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103 The Plagues on Egypt

Moses and Aaron visited the elders of Israel and told them of their mission, and then they went to pharaoh who refused to let the people go and increased their burdens. Israel then complained to Moses and God told Moses to stand fast in his mission and go before pharaoh again.

The Egyptians had a pantheistic religion and believed that all physical things had a little bit of God in them. That being the case they worshipped the creation in place of the Creator.

With Amun-Ra as the sun and chief god, all other things from cats to crocodiles, from dung beetles to the bull god Apis were worshipped as gods.

The sin of Aaron and Israel and later of Jeroboam in setting up golden calves as gods, came from the Egyptian worship of Apis the bull god.

The superstitious Egyptian common folk literally worshipped these physical things, while the high level initiates understood that these things were only symbols of spirit entities.

The sun god Ra was a symbol of Lucifer [Satan] called Saturn and Baal in other languages.

From this point on every sign and every plague given in Egypt, used the gods of Egypt themselves either to afflict the Egyptians by their own gods, or to demonstrate the power of the Eternal over all other gods.

Exodus 6

Then God said, stand back and see what I shall do to Pharaoh, for God had hardened Pharaoh’s heart that God might show forth his power as the Deliverer of physical and spiritual Israel! This was for us as well as those people, so that we might know the power of our Mighty God and always be zealous and faithful to his Word in the flesh and in the spirit.

Exodus 6:1 Then the LORD said unto Moses, Now shalt thou see what I will do to Pharaoh: for with a strong hand shall he let them go, and with a strong hand shall he drive them out of his land.

Then Messiah the Christ informed Moses that he would keep his promises to their forbearer Abram and deliver them out of Egypt. Even so the Mighty God whose dwelling is eternity; will keep his promises to the spiritually called out of bondage to sin!

If we follow HIM faithfully and live by EVERY Word of God always, we shall enter the spiritual Promised Land of eternal life!

The Eternal IS God Almighty and beside him there are NO other gods!

6:2 And God spake unto Moses, and said unto him, I am the LORD: 6:3 And I appeared unto Abraham, unto Isaac, and unto Jacob, by the name of God Almighty, but by my name JEHOVAH [YHVH] was I not known to them. 6:4 And I have also established my covenant with them, to give them the land of Canaan, the land of their pilgrimage, wherein they were strangers. 6:5 And I have also heard the groaning of the children of Israel, whom the Egyptians keep in bondage; and I have remembered my covenant.

Today the whole earth groans under the bondage of sin; God will deliver his spiritually called out soon, and after that he will deliver the whole earth from Satan the god-king Pharaoh who holds this world in bondage!

Our Deliverer will keep his promises and deliver his faithful of spiritual Israel, into the Promised Land of eternal life and all good things. Then Christ will also deliver all humanity, grafting then into spiritual Israel, his collective bride!

As physical Israel had God’s promise of deliverance from bondage in Egypt; God has given mankind a promise of deliverance from Satan and sin!

6:6 Wherefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will rid you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with a stretched out arm, and with great judgments: 6:7 And I will take you to me for a people, and I will be to you a God: and ye shall know that I am the LORD your God, which bringeth you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians [a type of deliverance from bondage to sin and Satan]. 6:8 And I will bring you in unto the land, concerning the which I did swear to give it to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob; and I will give it you for an heritage: I am the LORD.

The people could not believe because they focused on the cruelty of their bondage; even so many of us lose faith in the midst of our afflictions in this life.

It is very hard to think of a wonderful future when we are faced with present distress. Yet to overcome the present distress, we must remain focused on the end result of our calling, and on the power of our God to deliver in his own good time!

As our Great God made an example of Pharaoh in Egypt; in these last days he is making an example of his power to accomplish his purposes against Satan.

Messiah the Christ shall come to resurrect his chosen and then will return with his collective bride with great power and glory to bring the millennial Sabbath of rest and bring freedom from the burden of sin to this world!

6:9 And Moses spake so unto the children of Israel: but they hearkened not unto Moses for anguish of spirit, and for cruel bondage.

Then God sent Moses to speak unto Pharaoh again

6:10 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying, 6:11 Go in, speak unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, that he let the children of Israel go out of his land.

Moses discouraged asked the one who later gave up his God-hood to be made flesh as Jesus Christ: “What is the use of going back to Pharaoh?”

