Blessings to you on this very bright, sunny and hot day in July, 2020. A few days ago I was watching a teaching on the patterns in Exodus that will likely repeat in these LAST DAYS. This is exciting stuff because the time is so near. We see some of this already unfolding before our very eyes!
The Exodus (mass departure) is the 2nd book of the Bible that details Israel’s mass exodus out of slavery in Egypt. If you’ve ever seen the movie “The Ten Commandments”, you probably have some idea of what “The Exodus”is all about.
At the time of “THE EXODUS”, the Hebrew people had been enslaved in Egypt for over 400 years. God heard their cries for MERCY and raised up His Servant Moses to lead them out of Egypt. God did indeed lead them out in SPECTACULAR fashion, so much so that all the peoples around the region heard of what mighty things the God of Israel did for HIS PEOPLE. How did God do it?
The Egyptian Pharoah was a tough customer, and did NOT want to let God’s people GO. For this reason, God called down 10 plagues to convince Pharoah to release them. The plagues started out as more of a nuisance and got increasingly severe as Pharoah STUBBORNLY dug his heels in and REFUSED to FREE God’s people. Besides, he liked the cheap labor. Pharoah believed himself to be a “god” and did not want to consider the fact that he was just a man. God’s Mighty plagues embarrassed Prideful Pharoah, who thought himself to be the most powerful “god” in the world. Pharoah’s dark heart was hardened.
God SEPARATES the WHEAT and the TARES
The first 3 plagues affected EVERYONE, both Egyptians and Hebrews. However, by the time the 4th plague arrived, God made a DISTINCTION between who was HIS and who was NOT. Why does this matter for these END-TIMES?
Ecclesiastes 1:9: That which has been is that which will be,
And that which has been done is that which will be done again.
So there is nothing new under the sun.
Our God has always worked in patterns and Cycles. The Exodus was the ORIGINAL MASS DEPARTURE of God’s people out of slavery. The next EXODUS will be a MASS DEPARTURE of God’s people from a world that is enslaved to sin. Like the original EXODUS, the next EXODUS will be a DIVINE RESCUE, coming at a time of DIVINE JUDGEMENT on a wicked world. We’re of course speaking of THE RAPTURE of the CHURCH. It’s not a fairy-tale, it’s not “wishful thinking”…it is Biblical and it will happen. God has not appointed His children to WRATH.
1 Thessalonians 5:9: For God has not destined us for wrath, but for obtaining salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ,
We can expect the conditions of the END-TIMES EXODUS to follow a similar pattern to THE ORIGINAL EXODUS. This does not mean that the end-times plagues and judgments will be IDENTICAL to the first EXODUS, but it means that we can expect SIMILAR PATTERNS to emerge PRIOR in the FINAL EXODUS. If we saw plagues in the first Exodus, we’ll see PLAGUES again. If we saw a DISTINCTION being made between GOD’S PEOPLE and THE WORLD, then we can expect to see this again. If we saw MIRACLES happening during the first EXODUS, then we’ll see this AGAIN. IF we saw the waters part and God’s people REMOVED in a MIGHTY and SUPERNATURAL WAY, then we’ll see this again. There is nothing new under the sun, and yet, God can and will do something completely NEW in these LAST DAYS that we wouldn’t believe even if we had been told.
Habakkuk 1:5: “Look among the nations and watch—
Be utterly astounded!
For I will work a work in your days
Which you would not believe, though it were told you.
Isaiah 43:19: Behold, I will do a new thing, Now it shall spring forth; Shall you not know it? I will even make a road in the wilderness And rivers in the desert.
The first three plagues affected both the Israelites and the Egyptians equally. God made no distinction during the first three plagues. However, God did not allow the 4th plague to affect His people. They only looked on with their eyes and saw the recompense of those who were not protected by God’s Covenant umbrella. You see, to be in Covenant with Almighty God is to be under His Divine Umbrella of protection.
Exodus 8:21: For if you do not let My people go, behold, I will send swarms of flies on you and on your servants and on your people and into your houses; and the houses of the Egyptians will be full of swarms of flies, and also the ground on which they dwell. 22 But on that day I will set apart the land of Goshen, where My people are living, so that no swarms of flies will be there, in order that you may know that I, the Lord, am in the midst of the land. 23 I will put a division between My people and your people.
In these Last Days, where might we see this distinction or division being made in the book of Revelation? Where might we see God making a distinction between those who are HIS and those who are NOT? Jesus, Himself stated that although the wheat and the tares (weeds) are supposed to GROW up TOGETHER until the time of the HARVEST, He would eventually SEPARATE them. Only Jesus can truly tell the difference between a wheat and a weed because only Jesus can see the heart.
