The Joseph Generation

Prophecies abound about the “Joseph” generation, the “Joseph” blessings, and the “Joseph” church. Are there such things? These prophecies are not scriptural. They are based on the meaning of the name of Joseph and also on the great work Joseph did in saving his people and the world from famine. In Joseph’s life we do see the manifestation of God’s mercy and grace. In every test of adversity, Joseph trusted God and found grace and prosperity. Books abound on the life of Joseph. But there is more… There is something beyond Joseph. Joseph did not see Canaan. His bones were carried there under Joshua’s leadership. Please note why Joseph’s name means “added.”

Genesis 30:22-24… “And God remembered Rachel, and God hearkened to her, and opened her womb. And she conceived, and bare a son; and said, God hath taken away my reproach: And she called his name Joseph; and said, The LORD shall add to me another son” (KJV). The name “Joseph” (“added” or “He will add”) is a prophecy of yet another son, something in the future. Joseph was a blessed man. However, there is a truth in Benjamin that the Spirit wants us to know. Joseph was the eleventh son. Number eleven is the number of disorder and confusion. There were ten sons that preceded Joseph. Ten is the number of law and responsibility. Broken law always brings disorder and confusion.  Benjamin was son number twelve. Twelve is the number of the completeness of God’s government. Our life is not complete unless Jesus governs.

Rachel saw in the birthing of Joseph a prophetic vision that God would bless even more. Note Genesis 35:16-18… “And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labor. And it came to pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also. And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin. And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem” (KJV). There are two sides to Benjamin’s birth: Rachael’s sorrow, and Jacob’s son at his right hand. After the “Joseph ministry,” comes the ministry of the “son of the right hand.” Rachel died that Benjamin might live. She died on the way to Ephrath, which means “ashiness, fruitfulness.” Spiritually, before there is a birthing of the power of Christ, there is the dying to self. Bethlehem (“the house of bread”) follows this. “Craving Him as your soul’s first necessity,” says 2 Chronicles 15:2 (AMP). There is something beyond Joseph. The next Spirit’s move could be “the Son of my (our) right hand,” the church moving in mighty power.

Pastor George Belobaba

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