6:12 And Moses spake before the LORD, saying, Behold, the children of Israel have not hearkened unto me; how then shall Pharaoh hear me, who am of uncircumcised lips?

God then commissioned Aaron and Moses with the responsibility to bring Israel out of Egypt.

It is so easy to get discouraged and to have a crisis of faith when we focus on the present distress and do not focus on the power of our Mighty God. Even Moses got discouraged many times, but nevertheless God kept all of his promises and demonstrated his mighty power to deliver his people if they will only trust him and keep his Word.

Brethren, these things were recorded for us, that in times of trials we should not be discouraged; but should have faith in the word, promises and power of our God to raise us up from the pit to the birthright of our calling which is eternal life, if we faint not in following our Mighty One!

6:13 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, and gave them a charge unto the children of Israel, and unto Pharaoh king of Egypt, to bring the children of Israel out of the land of Egypt.

 

Exodus 7

An important thing to observe is that Moses and Aaron did not decide for themselves what to say to Pharaoh or what to do in Egypt. Instead they said what God had told them to say and proclaimed the plagues that God had commanded them to warn that God would bring. This was not about Moses, but was about revealing God and his power to Israel and Egypt and all the nations of that time.

The serpent was a symbol of the god Amun-Ra and God showed that he had power over the serpents of Amun

Exodus 7:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, See, I have made thee a god to Pharaoh: and Aaron thy brother shall be thy prophet. 7:2 Thou shalt speak all that I command thee: and Aaron thy brother shall speak unto Pharaoh, that he send the children of Israel out of his land.

The One who became Messiah explains that Pharaoh will not let the people go until he, YHVH, has made his power and glory known. In the same way at this end time, the power and glory of Messiah will be made known by God’s two prophets and all His mighty works at His coming.

As God delivered his called out bride from bondage to sin with many mighty deeds in physical Egypt; He will also deliver his spiritual Bride from bondage to sin, and raise up his faithful chosen to be a part of his collective spiritual Bride in that day.

God hardened Pharaoh’s heart to the level of hardness of the “heart” of Satan, that the allegory of Pharaoh being a type of Satan might be fulfilled more clearly.

7:3 And I will harden Pharaoh’s heart, and multiply my signs and my wonders in the land of Egypt. 7:4 But Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you, that I may lay my hand upon Egypt, and bring forth mine armies, and my people the children of Israel, out of the land of Egypt by great judgments.

As the Egyptians were made to fear God in ancient times; the spiritually Called Out will be made to fear, respect and to really know God and his deliverance from the bondage of sin in our time; and at this end time, all of the world will be made to know God at the coming of Messiah the Christ.

7:5 And the Egyptians shall know that I am the LORD, when I stretch forth mine hand upon Egypt, and bring out the children of Israel from among them.

Moses and Aaron now knew the purpose of God and the reason for the actions of Christ in hardening Pharaoh’s heart, and the mighty miracles that Messiah would perform for Israel.

We of spiritual Israel should also begin to understand the reason for the trials and afflictions in our lives; which is to bring us to the perfection of our Father!

7:6 And Moses and Aaron did as the LORD commanded them, so did they. 7:7 And Moses was fourscore [80] years old, and Aaron fourscore and three [83] years old, when they spake unto Pharaoh.

Christ commands Moses and Aaron to visit Pharaoh and to show him the first miracle that was shown to the elders of Israel.

7:8 And the LORD spake unto Moses and unto Aaron, saying, 7:9 When Pharaoh shall speak unto you, saying, Shew a miracle for you: then thou shalt say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and cast it before Pharaoh, and it shall become a serpent.

The wise men [priests of Amun] of Egypt duplicated this miracle by the power of Amun [Satan] whom they worshipped.

Here we have a short duel between the miracle workers of Egypt and the servants of God, between Amun [Satan] and the Eternal.

7:10 And Moses and Aaron went in unto Pharaoh, and they did so as the LORD had commanded: and Aaron cast down his rod before Pharaoh, and before his servants, and it became a serpent. 7:11 Then Pharaoh also called the wise men and the sorcerers: now the magicians of Egypt, they also did in like manner with their enchantments. 7:12 For they cast down every man his rod, and they became serpents: but Aaron’s rod swallowed up their rods. 7:13 And he hardened Pharaoh’s heart, that he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.

