Uses over 2,200 verses to fully understand the Abrahamic Covenant that passed to Jacob's son Joseph.
The Bible is prophetic, but the story it tells of why Israel is what it is today, when their conflict will end, and how it will happen is very different from what you might have imagined. The Covenant Promise of Joseph is essential for those who have ever read through the pages upon pages of cryptic prophecy in Scripture and wished they had someone to explain its meaning. Michael Stansfield takes readers on a journey into the Bible to explain potentially confusing verses and pour out the love of Christ beyond all reason or measure with prophecy that goes all the way back to Genesis. Learn how Jesus and his unfailing love for the people of Israel and Judah are the keys to true peace in the Middle East and around the world. The Covenant Promise of Joseph will send you away with not only a renewed fervor to pray for this troubled land but with clear direction for those prayers.
Today we know the Bible as a series of individual books God inspired that guide our way on this path called life, but the Bible is something much more amazing. It is a collective book as well. For a long time I’ve believed that I understood the Bible pretty well; and then, as God often does, he opens up just a little bit of truth, and I am left profoundly humbled by my own ignorance. The following pages represent just a few of the insights the Lord has revealed to me to show me how little I really know.
The purpose of this book is to show how prophetic the Bible is as told through Israel’s past, present, and future, and how the nation and people of Israel, through the hand of God, is as clay in the potter's hand. The beauty of the Master’s design cannot be understood properly without placing Christ Jesus in the center of the equation. If your conclusions are anything like mine, there will be moments of hesitation and deep conviction; after you understand, however, you will begin to wonder how you could have ever seen Scripture differently.
I did not reach these conclusions lightly. Each of us claim to want conviction in our lives, but when we see the truth and realize the repentance that we so desperately need, it is easy to want to bury the truth where we don’t want to see it anymore. This in many ways was an endeavor to prove myself wrong, because I myself did not want to see, and thereby absolve myself from any responsibility to such knowledge. I warn you, do not pray for wisdom or the gift of prophecy, unless you are prepared for the Lord to show you what you do not want to see. After all, the Lord would not have to warn us through Biblical prophecy if he knew we would readily accept the truth otherwise. As it was true in the days of Christ, so to it is true today.
I do not promise to tell you things you want to hear. I only promise to tell you the Word of God. Many have told me after reading this that I am wise and discerning, but this is hardly the case. We must remember that only God grants wisdom to men. “At that time Jesus began to say, I thank You, Father, Lord of heaven and earth [and I acknowledge openly and joyfully to Your honor], that You have hidden these things from the wise and clever and learned, and revealed them to babies [to the childish, untaught, and unskilled].’” Matthew 11:25 (AMP) Weigh the evidence yourself presented in Scripture and test it through Scripture. Many books are written by the wise, but the Bible is revealed—despite our intelligence or lack thereof—when our hearts are open to listen. Still, all Scripture should be taken in the counsel of other believers, so that one man’s writing may not be used as a distortion of the truth. Remember, though, the counsel of other believers should be accepted or rejected through Scripture rather than based on a person’s feelings or other perceived opinions of theologians. Remember the Pharisees were theologians and they were dead wrong. In my attempt to disprove my own discoveries I went to those I considered the cream of the crop among biblical circles. Sadly many scholars from highly accredited religious institutions would avoid me, not responding to emails or phone calls. Yet for all the respect I had once endowed upon them never, not once, could they provide a counter meaning for the scripture given, even producing a mere single scripture to support their opposing viewpoint.
It was for this purpose that I sent the concepts included in this book to no fewer than 1,500 religious scholars, including (but not limited to) pastors, elders, deacons, seminary professors, bishops, friars, televangelists, missionaries, rabbis, popes, and priests from across the spectrum of the Christian faith including the Assemblies of God, Baptist, Seventh-day Adventist, Catholic, Coptic, non-denominational, and others. To my amazement, no one could cite an alternate meaning to the concepts presented.