Could this separation be happening now? Do we SEE those who stand for God’s truth and His ways being SEPARATED from the world? Even within “the Church” we find that there are those who remain steadfast and grounded in the Word of God being SEPARATED from those who seek to be CULTURALLY RELEVANT, who deny the inerrancy of God’s Word and who CLAIM that God approves of ALL lifestyles. There are also those who cling to legalistic – works based Christianity. This is not the “conservative Church” vs the “liberal Church”...this is the TRUE BIBLICAL church vs the SEEKER-SENSITIVE/APOSTATE Church.
The thing about a wheat and a tare (weed), is that while they grow up together they look pretty similar…until the harvest, when they can finally be clearly differentiated.
Matthew 13:30: Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares (weeds) and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.”‘”
Revelation 7: 1: After this I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the earth, holding back the four winds of the earth, so that no wind would blow on the earth or on the sea or on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the rising of the sun, having the seal of the living God; and he cried out with a loud voice to the four angels to whom it was granted to harm the earth and the sea, 3 saying, “Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees until we have sealed the bond-servants of our God on their foreheads.”
4 And I heard the number of those who were sealed (sphragizō), one hundred and forty-four thousand sealed from every tribe of the sons of Israel:
Most pre-Tribulation Rapture proponents BELIEVE that the sealing of the 144,000 (Jewish remnant) is done AFTER the Great Departure (Rapture). However, if we are following the same PATTERN as the ORIGINAL EXODUS, this distinction /separation between God’s people and “the world” occurs BEFORE the EXODUS (GREAT DEPARTURE/Rapture).
We think that this SEALING will be COMPLETE at the time that the dead in Christ rise first…the TRANSFORMATION of the FLESH…or what is known as the RESURRECTION. Although we cannot know for sure until it happens, we believe that there is a small gap of time in-between the dead in Christ rising (RESURRECTION) and the catching away (RAPTURE), for the purpose of the great last days harvest of souls. When the Apostle Paul wrote “the dead in Christ rise first”, he was not speaking about those who have “fallen asleep” in Christ (physical death), but of those who are currently living in these fleshly tabernacles of our human bodies. The human body made of clay is “dead” because of sin, but will be transformed from “death” to LIFE at the RESURRECTION.
Romans 8:10: If Christ is in you, though the body is dead (nekros) because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
1 Thessalonians 4:16: For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of God, and the dead (nekros)in Christ will rise first.
The HOLY SPIRIT is the SEAL OF GOD. The word seal (sphragizō) means to “confirm, authenticate, stamp with a signet ring, security from satan. All born again believers in Yeshua (Jesus) are sealed with God’s Holy Spirit, who lives and abides within the believer’s heart. The Holy Spirit quickens or transforms our human spirit, bringing it from death to life. This is the born again experience where we become a NEW CREATION IN CHRIST JESUS.
Ephesians 4:30: Do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed (sphragizō) for the day of redemption.
Romans 8:10: If Christ is in you, though the body is dead (nekros) because of sin, yet the spirit is alive because of righteousness.
However, we humans on this earth are still living in our “bodies of death” (clay tabernacles). When the Last Trump sounds, and the dead in Christ RISE first, THEN…our “dead” BODIES will be instantly TRANSFORMED into the something LIKE JESUS’ RESURRECTED BODY….
1 Corinthians 15:51: in a moment, in the twinkling (blink) of an eye, at the last trumpet; for the trumpet will sound, and the dead (nekros) will be raised imperishable, and we will be changed (allassō/transformed).
Philippians 3: 21: who will transform the body of our humble state into conformity with the body of His glory, by the exertion of the power that He has even to subject all things to Himself.
Romans 8:23: And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body.
All believers in Jesus are sealed with God’s Holy Spirit, and yet Revelation 7 makes it clear that God will not allow any Destruction from the Trumpets of God to occur on the earth until the sealing is complete. God is making a distinction or separation between those who are GOD’S and those who are Satan’s. There is no middle ground. Either we belong to Jesus Christ and receive GOD’S SEAL or we belong to satan and receive THE MARK OF THE BEAST. Those who REFUSE God’s FREE GIFT of GRACE belong to Satan, whether they know it or not. Even the Jewish people will eventually be required to make this determination as God will not allow their partial blindness to continue forever. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision.
Romans 11:25: For I do not desire, brethren, that you should be ignorant of this mystery, lest you should be wise in your own opinion, that blindness in part has happened to Israel until the fullness of the Gentiles has come in
As we follow the pattern of the ORIGINAL EXODUS, we expect this distinction to be made PRIOR TO the catching away (RAPTURE/HARPAZO). Currently we see the Corona Virus plague affecting both Christians and non-Christians alike; however, once the last Trump sounds, and the Dead in Christ RISE (transform) into IMMORTAL bodies, they will not be AFFECTED by LAST DAYS plagues.