Pharaoh saw the miracles of his own people and maybe thought that the God of Moses and Aaron was not greater than his god Amun-Ra.

7:14 And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh’s heart is hardened, he refuseth to let the people go.

Then God sent Moses and Aaron to meet Pharaoh at the river side to turn the water into blood to show the power of God, but the magicians of Egypt [Satan] were again able to replicate the miracle.

7:15 Get thee unto Pharaoh in the morning; lo, he goeth out unto the water; and thou shalt stand by the river’s brink against he come; and the rod which was turned to a serpent shalt thou take in thine hand.

Moses and Aaron are then told by the One who later gave up his God-hood to become flesh and die like a Lamb for his creation, to speak against the Nile River  [which was worshipped as the goddess Anuket] unto Pharaoh

7:16 And thou shalt say unto him, The LORD God of the Hebrews hath sent me unto thee, saying, Let my people go, that they may serve me in the wilderness: and, behold, hitherto thou wouldest not hear. 7:17 Thus saith the LORD, In this thou shalt know that I am the LORD: behold, I will smite with the rod that is in mine hand upon the waters which are in the river, and they shall be turned to blood. 7:18 And the fish that is in the river shall die, and the river shall stink; and the Egyptians shall lothe to drink of the water of the river.

After Moses and Aaron had thus addressed the god-king of Egypt; the God who became Messiah the Christ commanded them to lift up the rod against the Nile and all its tributaries and streams in the delta.

7:19 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone.

They obeyed the spiritual Lamb of God, and all was fulfilled as Messiah had declared.

7:20 And Moses and Aaron did so, as the LORD commanded; and he lifted up the rod, and smote the waters that were in the river, in the sight of Pharaoh, and in the sight of his servants; and all the waters that were in the river were turned to blood. 7:21 And the fish that was in the river died; and the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink of the water of the river; and there was blood throughout all the land of Egypt.

Then the Egyptian magicians turned pots of well water into blood

7:22 And the magicians of Egypt did so with their enchantments: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, neither did he hearken unto them; as the LORD had said. 7:23 And Pharaoh turned and went into his house, neither did he set his heart to this also.

The river was as blood for seven days, and the Egyptians dug wells for water.

7:24 And all the Egyptians digged round about the river for water to drink; for they could not drink of the water of the river. 7:25 And seven days were fulfilled, after that the LORD had smitten the river.

 

Exodus 8

After seven days God commanded Moses and Aaron to go to Pharaoh and ask him to let the people of Israel go; and if he refuses God would bring a curse of frogs across Egypt. The frog being a goddess of Egypt would be used to afflict the Egyptians.

Hequet was the frog goddess of childbirth of the Egyptians and it was only appropriate that frogs were summoned to afflict the Egyptians, after they had sought to cast the sons of Israel into the Nile to drown as offerings to this god.

Exodus 8:1 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Go unto Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me. 8:2 And if thou refuse to let them go, behold, I will smite all thy borders with frogs: 8:3 And the river shall bring forth frogs abundantly, which shall go up and come into thine house, and into thy bedchamber, and upon thy bed, and into the house of thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thine ovens, and into thy kneadingtroughs: 8:4 And the frogs shall come up both on thee, and upon thy people, and upon all thy servants.

Then Messiah the Christ commanded Moses and Aaron to stretch out the rod and bring the curse of frogs on the nation.

8:5 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch forth thine hand with thy rod over the streams, over the rivers, and over the ponds, and cause frogs to come up upon the land of Egypt. 8:6 And Aaron stretched out his hand over the waters of Egypt; and the frogs came up, and covered the land of Egypt.

The Egyptian magicians then replicated the miracle.

8:7 And the magicians did so with their enchantments, and brought up frogs upon the land of Egypt.

Then Pharaoh begged Moses to remove the frogs, and Moses perhaps believing Pharaoh rejoiced.

8:8 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron, and said, Intreat the LORD, that he may take away the frogs from me, and from my people; and I will let the people go, that they may do sacrifice unto the LORD. 8:9 And Moses said unto Pharaoh, Glory over me: when shall I intreat for thee, and for thy servants, and for thy people, to destroy the frogs from thee and thy houses, that they may remain in the river only? 8:10 And he said, To morrow. And he said, Be it according to thy word: that thou mayest know that there is none like unto the LORD our God. 8:11 And the frogs shall depart from thee, and from thy houses, and from thy servants, and from thy people; they shall remain in the river only.

