Their Worm Does Not Die

We have finally reached Isaiah 66.  This has certainly been a long journey through the book of Isaiah.

What do we see here in this chapter?  I can tell that it is tied to Isaiah 65; it gives us a picture of what will take place in the future.

As we mentioned last time, the elect will build houses and inhabit them.  They will plant vineyards and eat their fruit.  After telling us this, YHVH says, “Heaven is my throne, And earth is My footstool.  Where is the house that you will build for Me?  And where is the place of My rest?”  This is not talking about the temple in Ezra’s day that needed to be built.  We know this because YHVH just said that the wolf and lamb will feed together, the lion will eat straw like the ox; and they won’t hurt or destroy anything on His holy mountain.  This appears to be a reference to the temple that will be built for Yeshua’s millennial reign.

There are several repeated themes in Isaiah 65 and 66.  The first multifaceted one is seen in:

  • Isaiah 65:1  “I was sought by those who did not ask for Me; I was found by those who did not seek Me. I said, ‘Here I am, here I am,’ To a nation that was not called by My name.”  This was a reference to the Gentiles who had faith in Yeshua and cause the Jews to be jealous (Romans 10:20).
  • Isaiah 65:12  “Therefore I will number you for the sword, And you shall all bow down to the slaughter; Because, when I called, you did not answer; When I spoke, you did not hear, But did evil before My eyes, And chose that in which I do not delight.”  This was a reference to the Jews who rejected YHVH and delighted in abominations in the gardens; they will be slaughtered.
  • Isaiah 65:24  “It shall come to pass That before they call, I will answer; And while they are still speaking, I will hear.”  This is a reference to the elect who will not labor in vain during Yeshua’s millennial reign; they are the descendants of the blessed of YHVH.  They are also described as those who are poor and of a contrite spirit, and who tremble at YHVH’s word.
  • Isaiah 66:4  “So will I choose their delusions, And bring their fears on them; Because, when I called, no one answered, When I spoke they did not hear; But they did evil before My eyes, And chose that in which I do not delight.”   This is a reference to the Jews who bring offerings to YHVH as if they are giving offerings to idols; they delight in abominations.  In other words, they commit idolatry, necromancy, and eat unclean things such as swine and mouse.

We want to make sure that we are part of the elect and not part of those who commit abominations.  We need to SHEMA YHVH; we need to obey His commandments.  We need to call on and be dependent on Him.  Repent before it’s too late!

Other recurring themes in Isaiah 65 and 66 include rejoicing and glory.  YHVH’s people are told to rejoice with Jerusalem and be delighted with the abundance of her glory (H3519 kavod; wealth).  YHVH will extend peace and the glory (wealth) of the Gentiles to Jerusalem.  We’ve seen descriptions of this in previous chapters.  YHVH said there would be people who will escape destruction and flee to other countries; they will tell everyone about YHVH’s fame and glory.  All the nations will come and see His glory.  Surely this will be an incredible sight!

In Isaiah 65:9, YHVH promised to bring forth descendants from Jacob, and an heir of YHVH’s mountains.  YHVH promised that His elect will inherit it and that His servants will dwell there.  We see more information about this prophecy in a section on rejoicing and glory in Isaiah 66:5-14.  The themes of rejoicing and glory point to the fulfillment of the prophecy in Isaiah 66:7-9.  This is the prophecy of a woman giving birth to a male child before her pain came; I believe this is a reference to Yeshua, a descendant of Judah.  These verses also seem to be a reference to the birth of the nation of Zion.  Both Yeshua and the nation of Israel seem to be depicted in Revelation 12 as well.

Many recognize the birth of Yeshua that took place approximately 2000 years ago.  Amazingly, many witnessed the birth of Israel in 1948 in a single day.  Surely the time will soon be upon us when Isaiah 66:15 -16 will be fulfilled:  “For behold, the LORD will come with fire And with His chariots, like a whirlwind, To render His anger with fury, And His rebuke with flames of fire. For by fire and by His sword The LORD will judge all flesh; And the slain of the LORD shall be many.”  Those who have been committing idolatry in the gardens and eating unclean things will be consumed.  Specifically, these are the armies of the ten kings who will join the beast of Revelation and fight against Yeshua, the Lamb.

