jesus.

A VICTOR OVER CIRCUMSTANCES

Though Joseph was a slave in Egypt, the Lord was with him, and everything he did prospered. He was made overseer over all the house of Potiphar, and when any of the other servants needed anything, Joseph had the key. When any were hungry, he fed them. God prospered and blessed the Egyptian’s house for Joseph’s sake.

So it was with Jesus. Though He was stripped of His heavenly dignity, and took upon Himself the form of slave, yet He was not defeated in His circumstances. He lived with a people who were bound by the limitations of their Adamic nature, yet He had the key of blessings. Whatever their needs were, He was the answer. In spite of the fact that He walked about in the same earthly prison house of a human existence as other men, yet he ruled in the midst of His circumstances.

There was such a divine radiance about Joseph, such a godly charisma, in addition to the fact that he was a handsome young man, that the evil lustful nature of the worldly woman was attracted to him. And as Potifar’s wife wanted Joseph to compromise his godly standards in an act of adultery, just so Satan tempted Jesus to mix the divine life with earthly desires. Neither man would yield to the temptations, and this led to the cross for both of them. For Jesus, it was crucifixion at Calvary, and into the prison house of a living death, with no hope of pardon or liberty. But Jesus defeated death, and took the keys of death and hell from Satan, and stands ready to open the prison doors and set the captives free.

Joseph was so blessed of God in his prison that the keeper of the prison committed all the prisoners into his hand, and whatever was done in that prison, he was the doer of it. He had the key to unlock any door, and everything he did, the Lord made it to prosper. What a peace it brings when we realize that our Lord Jesus has the keys to the prison house of humanity we are in, and whatever happens to us comes from His hand (Romans 8:28). I want to show you that Joseph, the elder brother of Benjamin, is a strong type and shadow of our elder brother, the Lord Jesus Christ.

TO THE THRONE

Out of the prison house and on to the Throne. In one bright morning, Joseph was delivered from the darkness of the cell, as the prison gate was rolled back. He took his place at the right hand of Pharaoh, the supreme ruler of Egypt. All the power to administrate the affairs of all Egypt was put into his hands, and all things were done in his name. “Go to Joseph,” said the king, when anyone asked for corn, or when anything needed to be done. Genesis 41:43 said that every knee was made to bow before him. What a tremendous type he was of that greater One that was to come.

For Jesus, our elder Brother, the stone rolled away from the tomb, and He ascended to take His place at the right hand of the Majesty on high. Every knee bows, every tongue confesses, and every thing is done in His great Name! But what of Benjamin, the younger brother? The one that was prophesied by the coming of the elder brother in these last days? What does all this Jewish history mean to us today?

A LEFT HANDED PEOPLE

Ehud, the Benjamite, was a left handed man. He was used of God to bring deliverance to Israel from the Moabites (Judges 3:15). Then, turning to Judges 20:15-16 we find 700 chosen men, Benjamites, who were left handed men that could sling stones at a hairs breadth and not miss.

Why was Benjamin’s left hand so anointed? When he was born, his father called his name Benjamin, which means, “son of my right hand.” So it was his left hand that grasped his father’s right hand as they stood together. And there seemed to be something special about Benjamin’s left hand. Today we find a Benjamin company of saints, called to be sons, conformed to the image of their elder Brother (Romans 8:29). The message of “sonship” was primarily introduced by the life of Jesus, and the writings of Paul the apostle. And what tribe do you think Paul was from? Romans 11:1 and Philippians 3:5 give us the answer … yes, it was the tribe of Benjamin. I don’t think it was an accident, with 1 in 12 odds, that the revelation of the younger son should come from one out of Benjamin.

Joseph had eleven brothers, all of them Israelites. But ten of them were only half brothers, out of the realm of the law and the servants. And these “brethren” could not receive his priesthood ministry, and they stained his robe with the blood of a beast, and took back the report that he was dead. But Benjamin was not a part of that conspiracy; he was yet a tender child at home. Joseph had a special relationship with this younger brother, and he loved him dearly. He longed to see him come to maturity, and to be manifested.

“THOU SHALT HAVE THIS SON ALSO”

Rachel was in hard labor with this second son (Genesis 35:16). And let me tell you, friends, while the coming of the firstborn Son of God took away our reproach, and brought life into the world … the birth of this younger brother (the many-membered, corporate, end-time son) will cause a travail in all of creation. I know the scriptures say (Romans 8:22) that all creation has been groaning in pain until now. But as the time of birth approaches, there shall be a “hard labor,” and a scream of anguish shall arise from all creation. Men shall not understand what has come upon the earth.