Moses then asked God to take away the frogs from Egypt and the One who became Christ heard and fulfilled the matter.

8:12 And Moses and Aaron went out from Pharaoh: and Moses cried unto the LORD because of the frogs which he had brought against Pharaoh. 8:13 And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; and the frogs died out of the houses, out of the villages, and out of the fields.

Christ caused all the frogs to die out, and they were gathered up of the people out of their houses into stinking heaps to reveal to the people the truth about their god of child birth an dthe Nile.

8:14 And they gathered them together upon heaps: and the land stank.

Pharaoh then went back on his word

8:15 But when Pharaoh saw that there was respite, he hardened his heart, and hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.

Then the one who became Jesus Christ brought up a plague of lice out of the dust of the land.

The word “lice” is rendered as “sand flies” or “fleas” in some translations. The Hebrew word “kinnim” comes from a root word meaning “to dig”; it is probable that the insect in question would burrow under the skin.

This plague would have been an embarrassment to Geb, the great god of the earth. Egyptians gave offerings to Geb for the bounty of the soil — yet it was from “the dust of the soil” that this plague originated.

8:16 And the LORD said unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Stretch out thy rod, and smite the dust of the land, that it may become lice throughout all the land of Egypt. 8:17 And they did so; for Aaron stretched out his hand with his rod, and smote the dust of the earth, and it became lice in man, and in beast; all the dust of the land became lice throughout all the land of Egypt.

The priests and enchanters of Egypt could not replicate this miracle.

8:18 And the magicians did so with their enchantments to bring forth lice, but they could not: so there were lice upon man, and upon beast.

The magicians then openly told Pharaoh that this could not be duplicated because it was of God the Eternal

8:19 Then the magicians said unto Pharaoh, This is the finger of God: and Pharaoh’s heart was hardened, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had said.

The Messiah our physical and spiritual Deliverer, then commanded Moses to again call on Pharaoh to let his people go; and if he will not, then swarms shall fill the land.

The word fly is not in the text but is the conjecture of the translators. The swarms could be mosquitoes, biting flies or even hornets.

We must be careful not to let the translators mislead us into thinking of the common house fly here. These Egyptian swarms were not a mere nuisance, but were most likely stinging insects or biting flies like the deer, horse and black flies in the North American wilderness and the biting flies of Africa. This was a very real and terrible plague.

The “swarms” in this passage could have also been swarms of the scarab beetle, the Egyptian god Khepri.

The scarab was actually a dung beetle — an insect that feeds on the dung in the fields. The plague of swarms of scarabs, with mandibles that can saw through wood, would be terrible and the scarab was another god of Egypt!

8:20 And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh; lo, he cometh forth to the water; and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD, Let my people go, that they may serve me. 8:21 Else, if thou wilt not let my people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies upon thee, and upon thy servants, and upon thy people, and into thy houses: and the houses of the Egyptians shall be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground whereon they are.

God separates out Goshen from Egypt in terms of this curse.

8:22 And I will sever in that day the land of Goshen, in which my people dwell, that no swarms of flies shall be there; to the end thou mayest know that I am the LORD in the midst of the earth.

In this end time Christ is dividing his faithful from the lukewarm, so that God may deliver his faithful from the strong correction to come upon the lukewarm.

8:23 And I will put a division between my people and thy people: to morrow shall this sign be.

Then the land of Egypt was overwhelmed by vast swarms of biting stinging flying insects, from which there was no escape.

Such swarms have been known to drive animals and men mad in the wilderness, often the only relief being to dive under water or to coat themselves with thick mud. If you have no experience with this, just imagine yourself swarmed by thousands of hungry mosquitoes continually, even inside your home.

8:24 And the LORD did so; and there came a grievous swarm of flies into the house of Pharaoh, and into his servants’ houses, and into all the land of Egypt: the land was corrupted by reason of the swarm of flies.

Pharaoh then seeks a compromise and tells Moses to sacrifice within Egypt.

8:25 And Pharaoh called for Moses and for Aaron, and said, Go ye, sacrifice to your God in the land.

Moses rejects this offer of Pharaoh to sacrifice to God within Egypt. God’s people must come OUT of Egypt, as an allegory taht we MUST come OUT of sin and spiritual Egypt to meet the Eternal.