Later, YHVH’s people will come from the nations to Jerusalem to bring offerings in clean vessels into the house of YHVH.  Some of these people will be taken to be priests and Levites.  Revelation 20:6 confirms this: “Blessed and holy is he who has part in the first resurrection. Over such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with Him a thousand years.”

Isaiah 66:23 says all flesh will come to worship YHVH on the New Moons and Sabbaths during the millennial reign of Yeshua. They will look on the corpses of the men who transgressed against YHVH.  Isaiah 66:24 says their worm doesn’t die and their fire is not quenched.  They will be an abhorrence to all flesh.   How can we picture this?  Perhaps it will be like looking at a burning trash heap with non-burning sections that contain rotting flesh that is being eaten by maggots.  Whatever it is, I just know I don’t want to be among those corpses.

I believe Isaiah 66:24 is only a picture of the real lake of fire.  John saw visions of the end in Revelation.  At the end of the Battle of Armageddon, the beast and false prophet were thrown into the lake of fire.  The rest were killed with the sword and were eaten by birds of prey.  It is not mentioned but it is possible the rest of their remains were gathered together to be burned.  This could account for what was described in Isaiah.

According to Revelation 20:

  • Satan was bound and cast into the abyss for 1000 years.
  • The first resurrection took place; these were those who had been beheaded for testifying about Yeshua and proclaiming God’s word, and also those who had not worshiped the beast or received his mark.
  • The second resurrection took place; this was all those who were not previously resurrected.
  • After that, Satan was released from the abyss;
  • Satan gathered Gog and Magog for battle around Jerusalem but they were devoured by fire.
  • Satan was then cast into the lake of fire.
  • The judgment at the white throne took place.  Death, Hades, and those not found in the Book of Life were cast into the lake of fire.  This would take up more space than a simple burning trash heap outside Jerusalem.

One last theme is seen in Isaiah 65 and 66; it is the prophecy of the new heavens and earth.  The new heavens and earth, and the descendants and name of the Jews will remain before YHVH.  Second Peter 3:13 tells us that righteousness will dwell there.

John was fortunate to have seen a vision of the new heaven and earth, and the new Jerusalem.  Yeshua, the tabernacle of God, is with men and will dwell with men; they will be His people.  God Himself will be with them and be their God.  Revelation 21:4 tells us, “And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes; there shall be no more death, nor sorrow, nor crying. There shall be no more pain, for the former things have passed away.”  Isaiah 65:17 says the former things will not even be remembered or come to mind.  This sounds really good to me because there is so much stuff I would prefer never to remember.

Revelation 21:7-8 says, “He who overcomes shall inherit all things, and I will be his God and he shall be My son.  But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.”

Examine your life.  Are you an over-comer?  Do you trust in Yeshua and obey YHVH’s commandments?  Or, are you one of the other categories listed above?  You can leave that lifestyle behind and embrace a new one.  Just repent.  Please, repent before it’s too late!

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The Winepress of YHVH’s Fury

In Isaiah 63:1, the prophet says, “Who is this, coming from Edom, from Botzrah with clothing stained crimson, so magnificently dressed, so stately in his great strength?”  The Messiah replies, “It is I, who speak victoriously, I, well able to save.”  The prophet asks, “Why is your apparel red, your clothes like someone treading a winepress?”  Messiah answers, “I have trodden the winepress alone; from the peoples, not one was with me. So I trod them in my anger, trampled them in my fury; so their lifeblood spurted out on my clothing, and I have stained all my garments; 4 for the day of vengeance that was in my heart and my year of redemption have come. 5 I looked, but there was no one to help, and I was appalled that no one upheld me. Therefore my own arm brought me salvation, and my own fury upheld me. 6 In my anger I trod down the peoples, made them drunk with my fury, then poured out their lifeblood on the earth.”