But the midwife said to Rachel, “Fear not, for thou shalt have this son also.” Now how did she know it was going to be a son? Was she taking a 50-50 chance, and guessing? No, she knew because of the word of the Lord that had been spoken at the birth of Joseph. And I declare unto you that out of the pain, and anguish, and travail of a great tribulation that is coming upon the earth, a many-membered son shall be born. There shall be a manifestation of God’s sons, the younger brethren of Jesus. And this is what all creation is waiting for (Romans 8:19). The glory that accompanies this birth is incomprehensible to the human mind (Romans 8:18).

A CHANGE OF NATURE FOR JACOB

Jacob had eleven sons and a daughter before he wrestled with God and had his name changed (Gen. 32:28, 35:10). With the coming of Joseph, there was a change. He was the last child to be born to “Jacob.” The One with whom Jacob wrestled (Gen. 32:27) asked what his name was. The Amplified Bible puts it so clearly; “In shock of realization, whispering, he said, “Jacob supplanter, schemer, trickster, swindler!” His encounter with God made him to see his true nature, and to confess it. It was then that God told him that his name and nature was being changed to “a prince with God.”

Jesus was the end of the old nature in the human race. He was the last Adam. He took our sin upon Himself, so that the scripture says, “He made Him whom knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, that we might become the righteousness of God in Him” (II Cor. 5:21). After He came, there had to be an exposure and a dealing with the old nature.

The revelation that broke upon my heart was that Benjamin was the only one of the twelve sons that was born after the change of Jacob’s name and nature. And what I am about to say now is a “Thus saith the Lord …” The many-membered end-time “younger” son company shall not be birthed, there shall be no manifestation of the sons of God, until there has been a passing through the veil into the Holy of Holies, and all the Adamic nature is gone, and only the Christ life is seen.

I Cor. 15:49 tells us plainly that the image of Adam, the man of the earth, must be put away completely, and that we must bear only the image of Christ, the man from heaven. This is the passing through the veil of flesh, and becoming a life giving spirit (with a redeemed soul and an immortal body). Then, and only then, can Benjamin be born. And at his birth, Rachael dies. There shall be no more sons. The old order of bringing forth will pass away, beloved as it was. She called him, “son of my sorrow,” because of the great travail of the moment. But the father would not have it so, and called him, “son of my right hand,” because of the ministry of restoration and deliverance for all creation that shall come about at the birth of these end-time sons. Oh, I realize many are not hearing what I am saying, but let those with ears to hear, hear what the Spirit is saying!

BENJAMIN IS MANIFESTED IN EGYPT

The time of famine had arrived, just as Joseph had predicted. They had run out of bread, even in Canaan, and Jacob sent his sons to Egypt to get corn from Pharaoh. Only Benjamin, the only left of his beloved Rachael, stayed at home. Jacob had been deceived by his ten sons into thinking that Joseph was dead, and he was not about to take chances with Benjamin. This son was special, an “elite” company as some would jeeringly remark. But he was kept in obscurity, until his time came.

You know the story. When the sons of Jacob got to Egypt, it was not Pharaoh they had to deal with, but his prime minister, Joseph. But they did not recognize him, did not know it was their brother whom they had sold. But he knew them, even remembered their name and ages. They were at his mercy. But he searched in their midst for his own full brother, but Benjamin was not to be found. In his shrewd questioning, through an interpreter, he found that his father was still alive, and that Benjamin was safe at home.

Joseph then made plans to get Benjamin to Egypt. He wanted to bring his brother to where he was. And did not Jesus promise us that He would receive us unto Himself, that, “where I am, there ye may be also?” He accused them of being spies, demanded that they prove their honesty by bringing their younger brother with them on the next visit, and kept one of them with him in Egypt to ensure that they would return. He bound Simeon before their eyes. Simeon means “hearing,” or “God hears.” They lost their hearing. Today, the traditional church has lost its ability to hear from God. Their hearing has been bound. That is why God moves in such wondrous ways, and the Church world either ignores or fights it.

Once again Jacob’s house ran out of corn, and they were forced to return to Egypt. It was the only place they could find food. The world does not understand why God prolongs the famine, not knowing that he is bringing us to the end of Adam’s strength, making us come to Him for help. Jacob protested vigorously about Benjamin going with them. But Judah reminded him that the Prime Minister of Egypt had warned them, saying, “Ye shall not see my face, except your brother be with you (Gen. 43:3).

And I want to make a bold and scriptural statement here. You who long to see Jesus, and earnestly desire to see His appearance … you shall not see His face, until the younger son arrives to where He is, until the time for the manifestation of the sons of God.

THE YOUNGER SON ARRIVES

When Joseph saw Benjamin (Gen. 43:16), he prepared a great feast. The sons of Jacob were not prepared for the banquet, and they were fearful. It was all too much for them. He had them seated according to their age, and they marveled at his wisdom. And when the food came, Benjamin received five times as much as any of the rest.

