Daily News Link There is a large US Coalition military buildup across the Middle East.
Personal: I know that yesterday was a very large post. I just could not keep silent in responding to the ongoing situation and the material was extremely appropriate for Passover preparation. There will be only this one article today to provide time for the brethren to catch up and consider these things.
Because everyone will be preparing for the Sabbath, the Passover and the first day of Unleavened Bread this Friday, there will be no Newsletter this coming Friday. Instead Constance is working on a Special Newsletter on the Resurrection for next Sunday, Wave Offering Sunday.
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, 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 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 over Satan himself to the occultists.
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 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.
Jesus Christ was sacrificed before the world began, this means that the Passover and the later sacrifice of the Lamb of God were PLANNED from the very beginning. The plan of God is no haphazard “make it up as we go” thing; it was all very carefully planned even before creation.
We now come to the last plague which is the destruction of the firstborn of man and beast in Egypt; with the destroyer passing over the called out of Egypt.
Exodus 11:1 And the LORD said unto Moses, Yet will I bring one plague more upon Pharaoh, and upon Egypt; afterwards he will let you go hence: when he shall let you go, he shall surely thrust you out hence altogether.
Jesus then commands Moses to tell the people to spoil the Egyptians, and the Egyptians willingly give all that was asked to the called out.
Brethren this is NOT for us to borrow without an intent to pay back. This is an allegory of how at the coming of Christ spiritual Israel will inherit all things and become the rulers of the whole earth.
11:2 Speak now in the ears of the people, and let every man borrow of his neighbour, and every woman of her neighbour, jewels of silver and jewels of gold. 11:3 And the LORD gave the people favour in the sight of the Egyptians.
The Egyptians were in awe of Moses and the called out from Egypt and gave whatever they had for fear of God and the people. Even so, Satan fears our Mighty God and knows that he cannot stand before him!
James 2:19 Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble
Exodus 11:3 Moreover the man Moses was very great in the land of Egypt, in the sight of Pharaoh’s servants, and in the sight of the people.
Moses then tells Pharaoh the Word of God
11:4 And Moses said, Thus saith the LORD, About midnight will I go out into the midst of Egypt: 11:5 And all the firstborn in the land of Egypt shall die, from the first born of Pharaoh that sitteth upon his throne, even unto the firstborn of the maidservant that is behind the mill; and all the firstborn of beasts. 11:6 And there shall be a great cry throughout all the land of Egypt, such as there was none like it, nor shall be like it any more.
All the Called Out from Egypt who were faithful to obey God were spared! God gave Israel instructions as to what to do to be spared, and those who did not follow those instructions were destroyed in the plague with the Egyptians. ONLY those who kept the whole word of God and all of his instructions were passed over!
Even so, it is with spiritual Israel, who are the Called Out from this worldly spiritual Egypt. ONLY those who obey and follow the whole word of God, will be delivered from bondage to sin and death, and cross over the Red Sea of death into the resurrection to eternal life; given as the birthright of the chosen.
11:7 But against any of the children of Israel shall not a dog move his tongue, against man or beast: that ye may know how that the LORD doth put a difference between the Egyptians and Israel.
Moses tells Pharaoh that pharaoh will send his servants to demand that Israel leave Egypt.
11:8 And all these thy servants shall come down unto me, and bow down themselves unto me, saying, Get thee out, and all the people that follow thee: and after that I will go out. And he went out from Pharaoh in a great anger.
Then the Eternal [YHVH] told Moses that Pharaoh would not let them go until after the Passover.
This was because God was using this physical history as an allegory to teach us of the spiritual deliverance of spiritual Israel, and the Passover sacrifice of the Lamb of God; which is applied ONLY to those who sincerely repent and commit to follow God and his Word, forever.
11:9 And the LORD said unto Moses, Pharaoh shall not hearken unto you; that my wonders may be multiplied in the land of Egypt. 11:10 And Moses and Aaron did all these wonders before Pharaoh: and the LORD hardened Pharaoh’s heart, so that he would not let the children of Israel go out of his land.