This passage leads us back to Isaiah 34:5-6:  “For My sword shall be bathed in heaven; Indeed it shall come down on Edom, And on the people of My curse, for judgment. 6 The sword of the Lord is filled with blood, It is made overflowing with fatness, With the blood of lambs and goats, With the fat of the kidneys of rams. For the Lord has a sacrifice in Bozrah, And a great slaughter in the land of Edom.”  Proverbs 3:33 tells us that YHVH’s curse or punishment is in the house of the wicked. The lambs and goats mentioned here represent the wicked people that will be in Bozrah in Edom.  The word botsrah can be H1224 which is defined as a place in Edom or H1223 which is defined as an enclosure or sheep fold.  I want to remain open to the idea that it is not a specific city per se but simply a place in Edom.  If that is the case, we can then look at the future destruction of Edom discussed in Obadiah.

In the vision of Obadiah, YHVH says that everyone on Mount Esau will be slaughtered.  YHVH says all the nations will drink (be punished) in turn.  Another place where the destruction of Edom is mentioned is in Jeremiah 25; it says kingdoms of the world including Edom will be killed by the sword. Obviously, there has to be people left living to reign over so I suspect that it is the warriors from these nations that will be slaughtered.  Based on Isaiah 63, it appears that Edom will be first.  The description of Isaiah 63:2-3 sounds very similar to Revelation 14:19-20 where the angel uses his sickle to throw the earth’s grapes into the great winepress of God’s fury.  Revelation 16:16 says that when the sixth bowl/plague is poured out by the sixth angel, the kings of the earth will gather at Har Megiddo (Armageddon).  Revelation 19:13 describes Yeshua coming with His robe already soaked in blood for the battle of Armageddon; therefore, by this point, the warriors on Mount Esau have been slain with the sword and their blood has stain Yeshua’s clothing.  Yeshua, the Angel of His Presence, comes to Har Megiddo to execute judgment over Israel’s enemies and bring salvation to His people.

According to Isaiah, YHVH intends to show loving kindness and mercy to His people.  He calls them His children and says they are not disloyal; this is the reason He became their Savior.  Right now, we might be shaking our heads and thinking Israel does not deserve a Savior because they are not loyal to Him.  We need to pray for them to repent and be loyal to Him because they are rebellious and are grieving His Ruach HaKodesh (Holy Spirit).  Before all has been fulfilled, YHVH will be their enemy by bringing the nations against them as a rod in His hand.  They are in trouble and don’t seem to know the remedy for their trouble.  I do know that their condition is of great concern to YHVH.  He will do whatever it takes in order to bring them to Himself.  One day, in His love and pity, He will redeem them.

For now, His people need to read the Scriptures and remember the days of old, the days of Moses.  They need to remember the Exodus from Egypt and how He led them across the Red Sea and through the wilderness like a shepherd who leads his flocks.  They need to remember how the Ruach was on Moses and the 70 elders and how YHVH gave them rest.

256px-Mustard_Blue_SunsetYHVH, please hear my prayer!  Look on all of us from your glorious dwelling in heaven. Don’t hold back your zeal, mighty deeds, inner concern, and compassion for your people.  You are our Redeemer of Old!  YHVH, don’t let us wander from your ways and harden our hearts; we need to fear you.  YHVH, we are just like the nations around us who don’t know your name.  Please return to the tribes of Jacob who are your possession!  Please come down from heaven and make the mountains shake at your presence! Make your enemies know your name and make the nations would tremble before you!  YHVH, please hear my plea!

YHVH, help us to do works in keeping with repentance and put sin far from us.  Help us to keep your ancient ways so we can be saved.  YHVH, we are unclean and our righteous deeds are gross; we are dying in this condition. Our perversity blows us away like the wind. It separates us from you and is destroying us.

YHVH, you are the Potter and we are merely the clay in your hands. Please take us, forgive us for provoking you, and refashion us according to your will. Please don’t give us more than we can bear.  Help us to put our old natures to death and to walk by the power of the Ruach.  Help us to see and separate ourselves from the unholy mixture that we’ve been raised in.  Help us to know how to not offer something unholy to you.  Help us to be clean and holy, unstained by the world.  YHVH, our food supply is highly processed and we don’t know what’s in it; help us to know what we can and can’t eat.  Help us not to become puffed up thinking we are holier than others, especially You.  Don’t cast us aside; please find some good within us.  Please, do not destroy us but bring us into the Promised Land.  Amen.

Woe to the Children of Israel

Isaiah 30 begins with a woe to “the rebellious children.”  These “children” were making plans that were not the Lord’s and developing alliances that were not a result of the leading of the Spirit of God.  Instead of repenting of their sins, they sought refuge from the pharaoh in Egypt.