Now, God is telling us something here. We know that Benjamin was a young and growing boy, and may have been able to eat a double portion of that great banquet. But five times as much? Impossible! And that is exactly what God is saying to us. Those who are in the sonship company shall receive exceedingly abundantly more than we can ask or think! There is far more set before us than we will ever be able to appropriate. Now, five is the number of grace, and the fact is, everything we get from our elder Brother will come by His grace. We will never be able to say that we deserved it, or earned it, or received it because we were exceedingly spiritual or knew all the correct doctrines or sonship terminology. Simple grace. Because He loves us, and planned all this for us.

We know that they ate natural food, and that it was delicious. But what is the food in the banquet that He sets before us in this end-time? Jesus said (John 4:34) that His food was to do the will of Him that sent Him, and to finish His work. So it is with us. The banquet set before us is that we might have the ability to do His will, and to complete the work of the Restoration of all creation. As Jesus prayed, “Thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth,” which includes IN these earthen vessels in which we live.

THE SILVER CUP

After the banquet, Joseph’s steward filled the men’s sacks with as much food as they could carry. Joseph arranged for the steward to put his own personal silver cup in Benjamin’s sack. Hardly believing that they had been treated so nice, and were getting away so easily, the eleven sons of Jacob started home. Gingerly they made their way, until finally they were out of the city limits. They began to feel more relaxed, perhaps joking and singing as they started the long journey home.

But a short ways out of the city, they looked over their shoulders, and lo, a cloud of dust arising as the steward came upon them with a squad of palace police. The brothers experienced a sinking feeling in the pit of their stomachs, as they asked; “What is the matter, what have we done?” Then they were told that someone had stolen the Prime Minister’s silver cup. They protested that none of them would ever do such a thing, and to prove their sincerity, they volunteered that if any of them had the cup, he should die, and the rest of them would become Pharaoh’s slaves. Confident statements, until the sacks were all opened, beginning at the eldest to the youngest.

And the cup was found in Benjamin’s sack. What a shock! “Benjamin, how could you do such a thing? Why would you take such a chance for a piece of silver?” No matter that young Benjamin protested vehemently that he was innocent. The proof of the guilt was there. Can you imagine the reproach Benjamin had to suffer from his brethren because of the silver cup? In Matt. 20:22 Jesus warned His disciples that to follow Him, they had to drink of His cup, and asked if they thought they were able to do so. Joseph’s personal silver cup, speaking of His years of suffering in slavery and prison, was given to Benjamin. And in Gen. 44:17 Joseph told the ten brothers that the one that had his cup would stay with Him and be His servant, and the rest of them could return to their own realm, or homeland.

Let me tell you, sons of God, there is a price to pay to be a servant of Jesus Christ, and live in the same realm as He is in. “That where I am, you may be also.” Our relationship with Him brings great reproach. The writer of Hebrews tells us to “go forth therefore unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach.”

What do you think the neighbors thought of young virgin Mary when she “was found with child?” What do you think her parents thought? Do you think they thought she was still a virgin? Do you think they believed her story of an “angel” visiting her? The carnal suspicious mind would never believe that the one responsible for Mary’s pregnancy was an “angel,” much less the Holy Ghost. What a terrible reproach that young girl had to bear because she believed and received the word of the Lord that came to her! Was it worth it? Ask Mary NOW if she would have had it any other way. Sure, there is suffering and reproach to bear, in order to drink of His cup. But He makes it up to His beloved a hundredfold, and more.

THE ELDER BROTHER UNVEILED

The sons of Jacob were faced with a terrible problem. They could not bear to face their father without Benjamin. But they were helpless before their judge, guilty and defenseless. Then Judah, the very one responsible for selling Joseph to the Ishmaeilites some 22 years earlier, now makes an impassioned plea for Benjamin to return with them. There is no doubt in my mind that Judah had suffered much from a guilty conscience as he watched his broken-hearted father grieve for Joseph. Especially after he, Judah, had sons of his own and had the experience of losing two of them in death (Gen. 38). Whatsoever a man soweth, shall surely bring an abundant harvest.

And would you believe that it was the sons of Judah, the Jews, who were responsible for selling their Elder Brother, Jesus, into the hands of the Roman Gentiles? And don't you know that they have suffered much since then, because of the anguish of the Father's heart over what they did? But mercy is coming your way, Judah! He who sits on the throne will hear your impassioned plea in these closing days of this age, and the beloved elder brother with the Melchisedec robe of priesthood will unveil Himself to you.

Gen. 45 is a beautiful chapter of reconciliation, forgiveness, and restoration. When Joseph revealed himself, his brothers were so startled, shocked, and fearful … they were probably speechless. I'm sure if there had been any place to hide, any rocks or mountains to cover them, they would have fled from his presence. But he made them know, that in spite of their hatred, wickedness, and scheming, it had all been the will of God to bring him to Egypt, for the purpose of preserving them in time of famine. And it was necessary in order for the family of Israel to stay in Egypt for 400 years until they grew into a mighty people, ready to go back to Canaan and rule their own country.

