Sunday, January 2, 2022

God’s Timeline – Part 56 Jacob Blesses His Sons

 God’s Timeline – Part 56

Jacob Blesses His Sons

Pastor Bruce A. Shields

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SERMON TIMELINE (2022 A.D. = 5782 Jewish Calendar Year)

 -         Creation Week (Approximately 3700 - 4000 B.C.)

o   Adam, Eve, and the Fall

-         Cain and Abel

o   Evil Fills the World

-         Noah Did All God Commanded Him

o   The Flood (2348 B.C.)

o   God’s Covenant with Noah

o   Noah’s Sons and Ham’s Sin

o   Nations of Noah’s Sons

-         Tower of Babel (Approximately 2200 B.C.)

 -         God calls Abram (1921 B.C. 75 years old)

o   Abram and Lot part ways (1915 B.C.)

o   Rescue of Lot (1914 B.C.)

-         The Lord’s Covenant with Abram for Isaac

o   Hagar and Ishmael Born (1910 B.C.) Abram 86 years old

o   Sarai and Isaac

o   The Three Visitors

o   Abraham Pleads for Sodom

-         Birth of Isaac (1897 B.C. Abraham 99 years old Sarah 90-Hagar and Ishmael sent away)

o   The Lord tests Abraham (1876 B.C.)

o   Sarah Dies 127 years old (1860 B.C. Abraham is 136)

-         Isaac marries Rebekah (1857 B.C. Isaac was 40 when he married Rebekah)

 -         Jacob and Esau are born (1837 B.C. Isaac was 60 Abraham 159)

o   Abraham dies at 175 (1822 B.C. Isaac was 75)

o   Isaac receives the Birthright and his father’s blessing

o   Esau marries two Hittites at 40 (1857 B.C.)

o   Esau marries a daughter of Ishmael

o   Jacob travels to his grandfather’s family to find a wife (1819 B.C.)

o   Jacob’s Dream at Bethel

o   Jacob marries Leah then Rachel

§  Levi is born (1749 B.C.)

§  Joseph is born (1741 B.C.)

§  Benjamin is born (1731 B.C.)

o   Jacob fled Laban and is pursued

o   Jacob Prepares to meet Esau

o   Jacob Wrestles with God & Becomes Israel

o   Jacob Meets with Esau after 20 Years

o   Jacob’s Daughter Raped by Shechem

o   Jacob Returns to Bethel

o   The Deaths of Rachel and Isaac (1716 B.C. Isaac was 180 years old)


-         Joseph’s Dreams (Joseph is seventeen at the time)

o   Joseph Sold by His Brothers (1724 B.C.)

o   Joseph Imprisoned

o   Joseph interprets dreams while in prison

o   Joseph Interprets the Pharaoh’s Dream

o   Joseph enters the service of Pharaoh (1711 B.C. 7 years abundance begins)

o   Joseph’s Brothers Go to Egypt (Approx. 1704 B.C. begins 7-year famine)

o   Joseph’s Brothers Return Home from Egypt

o   Benjamin’s Silver Cup

o   Joseph reveals himself to his brothers (Approximately 1702 B.C.)

o   Jacob Travels to Egypt

o   Joseph and the Famine

o   The 12 Tribes Complete

o   Jacob blesses/prophecies over his sons



Genesis 49

Then (After Jacob blessed Ephraim and Manasseh) Jacob called for his sons and said, “Gather around so that I can tell you what will happen to you in the days to come:”



What we are about to see here in Genesis 49 is the very first occurrence of the biblical term, “the last days”, meaning just what we think it means, latter days, last days. This is revealing the End Times prophecy.


Many dispensational theologians believe the following prophecy is being predicted here when Jacob blesses his sons and predicts what is to come.


I have studied dispensational theology, and love how it brings light and understanding to scripture.


It is dispensational theology that sheds light on the feasts of God listed in Leviticus.


Passover represents spiritual death has no effect on those with the blood of the Lamb


Feast of Unleavened Bread representing Jesus without sin


Feast of First Fruits representing the risen Christ as the first fruit of the resurrected


Feast of Weeks (Pentecost) is the bringing of the harvest to the Lord, God poured out His Holy Spirit on this day to make more “workers” bring Him the harvest of souls. In Matthew 9:37 Jesus tells his disciples that “the harvest is great, but the workers are few.” Then he put the plan into place: In Acts 1:4 he tells them to wait in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit.


