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“Exodus II” — How the first Exodus prefigures the deliverance of God’s people at the end of this age.

October 21, 2013 Leave a comment

imageThe LORD said to Moses, “When you go back to Egypt see that you perform before Pharaoh all the wonders which I have put in your power; but I will harden his heart so that he will not let the people go. Then you shall say to Pharaoh, ‘Thus says the LORD, “Israel is My son, My firstborn.” So I said to you, ‘Let My son go that he may serve Me’; but you have refused to let him go. Behold, I will kill your son, your firstborn.”’” (Ex. 4:21-23)

There will come a day, called in Scripture “the day of the Lord”, when God will again deliver His children from the hands of a mighty oppressor, with an incredible display of wonders in the sky and on the earth.

1. In Egypt, God released 10 plagues through the uplifted staff of His servant Moses upon the Pharaoh and the people of Egypt that allowed for His chosen, firstborn son, Israel, to flee their oppressors and enter in to the Promised Land.

In the coming Exodus, God will again release “great judgments” (Ex 7:4), plagues and terrors, upon the oppressors, the antichrist and his 10 nation federation, that will allow the people of God to be delivered and enter into their Promised Land, the Heavenly City, the New Jerusalem.

The similarities of the plagues of Egypt and the plagues of the Last Days (Rev. 6-19) are incredible: water turned into blood, hail, darkness, pestilence, loathsome and malignant sores, locusts and frogs.

2. In the first Exodus, God used two men to deliver Israel, Moses and Aaron:

Then the LORD said to Moses, “See, I make you as God to Pharaoh, and your brother Aaron shall be your prophet.” (Ex 7:1)

In the second Exodus, at the end of this age, God will send two witnesses who will release His plagues and judgments and set the stage for the coming of the King of kings:

“And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for 1260 days, clothed in sackcloth… These have the power to shut up the sky, so that rain will not fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire.” (Rev 11)

3. At a strategic point in the first Exodus battle, Pharaoh and his armies “chased after the sons of Israel” (Ex 14:8) to the edge of the Red Sea. The sons of Israel became “very frightened” and cried out to the Lord.

Then the LORD said to Moses, “Why are you crying out to Me? Tell the sons of Israel to go forward. As for you, lift up your staff and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it, and the sons of Israel shall go through the midst of the sea on dry land.”  (Ex 14:15-16)

At a strategic point in the future, during the “second Exodus” battle, antichrist and his armies will invade Jerusalem and take the city captive, the people of God in a desperate situation.

For I will gather all the nations against Jerusalem to battle, and the city will be captured, the houses plundered, the women ravished and half of the city exiled, but the rest of the people will not be cut off from the city. (Zech 14:2)

Most people have been taught that there is a coming battle of Armageddon, but this is inaccurate. The plain of Armageddon will be the “staging area” for a vast army, gathered by the Lord and by Satan, to decide, once and for all, the future of Jerusalem.

Psalm 83, speaks to these circumstances:

They make shrewd plans against Your people,
And conspire together against Your treasured ones.
They have said, “Come, and let us wipe them out as a nation,
That the name of Israel be remembered no more.” (Psalm 83:3-4)

Yet, just like the Red Sea standing like a closed door before the chosen of Israel, the city of Jerusalem, captured and plundered by the “End Time Pharaoh”, will ITSELF divide in two so that the people of God can be delivered!

You must read it for yourself because otherwise you won’t believe me:

“Then the LORD will go forth and fight against those nations, as when He fights on a day of battle. In that day His feet will stand on the Mount of Olives, which is in front of Jerusalem on the east; and the Mount of Olives will be split in its middle from east to west by a very large valley, so that half of the mountain will move toward the north and the other half toward the south. You will flee by the valley of My mountains, for the valley of the mountains will reach to Azel; yes, you will flee just as you fled before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah. Then the LORD, my God, will come, and all the holy ones with Him!” (Zech 14)

4. It is interesting to note that God, after the 3rd plague, protected His chosen people by setting them apart from His judgments. Previously, the children of Israel were (one must suppose) impacted by the plagues: river of blood, frogs and insects.

“But on that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, where My people are living, so that no swarms of flies will be there, in order that you may know that I, the LORD, am in the midst of the land. I will put a division between My people and your people.” (Ex 8:22-23)

At the end of this age, as God pours out His plagues and judgments on the earth, the people who have not chosen the mark of the beast will be protected. God will again “set apart” His chosen people and “put a division” between the righteous and the unrighteous.

At this time, the redeemed will rise to meet Him in the air, along with the dead in Christ (I Thess. 4).  Jesus, the King, the “nobleman who went to a distant country to receive a kingdom for himself, and then return” (Luke 19) comes back to this earth to rule and reign and rid the planet of evil. After 1000 years, He “hands over the kingdom to the God and Father” so His Father can, once again, walk on earth and then the end will come. (I Cor. 15)


Jeff Gilbertson

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