Surely this is a reference to the Israelites of 2 Kings 17 and 18.  When Hoshea was the king of Israel in Samaria, he became a vassal of Shalmaneser, the king of Assyria and paid him tribute.  Several years later, Hoshea send messengers to So, the king of Egypt and stopped paying tribute to the king of Assyria.  This made the king of Assyria angry so he put Hoshea in prison.  In the ninth year of Hoshea’s reign, the king of Assyria finally took Samaria and carried away Israel to Assyria because they abandoned the commandments of the Lord their god; committed idolatry, witchcraft, soothsaying; and did other evil in the sight of the Lord.  Samaria was taken in the sixth year of Hezekiah’s reign in Judah.

These people were disappointed because the Egyptians left them disgraced.  The prophecy found in Isaiah 30, describes Egypt as “Arrogance Doing Nothing.”  The children of the Lord are described as lying children who refused to hear the Torah of the Lord.  They did not want to hear about the visions of the seers.  They desired to trust in extortion and rely on deceit as a way of life.  They refused to return and rest in the Lord who could save them.  If they had, He would have given them calmness and confidence which could have made them strong.  Surely, they thought they could flee from their enemies.

Hezekiah, the king of Judah was not completely like Hoshea, the king of Israel.  Hezekiah gave us a different example to follow.  In the 14th year of Hezekiah’s reign, Sennacherib, the king of Assyria came against the cities of Judah.  This resulted in Hezekiah paying the king of Assyria silver and gold.  The king of Assyria sent an army against Jerusalem and accused them of having plans of war and said they were trusting Pharaoh, the king of Egypt for Egypt’s chariots and horsemen. 

The Assyrians errantly believed that the Lord could not protect the Judeans because Hezekiah had removed the high places.  They mistakenly believed that the high places belonged to the Lord when in reality, they really didn’t.  These Assyrians intended to conquer Judah and receive tribute from Hezekiah.  They threatened the Jews with exile if they did not comply.  Sennacherib mocked the Lord’s ability to protect the Jews.  First Kings 19 says that when Hezekiah heard about this, he demonstrated a heart of repentance, went into the house of the Lord, and prayed for deliverance.  The Lord answered Hezekiah’s prayer by sending the angel of the Lord to kill those in the camp of the Assyrians.

Hezekiah experienced the truth of Isaiah 30:18-19:  “Therefore the Lord will wait, that He may be gracious to you; And therefore He will be exalted, that He may have mercy on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; Blessed are all those who wait for Him. 19 For the people shall dwell in Zion at Jerusalem; You shall weep no more. He will be very gracious to you at the sound of your cry; When He hears it, He will answer you.”

This is the word for Israel today!  The Lord wants to reveal Himself to His people.  He wants them to hear the word of the Lord and walk in the ancient path.  Israel needs to cast aside their idols no matter what form they take.  Once they do so, He will send literal rain in its season so that nutritious food will grow abundantly.  The water will flow in streams and brooks instead of their being dry, empty stream-beds.

At this point in Scripture, the prophecy of Isaiah begins shifting to a time in the future—the day of the Lord, the day of great slaughter. 

Matthew 24:29-31 describes it like this:   “Immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.  30 Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  31 And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.”

The coming of the glory of the Lord will cause the sun and moon to change.  The moon will be as bright as the light of the sun and the light of the sun will be seven times stronger.  Once he gathers His chosen ones together, He will heal them and bind up their wounds.

The vision seen of the Lord in Isaiah is one of the Lord coming to the earth.  Note the physical description here:

  • Anger, burning in thick rising smoke;
  • Lips, full with fury;
  • Tongue, a consuming fire;
  • Breath like a racing torrent that rises up to the neck.

It is clear He has come to selectively destroy the wicked of the nations and lead them away.