8:26 And Moses said, It is not meet so to do; for we shall sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians to the LORD our God: lo, shall we sacrifice the abomination of the Egyptians before their eyes, and will they not stone us? 8:27 We will go three days’ journey into the wilderness, and sacrifice to the LORD our God, as he shall command us.

Then Pharaoh gives in temporarily

8:28 And Pharaoh said, I will let you go, that ye may sacrifice to the LORD your God in the wilderness; only ye shall not go very far away: intreat for me.

Moses then agrees to ask Christ to remove the flies but warns Pharaoh not to change his word this time.

8:29 And Moses said, Behold, I go out from thee, and I will intreat the LORD that the swarms of flies may depart from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people, to morrow: but let not Pharaoh deal deceitfully any more in not letting the people go to sacrifice to the LORD.

8:30 And Moses went out from Pharaoh, and intreated the LORD. 8:31 And the LORD did according to the word of Moses; and he removed the swarms of flies from Pharaoh, from his servants, and from his people; there remained not one.

The Pharaoh changed his mind and would not let the people go.

8:32 And Pharaoh hardened his heart at this time also, neither would he let the people go.

Exodus 9

The Egyptians worshipped the creation and these plagues on Egypt were designed to show the absolute power of God over all the gods of Egypt,and that these gods were not really gods at all.  In the same way, the Eternal has absolute power over his creation and that includes Satan today.

Exodus 9:1 Then the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh, and tell him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me.

Murrain is not some specific disease but means: Heb. deber, “destruction,” a “great dying,” which was the fifth plague that fell upon the Egyptians.

The cow goddess Hathor was the symbolic mother of Pharaoh while the bull god Apis was worshipped throughout the land. Remember Aaron’s and later Jeroboam’s golden calves

9:2 For if thou refuse to let them go, and wilt hold them still, 9:3 Behold, the hand of the LORD is upon thy cattle which is in the field, upon the horses, upon the asses, upon the camels, upon the oxen, and upon the sheep: there shall be a very grievous murrain [dying].

The flocks and herds of lesser [sheep and goats] cattle and greater [beeves] cattle of Egypt shall die off, but the lesser and greater cattle of Israel shall live.

9:4 And the LORD shall sever between the cattle of Israel and the cattle of Egypt: and there shall nothing die of all that is the children’s of Israel. 9:5 And the LORD appointed a set time, saying, To morrow the LORD shall do this thing in the land.

The plague killed the lesser and greater cattle of Egypt as the Eternal had said, but in Israel none died. This would have been a disaster for Egypt because not only were these animals good for food but ploughed the fields for planting the grain.

The loss of working cattle would have reduced the farmers to digging with mattocks and reduced the harvest greatly for many years.

9:6 And the LORD did that thing on the morrow, and all the cattle of Egypt died: but of the cattle of the children of Israel died not one. 9:7 And Pharaoh sent, and, behold, there was not one of the cattle of the Israelites dead. And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, and he did not let the people go.

Encyclopedias – International Standard Bible Encyclopedia – Blains

BLAINS

blanz (abha`bu`ah: only in Exodus 9:9,10): Pustules containing fluid around a boil or inflamed sore. It is an Old English word “bleyen,” used sometimes as a synonym for boil. Wyclif (1382) uses the expression “stinkende bleyne” for Job’s sores. The Hebrew word is from a root which means that which bubbles up.

This was about the god of medicine Imhotep who could not heal the priests or the people.

9:8 And the LORD said unto Moses and unto Aaron, Take to you handfuls of ashes of the furnace, and let Moses sprinkle it toward the heaven in the sight of Pharaoh. 9:9 And it shall become small dust in all the land of Egypt, and shall be a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast, throughout all the land of Egypt.

Painful boils filled with leaking pus spread to men and beasts in Egypt and afflicted the magicians so that they were brought low just like Job had been.

9:10 And they took ashes of the furnace, and stood before Pharaoh; and Moses sprinkled it up toward heaven; and it became a boil breaking forth with blains upon man, and upon beast. 9:11 And the magicians could not stand before Moses because of the boils; for the boil was upon the magicians, and upon all the Egyptians.

It was the Eternal who had hardened the heart of Pharaoh so that God might make an example of him for our instruction.

