“Joseph said to his brothers, ‘I am Joseph.'”
– Genesis 45:2
When Joseph revealed himself to his brothers, they “could not answer him, so dumfounded were they on account of him” (Genesis 45:2, NJPS). The midrash hints, that when H’Shem will reveal his glory to the generation that precedes the final redemption, we will also be kept speechless in awe. For, “whereof from old, men have not heard, nor perceived by ear, neither hath the eye seen, a G-d beside Thee, Who worketh for him that waiteth for Him” (Isaiah 64:3, JPS 1917 Tanach; Midrash Tanchuma Buber, Devarim 2:1).
“For they shall see, eye to eye, the L-RD returning to Zion” (Isaiah 52:8, JPS). “And it shall be said in that day: ‘Lo, this is our G-d, for whom we waited, that He might save us; this is the L-RD, for whom we waited, we will be glad and rejoice in His salvation” (Isaiah 25:9, JPS). So, here, while we wait in expectation for our redemption from the onslaught of troubles in the world that will precede the Geulah (Redemption), we may anticipate the awesomeness of the culmination of history, when the messianic age begins.
Joseph’s brothers, in one moment of truth and revelation, saw the profound fruition of the course of events that were set into motion twenty-two years prior, when they sold Joseph as a slave to a caravan of traders passing by their flocks grazing-ground (Chofetz Chaim). The generation of return, who will “return and hearken to the voice of the L-RD” (Deuteronomy 30:8, JPS), will also bring themselves to comprehend how all of history has led to this moment, wherein, at that time, we who are of that generation will proclaim:
“How beautiful upon the mountains are the feet of the messenger of good tidings, that announceth peace, the harbinger of good tidings, that announceth salvation; that saih to Zion: Thy G-d reigneth!”
-Isaiah 52:7, JPS 1917 Tanach