Revelation 9:11-16 describes Jesus whose name is “Faithful and True”:

  • Riding on a white horse;
  • Passing judgment and going into battle in righteousness;
  • Eyes like a fiery flame;
  • Royal crowns on His head;
  • A name written  which no one knew but himself;
  • Wearing a blood soaked robe;
  • The name by which He is called, “The Word of God;”
  • Accompanied by the armies of heaven on white horses;
  • Sword coming out of His mouth with which to strike down the nations.”
  • Ruling with a staff of iron;
  • Treading the winepress from which flows the wine of the furious rage of the Lord, God of heaven’s armies.
  • “King of kings and Lord of lords” written on his robe and thigh.

Isaiah 30:29 says the people will sing a song like that which is happily sung on a night when a holy feast is kept.  Revelation 15:3-4 says this song is the song of Moses, the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb:  “Great and marvelous are Your works, Lord God Almighty! Just and true are Your ways, O King of the saints! 4 Who shall not fear You, O Lord, and glorify Your name? For You alone are holy. For all nations shall come and worship before You, For Your judgments have been manifested.”

The Lord will come in furious anger, in a flaming firestorm, with cloudbursts, tempests, and hailstones.  He will terrify the Assyrians as He strikes them down with His scepter.  Who are the Assyrians?  Are they only those the angel of the Lord killed in Hezekiah’s time?  No, this is also referring to the nations who will come against Israel in the last day. 

Isaiah 30:33 says the Tofet fire pit has long been ready for the king of Assyria.  It has been set on fire by the breath of the Lord.  The Tofet fire is a place of cremation.  It is the everlasting fire repeatedly referred to in the New Testament.  This is also the fire the Beast and False Prophet of Revelation will be thrown into.  This fire is also known as the second death into which those from the second resurrection will be thrown into after they are judged according to what they had done during their lives.

What about present-day Israel? 

They can no longer trust in Egypt or America.  Israel must repent, realize the Yeshua is HaMashiyach, and rest in Him.  They must remember that the angel of the Lord killed the Egyptians on the night of the first Passover and the angel of the Lord killed the Assyrians who came against Hezekiah.  Since that is the case, “Faithful and True” will come to kill those who come against Israel on the day of the Lord. 

Long ago, the Assyrians did not believe the Lord would rescue Jerusalem because Hezekiah had removed the high places of other gods.  Today, Israel’s enemies do not believe in the power of the Lord God of Israel.  They mock the King of kings and Lord of lords by saying their god is greater than all other gods.  This will lead to their destruction. 

All believers must know these prophecies, believe them, and count on them!

Remember, anyone who comes claiming he is Messiah before that day is not the Messiah so don’t be deceived or led astray!!

The Plagues of Egypt Begin

As the plagues of Egypt began to take place, no one knew how similar the coming events would be to those which will take place in the latter days.  As we review the events leading up to the Passover, let’s also consider what will happen in the last days.

As Exodus 6 ended, the Lord told Moses to go back to Pharaoh and say whatever He told him to say.  If you recall, Moses said he had uncircumcised lips and he didn’t think Pharaoh would heed him.

In the beginning of Exodus 7, the Lord reminded Moses that He had made him as God and that Aaron would be his prophet.  They were to say everything that God commanded them to say.  The Lord warned Moses ahead of time that Pharaoh would not obey.  God intended to harden Pharaoh’s heart and to execute judgment on Egypt so the Egyptians would know He is the Lord when He finally brought the children of Israel out of Egypt.

Moses and Aaron obeyed the Lord.  We are told that Moses was 80 and Aaron was 83 years old when they spoke to Pharaoh so they were not young men.  They had years of experience behind them but they needed to learn so much more including dealing with their fear.

Moses and Aaron were much like the two witnesses of Revelation 11 will be when they prophesy for the 1260 days prior to Christ’s return.  These witnesses are the two olive trees and menorahs (lamp stands) standing before the Lord and they will have authority and power similar to that of Moses and Aaron.

Aaron performed the first miracle before Pharaoh and his servants by casting down his rod so that it became a snake.  The magicians of Egypt, Janis and Jambres did likewise but their snakes were swallowed by Aaron’s.[1]  They did not yet know who they were dealing with.

Second Timothy 3:8 warns us there will be people in the last days like Jannes (Janis) and Jambres who will oppose truth.  They’ll have a form of godliness but deny its power.  We must live godly lives realizing the power of God and knowing what awaits those who refuse to put their trust in the Lord.  Our hearts must remain soft and pliable.  We must not allow our hearts to become like Pharaoh’s.