The Eternal loves the bride that was called out of physical Egypt whom he married at Sinai; and he loves the collective spiritual Bride that God the Father has called out for HIM!

As the Eternal destroyed Egypt and delivered physical Israel out of bondage; he will also fight for and deliver spiritual Israel with mighty deeds; out from the bondage of sin.

We need not fear what this world can do, neither should we hesitate to fully follow our Deliverer OUT of the bondage of sin; for he will deliver the faithful of spiritual Israel out of the pit of death as he delivered physical Israel out of the Red Sea of death.

Our espoused Husband is Mighty, he is Holy, he is Righteous in all his ways; let us follow him and his Word alone!

9:12 And the LORD hardened the heart of Pharaoh, and he hearkened not unto them; as the LORD had spoken unto Moses.

Now the Eternal brings a plague of great hail upon the land, yet he warns all who would listen that if they and their animals take shelter they shall live, for the plague will only kill all who reject the warnings and remain out in the fields.

All of these plagues are to teach the Egyptians AND physical Israel, AND the called of spiritual Israel that the Eternal God the Father and God the Son are God indeed and there is NO OTHER god besides the mighty God family. It seems strange to say it, but we of the called out of spiritual Israel have forgotten any zeal for our Deliverer and have idolized men.

9:13 And the LORD said unto Moses, Rise up early in the morning, and stand before Pharaoh, and say unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, Let my people go, that they may serve me. 9:14 For I will at this time send all my plagues upon thine heart [the desire of your heart], and upon thy servants, and upon thy people; that thou mayest know that there is none like me in all the earth. 9:15 For now I will stretch out my hand, that I may smite thee and thy people with pestilence; and thou shalt be cut off from the earth.

The Eternal has hardened the heart of Pharaoh for the express purpose of demonstrating his power and greatness to all the earth; and the Eternal will yet allow Satan to raise up a miracle working son of perdition in the Vatican and a bestial king emperor over the New Europe; for the express purpose of demonstrating the power of the Eternal is God, and humbling and preparing humanity to receive HIM at his coming!

9:16 And in very deed for this cause have I raised thee up, for to shew in thee my power; and that my name may be declared throughout all the earth.

9:17 As yet exaltest thou thyself against my people, that thou wilt not let them go? 9:18 Behold, to morrow about this time I will cause it to rain a very grievous hail, such as hath not been in Egypt since the foundation thereof even until now.

In this plague the flax and barley crops were destroyed (Exodus. 9:31) in Egypt, which means this must have taken place about February.

Since this plague originated from the sky, it would have shown the impotence of Nut, the sky goddess. Nut was also considered by the Egyptians to be the mother of five other gods: Osiris, Hathor, Set, Isis, and Nephthys.

Before the plague of destruction, a merciful warning to all who would listen and take heed.

9:19 Send therefore now, and gather thy cattle, and all that thou hast in the field; for upon every man and beast which shall be found in the field, and shall not be brought home, the hail shall come down upon them, and they shall die.

9:20 He that feared the word of the LORD among the servants of Pharaoh made his servants and his cattle flee into the houses: 9:21 And he that regarded not the word of the LORD left his servants and his cattle in the field.

Moses did NOT do what he himself wanted, he did not do what seemed right to him: Moses did as God commanded him. So it is with all godly men, and so it will be with God’s two servants; they will serve the Eternal and not their own ways.

9:22 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch forth thine hand toward heaven, that there may be hail in all the land of Egypt, upon man, and upon beast, and upon every herb of the field, throughout the land of Egypt.

9:23 And Moses stretched forth his rod toward heaven: and the LORD sent thunder and hail, and the fire ran along upon the ground; and the LORD rained hail upon the land of Egypt. 9:24 So there was hail, and fire [lightening and great thunder] mingled with the hail, very grievous, such as there was none like it in all the land of Egypt since it became a nation. 9:25 And the hail smote throughout all the land of Egypt all that was in the field, both man and beast; and the hail smote every herb of the field, and brake every tree of the field.

Those who were called of God and those who heeded the warning to Egypt were spared.

9:26 Only in the land of Goshen, where the children of Israel were, was there no hail.

Pharaoh repented in words only, as very many of us also do.

For his heart was set on keeping these people as his slaves; and our hearts are set upon the pleasures of Egypt [sin]. Today many of us say and do not, as did Pharaoh in Egypt.