In Revelation 7, the angel shouts “do not harm the earth or the sea UNTIL we have placed the SEAL OF GOD on their FOREHEADS”!
The phrase “SEAL OF GOD ON THEIR FOREHEADS” is an interesting one. The Greek word for forehead, metopon [met’-o-pon], is taken from the word meta [met-ah’] which is defined as “in the midst of, amid, denoting association, union, accompaniment “. This is also the same phrase that is used for those who take the mark of the beast on their FOREHEADS”.
Revelation 13:16: And he causes all, the small and the great, and the rich and the poor, and the free men and the slaves, to be given a mark on their right hand or on their forehead“.
The SEAL of GOD AND the MARK of the BEAST on the forehead denotes UNION…ONENESS. We can either be UNITED with GOD or UNITED with THE BEAST (antichrist). The fact that this seal or mark is on the FOREHEAD indicates it is HIGHLY VISIBLE. Currently, believers in Jesus have the SEAL OF GOD within us, but when the DEAD IN CHRIST RISE, and the flesh is TRANSFORMED from mortality to immortality, the SEAL OF GOD will be HIGHLY VISIBLE. This will be a supernatural event that will shock the world. The mark of the beast will also be highly visible. During the final 3.5 years only those who take the mark of the beast will be able to “buy or sell” (conduct commerce) and yet they will eventually break out in loathesome, malignant UGLY BOILS (Rev. 16:2) when God pours out His bowls of wrath. Those with the SEAL OF GOD will not be affected by the LAST DAYS PLAGUES. We believe that the group of sealed individuals from Revelation 14 will be taken in the Rapture (EXODUS) prior to any of the Trumpets in Revelation being blown (Rev. 12:5). The group of 144,000 from Revelation 7 (Jews) will not be taken in the Rapture, but they will be TAKEN to the wilderness (EXODUS), where God will protect and provide for them during the final 3.5 years (Rev. 12:6 ).
Revelation 12: 5 She bore a male Child (tfj: body of Christ) who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron. And her Child was caught up (Rapture) to God and His throne. 6 Then the woman (tfj: Israel/Jews) fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days.
PRIOR to the CATCHING AWAY (RAPTURE)…. God is making a distinction between who are HIS and who are not. Those who take the mark of the beast, will SADLY, forever be united with the beast…and therefore not eligible for forgiveness, God’s mercy, or the Kingdom of God. We believe that the mark of the beast will utilize technology and will ultimately change the DNA of those who take it FROM the IMAGE OF GOD into the IMAGE OF THE BEAST…thus making their ‘HOUSES’ PERMANENTLY DESOLATE (uninhabitable by the HOLY SPIRIT OF GOD).
God is HEALING and RESTORING HIS PEOPLE
This actually leads us into the next PATTERN from the ORIGINAL EXODUS that we expect to see again in the FINAL EXODUS. In the original EXODUS, the Israelites were completely HEALED and RESTORED prior to the Exodus (DEPARTURE). After the Israelites RECEIVED the PASSOVER LAMB, and spread the blood on their doorposts and lintels as a SIGN that that they were COVERED by God’s COVENANT of PROTECTION, they were then completely HEALED and RESTORED so that they could make the LONG TREK in the WILDERNESS to the PROMISED LAND. In-fact, we discover that when Moses died at 120 years old, his body was in perfect health.
Psalm 105: 37: He also brought them out with silver and gold,
And there was none feeble among His tribes.
Deuteronomy 29:5: And I have led you forty years in the wilderness. Your clothes have not worn out on you, and your sandals have not worn out on your feet.
Deuteronomy 34:7: Moses was one hundred and twenty years old when he died. His eyes were not dim nor his natural vigor diminished
When the dead in Christ RISE, and the fleshly body is TRANSFORED from mortal to immortal, those who RECEIVE this TRANSFORMATION will be young, healthy, and fully restored. Aging, sickness, death are all part of the CURSE that is now on all mankind. HOWEVER, the BLOOD OF THE LAMB changed EVERYTHING! Two thousand years ago, Jesus Christ began to RESTORE what mankind had LOST at the FALL when HE WENT TO THE CROSS and paid for the SIN that is eating away at the fabric of our SPIRITS and our BODIES…. There is POWER in the BLOOD OF JESUS! Once the LAST TRUMP SOUNDS, the TRANSFORMATION will be COMPLETE, and our bodies will be CHANGED! Like Moses, our eyes will not be DIM…nor will our natural youth be diminished. However, unlike Moses, the TRANSFORMED BODY will not be subject to the physical death.