Feast of Trumpets which is the rapture


Day of Atonement is where the scapegoat takes the sins, as Jesus took ours. This is the day we stand Judgment, but because Jesus took our sins, our debt is already paid. The Jewish leaders condemned Jesus, and he — burdened with the sins of all mankind — was led out of the city to be crucified: “He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins — and not only our sins but the sins of the world” 1 John 2:2


 Feast of Tabernacles or Booths is the celebration that follows the Day of Atonement. Jesus is called Emmanuel, meaning “God is with us” Matthew 1:23. He put on a temporary tabernacle — a human body — to dwell on this earth and offer himself as a sacrifice. We will forever be with the Lord after the Day of Atonement. This is everlasting on the New Earth, with the New Heaven and New Jerusalem.


Dispensational theology also reveals to us the seven dispensations of time.


Age of innocence (creation with Adam and Eve), age of conscience (sacrifice for sin introduced), Human government (which eventually leads to the Tower of Babel), then the age of Promise (Covenant made by God with Abraham), the age of Law (God’s covenant contained commandments and laws which expose man’s dead spirit and revealed not just the coming of a savior, but why we NEED Him, the age of Grace (or church age), this age (which we are in now) began with the Cross and will end at the Kingdom Age, which is the last of the seven dispensations.


The dispensational theology of Genesis 49 similarly reveals a timeline of events to us, just as the Feasts in Leviticus, and the seven dispensations of time.


I will break these up as they are written, which is in the order of birth.


When children or lineage is listed in scripture, it is nearly always in the order of birth, however, scripture does not always list children in their birth order, and sometimes even omits names entirely. 


Let us look at the blessings/prophecies and then speak about their meaning.


    I.            REUBEN, SIMEON AND LEVI

a.      Reuben

                                           i.      Verse 3, 4 “Reuben, you are my firstborn, my might, and the beginning of my strength, excelling in honor, excelling in power. Uncontrolled as the waters, you will no longer excel, because you went up to your father’s bed, onto my couch, and defiled it.”


b.     Simeon and Levi

                                           i.      Verse 5-7 “Simeon and Levi are brothers; their swords a are weapons of violence. 6 May I never enter their council; may I never join their assembly. For they kill men in their anger, and hamstring oxen on a whim. 7 Cursed be their anger, for it is strong, and their wrath, for it is cruel! I will disperse them in Jacob and scatter them in Israel.”


c.      Jacob was displeased with the three of them

                                           i.      First thing to note, when he calls the sons together, he is referred to as Jacob, however, when he begins the prophecies, he is referred to as Israel showing us it is the Holy Spirit speaking through Jacob at this point.


                                        ii.      Dispensational theology teaches that these three sons represent the moral history of Israel.

1.      “my firstborn…my might…beginning of my strength...excelling in honor…”


2.      It then goes on to say, “you will no longer excel…”, why? Because of adultery.


a.      Deuteronomy reveals Israel’s spiritual adultery it committed against God


b.     Also spoken about in Psalms, Jeremiah, Lamentations, Ezekiel, Hosea, and in Amos.


                                     iii.      The verses also speak about weapons of violence, how they killed from anger, their cursed anger, and cruel wrath.


                                      iv.      These things in scripture speak of the free will of Israel as a nation, and it’s turning away from God and following its own path.




a.      Judah

                                           i.      Represents the appearance of the Messiah as well as His rejection


b.     Zebulun and Issachar

                                           i.      They represent the dispensation and subjugation of the Jews among the Gentiles


c.      Consequence of the Fall of Israel from God’s Grace

                                           i.      In the first dispensation (Ruben) we see God praising Israel’s strength and how they were excelling. Then, with spiritual adultery, a turning away from God, they lose everything and fall from His Grace.


                                        ii.      Though we see God working to restore them, as well as all of humankind, because of free will, it is a struggle, and there are consequences for being out of the will of God.

                                     iii.      It is evident, both biblically and historically, that Israel, the nation of Jews, suffers and is subjugated by the Gentiles.




a.      Dan

                                           i.      Represents the appearance and kingdom of the Antichrist


                                        ii.      Verse 16-18 “Dan shall provide justice for his people as one of the tribes of Israel. 17 He will be a snake by the road, a viper in the path that bites the horse’s heels so that its rider tumbles backward. 18 I await Your salvation, O LORD.”


b.     Gad, Asher and Naphtali

                                           i.      When you read verses 18-21, this represents the dispensation of the cry of anguish from the presence of the antichrist. The elect sons of Israel cry for the second coming of Christ.




a.      Joseph and Benjamin

                                           i.      The last of the dispensation prophecies, Joseph and Benjamin represent (together predicting) the Second Coming in Glory of Israel’s Messiah, Jesus Christ.


b.     The twelve sons, blessed by Jacob, and prophecies were given, not just of their path, but of the dispensations of time to come.


c.      The 12 are put into 7 groups, each representing one of the seven dispensations of time, just as the seven feasts



Next week we will take a look at the death of Jacob and Joseph confronting his brothers.


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