Tanak Foundations-Concepts in Exodus-Part 70

In Exo 13.19 it says, “And Moses took the bones of Joseph with him, for he had made the sons of Israel solemnly swear saying, ‘God shall surely take care of you and you shall carry my bones from here with you.'” The KJV uses the the term “visit you” for “take care of you.” This is related to what Joseph said in Gen 50.25 and to what Yeshua said in Luke 19.40-41.

In Hebrew this terms is “pakod yifkod” or “visit, visit.” Joseph is saying in Gen 50.25, and repeated in Exo 13.19, that God will “visit, visit” you. This alludes to the First and Second Redemption, and the two comings of the Messiah. The First Redemption that we are discussing now will teach us about the Second Redemption and the coming of the Messiah.

In Gen 50.26, Joseph is buried and put into a “coffin.” In Hebrew, the word is “b’aron” or into an ark (box). This is a receiving container in which his remains were kept. So, they took an “ark” (aron) or receiving container with Joseph’s remains together, leaving no doubt they were leaving to go back into the land. A simple thief would have robbed the aron, and left everything. They would have never taken the whole thing.

We know that Joseph was in the Middle Kingdom of Egypt and they used “royal mausoleums” or “mortuary temples” in burials. That is what they found at Harawa. The Pharaohs preferred that over burial in a pyramid. The temple at Harawa had twelve chambers. Is it possible that these were for the twelve brothers of Joseph?

Now we are going to look at the crossing of the Red Sea. Moses journeys from Harawa (Succos/Sukkot) and Pharaohs hears that they have taken the remains of Joseph (Exo 14.5-8). He knew they were leaving because Joseph’s tomb was empty, the whole box is gone. In the Jewish writings, the prime minister of Egypt is referred to as Joseph of Ramah. Ramah means “seat of idolatry.” In Greek, it is Arimathea. In other words, the tomb of Joseph of Arimathea was empty!

In the book “Coming Out of Egypt: The Journey Out of Idolatry Begins”, Vol 1, P.422< by K. C. Stricker, it says, "An interesting parallel is that Yeshua is placed in the tomb of Joseph of Ramah (Arimathea in Greek). Ramah, the city of Joseph, means 'seat of idolatry in Hebrew. As noted, Moses had also gone to the tomb of another Joseph on the 15th, to receive Joseph's body: thereby leaving his tomb empty. Joseph of Egypt, the seat of idolatry, had been an excellent picture of the coming of the Messiah by all that had happened in his life: he was hated by his brothers, cast into a pit, sold as a slave, falsely accused, committed to the dungeon; but, through the Spirit of God, raised to be ruler in Egypt second only to Pharaoh. He was sent by God to preserve life, during the famine of death. In latter years, he revealed himself to his brothers, who all this time had thought him to be the ruler of the Gentiles, rather than one of their own brethren." So, as we have said, Joseph's bones were in a huge and very heavy "aron" or "box." The word "aron" has special meaning in Scripture. The Ark of the Covenant is also an "aron." So, that means in the wilderness the children of Israel had two "arons" with them. Why did they take the huge "box" with them? First, it was to fulfill their word to Joseph and secondly, to prove they took him and it wasn't some robber. After they had his remains, they set out east to the western prong of the Red Sea called the Gulf of Suez now, but back then it was just the Red Sea. (Yom Suf). They will cross the Gulf of Suez, and take a road that was at the other side to the northeast that links to the Derek Seir (the Way to Edom). They will go east on that road to Ezion-geber (Eilat) at the northern tip of the eastern prong of the Red Sea called the Gulf of Aqaba. It is in this area that they will encounter the Amalekites (Exo 17). From there they will go southeast, down into the northwestern part of Saudi Arabia to Mount Sinai, which was 18 miles east of a place called Madian-polis (Al-Bad today). The traditional route can't be the right route, and some of the new theories proposed by Ron Wyatt, Bob Cornuke and many others can't be it either. The traditional site of Mount Sinai is in the southern part of the Sinai Peninsula, and it was "found" by the mother of Constantine, Helena, and she was no bible scholar. This site has campgrounds for several million people and it does not fit the timeline. So, Israel was to go for three days into the wilderness, not forever like in the movies. The delegation that retrieved the bones of Joseph met up with everyone else at a designated point going towards the Gulf of Suez. Josephus says they crossed at a very hard place to navigate through. Pharaoh will pursue them, and Israel will cross the Gulf of Suez early in the morning of the 17th of Nisan (Exo 14.21-24). Num 33.1-8 says it was three days, then they crossed the sea. They went from Rameses to Sukkot (Succos/Harawa in the Faiyum), then to Etham, and then to Pi-Hahirot. They cross the sea at Pi-Hahirot on the third day (17th of Nisan). Pharaoh pursues them into the sea, and he, along with his army, perishes. Now, Israel was possessed by the Egyptian Pharaohs, and Pharaoh is a picture of Satan and the False Messiah. The Pharaohs had an emblem of a serpent on their crown ("nachash"-Gen 3.1). Israel will be redeemed from Pharaoh. So, we have the 10th of Nisan when the lamb was selected for the Passover (Exo 12). On the 14th of Nisan that lamb is killed "between the evenings" or about three o'clock in the afternoon. They will depart from Egypt after midnight on the 15th of Nisan, while it was still dark (Deut 16.1), and they are up against the sea on the 17th of Nisan, three days later. They cross the sea and are resurrected on the other side on the 17th, and Pharaoh is cut off. Now, go ahead 1500 years or so to 30 A. D. Yeshua rides into Jerusalem in what religious men call the "Triumphant Entry." This is Nisan 10 and the Passover lambs have been selected. The lamb is examined to see if there is any blemish, and Yeshua and his teachings are examined and they find no blemish in him. On the 14th of Nisan the lambs are slain "between the evenings" and Yeshua is crucified at the same time they are killing the lambs in the temple, and dies "between the evenings." Three days later (Nisan 17) Yeshua rises from the dead at the same time Israel came out of the watery grave of the Red Sea. Satan (Pharaoh) is cut off and we are now on our way to the Promised Land (Olam Haba). But, we need to stop at Mount Sinai first. And we have the tomb of another Joseph that is empty. The story of Yeshua matches the Exodus In Part 71 we will pick up here.

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