God is PLUNDERING Egypt to build HIS TEMPLE
We can expect to once again see a FRESH REVELATION of the POWER of the BLOOD OF THE LAMB OF GOD (JESUS CHRIST) along with or accompanying a MASS HEALING /TRANSFORMATION of GOD’S PEOPLE. As the Israelites PLUNDERED the EGYPTIANS prior to their EXODUS, God’s Transformed Saints will PLUNDER EGYPT (the world)…in the LAST GREAT HARVEST OF SOULS. This time, the TREASURE is not “gold and silver” to build a TEMPORARY TABERNACLE, but SOULS who will be a permanent part of GOD’S HOLY TEMPLE, the KINGDOM OF GOD.
God treasures PEOPLE…and many, many will be SAVED during this LAST DAYS HARVEST.
God is raising up DRY BONES
The Final pattern of the ORIGINAL EXODUS that we will likely see is bringing home the bones of our ancestors. Joseph made the sons of Israel swear that they would take his bones back to the Promised Land of Canaan from the fancy Egyptian tomb where they were originally laid. Joseph wanted his bones to be back in the place where they BELONGED.
Genesis 50:25: Then Joseph made the sons of Israel swear, saying, “God will surely take care of you, and you shall carry my bones up from here.”
Hebrews 11:22: By faith Joseph, when his end was near, spoke about the exodus of the Israelites and gave instructions about his bones.
Over 400 years later, Moses made sure to bring up Joseph’s bones out of Egypt into the Promised Land. Joseph’s bones were buried at Shechem, the very place where his brothers sold him into slavery.
Exodus 13:19: Moses took the bones of Joseph with him because Joseph had made the sons of Israel swear a solemn oath when he said, “God will surely attend to you, and then you must carry my bones with you from this place.”
Joshua 24:32: Also, the bones of Joseph, which the Israelites had brought up out of Egypt, were buried at Shechem in the plot of land that Jacob had purchased from the sons of Hamor, Shechem’s father, for a hundred pieces of silver. So it became an inheritance for Joseph’s descendants.
The courtyard of Joseph’s tomb…
Ezekiel 37:3: And He said to me, “Son of man, can these bones live?” So I answered, “O Lord God, You know.” 4 Again He said to me, “Prophesy to these bones, and say to them, ‘O dry bones, hear the word of the Lord! 5 Thus says the Lord God to these bones: “Surely I will cause breath to enter into you, and YOU SHALL LIVE. 6 I will put sinews on you and bring flesh upon you, cover you with skin and put breath in you; and you shall live. Then you shall know that I AM the Lord.” ’ ”
Hundreds of years after being sold into slavery, Joseph’s bones returned home. Our bones represent our DNA. We can expect DRY BONES to live again. We can expect that our prayers for UNSAVED LOVED ONES and FRIENDS have been HEARD by God, and that those who do NOT YET KNOW the LORD JESUS CHRIST will eventually be SAVED and BROUGHT HOME. We can expect that many, many of our JEWISH brothers and sisters will eventually RECEIVE their MESSIAH YESHUA (JESUS) and come HOME. God is bringing HIS PEOPLE HOME to the KINGDOM OF GOD.
This time, God will not part the SEAS to supernaturally remove HIs people…He will part THE SKIES!
Revelation 6:14: Then the sky receded as a scroll when it is rolled up, and every mountain and island was moved out of its place.
It appears that the time of GREAT SEPARATION has begun. God is separating the wheat from the tares. This is a time of great LAWLESSNESS. Many people are demanding that the police be DEFUNDED and Pastors be ARRESTED while they fully support real CRIMINALS being released. This reminds me of the Jewish people who were given the choice…Jesus or Barabbus. Jesus was the TRUE Son of the FATHER. The name Barabbus means “son of the father”. The deceived and blinded Israelites chose MERCY for the murderer and chose DEATH for the SON OF GOD. But let us also remember that God partially blinded Israel so that HE could extend mercy to the entire world.
Romans 11:11: I say then, have they (tfj: Jewish people) stumbled that they should fall? Certainly not! But through their fall, to provoke them to jealousy, salvation has come to the Gentiles (tfj: Non-Jews). 12 Now if their fall is riches for the world, and their failure riches for the Gentiles, how much more their fullness!
During this time of turmoil and separation, the world is being severely tested with extreme weather patterns (drought/flooding/storms), with global civil unrest, with lawlessness, with Christian persecution, with earthquakes in various places, with global pandemic plagues, with massive plagues of locusts, with economic upheaval, and with wars and rumors of war.
However, soon God will make a CLEAR DISTINCTION between who is HIS and who is NOT..as HE begins the GREAT HARVEST OF SOULS… After that….THE FINAL EXODUS! Expect it, WAIT FOR IT…It is COMING! God Bless!!