I believe that in the Tribulation of the end times which is now upon us, God will once again make a distinction between the World system He is judging and His own people. The events of the Exodus from Egypt are a forerunner of the great tribulation. Many of the events are direct Parallels.
Let’s look at some of the plagues that were brought upon the lands of Egypt and its people in those days.
All of these things fell upon the lands of Egypt, and none of the people of God suffered from them. God made a distinction between His people and the World. Might He do the same thing in the Tribulation? You should notice that the plagues of Egypt can be classified into a couple different types.
Now if we take a look at the plagues of the Tribulation shown in the Revelation we will see again these same categories of plagues.
During the Exodus God provided two witnesses, Moshe and Aaron, who would go before the powers of the Earth, the Pharaoh, giving God’s word and prophesy of what plague would take place. They called down the judgments, and then God’s angels executed events. This was a sign to all that these were no happenstance events, but the hand of God.
So also in the last days during the Tribulation we are told that two witnesses will stand in Jerusalem and speak for God, and that they will have miracle working powers, and that the word of God would proceed out of their mouths like a fire and devour those who try to hurt them, until the end of the tribulation period 1260 days. Then they are killed and remain in the streets for 3 ½ days. The people of the earth will celebrate their death, thinking that these two prophets alone had caused all the pain and suffering. But after 3 ½ days God will raise them up alive, showing that He is the God of resurrection and life. Some say that these two are Moshe and Elijah, or perhaps Enoch. I can’t say except that we are told they are the two olive trees and the two lamp stands that are before God. We need to look at that in Zechariah 4 to get a better understanding but that is outside the scope of this paper.
One of the very last signs that God gave before the exodus was the darkness that fell in all the Land of Egypt. It was a terrible and supernatural darkness that shook men to their very souls. The kind of darkness that you can feel, like being in a cave. It was this sign that finally reached Pharaoh and convinced him that the God of Moshe was indeed the true God. After this he was willing to let the people go.
EX 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.  And Moses stretched forth his hand toward heaven; and there was a thick darkness in all the land of Egypt three days:  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.
This is again to be the last sign before the final judgement on the earth and the removal of Gods people. After this sign, all the men of power will know who the real God is.
Rev 6: And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;  And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.  And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.  And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
It is easy to see the similarities of these Tribulation events and those of the Exodus. In Egypt, God provided a covering of Blood by the Passover lamb. That whoever was under the seal of the Lambs blood would not suffer the death of the first born. This death of the first born can be seen as the cutting off of the inheritance of the un-saved. Their futures as they had planned them were taken away. A new order would be established in the wake of the deliverance of Gods chosen. This is true also of the end times. All the best laid plans of men will be lost, thrown away, and a new order with God Himself ruling the earth from Jerusalem will be established in the Millennial Kingdom.
The deliverance from death and bondage to the carnal life is through the blood. The Blood of the lamb that was applied to the door posts of the children of Israel was a picture of the Blood of Yeshua. God’s lamb that must be applied to the door posts of our hearts. This blood marks us for salvation and deliverance from the powers of death. In the end times, those who have been covered by this Blood of Yeshua, through faith in Him, will stand behind His hand of protection when the armies of the world come against Yeshua and Jerusalem in the battle of Armageddon. Millions are going to die. The blood will be bridle deep to a horse across the entire valley. But God’s people who have been covered by the Blood of Salvation through Yeshua will stand secure with the Lord Yeshua.
In the Exodus, God was bringing His people to the promised land, the place where he would establish his rule among them. But first there was a final bit of house cleaning to be done. The power of the world system in Egypt needed to be broken completely, and with them faith in the hundreds of Egyptian false gods and religion. The people of God were going to be taken out of the world.
God took them out in the middle of the night, just after midnight. The death of the firstborn came at midnight under the light of a full moon. And Pharaoh rose up and ordered the people of God to leave right then. They were ready. God had prepared them for the journey; they ate their meal of the Passover with their shoes on, with their staff in their hands, with their loins girded up, ready to go. They had prepared themselves by obedience to Gods commands. And like a thief in the night Moshe lead them out.
1TH 5:1 But of the times and the seasons, brethren, ye have no need that I write unto you.  For yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so cometh as a thief in the night.
MT 24:  But know this that if the good man of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he would have watched, and would not have suffered his house to be broken up.  Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh.
All of this is taking place during what was the tribulation of Egypt just as it will also be world wide in the last days. Yeshua said he would deliver us after the tribulation. And just like in Egypt it is after the Sun and moon are darkened.
MT 24:29 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:  And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.  And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
The celestial event of the darkening of the sun and moon serve as a demarcation point dividing between The Tribulation, which has a purpose of bringing men to repentance and salvation and The wrath of God, which is God’s judgment against the unrighteous. You can repent and live through tribulation but when the wrath of God is pointed at you, it is too late, you are about to be turned to waste and dust.
In the revelation with the opening of the 6th seal we see these same events as it was in the Exodus.
Rev 6 And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;  And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.  And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.  And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
Moshe lead the people to the Red Sea. The journey would take three days. God had them change directions a couple times and lead them in a way as to appear that they were lost. God was working the bait of His trap that He had set for Pharaoh and his army. Pharaoh thought the people were trapped against the sea with no escape, and so he assembled his great army to go and slaughter the people of God. But God had another plan. He was gathering together the powers of evil into one place for their total destruction. This would be the end of the Pharaohs power. The mightiest army of the world was about to be fed to the fish. God was not going to destroy all the innocent people of Egypt or the lands around them because of their King. There were good people who really cared for Israel. The scriptures tell us that the Jews found favor in the eyes of the Egyptians. Many Gentiles, citizens of Egypt would believe in the one true God especially after witnessing the events of the exodus plagues.