I found it unsettling that of the religious scholars who did respond, some said they believed that the Old Testament’s everlasting promises had expired and were no longer valid after the cross in 33 AD or the fall of Judea in 70 AD. Yet even then they would pick and choose the promises they liked and reject the ones they did not. For example, they would say that the everlasting promise of Noah was truly everlasting, but the everlasting promises of Joseph, Simeon, Levi, Ephraim, Manasseh, Benjamin, Issachar, Zebulun, Elijah, Abraham and others have expired left totally unfulfilled, or rather never to be fulfilled. They seem to have forgotten the words of the Lord, “…the prophets, do they live forever? But did not my words and my decrees, which I commanded my servants the prophets...?” Zechariah 1:5-6 (NIV)
Others suggested that some promises are not possible and therefore will only take place in heaven. Don’t they realize that when we get to heaven, we will converse with angels, as well as the prophets of old, and even with Christ himself? No, the Bible is God’s Word for the land of the living, and not the dead. Prophecies were given so that when their time came, they would be simple and easy to recognize. After Christ returns the Word will once again be made flesh and every word that proceeds from his lips will be the eternal and ever-lasting Word of God. It is important for us to see the Bible as it is, with prophecies given to prepare us of things to come for those days and events.
Still others have suggested that God really didn’t mean what he said but was actually implying something completely different. Such rationalizations suggest that God is clumsy or less than the omnipotent, all-knowing, all-possible God we know that he is, was, and always will be. As we delve into the prophecy of Judah, note the simplicity of the language that the Lord uses in the Bible. Yet when Christ came, the people of Judea got out of bed just as they had done the day before. Jesus to them just seemed like a normal person. The appointed time had come, but God had remained seemingly silent through scriptural prophecy for so long they couldn’t believe that he was actually the Messiah. “Jesus said to them, "Truly, I say to you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes go into the kingdom of God before you. For John came to you in the way of righteousness, and you did not believe him, but the tax collectors and the prostitutes believed him. And even when you saw it, you did not afterward change your minds and believe him.” Matthew 21:31B-32 (ESV)
Today, looking back we can see how obvious the truth was. We ask ourselves how they could not realize that this was the Messiah. Yet we know through the gospels that they denied because it was not what they wanted to see. The covenant promise of Joseph is wrapped in a similar package. Because of its simplicity, often new or casual Christians will embrace the truth much more rapidly than the religious scholars of our day. Ironically it is the job and position of these same pastors and scholars to spread the light and prepare us for these prophetic events. God doesn’t need to be complex when it comes to yielding of one’s heart. “For the Lord GOD does nothing without revealing his secret to his servants the prophets.” Amos 3:7 (ESV) These are the tests that the Lord gives the church and us as believers: to see if we will stand up for God and yield our hearts when times are difficult or to stand with the favor of man. As it is written, “Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance. And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.” James 1:2-4 (NASB)
How marvelous, how wonderful the Lord is that he would reveal so much to this second-rate man with no religious doctorate or degree, whose study is limited to the one true book, the Word of God. I know not why but perhaps only to prove that he is the Lord and can teach even the least of us. The first thing I’m going to do is ask you to pray that the Lord would open up his Word to you through these scriptures as he has done for me. Originally the scriptures used for this book were all taken from the NIV, or New International Version of the Bible for consistency as well as its nearly universal acceptance across the Christian faith. Unfortunately, the quantity of scriptures referenced has exceeded copyright limitations on the number that may be cited from any one translation of the Bible. To comply with these guidelines, several translations were required. Theses translations include the NIV, New American Standard Bible (NASB), New King James Version (NKJV), Amplified Version (AMP), and New Living Translation (NLT) due to their nearly universal acceptance. The English Standard Version (ESV) was also selected, because of its high regard for precision. This book by design was not made to be read once and then put down. For best results when a story is cited, I highly recommend going back to the Word of God and reading these stories in the Bible in their entirety the second time through this book so that the Lord may reveal new insights to you through his Word as well. Not only the scriptures referenced here, but all scripture, from Genesis to Revelation, should be taken into account. The Bible is our answer book to this test called life and humanity, without which the pages of this little book you are now reading are little more than dust and ink.
The Word of God is exactly that, and with such an author, we know it is also the only book that truly knows the facts for past, present, and future events. The author knows his intentions well, and does not contradict himself. For this reason, I have referenced more than 1,500 verses from the Old Testament and more than 500 verses from the New Testament. It is also important to note that often many more verses were available on a variety of the parts and elements relating to the prophecy of Joseph, but they were not used to avoid repetition. It is my sincere hope that these pages create an awakening inside of you to want to know God’s Word more, letting him speak to you through his Word, so that you will live in the light and not in darkness. God bless. Your journey begins.