Pharaoh’s heart was hard and he refused to let God’s people leave Egypt.  The Lord commanded Moses and Aaron to meet Pharaoh by the riverbank when he went to the water in the morning, to tell Pharaoh to let His people go, and to strike the water with his rod so it would turn to blood.  By doing so, Moses was to prove to Pharaoh that He was the Lord.

Not only did Moses and Aaron turn the water of the Nile into blood but the water that was in streams, rivers, pools, and various containers was also turned into blood.  The fish in the river died, the river stank, and the Egyptians could not drink the water.  This did not impress Pharaoh because his magicians copied Moses’ plague in Goshen.[2]

This plague should remind us of the second and third bowls (plagues) of Revelation 16.  The water in the sea, rivers, and springs turned to blood and every living thing in the sea died.  The angel said the wicked deserved it for killing God’s people and prophets.  Certainly Pharaoh deserved this plague for treating God’s people cruelly and killing many of them.

Consider the enormous contrast between this plague and when Jesus turned the water into wine at the wedding in Cana of Galilee (John 2).  The master of the feast didn’t know where the wine came from.  He only knew it was better than what had been served first.  By doing this, Jesus blessed everyone who drank this wine, He manifested His glory, and His disciples believed in Him because their hearts were not hard like Pharaoh’s.

The battle between Moses, Aaron, and the magicians continued with a plague of frogs.  Pharaoh asked Moses to have the Lord take away the frogs and promised to let His people go so they could make sacrifices to the Lord.  Moses said the frogs would depart the next day and only would remain in the river so Pharaoh would know there is no one like the Lord our God.  The Lord did according to Moses’ word but Pharaoh was quick to harden his heart again.

The plague of frogs in Egypt can be compared to the frogs in Revelation 16.  The sixth angel poured out his bowl (plague) on the great Euphrates River.  The water dried up so the kings of the east might be prepared.  John saw three unclean spirits like frogs coming out of the mouth of the dragon, beast, and false prophet.  These frog-like spirits were demons which performed signs to gather the kings of the earth for the day of God Almighty – for the Battle of Armageddon.

As our story In Egypt continued, Pharaoh was in a spiritual and physical battle with the Lord but He refused to acknowledge that the Lord, He is God.  In the last days, the kings of the earth will not realize they are in a spiritual and physical battle with the Lord.  They will fight until the bitter end. 

The third plague the Egyptians experienced was when Moses and Aaron turned the dust of the earth into lice.  The magicians could not copy this plague and told Pharaoh that this plague was the result of the finger of God.  Despite this, Pharaoh’s heart remained hard.

From this point on, God made a distinction between the Egyptians and His people.  We see a similar distinction in Revelation.  The first five seals and first four trumpets affected both believers and non-believers in an attempt to get them to repent of their sins.  The seventh seal, the fifth and sixth trumpet, and all seven plagues (bowls) of God’s wrath and judgment fell only on those who were loyal to the beast.  

The fourth plague in Egypt was swarms of flies.  Pharaoh offered to let God’s people make sacrifices in the land of Egypt but Moses said the Egyptians would consider it to be an abomination to them and they would respond by stoning God’s people.  Moses insisted on going a 3 day journey into the wilderness to do so.  Pharaoh agreed as long as they didn’t go too far away.  He then asked Moses to intercede for him.  Moses promised to do so but warned Pharaoh not to be deceitful any longer.  The Lord made the flies go away but Pharaoh hardened his heart again and did not keep his promise. 

The fifth plague in Egypt was pestilence against the livestock.  It killed the cattle, horses, donkeys, camels, oxen, and sheep.  This should remind us of the prophet Habakkuk who described God coming in the future from Teman, the Holy One from Mount Paran.  Habakkuk said that pestilence went before Him and fever followed at His feet (Habakkuk 3:5).

For the sixth plague, Moses took ashes from a furnace, threw them in the air, and caused boils to break out on the Egyptians and their beasts.  This plague reminds me of the first bowl (plague) of Revelation 16:2:  “…disgusting and painful sores appeared on all the people who had the mark of the beast and worshipped its image.”