Luke 6:46 And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?

6:47 Whosoever cometh to me, and heareth my sayings, and doeth them, I will shew you to whom he is like: 6:48 He is like a man which built an house, and digged deep, and laid the foundation on a rock: and when the flood arose, the stream beat vehemently upon that house, and could not shake it: for it was founded upon a rock. 6:49 But he that heareth, and doeth not, is like a man that without a foundation built an house upon the earth; against which the stream did beat vehemently, and immediately it fell; and the ruin of that house was great.

Exodus 9:27 And Pharaoh sent, and called for Moses and Aaron, and said unto them, I have sinned this time: the LORD is righteous, and I and my people are wicked. 9:28 Intreat the LORD (for it is enough) that there be no more mighty thunderings and hail; and I will let you go, and ye shall stay no longer.

The thunder, lightning and great hail demonstrated the power of God, but the cutting off of the same demonstrated that God had the power to send and to stop plagues upon the earth.

9:29 And Moses said unto him, As soon as I am gone out of the city, I will spread abroad my hands unto the LORD; and the thunder shall cease, neither shall there be any more hail; that thou mayest know how that the earth is the LORD’s. 9:30 But as for thee and thy servants, I know that ye will not yet fear the LORD God. 9:31 And the flax and the barley was smitten: for the barley was in the ear [the barley matures much earlier in Egypt then in Israel], and the flax was bolled. 9:32 But the wheat and the rie were not smitten: for they were not grown up.

9:33 And Moses went out of the city from Pharaoh, and spread abroad his hands unto the LORD: and the thunders and hail ceased, and the rain was not poured upon the earth. 9:34 And when Pharaoh saw that the rain and the hail and the thunders were ceased, he sinned yet more, and hardened his heart, he and his servants.

Isn’t this just like us; when we have a need we cry out to God and repent with our words to follow him; and when the crisis is past we turn away from any zeal to live by the Word of God to keep our own ways?

9:35 And the heart of Pharaoh was hardened, neither would he let the children of Israel go; as the LORD had spoken by Moses.

Exodus 10

God hardened the heart of Pharaoh so that all peoples may know that the Eternal is God and is Mighty above ALL gods. This is the very reason why at this time God will correct his called out in great tribulation when the abomination goes to the holy mount (Mat 24:15). To teach us and to teach all humanity that the Eternal is God indeed!

Exodus 10:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Go in unto Pharaoh: for I have hardened his heart, and the heart of his servants, that I might shew these my signs before him: 10:2 And that thou mayest tell in the ears of thy son, and of thy son’s son, what things I have wrought in Egypt, and my signs which I have done among them; that ye may know how that I am the LORD.

Moses and Aaron make it very clear to Pharaoh that he is to bow down and humble himself before the Eternal. We need to learn this same lesson and humble ourselves before the Eternal and his Word to learn it and to keep it, instead of clinging to our own ways and our idols of men and our false traditions.

10:3 And Moses and Aaron came in unto Pharaoh, and said unto him, Thus saith the LORD God of the Hebrews, How long wilt thou refuse to humble thyself before me? let my people go, that they may serve me.

God will send a plague of locusts to eat up every green thing in Egypt, except Goshen; if Pharaoh will not let Israel go.

10:4 Else, if thou refuse to let my people go, behold, to morrow will I bring the locusts into thy coast: 10:5 And they shall cover the face of the earth, that one cannot be able to see the earth: and they shall eat the residue of that which is escaped, which remaineth unto you from the hail, and shall eat every tree which groweth for you out of the field: 10:6 And they shall fill thy houses, and the houses of all thy servants, and the houses of all the Egyptians; which neither thy fathers, nor thy fathers’ fathers have seen, since the day that they were upon the earth unto this day. And he turned himself, and went out from Pharaoh.

Then Pharaoh’s servants and advisors recommended to him to let the people go; spiritually this means that Satan cannot stand against God in a direct confrontation.

Later after losing Israel who followed God across the Red Sea; Satan then uses his cunning to tempt Israel into wanting to return to Egypt, tempting them with the apparent pleasures of sin.

In our personal; and corporate spiritual journey, Satan very often uses temptations to entice us to turn aside from zeal for our God, and to desire to turn back into the bondage of Egypt, separating ourselves from God by our sins.

