Dec 27, 1996 is Fri, Tevet 17, 5757, Sunset: 5:38pm
Torah: Gen 47:28-50:26, Prophets: I Kings 2:1-12
Y'akov (Jacob) became ill and Yoseph (Joseph) was sent for a second time to bless Manasheh and Ephraim. The normal procedure for blessing the children was to first call the eldest as in the case of Yitzchak (Isaac) and Esav. Y'akov's eldest was Rubayn (Ruben) followed by Shimon (Simeon). Y'akov was not following tradition. He counted Manasheh and Ephraim as his own children. Normally the first born son would receive a double portion of the inheritance but by counting Manasheh and Ephraim equal with his other children and giving Yoseph a portion as well, Yoseph's portion was three times that of the other sons.
The prophecies given to Ephraim are astounding in the light of world history. Y'akov crossed his hands while doing the blessing. The significance is that the right hand transfers the greater blessing. Y'akov's right hand went to Ephraim's head giving the greater blessing to the youngest. When Yoseph complained, V.19 And his father refused, and said, yad'eetee b'nee yad'eetee "I know it, my son, I know it: he also shall become a people, and he also shall be great: but truly his younger brother shall be greater than he, and his seed shall become a multitude of nations." If Ephraim has become so great, where are they today? The Hebrew is quite revealing here. Milo-hagoyim fullness of the goyim (other nations). This seems to indicate that they will enter other nations and virtually take them over.
Chapter forty nine contains a significant prophecy for each of the twelve tribes. Please note in particular V. 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." Shiloh has been traditionally looked upon as Moshiach (Messiah) because we are looking for the one to whom tribute is due (shie tribute, loh to him). The phrase ad ki-yavo Shiloh "until Shiloh come" (TJB & KJV) is correctly translated in The Jerusalem Bible and King James Version.
If Shiloh has not yet come, then where is the king of the tribe of Judah today? When did the last king of Israel (from Judah) reign? If we know when the last king of the house of David reigned over Israel then we will also know when Shiloh came. Josephus (from Josephus Complete Works) writes that King Herod son of Antipater was run out of Israel, returned to power by Caesar and then impeached by the Jews. According to Rabbi Baker (Hillel at U.T.) he was just a puppet of Rome so he is not even counted as a king by Jewish historians. This is supported by the writings of Josephus as well. Nothing was done by Herod without Caesar's approval. Even in his will, Herod made instructions that Caesar would approve the time of the reading of his will.
Herod reigned at the time Yeshua was born. Herod's son also named Herod isn't even counted by Josephus as to have reigned in Israel. Even the kohen gadol (chief priest) at Yeshua's trial before Pilot agree. John 19:15 "… Pilate said unto them, Shall I execute your King? The chief priests answered, We have no king but Caesar."
Now that we have proven conclusively when the last king of Israel reigned on the throne of David, we can know for certain when Shiloh (the Messiah) came. If G-d's Word is true then He had to have come about the time of Herod, Israel's last king. Y'akov's prediction came about B.C.E. 1854.
The rest of the Torah portion deals with the death and burial of Y'akov and his son Yoseph. In Gen. 47:28 we are told that Y'akov lived one hundred and forty seven years. Yoseph lived one hundred and ten years.
"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not to your own understanding, In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will direct your paths." Proverbs 3:5,6
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