Egypt & The Bible

The Stick of Judah and Joseph

“Moreover, thou son of man, take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions: then take another stick, and write upon it, For Joseph, the stick of Ephraim, and for all the house of Israel his companions: And join them one to another into one stick: and they shall become one in thine hand… Say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I will take the stick of Joseph, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel his fellows, and will put them with him, even with the stick of Judah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in my hand… Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them:… I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Isaiah 37:16-27

Who is Judah and Joseph today?

It was Judah that prevailed above his brethren (1 Chron. 5:2), as it was the tribe of Judah that enlarged, seen in Judah’s first king, Rehoboam, meaning a people has enlarged, the tribes of Israel dispersed in 722. But it is not only the tribe of Judah that has enlarged, but the religious doctrine of a Gentile Judah. The first book of Kings reveals that Judah and Israel became as one take thee one stick, and write upon it, For Judah, and for the children of Israel his companions. This Gentile Judah became one with the Gentile Israel in doctrine. -The Bible Decoded; "Judah of the Gentiles"

Judah proclaims to have the birthright, saying they are “born again.” But God’s Word plainly tells us that the birthright was Joseph’s (1 Chronicles 5:2). Let’s go back into biblical history and look at the relationship between Judah and Joseph. It was Judah, and his brothers (who later made up the tribes of Israel) that threw Joseph in the pit. It is the Christian religion that has thrown the spiritual teachings of Jesus in a metaphorical pit or prison. But when the famine waxed sore in the land of Egypt, symbolizing the World, the brothers are forced to go down into Egypt and humble themselves before Joseph, just as Joseph's dream had predicted. The corn that Joseph stored up during the seven good years symbolizes the spiritual seed, truth, or word of God that will feed the brothers (those having been [in any way] influenced by the doctrines of religion) during the spiritual famine of which Amos prophesied. Fast forward some 2000 years to the Jews of Judaea (of Judah) and Jesus (of Joseph through the power of adoption). We also find a connection between Jesus and Joseph through their parallels.

"Both were hated by their brothers, Joseph by his biological brothers and Jesus by his religious brothers. Both were falsely accused and thrown into prison. Both entered Egypt in order to preserve their lives. And both would bring salvation to the people.”  -The Bible Decoded;"The Joseph Story"

Judah is with the children of Israel. The children are those that are unskilled in the spiritual word of GodJoseph is with all the house of Israel. The house of Israel are the sons of Jacob, as Jacob was called Israel (Genesis 32:28). The sons of Jacob are the tribes of Israel (Genesis 49:28), the twelve tribes representing the spiritual judgment through which one obtains salvation, having overcome the negative aspects of all the house of Israel or all the sons of Jacob. Those of Judah think they are saved. Those of Joseph understand that salvation is a process, which they are well into. The stick of Joseph  is salvation, which is in the hand of Ephraim.

“The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved.”  Jeremiah’s prophecies pertain to Judah and Jerusalem.

The hand symbolizes power. Ephraim  means double-fruit. What we think we are and what we are the message of the seventh church “Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:…”  When Judah (mainstream and new age Christians) come to understand that they are not what they thought they were they are not (in their present state) born again and saved or spirit and perfect(-ed), they become Ephraim. The stick of Joseph is in the hand of Ephraim, meaning true salvation is within their power, salvation being the blessings of Joseph (Genesis 49:25,26) the inheritance that comes through Israel  (Genesis 48:17-19), by judging (overcoming) the negative aspects of all the house of Israel. Ephraim obtains salvation by complying with the rest of the message of the seventh church"I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire.” The gold symbolizes the purity that results from passing through the spiritual fire of this spiritual judgment.  

We become Ephraim when we realize that what we thought we were in our mind is not what we are in the reality of our heart, this truth being of the stick of Joseph, which has been joined to the stick of Judah. How many times the teacher of the first revelation would say, "You have to see that you are Judah," a truth I would not realize until the spring of 1997, two and a half years after his death. It was around that time that I had a dream in which I looked around the room and said to my companions, “We are all sick. Why are we just sitting here?It brings to mind the words Jacob spoke to his sons that had thrown Joseph in the pit "Why do you look one upon another? … get you down thither, and buy for us from thence; that we may live, and not die.” If I wanted spiritual life I would have to move on from my brothers, who had taken on a religious mindset. I had become hungry for spiritual truth, symbolized by Joseph’s corn, which is when the stick of Joseph was joined to the stick of Judah within me. For the next seven years (1998-2005) I gathered in the metaphorical corn as I sat on twelve metaphorical thrones, being taken through the spiritual judgment found in the twelve sons of Jacob or twelve tribes of Israel “Jesus said unto them, Verily I say unto you, That ye which have followed me, in the regeneration when the Son of man shall sit in the throne of his glory, you also shall sit upon twelve thrones, judging the twelve tribes of Israel.”   

Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them; it shall be an everlasting covenant with them:…

The covenant of peace is made with those that complete the spiritual judgment represented in the twelve tribes of Israel, through which one obtains internal peace.

” I was glad when they said unto me, Let us go into the house of the Lord. Our feet shall stand within thy gates, O Jerusalem. Jerusalem is builded as a city that is compact together: Whither the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord, unto the testimony of Israel, to give thanks unto the name of the Lord. For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David. Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love thee. Peace be within the walls, and prosperity within thy palaces. For my brethren and companion’s sakes, I will now say, Peace be within thee” … Psalms 122.

Praying for Jerusalem might have been enough in the previous "era of Isaac," but we are now in the "era of Jacob," the era of Spirit, in which the peace of Jerusalem will require man's collective effort to obtain peace within his Heart.

... I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” Isaiah 37:16-27.

This new peaceful state is called "new Jerusalem," the result of a spiritual creationthat of a new heaven and a new earth, symbolizing a new mind and a new heart, the following written of those who enter this pure internal state ”... and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God " Revelation 21:3

Written by Sandra L. Butler (Copyright © April 2015)
Author; The Bible Decoded; The Little Book for the Soul
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