EX 12:37 And the children of Israel journeyed from Rameses to Succoth, about six hundred thousand on foot that were men, beside children.  And a mixed multitude went up also with them; and flocks, and herds, even very much cattle.
These people of Egypt survived Gods judgement. In the same way God in the last days will gather together the armies of the worlds evil system, under the leadership of their corrupt King, the Antichrist, and gather them to the place of Armageddon. Here he will break that power, and at the same time he will spare the innocent people of the nations. There will be survivors of the Tribulation, the people of the nations whose armies fought against Jerusalem. They will enter into the Millennial Kingdom as mortal citizens.
ZEC 14:16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
EX 14: And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the LORD caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided.  And the children of Israel went into the midst of the sea upon the dry ground: and the waters were a wall unto them on their right hand, and on their left.
In the same way, the Lord will come as our deliverer and all the nations armies will be gathered against the Lord. Then He will stretch forth His hand and part the heavens as He once parted the sea, and the people of God will be seen standing in victory with the Lord.
REV 6:  And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.
REV 19:  And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war.  His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself.  And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God.  And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean.
It was those who were covered by the Blood of the Passover Lamb who walked safely across the barrier of the sea on dry land. They entered as slaves and came out the other side free men, by the salvation of God. When the sky opens to reveal our Lord it will again be those who have been covered by the “Blood of the Lamb of God” (Yeshua) who will be standing with Him on the side of the divide in Victory. Having entered on this side as flesh and in bondage to the flesh, and emerging on the other side in glorified bodies like His, freed from the power of the flesh forever by the salvation of God. This greatest of all events, the “Final Great Exodus” is very near at hand. Are you covered by the Blood? Are you preparing for our departure by obedience to His commands? We are about to witness a deliverance of God that will make the parting of the Red Sea seem like a promotional trailer of a movie compared to the full main feature. It’s going to be wide screen, in color and it’s coming to a theater near you!
EX 14:13 And Moses said unto the people, Fear ye not, stand still, and see the salvation of the LORD, which he will show to you today: for the Egyptians whom ye have seen today, ye shall see them again no more for ever.  The LORD shall fight for you, and ye shall hold your peace.
After Gods people were safely delivered across the passage of the sea, which the Lord God had created for them, Moshe and all the people looked back across the gap and saw Pharaoh and his evil horde waiting on the other side, held in check by the hand of God. Then God removed the pillar of fire and the rush was on. The Evil army charged against the People of God and His deliverer. And when they were fully in the midst of the sea; God troubled them and made their chariot wheels get stuck in the soil and the wheels to come off and they were stalled in the sea.
EX 14:26 And the LORD said unto Moses, Stretch out thine hand over the sea, that the waters may come again upon the Egyptians, upon their chariots, and upon their horsemen.  And Moses stretched forth his hand over the sea, and the sea returned to his strength when the morning appeared; and the Egyptians fled against it; and the LORD overthrew the Egyptians in the midst of the sea.  And the waters returned, and covered the chariots, and the horsemen, and all the host of Pharaoh that came into the sea after them; there remained not so much as one of them.
This is all a picture of what will take place in the battle of Armageddon. God will deliver His people and take them across the divide of heaven. Antichrist will charge, thinking that he too can come across this divide and have victory. But it shall be Glory for the Lord, and all the armies of Antichrist will perish.
REV 19:  And I saw an angel standing in the sun; and he cried with a loud voice, saying to all the fowls that fly in the midst of heaven, Come and gather yourselves together unto the supper of the great God;  That ye may eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains, and the flesh of mighty men, and the flesh of horses, and of them that sit on them, and the flesh of all men, both free and bond, both small and great.  And I saw the beast, and the kings of the earth, and their armies, gathered together to make war against him that sat on the horse, and against his army.
REV 14:  And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.  And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.  And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
There are many things that we can learn about the coming deliverance of God in the Tribulation by looking at what He has already done, as in the Exodus. It was the Lord God who delivered the children of Israel then and protected them with the covering of Blood. And it is that same Lord and God who will deliver His children again in this coming hour of Tribulation. Those who have been covered by the Blood of God’s lamb, Yeshua, will be brought across the divide of Heaven and into the land of Promise and Glory.
The armies and powerful men of this evil world and the empire of the Antichrist will be destroyed in the great battle of God, and the Lord will gain fame and Great Glory from it. The people of the nations who survive these events will begin living in a New Kingdom and new order, where God is King and righteousness the standard of life. Satan will be bound for the 1000 years of this Kingdom. Men will for the first time live in the kind of world that God had planned in the beginning, before sin came into the world. It will be a time of justice, and peace and long life. And those who are covered by the Blood of Gods Lamb will share in this Kingdom as heirs and rule with Yeshua. And it is coming soon.
The signs that the Lord gave to us to watch for to know that it is the time, have all come to pass. We wait now for the final events to unfold. We will enter the tribulation and like those who believed God before living in Goshen God will shelter his people that are not connected to the Antichrist. His judgments and plagues will fall upon the wicked in a final effort to bring them to repentance. And when all have made their choice the righteous will be removed and the wrath of God will fall upon the unrighteous.
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