That which seems so unnecessary, and even seems like the work of the Devil, is part of God's overall plan to bring forth a great people and a strong, that they might return to their "own land," to rule and reign with Jesus Christ, our Elder brother. So trust Him, friends, and know that He is on the throne, and all things will work toward an ultimate victory for His Church, His Body.

And let the Benjamin company, that many-membered company of the younger brother of "Joseph" know that they are playing a very important part in the bringing about of this glorious restoration. It does not say just what special relationship Benjamin had with his long, lost brother, once the family had all moved to Egypt. But I am certain that Joseph had some important work for him in the five years remaining of the time of famine (Gen. 45:9-15). Beyond that, I do not know what part Benjamin had in the glory of Joseph's kingdom administration. And I cannot tell you what the sons of God will be doing 10,000 years from now, in the Kingdom of Christ and of God (Eph. 5:5), but I am sure it will be glorious! It will be worth it all, when we see Jesus!

JOSEPH HAD TWO SONS

Mannasseh and Ephraim were two fine young men with a great heritage. They were Jacob's grandsons, but they shared in the inheritance with Jacob's other sons. Thus Joseph actually had a double portion of the inheritance, and his sons were joint-heirs with him. He who is both Lord and Christ (Acts 2:36) has a double relation with His chosen ones. He is our elder brother (Rom. 8:29), and we are the children whom God hath given Him (Isa. 8:18, 53:10). He is called "the Mighty God, the Everlasting Father" (Isa. 9:6). And He who is the Alpha and Omega (Christ) said that the overcomer shall be His son (Rev. 21:7).

Ephraim was both a son to Joseph, and a younger brother to Mannasseh. In this picture we see Joseph as a type of the elder brother. The life of Joseph the father was imparted to both the elder and the younger brothers, and they were joint heirs together of his inheritance.

Now when the two brothers were brought to Jacob for his blessing, he laid his hands upon their heads and began to prophesy. His eyes were dim, and he could not distinguish one from the other. But by the leading of the Spirit, he crossed his hands, and placed his right hand upon the head of Ephraim, the younger brother. He explained that this one would become a multitude of nations (Gen. 48:19). Thus, the younger son was set ahead of his elder brother, and given a greater work to do.

The "son of the right hand," or that one who received the blessing with the right hand laid upon his head, received greater power and authority. As we consider who OUR elder brother is, this idea seems absolutely outrageous and heretical. But I here call to your attention what Jesus said in John 14:12, 13 … "He that believeth on me, the works that I do shall he do also; and GREATER works than these shall he do, because I go unto the Father."

And He indicates that all this will bring glory to the Father. And notice that He did not say "more," or "better" works (as some present day evangelists say is now true), be He said "greater" works. I declare to you that the manifestation of Jesus Christ as the Head of His Body in this earth, will be GREATER than what men saw when He walked the shores of Galilee, of course, with the exception of His redemptive work on Calvary, which cannot be duplicated or excelled.

MORNING AND EVENING

Jesus was nailed to the cross at the third hour of the day (Mark 15:24-38), and was taken down at the ninth hour of the day. These happen to be the very hours when the morning and evening incense was being offered on the golden altar in the Temple. It was during the morning sacrifice, the hour of prayer, that His blood was first spilt upon the earth. It was at the time of the evening sacrifice that the veil of the Temple was rent, His body was taken down from the cross, and the suffering of the son was ended. It was at the time of the EVENING INCENSE, the ninth hour, when His disciple stretched forth the hand of the suffering man at the Temple gate (Acts 3:1-7), and the entire city was shaken by the miracle working power of the risen Christ, manifested through His anointed servants.

Every day of the year, the priests burned incense morning and evening, by course, as they were appointed (Luke 1:8-10). That is, every day but one. Once a year, on the Day of Atonement (Lev. 16:12), all the priests retreated to the outer court, except for the High Priest. He alone went behind the veil into the Holy of Holies, with BOTH hands FULL OF INCENSE. Both morning and evening incense were offered together at this time of passing through the veil.

Let me say emphatically, without fear of scriptural contradiction, that we are approaching the hour when both the Elder, and the younger brothers, the Joseph and the Benjamin companies, the morning and the evening incense, will be joined together beyond the veil, in the true Holy of Holies. When this takes place, a great cloud of praise, prayer, and deliverance for all of creation, shall arise before the Throne (Rev. 8:3, 4), and our Lord shall appear in that "cloud of glory" upon the mercy seat (Lev. 16:2). THEN shall all of creation be set free from the bondage of decay and death, and all the forces of hell shall be destroyed.

Let us rejoice, and be READY, for the great Day of the Lord is upon us!

Bill Britton, "His Unlimited Glory"


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