10:7 And Pharaoh’s servants said unto him, How long shall this man be a snare unto us? let the men go, that they may serve the LORD their God: knowest thou not yet that Egypt is destroyed?

Moses demanded that all Israel and all their animals must go to worship God. Notice carefully that physical Israel was called out of Egypt to worship [the Hebrew word “worship” means to obey!] GOD!

We also are called out of the Egypt of this world to worship [which means to obey] GOD! Not to do what we think is right, or to do what some man or group of men says is right: But to live by EVERY Word of God!

10:8 And Moses and Aaron were brought again unto Pharaoh: and he said unto them, Go, serve the LORD your God: but who are they that shall go? 10:9 And Moses said, We will go with our young and with our old, with our sons and with our daughters, with our flocks and with our herds will we go; for we must hold a feast unto the LORD. 10:10 And he said unto them, Let the LORD be so with you, as I will let you go, and your little ones: look to it; for evil is before you.

Pharaoh then permits the males only to leave, for he intends to keep the women hostage against the return of the males.

10:11 Not so: go now ye that are men, and serve the LORD; for that ye did desire. And they were driven out from Pharaoh’s presence.

Then Messiah the Christ called for Moses to stretch out his rod that the locusts may cover the land.

10:12 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the land of Egypt for the locusts, that they may come up upon the land of Egypt, and eat every herb of the land, even all that the hail hath left.

The locusts came the next morning

This would have been a few days or weeks after the hail destroyed the crops and now the locusts would be eating up every green thing that was sprouting anew.

Nepri, the god of grain could not save, Isis is silent once again. Thermuthis, the goddess of fertility and the harvest was speechless. Seth, another god of crops, was also mute.

10:13 And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the LORD brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts. 10:14 And the locust went up over all the land of Egypt, and rested in all the coasts of Egypt: very grievous were they; before them there were no such locusts as they, neither after them shall be such. 10:15 For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt.

Moses who had been driven out the day before is called by Pharaoh who begs for relief from the locusts.

10:16 Then Pharaoh called for Moses and Aaron in haste; and he said, I have sinned against the LORD your God, and against you. 10:17 Now therefore forgive, I pray thee, my sin only this once, and intreat the LORD your God, that he may take away from me this death only.

Moses than entreats God for Pharaoh and the Eternal removes the locusts.

10:18 And he went out from Pharaoh, and intreated the LORD. 10:19 And the LORD turned a mighty strong west wind, which took away the locusts, and cast them into the Red sea; there remained not one locust in all the coasts of Egypt.

Then once again Pharaoh changes his mind as God hardens his heart. Now Pharaoh was a mere man with the weakness of a man and he would probably have let the people go after all this; but God wanted to make him an example of the hardness of Satan, and make God’s power over Satan known to all people.

10:20 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go.

Then God sent a deep darkness over all the land so that there was no light at all. This is symbolic of the spiritual darkness and ignorance of sin and the eternal death which swallows up sinners.

The greatest god of Egypt was the sun god which was the symbol of the god Amun-Ra [Lucifer Satan]. Bringing total darkness demonstrated the power of the Eternal over the supreme sun god to the people, and God’s power over Satan himself.

10:21 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand toward heaven, that there may be darkness over the land of Egypt, even darkness which may be felt. 10:22 And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days: 10:23 They saw not one another, neither rose any from his place for three days: but all the children of Israel had light in their dwellings.

Pharaoh then lets the people go but withholds their flocks and herds for himself, the physical mind trying to salvage something for Egypt.

10:24 And Pharaoh called unto Moses, and said, Go ye, serve the LORD; only let your flocks and your herds be stayed: let your little ones also go with you.

Moses says no and demands that all the flocks and herds also be released.

10:25 And Moses said, Thou must give us also sacrifices and burnt offerings, that we may sacrifice unto the LORD our God. 10:26 Our cattle also shall go with us; there shall not an hoof be left behind; for thereof must we take to serve the LORD our God; and we know not with what we must serve the LORD, until we come thither.

And God hardened the heart of Pharaoh one more time so that Exodus 4:22-23 might be fulfilled.

10:27 But the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, and he would not let them go. 10:28 And Pharaoh said unto him, Get thee from me, take heed to thyself, see my face no more; for in that day thou seest my face thou shalt die. 10:29 And Moses said, Thou hast spoken well, I will see thy face again no more.

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