The seventh plague in Egypt was a hailstorm that killed any man or beast that did not heed Moses’ word and remained in the field instead of being sheltered at home.  The hail was also accompanied by thunder and fire.  It destroyed the herbs, flax, and barley and broke every tree of the field.  In Revelation 8:7, the first trumpet brought hail and fire mingled with blood.  A third of the trees were burned up and all of the grass was burned up.

The eighth plague in Egypt brought locusts on an east wind that ate everything the hail left.  These natural locusts should remind us of the locusts mentioned in Revelation 9.  These locusts were not the same kind of locusts in Egypt.  They were not to harm the grass, plants, or trees but only the people who did not have the seal of God on their foreheads.  They weren’t allowed to kill people, only to inflict pain on them for five months.  Joel described these locusts as God’s army and as a nation that comes against His people so that His people repent, fast, and call a sacred assembly in preparation for the Day of the Lord.

The ninth plague is that of a darkness that could be felt and it lasted for 3 days.  Surely if this darkness could be felt it was not only a physical darkness but a spiritual darkness as well.  Perhaps this darkness is similar to the three hours of darkness that took place the day Jesus died on the cross – a time when spiritual darkness ruled.  Darkness is also mentioned in Zephaniah 1:14-18:

“The great day of the Lord is near; It is near and hastens quickly.  The noise of the day of the Lord is bitter; There the mighty men shall cry out.  15 That day is a day of wrath, A day of trouble and distress, A day of devastation and desolation, A day of darkness and gloominess, A day of clouds and thick darkness, 16 A day of trumpet and alarm Against the fortified cities And against the high towers.  17 “I will bring distress upon men, And they shall walk like blind men, Because they have sinned against the Lord; Their blood shall be poured out like dust, And their flesh like refuse.”  18 Neither their silver nor their gold Shall be able to deliver them In the day of the Lord’s wrath; But the whole land shall be devoured By the fire of His jealousy, For He will make speedy riddance Of all those who dwell in the land.”

I would not want to be in the land of Israel at that time.  I would want to be safely hidden away in some other place.  We are nine plagues down and one more to go.  Please come back next time for a discussion of the last one…

 

[1] Targum Pseudo-Jonathan http://targum.info/pj/pjex6-9.htm

[2] Ibid.


Revelation Follows The Pattern of the Exodus

The Bible is full of many patterns that show us what will happen in the future.  When I first began to learn to study the Bible through thematic connections, I heard that Exodus is the pattern for Revelation.  I thought that was an interesting idea.  Since I couldn’t find the information published anywhere, I took up the challenge to figure out the details for myself.  As we’ll soon see, the pattern extends well beyond Exodus.

I thought you might like to know what I learned so we’ll do some comparing to see if what prophecy experts teach is in line with what happened during Jesus’ first advent and with what will happen when Jesus returns in the future.  Due to the overall length of this post, I will be as concise as possible.

Here we go:

Moses lived a life of royalty in Egypt and was not a slave.  Jesus left a life of royalty in heaven and was never a slave to sin during His first advent.

Moses left Egypt and lived in Midian with Zipporah’s father.  Jesus left earth to live in heaven with His Father.

God made Himself and His plan known to Moses at the burning bush.  The Father and Jesus had a similar relationship and the Father always made His plan known to Jesus so He could carry out that plan.

Moses showed the Hebrews 2 miraculous signs.

  1. Moses’ rod was turned into a snake.  This revealed that God would overpower the Egyptian gods.
  2. The other miracle was the leprous hand.  Leprosy [tzara’at = is not true leprosy / Hansen’s disease] was considered to be a result of an inward spiritual condition.  God’s people were unclean (the living, walking dead) and He would make them clean.

Jesus demonstrated His divinity through miraculous signs and taught that people need to be born again and how to be holy.  His final 3 part miracle involved:

  1. Becoming our Passover Lamb on Nissan 14th.
  2. Being 3 days and nights in the earth during the first part of the Feast of Unleavened Bread.
  3. Rising from the dead to present Himself to the Father on the Feast of Firstfruits.

Pharaoh came against Moses and the Hebrews by taking away their straw and making them continue to fulfill their quotas.  In the future, the beast will come against the saints, persecute them and eventually kill many of them.

