Five and a half years ago articles were written on this site concerning the patriarchs and all their counterparts down to Joseph in a dispensational layout. Those articles can be found in the left margin via the links. The trouble is that Benjamin was not considered because of focus upon Joseph. Benjamin also has prophetic implications, so he needs to be considered. Here is a review of Joseph before we consider Benjamin. Here is a major excerpt from Joseph–Messiah revealed: “Joseph is a clear parallel of Jesus and much focus is upon his suffering. But which advent does Joseph most clearly demonstrate? At 17 years of age, Joseph becomes favored in his standing with Israel (Jacob). However, Joseph has the dream where his father, mother, and eleven brothers will one day bow down to him. When he tells them this, they turn on him and hate him. His brothers then sell him into slavery and fake his death to deceive Jacob (Israel). So then, Joseph’s story does parallel the story of Jesus as to his suffering by his own family and the following deception, but the emphasis of this story is Joseph’s prophetic dream of his family one day bowing down to him. As we think of current history, Israel still believes, if at all, that Jesus is dead and not alive. We still wait for Israel to believe in Jesus and worship him as an entire nation. Though Jesus sits at the right hand of the Father, that fact is currently lost to Israel. What causes Joseph’s family to return to him? That would be the period of seven years of famine, much like the period of seven years that the nation of Israel will endure to return them as a whole to the Messiah. In the end, like the story of Joseph, they will all bow down and all will be forgiven. Joseph, like Jesus, then continues his rule and fulfills the meaning of his name–He shall enlarge. Much like Israel grew in Goshen, so will Israel grow in the Millennium under the leadership of the Messiah. The prophecy of Joseph is then the nation of Israel falling down to honor him, which will be true of Israel at the Second Coming of Christ. As Jacob represents redeemed Israel, then Joseph represents the Redeemer realized by his people of Israel.” Yesterday a reader helped bring to my attention the Jewish tradition that Rachel died and that Benjamin was born on Heshvan 11. I had never heard that before and I checked the Bible and there is no mention of that date or any date for that matter. So we must proceed with caution. However, that date is remarkable because it would tie into the time of the end of the Tribulation. It is the belief here that the Tribulation more than likely starts this fall and goes 2,520 days until the Day of Atonement 2024 (October 12). In the middle of those 2,520 days, the event known as the Abomination of Desolation will occur. 1,260 days from that date is the Day of Atonement when Christ saves Israel from utter destruction. However, in Daniel there is also the period of 1290 days. In the articles posted here about the Days of Noah, Heshvan 10 works to be Day 1290 as it is 30 days after the Day of Atonement or Yom Kippur. Day 1290 is believed to be the ceremonial end to observe the Day of Atonement properly, as the Day of Atonement on Day 1260 is in the midst of war when people are unclean. So then we have this tradition of Rachel dying and Benjamin being born that happens to land on the next day of Heshvan 11. The important thing here is the continued flow in the symbolic story. Rachel was of course Jacob's first pick as a wife and he served seven years for her, but he got Leah instead. So he served another seven years and received Rachel as his second wife. Jacob's troubles lasted two periods of seven years, so some have wondered, "Where is the other seven years, if the Tribulation of seven years is called Jacob's Trouble? One interesting parallel can be done by plotting the life and events of Jacob spanning instead from the first settlement of Israel's regathering in 1878 at Petah Tikva. That article can be found here. The stunning fact is by that comparison, Jacob's first seven years for Leah match the seven years of the Holocaust in 1938-1945. Since Jacob was known as Israel this makes uncanny sense. It also puts the Holocaust in perspective and that it has prepared Israel for what is to come–the final seven years of Tribulation represented by seven years for Rachel. Is it a coincidence then that on the anniversary of when Rachel's life ended, it will be the first day after the completion of the seven year Tribulation on Day 1290? At that time it will be 2,550 days fulfilled. Interestingly enough, the length of the Holocaust was 60 days less. The Holocaust went from July 15, 1938 (Evian Conference and the 17th of Tammuz) to Germany's surrender to end the Holocaust on May 8, 1945. That was 2,490 days and 30 days shy of 2,520. 2,550 days is 30 days over 2,520 days. The two periods of seven years for Leah and Rachel then average to 2,520 days. Amazing! The seven years for Rachel that are coming will be the worst in history. Rachel, the wife of Israel, will go through Tribulation and deliver a child–Benjamin. Benjamin means the "son of the right hand", but Rachel first named him Ben-Oni, which is “son of sorrows”. Benjamin speaks of Jesus who is the Son and is seated at the right hand of God the Father. Jesus is the King and his reign will ensue on earth. The death of Rachel and the birth of Benjamin on Heshvan 11 aptly mark the transition from the Tribulation to the Millennial reign of Jesus. So is the Jewish legend and tradition of Heshvan 11 valid for the day Rachel died in childbirth to bring the Son? This would seem to say yes! Jeremiah 31:15-17 This is what the Lord says: "A voice is heard in Ramah, mourning and great weeping, Rachel weeping for her children and refusing to be comforted, because they are no more." This is what the Lord says: "Restrain your voice from weeping and your eyes from tears, for your work will be rewarded," declares the Lord. "They will return from the land of the enemy. So there is hope for your descendants," declares the Lord. "Your children will return to their own land. Imagine being Rachel on that coming day!
"Then they journeyed from Bethel. And when there was but a little distance to go
to Ephrath, Rachel labored in childbirth, and she had hard labor. Now it came to
pass, when she was in hard labor, that the midwife said to her, "Do not fear; you
will have this son also." And so it was, as her soul was departing (for she died),
that she called his name Ben-Oni; but his father called him Benjamin. So Rachel died
and was buried on the way to Ephrath (that is, Bethlehem). And Jacob set a pillar
on her grave, which is the pillar of Rachel's grave to this day."