Pharaoh’s necromancers competed against the wonders being performed by Moses and Aaron.  Satan imitates the miracles of God.  The beast of the earth (false prophet) will perform miracles to imitate Jesus.

The first 3 plagues fell on everyone in Egypt and Goshen.  The seals and trumpets of Revelation will fall on everyone.  The last 7 plagues fell only on the Egyptians.  The bowl judgments (plagues) of Revelation will fall only on the wicked.

The sealing of Israel took place on Passover.  The sealing of the 144,000 will take place sometime in the future.

The firstborn Egyptians males were killed by the LORD during the 10th plague.  The last plague is a massive earthquake and 70 – pound hailstones falling on people yet the wicked will not repent.

The Israelites lived through the plagues and were no longer slaves when they left Egypt.  In the future the “dry bones” will live.  This is the first resurrection (Ezekiel 37, 1 Thess. 4:16).

The mixed multitude in Egypt was gathered to go to the Promised Land.  Ezekiel 37 indicates a mixed multitude will be gathered from 4 corners of the earth to return to Jerusalem.

The Hebrews plundered the Egyptians before leaving Egypt.  Israel’s enemies will be plundered in the future (Zephaniah 2:9, Zechariah 2:9, 14:1).

The redeemed that came out of Egypt were followed by a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night.  They eventually camped beside the Red Sea.  Psalm 27:5-6 and Isaiah 26:20-21 indicate Jesus will hide His saints in the day of trouble until His wrath is past.  In Revelation 15:2, the saints of Revelation were seen standing beside sea of glass mingled with fire.

After several days the mixed multitude of Hebrews and foreigners were pursued by Pharaoh’s army.   Moses stretched out his hand over the sea (possibly with the rod in his hand) and the Red Sea opened for the redeemed to cross over.  Pharaoh’s army was killed as they pursued the mixed multitude across the Red Sea.

Jesus, Son of Joseph also delivered us by stretching out his hands over a piece of wood when He died on the cross.  Jesus, Son of David will come on a white horse with many crowns on His head, flaming eyes, and a sharp sword coming out of His mouth to strike the nations with (Rev. 19:11-16).   Jesus, Son of David will stand on the Mount of Olives and it will open creating a valley for the Jews to escape through (Zech. 14:4).  Ten kings of the world and their armies will be killed by the Son of David (Conquering King) but some will escape the Battle of Armageddon (Is. 66:19).  In addition, Zechariah 14:12-15 describes a terrible plague that will come on those who fight against Jerusalem.  Their flesh, eyes, and tongues will dissolve while they stand on their feet.

The Song of Moses and the Song of Praise (Miriam’s Song) was sung.  The Song of Victory and the Song of the Lamb will be sung.

The mixed multitude wandered in the wilderness for 40 years.  Some were destroyed while others were prepared to enter the Promised Land.  Satan will be in the abyss for 1000 years (Rev. 20:3, 6, 7; Ezek 39, 45-48) while believers will be preparing to enter the final Promised Land (New Heaven and Earth).

The Tabernacle was built in the wilderness and offerings were made.  According to Ezekiel 40-44, the third temple described will be built sometime in the future and offerings will be brought to the Lord during Christ’s millennial reign.

The mixed multitude learned to obey Torah in the wilderness.  Ezekiel 43-46 says we will learn to obey Torah during Christ’s millennial reign.

The second generation who did not join themselves to Baal of Peor finally entered the Promised Land under Joshua’s leadership after wandering in the wilderness for 40 years (Numbers 25).  The Commander of the Lord’s army instructed Joshua concerning the battle plan for Jericho so that the walls would fall down after walking around the city seven times (Joshua 5:13-6:5).  At the end of the millennial reign of Christ, God will destroy Gog and his armies with fire when they come and surround the city of Jerusalem (Rev. 21-22).

Achan trespassed concerning the devoted things at Jericho.  The people were brought according to their tribes, families, household, and finally by individuals.  Achan was found guilty of transgressing the covenant.  Achan and his family and possessions were stoned and burned with fire.  After the Battle of Gog and Magog, the Great White Throne Judgment will take place.  Everyone whose name is not found in the book of life will be thrown in the lake of fire.

So, what do you think of the similarities between the Exodus and Revelation?